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downsmail.co.uk Takeaway agreed despite fears


CONCERNS over noise, smells and highway safety failed to pre- vent the introduction of a take- away in Allington Maidstone Council received 16


letters of objection over Mr Kane- san’s planning application to set up the fast food outlet in an unused storeroom next to Allington Off-Li- cence at 99 London Road. But because KCC raised no ob- jection over the main fear – high- way safety – the council’s planning committee had no grounds for re- fusal and gave the go-ahead. Local ward member James Ross noted that the take-away will be lo-


Flats on car park


THE Chartway Group has applied to build 21 affordable flats on land next to Corpus Christi Hall in Fairmeadow, Maidstone. MHS Homes, formerly Medway Housing Society, would manage the development, with all proper- ties available for affordable rents or shared equity. There would be undercroft parking for 21 vehicles. Maidstone Council will determine the scheme, which is on a brown- field site currently used for surface level parking.


junction as a destination. “The logical place youwould eat


your takeaway is Millennium Green, so it will also increase pedestrian traffic.” Committee member Cllr Tony


cated opposite the forked part of Buckland Lane and next to an ac- cess road. He said: “You have four different roads all converging on this one junction, with some of the traffic travelling at significant speeds. The proposal will increase the amount of traffic by using this


Harwood said: “Avery good friend of minewas killed close to this by a motorcycle. It was not that long ago. This is a wide road and hard to cross, but there is very little we can do about that.” The scheme was agreed, with


nine members in favour, one against and three abstentions. Cllr Mike Hogg, a committee member, said: “I don’t see where


we have a problem here. I don’t think it is going to generate that much traffic. “On this road we have a shop a


little bit further along that has got to be busier than this takeaway. If you carry on towards Allingtonwe have a BP garage which generates even more traffic, and that’s on a very busy junction. I would have thought that would be busier than this takeaway.” The proposed trading hours of


the takeaway will reflect those of the convenience store – 10am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sundays.


Solicitors’ WWI tribute Forum packed


GULLANDS Solicitors is looking for copies of photographs, stories and information for a newwebsite, www.gullands-heritage.co.uk. The website will celebrate the heritage of Gullands, the history and growth of Maidstone and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak ofWorldWar I. Practice manager Paul Manner-


ing said: “We would like to offer people who may have interesting stories or photographs the oppor- tunity for them to be published on


the newwebsite. “In a tribute to all the young men


of Maidstone who fought in the First World War, we would like people to send us a photograph of them with details.” Anybody wishing to send copies


of pictures and information should contact Paul Mannering, Gullands Solicitors, 16 Mill Street Maidstone Kent ME15 6XT or email p.manner- ing@gullands.com. Unfortunately, Gullands won’t be able to return any details sent.


MORE than 120 people attended Voluntary Action Maidstone’s Older Persons Forum at The Hazlitt Theatre. It was the last forum chaired by


Peter Spearink, who handed over the role to TimWakelin, with Brian Vizzard as vice-chairman. Brighter Futures, part of Volun-


tary Action Maidstone (VAM) runs the forum every three months and is always looking for new members and volunteers to join the steering group. Call VAMon 01622 677337, or email office@vam-online.org.uk.


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