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News Water power plan for castle

LEEDS Castle bosses are considering creating electricity for the 900-year-old historic building using awater-powered turbine. Chief executive Sir David Steel

has revealed he is looking to harness energy from a flow falling from the GreatWater into the moat. Sir David said the idea is being in-

vestigated as the castle continues to look forways to save money by also turning off unnecessary lights and reducing gas consumption in the kitchens. He writes in the Leeds and Broomfield parish magazine: “We can do better and, as part of an en- ergy savings programme, we are changing as many light bulbs as possible to LED lighting and inves- tigating the introduction of a hydro- wheel, producing electricity by the water falling from the Great Water to the moat.” Silt recently dredged from the two

Threats case

A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been sent to prison for making threaten- ing phone calls to Kent Police. JamesEdwardswas sentenced on September 20, 2016 at Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court. He pleaded guilty to sending threatening communications. On September 1, Edwards, of Hampshire Drive, Maidstone, made telephone calls conveying a threat to Kent Police, with the pur- pose of causing distress or anxiety to the recipient. Magistrates sentenced Edwards

to five days in prison. Because the offence was committed during the operational period of a suspended sentence, the overall length of his sentence is 131 days. He must also pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Pills fraud

DRUG fraudster Damian John Par- sonage has been jailed for a bun- gled bid to get tablets from a chemist. On July 13, 2016 the 29-year-old,

of Brunswick Street, Maidstone, passed a false medical prescription at a pharmacy in High Street, Maidstone, and at another phar- macy in Week Street, Maidstone, intending to make a gain of Di- azepam tablets for himself. Magistrates sentenced Parsonage

to 84 days in prison, suspended for 12 months. He must also pay £40 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. He was sentenced on September

21 2016 at Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court. He pleaded guilty to two counts

of fraud. Formore local news 20 Maidstone November 2016

the 525 tons of silt collected, rich in nutrients,was taken away and used as fertiliser at a local farm. “This delivered to the foundation

a saving of about £35,000 against the only other option of dumping the silt many miles away.” The castle is also adopting a green

policy when it comes to tools and its 57 insured estate vehicles. He added: “We have instituted a

policy of purchasing/leasing more environmentally-friendly vehicles where opportunities allow and we will reduce the number of vehicles, if at all possible.” The venue attracted 339,000 visi-

sections ofwaterwas given to a local farm to use as a fertiliser, saving the castle £35,000 by avoiding the need to dump the waste many miles

away. Sir David said: “When we dredged the moat and the Great Water recently (for the triathalon and to allow our boat a safe passage)

tors between April and the end of August,well on course for achieving the 600,000 target set for March 2017.

Drugs charge

A WOMAN who tried to obtain drugs from a Maidstone chemist using a false prescription has es- caped jail. Shaina Marston (23) was sen-

tenced at Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court after she pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud. Marston, of Brunswick Street, Maidstone, passed a false prescrip- tion for Diazepam at a pharmacy in High Street, Maidstone, and at an- other pharmacy inWeek Street. Magistrates sentenced her to 56

Looking to future after EU

A HUNDRED days after Brexit, business leaders from throughout Kent gave their views at aMaidstone seminar on what the future holds and the best strategies to thrive in a fast changing “new world”. The briefing at Kent Institute ofMedicine and Surgery (KIMS),

Bearsted, heard fromkey speakers including Tonbridge and Malling MP, TomTugendhat. An active remain campaigner during the referendum run-up, he

stressed that small and medium businesses should make their voices heard. “Do not let your MP say things that are inimicable to your ability to trade.” The uncertainty over free movement was already creating issues, he

said. “It is simply not true that you can be amember of the single market and not have freedom of movement.” Alexandra Renison, Institute of Directors (IoD) policy lead on Brexit,

said it was imperative that the Government communicated with business and provided an assurance that transitional arrangements would be put in place. She thought that Article 50, the official start of Britain’s exit from the EU, would be triggered in 2017.

Big crowds for promoted Stones The club is raising funds to go to-

MAIDSTONE United’s atten- dances have shot up since gaining promotion to the Vanarama Na- tional League.

The Stones are averaging an at- tendance at home of 2,300, some 500 more than last season’s very healthy 1,800.

wards the £650,000 new stand. The current fans’ total is about £22,000. Club spokesman Ian Tucker told a recent meeting of the One Maid- stone business networking group: “It is very encouraging to have such interest in the club.”

days in prison, suspended for 12 months. She must also pay £40 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Police assault

A 33-YEAR-OLD woman has ap- peared in court for being drunk and disorderly and assaulting apolice of- ficer in Maidstone. Alina Korosteliovawas sentenced

at Mid Kent Magistrates’Court after admitting assaulting the officer in Bishops Way on July 11 and being drunk and disorderly in the same street the following day. Korosteliova was sentenced to 90

days in prison, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Fit for a king

THE Bearsted Choral Society with Lees Court Music will perform a royal-themed programme at St Mar- garet’s Church, Rainham, on No- vember 12. “ARight Royal Occasion” will fea-

ture music for the coronation of King George II. Tickets are £10 (students £5) by

calling 01634 362023 or emailing as well as tickets on the door.

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