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News Homes plan brings traffic fears


DEVELOPERS have dismissed extra traffic as a reason for refusing another 126 homes in Staplehurst. Anoutline application for grazing


land south of Marden Road – oppo- site the 250-dwelling development at Hen and Duckhurst Farm – would take the total number of properties being proposed in the area to 887. Staplehurst Developments sug-


gests that in spite of a possible su- permarket being added to the mix, a contribution towards improvements to the Marden Road/Station Road signalised junction would overcome the problem of increased traffic. In its report to Maidstone Council,


the developer states: “It would be appropriate for each of the commit-


ted developments to contribute to the cost of the works in appropriate shares, to enable implementation of the mitigation scheme and hence re- lease the sites for development.” It admits that the Station Road junction is already approaching over capacity and the addition of traffic flows from the committed develop- ments in the area so far would take the junction over capacity on both Headcorn Road and Marden Road. Its development would generate 138 traffic movements a day. It says a traffic-calming scheme as


part of theHenand Duckhurst Farm development would assist by intro- ducing a series of speed cushions, a gateway feature and an extension of


the 30mph speed limit to slow traf- fic passing the sites, currently recorded at an average 48mph. It says its development of 107 two,


three, and four-bed homes and 19 flats (40% affordable housing) would be accessed via a simple pri- ority junction off Marden Road. Maidstone Council, which will de- termine the application, had identi- fied the site for development in an earlier draft of its local plan but re- jected it on the basis of drainage is- sues, which the developer says have been resolved with the Environment Agency, and increased traffic. Staplehurst Parish Council will consider the outline proposal at its planning meeting on December 5.


SITES APPROVED


THREE applications for housing in Staplehurst were approved last month by the borough council. Land north of Headcorn Road


will be the site for 167 homes and 391 parking spaces. A scheme for 110 homes at


Stanley Farm on the Headcorn Roadwas passed despite concerns about flooding. Development of a site at Fishers


Farm, Fishers Road, for 185 homes – 74 to be affordable – was given the go-ahead. All are subject to junction and transport modifications.


Second arson aack on charity stables


ASTABLE blockbelonging to an animal welfare charity has been burnt down in a second arson at- tack in the space of aweek. The blaze started in the building


at Pukka Ponies' field in Dean Street, East Farleigh around 9.30pm yesterday. Sarah Daniell runs the stables


The stable block was burned down


which rescues abandoned horses and ponies. She reported on Face-


book: "Cowardly scum came back, torched the stables this time. Game over. You win. Horses are unharmed thank god." No animals were in the stables


at the time of the fire. A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said by the time crews arrived on Saturday night the buildingwaswell alight. They said: "Due to the structure


having already suffered extensive damage at the time of crews arrival the stable was allowed to burn under controlled conditions." It comes days after a storage


shed was torched late last Satur- day or early the following day. Pukka Ponies is attempting to find temporary homes for its rescue an- imals while it searches for a new site, somewhere near Maidstone.


Tailor makes a 6” Mistake


something tailor made for you, would to be delivered shoes that are 2 sizes too small for you, or trousers 6 inches


If you were measured to have something tailor made for you, would you expect you expect


you were to


measured be


to delivered shoes


that are 2 sizes too small for you, or too big? Of course not. Yet thousands


spectacle lenses that are incorrect by at A recent European Optometry study showed that the average error by a


not. Yet thousands of people wear incorrect by at least 17%.


trousers 6 inches too big? Of course of people wear spectacle lenses that are


least 17%.


A recent European Optometry study trained optician measuring a person


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a 0.5mm error can cause eye-strain, It’s no wonder so many people have


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spectacles. Thousands more


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will


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trained optician measuring a person a 0.5mm error can cause eye-strain,


showed that the average error by a for varifocals was 5mm per eye. Even


have


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abandoned this inaccurate method 10 years ago, preferring instead to use a years ago, preferring instead to use a computerised measuring system that not only measures your pupil position to within 0.1mm but also takes into account several other measurements such as how the spectacle frame sits on your face. We are all different, so any


ruler measure the your


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varifocal spectacles. Thousands more  face, the angle of the frame, the curve of the frame, how your eyes work binocularly together. The end result? The most comfortable vision possible - or your money back. - or your money back.


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distance between Optometrists


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prescription added to it - a crazy idea considering we all have different jobs, hobbies and lifestyles. Our varifocals are not off-the-shelf designs tailor made and completely individualised for you taking into account what you want to do with your lenses, your work, your lifestyle and leisure activities. Taking into account your precise computerised measurements and prescription.


UK are off-the-shelf designs with your prescription added to it - a crazy idea considering we all have different jobs, hobbies and lifestyles. Our varifocals are not off-the-shelf designs tailor made and completely individualised for you taking into account what you want to do with your lenses, your work, your lifestyle and leisure activities. Taking into account your precise computerised measurements and prescription.


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