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October 2017 October 1st Panto ahoy! - October 14th

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

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

LEEDS Castle dedicated a day to NHS workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 1,000 local NHS staff and their families were given exclusive access to the castle on Saturday, September 26, when special treats included a meet and greet from Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, a musical performance and a trip to the Old Vineyard.

Vision for future

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

MAIDSTONE Borough Council has revealed four front-runners for new garden villages and is progressing over 100 land offers from its “call for sites” appeal for housing. Massive developments to be in-

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

vestigated in depth are at Lenham Heath (4-5,000 houses), Marden (2,000), the Leeds/Langley corridor and Lidsing, north of M2 (2,400). Three areas rejected are Binbury

Park at the top of Detling Hill in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pagehurst Farm, Staple-

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

hurst and land north of Staplehurst. Consultants say Marden and Lidsing are suitable, while Lenham Heath and Leeds/Langley are “suitable for investigation”. The Leeds/Langley proposal is least advanced and landowners seek policy decisions on building a Leeds/Langley bypass.

Not all of the propsed sites rated suitable will necessarily be in- cluded in the updated Local Plan. They must be investigated for sus- tainability, spatial strategy and fit- ting the pattern of development

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

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.

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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.

across the borough. More than 150 sites have been eliminated so far. Find details on the council’s web- site, Prominent town centre areas in the call for sites include Gala Bingo/Granada House (71 units); Maidstone West, Broadway Shop- ping Centre and B&Q (130 units); and Maidstone Riverside at Baltic Wharf near the High Level Bridge, Wickes, TK Maxx, Hobbycraft, The Range and Asda Living (650 units). All proposals will be considered by Maidstone Council’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Com- mittee on November 9/10, and are then likely to go out to a public consultation, which should be completed by the end of the year. l The next edition of the Downs Mail will include a special supplement, The Future of Maidstone.

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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.

Relief road plea

CHAOS on the roads around south Maidstone’s villages sparked fresh calls for a re- lief road.

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

Tory councillor jumps Plans for Dr Nigel

A CONSERVATIVE borough councillor has joined the Liberal Democrats after a row with his party over housing.

A VILLAGER in Leeds has ac- cused Kent Police of “not caring” after a car attack.

Somerfield scheme

NEW images have been released by the developers behind the plans to turn the former private Somerfield Hospital site into around 80 homes.

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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.

Woodcut work starts SITE testing has started on Woodcut Farm ahead of a new business park being built.

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.

A FATHER wept as he listened to the final moments of his son’s troubled life recounted at an inquest.

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RESIDENTS are being asked to be vigilant over the autumn as an expected spike in the illegal bloodsport is expected in rural areas.


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

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