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News Plan ahead to avoid long delays

DRIVERS have been warned to allow more time for their journeys through Ditton during work to re- place a water main. The work by South EastWater to

install a new 7km pipeline is one of the most complex projects the com- pany has undertaken. The old water main, buried be-

neath Burham marshes, has burst nine times over the past four years and has proved difficult to repair. The £8.1m blue pipeline has al-

ready been woven through Ley- bourne Lakes Country Park and New Hythe Business Park.

The 80-metre section in Ditton is

being laid in Station Road between the junctions of Priory Grove and the A20 London Road. Chris Love, delivery manager at

South East Water, said: “The new pipe will link into the water main we laid within London Road dur- ing 2013. “We were already planning for

this project back then and at the time installed a special section of pipe at the Station Road/A20 junc- tion which we’ll connect this new pipe into. “The safety of the public and our

THE first person to swim the English Channel in 2014 was guest speaker at Holmesdale Technol- ogy College’s awards evening. Nick Alford, from Ditton, was part of a relay

team that swam the channel in 2010. A year later he planned, and led, a further cross-channel team, which gave him the ambition for a solo swim. He showed students and staff of the Snodland

school a video of the swim as he gave an inspira- tional, motivational and humorous speech. Together with Tonbridge & Malling deputy

mayor, Mark Rhodes, Nick handed out certificates and medals to the winning pupils. This year’s winners were Dion Lovett for overall

effort and Brooklyn Damerum for overall attain- ment, while the Ian Hobson award was won by

staff is our top priority and due to the size of the pipe we’re installing we need to close Station Road at the London Road junction to motorists wanting to travel onto London Road until September 1. “Motorists travelling into Station

Road from London Road will still be able to do so as normal.” During the lane closure Cob-

down Sports and Social Club, Aylesford railway station and nearby businesses will be open as usual and a diversion will operate for traffic travelling from Station Road onto London Road.

Swimmer Nick inspires Holmesdale pupils

Chelsea Vaughan. School principal Julia Campbell praised stu-

dents’ achievements and told the audience that Holmesdale would be going ahead as a satellite for Five AcreWood Special School in Maidstone in January. The Wolfe Centre will cater for 70 stu- dents with moderate to severe learning difficul- ties. The part of the main building previously used by Grange Park School would be available for the college’s use. “These changes have also finally facilitated the

formalising of our own autism provision, also in theWolfe Centre,“ said Mrs Campbell. “This will be for students with an educational health care plan and may also support some students in main- stream school with autism.”

Dion Lovett receives her award fromNick Alford and deputy mayorMark Rhodes

Speed limit A REDUCED speed limit is in operation on the A20 Lon- don Road between Coldhar- bour roundabout and Beaver Road. The 30mph limit will enable

work by Southern Gas Net- works, which could continue untilAugust 31. The workwas due to start onAugust 10, last- ing for up to 21 days.

01622 902005 6 Malling August 2015

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