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Maidstone East Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


October 2017 Panto ahoy! September 3rd


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.


- September 16th downsmail.co.uk


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Kate, 107, dies No. 280


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


BUTTERCUPS goat sanctuary has been saved, largely down to the support of Downs Mail readers.


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


Plans for Dr Nigel Bail hostel plans


How farming faced


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


down Coronavirus LOCAL farmers were forced to improvise rapidly in the face of the global pandemic. Chris Lawson tells their remarkable stories.


Pages 24&25 Picture: Chris Lawson GCSE results joy


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


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


IT IS now a race against time for Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) to fend off even greater housing numbers experts predict are coming as a result of proposed Government planning reforms. A White Paper suggests sweep-


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


ing changes to how developments are chosen, where they are placed and the housing quotas imposed on local communities. It could do away with planning committees and restrict public consultation. Officers and independent experts


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


fear the numbers could almost double to 34,000 from the 17,600 passed in the Local Plan in 2017. Conservative chairman of the strategic planning & infrastructure (SPI ) David Burton said the au- thority "must make a stand, push back on numbers and act quickly". He said it could mean a stage, known as regulation 18, of the up- coming Local Plan review, due next month, could be skipped in order to get ahead of the Govern- ment’s planned reforms.


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


Fears housing gures could rocket to 34,000


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Cllr Burton added: “The regula- tion 19, the stage we would be at next year, would be the next stage in the process. These are big num- bers. We need to act quickly and se- cure the smallest number of houses before any changes come our way. “This is hardly ideal but we have to do something. But what is abso- lutely crystal clear is that this is re- ally serious and we’ve all got to work together for Maidstone.” Continued on page 4


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


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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PUPILS have been celebrating another set of great GCSE results – despite the controversy surrounding how exam grades were arrived at.


Obituaries


Obituaries Parishes


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Parish Councils 34-35 Comment à45-47


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Store work starts WORK on the new Sainsbury’s store in Staplehurst has finally begun. We have all the details.


Manager ‘miffed’


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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THE former manager at the Lockmeadow market says he is “a bit miffed” at losing his job.


Help our sick baby Crime Reports 35


A SNODLAND couple are raising funds so they can be near their baby son who was born four months early. Can you help?


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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A BAIL hostel in the centre of Maidstone could double its capacity, if plans are approved.


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MP’s Local Plan bid Saving Buttercups


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


Jason Donovan dateà5 New church planned


A NEW church is to be built to reflect population changes in the town.


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


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