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No. 1 newspaper October 2017 Panto ahoy! August 6th


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


- August 18th Come on in!


ICONIC British retailer M&S will open its new store at Eclipse Park next week. It will open its doors at 9am


on Wednesday, August 12. Store manager André Brincat,


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.


who has worked at M&S for 11 years, told Downs Mail: “We can’t wait to welcome customers into our lovely new store.” The shop will have fashion, a


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


cafe, home essentials, a food hall and free parking. Local councillors have ex- pressed worries that the new store will increase the pressure on town centre retailers.


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


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


THE man killed in Maidstone re- cently was to be married this sum- mer, Downs Mail has learned. Divorcee Jason Orwin (55), pic-


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


tured, had found love with a woman, be- lieved to be from eastern Europe, and had invited friends to the big day. He had to postpone the wedding at a venue in Teston due to the Covid-19 crisis, but had rescheduled it for later this month. Mr Orwin, a business develop-


ment manager, was allegedly struck across the head yards from his parents’ home in Bower Place on July 31, and later died in a Lon- don hospital. The former Maplesden Noakes student had a degree and had lived and worked in the US. He had a daughter living in Texas. Jonathan Purle, borough coun-


cillor for the area, said: “Jason was a friendly bloke who loved a pint of Camden Hells lager in the Mar- ket House pub or The Stag. He in- vited me to his wedding which he was clearly excited about. “With the pubs having re-


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


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


Tragic Jason’s plans for summer wedding


opened, I saw him last about a fort- night ago. “We had a nice chat. It is such a tragedy that he had so much to look forward to and then this hap- pens.”


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


Another man in his 30s was as- saulted in the attack and treated at the scene. Lance Colston (36) was charged


with murder and actual bodily harm (ABH). Oliver Watts (33) was charged with ABH. Both are in custody and were


Fleming House bail hostel in Ton- bridge Road. A local shop worker said: “Noth-


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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


due back in court on August 5, as Downs Mail went to press. The men were residents at the Cllr Fort, who also serves as a


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ing but trouble, that place. It makes you scared to go out at night.” Kent Police community safety Inspector Mark Hedges said extra officers had been sent to the area to carry out ”community reassurance patrols”.


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.


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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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.


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Plans for Dr Nigel


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


Mum’s book deal Jason Donovan date


A MOTHER has just landed a three book deal for her chil- dren’s stories inspired by her daughter.


Review A20 limits


SPEED limits on the A20 need to be reviewed by the county council - claims.


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THE planned Lenham Heath housing scheme has been dropped by 1,000 units - full details.


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COUNCIL bosses are trialling the use of drones to spot pot- holes and other road issues.


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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.


WE TEST the housing market as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.


Parking charges fury


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A CHARGE for car parking at Headcorn Aerodrome has caused controversy among users.


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


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Crime Reports 35 Housing market


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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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