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Maidstone North Edition October 2017 June 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


EastEnders star in panto


SOAP star Richard Blackwood has been named as the star of this year's pantomime at the Hazlitt Theatre. Richard, 45, has an impressive


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.


array of talents as an actor, comedian and rapper and will be treading the boards inMaidstone fromDecember 1 to 31. He will play the Genie inAladdin. In 2015, he joined the cast of


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


EastEnders as the “mysterious” Vincent Hubbard, but recently announced that he was leaving the hit soap. 5


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


Restoration work has stopped on


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


the site in Broomshaw Road while the county council and the water company decide who is ultimately responsible for the repairwork. The huge sink hole appeared out-


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


sideNollyClarke’s home onApril 1 and she was told the 12ft crater would be repairedwithin amonth. ButMrsClarke (78) andLeeNick-


els (71), who lives next door, say a legal battle overwho should pay for thework has left themnot knowing whowill fill the void orwhen. Both have been seriously inconvenienced. MrsNickels,whouses a stick after


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-


breaking her hip, has to park yards fromher home. She said: “While the county coun- cil and South EastWater fight over who’s going to pay, we’re the ones affected.”by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan-runs a dards Agency to clamp down on


tiv Mrs Clarke (pictured)


Residents suffer in row over sink hole


SURROUNDEDby rubble andnearly twomonths on, amystery hole in the ground in a Barming driveway has become the subject of a legalwrangle.


weekly Involve coffee morning for bereavedcarers.However, her car is “trapped” on her drive. She said: “South East Water had


thewater back on in three days and even agreed to refund my taxi fare, butwe have had no communication as to what happens next. Engineers come and go but offer no news.” Kent County Council (KCC) said:


“The area has been fenced off by SouthEastWater tomake it safe and to repair their broken pipe.We are in discussion with them, about en- suring that the area is reinstated promptly.” South EastWater said: “Our pri-


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.


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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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Can Tories gain control? THE May 3 elections once again left the council in no overall control but the Conservatives as the largest group .


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.


POLICE sealed off Maidstone Mosque after suspicious envelopes were received.


MP’s Local Plan bid


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Police mosque drama Plans for Dr Nigel


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


6 M&S launch plans


RETAIL giant M&S has submitted plans for its new store at Eclipse Park.


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


Jason Donovan date 18


WE LOOK into the state of the pub trade in the county town.


M20 Brexit fears


HIGHWAYS chiefs are no closer to finding a solution to Operation Stack.


Obituaries Obituaries


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A CHARITY donation request has been received at Barming; it was noted that many councillors in Loosewere unhappy that the latest meeting of the Joint Transporation Board (JTB) had been cancelled; a Barming resident wrote to ask if a tree branch can be removed; the community warden in Loosehas of- fered tips to reduce the number of shed break-ins.


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Parish Councils 37 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.


Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 37


PLANTS and hedging were dam- aged during a break-in in Maple Avenue; pots were taken from the doorstep of a home in Buckland Hill; a bicycle was taken from the front of a shop in Hart Street; handbags con- taining cash were taken in a burglary in Queen’s 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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