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Polish man found hanged in play area

APOLISH manwas found hang- ing at a children’s playground that he loved to visit in Tovil, a Maidstone inquest heard. Krzysztof Wrona (29) of Col-

lege Road, Maidstone, was found dead at The Stampers play area shortly after 6am on March 16, by Neal Allison, whowas on his way to work. Mr Wrona, who worked at Boddingtons Plastics, Marden, had come to this country in 2009. He was joined two years later by his younger brother, Michael, who lived with him. Through an interpreter, Michael told the inquest that his brother often visited the park. “He really seemed to love that place, he said the woods were lovely.” MrWrona had parted from his girlfriend, Justyna Pawloska, a month before his death, but had exchanged text messages with her the night before he died be- cause he was unhappy about

some gossip about stolen beer. His brother said he had been engaged to a girl in Poland and had been depressed when the re- lationship ended.He had threat- ened to hang himself then, but had not spoken of it since com- ingtothe UK. Mr Wrona had spent the evening before his death watch- ing football on television at a friend’s house. He was last seen alive at about 11pm when an- other friend, Martyna Perkowicz, gave him a lift home. She said he seemed happier than usual. Toxicology reports showed

that he had drunk more than the legal alcohol limit for driving and an empty beer can was found near his body. Mid Kent and Medway Coro-

ner Patricia Harding recorded that he took his own life. She said: “Outwardly he would ap- pear fine, but he had on occa- sions shown himself to be depressed.”

Breakers yard could be replaced with homes A SCHEME has been unveiled to replace a Gain Hill breakers yard near Laddingford with two detached homes. The application, which will be determined by Maidstone Coun-

cil, relates to Gain Hill Yard in Claygate Road. A similar proposal was refused about 11 years ago as itwould in-

crease the risk of localised flooding. The applicant says the latest plan should be acceptable as there have been “significant changes”.

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Call for action on dog fouling

NINE out of 10 residents in Loose want to see more done to tackle dog fouling. Asurvey carried out byAshley

Wakeling on behalf of the North Loose Residents Association and other groups found that 89.4% of people in the area want to see change. And 69.3% don’t think the borough council is effective in tackling the issue. Ashley, who stood as theGreen candidate for the area, has been working with Shelley

Humphreys from Melrose Close to see what can be done. Shelley, whose home borders

an alleyway, has put up signs in the area warning dog owners to pick up after their pets. She wants to see at least three

bins provided for Westwood Road and Melrose Close. Since Ashley contacted the council, they have moved a bin to the end of the alleyway. He said: “This is not a solution. I feel it shows the council aren't will- ing to engagewith the people.”

Shed ‘can be used as annex’ Cllr Ian Chittenden said: “Some-

time between2002(when permis- sion was originally granted for a garage and shed) the unit was fit- ted without permission with a kitchen, bathroom, living roomand bedroom,with appropriate access stairway, plus an additional win- dow which turned the unit into an additional residential unit.” But the borough council’s en-

MAIDSTONE Council believes that a residential outbuilding in Tovil was not being used as an inde- pendent dwelling. Tovil Parish Council claimed the

shed at Bydews Farm Cottage in Farleigh Hill was being lived in withoutplanning permission since at least 2008.

forcement team concluded there was no evidence itwas being lived in independently of the cottage. The planning committee de-

cided to accept a planning appli- cationby Dr Alshawi toconvert the building into an annex, on condi- tion that future residential use is affiliated with theoccupantsofBy- dews Farm Cottage. The vote was carried by eight votes in favour, three against and one abstention.

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