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News Cobtree plan


A PLAN has been submitted for a replacement café and extended vis- itor centre at the Cabin Café in Cob- tree Manor Park in Forstal Road, nearAylesford. The visitor centre would include


a dining area, improved toilet facil- ities and space for functions aswell as a ranger’s office. The public toiletswere said to be


are “oversized and subject to anti- social behaviour”. Maidstone Council will decide the application. Recent improvements to the park include new pathways, woodland walks, children’s play features, and an extended car park.


Discs thief jailed


A30-YEAR-OLDwomanwas jailed after admitting stealing CDs and DVDs from a shop in King Street, Maidstone. Anna Violo, ofWillington Street,


was sentenced to four weeks in prison by Mid Kent magistrates. Because the offencewas committed during a suspended sentence, the jail termwas increased to 10weeks.


Age correction


WE would like to point out that Kathleen Bourne, from Maidstone Aunties Childminding in Bower Street, is not 59 years old as stated in the Downs Mail.


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Health club closes as site is put up for sale


THE Old Rectory Health Club in Farleigh Lane, Barming, has fi- nally closed its doors to members. Just over a year after the owners gained planning permission to re- instate the historic building for res- idential use, members were given their marching orders and the gates were locked. The company website is now of-


fline and calls to the club go unan- swered. The Old Rectory and Coach House became a health and fitness


UKIP candidate


HEADCORN businessman Peter Edwards-Daem is to take on MP Hugh Robertson for the Faver- sham and Mid-Kent seat. Mr Edwards-Daem, who runs a swimming pool company and lives in Mill Bank, is branch chairman of UKIP and will stand for the party at the 2015 general election. Mar- ried to Christine, with two children, Mr Edwards-Daem is a former Labour supporter.


club in 1989. Planning consent was given in April last year for demoli- tion of the outbuildings and mod- ern extensions, with the restoration


of the main house into a six-bed- roomed home. The coach house was to be con-


verted to a studio and store, with a two-bay car barn, while a new five- bed dwelling with a detached garage and studio would also be build in the grounds. Torch Fitness, the company be-


hind the Old Rectory, made the ap- plication to the council, via planning consultants DHA, and it is understood the site is now to be out on sale for developers.


Extra train services proposed


COMMUTERS could get a third peak service into London by the end of the year. Southeastern wants to intro-


duce a rush-hour service from Maidstone East into Blackfriars, stopping atWest Malling. A spokesman said: “The with-


drawal of our limited peak serv- ice into Cannon Street in December 2009 was pretty un- popular. We have listened to


comments and are proposing this service into Blackfriars as a half- way house, taking commuters closer to the City.” Also proposed is an extension


to the Victoria service via Maid- stone East, providing an off- peak, stopping service to CanterburyWest via Ashford In- ternational. The proposed services could be introduced from December.


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