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M20 bridgework is delayed to next year

Panto ahoy!

THEM20 footbridge,whichwas destroyed two years ago inAddington, will not be rebuilt until next year at the earliest, DownsMail has learnt.

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 structure, which collapsed

after being hit by a digger on the back of a lorry in late August of 2016, is now set to be reinstated in 2019 after a lengthy process of get- ting the new walkway up to cur- rent design standard. The design of the newbridgewill

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

change slightly to include an acces- sibility-compliant ramp.Highways England is in the process of buying a small parcel of land needed to ac- commodate the newdesign. AHighways England spokesman

said: “The Addington footbridge has been out of action since it was struck by an over-height vehicle in 2016. “It requires a complete replace-

ment, which includes purchasing newland so it can be built tomod- ern standards. “We are negotiating the purchase

of this land and agreeing to the ac- cess we will need for construction, and expect to startwork soon after the M20 J3-5 smart motorway up- grade opens to traffic in 2019.” Mary McKinley, chairman of

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

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

Ryarsh ParishCouncil, said: “There has been a lot of debate about the bridge. Apparently, Addington owns the land. “In meetings with Maidstone

Borough Council,we have pointed out thatwork should be done at the

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

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.

The footbridge collapsed after being hit by a lorry in August 2016

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

same time as the Smart Motorway development to avoid people being diverted through Ryarsh. “We had a meeting with High-

ways England six weeks ago and they said theywerewaiting to hear back about the land. They arewait- ing for Addington to agree to sell the land. “The people of Addington do

want the bridge back because it cuts their town in two.” Work is hoped to begin in 2019,

this is despite pleas fromlocalMPs Tom Tugendhat and Tracey Crouch,whowanted re-building to start during theM20 Smartmotor-

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

way project. In a letter to Highways England

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

written in 2017, they said: “Disrup- tion is inevitable during the con- struction phase of large scale projects and we are, of course, con- cerned about inevitable pressure both works will put on the local road network, especially through the villages of Ryarsh and Birling and along the entire A20 corridor. “If these projects could be

merged, it would reduce the com- bined timescale for these projects by five months and in doing so lessen the impact for motorists and local residents.”

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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 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.

Fly infestation 3 MP’s Local Plan bid

MYSTERY surrounds a fly infestation which has swept through West Malling over the summer. 4

Rally driver’s car bed4 Plans for Dr Nigel 6 Poppy’s challenge

RALLY driver Louise Cook was forced to camp in a car at a recent competition.

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

Jason Donovan date8 Child abuser is jailed18

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

INVICTA Grammar pupil Poppy Isted is raising funds for a volunteering trip.

ROBERT Barnden has been sent to prison for abusing a teenager in the 1990s.

Saunders departs

MAIDSTONE United boss Jay Saunders has left the club by mutual consent.

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Parish Councils 34-35

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 34 Parish Councils 34


A MANHOLE cover was loose in Offham; new seats had been in- stalled in front of the Mereworth recreation area’s pavilion in time for fete day; at Kings Hill, an ex- tension to the community centre was agreed; an applicant has ap- plied for Offhamparish vacancy.

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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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