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FREE October 2017Maidstone East Edition


Panto ahoy! August 2018


Concerns grow over a Brexit lorry park


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


RESIDENTS in a rural part of Kent face the prospect of a huge post-Brexit lorry park on their doorstep, it has emerged.


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.


Highways England haswritten to


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


landowners and farmers about a 250-300 acre plot between Sandway and BoughtonMalherbe,which has a service slip road running fromthe nearbyM20. The lettersmention the possibility


of exploratory ecological work, in line with others it intends to carry out in theM2/M20 corridor and be- yond. Locals fear the park may have a


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


three-fold purpose – to stop illegal parking on Kent’s rural roads, a space for Operation Stack freight overflow and, most seriously, a 24- hour customs clearance house. It is another indication that the


government is desperate to have a freight plan in place post-Brexit on March 30 next year, especially if no deal has been reachedwith the EU. Critics arewarning of severeprob-


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


lems on theM20, almost permanent OperationStack andthe fragility of a newcontraflowsystemdesigned to keep traffic moving in both direc- tions. Andrew Barr Jnr, who farms a


large chunk of land owned by Trin- ity College, Cambridge, confirmed hewas one recipient of anHE com- munication, as was Sally Alexan- der’s family farming business. She said: “I don’t trust Highways


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


England to do the things theymight say they’lldo – in the end, they’ll just


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


dowhat theywant.” One local resident said that the


narrow country roads “are totally unsuitable for an HGV park” and feared that a 24-hour customs clear-


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


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


ance house would mean road widening and floodlighting. Others feared that house prices


wouldbe blighteduntil adecision is made, and anyonewishing tomove would find it hard to get willing buyers. MP Helen Whately, pictured


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above, fresh from phone calls and briefings about the issue with HE and others, spoke to a 40-strong publicmeeting near PlattsHeath on July 20. She said that HE had identified


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


100 parcels of land, although that might equate to 50-60 sites.  Full story, page 4


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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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.


3 MP’s Local Plan bid


Village’s traffic fears THE prospect of 800 new homes in Langley has sparked fears of traffic problems on all routes. 5 Plans for Dr Nigel


Post box restored


A POST box in Bearsted has been restored to its former glory after a community push.


BEARSTED’S carnival attracted large crowds in scorch- ing weather - pictures.


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


Jason Donovan date It’s carnival time


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


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TWOschools may be sited near a mental hospital, after all, it was disclosed.


THE borough council’s judicial re- view over relief road cash failed - full details.


Obituaries Obituaries


Schools get go-ahead 11


Judge rejects legal bid 18


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Parish Councils 34-35 Parish Councils 34-35


A PETITION calling for a 20mph speeding restriction in Holling- bourne to be introduced; the prob- lem of rogue traders in Lenhamhas been highlighted by the community warden; Kent Wildlife Trust would be contacted about keeping verges in Bredhurst as wildlife sanctuaries; a county council survey showed that speeding is not currently an issue in Downswood.


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.


Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 35


A SECURITY fence was damaged in Bearsted; a delivered parcel was stolen from a house in Boxley; a lawn mower was stolen from a home in Bearsted; a glass patio door has been smashed in Harriet- sham; cash and jewellery were stolen in Lenham.


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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