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Anger at demolition plan for curry house

PLANS for the demolition of aCoxheath curry house have sparked vocal protests fromlocal residents.

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

Lounge torn down and replaced with apartments for people aged 55 and over. But the owners of the venue,

Anhar and Akhbor Ali, say that many of the most keen to keep the restaurant are those who seldom used it, leading to a decline in trade. They say there have been ap-

CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.

proaches from two national super- market chains, but they had settled for a retirement facility in the com- munity instead. Terry Ketley, of Coxheath Parish

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

Council, said: “We have a number of serious concerns. First andforemost, we do not wish to see this loss of amenity in Coxheath. “The restaurant is very popular

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

with local residents and residents of neighbouring areas, and we do not accept the argument that it is a less that prosperous business. “Secondly, we are not convinced

that there is a need for assisted liv- ing accommodation in this location. “We have other assisted living ac-

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

commodation in the villagewhich is now available to people of all ages, many not requiring assisted living. “In the case of the private

provider,we are aware that proper- ties often take a long time to selldue, amongst other things, to a lack ofde- mand.” AnharAli said: “There has been a

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. unity didn’t like that idea.

Brothers Anhar and Akbor Ali, outside the Spice Lounge in Coxheath

lot of approach fromnumerous de- velopers, such as Co-op, Tesco and Sainsbury. “I previously bought the freehold for the local bank andwas planning to turn that into a Spice Lounge take-away so that I could close th current building. But the local com- mLast year, Maidstone Borough Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip-

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

“I feel that turning the building ping and this year more than 163 have been recorded since April. The approaching darker evenings will prompt a rise in illegal tipping.

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

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

into retirement homes is much bet- ter for the community,with the age- ing population. “MaidstoneBoroughCouncil said Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-

the restaurant isn’t classedas a com- munity asset, but the retirement schemewould be favourable. “Most of the dining customers

aren’t even from Coxheath, the lo- cals use it as a takeaway. It is a build- ing that seats 100 people, if you don’t use the facility it will go.” While plans are still in the appli-

cation stage, the parish council can only comment on the process. Cllr Lottie Parfitt-Reid, of Maid-

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.

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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.

stone Borough Council, said: “I have pushed that it is very important that if this project does go into planning stage that it should go to a commit- tee to discuss it. “I do have grave concerns of loss of a local amenity. The current plan is for retirement flats, but we have concerns about Coxheath already having an ageing population, and wCllr Fort, who also serves as

hat makes a community better is a diversity of ages.

“The retirement homes at Russett

Court in Coxheath aren’t even full, so is there even a need for more homes? “If the current plans continue

looking to turn the building into flats it needs to be debated, due to there being so much local concern.”

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Postie speaks out COXHEATH postman Richard Webb has spoken about his ac- quital of assault charges against a boy of 12. 4

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.

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Man’s body in woods Plans for Dr Nigel

A MAN who went missing in Headcorn was found dead in woodland.

Arson suspected

A BLAZE which destroyed dozens of straw bales could have been started on purpose.

Jason Donovan date

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

Man and dog attack

DOG thieves sprayed ‘acid’ on a man and his pet pointer in BoughtonMonchelsea.

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MAIDSTONE Leisure Centre’s fu- ture is under review amid growing concerns.

THE planned out-of-town M&S store has been given approval by the council.

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A NEW medical centre has been given the green light in Coxheath.

A SHREDDER has been bought by the parish council in Sutton Va- lence; recruitment started to find a replacement clerk when Terry Ket- ley retires at Coxheath next March; rot has been discovered in some wooden posts at the playing fields in Kingswood; a toucan crossing is being considered for the A274 at Langley at Horseshoes Lane.

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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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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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