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October 2017 May 2019 Panto ahoy! Hundreds enjoyHoli colour festival

A RELIGIOUS celebration in Maidstone bathed nearly 300 people in clouds of colour. The second Holi Festival of

Colours took place at the Collis Millennium Green, off St Philip’sAvenue, onMarch 23. Live music, food stalls and

pots of dyed flour were all part of the Hindu festival, which raised £300 for Collis Park, a community asset.

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

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

Taxpayers to pick up £100k legal row bill

TAXPAYERS have lost over £100,000 following Maidstone Borough

Council’s aborted High Court action against Kent County Council. said: “They have wasted 10 months and 10s of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money for what? Nothing. “What has been agreed to

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

Mail, say the borough’s legal bill at the point of settlement was £48,554. The county’s tab topped £55,000. MBC launched proceedings

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

Leaked papers, seen by Downs

against KCC last summer to se- cure a judicial ruling, following a fundamental disagreement with the county council over the way developers’ cash is spent on local infrastructure improvements. Maidstone’s Lib Dem leader

Martin Cox and chief executive Alison Broom said the action was to achieve “clarity”.

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

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

questioned the wisdom of bankrolling a legal action against another local authority in the light of “financial constraints and looming cuts to frontline serv- ices”. And Labour leader, Malcolm

McKay, called for out-of-court discussions. MBC pulled the plug on the

court action in March, claiming “negotiations were concluded… and a settlement has been agreed”. County councillor Gary Cooke

nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen

But Tory leader, John Perry,

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

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

should have been agreed round a negotiating table.” The cost of the legal action came

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.

to light in April, just days after Maidstone introduced a council tax hike above the rate of infla- tion. The local authority voted to

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levy a 3% increase on households, even though CPI inflation, which benchmarks the rising cost of household budgets, stood at 1.8% in January. The rise is the maximum al-

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Work starts on school 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.

WORK has started on the construction ofMaidstone’s School of Science and Technology.

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

Asbestos delays Plans for Dr Nigel


THE discovery of asbestos at a pub delays a railway station’s transformation.

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Travel scheme axed Jason Donovan date

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

HUNDREDS of disabled people lose specialist transport support scheme after council halts funding.

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CRUCIAL works to prevent major flooding will cause “substantial harm” to Mote Park .

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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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Park Wood stolen

COUNCILLORS are arranging a site meeting to discuss play equipment in Barming parish field; residents have complained about the smell of cannabis and people congregating at Banky Meadow, Barming; Visitors to Loose duck race will be charged entry to Brooks Field in line with borough council requirements; parish councillors are concerned with an increase in dog waste not being picked up by owners in Tovil.

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Crime Reports 35 A 1.5 tonne digger was stolen

Crime Reports 29 VEHICLES have been driven over

inon Lenham,; tools werecausing

stolen from a vehicle in Fant; a break-in was reported in Detling vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted ; pumpkins were allotment

damge to crops; an attempted car was keyed in Arundel Stre ;et; a a corner sofa was stolen from Rd, Weavering; a mountain bike, from an

were stolen from a shed in Shepway.

tools and gardening equipment in Lenham.

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