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PLANNING permission has been granted to replace a dwelling at 44 Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone with eight new homes. Maidstone Council gave Brook-

worth Homes the provisional go- ahead to demolish the building and erect the three-bedroom terrace houses in two rows of four. The lay- out will follow the building line es- tablished at Frigenti Place. The outline consent will be fol-

Drugs charge Pupils back pet group campaign

lowed by a detailed application thatwould provide information on scale, appearance and landscaping.

LEE Hartigan (33), of Durham Close, Shepway, was given a com- munity service order by Mid Kent magistrates after he admitted pro- ducing cannabis and possessing it with intent to supply. He was ordered to carry out 250

hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months and pay £85 costs.

Driver in court

CRAIG Slater (37), of Sherbourne Drive, Maidstone, was banned from driving for 18 months by Mid Kent magistrates after admitting driving aVolvo in Rocky Hill while disqualified. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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THE Nine Lives campaign is the first initiative to be launched by the newly-formed Maidstone Pet Part- nership. The partnership, thought to be

the first in the UK, calls on compa- nies and organisations to help spread the word about responsible pet ownership through newsletters, meetings andweb pages. The first promotion will be about

the importance of neutering young cats.

Maidstone Pet Partnership is the

idea of Léonie Harrington, who volunteers with the RSPCAbranch in Maidstone. She said: “Often we are told to neuter our cats because animal rescues can’t cope with the numbers of unwanted animals.

“This is true, but as a cat owner,

it’s also important to know about the nasty diseases that unneutered cats risk at such a young age.“

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of Eric Hotson, chairman of KCC, who launched the initiative at County Hall with the help of pupils from Palace Wood Primary School (pictured) at Allington. He said: “I am happy to support Maidstone Pet Partnership in its aim to promote responsible pet ownership. It will give an opportu- nity for all animal-loving owners to not only confirm their love for ani- mals, but enables the partnership to reach a wider audience.” The partnership welcomes en- quiries from any organisation in Maidstone keen to help promote responsible pet ownership. Email maidstonepetpartner - Homes agreed KIMS changes agreed

CHANGES to the road network at Junction 7 of the M20 have been approved by Maidstone Council, which will help the Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS) open on time. A condition of the planning per- mission for KIMS, granted in 2008, required the introduction of traffic lights on the M20 junction with the A249 towards Sittingbourne, as de-

signed by the Highways Agency. But KIMS, the £85m independently- owned private tertiary hospital in Bearsted Road,Weavering, that will also offer services to NHS patients, applied to remove the condition and instead introduce pinch points. David Hicken of DHA Planning,

the applicant’s agent, said: “Subse- quentwork by our transport experts suggested the original changes

would hinder rather than help traf- fic flows, and therefore risk delay- ing the opening of KIMS. “The Highways Agency accepted

this position and agreed to the scheme being redesigned. “The application on behalf of

KIMS was agreed by the local au- thority and there are no planning impediments to KIMS opening in April 2014.”

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