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downsmail.co.uk MalMalling Editionling Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


September 2017


Pupils’ model train damaged at station


INVESTIGATIONS are continuing after a model train, built by students from Malling,was damaged. CCTVimages are to be monitored


in an effort to find out how the “Snodland Express” came to be damaged days after the station’s 160th birthday celebrations. Tina Bissett, head teacher at Holmesdale School, said:“Howdis- appointing it is that the hard work and effort of students has been dis- regarded by a few thoughtless indi- viduals.” The station improvements have


been carried out to cater for the growing number of passengers using the new high speed service and includes the re-opening of its ticket office, an unprecedentedmove after years of cuts and closures. The work has been co-ordinated


by Kent Community Rail Partner- ship (KCRP) and Southeastern, with buy-in and community involvement from government through to parish councils. Sarah Deakin, community en- gagement officer for KCRP, said: “This has been a detailed and sensi- tive refurbishment of a listed build- ing, making it a great place to visit, even if you are not catching a train.” She saw the model, based on the


train from Hogwarts, during a visit to Holmesdale School, where the station’s mosaicwas created. She said: “Itwas such a beautifully crafted model, made for Snodland Carnival. Itwas never meant to be a permanent exhibition, but if it be- came damaged due to vandalism, that is deeply disappointing.”


Holmesdale head teacher Tina Bissett with students at the unveiling of the artwork and right, the Snodland Express at Snodland


station, before the damage


One other theory is that the train


may have been damaged by high winds. In spite of the damage, Snod- land’s newly-refurbished station is in line to win a top award. The building has been shortlisted


for a National Community Rail Award for most enhanced station buildings and surroundings. The £1.1 million makeover has


turned the station, which dates from 1856, into a modern transport inter- change, with reinstated period fea- tures, a disabled toilet and an extended car park. The project was nominated by


Kent Community RailPartnership in conjunction with Southeastern. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Derby next month.


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News M20 roadworks


Plans for a two-year smart motorway project unveiled.4


Village walk of fame


A trail of blue plaques has been made to mark heritage sites in Wateringbury.


Knifepoint ordeal


Teenagers were robbed by two men at a skate park in Larkfield.


Bomb alert


Disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a WWI shell at Kings Hill.


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Obituaries


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Parish Councils 34 Crime Reports 34


PAINT stripper was poured over a VW Golf in Snodland; a shed was broken into in Mereworth and three people fled when challenged by a neighbour; keys to a flat in Aylesford were stolen.


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