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October 2017 September 2018 Town gymnasts win silver in Euro championships Panto ahoy!

MAIDSTONE gymnasts Courtney Tul- loch and James Hall are back from the European Gymnastics Champi- onships in Glasgow earning silver medals for Team GB. Both men, who train at Pegasus

Gymnastics in Tovil, won silver as part of their vital role for the British Senior Men’s Team Final completing six events to take home the medals. Tulloch also won bronze in the

Men’s Rings Final. Read our exclusive interview with Courtney Tulloch on page 4.

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

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

Courtney Tulloch (second left) and James Hall (second right) with team mates

Flats plan ‘not right for town centre sites’

APLANto buildmore than 1,000 homes in the centre ofMaidstone hasmet with a cross-party backlash.

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.

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(MBC) paid agents Savills to pro- duce adocumentdetailingdevelop- ment of fiveprivately-ownedsites in the heart of the county town. Len House in Mill Street, the

Granada cinema and Gala Bingo sites, Maidstone West, the Broad- way, Baltic Wharf (Medway river- side) and Mote Road have all been earmarkedaspotentialhousingsites. But councillors representing wards affected by the proposals are uvillage,

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

omes will hav on local services, trof installing cameras on private Chairman of the planning com-

mittee, LiberalDemocratClive Eng- lish, was one of a number of

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

nhappy about the strain the extra hLane, where we are now thinking affic levels and parking.

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 specifically

in Burberry

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-

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

The riverside area could see 922

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

members from the Lib Dems, Labour and Conservative parties whomet to voice concerns. Cllr English said: “We are not in

agreement with the thrust of many of the proposals andwill be prepar- ing our own intervention.”

apartments in three and five storey tower blocks (with about 700 park- ing spaces) while Maidstone west might see 325 flats on up to seven floors. Bridge ward councillor, Conser-

vative Jonathan Purle, who is pic- tured on the riverside, said: “This isn’tmaster planning. It’s just cram- ming inmore andmore flats. “There are 1,100 flats earmarked

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.

[St Peter Street /BucklandHill] is al- ready apotentialdeath trapin terms of lack of pavement or pedestrian crossing.” Savills’ statement of purpose in

Cllr Fort, who also serves as a

the document hopes for a “deliver- able vision for five key opportunity siteswithin the town centre” as part of a regeneration process. Cllr English said Savills

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in one area of my ward alone, but there is no real consideration of things like school places or GP sur- gery capacity. “There appears to be no analysis

of traffic impact: there doesn’t even seemto be enoughparkingplanned. “The corner outside the building

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Kate, 107, diesNews

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.

MP’s Local Plan bid 5 Town centre attack4

Herecomethegirls A CHURCH choir in Maidstone drops its boys only rule after 700 years in a bid to increase its numbers.


Plans for Dr Nigel 6 Leisure centre review

A MAN was severely beaten by teenagers suspected of fir- ing a catapult.

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

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

Jason Donovan date8 Watch out, seal about


BOATERS have been warned after a seal was spotted in the River Medway.

20 Backstage tour

THE Hazlitt has invited visitors be- hind the scenes during a heritage weekend.

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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.

LOOSE councillors heard that the planning application for the new shed on Brooks Field had been ap- proved; two Tovil members had done a walk around the parish to look at various issues including park- ing at Burial Ground Lane, and had reported flytipping which had been cleared away by the borough coun- cil; a quote for the installation of two new gates in Tovil was agreed.

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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A MERCEDES car was stolen from Westmorland Road by a prospec- tive purchaser who took it for a test- drive; a building site in Hartnup Streetwas broken into; a parcel was taken from outside a property in Longshaw Road; two youths tried to steal a motorbike in King Street.

COUNCILLORS are to look into the future of Maidstone Leisure Centre.

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