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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone North Edition


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 www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk.


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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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.


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-


lowed by government without councillors being compelled to hold a referendum to get public approval for their plans. The borough, which relies on


council tax as its principal source of funding, claimed it could net nearly £160,000 worth of services for each 1% increase.


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CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


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Kate, 107, dies News


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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


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


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


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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.


18 Mote Park flood alert


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


Obituaries Obituaries


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Parish Councils 34-35


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.


from Allarmlandingt


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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