Maidstone East Edition No. 1 newspaper Maidstone North Edition October 2017 July 2019 Panto ahoy! County town elects its newmayor

MARIONRinghasbeenelected Mayor ofMaidstone. Cllr Ring, a Conservative

member for Shepway north, has lived in the county town all her life and, with husband Richard, pictured here, has two children and two grandchildren. Marion was elected to Maid- stone Borough Council in 2003.

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

Council hunt for the secret meeting ‘mole’

MASSIVE housing developments are being mooted for the Maidstone

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

area in a drive to find places to build thousands more homes. line of May 24. Without naming Lenham, it states: “This ‘call for sites’ exercise includes a prospectus for ‘garden communities’. We can con- firm that MBC itself intends to put forward a proposal.” After revelations in Downs Mail

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

Amid outcry over Liberal Democ-

rat-led Maidstone Borough Coun- cil’s decision to hold a secret meeting to discuss the “call for sites”, which ended on May 24, we have discov- ered two schemes which are high on the agenda. One is a plan for up to 5,000

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

houses at Lenham Heath with the possibility of a medical clinic or hos- pital and new secondary school. An- other junction could be built on the M20 to serve Ashford and the Maid- stone borough. Another is for 1,100 units in the St

Peter Street and Riverside area of Maidstone. Businessman Rob Schroeder has highlighted a 900 home eco-village

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

in Kingswood and two smaller plots at Chartway Street and Langley Heath. A 2,000-home scheme in Marden is “not finding the same amount of favour”, according to one source. MBC is committed to 17,600 houses in the Local Plan and another 8,000 in the review for which the call for sites was made. When Downs Mail published de-

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

tails of the Lenham Heath proposal online, an MBC official requested we take it down because of com- mercial sensitivities. We declined for public interest reasons. An MBC draft statement seen by

Downs Mail appeared to confirm the Lenham Heath site was on the table before the call for sites dead-

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

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.

Cllr Fort, who also serves as a

about Lenham, MBC’s lead legal ad- viser, Patricia Narebor, announced a “leak investigation” to establish the source of information from the May 22 policy and resources meet- ing at which the scheme was dis- cussed in secret. MBC’s Lib Dem leader, Martin


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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.

Cox, proposed the closed meeting but was opposed by Cllr Jonathan Purle, who said: “Residents in my part of town are rightly concerned about plans for another 1,100 flats being crammed into (Bridge) ward." Cllr Cox said it is necessary for

MBC to act in a “business-like fash- ion” in a call for sites process. The proper time for making de-

tails public would be at the consula- tion stage, he added. Downs Mail recently revealed MBC drew up a list of parks and open spaces it owns which could be sold for housing. web design google promotion ecommerce

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


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


Stadiumland deal MP’s Local Plan bid

Plans for Dr Nigel

MAIDSTONE United looks set for a new seated stand after striking a land deal with the council.

4 Killer husband jailed

AMAN who stabbed his wife to death on Christmas Day has been jailed for life.

D-Day flypastJason Donovan date

CROWDS look to the skies as a SecondWorldWar airborne Armada flies over Maidstone.

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

Hunt for attackers

POLICE are hunting teenage boy and girl attackers who tar- geted a homelessman and stole his alcohol.

Obituaries Obituaries

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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.

COUNCILLORS in Loose have said the cost of a zebra crossing at the Walnut Tree pub is extortionate, but the possibility of a crossing would be added to the neighbourhood plan; Loose Parish Council has received complaints about noise at The Chequers when regulars leave the pub at closing time.

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Crime Reports 29 Crime Reports 35

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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INTRUDERS got into a house using the owner’s lost keys in Hayle Road; a blue Apollo mountain bike was stolen from a secure cycle rack in Week Street; four men and a woman were seen cutting wires to a gate before breaking into storage units in Lower Stone Street; windows were smashed at a caravan site in Park Wood; a brick was thrown through a window at a house in Shepway.

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