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£92m boost to plans for new primary schools

NEW primary schools for Kings Hill and Leybourne Chase have moved a step closer with news that the Department of Education has allocated KCC an extra £92m. The funding from the basic need allocations is in addition to the £27.5m already promised for 2015- 17 and will help the local authority meet the need for more school places over the next three years. It follows vigorous efforts byKCC

to gain increased schools funding because of anticipated demand

Village sign

KINGS Hill Parish Council has or- dered a village sign which will be based on the ideas of schoolchild- ren, residents and local history. The project was first discussed in

2005 and work began on the sign in 2011. The design was chosen after competitions, public consultations and many hours of review, and it is hoped it will be erected at the en- trance to Kings Hill in Gibson Drive before the end of the summer.

through population growth, hous- ing developments and inward mi- gration. KCC’s cabinet member for educa-

tion, Roger Gough said: “This is ex- cellent news. “It means we will be able to im- plement plans which provide the re- quired school places, wherever possible. However we are far from complacent about it as the scale of this task is still huge. “For the next few years the pres- sure will be predominantly for pri-

mary school places, but the need for extra secondary school places will then start to come through.” Across Kent 15,000 extra primary

school places are needed over the next five years. The Kings Hill and Leybourne

Chase primary schools are among seven new schools already planned. Kent’s allocation from the basic

need allocations is the highest for any local authority in the country, the second highest being Manches- ter’s £84.9m.

Players wanted at cricket club

SUMMERoutdoor coaching for TownMalling Cricket Club juniors starts on Friday, April 24 from 6pm at the Old County Ground, Norman Road,West Malling. The club always welcomes new junior players for its under 9s, under 11s, under 13 and under 15 teams. Just turn up on the night or mail More senior team players would also bewelcome. The club plays friendly

cricket on Saturdays and is in the Kent Village Cricket League, division 4, on Sundays. Contact formore details.

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at civic parade MAIDSTONE’S mayor-making and civic parade will takeplace this year on Saturday, May 23. The incoming mayor of Maid-

stone, Cllr Daniel Moriarty, will be inaugurated in a ceremony at the Town Hall prior to a parade through the town centre, ending with a service at All Saints’ Church. Amilitary contingent comprising officers from the 36 Engineer Regi- ment will assemble outside County Hall and march alongWeek Street to meet up with the civilian party, which will form in Earl Street. The parade leaves the junction of

Week Street/High Street at noon and marchesdownthe High Street, with a salute being taken by the mayor and senior military person- nel at theTownHall, then into Mill Street and on to All Saints’ Church. The mayoral party willwalk to the church behind the main parade. There will be road closures in

place on and around the route be- tween 10.30am and 12.45pm. Jubilee Square and Bank Street

will close from9amto5pmbecause of events in the square throughout the day and Old College Horseway will be closed from 6am to 1pm. Cllr Derek Butler, ward member

for Boxley, will be Cllr Moriarty’s deputy for the year.

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