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October 2017 May 2019 Panto ahoy! Hundreds enjoyHoli colour festival
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.
A RELIGIOUS celebration in Godmother), former EastEnder Ste-
people in clouds of colour. beth
Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- Millennium Green,
Colours took place at the Collis off
Philip’ TheysAvenue, onMarch 23. Live music, food stalls and
zone (Ugly Sisters) . St were greeted by pupils from
members of the media. The panto of the Hindu festival, which
South Borough Primary School and pots of dyed flour were all part
runs from December 1-31. For tick- raised £300 for Collis Park, a
ets go to www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk
. community asset.
Taxpayers to pick up £100k legal row bill
country road have been made by the local borough councillor. CounciBurberry Lane,l’s abofrt ted High Court action against Kent County Council. Broomfield, has been targeted by was dumped and set on fire.
Leaked papers, seen by Downs Mail, say the borough’s legal bill carry out “significant”
swaste dumpers for years, but in re- questioned at
tone’s planning chiefs for per- mis the point of settlement was £48,554. The county’s tab topped s 200,000m³ of reservoir water proceedings
£5Constructionwaste, rubble, hard ofrequirements ... ou weigh that core, windows and household fur-
works on a 140m dam, which sto5p,000.
against KCC last summer to se- in the middle of the road.
of In a report to Maidstone Bor- Martin Cox and chief executive
to achieve “clarity”.
Lane, where we are now thinking which separates Mote Park Lake Maidstone’s Lib Dem leader
nce and biodiversity”. specifically in Burberry
land, to oversee the problem area.” Alison Broofm said the action was
ough Council’s planning commit- teeA, case
said she recogn sed the “substan-
saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath
recent event in Burberry Lane 60m-wide spillway. These over- fandl County councillor Gary Cooke
ficer Marion Geary agreed”.
installing cameras on private Reservoir from Turkey Mill Pond, Fort w settlement a has sec been
cent months, the problem has be- bankrolling a legal action against come more acute.
Engineers sion t
Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month se And Labour leader, Malcolm Park and several areas of housing cure a judicial ruling, following a
om barrelling down the River niture is left illegally – often strewn Len in o Turkey Mill.
fundamental disagreement with McKay, called fo fr out-of-court we are having toilets, sinks and consequences o
The works, they say, are “ex- tensive” and will have a consider- the county counc tihl over the way qualvillage,ity of the park, visual appear- ianfrastructure improvements.
able impact “oconstruction waste dumped in the discussions. developers’ cash is spent on local
cuts to frontline serv- Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have ices”.She added: “The dam is as- also been targeted recently. sse
anBut dit is a problem in many rural wh t? Nothing. areas including Langley, Otham
land Kingswood. Water Lane in dam would result in downstream fer stations at North Farm, Tun-
ve on the historic park and gar- de , but said the council’s “statu- toroyther local authority in the light “financial ”
a e asking Maid-
haThe church car park has also seen months and 10s of th u ands many instances of illegal dumping. pounds of tax a ers’ money for
l harm” th proposals would the
John Perry, wisdom of
uty to comply with safety constraints
r Last ayear,s flood catego y A, where
e r creational major.”ping and this year more than 163 ma i g the da have been recorded since April.
Work on the embankment dam, court action in March, claiming
“negotiations were concluded… the desired similar effect.” andcentres around buielcomedldingjoint ond,initia- tive by the Environment Agency ow channels are crucial in con-
MBC pulled the plug on the The approaching darker evenings
will prompt a rise in illegal tipping. Cllr a
the Driver and Vehicle Stan- household b dgets, st od at 1.8% dards Agency to clamp down on
mile-long stretch of road through Reservoir was formed be ween
est. Engineers anticipate around l3e0v ty a 3% increase on households, tion, which
The 12-hectare Mote Park Lake Leeds villageuproducesoan average
mounts of earth excavated. benchmarks
a en though CPI infl
LeThe rise is the maximum al- parish councillor, says teaching
32 black sacks of rubbish. n was dammed.
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She believes with every household The borough, which relies on
Ms Geary said a 10-yearly re- children about social responsibility view of
and the issue of litter in schools will hold a referendum to get public help take the issue off the streets.
lowed by government without councillor ts being compelled to clu ed the reservoir does not approval for their plans.dards.
he dam’s safety con- meet modern-day st
receiving a weekly refuse collection council tax as its principal source
service,last four to si therex is weeks and was du of funding, claimed it could net
dumped in the road. for each 1% increase.
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to be debated by Maidst ne Bor- ough Council’s planning commit- tee as Downs Mail went to press.
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construction work would no excuse for litter
793 and 1800, when the River Cllr Fort, who also serves as a
Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- MShe added: “If you go along the tax hinke abovem the rate of infla- tion.
Ms Geary said: “Failure of the one of the borough’s closest trans-
Maidstone Borough ailure … are
bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks.
Other work would see teams linekof increasing fines, they have to
be enforced. A reduction in the cr The local authority voted to
should have been agreed round a negotiating table.” The cost of the legal action came to li ht in Ap il, just days after aidstone introduced a council higher and con
structing a wave wall along its charge or offering it free may have
rees would be felled and large evAthree-monthly litter pick on the the rising cost of
“What has been agreed to flooding of Turkey Mill Business along the River Len.”
trolling the release of water dur- posing of constructionowsaste at oa
nearby, more than a year after it tia But Tory leader,
unlicensed waste carriers, but be- lieves the cost to small firms of dis-
ing extreme flooding, if pressure transfer stationpisyproving a deter-
“They have wasted 10 f
on the dam thre tens to destroy it rentathat is costing councils more.
or cause the reservoir to overflow. Cllr Fort made her remarks as
‘Catastrophic floods’ warning at Mote Park
CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping
CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a TAXPAYERS have lost over £100,000 following Maidstone Borough
BULLDOZERS re poised to move into M te Park in a major operation to prote t part nearhe borough f om potentially catastrophic flo ding.
The second Holi Festival of Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured,
Bright (Cinderella), Craig
Maidstone bathed nearly 300 fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza-
On board The Kentish Lady were national treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy
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WORK has started on the con- construction ofMaidstone’s
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Travel vouchers axed TPlans for Dr Nigel disabl d ends asMBC
TRAVEL service for the pub delays a railway
Canyon for charity. unding
A HEAD teacher h s given the lTHE former Neighbours star brings
Theatre next May. schooling .
Addictadmits theft CRUCIAL works to prevent pleaded guilty to snatching a
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Obituariessite meeting to discuss play equipment in Barming parish Parish Councils 34-35
Parish Councils 29 COUNCILLORS are arranging a
ASH dieback has been discovered in people congregating at Banky ; Meadow, Barmivillage
Hollingbourne ng; Visi ftors to holder duck race will be charged esigned; yellow lines are needed yn Way, Otham to allow
Meadow in Detling
Loose co-ordinator Jean Duffy has rentry to Brooks Field in line with for Buffkborough council require,ments; buses through Imperial Park; rub- bish bins in the sports field in e to be moved over to ea and rear exit.
parish councillors are concerned with an increase in dog waste not being piarcked up by owners the picnic ar.
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A 1.5 tonne digger was stolen inon Lenham,; tools werecausing
VEHICLES have been driven over from Allarmlandingt
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
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Alesson in schooling Jason Donovan date
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AHE discovery of asbestos at a THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet
Travel scheme axed HUNDREDS of disabled people
Soesce specialist transport support scheme after council halts funding.
Mote Park flood alert A JOBLESS heroin addict
retary of State for Education a lesson in frontlhis show to the Hazlittine 18
has died aged 107, her son 3 David has disclosed.
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