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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone Weald Edition


October 2017 October 2018


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


downsmail.co.uk


FREE No. 246


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


Medical centre ‘still has roomto improve’


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.


AMEDICAL facilityhas begunthe longroadto recovery after beingplaced in specialmeasures a year ago.


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


The most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission shows


(CQC)Burberry Lane, near Leeds and Health Centre, which serves 5,500


the om more acute.


Broomfield, has been targeted by people,


waste dumpers for years, but in re- ment”.


still “requires


Staplehurst improve-


September 18, said, among many findings, the practice’s procedures put its patients at risk. The surgerywas placed into spe-


cial measures in November 2017, andwas ordered to improve or lose its registration. The latest CQC report says: “The


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


systems,processes andpracticesdid not always keeppeople safeguarded from abuse. Patients were at risk of harm due to medicines manage- ment procedures not always being


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


cent months, the problem has be- cThe CQC report, published on Constructionwaste, rubble, hard


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


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 inmany rural


areas including Langley, Otham and Kingswood. Water Lane in Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have also been targeted recently. Last year, Maidstone Borough


implemented effectively. “Improvements had been made


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


to the way in which significant eventswere being investigated and recorded. However, the practice was unable to demonstrate that they recorded these appropriately, as well as learned from and made improvements when things went wrong. “Patients did not always find the


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 and treatment are provided in a safe way to patients.There should also be effective systems and pro- cedures to prevent those using the service from being abused, and to ensure the practice provides care that is up to the fundamental gov- ernance standards.


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


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 Despite these negative points, the


report did find the practice had an action plan to improve quality and was in the process of reviewing the


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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.


timeliness of the care provided. It also found that staff treated pa-


tients with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect, and there was a strong focus on continuous learn- ing and improvement at all levels of the practice. Staplehurst Health Centre was


approached by Downs Mail for a comment but there was no re- sponse.


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appointment system easy to use and reported that they were not able to access care when they needed it.” The areas where the CQC made clear the practice must make im-


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FREE No. 258


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 Vicar criticisesMBC4


Plans for Dr Nigel 5 Care agency report


A VICAR has attacked the borough council for its mass house-building plans.


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


Jason Donovan date6 Tesco buswithdrawn18


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


A CARE agency in Boughton Monchelsea has been rated as requiring im- provement.


A FREE bus service to Tesco in Ashford fromHead- corn has been halted.


Panto cast sails in


THE cast of the Hazlitt Theatre panto has sailed into the county town.


23 Obituaries Obituaries 32 Crime Reports 34 32


provement , as they are in breach Parish Councils 34-35 of regulations, are in ensuring care


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.


A BRICK shed was burgled with garden tools stolen in Boughton Monchelsea; an inflatable boat was stolen fromitsmoorings in Yalding; there was an attempted break-in at Hunton; a would-be burglar spotted in Lenhamhas been described by eye-witnesses; the soft top on an Audi A3 was slashed in Headcorn.


Crime Reports 35 Parish Councils 36-37


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.


Comment 46-47 Comment 46-47


THERE have been complaints of noise frompubs in Loose; a pothole appeared in the road leading to the rail station at Marden; Chart Sutton, which is considering a LorryWatch scheme, was told by Leeds it lacks Kent Po- lice support; street nameswere agreed in Coxheath; newmember Jane Butler joined at Loose.


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Worryingdevelopment CONCERNS are growing about the level of traffic in Coxheath once another housing development is built. 4


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