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Bus boss says: use it or lose it

STARK warnings have been is- sued to passengers by two of Maidstone bus companies. “Use it or lose it” was the mes-

sage to Hollingbourne residents from bus operator Nu Venture this week from owner Norman Kemp in light of the drive for austerity cuts by the county council. Mr Kempwelcomed an opportu-

nity to talk to Hollingbourne Parish Council, saying he had no passion to withdraw the village’s Number 13 service but it was op- portune to mention the risk facing all subsidised services. The num- ber 13, between the village and Maidstone, is one of only 3% of bus routes funded by KCC. He said: “It is not that the bus

isn’t used elsewhere that it calls, in- cluding Leeds, Langley Heath, Otham and the Sutton Road, but in Hollingbourne there are often no passengers at all. This puts the service at risk in the eyes of the county council and I would urge villagers to make use of it.” The number 13 leaves Holling- bourne church at 7.17am, 9.50,

11.30 and again at 1.30pm, making request stops anywhere along Ey- horne Street. Meanwhile, Unite regional offi-

cer Dave Weeks said Arriva serv- ices in Maidstone are still at risk from strike action because of moves by bosses to introduce mys- tery shoppers on services. In spite of a vote for strike action,

talks have been continuing be- tween the union and bus service bosses. However, a solution still seems someway off. Mr Weeks said services would

not be affected over Christmas, but would face a further review in the new year, adding: “After talks under the auspices of the concilia- tion service Acas, we have agreed with the Arrivamanagement to ex- tend the 28-day period for taking action by a further 28 days and postponed any planned action until January 20 to allow the agreed changes to take effect.” A spokesman for Arriva said

talks at Acas had been “fruitful” and that he was confident a solu- tion would be found.

Danielle’s charity skydive

AWOMANwho suffered disfiguring burns when her family’s holiday car- avan went up in flames has braved a freefall jump to raise £4,000 for the charity that supported her during her recovery. Seven months after being released

from hospital, Danielle completed the 12,000ft skydive at Headcorn, raising almost £1,000 more than her target of £3,000 for the Katie Piper Foundation which helped her through the toughest time of her life. Thanking supporters and sponsors,

she said: “It means so much to me and it’s for a fantastic charity.” Daniel was on holiday with her mum

Jan and stepfather, Gez Clark, at the Caravan Club park in Addington on New Year’s Eve 2016 when fire ripped through their caravan. The blaze put her parents in hospital for a month and left Danielle in a

coma with severe burns. The family, who live in Lenham where Gez is the town crier, set about raising money for the foundation. They are raffling 12 tickets for the Leeds Castle Classical Concert and holding amasked ball on June 24 in the Tithe Barn at Lenham. Sponsor Danielle on the Just Giving website or for details of the ball, email

Warnings follow burglaries

POLICE have issued burglary pre- vention advice after a string of thefts inWalderslade Woods. Agrey Mercedeswas taken from

a home in Hurst Hill on December 6, along with jewellery and a lap top from the same street on No- vember 30. A VW Golf was taken from an address in Tunbury Av- enue on December 6.

Police officers are urging home- owners to ensure that doors and gates are locked and boundaries are secure. Keys, cash and valu- ables should be kept out of view and bikes, tools and garden items should be locked away. Anyone with information about

the thefts can call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting YY/22279/16.

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