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Bungalow can go ahead

A NEW bungalow was given the go-ahead on land behind 43 San- dling Lane, Penenden Heath. In July last year Maidstone Coun-

cil refused a similar scheme for cre- ating a “cramped” development. But the planning committee granted permission after hearing that the height of the roofwould be reduced by 1.3m. Cllr Jenni Paterson, the local bor-

ough ward member, said there would be a loss of amenity space for the occupants of No 43. How- ever, Cllr Cynthia Robertson felt the scheme would satisfy a great need for bungalows. Eight mem- bers voted in favour, with two against.

Care home bid PLANNING permission has been granted to extend the residential care home at Ashton Lodge, 22 St Michael’s Road, Fant. Maidstone Council gave the go-

ahead for No 24 to be converted from a dwelling into a residential care home to enable an expansion of the neighbouring facility. Appli- cant Mansoon Lingallo now plans to submit an application to extend No 24 to create another 14 bed- rooms.

Stones threaten legal action over 3G ban

MAIDSTONE United are threat- ening legal action after a decision was made to forbid clubs from playing their Football Conference fixtures on 3G pitches. The Stones became the first foot-

ball club in the country to build a stadium, in James Whatman Way, with a synthetic surface as their main pitch. The Ryman Premier League club

are in contention for promotion to the Conference – the fifth tier of the

football pyramid. A proposal to overturn this rule

was rejected by members by 21 votes to 11 and the Football Con- ference wrote to the Stones stating the issue is “therefore settled”. However, a club statement said:

“This seems to state that no com- promise can be considered. This is contrary to good sense, popular opinion and also the wishes of a large number of Conference clubs. “We have therefore written again

to the Conference to request further consideration of our own request to be allowed to play on our 3G pitch if promoted.We are going all out to try and persuade the Conference Board that it is in the common in- terest to find a sensible and amica- ble agreement to avoid a costly and divisive dispute. “If the Conference does not reply

favourablywe intend to protect the club’s interests by pursuing legal proceedings. ”

Magistrates’ community work wins award

MAGISTRATES in central Kent,many of whom are based in Maidstone, have been named the best magis- trates in the community (MIC) team by the Magistrates Association . Coordinator Alvin Shaw said: “In

the last five years we have now re- ceived three national awards in recognition of our work in the com- munity. During the last school year, we reached nearly 8,000 school pupils, over 100 schools and gave more than 300 talks”.


Central Kentmagistrates Margaret Rose, Peter LeBeau, Alan Golding, Nigel Cox, Alvin Shaw, Brian Johnson, Graham Scott, Tim Bucher, Andrew Back- way and Graham Berry.


Maidstone Town March 2014

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