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Ramblin’ Man noise protests

THE former chief executive of Leeds Castle gave an “absolute mouthful” to organisers of the Ramblin’ Man Fair open air concert at Mote Park over the noise levels. Victoria Wallace, who lives nearby with her husband Sean and two daughters, was incensed by the sound created by acts like headlin- ers Whitesnake and Black Stone Cherry.

Ramblin’ Man went down well with these visitors Pic: Andy Archer

The festival’s music could be heard as far away as Chegworth and Harrietsham. Mr Wallace said his wife rang the complaints number3

Will Bearsted school be built at Eclipse?

A PRIMARY school to serve Bearsted could be built at Eclipse retail and business park if the government funding agency agrees. The establishment would have a

two class, 60-pupil entry to help al- leviate pressure on places in the area. Detling, Vinters Park and Grove

Green could also benefit from extra spaces created at the site. Kent County Council’s education

chiefs have approached the govern- mental Education Funding Agency (EFA) – which agrees funding for new schools – and are waiting for a decision. KCCsaid the “free school” would

be funded by the EFA and would not be under direct local authority control. KCC’s Conservative leader- ship is aware how expanding popu- lation and housing development is putting a strain on primary places.

MP Helen Whately recently said therewas “no time towaste” to get a new school for Bearsted and that it was unacceptable for parents to be expected to travel long distances to get their children to class. She wrote to the EFA weeks ago, having met Tory KCC leader Paul Carter, who knows education could become a major issue ahead of next year’s county elections. Mrs Whately joined the chorus of complaints in Bearstedwhenshe de- clared: “In many families, both par- ents work and it’s hard enough to be a working parents with a school on your doorstep, let alone if you have to spend hours each day getting your child to and from school.”

land in the northern section of Eclipse Park which could be devel- oped. Itwas one of a number of plots being considered by the EFA. County councillor for Bearsted,

Jenny Whittle said: “It is essential the government and Department for Ed- ucation give sufficient funding to meet not just the existing demands but the demands of the future too.” KCC said it would not disclose possible locations. The EFAdeclined to comment.

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Market successes

THE new Farmers’ Market has proved to be a success with dozens of stallholders taking part in Jubilee Square. For more, see the Maidstone Council-sponsored 12-page Borough Update inside.

Before the creation of the EFA, the county council could have secured the land and funding for a school. There is currently seven acres of

August 2016 No. 232 News

Battel Hall future

WORK to turn historic Battel Hall in Leeds into a venue for wed- dings and private dinners is underway.

Grafty plan approval

LUXURY homes are to be built on the site of the former Grafty garden centre. 10

Business after Brexit 14

INDEPENDENT retailers are opti- mistic despite gloomy predictions post-Brexit.

Tile theft charges

TWO men have been charged with stealing roof tiles in Lenham.

Kent show success

MORE than 80,000 visitors flocked to the county show at Detling. 18

Ukip eyes up seats

UKIP is gearing up for a head-on clash at next year’s county council polls. 20

Obituaries 32

Comment 38-39 Crime Reports 39

A LIGHTNING conductor was stolen from the church in Otham.

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