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Nature is on your doorstep


AYLESFORD and Eccles WI will meet on Wednesday, August 27 at 7.30pm in the Brassey Rooms, Station Road, Aylesford. There will be a talk about Vinters


Park Nature Reserve and an oppor- tunity to learn about facilities close to home that members may not be aware of. There is also the usual so- cial time and chance to make new friends. No obligation to join at your first visit. For more details, contact Eileen on 01622 725205.


Drink driver banned


VOLODYMIR Alimov (29), of Beech Road, Kings Hill, was banned from driving for 24 months and fined £400 after admitting drink driving. Medway Magistrates Court heard that he was stopped and breath tested while driving a Seat Altea in Pattens Lane, Chatham, on April 19, resulting in a reading of 105mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. He must also pay £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge. The ban may be reduced by six months if he completes an awareness course.


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Increase in recycling a blow to local charities


SCOUT groups, Brownies and dozens of Maidstone charities could lose out on vital funds as an inadvertent result of borough coun- cils’ improved efficiency. Aylesford Newsprint has decided


to remove its 11,000-litre paper banks from 128 sites across the county, claiming it is no longer eco- nomically viable to run them. The paper bankswere introduced


25 years ago, allowing residents to recycle and help charity. But coun- cils’ improved recycling initiatives have seen a marked drop in use – and in profits for charities. As a result, churches and commu-


nity groups will lose funds they have received for a number of years. However, in some cases this could


be as little as £1.20 every three months, according to Matt Feekings, recycling area manager for Ayles- ford Newsprint. Maidstone Rotary Club, which has


10 collection points across the town, expects to lose nearer £2,000 a year. Past president Dennis Fowle said:


“We are disappointed to be losing this revenue, which will affect many


charities we in turn support. How- ever, while it is a significant source of revenue, it is not our only one.” Mr Feekings said: “Our recycling initiatives were introduced before current EU legislation, which now places a statutory obligation on local authorities to recycle. “The negative aspect to the way


local authorities have embraced the legislation is that people now recy- cle at their front door.” Mr Feekings said the larger FELs


(front end loaders)would remain at supermarkets and will continue to help support Great Ormond Street


Children’s Hospital, which has ben- efited by more than £200,000 in the past 18 years. But he said: “It costs us £6,000 a month to collect from these 128 sites. Sometimes, there is as little as 100kg of paper a quarter and there have been cases of groups receiving as little as £1.20 in return. “However, with dropping ton-


nage, the service is not environmen- tally or economically viable.” The groups that use the recycling service have been contacted and the 300 banks for paper and cardboardwere due to be removed over a two-week period from the beginning of July.


‘No profit from collections’


MAIDSTONE Council intro- duced kerbside paper collections in 2001 and most homes have wheelie bins or plastic boxes to collect paper and plastic. The council recently signed a contract with Ashford and Swale councils to make further savings, and householders can now put glass in the same recycling bin.


Pilates Retreat


with Aloe Vera Cleanse and Sports Massage


You will be doing your daily Pilates overlooking the calm, sparkling sea with the smell of pine trees surrounding you. There is plenty of walking and snorkelling to do and bikes to hire around the island. It's a beautiful place for a peaceful and sunny week away.


Price Includes:


Breakfast and Dinner everyday 6 nights accommodation 2x Pilates Classes daily 1x Pilates 1:1


1x Sports Massage Daily Aloe Vera drink, pollen tablet and probiotic.


SALE


Single room: £600 pp if booked before 5th August 2014


For more information pease go to my website www.pilatesthroughlife.co.uk or call 07545187885 email: info@pilatesthroughlife.co.uk


4 Malling July 2014


Paper in the green recycling bins is separated at a recycling facility and sold.


This income funds the separa- tion of the recyclables, so the council does not receive any profit. The council received £4,000 from paper collected at other pub- lic recycling sites last year, which was used to help clean those sites.


14th - 20th September 2014 Agistri Island, Greece


z Relax & unwind z Improve your posture z Condition your body z Boost your wellbeing


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