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downsmail.co.uk Maidstone North Edition Maidstone North Edition October 2017 January 2018 Panto fever


THOUSANDS of local people have turned out for the Hazlitt Theatre’s pantomime run of Cinderella,which kicked off on December 1. TV cook Rustie Lee (pictured


here) and former EastEnders star Stefan Booth are heading up a stellar cast in the county town. Slapstick antics, hilarious ad-


‘£1m win will help care for Charloe’


A MAIDSTONE couple whose baby daugh- ter suffers from a “life-changing but not life- threatening” condition have scooped £1 million on the National Lottery. Adam and Amy Pryor’s numbers came up


libbing and saucy gags have had the audience rolling in the aisles during the two hour shows. The run lasts until December 31.


just when the family ‘s future started to look a bit grim as Charlotte, who is eight months, needs constant one-to-one care and frequent hospital visits. Adam said: "I don’t believe in fate but on


Tickets are still available for some performances. Call 01622 758611 or visit www.hazlitttheatre.com Picture by Paul Clapp


this occasion I think I might, the timing of our win really couldn’t have been better. “Charlotte needs almost constant one-to-


MP urges minister to review local plan


17,000newhomes and has been pro- nounced "sound" by a government inspector, is set to be put before the planning committee for approval on September 27. Mrs Whately is concerned the plan


stone Action for Roads and Trans- port


That is the opinion of SouthMaid- The Local Plan, which proposes


– which sets out development policy for the next 15 years – will harm at- tractions like Leeds Castle and leave villages such as Lenham, Harriet- sham and Headcorn unable to cope with the extra numbers. But the Tory MP for Faversham


and Mid Kent was warned she is playing a "high risk" game as the communities and local government secretary Mr Javid could easily in- crease the housing allocation or


undertaken detailed studies during its four-year existence with recent data showing 37,000 vehicle move- ments through theWheatsheaf area in a single 12-hour period. Now SMART fears those figures


leave the borough at the mercy of speculative applications. On Leeds Castle, Mrs Whately


are likely to risewith the adoption of Maidstone council’s Local Plan, which will see 17,600 more homes built in the borough and another 7,000 imposed by the government. Problems could become so acute


on the A274 and the Loose Road to Linton that a by-passwould have to be extended to cope. Maidstone council claims “modal shift” – en- couraging residents to use public


man, pictured, told Downs Mail: “We have roads de- signed for 1970s


the carrying


wrote: “The specific issue is the in- clusion in the plan of an industrial employment site at Woodcut Farm, a rural location near to junction 8 of the M20, and on the approach to the castle…Developing this site would have far-reaching ramifications for the countryside and heritage assets.” Mrs Whately is worried the Local


Plan does not include sufficient in- vestment in roads. She said: “Many thousands of houses are being built in this area, without meaningful development of roads (or any alternative to car trans- port) – when congestion is already


hugely increased volumes of traffic. We are 40 years be- hind. “You cannot be-


lieve that modal shift can mitigate againstwhat is coming. It can’t.” SMART – which covers around


5,000 householdin the area – hasput forward a number of smaller meas-


transport, cycle or walk, along with modest road improvements – can mitigate against themassive increase in traffic. But Sean Carter, SMART chair-


Homes plan to ‘fuel traffic congestion’


one care and has frequent hospital appoint- ments so we had decided that Amy would not return to work at the end of the month as originally planned.” 3


TRAFFIC congestion in the borough has become so acute that any new


MAIDSTONE MP Helen Whately has called on the local government secretary of state Sajid Javid to halt the Local Plan. (SMART), which has


affecting the ability of residents to travel to and from work or access services in and around Maidstone. "I strongly question whether these locations can be deemed sustainable for this level of housing.” Mrs Whately added: “I wish we


relief road should extend beyond Langley to the Linton crossroads. ures which may help, including school bus laybys and allowing buses into Cornwallis Academy to dropstudents off safely andwithout roadside delays. Heavily subsidised public trans-


could have solved this locally, but we’re running out of time. That’s why I have asked the secretary of state to personally intervene." MBC's Cllr Clive English, chair-


man of the planning committee, warned Mrs Whately her appeal to Mr Javidwas "high risk". He added: "Calling in the Local


Plan will not necessarily mean there will be a reduction in housing num- bers - it could go the otherway. "The delays caused by calling it in


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mean that developers would slip any number of applications through as we would no longer have the powers to refuse them as we would- n’t have an emerging Local Plan. "It would be good if the secretary


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of state did reduce the numbers, but this rarely happens. It's a bit of a high risk strategy."


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port networks operate in other parts of the world and should happen here, said Mr Carter, who lives in north Loose. Improved footpaths would encourage people to walk and there should be conditions for safer cycling. SMART member and local bor-


ough councillor Susan Grigg said: “We don’t want to become another platform for whingeing but to do something constructive to help our part of the borough.” The Green Party says nitrous


oxide levels have averaged 73 parts per million (ppm) this year at Wheatsheaf, almost double the legal limit of 40ppm and is the second most polluted site in the county town. Spokesman Stuart Jeffery said: “Newhousing and additional car journeys along the Sutton Road willmake one of themost polluted spots inMaidstone farworse.”


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M2 works planned Invicta ‘top school’


MAJOR works to the M2 at J5 have been welcomed but will bring disruption locally. 4


Jason at the Hazlitt New M20 junction


JASON Donovan is to appear at the Hazlitt Theatre next year in a special one-off show celebrating his career.


MP lashes far right Shop closure Little Mix date


THE popular designer clothes shop, Zee & Co, in Maidstone has closed.


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GIRL band Little Mix are to play at the Detling Showground next summer.


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A NEW M20 junction at Ashford has been given the green light by the transport secre- tary, Chris Grayling.


Heather House saved


MAIDSTONE MP Helen Grant has attacked far right group Britain First. 10


A PARK Wood facility has been saved from closure after a public outcry. 17


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INVICTA Grammar School has been named as one of the best schools in the country. 4


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IT HAS been agreed that a CCTV camera owned by the parish council in Tovil should not have been removed from its location in Wharf Road/Church Road.


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EIGHTEEN laurel bushes were stolen from gardens in Allington; a bicycle was taken from outside a property in Upper Fant Road; the clutch cable on a motorbike was cut in Hart Street; a rear tyre was damaged on a people carrier in Hastings Road; a car was broken into in Union Street but nothing was stolen; two council bins were stolen in Allen Street; sunglasses and a mobile telephone in Consort Close.


Crime Reports 37 Crime Reports 38


AN X-BOX games console was tolen from a house in Penfold Close and the occupant assaulted; three chimney pots were stolen from a cottage in Teston; a motor- bike was stolen from a driveway in Loose Road; diesel was sypohoned off a a lorry parked in Barming; damage was caused to a cash ma- chine in Wallis Avenue.


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PARISH councillors in Barming met with Barming Youth FC and its use of the pavilion was confirmed; parish councillors in Tovil accepted an offer of crocus bulbs from Ro- tary; a new bench on the towpath at Barming was installed.


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