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Maidstone East Edition Malling Edition


October 2017 April 2018


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


FREE No. 246


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.


Residents in Leybourne are protesting about plans for an outdoor gym on the green in Castle Way, saying the grass is becoming eroded and traffic would be a problem


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.


Campaigners Mike and Juliette


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


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


Tamplin have been joined by 130 neighbours and residents who signed a petition asking for the fa- cility to be put somewhere other than Castle Way, saying the green near their home is being eroded. They say the adult gymwould be


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


too close to the children’s play area and would become a “hang-out” for adolescents. They have also insisted an inves-


tigation is carried out, as the site is within a designated no-develop- ment zone to protect an under- ground fuel line to Gatwick that runs through the village. Mr Tamplin said: “The parish council has ignored the concerns of


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


residents and is persisting with putting the gym here, in spite of a petition signed by villagers, and in spite of the application having been turned down by Tonbridge andMalling Council. “The whole idea has only got to


where it has because the parish council took it to appeal.” He says the gym will also create


parking issues and noise problems. The parish council has now re-


applied for permission to Ton- bridge and Malling Borough Council after a site visit fromCLH Pipeline System, which advised moving the gymslightly to accom- modate its underground pipeline system.


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


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


Outdoor gym ‘will be a teen hang-out’


APLANto put an outdoor gymin Leybourne has been criticised by some villagerswho say the initiative “won’t be good for everyone’s health”.


Parish council clerk Maria Mc-


Farlane said: “This idea was born out of the UK Olympics in 2012 and the drive to getmore people to exercise. “The whole project is being


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funded by Sport England and Tay- lorWimpey, thanks to approaches made by our chairman,with about £2,000 fromcouncil funds. “A lot of people will be glad to


see it, andwe feel residents of Ley- bournewillmake use of it.” She said a previous location at


The Chase had been investigated, but it was felt positioning it near the play area would mean parents could enjoy the gymwhile keeping an eye on their children.


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A VILLAGE football club is planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style with a big day for the whole of the com- munity. Read howthe club has risen from humble beginnings.


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FREE No. 252


Kate, 107, diesNews


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.


Charity football date 3


MP’s Local Plan bid 20 RBLI job cuts


Plans for Dr Nigel 5 Drug farm arrest


ALMOST 20 people have been made redundant at the RBLI in Aylesford.


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


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


Jason Donovan date 10 Date at the palace18


A MAN was arrested in Leybourne in connection with an al- leged drug farm.


A MALLING charity chairman beat the snow to rub shoulders with royalty.


Campaigners’ push


VILLAGERS hoping to save their local pub are set to launch a share offer.


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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.


Club celebrates damge to crops; an attempted vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted


f Town Taclk VEHICLES have been driven over


TRIBUTES have been paid to br Snodland’s Town Council


armland in Lenham, eavering stolen om an Lenham ausing


eak-in was reported in Detling; a chairman Peter Misy, who has


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magazine is dedicated to Snod- land and Halling residents.


Parish Councils 30-32 Crime Reports 32


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GOLF clubs were stolen from a shed in Aylesford; a tractor was taken from Mereworth; two hanging baskets were removed from a green space in Kings Hill; a dumper truck was stolen from East Malling and thieves took a doorbell from a home in Larkfield.


Comment 33-34 Crime Reports 35


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A FORMER England star will be on hand when Snodland Town FC plays host to a fundraising match for Olivia Taylor. 3


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