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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone Weald Edition


October 2017 June 2018


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


FREE No. 246


Lorry fears as farm plans warehousing


Panto ahoy!


APLANfor a 126-year-oldKentish fruit farmto expand into a storage and distribution complex has angered its neighbours,DownsMail can reveal.


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


Bardsley FarminChartHillRoad,


Boughton Monchelsea (pictured), aims to enlarge warehousing to ac- commodate 6,000 tonnes of fruit in “dynamic controlled atmosphere” conditions. Residents fear there are already


too many HGVs using the narrow country roads, and thiswill only in- crease as the large industrial unit expands. Management claims that a short-


age of storage has increased the number ofHGVs, but the newplant capacitywillmean an average of 15 movements a day. People nearby complain of noisy


juggernautswill cause “irreparable” damage to the 13th century bridge which crosses the River Beult. Nigel Poulter (64), a retired re-


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


Nigel Poulter


search biochemist who lives a mile from the unit, said: “I have no problem with entrepre- neurswanting to expand, but I do have an issue in this case with the location.


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


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.


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


“It has been turned into a large


lorry arrivals and departures deep into the night, “racing” HGVs, dis- ruptive floodlighting fromthe plant and “constant” revving of engines. They are also concerned that the


CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.


processing complex and is no longer a farm. I believe that Bards- ley aims to be one of the biggest of its kind in theUK.” He claims that a piece of equip-


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


ment permitted under a previous planning permission to pre-size apple orders for supermarkets was only allowed for use on local fruit. Mr Poulter claims this condition


has been flouted, and it is used for fruit imported from all over the world. Downs Mail approached The


Rural Planning Practice (RPP), which represents Bardsley Farm, several times to raise this allegation, but they failed to respond. We also approached the farm’s


managing director, Ben Bardsley, three timeswithout success. The company will relocate the lorry bays and staff car parks to re-


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


duce the “noise and disturbance”. A local planning observer said


that the locals’ best hope of blocking the plan is to focus on theHGVtraf- fic and the unsuitability of the roads. But he added thatKentHigh- ways rarely raise objections on plan- ning issues. Bardsley also claims it will em-


ploy robots on site and take quali- fied local workers to minimise the need for migrant labour. This will be enhanced by higher wages and childcare-friendly working condi- tions. Neighbour Kathy Montanaro-


Acott, whose land abuts the com- plex, said: “My husband and I used towalk through the orchards on the farm.Not now–we’re notwelcome anymore.” Charlene Farley (44), who lives


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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.


opposite the plant with husband Ryan, said moving into their home opposite Bardsley Farm was “the worst day of our lives”. She said: “We bought the place


because we thought it was the per- fect retreat, but what we got was a building site.” Retired organic chemist Clinton


Green (75), of Chart Sutton, has no- ticed an increase in traffic heading for the processing complex.


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FREE No. 254


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.


MP’s Local Plan bid


Op Stack forwater ASCHEME to holdwater thatwill hopefully prevent flooding and helpwildlife has been launched inMarden. 3


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Lorries causing issues4 Plans for Dr Nigel 5 Councillor’s vision


RURAL roads are being jammed up by lorries travelling to a new village housing plot.


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


Jason Donovan date12 Surgery’s warning18


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


THE new councillor for Coxheath & Hunton admits she was surprised to win the seat.


Doctors in Yalding ‘disappointed’ after surgery receives CQC report results.


Ragwort is a concern


Horse owners are warned of the dangers of a deadly weed ahead of summer.


Obituaries Obituaries


Parish Councils 34-37 Parish Councils 34-35


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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.


SPEEDWATCH volunteers in Chart Sut- ton were questioned by an ‘obnox- ious’ driver; flood plans in East Farleighneeded to be updated after one councillor attended flood warn- ing training; two new councillors were co-opted on to serve as members of Langley parish council and coaches using the car park were causing con- cerns to villagers living in Net- tlestead.


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.


Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 37


Comment 46-47 Comment 46-47


A DOOR at a property in Headcorn was screwed shut in an incident were garden furniture was also stolen; a dinghy was stolen from a garden in East Farleigh; sheep feeding equipment was taken in Boughton Monchelsea and wind- screen wipers were bent in Staplehurst.


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