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Malling Edition


downsmail.co.uk


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


December 2018


Murder charge WEST Malling man Simon Childs (51) has been charged with murder after a house blaze killed a woman and injured a young girl. Jacqueline Allen (65), of Spitfire


Road, died after emergency serv- ices rushed to the scene of the fire on Saturday, November 17. Mr Childs, of Hurricane Road,


was arrested and has now been charged with murder and attempted murder.


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Plan for extra homes ‘breaks jobs pledge’


to provide jobs to push through late proposals for another 500 homes. now simply be more homes will force the borough council to look for sites elsewhere to provide the economic growth demanded. “This is a loophole in the Local


DEVELOPERS in Kings Hill have been accused of breaking a commitment Liberty’s latest developments –


proposed a week before the con- sultation on Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s Local Plan closed –will be considered by the planning inspector. But the last-minute submission


and the lack of consultation has an- gered residents in Larkfield, East Malling and Kings Hill. They say re-zoning four sites at Kings Hill for homes instead of offices will prompt a search for employment sites elsewhere. They also say plans for houses at Heath Farm and next to Warren Wood will ex- tend beyond the airfield boundary. David Thornewell, parish coun-


cil chairman of Larkfield and East Malling, said: “We were told of


these plans a week before the con- sultation closed. So, we had to fight even to get our views heard.” He says Liberty is taking a two-


track approach to get the develop- ments either on the Local Plan or approved by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (TMBC). Cllr Thornewell (pictured) said:


“There is general concern about de- veloping outside the Kings Hill de- velopment parcel, and the traffic an- other 500 homes would put on roads. “The fact that offices and jobs that were to be created here could


Plan - that developers can put for- ward plans right at the last minute for consideration and bypass the need for public consultation.” Liberty has said its proposals


have been drawn up with KCC, which owns the land, in response to TMBC’s call for more sites to build 13,000 homes by 2031. Liberty said in a statement: “It


has become clear that there is no reasonable prospect of that land being developed for employment use. Changing the allocation of that land to residential will deliver much-needed housing as well as being good news for the business park, with a bigger workforce on its doorstep.” Kings Hill parish council chair-


man, Dave Hurring, said: “The de- velopment has grown way beyond the vision and promises that were sold to early residents. The road network can’t support it, and our GP surgery is overstretched. Resi- dents feel enough is enough.”


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News Outstanding nursery


A SNODLAND nursery is celebrat- ing an “outstanding” Ofsted rat- ing after an unannounced inspection.


Aylesford’s new vicar


WE MEET Ruth Peet, the new vicar for Aylesford who takes over from Rev Jonathan Hall.


VIAT’s good news


A CHAIN of schools run by the Valley Invicta Academies’ Trust have secured “good” gradings from Oftsed.


8 Obituaries 28 Parish Councils29&32


A NEW PCSO has been named to replace Jack Bridger in Mereworth; an inspection is to be carried out on an oak tree on the village green at Addington after a growth was reported; a public meeting will be held to discuss changes to the crossroads at Wateringbury.


Crime Reports 32


A VAN parked in the road at Mereworth was broken into; tools were stolen from a Vauxhall van in Aylesford; a locked moun- tain bicycle was taken from an address in Larkfield; a hole was cut into a fence at a residential property in Trottiscliffe.


Comment 40-41 Town Talk


READ the special reports on Snodland’s amazing efforts to mark the WWI Armistice centenary in Town Talk, in this month’s edition of Downs Mail. The bi-monthly independent magazine is dedicated to Snod- land and Halling residents.


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