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THOUSANDS turned out despite the rather damp conditions to support the Bearsted and Thurnham Carnival and Fayre. Stallholders reported

brisk trade for most of the day and the fun continued even when the rain fell in earnest. Brightly-coloured

carnival floats were dressed on the ‘Amazing Books of Roald Dahl’ theme. A spokesman said: “The participants really rose to the challenge. The weather didn’t matter.”

Picture special, page 20 Fly-tipping anger

Fury over licence bill for farmers’ market

A ROW has broken out between Maidstone Council (MBC) and Bearsted parish over the cost of holding its monthly farmers’ market. Themarket has taken place on The

Green on the last Sunday of the month since 2010 and is well-sup- ported by both stallholders and shoppers. The market has up to 28 stallhold-

ers each month, primarily selling local produce. Parish councillors are refusing to

pay Maidstone’s bill for a £900 an- nual licence to stage the market. Unlike many markets, which are

held on the public highway, Bearsted’s takes place on the village green – which is wholly owned by the parish council. Stallholders pay a monthly pitch

fee which goes towards the salary of the market manager and the costs of

advertising the event. While the twosideswere locked in dispute, the parish council made the June market a ‘ticketed event’ which meant shoppers attending were asked to pay a nominal 20p ‘admis- sion fee’ for a ticket, whichwas then refunded against the cost of their first purchase from any of the stalls. Parish council vice-chairman Dan Conner said: “Our understanding is thatMBCis the only council in Kent to interpret the legislation in theway that they do, which means we get charged to license the market. “The charging of an entrance fee

means that the market doesn't fall into the same category, meaning the licence isn't required.”

But he said the ticketing system

did not come without other logisti- cal issues, such as how to cordon off the market so tickets could be issued at the entrance. Cllr Conner said: “We are keen to

work withMBCand the Kent Farm- ers’ Market Association (KFMA) be- fore the next market to achieve a suitable solution for all involved.” AnMBCspokesman said: “Under schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions)Act 1982, consent is required for trading on any street in the borough. This in- cludes any road, footway or other area to which the public have access without payment. This can include private land.”

MPs’ pledge

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MPs Helen Grant and Helen Whately have pledged to accept the result of the EU referendum for the long-term good of their Kent con- stituencies, the economy and the nation.


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PILES of rubbish is being dumped at recycling- bins in Hollingbourne. 8

Bearsted primary call 11

MP Helen Whately says Bearsted urgently needs a new pri- mary school.

Castle ticket dodgers

LEEDS Castle’s finances are being hit by visitors dodging entrance fees. 12

Red kites returning

RED kites spotted in the Maid- stone area sparked hopes of the birds’ return . 24

LADS defy weather

LEEDS Amateur Dramatic Society attracted good crowds for summer plays.

Obituaries 25

Comment 34-35 Crime Reports 35

A BICYCLE was stolen in Bearsted. Parish Councils 46-47

COUNTY councillor Gary Cooke apologised for KCC cutting cowslips while in bloom in Leeds. There has been disturbance from off-road bikes in Hollingbourne.

Action packed Fun days

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July 2016 No. 231 News Cockerel’s reprieve

HENDRIX the cockerel has been granted a council reprieve after complaints were made by neighbours in Lenham. 3

Nude jogger mystery

A NAKED jogger has been spot- ted in the King’s Wood, near Broomfield. 4

World record poppy? 6

A SIX foot tall poppy has been grown by ex-Para Richard Gough in Weavering.

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