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Maidstone North Edition October 2017 May 2018


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


Panto ahoy! Civic parade


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.


is cancelled THE annual parade through the town to mark the installa- tion of Maidstone’s new mayor, David Naghi, has been called off. Cllr Naghi is due to take on


the non-political, ceremonial honour for the year 2018-19 from May 19. A council spokesman said


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


the cancellation was due to the Army, which plays a large role in the event, being deployed overseas at the time. 6


Former mayor Derek Butler and his wife Mary at the 2016 parade


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


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


More than 5,000 residentswill be


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


affected by the twin closures of Allington Park Surgery andAlling- ton Clinic at the end ofMay. Dr RobertMennie announced his


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


retirement in an open letter to pa- tients, citing long hours and a struggle to bring in another GP to theAllington Park Surgery inNew- buryAvenue. Then news broke that DrMayur


Vibhuti had handed in his notice at nearbyAllington Clinic. TheWest Kent CCG has insisted


that the surgeries may not defi- nitely close, but frustrated residents


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-


are stillwaiting to find outwhat the future holds. A spokesman said as Downs


Mail went to press: “The deadline for patient and stakeholder feed- back was on Friday, April 13, and responses need to be reviewed.” But Allington councillor Dan


Daley says that is not good enough. “Regardless of the deadline, you


tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on


would have thought they had been working on a plan,” he said. “I am very frustrated, as we were prom- ised an update, but nothing has yet been forthcoming. “Some people have been saying


Patients left in dark as local GPs resign


THOUSANDS of patients face the futurewithout aGP justweeks before two surgeries inMaidstone close their doors.


that it’s down to developers to build newsurgeries. You could ask them to build a palace, but there would be no point in a palace if there’s no king to sit in it.” DrMennie (61) said in his letter:


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


“Over the last two years I have started to feel the pressure ofwork- ing very long hours, often 12 hours ormore per day. “At this stage in my career the


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


long hours have been simply too much forme. As a result of this, to expedite my retirement, I have made the difficult decision to re- signmy contractwith the NHS.” Gail Arnold, the chief operating


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officer at theNHSWest Kent CCG, said: “At the moment, patients do not need to do anything and can continue to access services at their practice until 31May, 2018. “It is possible thatwewill need to


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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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Park and ride unrest PARK and ride users inMaidstone claimnewrules imposed by the council adversely affect pensioners.


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


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MP calls train debate Plans for Dr Nigel


HELEN Grant is seeking an urgent debate over train timetable changes.


KIMS Hospital has been given a “good” rating in its latest inspection.


Election special


WE HAVE the campaign latest from the local elections on May 3.


THE body of missing Gloria Stringer has been found.


Obituaries Obituaries


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Missing Gloria found 27


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Parish Councils 37 Parish Councils 34-35


A REPLACEMENT tree was sched- uled to be planted in Tovil; a period of silence was held in Barming to mark the death of former chairman Jean Grice; overhead wires linked to a camper van suggested someone was living in the vehicle in Loose, ac- cording to Cllr Sue Grigg; the ab- sence of a police or PCSO officer at the Tovil meeting was noted and the force informed of concerns.


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.


Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 37


GRAFFITI was sprayed onto the windows of a house in Fordwich Close; a car in Buckland Road had two tyres slashed; a gate was stolen from a garden in Egerton Road; boat batteries were stolen in Teston; an allotment shed was bur- gled in Upper Fant Road.


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


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


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