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An artist’s impression of the extension to Marden Primary School

Plan to extend school delayed

A PLAN to almost double the ca- pacity ofMardenPrimary School is absent and will notnowbe consid- ered by KCC before Christmas. Kent County Council, which has completed the consultation on its proposal to expand the Goudhurst Road school to take 420 pupils, says themove presents an opportunity to end mixed age classes and provide places for all Marden children as more homes are built in the village. The plan is due to go before its ed- ucation cabinet shortly. Aspokesman for KCC said: “The

report for Marden has been deferred to a later education cabinet commit- tee meeting to allow time for further discussions with the school on the plans. There are no detailed plans at this stage.” The current county council draft proposal would see the primary school, which has a register of 280, become a two-form entry establish- ment, accepting 60 reception class pupils instead of 40 each year, from September 2018. Facilities proposed at the extended school will accom- modate: Acookery classroom

Apurpose-built hall half as big again as the current one Alarger library 16 classrooms Anew staff room and dedicated working space for teachers Headteacher Malcolm Goddard

has been helped by governors John Weir, Andy Puncher and Richard Hawkes to develop the plans. Mar- den Parish Council says expansion of the school is needed to accommo- date families moving in to 503 new homes so far approved in the vil- lage. It says 110 Redrow homes at Highwood Green are almost com- plete, with Redrow building an- other 144 at The Parsonage. Parish council chairman Kate Tip-

pen said: “We support the expan- sion of the school to serve the homes being built in the area; the speed of the housing development we are less happy about.” The parish council alsowants the county council to remedy parking and congestion outside the school at busy times. Cllr Tippen said:“We have asked

the county council to find a solution and to use S106 money to help.”

Industrial site hopes to expand

PLANS are due to be unveiled for the expansion of the Linton indus- trial estate to accommodate a new processing plant. The scheme involves the Wares

Farm site in Redwall Lane after a fruit-packing business outgrew its premises.The details were to be shown to residents ahead of the ap- plication being made to the borough

A HOMELESS man who stole items from vehicles in Maidstone has been jailed for 84 days. Daniel Reed (38) was sentenced

at Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court where he admitted two counts of theft from a vehicle. Reed, of no fixed address, stole a

council. A spokesman for Linton Parish Council said local people wouldhave concerns as it is a special landscape area in a rural setting. Fruit-packers Berry Gardens Ltd

and owners Alan Firmin Ltd were due to be on hand to answer ques- tions at a presentation at Linton vil- lage hall on November 28. DHA Plannerswere also due to attend.

Homeless man admits thefts

sat nav, charging cables and win- dow mount worth £250 from a ve- hicle in Leicester Road, Maidstone. Healso stole £220 cash and tobacco worth £230 from a vehicle inWarn- ford Gardens, Maidstone. Hewas jailed for 84 days and or- dered to pay £100 compensation.

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