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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone North Edition


October 2017 August 2018


Maidstone South Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s downsmail.co.uk


No. 1 newspaper


FREE No. 246


Panto ahoy! Castle guards’ parade


Bright (Cinderella), News


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


AN incredible 12,500 people turned out at Maidstone’s Leeds Castle on a sun-drenched Satur- day, July 14, for the Wimbledon of outdoor classical concerts. The flag-waving crowd earned


Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- zone (Ugly Sisters) .


praise for making the 40th an- niversary one to remember. Fresh from a performance for


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. e site of the flat , is a gry that the nearby, more than a year after it waste dumpers for years, but in re-


thDownsMail has learned that FST, why I am annoyed, because this Broomfield, has been targeted by was dumped and set on fire.


CllrMattBoughton,picturednear Burberry Lane, near Leeds and


developm nt, next


cent months, the problem has be- many instances of illegal dumping. come more acute.


Constructionwaste, rubble, hard core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road.


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


in Burberry


land, to oversee the problem area.” otA recent event in Burberry Lane


saw a caravan burned out while a hermulti-academy trust.


West rail statio , flies in the face of the council’s own planning rules. in Richmond, Surrey.


New Line Learning academies, has


name EveryChild,EveryDayTrust (ECEDT). Education observers say the beerger is an acquisition and an ac


tes a qu druplspecificallying of the recom- Lane, where we are now thinking


mended number of units – 10 per of installing cameras on private


Future Schools Trust has been look- was linked to themerger plan. Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-


Will the council be applying this Leairning requires torched car remains on a footpath


Cllr Boughton claims this consti- where anyonewould park th m.” line of increasing fines, they have to tuFSTexplained: “In an increasingly have been recorded since April. challengi g educational landscape, The approaching darker evenings hectare – set down as the guide in will prompt a rise in illegal tipping.


half of Colin Stroud has 43 one- have been ongoing since last year. closed for 10weeks. bed flatswith no parking provision.al- Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- legedly failing.


submitted by Go Planning Ltd on understand that mCllr Gill Fort said: “Every month knowledgement that FST wa


parking spaces, but the latest plan agreed the merger in April, but we dents have been warned of “some also been targeted recently.


Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have ofMaidstone at hemarket rate, the


me site in 2016 had 20 one- and services and ensuring better value.” Cllr Fort made her remarks as two-bedroom apartments with 20 and Kingswood. Water Lane in


A previous application for the powerwhen it comes to negotiating saThe trustwill nowtradeunder the areas including Langley, Otham The Department


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


buy a one-bedroomflat in the centrfer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be


tion has 43. ping and this year more than 163


cLast year, Maidstone Borough e forwork. I literally have no id a


on a one-year deal inAugust 2016 – dards Agency to clamp down on beral D mocrat planning com-


itng at the benefits of joiningwith an- DCornwallis is rated as a good schoolmile-long stretchis able to offer he now-adopted Local Plan.


He said: “This is a crazy decision. tive by the Environment Agency “We believe this routewould pro- andLthe Driver and Vehicle Stan-


school by Ofsted while New Line d egroeasterecollaboration and jointwork-toCrime Reports improvement.Leeds village produces an average blackicng”. sacks of rubbish.


ems, supported by a single T ry, Athree-monthly litter pick on the got the plan through.


a single vote, with members voting largely along party lines. The Lib


Cllr Fort, who also serves as a Council’s answer


accusationof thedevelopment b ing of road through... through


“enf rced modal shift”, he said it ncourage home-buyers


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children about social responsibility and the issue of litter in schools will take the issue off the streets. believes with every household receiving a weekly refuse collection service,lr English added: “There is being thrown from vehicles or DownsMail app oachedFSTf r a with a railway station next door.“


helpin traffic it will bring, by encourag-Rd, Weavering; pumpkins were country that a perfectly good school


said: “Future Schools Trust was, frankly, failing.This sounds less likea merger andmore of an acquisition. “We have seen in other parts of the


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quiCrlesmore sc ools, andproceeds to muck all of themup.” dumped in the road.


comment but it decli ed. 46-47


Modal shift sMaidstoneBoroughfarmland parish councillor, says teaching


2017 departure of FST chief execu- w i e t i tive Joshua Coleman – who arrived laboration.


