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Helpers needed to clear rubbish

AGROUP of residents are hoping to put together a litter-picking task force to tackle the increasing prob- lem of rubbish in Leeds village. The group (pictured) made their

way from St Nicholas’ Church in the village to the roundabout on the A20 near the entrance to Leeds Cas- tle and filled six large bin bags with rubbish apparently thrown from cars travelling along Penfold Hill. But within a few days of the clear-

up, there was fresh rubbish on the verges and footpaths. Volunteers will now be sought to

help with future litter picks in other parts of Leeds. Maidstone borough councillor

Gill Fort,whorepresents the village, said: “The borough has a real prob- lem with litter. In Leeds, because of the volume of through traffic,we get our fair share. “Last Saturday, four of us litter- picked from the church to the roundabout on the A20 and man- aged to fill six bin liners. We are going to do the rest of the village but will be looking for volunteers. “What is really sad is that if you

drive down Penfold Hill now you will see new litter. This is mainly drink cans, fast food wrappers and cigarette boxes. “It doesn't help thatwe have junc-

tion 8 services so close by and peo- plewho have a disregard for the en- vironment.” Parish councillor Lesley Martin,

who also helped in the litter-pick, said: “There were disgusting nap- pies and rubbish from fast food places. It just seems that people have so little respect.” Other villagers have noticed an increase in abandoned cars in the area. A burnt-out caravan was re- moved from Forge Lane and a car was set on fire in Pitt Road, near Langley with an abandoned VW nearby.

Fly-tipping in Burberry Lane con-

tinues to be an almost constant problem, with builders’ waste and garden rubbish tipped out on to the corner.

Farmers’ market up for award

BEARSTED Farmers’ Market is one of the businesses nominated for the annual Taste of Kent awards. The market, which is held every fourth Sunday in the month,was set up

by the parish council in 2009 and is managed by Annette Lebreton. Other Maidstone businesses nominated include Red Hill Farm Estate,

fromWateringbury, for its new rose wine and Chapel Down, which has a vineyard at Aylesford for its brut rose. The Double Vision Cider Company, based at Marlpit Farm,Maidstone, is

in the running for cider of the year with its One Vision beverage. Juice producer of the year nominations include Chegworth Valley, from Harrietsham, while Hot Face Sauces fromMaidstone and Teston Bakery are both included in the food producer category. The Gem of Kent in Maidstone and the Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea are nominated for the restaurant of the year, while The King and Queen in East Malling gets a nomination in the dining pub or bistro category. Voting for the awards, now in their 13th year,was launched with a

reception at Allington Castle. To vote visit before noon on January 3, 2017. Voting forms are available fromfarmers’ markets or fromProduced in Kent on 01732 853170. Other awards not open for public voting include Garden of England Champions – cherry and soft fruit – inwhich nominees include new Paragon raspberries by Total Berry, at Runwood Green Farm, Langley.

Drink-driver had no insurance

AMAN has admitted driving his car while unfit through drink. Alexandru Florian (25), of MortonWay, Maidstone, appeared at

West Kent Magistrates’ Court where he admitted driving while unfit through drink and without insurance. Magistrates banned Florian from driving for 18 months. He must also pay a £600 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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