Malling Edition October 2017

Panto ahoy! June 2018

Parking review after residents’ complaints

CONCERN over a lack of parking for shoppers visiting Snodland High Street is set to trigger a formal reviewinto the provision in the town.

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

Council (TMBC) has revealed that itwill be recommending to the next meeting of the Joint Transportation Board that the reviewtake place. It comes amid complaints from

residents about the free car park in Rocfort Road being filled up by workers and nearby residents on a daily basis. Mick Coomes said: “I’man OAP

and I’ve been speaking to others and we are concerned about never being able to park in the car park. “It really affects the High Street.

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CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

The spaces there are a 30-minute maximum and for some people that’s not enough to get the shop- ping theywant. “But they can never find a space

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

in the Rocfort Road car park, so in- stead they end up going to Tesco up the road rather than using the local shops.” Mr Coomes (pictured in the car

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

park) added that those living nearby, cars using the garage close by and South East Water staff are using the car park, meaning there is no space for the casual user. Snodland Town Councillor Paul

Hickmott shares the concerns of residents, but insists it is vital that the car park remains free. “We had a parish poll on this

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

issue a few years ago and the peo- ple were heavily against charging

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

to park in that car park,” he said. “Charges won’t solve the prob-

lem, they will just force people to park on the streets,which is the last thingwewant. “My proposal would be that the

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

handful of spaces that face the cricket ground be restricted to two hours, which is more than enough for people to shop there. “I had ameetingwith TMBCand

many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural

they said that theywould only im- plement that if they put in charges, which I thought was rather nega- tive.” A South East Water spokesman

said: “We would welcome a time restriction on the car park as this would stop any issues or cars being parked there all day.

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

“Along with the car park within

the grounds of our offices,we have organised with the town council additional spaces at Brookland car park, which is a 10-minute walk away. We also run a car-sharing scheme to help cut down on the number of vehicles being driven to work in Snodland each day. “In addition, we restrict our em-

ployees fromparking in surround- ing residential roads.” Andy Edwards, head of technical

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

services for TMBC, said: “Parking issues in and around the Rocfort Road car park in Snodland are by nomeans simple to resolve. “There is significant demand for

parking fromresidents, businesses and shoppers throughout this area,

and any future review will require careful consideration and liaison with the various parties. “A recent site visit has been un-


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dertaken with Snodland Town Council to look at all the parking issues around the town, and it is being recommended to the forth- coming meeting of the Joint Trans- portation Board that a formal parking review be progressed.”

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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.

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A MAN’s beloved pet cat is “lucky to be here” after getting caught in a lethal snare while out in Snodland


A NURSE will make a splash by swimming the channel for a local hospice

A MEMORIAL garden has been opened at the school of a boy scout who died

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

Hope for Heritage

NEW volunteers are being sought for a much-loved village Heritage Centre

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THE Vicar of Aylesford and Eccles is heading back to take a post on the Isle of Wight

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A FRIDGE freezer awaiting collec- tion was stolen from a front garden in Aylesford; A speedboat was taken from a house in East Malling; A car waiting at a junction in Kings Hill had a windscreen smashed by a youth throwing a stone at it; The glass panel at a bus stop in Snod- land was broken by vandals.

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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.

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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.

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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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