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‘McDonald’s are our neighbours from hell’

ANGRYresidents plagued by litter, noise and cooking smells are definitely not “lovin’ it” after a nearby McDonald’s revealed plans to open longer.

The restaurant in The Broadway

wants to operate its drive-through service around the clock, but the proposal has upset people living in a block of flats overlooking the site, who say it can only worsen their nightmare. They have appealed to Maidstone Council to throw out the application and are displaying banners de- manding “No to 24 hrs Neighbours From Hell” and “Not On Our Doorstep”.Apetition has more than 100 signatures so far. Pensioner Martin Craig, who

moved into Broadway Heights two years ago said: “Since it opened, the noise from the car park has been horrendous. Every evening from about10pmthere are cars screeching wheels, playing loud music and con- stant bibbing of horns. How could anyone sleep with that going on?” Residents say the noise and cook-

ing smells have made it impossible for them to use the first floor terrace overlooking the site to sit and relax on summer evenings and hold bar- becues. Their campaign has the backing of Cllr Paul Harper, Labour ward

September 2016 No. 233 News Cookie contract win

A MAIDSTONE cookie making company has won a contract with top London store Fortnum & Mason. 5

Bus times change

NU-VENTURE bus company has announced changes to its services.

A PLANNED lorry park to ease Operation Stack is now under consultation.

Truckers moved on

MORE than 2,000 lorries have been moved on after parking illegally. 11

Poundland expands

DISCOUNTER Poundland is to expand as part of a refur- bishment of The Mall. 13

Dog waste bins to go

BINS for dog waste are to be re- moved in a bid to cut council costs.

Friends need friends

councillor for Fant, who has asked for the application to be called in for determination by the planning com-

mittee.Hesaid the restaurant should not have been granted per- mission in the first place.

3 Town’s treasures open to the public

MAIDSTONE is to join the coun- try’s biggest heritage festival to celebrate the town’s history, ar- chitecture, and culture. Taking place from September 8-11, Heritage Open Days is a na- tional event that sees more than

40,000 volunteers across England organise over 5,000 free events. The Archbishop’s Palace and the Carriage Museum are among the seven places on show. According to Maidstone Bor- ough Council, which is helping

to co-ordinate the open days, the town has a “colourful history shaped by battles, revolts, and mad priests and, later, industrial- ists and Victorian benefactors”, all of which have left their mark on the town.

27 Royal Mail sale

01622 690290 YOUR LOCAL PROPERTY EXPERT 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent

THE Royal Mail site in the centre of Maidstone has been bought jointly by Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council for a fee of at least £4.5m for a mixed use of retails, houses and offices.


MAIDSTONE Hospital’s League of Friends urgently needs volunteers. 28

German choir debut

A CONCERT of choral pieces by German singers takes place next month. 32

Obituaries 34

Comment 36-37 Crime Reports 46

A NISSAN Juke had its rear win- dow smashed in Tovil Road; there was an attempted break-in on a shed in Fant; 50 granite blocks were stolen from a build- ing site in Union Street; five trees were cut down in College Avenue.

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Op Stack consultation 11

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