Maidstone East Edition October 2017 May 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

Titch’s grave tribute stolen

ORNAMENTAL poppies left on the grave of former serviceman Francis ‘Titch’O’Sullivan have been stolen fromLeeds churchyard. Titch’smumand sister (pictured)

South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to

found the items missing from the grave, which he shares with his fa- ther and brother, lastmonth. He died on January 1 last year

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

when he was involved in a crash in the Sutton Valence pram race. His mother,KathleenO’Sullivan, saidof the theft: “I amabsolutely devastated.”


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

One critic claims funds should

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

have been released via house- builders’ infrastructure contribu- tions (section 106 money) from the borough councilmonths ago. Kent County Council spent

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

months persuadingMaidstone Bor- ough Council (MBC) that its chal- lenges to the legality ofusing section 106 cashwere groundless. Conservative KCC member Gary

Cooke claimsMBC is “reluctant” to make the relief road a reality. Cllr Cooke said: “I do not believe

that members of the ruling party at MBChave ever demonstrated a real or credible desire for a relief road –

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

quite the reverse.” He said the administration is “in-

extricably”wedded to the notion of “modal shift” and would have pre- ferred to allocate the sums for that. Modal shift is MBC’s answer to

the traffic explosion expected from the borough’s scheme for 17,600 newhomes bypersuadingpeople to take the bus, cycle orwalk. We understand that £200,000 – in-

cluding a small sum from MBC – has now been released, with KCC keen to start as soon as possible. Experts, commissioned by KCC,

will study increased traffic flows, impact assessments and some

Council ‘blocked relief road funds’

THELibDem-ledadministration atMaidstoneBoroughCouncil is accused of blocking funding for preparatorywork on theLeeds-Langley relief road.

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

groundsurveys todevise the best set of route options for the link between theA20 andA274. Cllr Cooke, who called a public

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.

meeting last November to show support for a relief road, added: “We have absolutely got to get this right so thatwe canpersuade central gov- ernment to fund the relief road.We have tomake thiswork.” Jenny Sutton, founder of the pro-

relief road groupWILLact, said: “I welcome any development that comes from both authorities to de- liver the relief road that is so badly needed.” MBC was approached for a state- Cllr Fort, who also serves as a

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Park & ride anger THEREhas been anger and disbelief at plans to change the way people pay for park and ride services. 4-5

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 4

Vicar words warning Plans for Dr Nigel

A VICAR claims the church must modernise its language to grow its flock.

NATURALISTS have expressed fears over the decline in cuckoo numbers.

KIMS Hospital in Bearsted has achieved a postive rating from inspectors.

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


Where are cuckoos? Jason Donovan date

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

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Hospital ‘good’grade 24

No Op Stack solution

WITH Brexit looming, no solution has been found for Operation Stack.

Obituaries Obituaries


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VILLAGERS in Lenhamhave voiced road safety concerns at the Faver- sham Road junction; a six-month so- cial media trial has been agreed by the parish council at Ulcombe; a fridge was dumped in Hockers Lane, Detling; the owner of Woodcut Farm, near the A20, complained the parish council at Hollingbournehad wasted money in fighting plans for a indus- trial estate.

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.

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A HUB cap and trim were stolen from a car in Bearsted; garden fur- niture was taken from a property in Lenham; two quad bikes were stolen from the back garden of a house in Stockbury; a man was seen trying to break into a house in Bearsted.

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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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