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News Jet wash theft

KENT Police are investigating a re- ported theft of a commercial jet washer from Oakwood Park in Maidstone. It is red and white andwas stolen

between 5pm on Friday, November 4, and 5pm on Monday, November 7. Police believe it may have been towed away and are keen to hear from anybody who has seen it or been offered it for sale. Anyone with information is

asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/24924/16. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anony- mously, on 0800 555 111.

Flytip closure FLYTIPPERS who threw garden rubbish in a narrow lane at Stock- bury forced its closure to other mo- torists for days. Kent County Council was forced

to shut the road in early December to prevent anyone driving into the tree branches and gardenwaste left in South Street, off the A249.

Assault arrest FUGITIVE Burt Goble has been re- captured by Kent Police. The 36-year-old, from Shepway,

was reported on the run after an as- sault in Maidstone.

Lanes open on town’s new gyratory system

THEnewnorth-bound lanes of the Maidstone bridges gyratory system have opened. The £6m project hopes to shave 74 seconds from the average journey, and traffic travelling from Bishops Way towards the M20 via Fairmeadow will flow more freely with the extra capacity. Work on the lower High Street

footway is not likely to be com- pleted until mid-January, due to a delay in obtaining granite slabs from a foreign supplier. Motorist Pat Corry (49) said: “Peo-

ple will get used to getting into the right lanes, which is the most con- fusing bit. “If you’re going north on Bishops

Way towards the gyratory you need to be in the left or middle lanes when heading for the bridges and in the middle or the right lanes if using the new road. That’s the gist of it. “I’ve been over a few times since it opened and the traffic does seem to flow a little better.” But the new layout prompted a mixed reaction online, with one say-

ing: “What is new? Drivers not watching where they are going and failing to read clear road markings and signs!” Another wrote: “This is now a complicated layout. Signage is to- tally inadequate andwas crying out for an overhead gantry system giv- ing clearer guidance.” When the systemwas introduced

on December 1, a Kent County Council statement said: “Drivers travelling towards Chatham will need to be in the centre and outside lanes on Bishops Way. There are

also additional traffic signals that drivers need to be aware of. "For the first week after opening,

we will be assessing the traffic movements and optimising the traf- fic signal settings to ensure that they work to their full potential and de- liver the maximum benefit. "Works on the footway at the

lower High Street will continue into the New Year, but access for pedes- trians will be maintained and all traffic management will be removed from the road for the Christmas pe- riod.

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