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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone East Edition


October 2017 April 2019 Panto ahoy! Cruise couple’s helicopter rescue News


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


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


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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.


MOST people come back from a holidaywith a stash of photo- graphs and memories, but a couple from Grove Green re- turnedwith a chilling story that would put most off travelling for life. Their cruise ship – theViking Sky – sailed through a “bomb


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


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


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


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


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


“With respect to costs –we have


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


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


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


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.


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.”


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.


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cyclone” with hurricane force winds, on one of the most dan- gerous stretches ofwater off the coast of Norway. Sailing close to the shore for


protection, the couple tell how their captain then announced all four engines on the Viking Sky had failed, leaving the ship


heading for the shore. Safely back at home, Monty


and Teri Knight-Olds recount howtheirwedding anniversary trip to see the Northern Lights ended with them being winched fromtheir windswept craft to safety by heli- copter.


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Kate, 107, dies


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Athlete’sgoldenrun MP’s Local Plan bid


KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted, has died aged 107, her son David has disclosed.


WEMEET the young athlete who has taken his sport by stormin just two years.


A LEADING campaigner against fly-tipping has called for CCTV monitoring of rural dump- ing hotspots.


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. 16


Obituaries 32


THE clerk at Hollingbourne was seeking a quote for a new ‘no dog fouling’ sign for the green; waders were sourced for a spring clean of the River Len at Downswood; all allotment plots in Bredhurst have now been taken; public toilets in Maidstone Road, Lenham, have been closed until further notice because of re- peated vandalism.


Parish Councils34-35 Obituaries


A FARM was burgled in Thurn- ham and a recovery vehicle stolen; a shed was broken into in Lenham; fuel was taken from a lorry parked in the road at Stock- bury; two parked cars were dam- aged in a field near Broomfield; a driver who forced a van under a height restriction barrier at Boxley caused damage to it.


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Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 35


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.


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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CCTV fly-tipping call Plans for Dr Nigel


HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.


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


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Schoolsplanchange Jason Donovan date


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


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