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Maidstone East Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


October 2017 September 17th Panto ahoy! - September 30th One way to ‘chaos’


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


IN A few days of creating, with- out consultation, a one-way town- centre traffic bottleneck in King Street, Kent and Maidstone coun- cils are under pressure to remove it, writes Dennis Fowle. Protests over congestion, delays, safety, pollution, parking and dis- ability bays are coming from coun- cillors, Maidstone Taxi Drivers’ Association (MTDA), Arriva Buses, residents and businesses. The problem has been caused by


22 metres of a new King Street cycle path at the pinch point close to Sit- tingbourne Road. This prevents two-way traffic and gives priority to west-bound vehicles going to the town centre. At busy periods this causes de-


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


lays for east-bound vehicles back to Church Street and west-bound queues to Sittingbourne Road. Cab- bies say delays cost them time and passengers higher fares. The Goverment-funded scheme


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


was a joint MBC/KCC venture to promote cycling and walking. Schemes around the country are re- moved if not working. Neil Cox, MTDA chairman, said: “King Street is not working. We don’t expect to see many cyclists on this short path – and problems are out of all pro- portion. We believe the lobby to keep vehicles out of town centre is using the pandemic as a cover for dubious and unpopular aims.” Kings Lodge resident Christo- pher Webb said changes were made “almost overnight” without consultation. l Details, page 4


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


Hop to it, Robin!


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 county’s favourite visitor attractions, Kent Life, welcomed back old friends at the successful Hops’n’Harvest Beer festival. A wide selection of local beers were available as Kent’s hop-picking tradition was once again marked at the working farm. Among the volunteers helping to tell the hop-pickers’ story was Robin Bayliss (14), who demonstrated how to cut hop bines from the poles using authentic tools.


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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.


MP leads charge


MP HELEN Grant is leading a delegation of ten parliamentar- ians dismayed by Government proposals to impose a huge in- crease in house targets on Kent. l FULL STORY, page 18


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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


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


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.


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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.


3 MP’s Local Plan bid Plans for Dr Nigel Prison drugs haul


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


DRUG seizures have increased at Maidstone Prison, which houses 600 foreign criminals.


Jason Donovan date Ravens in village


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


A PAIR of ravens have set up home in Leeds village, according to locals.


Sparks flying


NINE-year-old Ethan Sparks is blazing a trail in the world of competitive motorcycling, and the youngster is currently leading the way in two major competitions.


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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.


Buskers’new tunes BUSKERS in Maidstone who play the same songs over and over face sanctions from the council.


Park litter anger 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.


TWO Downswood residents are angry at the behaviour of a minority of visitors who leave litter behind.


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COMMUTERS face weeks of overnight M20 misery as Operation Brock barriers are re-installed ahead of Brexit in December.


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A FARMING charity suffered a burglary in which thieves took equipment worth more than £7,000.


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