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Improved cycle path is opened

THE upgraded path running from Cripple Street to Old Drive, form- ing the new Loose Cycleway, has been officially opened by county councillor Brian Clark. Cllr Clark (pictured) cut a ribbon

to mark the completion of the work to widen and resurface footpath KB22, after landowners agreed to their boundary fences being moved. The ceremony was attended by residents, members of the North Loose Residents’ Association and Valley Conservation Society and councillors. It was followed by tea at the YMCA centre. Decorative ragstone entrances

have been installed at both ends of the path to stop it being used by quad-bikers. Some have criticised the scheme,

saying it is too “urbanising”. How- ever, Cllr Clark said there was no doubt the path was being used more. He said: “The opening ceremony

was interrupted several times to allow young children on bikes re- turning from school to pass.

Mummy to give up secrets

FUNDING from lottery takings could unearth the story behind the famous mummy atMaidstone Museum. The Egyptian remains will be examined by scientists, who plan to use

the grant to reconstruct her face and discovermore about her background. The mummy, a female known as a-Kush, is believed to be a 14-year-

“I am delighted that this scheme

has now finally come to fruition. “As a parent of two young chil-

dren who love to visit LooseValley, I am already enjoying benefits of the scheme.” It is planned to extend the cycle-

way from the heart of Loose village through the Loose Valley and on to the River Medway, with funding from developers and a grant from the Local Growth Fund. The cycleway was championed

by South Maidstone Action for Roads and Transport.

old girl who died about 2,700 years ago. Nowmuseum staff say the results of a CT scan on the body and her

cask could unearth more previously unknown details of her short life. The museum has been given £78,700 to carry out the work as part of

a scheme to bring together its Egyptian and Greek collections in a new ancient civilisations gallery.

Vandal now faces £1,200 bill

A 26-YEAR-old man who left a £1,200 trail of vandalism in Knightrider Street, Maidstone,was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Robert Fiddler, of Crown Quay Lane, Sittingbourne, appeared before

Mid Kent Magistrates when he admitted criminal damage to two doors estimated at £600 and £400 at a hostel and £200 damage to a car window. He must complete his sentence within 12 months and must also pay full compensation.

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