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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 lives and have

Panto ahoy! £1m lottery


A COUPLE from Snodland have won a cool £1million on the Lottery and now have their sights set on a new home as newly-weds.

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

But Mick Tyler (35) and Sarah Harmer (33) are refusing to let the win change their

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CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

School’s games area broke planning rules

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

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

basketball’s HarlemGlobetrotters have fallen foul of planning rules. The multi-use games area, dim- nearby, more than a year after it

mable floodlights and all-weather was dumped and set on fire. running track were built at Kings HillPrimary Schoolduring the sum- merwithout official approval.

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

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

“retrospective application”.

saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath

many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural

Now agents acting for the school Premium funding, capital expendi- during the winter. have gone to planning chiefs to ask for their blessing for the facilities, which opened fivemonths ago. Inpapers lodgedwith county hall,

al backing for the scheme –which it described as “a huge investment” – by using a combination of Sports

Neuxpark Ltd, said he was filing a Paul “Tiny” Sturgess – who, at 7ft 7.26in, holds

The cost of the works – a games HarlemGlobetrotters’ tallest player. area, 200m running track with 50m

sprint section, and four lamp posts Downs Mail the ethos behind the with LEDfloodlights – has not been project was to give pupils, and published.

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-

the record as

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

members of the community the Head teacher Alice Early told

ture, and donations fromKingsHill School Friends andKingsHill Foot- ball Club.

The facilitieswere openedon June 29 by British-born basketball ace

But the CrispinW y school went to extensive lengths to secure finan- ciThe church car park has also seen

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

chance to take part in a variety of sports and activities in all weathers. Designers had installed flood lights to enable the games area to be accessed safely and used after school

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

“The school was initially unaware that planning permission was re- quired for the games area and the flood lights,” she said.

the planning application to KCC.

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.

“As soon as this became apparent, the school submitted a retrospective

“The school enjoys a positive rela- tionship with the residents of Kings Hill and we hope, once the planning process is completed, the games area will be enjoyed by many people in the village.”


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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.

make representations on the ap- plication before the county planning authority “formally considers the proposals”.

The public has until November 7 toCllr Fort, who also serves as a

Plans and artist impressions are on view in Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s offices in Gibson Drive – although the work can be seen from Alexander Grove and Dis- covery Drive.

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Kate, 107, dies News

Homes plan concern PLANS for 400 new homes on

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.

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and owned by a charity is caus- ing concern among East Malling residents.

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Assault man’s shame APlans for Dr Nigel

MAN from Aylesford was fined for spitting in the face of a nightclub doorman.

TUDENTS from three Snodland primaries met the mayor

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


Pupil chamber date SJason Donovan date

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

Veterans get village ROYAL British Legion Industries

get a cash boost to help ex-soldiers.

SCHOOL sports facilities opened by a record-breaking player from 900th anniversary cele- brations for 2019.

Obituaries Obituaries

Crime Reports 18

Leeds Castle birthday LEEDS Castle has revealed its

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A RESIDENT is concerned about the state of the drains in Trottiscliffe; a new bench will be located in the cemetery in Wateringbury; drug- dealing in Leybourne appeared to still be a problem; parent parking at the school in Mereworth has been causing issues.

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THERE is a round-up of Christmas events planned in the area. The four-page supplement inside by Malling Action Partnership sup- web design google promotion ecommerce

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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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.

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