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downsmail.co.uk Maidstone South Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


September 2017


Rain can’t stop park rocking


RAMBLIN’ MAN Fair music fans braved heavy downpours at Mote Park to enjoy some of the biggest names in rock perform in the county town.


An estimated 20,000 people attended the


event, which boasted Saxon and ZZ Top among the headliners. Initial reports suggest the event – now in its third year – has not been plagued by complaints about noise levels which be- came a feature of Ramblin’ Man in 2016. The festival is due to return to Mote Park


next year.  Full report and pictures, page 8


Health changes to ease hospital load


MASSIVE changes to improve health care and ease pressure on hospitals are on theway for Maidstone, Malling andWest Kent.


Faced with challenges of an in- creasing and ageing population, the budget-holding GP-led NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says primary health care is “extremely fragile in some areas”. Akey change will seeGPpractices


scaled up to work in clusters or fed- erations (four clusters have been formed by GPs for Maidstone Cen- tral, East Maidstone, Weald and Malling) with many providing a muchwider range of treatments and services. In addition, local care hubs could


be based in larger buildings to de- liver a range of services that do not need a hospital setting but serve a population bigger than GP clusters.


By Dennis Fowle Surveys and consultationsshowed


the public supports hubs - main con- cerns were about time and distance to travel, especially by public trans- port. The CCG wants to close gaps in services with poor outcomes, espe- cially for long-term conditions and frailty. Local hospitals are not always best


to care for the frail, but services out- side hospital are not always able to cope. Every day more than 1,000 people are in Kent hospitals who could be elsewhere if services were available.


TheCCGis particularly concerned


about cancer care – late diagnosis in particular – and access to services and poor outcomes for mentally ill. TheCCGsays the local care model


also needs to: Educate the population to moni- tor, improve and manage their own health and promote self-care. Co-ordinate and integrate health and social care services. Provide an easy access service – an alternative toA&E attendance. Provide short-term care on hos- pital discharge for independent liv- ing in own residence. Avoid referrals where possible with easier specialist opinions for GPs.


Position mental health staff con- sistently in all care settings to direct and support care for patients. The CCG recognises it has to in-


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webexpand.co.uk Obituaries 36 Parish Councils 37


A PCSO was unable to attend the parish council meeting at Loose; it was agreed to donate £36 towards the cost of a bench at the YMCA pre-school in Tovil; there is a danger in barbecues being lit at Brooks Field in Loose; the overhanging foliage in Newchurch Road, Tovil, does not need parish council intervention.


Crime Reports 37


TWO bay trees were stolen from a garden in Tovil; a number plate was stolen from car in Perryfield Street; a window was smashed in Carlton Gardens; A BMW was keyed in Hubble Drive; a house in Milton Street was broken into and a handbag and keys were stolen.


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News Wilko’s jobs fear


JOBS at Wilko in Maidstone are in danger after the retailer announced redundancies. 3


Tilly tours with Billy


TALENTED Maidstone teen Tilly Cook has been on tour with the stage version of Billy Elliott, the musical.


Local plan agreed


MAIDSTONE’S blueprint is capable of adoption, says an inspector. 8


Brothel boss jailed


A MAN who trafficked women to work in a Maidstone brothel has been jailed.


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