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gets mouthful THEformer 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. VictoriaWallace,wholives nearby

with her husband Sean and two daughters, was incensed by the sound created by acts like Whites- nake and Black Stone Cherry. The festival’s music could be

heard as faraway as Chegworth and Harrietsham. Mr Wallace said his wife rang the complaints number and demanded the music be turned down. He said: “When she finally got through to someone, they said nothing could be done. So Victoria gave them an absolute mouthful. “She told them to go to the sound

desk and tell them to turn it down which they did seem to do.” Borough councillor for Bearsted,

Mike Revell, received five com- plaints. He said the sound at site level “wasn’t too bad” but those in the eastwere able to hear it for miles. He added: “It doesn’t seem the council has a hands-on policy. I am going to look into it.” An MBC spokesman said that 35 complaints had been received about noise levels which he claimed were within “agreed limits”. Ramblin’ManFair pictures, page 36

Residents protest over state of ‘repaired’ road

THERE’S something amiss in Maidstone when residents from a quiet cul-de-sac take to the streets. The reason for the unrest inValen-

tine Road and Hubble Drive is the “appalling” state of the roads and pavements – even after repairs. Residents from more than a dozen

homes – including Rusty the Jack Russell – turned out to protest at the condition of the area, two weeks after KCC closed the road for a day to fix holes in the road and cracks in the pavement. Residents returned home to find

the workwas finished in a few hours and involved “spray-on tar and loose stones” to cover the problem. Glyn Friend, from Hubble Drive,

has produced a DVD showing the state of the two roads, which has been sent, along with a letter of com- plaint, to KCC. It shows weeds growing out of holes in the road, patched and uneven pavements and loose chippings littering the road. He says the area is unsightly, and a hazard to motorists and pedestrians, many of whom are elderly. Gillian Roberts, who joined the

Residents protest over patched roads,weeds and cracked pavements,weeks after KCC organised repairs in Valentine Road and Hubble Drive

protest, said the condition of the roads and pavements was disgust- ing. She claimed council budget cuts were no excuse for shoddy repairs, which, she believes, are ruining Maidstone’s reputation. She said:“We are looking after our

homes and being let down by the county council which is failing to maintain the area.” Ken Humphrey (81) and his wife

Janet said it was unacceptable to allow the paths along Willington Street to fall into disrepair. John Overy, of Valentine Road, complained about cash priorities being determined by unelected offi-

cers, saying itwas time county coun- cillors took control and looked again at fundamental issues like upkeep. A KCC spokesman said the road

andweeds would be re-inspected to determine what can be done. UKIP borough councillor Eddie

Powell, who supported the protest, said he had been bombarded with complaints from theParkWoodarea about the state of verges, roads and paths. He said: “It seems people power has got the reaction theywere hoping for. Unfortunately, it does seem to be the case that it really comes down to those who shout loudest.”


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