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News Flats plan

THE formerwater pumping station at Forstal Road,Aylesford, could be transformed into a block of flats. Applicant Bob Porritt, of

Sevenoaks has applied to Ton- bridge and Malling Council to con- vert the building, currently used as an office, to five flats. There is al- ready room for 20 parking spaces.

Road delays ahead

DRIVERS have been warned to ex- pect problems when Aylesford High Street closes for at least three weeks to upgrade traffic signals. Work is due to start on Monday, August 11 and will affect the road between Vicarage Close and Bull Lane. Diversions will be advertised when the scheme starts but KCC haswarned of potential “significant delays”.

Secret buyer snaps up town’s former library

AN unknown buyer has snapped up Maidstone’s old library for a bargain price. The purchaser bought the six-

storey building in St Faith’s Street for just £395,000 – less than the cost of a detached house in some parts of town. The buildingwas put up for auc-

tion by KCC, which decided it was surplus to requirements, after the opening of the new Kent History and Library Centre in James What- manWay in 2012. Aspokesman for KCC said: “We

Post office upgrade complete

AMULTI-million pound investment programme at Maidstone’s main post office is now complete. The town centre office, in Bank

Street, now has open-plan counters and a dedicated counter to accept mail. Three self-service kiosks have

been introduced, giving customers sending letters and parcels more

options for accessing post office services, and reducing queue times. Regional manager Andrew Thompson said: “The dedicated mail countermeans customers sen- ding multiple packages or letters can drop these off for a quicker serv- ice, while our self-service kiosks offer an expanded range of mail services and retail products.”

have been reviewing all the build- ings in KCC ownership to deter- mine their best use and suitability

for our various services. “We decided that because of the physical limitations of the old library’s use, the best course of ac- tionwas to dispose of it.” The library came up for auction

with Clive Emson at the beginning of May and borough councillors, facing the assessed need to build 19,600 new homes in the borough by 2031, are hopeful the site could be redeveloped as housing. A spokesman for Clive Emson

said they could not reveal the iden- tity of the purchaser.

Fire wrecksworkshop

A BONFIRE was to blame for de- stroying a mobile home, a work- shop and threeMGsports cars that were under renovation in Water- ingbury Road, East Malling. Fire crews in breathing appara-

tus spent almost two hours fight- ing the fire using two hose reels and a main jet, plus a water shut- tle. They were called at 2.24pm on July 4.

The blaze was one of almost 30 outdoor fires in a 24-hour spell in the county. Others included call- outs to fields, trees, undergrowth and scrubland, rubbish and bin fires.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s

head of community safety, Lee Rose said: “We would like people to take care and think about what they’re doing.”

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