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downsmail.co.uk Maidstone East Edition Maidstone East Edition


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Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


November 2017 October 2017 Panto ahoy!


THE cast of Cinderella, which is to be staged at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maid- stone, took to the River Medway to launch this year's panto. On board The Kentish Lady were national treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy Godmother), former EastEnder Ste- fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza- beth Bright (Cinderella), Craig Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- zone (Ugly Sisters) . They were greeted by pupils from


South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk.


Pro-relief road supporters John Garner (74), left, and Clive Baker (68) will attend the rally at the Mecure Maid- stone Great Danes Hotel


Residents calledto rally on relief road


A RALLY in support of the proposed relief road in southMaidstonewill be held in the firstweek of November.


CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.


councillors Gary Cooke and Paul Cooper andwill be held at theMer- cure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel in a large function hall onNovember 2 at 6.30pm. Among the audience will be resi-


dents, pressure groups such as WILLact, representatives of parish councils and landowners, aswell as locally-elected members of the bor- ough council, council officers and localMPHelenWhately. It will be chaired by independent


Burberry Lane, near Leeds and Broomfield, has been targeted by waste dumpers for years, but in re- cent months, the problem has be- come more acute. Constructionwaste, rubble, hard


It is being organised by county


core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month


local businessmanGeoffMiles,who is chairman at The Maidstone Stu- dios atGroveGreen. Cllr Cooke, who has campaigned for eight years to get the relief road


we are having toilets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village, specifically in Burberry Lane, where we are now thinking of installing cameras on private land, to oversee the problem area.” A recent event in Burberry Lane


saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath


on the agenda once more, said: “We’re looking at a hall with a ca- pacity of about 400 to 500 to accom- many instances of illegal dumping. “But it is


problem in many rural


one that has gained significant mo- mentumin thepast year, not least by parish councils and the work of Jenny Sutton and herWILLact cam- paign inWillington Street. “Wewant to update peoplewhere


Kent County Council is in its work on the relief road.” The rally aims to be a non-political


showof strengthby localpeople. It is likely to attract residents fromLeeds, Sutton Road, Willington Street, Shepway, Otham, Broomfield, Kingswood and Langley.


nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen modate a pretty big attendance. This is an important issue, and


areas including Langley, Otham and Kingswood. Water Lane in Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have also been targeted recently. Last year, Maidstone Borough Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- ping and this year more than 163 have been recorded since April. The approaching darker evenings will prompt a rise in illegal tipping. Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-


tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on


tranche of Maidstone Borough Council elections inMay 2018,when 18 seats are up for grabs, the issue of Maidstone’s housing numbers and its impact on roads and the need for a relief road are likely to be signifi- cant. A few seats shifting to the To- ries would see them wrest control from the Liberal Democrat-con- trolled administration. CllrCookewas hoping for greater


unlicensed waste carriers, but be- lieves the cost to small firms of dis- posing of construction waste at a transfer station is proving a deter- rent that is costing councils more. Cllr Fort made her remarks as


But in the run-up to the next Obituaries


one of the borough’s closest trans- fer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks. She added: “If you go along the


co-operation between the county council and the borough authority after a unanimous agreement in the summer by the joint transportation board to work on a relief road pro- posal. But he has expressed disappoint-


01622 690290 YOUR LOCAL PROPERTY EXPERT


ment that the Lib Dem faction at MBC decided to invest developer contribu- tion cash (section 106 money) not into the relief road fund but into walking, cycling and bus lanes as part of the council’s controversial “modal shift” strategy to get drivers off the road.


maidstone@martinco.com 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent


Village in conflict over relief road, page 6


line of increasing fines, they have to be enforced. A reduction in the charge or offering it free may have the desired similar effect.” Athree-monthly litter pick on the mile-long stretch of road through Leeds village produces an average 32 black sacks of rubbish.


Cllr Fort, who also serves as a


parish councillor, says teaching children about social responsibility and the issue of litter in schools will help take the issue off the streets. She believes with every household receiving a weekly refuse collection service, there is no excuse for litter being thrown from vehicles or dumped in the road.


Home Alarms supplied and fitted visit www.amiga.co.uk or call 08000 199622 Obituaries 3232 Parish Councils 34-35


THE parish council at Leedsdecided to appoint a new village gardener; a Lenham Heath resident has sug- gested a mirror on a dangerous bend; Downswood spent more than £600 picking up litter during July and August; rent for allotments in Harrietsham is to be increased by £2; dumping litter remains a problem in Hollingbourne.


Parish Councils 34-35


ASH dieback has been discovered in Monks Meadow in Detling; Hollingbourne village fete stall- holder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has resigned; yellow lines are needed for Buffkyn Way, Otham, to allow buses through Imperial Park; rub- bish bins in the sports field in Kingswoodare to be moved over to the picnic area and rear exit.


Crime Reports 35 AVEHICLES have been driven over


Crime Reports 35 WINDOW of a Mercedes was


sfarmland


tolen from a Vauxhall Vivaro van ibreak-in was reported in Detling; a Lveehicle was vandalised in Bearsted iRd, Weavering; pumpkins wereas bstolen


mashed in Bearsted tools were sdamge to crops; an attempted n Detling; a garage at a house in nhamwas broken into but noth- ng was stolen; a Ford Focus from an


in Lenham,;


caused to crops in Hollingbourne. Comment 46-47


roken into at Boxle ; allotmenty damage was Lenham.


Comment 46-47 in causing


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


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Woodland for sale Kate, 107, dies


MORE than 450 acres of wood- land around Leeds Castle is up for sale for almost £2m.


POLICE have renewed an appeal for witnesses to an as- sault on a referee.


HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.


Garden couple go Plans for Dr Nigel


A COUPLE who have run a garden centre for 17 years are leaving.


5 End to free parking?


LENHAM may bring in parking re- strictions over house- building in the village.


Jason Donovan date 8


THE former Neighbours star brings his show to the Hazlitt Theatre next May.


THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet will walk the Grand Canyon for charity.


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KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted, has died aged 107, her son David has disclosed.


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Football ref punched 3


MP’s Local Plan bid 4 3


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