for Education daytoday, althoughparents andstu-Monks the negotiations


one of the borough’s closest trans-


hances are you’ll have a c r or need plHead teacherswill continue to run onIt is not known if the December She added: “If you go along the


The application went t rough by matic increaItse.”is hoped that charge or offering it free may have “enlWargedECEDTwill strengthen the desired similar effect.”


their schools but will forma leader- be enforced. A reduction in the


to Maidstone us to share good practice and to fur- tThe church car park has also seen


“The planning officers and some logic to other sites as well? That’s


the umbrella for Cornwallis and could end up happening elsewhere.lieves the cost to small firms of dis- her im rove standards across thposing of construction waste at a


vide the best opportunity to enable However,NLLwaspraisedrecently for progress in a number of key


unlicensed waste carriers, but be-


become part of a large chain based board, as well as giving us more Tiger Primary School, formally be- But it is a problem in many rural


Concern as schools trust entersmerger


Flats scheme ‘flouts council’s Local Plan’


Bearsted soprano Katie Bird, a 1940s Spitfire and fireworks were among themagical features of this well-loved summer event.


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.


Her Majesty the Queen and Presi- dent Trump, The Band of the Grenadier Guards


(pictured), Craig


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


Kate, 107, dies


KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted,


FREE No. 256 News


has died aged 107, her son 3 Da THE newLibDemleader of the


Modal shift indoubt vid has disclosed.


Plans for Dr Nigel 8 THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet will walk the Grand yon for charity.


ough’s housing scheme.4 to the Kent County Show at


Detling this year.


CanVan ram arrests12 FIVE people were on suspicion of





Jason Donovan date10 THE former Neighbours star brings


burglary after a van was used in a tool theft.


his show to the Hazlitt Theatre next May.


M20 lorry park plans HIGHWAYS England is eyeing up a


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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.


FUTURE Schools Trust (FST), which runs two of the town’s biggest sec- ondary schools, hasmergedwith another organisation.


areas. FST, which also includes theObituaries transfer station is proving a deter-


rent that is costing councils more. ber 1. The schoolswill run normally


comespart of theECEDTonSeptem-Parish Councils 34-35 drooms while the atest applica-ASHinstal diebacklation of new litter bins in Tovil;


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


CllrEnglish added: “TheplanningHollingbourne village fete stall- short-termupheaval”.


Meadow


hilst Cllr English disputed anyKingswne, Barming, continue to be a sustain the quality of education eachthe picnic area and rear exit.


n increase, it is not a dra-buses through Imperial Park; rub- anbish bins in the sports field in d


ducted a walking tour of Tovil


32 onsidermore sustainable transport.VEHICLES have been driven over Kent education expert Peter Read


building explosion planned in thebreak-in was reported in Detling; a il coming years, andthe large increasevehicle was vandalised in Bearsted


to the house-damge to crops; an attempted


Sheingmore people to take buses,walkstolenin Clifford Wa allotment;y youths were seen becomes a multi-academy trust, ac-Lenham.


in


vandalising the old library in James Whatman Way.


Comment 46-47


NUMBER plates were removed from a car in Bower Street; a house was burgled in Buckland H l; a door was damaged at a house in Old Tovil Road; a bicycle was stolen


Crime Reports in


Lenham,


35 causing


37


equates to a rise from 30 to 43. Sofor Buffkyn Way, Otham, to allowto as- shihplgriouspatodev loptru t-wide col


committee has to use the extantholder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has anning consent on that site,whichresigned; yellow lines are needed


two councillors have con- 16


Invicta Grammar top INVICTA Grammar School is the


best school in Kent and in the top 10 in Britain.


Obituaries Parish Councils 32


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A QUOTE has been accepted for the has been discovered in Detling;


there are issues wi inth the upkeep of the parish field in Barming, particu- larly with foxes ripping open bags of litter;


certain the extent of fly-tipping in the area; tilting boulders in Church Laoodare to be moved over to worry.


MP’s Local Plan bid 4 HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the


council admits he is “not 100%” sure its transportmitigation conceptwillwork.


bor County show shines TENS of thousands of people flocked


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