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Dismay at homes fighting fund defeat


RESIDENTS have hit out at their parish council’s refusal of £5,000 funding for expert advice on plans to build hundreds more homes at Kings Hill. The Residents of Kings Hill group


said that without a professional planning consultant, localswere left in a “grossly unfair” situation with a mountain of technical paperwork to plough through. It added that, after applying for fi-


nance on the advice of a parish councillor, “we were naturally dis- appointed that itwas refused”. ChairmanDaveWaller told group members at the parish council meet- ing that all funds had been budgeted for and the expense could not be jus- tified. The parish council believed negotiation with the developer was


the bestway forward. A spokesman for the residents’


group said: “Most of the councillors believed that the discussions they have had with Tonbridge and Malling Council planners were all that they needed to ascertain the le- gality of the Liberty bid.” She added: “One of our concerns


is that it is impossible for most resi- dents to have the time and the knowledge to plough through over 400 documents on the TMBC web- site, some of which are in excess of over 100 pages. “A lot of the documents refer to


Welcome to our playground


A DITTON playground was given a makeover after children were asked for ideas about the equipment they would like there.


The winning young designers


were VIP guests at the re- opening of the the Kilnbarn Recreation Ground play area, which was performed by Ditton Parish Cllrs Mike Porter (chairman) and James Yearsley, with KCC Cllr Peter Homewood. Ditton Junior and Infant school, St Peter’s and St Paul’s Pre-school and Ditton Church Pre-school held a competition to design a welcome entrance. The playground was approved and funded by the parish council. Designs from the five competition winners were merged to create the one painted on the ground just inside the entrance, which was paid for by Cllr Homewood from his community fund. A pear tree was also planted.


The parish council thanked Yvette Pinnington of Bustles and Breeches who donated the balloon arch and Mont White for photography.


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legal practices and terms so howcan a lay person have the knowledge to fully understand what is meant? It immediately gives us a disadvan- tage to respond on the same level, in a matter of weeks and we feel it is grossly unfair.” Developer Liberty Property Trust


UK cut its planned 975 new homes by a third to 635 after opposition from residents and the parish coun- cil but therewas concern that the re- duced figurewas still too high. The amended proposal for phase


three of the development would bring the number of 4


‘Pre-loaders’


hit bar trade LICENSING laws aimed at turning Britain into a café culture have failed completely, according to landlords in Maidstone.


Bar and nightclub takings are de- clining in the county town as youngsters drink heavily before coming to the town to party, the town’s night economy forum heard.


Bar managers and club owners are now planning their own cam- paign to turn trade back to the “halcyon” days of the 1980s when clubbers came out at 8pm – and were back home in bed by 3am. The town’s night econ- omy forum heard that Just 24


Town Talk alk


is amongst the first surgeries in the UK to offer a new 4 strain LEPTOSPIROSIS vaccine.


TWO Snodland residents have won awards for service to the community. For details see Town Talk in this month’s Downs Mail. The bi-monthly in- dependent magazine is written by and dedicated to Snodland and Halling residents.


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Land retention hope


THERE has been a call for a site in Leybourne that was involved in a huge landbanking fraud to be kept for community use.


4 Archaeological finds


DEVELOPER of 1,000 homes near Snodland says possible Roman artefacts found on the site will not disrupt the scheme.6


Street clutter call


A LOCAL councillor wants plan- ning restrictions to halt the pro- liferation of estate agent signs in the borough.


8 Patient care criticism


MAIDSTONE Hospital fails to meet basic standards of care, according to a Care Qual- ity Commission report. 17


Seafood stall to stay


CAR park fish bar given another 12 months. 23


Allotments donated PARISH given 75 plots. 24


Comment Obituaries 28


A LOCAL shop is praised for sup- porting a stroke sufferer.


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FORMER Maidstone United FC goalkeeper Bob Jeffrey is remem- bered.


Crime Reports 34


A THIEF made off with a white camper van from a drive in Pat- tenden Gardens, East Peckham.


Parish Councils 42-43


VILLAGE hall refurbishment plans were nearing completion in Birling; parish council surgeries were not proving popular in East Peckham; the possibility of rats on a donkey field in Leybourne was being monitored.


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