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Maidstone East Edition North Edition


October 2017 March 2018 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


The landmark chimney and listed Rag Room will remain key features of the Springfield Mill redevelopment


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.


Papermill’s legacy to town for the future


THE former Whatman paper mill in Maidstone town centre will be turned into 300 homes, the borough council has decided.


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


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


Most of the buildings will be de-


molished to make way for 218 apartments in four and five-storey blocks, with a further 77 houses of two to four bedrooms. The Springfield Mill site will re-


tain theGrade II listed Rag Room– built in 1805 – and will be used for community activities. The landmark's famous chimney,


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


which is visible to drivers along JamesWhatmanWay, will also be retained as a nod to the county town's industrial past. The site will be developed by


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


RedrowHomes. Redrow spokesman Michael


Hardware told February’s plan- ning meeting: “We would want to


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


nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen


many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural


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


build something out of the ordi- nary for this historic site.” The main focus for debate was


which of the three possible uses for the Rag Room would be chosen – further housing, community or of- fices. Cllr Tony Harwood argued an-


other site elsewhere in the ward was earmarked for a community fa- cility and was worried the Spring- field Mill site was too far from the community itwould serve. It would be better used for an


employment site, he claimed, and that councillors must “beware of unintended consequences”. Hewarned: “Iwould beworried that it would end up being an ex-


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


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


pensivewhite elephant.” He said the scheme had been


worked on over a number of years andwasworried that if councillors started to pick it apart “the whole thing could unravel”. Cllr Shellina Prendergast said


that offices on a housing develop- ment would be “quite incongru- ous”. The developerswill only have to


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


provide 20% affordable housing, compared to the usual 30%, in an “exception” to rule of the Local Plan. Rob Jarman, head of planning at


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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.


Maidstone Borough Council, claimed the site was associated with pollution and possible flood- ing, and could leave developers with extra costs to bear. Acommunity focuswas decided


upon for the Rag Room and the overall plan was passed by a nar- rowmargin. Two councillors – Eddie Powell


(Ukip) and Denis Spooner (Con) – were unable to take part in the de- bate as theywere late for themeet- ing’s start because of heavy traffic inMaidstone.


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Kate, 107, dies News


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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.


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


MP’s Local Plan bid


Relief road summit SQUABBLINGcouncil leaders have agreed a truce over the future of a relief road for south Maidstone.


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


Tories election battle4 Plans for Dr Nigel 6 Teen swallowed drugs 11


THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet will walk the Grand Canyon for charity. 12


TORIES face an uphill struggle to take back control of the borough council.


A TEENAGER who swallowed 100 wraps of heroin and crack has been jailed.


Special school appeal 18


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A SPECIAL school needs to raise £250,000 to buy a hydrotherapy pool.


Change of direction


HOW one woman swapped the United Nations for a Loose funeral parlour.


Obituaries Obituaries


Parish Councils 37 Parish Councils 34-35


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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.


A SET of bollards are to be consid- ered in Burial Ground Lane to deter pavement parking in Tovil; it has been agreed to go ahead with the in- stallation of a defibrillator in Loose on a four-year contract; the dates and details for this summer’s fete in Tovil have been discussed and agreed; there were complaints about incon- siderate parking around the primary school in Loose.


VEHICLES have been driven over farmland in Lenham, causing damge to crops; an attempted break-in was reported in Detling; a vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted Rd, Weavering; pumpkins were stolen from an allotment in Lenham.


Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 37


Comment 46-47 Comment 46-47


A GROUP of youths were seen throwing stones at swans in Alling- ton; a commercial milk float was stolen in Devon Road; two iPads were stolen from a house in Sussex Road; a car was set alight and se- verely damaged in Loose; a mobil- ity ramp was taken in Milton Road.


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