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‘This is not the place for a drive-through’


Continued from page one “Adrive-through is inappropriate


on this site, therefore there should be strict limitation on opening hours and these should not be ex- tended.” Besides citing objections about


noise, odours, traffic, staff whistles and litter, he said: “There will be further bad social behaviour with people who are drunk from all- night drinking in the town centre night time economy. “A 24-hour, seven-day-a-week opening will only blight our area and Broadway Heights further. There is a new drive-through in Aylesford and this one is not needed.” The drive-through opened in


May 2015, on condition it did not trade between midnight and 6am to protect neighbours. McDonald’s withdrew an application for 24- hour opening in March, but has ap- plied again. Protestors say they will turn out


in force to lobby councillors at the planning meeting, for which a date has yet to be set. McDonald’s franchisee Ali El


News Driver jailed


DRINK-driver Martin Mrowka has been jailed for four months and banned from driving for four years. He was sentenced at Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court. He pleaded guilty to drink driv-


ing, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. On June 13, 2016, the 38-year-old,


of Queens Road, Maidstone, drove a Renault Megane in Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, while disquali- fied and with no insurance. He gave a breath test of 125 mi- crogrammes of alcohol in 100 milli- litres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes. Magistrates sentenced Mrowka


to 120 days in prison and banned him from driving for 48 months. He must also pay £300 compensa- tion, £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.


Cllr Paul Harper outside McDonald’s in front of the flats and right, McDonald’s franchisee Ali El Hajj


Hajj said there was demand from customers for the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day. Steps had been taken to minimise disruption and anti-social behaviour, includ- ing a CCTV upgrade, restricted de- livery times and staff dealing with noisy people in the car park. Planning consultant Clara Blag-


den said the 24/7 scheme would create 30 jobs and extra hours for


“When our new fence looks this good, is maintenance free and guaranteed for 25 years, it’s a no-brainer”


existing staff. It was


not antici- pated “to result in any unac- ceptable impact given the pre-ex- isting high background noise levels and vehicular activity within the lo- cality.”


Fire charge


A MAIDSTONE man has been charged with setting fire to a letter- box at Maidstone Crown Court. Noel Hiles (54), from Sutton


Road, Maidstone, was arrested on April 11 and charged lastweek. A letterbox was damaged in


Barker Road by a fire started with a liquid. He was released on bail and will appear before Maidstone magis- trates on Friday, October 14.


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