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Maidstone East Edition North Edition


South 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) .


Artist’s impressions of the newMarks & Spencer store proposed for Eclipse Park, alongside NEXT South Borough Primary School and


M&S store proposals include 300 new jobs


They were greeted by pupils from members of the media. The panto


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


runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk.


PLANS to create a newMarks & Spencer store at Eclipse Park, near J7 of theM20, have been revealed to the public for the first time.


Papermill’s legacy to town for the future


with Maidstone developers Gal- lagher Properties and could create 300 full and part-time positions when the store opens. At present, M&S hopes to create


come more acute.


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


The scheme will be carried out


a large clothing and household space as well as a food hall and café. It will be situated alongside NEXT. The scheme is subject to planning


approval fromMaidstone Borough Council, although local observers say it is unlikely there will be few objections. The application will be submitted towards the end of Feb- ruary. A public exhibition was sched-


specifically in Burberry


uled to be held at theHiltonMaid- stone Hotel, on Bearsted Road, on February 22, from2pmto 8pm. TheM&S proposals follow a de-


RedrowHomes. Redrow spokesman Michael


ctorchedision by Waitrose not to proceed dards Agency to clamp down on


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


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 car remains on a footpath


and the Driver and Vehicle Stan-


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- Constructionwaste, rubble, hard core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road.


Most of the buildings will be de- Burberry Lane, near Leeds and


CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a(47,500ft2 country road have been made by the local borough councillor. nearby, more than a year after it


with its plans following the grant- ing of planning permission by Maidstone Borough Council in May 2017. Waitrose decided not to proceed


Broomfield, has been targeted by was dumped and set on fire. waste dumpers for years, but in re-


tain theGrade II listed Rag Room– built in 1805 – and will be used for community activities. The landmark's famous chimney, Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month we are having toilets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village,


cent months, the problem has be- 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.


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


with its plans because of adverse economic conditions and pledged to concentrate on its existing stores. According to a statement by the


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-


) of sales area”.


retailer: “M&S requires a newstore that is the same footprint as the permitted food store, with a 300 space car park, including accessible and parent and child spaces”. Developers claim the store will


build something out of the ordi- nary for this historic site.” The main focus for debate was The church car park has also seen


unlicensed waste carriers, but be- Nick Yandle, of Gallagher Prop-


)


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


have a “striking design, incorpo- rating high qualitymaterials”, and provide approximately 5,760m2 (62,000ft2


Final decisions on the split have tive by the Environment Agency


yet to be decided, however current thinking is that the store would offer:


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


Food hall – 1,050m2 (11,300ft2 )


General merchandising (fashion and household) – 4,413m2


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pensivewhite elephant.” He said the scheme had been 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


Hospitality (cafe) – 297m2 (3,200ft2


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 one of the borough’s closest trans- fer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks.


that offices on a housing develop- ment would be “quite incongru- ous”. The developerswill only have to She added: “If you go along the line of increasing fines, they have to be enforced. A reduction in the charge or offering it free may have


erties, said: “The combination of a Marks & Spencer store and NEXT at Eclipse Park would improve Maidstone’s retail offer as the county town to both local residents and people from across a wider area of Kent. “This investment by Marks &


Spencer would also reinforce the area around J7 and its importance to the borough’s economy. “It would send out a positive the desired similar effect.” aidstone


that it would end up being an ex-Leeds village produces an average 32pblack sacks of rubbish.


help take the issue off the streets. She believes with every household


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community focuswas decided upon for the Rag Room and the andv the issue of litter in schools willby a nar-


Cllr Fort, who also serves as a parish councillor, says teaching children about social responsibility


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bitiAon and then submit a planning damge to crops; an attempted application in late February 2018. If break-in was reported in Detling; a is granted planning vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted


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message about the town as a loca- Kingswoodare to be moved over to the picnic area and rear exit.


i any.Wewant to listen to the views VEHICLES have been driven over of local residents at the public exhi- farmland


provide 20% affordable housing, compared to the usual 30%, in an “exception” to rule of the Local Plan. Rob Jarman, head of planning at Mthree-monthly litter pick onothe aimed the site was associated wit pollution and possible flood ng, and could leave dev loper with extra costs to bear.


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HELEN Whately asked the 5 government to halt the


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borTories election battle TORIES face an uphill struggle to


Plans for Dr Nigel  THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet


ough’s housing scheme.4 take back control of the


borough council. will walk the Grand


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


£250,000 to buy a hydrotherapy pool.


Special school appeal A SPECIAL school needs to raise


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Change of direction HOW one woman swapped the


United Nations for a


Loose funeral parlour. 32 Obituaries


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pavement parking in Tovil; it has Hollingbourne village fete stall-


Meadow in Detling;


been agreed to go ahead with the in- holder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has


stallation of a defibrillator in Loose resigned; yellow lines are needed


details for this summer’s fete in Tovil buses through Imperial Park; rub-


have been discussed and agreed; bish bins in the sports field in


on a four-year contract; the dates and for Buffkyn Way, Otham, to allow


there were complaints about incon- siderate parking around the primary school in Loose.


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Relief road summit SQUABBLINGcouncil leaders have


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