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KCC denies ‘siing on housing report’

KCC leader Paul Carter has been accused of “siing on” a document

that proves him wrong over Maidstone’s housing need. Cllr Carter told the Downs Mail in February that he had authorised an investigation into the methodol- ogy behind Maidstone Council’s assessment that the borough needs 19,600 homes between 2011-2031. Cllr Carter, who lives in Langley and represents Maidstone Rural North, felt this figure – reached by planning consultant GL Hearn – should be much lower.

Former borough council leader Chris Garland claimed in late March to have seen a draft copy of a consultant’s report which had up- held the process used by GL Hearn.

KCC declined Downs Mail en- quiries to see this draft report, so we requested it under the Freedom Of Information Act, but KCC said the report did not exist. Cllr Garland said: “I have seen the report. I have read it. Paul Carter had it on him when I was with him. The final paragraph says: ‘we would have done it a different way, but we would have come to the same number as 19,600’.” The FOI response said KCC had a number of preliminary meetings with Peter Brett Associates Ltd to “explore the potential for them to

Super heroes of Bearsted

BEARSTED and Thurn- ham Carnival organisers Pat Marshall and June Wilkins threw them- selves into the spirit of this year’s theme ‘heroes’ by turning out on The Green clad as Batman and Superman (pic- tured).

Despite a dousing at the start of the day, the clouds cleared and the sun shone for a glorious afternoon of activities and events, in the 34th annual fayre, with fun for all the family. Results and pictures on page five.

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ENFORCEMENT officers are part of the council’s zero toler- ance approach to dropping litter. Full details are in the Maidstone Council-sponsored 12-page Bor- ough Update in the centre pages.

complete a review and asked for some outline work to be under- taken [but] it was subsequently de- cided that there was no need for such external work to be completed for the county council to reach its conclusions and respond to the consultation.

“No reliance was placed by the county council on the views of ex- ternal consultants when submitting its consultation response. Accord- ingly there is, and never has been, a report completed by ex- ternal consultants that can be shared with you.” The

4 Medical centre

‘going ahead’ THE man behind the Maidstone Medical Centre says the scheme will still move forward – despite threatening to pull out if the Newn- ham Court proposalwas rejected. Franz Dickmann, president of

Kent Institute of Medicine and Sur- gery, submitted a letter to Maid- stone Council chief executive Alison Broom a few days before the planning committee decided not to allow Land Securities’ 28,000sqm retail

17 July 2014 No. 207 News Paper funds to end

LOCAL charities are to lose a vital income stream inadvertently through Maidstone Coun- cil’s success in recycling.

UCA leaves town

THE University for the Creative Arts is this month closing its doors in Maidstone after 150 years.

8 Road figures concern

KCC is basing its traffic forecasts for some new housing schemes on projections from de- velopers, it has emerged.

Commissioner stays

ANN Barnes has managed to weather the storm that followed a controversial C4 fly-on- the-wall documentary.

19 Pauline remembered

CONSERVATION stalwart gets bench in memory. 22

New council leader CLLR Blackmore elected. 31

Comment 34-35

VIEWS on parking tickets, a sign advertising a new development, immigration and the cost of a night out in Maidstone are aired.

Obituaries 38-39 Parish Councils 50-51

Boughton Malherbe was decid- ing whether to help fund a new history book; Bredhurst backed a World War I project; Concern was raised at Broomfield and Kingswood about crop spraying near Leeds Castle; deterioration was observed on the Detling vil- lage sign; ‘private land’ signs had been put on former foot- paths in Downswood; more retail space was planned for the Tex- aco in Lenham; pothole works were taking place in Ulcombe.

Crime Reports 51 14 4

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