Wellness fair A WELLNESS market is to go

ahead in Maidstone. The health and wellbeing shop-

ping event will take place on Sat- urday, December 5, at the Hazlitt Theatre. There will be wheelchair access, refreshments, and local stalls. Entry is free. To book at stall, email wellness-

Market back

THE Aylesford Farmers’ Market is back. The event is held on the third Sunday of the month at Aylesford Priory between the hours of 9.30am to 1.30pm, and there are normally more than 45 stalls. The next market is Sunday, Oc- tober 18.

Cool for cats

NEW dates have been released for the Cat Extravaganza week- end in Maidstone. Moggy-lovers can enjoy a mul- titude of quirky feline vendors all under one roof on March 27, 2021. LondonCats will be taking over Maidstone Market Hall from 9am to 5pm.

Somereld site homes bring safety concerns

THIS is how the Somerfield Hos- pital site in Maidstone will look after its conversion into flats. Around 80 units will be included in the London Road development. The former private hospital,

which is grade II listed, was origi- nally housing before the Somer- field took it over in 1990.

An adjacent building will be de- molished for an apartment block. Local ward borough councillor Jonathan Purle said: “The plan nicely restores the building, but I am concerned there are too many units for the site. There appears to be insufficient financial contribu- tion towards infrastructure. “My specific concerns are pri-

vacy for the immediate neigh- bours, parking stresses and London Road traffic – as well as the safety of school children. But it beats churning up ancient wood- land to build on.” Alon Hershkorn for developers Even Maidstone said: “We have

gone the extra mile to produce a scheme that enhances the building and helps put it back to its original form, internally and externally. “We specialise in creating homes

that are affordable and finished to an extremely high standard. We envisage the development being complete in the spring of 2022...a development that not only en- hances the building but the local area as a whole.”

Patrick Reedman, of Maidstone planning consultants DHA, said: “We are proud that this site will be- come more than the ‘normal’ resi- dential scheme in Maidstone and will make a contribution to the town’s heritage by putting this im- portant listed building back to res- idential use”. The application, submitted by

the Even Group, can be accessed online at

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