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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone North Edition


October 2017 August 2018


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


FREE No. 246


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 www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk.


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.


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


CllrMattBoughton,picturednear


the site of the flats, is angry that the development, next to Maidstone West rail station, flies in the face of the council’s own planning rules. A previous application for the


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


same site in 2016 had 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments with 20 parking spaces, but the latest plan submitted by Go Planning Ltd on behalf of Colin Stroud has 43 one- bed flatswith no parking provision. Cllr Boughton claims this consti-


tutes a quadrupling of the recom- mended number of units – 10 per hectare – set down as the guide in the now-adopted Local Plan. He said: “This is a crazy decision. Will the council be applying this


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


logic to other sites as well? That’s why I am annoyed, because this could end up happening elsewhere. “The planning officers and some


othermembers of theplanning com- mittee just brushed these concerns aside.” He added: “If you can afford to


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


buy a one-bedroomflat in the centre ofMaidstone at themarket rate, the chances are you’ll have a car or need one forwork. I literally have no idea where anyonewould park them.” The application went through by


a single vote, with members voting largely along party lines. The Lib Dems, supported by a single Tory, got the plan through. Liberal Democrat planning com-


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


Flats scheme ‘flouts council’s Local Plan’


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.


FREE No. 256 News


MP’s Local Plan bid 4 County show shines4


HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.


Modal shift indoubt THE newLibDemleader of the council admits he is “not 100%” sure its transportmitigation conceptwillwork.


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Plans for Dr Nigel 8 Van ram arrests


TENS of thousands of people flocked to the Kent County Show at Detling this year.


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


Jason Donovan date10 18


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


FIVE people were on suspicion of burglary after a van was used in a tool theft.


M20 lorry park plans


HIGHWAYS England is eyeing up a site for an M20 lorry park, nearMaidstone.


ANapartmentdevelopment in the centre ofMaidstone has four timesmore units than the borough’s Local Plan allows for, a councillor has claimed.


mittee chairman Clive English said: “It is an increase in the number of units but Cllr Boughton is incorrect in his calculation, because he is using thewrong base line.” The 2016proposalhada total of 30


bedrooms while the latest applica- tion has 43. CllrEnglish added: “Theplanning


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Parish Councils 37 Parish Councils 34-35


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committee has to use the extant planning consent on that site,which equates to a rise from 30 to 43. So while it is an increase, it is not a dra- matic increase.” Whilst Cllr English disputed any


accusationof thedevelopment being “enforced modal shift”, he said it does encourage home-buyers to considermore sustainable transport. Modal shift isMaidstoneBorough


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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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Council’s answer to the house- building explosion planned in the coming years, andthe large increase in traffic it will bring, by encourag- ingmore people to take buses,walk or ride a bicycle. Cllr English added: “There is


nowhere more sustainable than a home in the centre of Maidstone with a railway station next door.“


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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.


A QUOTE has been accepted for the installation of new litter bins in Tovil; there are issues with the upkeep of the parish field in Barming, particu- larly with foxes ripping open bags of litter; two councillors have con- ducted a walking tour of Tovil to as- certain the extent of fly-tipping in the area; tilting boulders in Church Lane, Barming, continue to be a worry.


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


NUMBER plates were removed from a car in Bower Street; a house was burgled in Buckland Hill; a door was damaged at a house in Old Tovil Road; a bicycle was stolen in Clifford Way; youths were seen vandalising the old library in James Whatman Way.


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