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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.

Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- zone (Ugly Sisters) .

MAIDSTONE Borough Council has pulled out of its costly High Court legal action against Kent County Council. Chief executive Alison Broom

Bright (Cinderella),

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

confirmed “MBC has agreed to withdraw” from the judicial re- view (JR) claim against KCC. Mrs Broom and the political

leadership of the Liberal Demo- crat-led authority took action

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

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

On board The Kentish Lady were national treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy Godmother), former EastEnder Ste- fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza- beth

C uncil ret eats in High Court case Craig

over KCC’s alleged misuse of developer contributions to pay for surveys into the viability of a Leeds-Langley relief road. But amid pressure from the

Conservative and Labour group, the JR was dropped. Mrs Broom wrote: “MBC has

agreed to withdraw the JR claim. To all intents and purposes the matter is now resolved.

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

our own costs.” KCC leader Paul Carter said: “I

have always said that it should never have come this far. But it is good news.” Tory borough councillor

Jonathan Purle said: “The trou- ble is that the tax payer will end up paying all of the costs of this pointless exercise.”

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Councilbacksdown to stop fly-tipping

T wn ‘horrified’ by doorstep shooting

MAIDSTONE BoroughCouncil ha pulled ut of its costlyHighCourt CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a “The South East Coast Ambu-

COMMUNITY leaders have expressed horror and revulsion at the fatal shooting of aman on the Shepway estate.

toCambridge Crescent (pictured) waste dumpers for years, but in re-

Mrs B

comelead rship of t e Liber l Democ- trerrible thing to happen here and I

core, windows and household fur- There is awider sense of revulsion

Constructionwaste, rubble, hard know people are horrified by it.

niture is left illegally – often strewn tihat disputes are now settled not

in the middle of the road. village,

ley relGillief road.Fort said: “Every month weBut amid mounting pressure romtheConservative an Labour groups at the town hallinto abandon theAaKent Police statement said: cism about payer,

wCllrith fists but knives and guns.” are having toilets, sinks and

at-led authority took action over KCC’s allegedmisuse ofdeveloper contributions to pay fo surveys nto the viability of a Le ds-La g-

more acute.

MA recent event in Burberry Lane torched car remains on a footpath

arch 14.Mrs Broomwrote: “Ne- saw a caravan burned out while a

"Kent Policewas called at 10.43am on Sunday, March 17, to Cam- bridge Crescent where a man was foundwith a gunshotwound.

to the tax- Burberry

Lane,ction and under fierce cr ti- of installing cameras on private land, to oversee the problem area.”

the JR was dropped on

construction waste dumped in the fourmonths.specifically

Broomfield, has been targeted by at 10.43am on Sunday, March 17.

country road have been made by the local borough councillor. (right) confirmedMBChadagreed inBurberry Lane, near Leeds and

Chief executive Alison Broom killing Andrew Jenkins, also 54,

legal action against Kent County Council. Jeffery Mills, 54, is accused of

Local borough councillor Eddie cent months, the problem has be- Powell said: “This is an absolutely

withdraw from the judicial re- was dumped and set on fire. view(JR) claimagainst KCC.

om and the political 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.

nearby, more than a year after it The church car park has also seen

lance Service also attended and 54- year-old Andrew Jenkins, from Rochester, was pronounced de- ceased at the scene.His next of kin have been informed. "Jeffery Mills, aged 54, of Cam-

The Shepway incident is now Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- tfhe fourthmurder inMaidstone in

Last year, Maidstone Borough ping and this year more than 163

bridgeCrescent,whowasknownto the victim, was arrested.A firearm was recovered by police at the scene.” MrMillswas chargedwithmur-

where we are now thinking the cost

der, possession of ammunition without a firearms licence and two countsofpossessionof aprohibited weapon. He was remanded until a later tive by the Environment Agency

gotiations were concluded…and and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on

have been recorded since April. The approaching darker evenings will prompt a rise in illegal tipping. Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia- date after appearing beforemagis- trates onMarch 19.

a settlement has been agreed. “MBC has agreed to withdraw the JRclaim.To all intents andpur poses thematter is nowresolved.

“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 line of increasing fines, they have to A reduction in the

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Cllr Fort, who also serves as a 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

December 25, 2018: Stabbing in London Road, Maidstone. Parwin Quriashi (19) allegedly killed by Mohammed Qoraishi.

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.”

February 10, 2019: Stabbing in Knightrider Street, Maidstone. Wesley Adyinka (37) allegedly killed by Kevin Roach.

March 17, 2019: Shooting in Cambridge Crescent, Shepway

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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

November 17, 2018: Fire in Spit- fire Road, West Malling. Jacque- line Allen (65) allegedly killed by Simon Childs.

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

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

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-

“We have agreed to each bear

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

Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper

FREE No. 246

News Maidstone & Malling’s

No. 1 newspaper Town horrifed by fatal shooting Charity’s£450kfund

Kate, 107, dies News

FREE No. 264

KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted,

has died aged 107, her son 3 David has disclosed.

MP’s Local Plan bid HELEN Whately asked the

fPlans for Dr Nigel as members handed out

Canyon for charity. n Week Street.

AMENTAL health charity has received funding to government to halt the

support school children. 3 borough’s housing scheme.4

Muslim takes on BF A TEENAGE Muslim woman

lieaflets in Week Street. 6 will walk the Grand

aced up to far-right Britain First THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet th y handed out leaflets


Jason Donovan date THE former Neighbours star brings

nearM20 J7 has forced a re- his show to the Hazlitt

Theatre next May. for Education.

Schoolsplanchange APUBLICoutcry at two schools

think by the Department18

Call for more homes THE borough council has called

for new sites for more Obituaries DOG walkers in houses to be nominated. 18 28

Parish Councils 29 Obituaries Loose hav32e once

Monks Meadow in

Parish Councils 34-35 ASH dieback has been discovered in

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.

Crime Reports in Lenham,

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 Detling; 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;


JEWELLERY and cash were stolen 35 Crime Reports

from a house break-in at Park fWood


shop in King Street; youths were break-in was reported in Detling; a vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted Rd, Weavering; pumpkins were stolen

from an allotment in Lenham.

Comment Comment

VEHICLES have been driven over armland; cash was stolen from a damge to crops; an attempted spotted hurling a brick through 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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