October 2017

Maidstone East Edition

Panto ahoy! September 2018 No. 246

FREE Top grades up as students collect A level results

STUDENTS from across the region have been back to school to receive their A level results. For most, it has been a relief, in spite of

changes to the A level courses. Now, many are preparing for university

life,with 409,000 places awarded nationally – up 3%on last year. More than 850,000 exams were taken

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

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

across the country, with the most popular subjects maths, English and biology, and a sharp rise in computing.  For the results from the schools in your area, turn to page 24.

South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to

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

Councillors have warned of

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

“awful” disruption and limited ef- fectiveness when the work is fin- ished. They insist the emphasis should be on building a Leeds-Lan- gley relief road. Works to be undertaken by Kent

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

County Council (KCC) include the enlargement of two roundabouts along Bearsted Road, at the A249 andNewCutRoadjunctions, instal- lation of signals andtheuse of smart technology to reduce congestion. Traffic lights will also be intro-

duced at J7 of theM20, forDetling. Government grants account for

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

£9.3mof the cost, along with £1.5m in developer contributions and a small contribution from Maidstone

Borough Council (MBC). It hopes the scheme will ease congestion at the Kent Medical Campus (KMC) and soak up extra traffic caused by the area’s 1,500 newhomes. KCC’s project manager Russell

Boorman estimated work would take up to 18months. Cllr


Springett (below) of MBC, said: “Without a Leeds- Langley


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-

tion seven to SuttonRoad justwon’t decrease.

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

road it just won’t have much of an effect. The volume of traffic on junc-

Roadworksmayhem ‘won’t beworth it’

DRIVERSwill face 18months of delays inMaidstone fromnext summer when an £11million road scheme begins construction.

the roundabout, but that will just push the queue to the south end of NewCut Road and affect people in Weavering. If therewas a relief road at J8 and theA274, a lotmore people would use it rather than going through Leeds village to theA274.” MBCCllr Denis Spooner said:

“The 18 months will be absolutely awful, but you can’t make an omelettewithout breaking eggs. “Anythingthat improves the traffic

flow in and around the Maidstone area is more than welcome. But the area is yearning for a Leeds-Langley bypass.But researchisneededfor the bypass to collect data to justify pumping millions of pounds into the project and then building it, which I strongly hope they do.” KCC Cllr Gary Cooke said:


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

“It may deal with the queuing at Obituaries

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 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent

“Hopefully, itwill helpto reduce the mitigating congestion. However, with the schools and homes being built, there is concern in Bearsted and Grove Green about being able to accessNewCut Road.” KMC site owners seek change, p4 Schools’ funding approved, p16

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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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Kate, 107, dies No. 257 News


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper News

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.


Climbingthewalls WEEDS have been removed from the stone walls of an ancient village church by a team of abseiling specialists. 3

MP’s Local Plan bid 4 Turtle found in village Plans for Dr Nigel

A BEARSTED man out on a walk had the shock of his life when he found a turtle.

Council goes to court

MAIDSTONE Borough Council’s High Court challenge to a failed judicial review has been questioned.

Arsonist suspected

STRAW worth £20,000 may have been set on fire on purpose, say locals.

Nick stepping down

BOSS of building giant Gallagher, Nick Yandle, is to step down later this year.

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DATA collection for a relief road in south Maidstone carries on, county councillor Gary Cooke told parish members in Leeds; trees behind the community centre in Lenhamwere removed; the parochial church council in Broomfield wants to erect a lamp post for safety reasons; there was a complaint that the bin was not being emptied at Scragged Oak Road, Detling.

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

FENCING was damaged on a field boundary in Bearsted; a digger drill was stolen from a vineyard in Boxley; a champagne-coloured car- avan was stolen from Gravelly Bot- tom Road, Kingswood; a vehicle was driven into the garden of a house in Harrietsham.

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

6 Jason Donovan date

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


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