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Town gymnastswin silver in Euro championships MAIDSTONEgymnastsCourtneyTul-

Panto ahoy!

THE cast of Cinderella, which is to be staged at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maid- stone, took to the River Medway to

European Gymnastics Champi- nships in Glasgow earning silver medals for TeamGB.

South Borough Primary School and MinetheMen’s Rings Final.

events to take home themedals. also won bronze in th

members of the media. The panto  Read our exclusive interview with

n’s Rings Final.  Courtney Tulloch on page 4.ets go to Courtney Tulloch (second left) and James Hall (second right) with team mates runs from December 1-31. For tick-

Flats plan ‘not right for town centre sites’

Roadworks chaos ‘won’t be worth it’

APLANto buildmore tha 1,000 homes in the cen re ofMaidstone has CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a

(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 Constructionwaste, rubble, hard core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road.

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 unhappy about the strain the extra homes will have on local services, traffic levels and parking. Chairman of the planning com-

Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month we are having toilets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village,

specifically in Burberry

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

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

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

“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. Plans approved by Kent County

Maidstone Borough Council Burberry Lane, near Leeds and

waste dumpers for years, but in re- come more acute.

Council (KCC) include the enlarge- ment of two roundabouts along BearstedRoad, at theA249 andNew Cut Road junctions, installation of signals and the use of smart tech- nology to reduce congestion. Traffic lights will also be intro- duced at J7 of theM20, forDetling.

country road have been made by the local borough councillor. Broomfield, has been targeted by was dumped and set on fire.

th a cross-party backlash. Councillors have warned of

The scheme hopes to ease conges- nearby, more than a year after it

cent months, the problem has be- 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.

Boorman estimated work would take up to 18months. CllrVal Springett (below) ofMBC,

The church car park has also seen

Lane, where w are now thinking Government grants account for

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-

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

with the queuing at the roundabout, but that will just push the queue to dards Agency to clamp down on

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

said: “Without a Leeds/Langley re- lief road it just won’t have much of an effect. The volume of traffic on junction seven to Sutton Road just won’t de- crease. “It may deal

tion at the Kent Medical Campus and cater for 1,500 newhomes. KCC’s project manager Russell


“There are 1,100 flats earmarked line of increasing fines, they have to

A“three-monthly littercpick on the mile-long stretch of road through

of traffic impiact: there doesn’t even Crime Reports Leeds village produces an average

in one area of my ward alone, but buses through be enforced. A reduction in the

there is no real consideration of bish bins in the sports field in charge or offering it free may have

things like school places or GP sur- Kingswoodare to be moved over to the desired similar effect.”

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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.

KCC Cllr Gary Cooke |

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

seemto be enoughparkingplanned. ongly hope they do.”

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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“Hopefully itwill help to reduce the mitigating congestion. “However, with the schools and

homes being built, there is concern in Bearsted and Grove Green about being able to accessNewCutRoad.” Liberal Democrats have said they

are delighted with the news, and will keep an eye on disruption.

fic flow in and around the Maid- stone area is more than welcome. However, the area is yearning for a Leeds/Langley bypass.. “But research is neededfor the by- pasThere appears to be no analysis ngmillions of pounds

Anything that improves the traf- She added: “If you go along the

o e flats. s – they need ollect d ta to the picnic area and rear exit.

str“The corner outside the building VEHICLES have been driven over farmland

Cllr Fort, who also serves as asaid: damge to crops; an attempted break-in was reported in Detling; a vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted

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 Rd, Weav as br ken into; a parcel taken from outside a property in Longshaw Road; two youths tried to steal a motorbike in King Street.

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holder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has resigned; yellow lines are needed for Buffkyn Way, Otham to allow Park; rub-

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

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


The riverside area could see 922 apartments in three and five storey lieves the cost to small firms of dis- ng spaces) while Maidstone west station is proving a deter-

Bridge ward councillor, Conser- one of the borough’s closest trans- fer stations at North Farm, Tun-

unlicensed waste carriers, but be- tower blocks (with about 700 park- posing of construction waste at a transfer rather than going through rent that is costing councils more. MBC Cllr Dennis Sp oner said:

ithe A274, a lot more people would Obituaries use i

the south end ofNewCutRoad and affect people inWeavering. “If therewas a relief roadat J8 and

might see 325 flats on up to seven fLeeds village to theA274..”

tawful, but you can’t make an Monks bridge Wells, announced it will be

sn’tmaster planning. It’s just cram- Hollingbourne closed for 10weeks.

Cllr Fort made her remarks as vative Jonathan Pur e, who is pic- ured on the riverside, said: “This iomelettewithout breaking eggs. mi“ng inmore and


Gymnastics inTovil,wonsilveraspart Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, of their vital role for theBritish Senior Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- Men’s Team Final completing six zone (Ugly Sisters) .

Godmother), former EastEnder Ste- fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza- beth

Both men, who train at Pegasus Bright

(Cinderella), Craig

They were greeted by pupils from Tulloch (pictured) alsowon bronze

och and James Hall are back from the On board The Kentish Lady were onational treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy

l launch this year's panto.

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Kate, 107, diesNews people’s home in Bearsted, vid has disclosed.

government to halt the

KATE Hart, a resident at an old Here come the girls

has died aged 107, her son 3 DaA CHURCH choir

in Maidstone

MP’s Local Plan bid  HELEN Whately asked the

borTown centre attack Plans for Dr Nigel 

will walk the Grand Canyon for charity.

drops its boys only rule after 700 years in a bid to increase its numbers.

ough’s housing scheme.4 A MAN was severely beaten by teenagers suspected of fir- ing a catapult.

THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet Leisure centre review 12

Jason Donovan date8 THE former Neighbours star brings

his show to the Hazlitt Theatre next May.

a seal was spotted in the River Medway.

Backstage tour

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


Parish Councils 32 Parish Councils 34-35

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“The 18 months will be absolutely ASH dieback has been discovered in shed on Brooks Fiel ind had been ap-

Meadow two Tovivillagel members had Detling;

done a walk around the parish to llook at various issues including park- iing at Burial Ground L,ane, and had eported flytipping which had been

done a walk around the parish to ook at various issues including park-

fete stall-

ng at Burial Ground Lane, and had rreported flyt Imperialipping which had been cleared away by the borough coun- cil; a quote for the installation of two new gates in Tovil was agreed.

cleared away by the borough coun- cil; a quot

two new gates in Tovil was agreed. 35

37 for the installation of

LOOSE councillors heard that the planning application for the new

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

Watch out, seal about BOATERS have been warned after


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