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Plan to remove dogwaste bins

MAIDSTONE Borough Council (MBC) is getting rid of dog waste bins to cut costs. The council claims the waste de- positories are in poor condition and are to be removed. Now the authority's bosses are advising dog-owners to clear up after their animals and that "any bin will do" from now on. A statement today from MBC

states: "Dog owners can use litter or household rubbish bins which means all the old dog waste bins across the borough, many of which are in a state of disrepair, will be taken out over the next few months. "Their removal will not only re-

duce the cost to dispose of the waste, which if collected sepa- rately, must be sent for specialist disposal but will also mean that, unlike the dog waste bins, any of the council’s street cleansing team can empty the litter bins to ensure they do not become overfilled." Tory borough councillor Matt Boughton only cautiously wel- comed the move, adding: "It de- pends where the waste ends up. I

suppose every bin must be taken on an individual basis." Cllr Marion Ring, chairman of

the communities, housing and en- vironment committee said: “Most dog owners in Maidstone already do the right thing and use one of the many rubbish bins in the bor- ough. "We are sure that they will con-

tinue to use any litter bins available or their black wheeled bins to clear up after their dogs. “The removal of the old dog

waste bins will allow us to focus our resources on keeping our bor- ough clean while still supporting those who dispose of their litter and dogwaste responsibly.”

News Cash for youth development

FIFTEEN organisations that provide activities to divert young people away from crime and antisocial behaviour have received £68,276 from Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott (pictured). They include Yalding-based

Kenward Trust’s Think Differently project, which received £4,000 to help fund an educational intervention programme around the dangers of drink and drugs. John Shanley, the trust’s project manager, said this would allow its work to expand to take in more schools, youth projects and young person housing projects. Young Kent’s Catalyst

programme, which has been awarded £4,800, will use the money to support unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds, helping them to becomemore employable. Julie Stones, Young Kent’s director of development, said: “The grant

will allow us to work with an additional 36 young people in the Maidstone area, supporting them through engagement in positive activities, linking with their communities and coaching them on a pathway to a better future.”

Racial abuse case goes to court

POLICE have charged a Maidstone man after a woman reported being racially abused in the town. The woman claims to have faced verbal abuse from the man in Earl

Street at about 1pm on July 12. Stephen Morris (53), from London Road, has been charged with two offences of racial abuse and was due to appear at Maidstone Magis- trates’ Court onAugust 2.


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