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downsmail.co.uk Road rage over developer input


SOME of KCC’s transport assess- ments for house building in Maid- stone are based on statistics provided by the developers. This startling factwas unearthed


by the borough’s Lib Dems, while fighting proposals for 19,600 homes in Maidstone borough between 2011 and 2031. Previously, KCC carried out veh-


icle counts on roads – the Kent traf- fic counts programme – but this was scrapped in 2011. Since then, the county has often


relied on figures commissioned by house builders themselves – in one example Land Securities commis- sioned its own transport survey in


Ringing appeal


DON’T know your Bob from your Sally? What exactly is a quarter peal? Now’s the chance to get an- swers to your questions about bell ringing. Aylesford Ringers, both tower


bells and handbells, are having an open morning (10am to noon) on Saturday, August 9 at St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church. Visitors can see the ringers in ac-


tion and there is a chance to have a go at bell-ringing. Admission is free.


support of its unsuccessful plan to redevelop Newnham Court. Cllr Ian Chittenden said: “These companies could save on the cost of road improvements – such as wider roads and roundabouts – by sup- plying lower vehicle numbers, which clearly makes this a conflict of interest. “If, after the building takes place,


the numbers turn out to be too low, there will be increased congestion, creating a cost which will have to be met by the taxpayer.” In March, KCC’s cabinet member


for transport and highways Cllr David Brazier told Cllr Chittenden that KCC was able to commission


its own independent transport con- sultants to check information pro- vided, but this was increasingly limited due to cash cutbacks. Cllr Chittenden said: “We have


raised serious questions about traf- fic figures reported by developers for a 220-home scheme in Bough- ton Lane. While KCC questioned the validity of the developers’ re- port, it does not have the resources to make a proper judgment.” Cllr Chittenden said he would


like to see the Kent traffic counts programme reinstated. “We are now facing the possibil-


ity of having to provide 19,600 new homes in Maidstone – with little


Flag flies to honour armed forces


PUPILS from Kings Hill Primary School helped to fly the flag in hon- our of our servicemen and women. The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Sasha Luck, officiated at the event, which was organised by Kings Hill Parish Council. The Union flag was raised above Kings Hill Community Centre to mark Armed Forces Day. The parish council hopes the cere- mony can become an annual event.


money for road improvements to relieve congestion and pollution.” Cllr Brazier said: “KCC can ask


our independent traffic consultants to check developers’ datasets. This requires financial resources from KCC, so this practice is not fol- lowed for all situations. Otherwise, KCC has the expertise and local traffic knowledge to sense check the datasets and assumptions. “The data collection report should show whether the data has been collected by a competent sur- vey company, when the data was collected, and what the weather and traffic (incidents) conditions were at that time.”


Summer meeting


AYLESARA will hold its monthly meeting at Aylesford Community Centre on Thursday, August 28 at 2pm. As this is the summer meet- ing there will not be a speaker, but social time and bingo. There is also a chance to discover what trips, in- terest groups and social events are planned for the autumn period. Anyone aged 55-plus with time


Tonbridge and Malling mayor Cllr Sasha Luck raises the flag


to spare whowould like to explore new friendships/interests can come along. For more details, contact Wayne on 01622 710734.


YogaThroughLife Traditional Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation Classes


Monday 6.30am-8am Meditation and Yoga Jag Dance Studios, Maidstone town


Tuesday 6.30am-8am Meditation and Yoga Larkfield Leisure Centre


Wednesday 9.30-10.30am Yoga Larkfield Leisure Centre


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