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October 2017 April 2019 Panto ahoy!

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

COMMUNITY leaders have ex- pressed horror at the fatal shoot- ing of amaninhis 50s. JefferyMills, 54, is accused of

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

killingAndrew Jenkins, also 54, in Cambridge Crescent at 10.43am on Sunday, March 17. BoroughcouncillorEddiePowell said: “This is an absolutely terri- ble thing to happen here and I

know people are horrified by it. There’s a wider sense of revul- sionthatdisputes arenowsettled not with fists but knives and guns.” Kent Police said: "We were

called at to Cambridge Crescent where a man was found with a gunshotwound....54-year-oldAn- drewJenkins, fromRochester,was

pronounceddeceasedat thescene. Jeffery Mills, aged 54, of Cam- bridge Crescent,whowas known to the victim, was arrested. A firearmwas recovered by police at the scene.” MrMillswas chargedwithmur-

der and firearms offences.Magis- trates remanded himuntil a later date onMarch 19.

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

Councilbacksdown inHighCourtbale

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

Chief executive Alison Broom

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

(right) confirmedMBChadagreed to withdraw from the judicial re- view(JR) claimagainst KCC. Mrs Broom and the political

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

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

leadership of the Liberal Democ- rat-led authority took action over KCC’s allegedmisuse ofdeveloper contributions to pay for surveys into the viability of a Leeds-Lang- ley relief road. But amid mounting pressure

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

fromtheConservative and Labour groups at the town hall to abandon the action and under fierce criti- cism about the cost to the tax- payer, the JR was dropped on March 14.Mrs Broomwrote: “Ne- gotiations were concluded…and

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

the JRclaim.To all intents andpur- poses thematter is nowresolved.

MAIDSTONE BoroughCouncil has pulled out of its costlyHighCourt legal action against Kent County Council.

“With respect to costs –we have

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

a settlement has been agreed. “MBC has agreed to withdraw

agreedto eachbear our owncosts.” LibDemleaderMartinCox said:

“We now have a sound footing to enable us to move ahead with a constructive and collaborative partnershipwith KCC.” KCC leader Paul Carter said: “It

should never have come this far. But it is good news.” Borough councillor Jonathan

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.

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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.

the costs incurred in the High Court action.We have received no response but have lodged a Free- domof Information request. Aspokesman forKCCsaid: “We

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are pleased this action has now been brought to a positive conclu- sion andwill continue to work co- operatively and positively with members and officers ofMBC.”

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Purle said: “The taxpayerwill end up paying all of the costs of this pointless exercise.” Pro-relief road campaigner and

county councillor Gary Cooke de- scribed the action as a “monumen- tal waste of public money” and imploredMBCto getplans for a re- lief road back on track. DownsMail has askedMBC for

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Kate, 107, dies

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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.


Charity’s£450kfund MP’s Local Plan bid

AMENTAL health charity has received funding to support school children.


A TEENAGE Muslim woman faced up to far-right Britain First as they handed out leaflets in Week Street.

Muslim takes on BF Plans for Dr Nigel

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

Jason Donovan date Schoolsplanchange

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

APUBLICoutcry at two schools nearM20 J7 has forced a re- think by the Department for Education.

Call for more homes

THE borough council has called for new sites for more houses to be nominated. 18

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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.

DOG walkers in Loose have once again been warned to keep their dogs on leads if they near sheep this lambing season; benches re- moved in Tovil are away for re- furbishment before the summer starts; a broken trampoline spring was found at the play area in Loose; a councillor claimed an overhanging tree has caused an increase in burglaries in a road in Tovil;

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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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JEWELLERY and cash were stolen from a house break-in at Park Wood; cash was stolen from a shop in King Street; youths were spotted hurling a brick through a window at Mote Road; a man kicked the door of a car in Fant causing dent damage to the body work; a front door was dam- aged in Wyatt Road.

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