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water main WORK to install a £6mwater main at Leybourne and Ditton will start in September. South EastWater announced the


first six-month stage at Leybourne Lakes Country Park and apolo- gised for any disruption. The 7km main will serve Lark-


field, Ditton, Leybourne,Aylesford and parts of Maidstone, replacing the old pipeline on Burham Marshes, which has burst nine times in the last four years. It will cross Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Mill Hall Road and Station Road in Ditton and some private roads and footpaths. The council’s head ranger Phil Outram hasworked with thewater company to limit the impact on wildlife. As a consequence, the work will be carried out over the winter months.


Driver banned


BRIAN Phillips (68), of Auden Road, Aylesford was banned from driving for 24 months after admit- ting drink driving on the M20 at Maidstone. He also received an 80 hours community service order and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.


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Free parking cuts lead to increase in shoppers


CUTS to free parking times in West Malling have resulted in an increase of 10% in the number of shoppers using the town’s main car park. The changes limited the time that


vehicles could stay without charge in the car park behind Tesco in the High Street from four hours to three and prevented repeat park- ing.


According to the West Malling


Parking Review steering group, this has had a noticeable effect on


parking, freeing up spaces for at least 100 more shoppers. However, the process of discour-


aging long-stay parking in the High Street led to more cars being displaced into residential streets in the town, says the group. Consultation is set to start on the


next stage of the review which in- cludes proposals for Offham Road, Norman Road and on the A20 Lon- don Road. These would offer resi- dents permits for £35 a year, allowing on-street parking for spec-


Harley’s charity fun day


YOUNG fundraiser Harley French is helping to organise a fun day to raise money for ChYPS (Ellenor Hospices). Harley, who has previously raised money for the


charity with a sponsored bike ride, is hosting a fun day at Cupcake Heart, in London Road, Larkfield, from 1pm to 5pm on August 5. Entry is free and the stalls will include jewellery, tombola, lucky dip and princess nails. Refresh- ments will be available, and raffle prizes include a cream tea, a photo shoot and ametal detector.


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ified vehicles, but with anyone else being able to use spaces for a max- imum two hours. New uncontrolled parking areas


are also suggested on the A20 Lon- don Road as well as double yellow lines east of the roundabout and into Leybourne parish. The existing permit parking areas


would be re-allocated by changing the zone letters. It is hoped this will re-distribute the permits more evenly among residents and make better use of kerb space.


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