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Malling Edition October 2017 August 2018 Panto ahoy!


CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a sand quarry proposal in Ryarsh are on a final push for signatures for their petition. The Ryarsh Protection Group’s list of


signatures have been gathered recently in West Malling and at various community events in support of the campaign and at venues including The Angel pub in Addington. A group spokesman said itwants to have


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


the final petition compiled by September 20, when Kent County Council’s environ- ment and transport committee meets to discuss the plans.


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.


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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


Thepro-RemainMP,who is chair-


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


man of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, says that Theresa May “would be gone” in the event of no agreement being struck. One Tory, pro-Leave borough


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


councillor comparedMrTugendhat, who has been tippedas a futurePM, to a “wet lettuce” who did not rep- resent a lot of his constituents. Speaking to a local journalist, the


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


MP said: “This is such an important piece of legislation, I cannot see how the government couldcontinue hav- ing lost. Thatwould trigger the end of the government, but I don't think that means you would need a gen-


eral election.But shewouldbegone.” More than41,000 out of 74,000 vot-


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


ers in Tonbridge andMalling (on an 80%turnout) voted leave. Sarah Barker, Tory borough coun-


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


cillor for Kings Hill, said: “TomTu- gendhat is very anti-Brexit. He has been described ‘as wet as a washed lettuce’ and I somewhat agree with that. I am a Leave supporter and I make no bones about that. The MP doesnot representme andmanyoth- ers on this.” Snodland borough councillor


Steven King, also a Leave supporter, said: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If the PM doesn’t have


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


MP’s no-deal remarks bring Brexit backlash


MALLINGMPTomTugendhat is facing criticismover his comments about the PrimeMinister’s difficulties in securing a deal to leave the EU.


strong enough support to get the legislation through, then she is in a difficultposition.Whether it isappro- priate (forMr Tugendhat to say so) is not forme to say.” MrTugendhatdeclinedtospeakdi-


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


rectlytoDownsMailbutaspokesma- said: “There have been quite a few people getting in touch aboutwhat is going on and the comments are both positive andnegative. “Ifyouaskahundredpeopleabout


Brexit, you will probably get a hun- dreddifferent answers.” As therealityof theimpactofBrexit


ontrafficontheM20becomes clearer, the use of the M26 is becoming in-


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


creasingly likely as an emergency holding area. Mr Tugendhat is op- posed to it. A Highways England spokesman


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News Kate, 107, dies Last push for petition against quarry News


Who owns the ford? MP’s Local Plan bid


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.


School will rock you Plans for Dr Nigel


Valley Invicta prom


THE Valley Invicta Primary School hosted its prom with a dinner and disco.


‘New’ Stack fears


A PROPOSED contra-flow system for the M20 post-Brexit may last for years - claim.


Busy Beavers


EAGER Beavers in Aylesford have had a busy few weeks - details.


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Crime Reports 30


A CAR was damaged in West Malling; batteries were stolen from a number of vehicles in the Lark- field area; a Nissan was broken into in Addington but nothing was taken; youths were seen snapping aerials off cars in Larkfield; garden fencing around a house in Ditton was damaged.


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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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STUDENTS at The Malling School got a standing ovation for We Will Rock You.


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A MOTHER suffering from breast cancer is trying to find out who is responsible for a silted ford in Ditton.


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


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


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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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SNODLAND carnival was as big and as bright as ever this summer – so see our report and pictures in Town Talk in this month’s edition of Downs Mail. The bi-monthly independent magazine is dedi- cated to Snodland and Halling residents.


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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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