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Whomade golfing history at the castle? Panto ahoy!
ONE of these women – Tracy Skinner of Kingswood, left, and Louise Phillipou of Broomfield – recently made an interesting piece of golfing history on the nine- hole golf course at Leeds Castle. Find out who did it, and how, on page 3
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
Plan for ‘village’ on airfield beauty spot
South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk
APLANto build up to 1,750 homes on awar-time airfield atDetling has been received byMaidstone Borough Council.
CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping
While still in outline, the plan fol- lowsmonths of public debate, talks Burbe ry Lane, near Leeds and Broomfield, has b en targeted by officers of themerits of the develop- cent months, the problem has be- comemore acute.
CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.
waste dumpers for years, but in re- ment, which is not included in the borough’s Local Plan.
Incentives include a park and ride core, wind ws and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn M20, a new entrance for the show- grCllr Gill Fort said: “Everymonth school.
Constructionwaste, rubble, hard site, £50mof road improvements to the A249 and junction seven of the in themiddle of the road.
ound, amedical centre, jobs and a construction waste dumped in the
of installing cameras on private land, to oversee the problem area.”
saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath
nMBCspokesman said: “This is a long-term planning application
isplaying its cards closer to its chest. A recent event in Burberry Lane
with parish councils and efforts by nearby, more than a year after it additional land for housing, having land supply.
Quinn Estates to persuade planning was dumped and set on fire. secured a five-ye
many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem inmany rural
The church car park has also seen She said: “The application is un-
and one that is unlikely to be deter- mined quickly.” She said officers had no need for
we are having toilets, sinks and Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- Butwh leKent County Council is ping and this year more than 163 understood to have welcomed th have been recorded since April. offer of funding for road improve- Local Plan Reviewin 2022will con- ments,Maidstone Borough Council will prompt a rise in illegal tipping. Stockbury and Detling parish
areas including Langley, Otham and Kingswood. Water Lane in Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have also been targeted recently. Last year, Maidstone Borough cers are now focused on a possible 40% (more than 7,000) increase im-
likely to go before theplanning com- mittee before autumn 2019, and an environmental impact assessment would also be necessary.” The Local Plan was adopted last autumn for 17,600 homes, but offi-
village, specifically in Burberrye posed by central government. The Lane, where we are now thinking The approaching darker even ngs
tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on
councils have been vocal in oppos- ing the development, with particu-
sider applications for extra housing. Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-
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 councilsmore. Cllr Fort made her remarks as
lar concerns about the prospect of more traffic on theA249. Developer Mark Quinn believes
this can be overcome by a two-level junction andunderpass near the site in Bimbury Lane. Also promised is a special needs
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
training centre and school for the NationalAutistic Society, a pub and a sports hub. One issue is that the site lies
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
within theKentDownsArea ofOut- standingNatural Beauty (AONB). During consultation, Mr Quinn
argued that the area “is not in the best part of theAONB”, and says he is keen to continue discussionswith locals. He recognises infrastructure would need to be in place prior to building any large scale housing.
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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.
REPAIR work costing £400,000 is needed for the roof of the Holy Cross Church in Bearsted and parishioners held a flower festival to raise funds. 35
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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.
MP’s Local Plan bid 4 Vicar criticisesMBC4
Dispensingbadservice? PATIENTS have been complain- ing about the service they re- ceive at a Grove Green pharmacy.
Plans for Dr Nigel 5 Getting stroke unit
A VICAR has attacked the bor- ough council for itsmas- sive house-building plans.
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 date14 Post box replaced18
MAIDSTONE Hospital is one of three to house a new 24/7 specialised stroke unit.
A STOLENpost box in Bearsted has been replaced by The RoyalMail.
MAIDSTONE Choral Unionmarks the armistice centenary with a special concert.
Health focus date Obituaries
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.
Parish Councils 34-35 MP’s seat threatened
A PUBLICmeeting in Sandling is to focus on health issues.
BOUNDARY changes could result MP HelenWhately’s seat disappearing.
Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 35
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.
A SHEDwas broken into and fish-
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ing tackle stolen in Downswood; tools and other equipment were stolen from a Nissan Navara in Harrietsham; a log splitter was taken during a shed break-in in Detling; a handbag containing valuables was stolen from a vehi- cle in Boxley; a wallet was stolen froma car parked in Leeds after a break-in.
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