Malling 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

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

Roof repair plea to save riding therapy

A CHARITY which helps disabled people enjoy horse riding is raising funds to ensure that part of its vital provision can continue.

autism, cerebral palsy and learning difficulties are able to get in the saddle at the Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled. And whilemost of the time they

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

About 80 people a week with

are able to get out in the fresh air on the horses, there are timeswhen they have to be inside in extreme weather. But the charity’s barn,where the

indoor horse riding takes place, needs repairs to its roof, expected to cost £50,000. “It was damaged in a storm a

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

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

couple of years ago,” instructor Natalie Harper said. “And it was discovered that some of the as- bestos sheets on the roof are cracked – they said it’s got up to 10 years left. “We’re currently having survey

work done to make sure that the building can take another layer on top of it, and when that is done, we’ve got to start thework. “So far, we’ve raised about

£20,000 fromgrants, some ofwhich have to be used within a year, so we’re going to have to dip into our

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

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.

reserves, which we really don’t want to do.” The charity’s reserves were hit

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

last year when the centre suffered an outbreak of a horse virus, so it is vital that it can raise more funds. “We need this barn to enable us

to offer a year-round service,” Na- talie added. “We offer a great ther- apy for the disabled riders – it is very calming for them. “We have to make sure that we

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

have the right sort of horses here, with the right temperament and ones that will never panic if the rider becomes distressed for any reason. “There have been some dona-


tions from groups like the Lions, which we are really grateful for, but we still need more to reach our target.” To donate to the charity, either 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent

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

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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.

Instructors and volunteers at Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled help Ryan take a trot on Callam

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News Kate, 107, dies News Community rallies

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.


A TEENAGER who had money from his first wage packet stolen has had the money re- funded

MP’s Local Plan bid 3

No takers for surgery Plans for Dr Nigel

A PURPOSE-BUILT doctors’ sur- gery sits empty as there are no interested parties


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


PARENTS and staff are concerned about children crossing the road by a school

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

War memorial aim

A VICAR is hoping to raise funds to repair the war memo- rial in his churchyard

Disgraced MEP’s bill

PETER Skinner has been ordered to repay a large sum of money at a hearing

Obituaries Obituaries

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Crime Reports 34

LEAD flashing was stolen from a roof in Aylesford; a pressure washer and a toy ride-on car were taken from a driveway in Snodland; in Larkfield, a padlock, chain and child’s scooter were stolen from a shed and a Vauxhall Astra was taken from a King’s Hill lay-by.


School’s crossing plea Jason Donovan date

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Comment 42-43 Crime Reports 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.

Inside this edition:

STUDIES show which junctions may be over capacity due to house building commitments. The four-page supplement inside by Malling Action Partnership supports people and events.

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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