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Fraudwarning PEOPLE in Coxheath and Loose have been targeted by fraudsters asking for money to fix a computer. The victim is instructed to go to


the post office and transfer funds to a bank account. A police spokesman said: “If you


are sceptical of a call, end the con- versation and do not give out your personal information. “Don’t trust a number the caller


gives you, lookupone that isknown to be accurate on an officialwebsite.” Call Action Fraud on 0300 123


2040 or report concerns online at www.actionfraud.police.uk/re- port_fraud, call Kent Police on 101 or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


Crossing relief A PRIMARY school in Maidstone haswelcomed anewzebra crossing. Brunswick House, in Leafy Lane,


has been plagued by traffic prob- lems in recent years and suffered a few near-misses.Apetition gathered 700 signatures andnowKCChas de- livered the £10,000 crossing.


Wind concert MAIDSTONE Wind Symphony is holding a concert of reflection at All Saints’ Church in the town on No- vember 19. For details, email mar- keting@maidstonesymphony.org.uk


downsmail.co.uk


Gyratory work facing delays into New Year


WORK on the Maidstone bridges “gyratory” system will not be fin- ished on time. It is likely to be two months over


its scheduled completion date of mid-November. Business leaderswere told of the


latest development by Kent County Council’s project manager Russell Boorman who set a com- pletion date of January 17. But Mr Boorman assured a net- working meeting at the Gallagher Stadium earlier this month there would be no disruption over the festive season. The main highways work will be completed on schedule, but ele- ments of the finishing touches will not. A retainingwall on the corner of


the junction of High Street and Bishops Way and laying new paving stones was hampered by difficulties sourcing suitable slabs from China. Mr Boorman said that despite


the order being placed with the Chinese source immediately the


lanes to allow drivers using the A229 towards Blue Bell Hill and Chatham to avoid the bridge sys- tem.


The plan is that congestion will


be eased in the town centre, with highways bosses hoping the new road layout will shave 74 seconds off journey times along the A20 Broadway and A229 Bishops Way.


Highways bosses have done The gyratory project has hit delays


contract was allocated, there had been delays in delivering the ship- ment. He added that the project had


overcome several other issues, in- cluding the need to move 24 un- derground optical fibre cables. The project will create two new


their best to minimise the disrup- tion caused by the works putting lane closures in place outside peak times. When peak time closures were required – particularly between October 3 and 5 – there had been advanced notice and publicity. However, there was still signif-


icant disruption to journeys. The £5.74m project started in


June, amid concerns from busi- nesses that protracted works might cause difficulties for them. Mr Boorman said at the time


that the aim was for “business as usual in Maidstone”.


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