Malling Edition October 2017 July 2018 Panto ahoy!

School park ers ‘are dan ger to child ren ’

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

ARESIDENT in Snodla pa

As well a

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

lems in her own street, Wyvern Close resident Ca also ha

her property – in a month, adriver ca through her ba ga

rden. No-onewa

worse. “People a

Broomfield, has been targeted by waste dumpers for years, but in re- cent months, the problem has be- comemore acute. Constructionwaste, rubble, hard

could ha ca

of pa one of themcould ea na sily ha ve been

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

seriously injured. “We’ve spoken to the council, but they don’t seem interesteda a ccidentwaiting to ha

nd it’s ppen.”

we are having toilets, sinks and formore tha construction waste dumped in the

sa ba

pa nd ha

Wyvern Close is asmall cul-de- c with 1 2 bungalows in it. It is relywide enough for two ca ss,a


Lane, where we are now thinking noreda a

throughout the da Howev

, this is consta nd residents sa

re being severely impa Mrs Buffini a

land, to oversee the problem area.” pies – thro n into our ga A recent event in Burberry Lane right outside our houses a

y their lives cted.

saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath

dded: “They pa shea nd then

rk “They ha ve talkeda y.

both sides, restricting pa village, specifically in Burberry

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 a

pa a

vement on St Ka nd it is so da

re driving up on the therine’s Roa

d ngerous,” she said. “Although no-one wa s hurt, it

r literallywent between two sets rents a


ve been so different – the wea nd their children, a

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

nd out of the roa “My wall ha

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

two occa

s single yellowlines on Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- ping and this year more than 163

rs to Wyvern Close with her husba n 2 0 yea nd sa

r-old ha rsa

of installing cameras on private we get litter – including dirty na Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-rdens,” dded.

s sworna nd p-

ntly ig- The approaching darker evenings pa will prompt a rise in illegal tipping.

have been recorded since April. the pa

problemis getting worse. “Aneighboura rentsa

pproa nd wa

ched one of t,a

tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on

bout putting

s lived in ys the

areas including Langley, Otham and Kingswood. Water Lane in Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have also been targeted recently. Last year, Maidstone Borough

fair. “I ca

school times beca

n’t go out or come home a use I’ll be una

y. It’s just not t


to get in or out ofmy own home.” The 7 6 -yea

sions by ca round inmy drivewa

s been da ged on rs turning


rs to get in ma

Carole Buffini’s fence was knocked down by a driver trying to park ve between the ca

permit spa no point, a

nywa y.” When a ys a

drivewa nd it’s never policed a

pproa ched by Downs

nd Council spokesma cts a

there a

comment. Tonbridge & Malling Borough n Robert Styles

said: “Although the single yellow line a

red to risk apenalty cha

schools in the borough a rta

parish councillor, ff ca

prioritise our response. “Pa


emotive issue for pa a 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent

Kids Holiday Club

ment sta nnot bea s t every loca tchioin, aldren about social responsibility and the issue of litter in schools will help rking outside schools is a She believes with every household receiving a weekly refuse collection sta

school sta nd end times coincide. This meaCllr Fort, who also serves as a

ns the council’s enforce- -

ervice, there is no excuse for litter threa thrown from v

nd it is not uncommon for our ff to encounter verbala


s well, nd

beingts of violence, which leaehic ds us toa nge school pa

Find us on les or

d rraumped in the road.trols in pairs or withapolice presence.”

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take the issue off the streets. rents a

nd there is a need to n

ays teaching

mile-long stretch of road through Leeds village produces an average 32 black sacks of rubbish.

re a pproxima tely 4 0 nd all the

tice for the convenience of dropping off their child. “There a

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

therine’s School declined to

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

s adeterrent to most, re still some drivers pre- rge no-

Mail to discuss the issues, St Ka

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 councilsmore. Cllr Fort made her remarks as

ces out there, but there’s s the residents all ha


d to deal with da ge to n incident la reered straight


sion, butMrs Buffini sa lems being ca St Ka

s injured on tha used by pa

therine’s School a

ck fence into her t occa


ys the prob- rents from re getting

rol Buffini ha ma

rking prob- s

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

nd fea

rents picking up their children fromschoola s severe pa

rsachild could be injured orworse, unless remore considera


No. 1 newspaper

Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper

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News Kate, 107, dies

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.

Plans for Dr Nigel iPhon 3

MP’s Local Plan bid g 4

Al frescoworshippin

WORSHIPPERS of the sun and the Lord held a service outdoors in Kings Hill led by the Bishop of Rochester. 5

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

Jason Donovan date

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

ABBA tributenight

WE HAVE details of an ABBA tribute night taking place in September.

Tracey open Obituaries

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.

Comment 3 4 -3 5

Parish Councils 34-35 Crime Reports 2 6

Obituaries Parish Coun

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MP Tracey Crouch has opened new facilities at Larkfield Leisure Centre.


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cils 2 4 -2 6

DOGS frightened off a house bur- glar in Larkfield; a car windscreen was cracked after an object was lobbed out of another vehicle in Waterin

gbury; a bicyclewas stolen

from an address in Snodland; fuel was removed from a vehicle in Aylesford.

Crime Reports 35

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.

Inside this edition: Comment 46-47

THE impact of the Local Plan has sparked major debate. The four- page supplement inside by Malling Action Partnership sup- ports people and events.

Charity refurb plan

A GARDEN centre charity aims to raise £1.5m to carry out refurbishment work.

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A FAKE iPhone scamwas rumbled at a supermarket in Aylesford.

e fraudster jailed 6

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