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East Edition October 2017


Panto ahoy! March 2018


Hero of the skies


A MEMORIAL plaque has been erected to the memory of Flying Of- ficer Peter Pease, who died during the Battle of Britain in 1940. FO Pease, who was just 22,


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.


steered his stricken Spitfire away from houses at Kingswood and crashed onto farmland nearby. Created by Gordon Newton,


right, of the Stone Shop in East Far- leigh, the memorial was unveiled by borough councillor Gill Fort. See page 4 for full report


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


Judge rules ag inst review ofWoodcut


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


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


The case was refused a judicial


review by Mrs Justice Lang and CPRE officials felt there was little chance of appeal at this stage. The CPRE had looked closely at


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


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


the possibility of mounting a legal bid to block the controversial scheme, which is now in the bor- ough’s Local Plan. CPRE Kent chairman Richard Knox- Johnston, left, said: “If we can’t have a judi- cial reviewthere is nothingwe can do to stop it on that basis until it gets into the detail, and


there may well be a room for a challenge then.” CPRE will wait to see the details


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


of the plan and may challenge on the grounds of its Area of Out- standing Natural Beauty (AONB) status, heritage concerns (Leeds Castle andGrade II listedWoodcut Farm) and/or air quality. A long-time critic of the plan,


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


borough councillorDenis Spooner, said: “It is very sad but that’s the end of it, really. I cannot seewhere another challenge might come from, or onwhat grounds.” Cllr Spooner hoped there may


have been scope to challenge the plan’s ‘parkland setting’ as he was


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


THECampaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has been forced to drop aHigh Court challenge to the industrial development atWoodcut Farm, close to J8 of theM20.


not convinced there was sufficient room on the site to create green spaces between structures, as would be required. The Joint Parishes Group was


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


told earlier this month by Mr Knox-Johnston that the body was notminded to fight on at this stage. MPHelenWhately expressed re-


peated concerns about the effect that the Woodcut Farm industrial development will have on attrac- tions such as Leeds Castle and the impact housing numbers and traf- ficwill put on local communities. Planning chiefs at LiberalDemo-


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


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crat-controlledMaidstone Borough Council hope to mitigate against a huge increase in traffic volumes created by the Local Plan’s 17,600 newdwellings by persuading resi- dents to take buses, ride bicycles or walk in a controversial scheme known as “modal shift”. The popularity of the Local Plan,


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which was in discussion for 12 years, could be put to the test in the next tranche of borough elections (for 18 seats) inMay.


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.


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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


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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.


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Bats rule the roost THEplight ofmoth-eating bats be- came a debating point over Bearsted FC’s plans for later floodlighting. 3


Leaders call a truce Plans for Dr Nigel


Wizard of a panto


COUNCIL leaders have vowed to work together over a Leeds-Langley by-pass.


READ John Munson’s review of Hollingbourne’s suc- cessful panto.


Ledian deal struck


WORK on a “care village” at Ledian Farm, Leeds, could start this summer.


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MEMBERS of thee Rotary clubs have taken part in a tree-planting scheme.


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Parish Councils 31-32 Obituaries


VILLAGERS in Hollingbourne are to be consulted to see if they want a vol- unteer support warden; the annual litter pick in Otham is planned for March 4; the British Transport Police would investigate damage to Harri- etsham railway station; a tree in Kingswood was felled after concerns it could fall in strong winds; only four people turned up to a Speed- watch meeting in Harrietsham.


A RESIDENTIAL property 32 Parish Councils 34-35


Crime Reports 32 Crime Reports 35 in


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.


Bearstedwas burgled; van was bro- ken into in Kingswood and various tools were stolen; a cutter and gen- erator were taken from the front door of property in Harrietsham; two men were seen breaking into a vehicle in Lenham.


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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.


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MP’s Local Plan bid 4


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


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Jason Donovan date 8


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


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