News Call to act over blocked path

FURIOUS residents have been advised to lobby their parish council to have a recently blocked- off path made into a public right of way.

Villagers in Leeds have walked through the woods near the play- ing fields for generations, but have now found the area out of bounds behind a wire fence. Now Leeds Parish Council

(LPC) is encouraging local people who feel aggrieved by the landowner’s decision to take ac- tion. The landowner is the Rochester Bridge Trust (RBT), which claims signs demanding walkers to keep out of the wood- land were for public safety. The trust says it has

permission to

convert existing buildings to resi- dential use. There are no recent applications

by RBT at Abbey Farm, where the famous designer Capability Brown once landscaped a large garden area. However, a mobile home was recently installed on the land, prompting speculation

Covid-19 alert

at bus rm AN ARRIVA bus employee tested positive for Coronavirus in Maid- stone, but was treated as an “iso- lated” case. The Armstrong Road depot was deep cleaned on Saturday, September 12, as a member of staff was diagnosed the same day. Arriva says the case is “not deemed as an outbreak”. Oliver Monahan, area manag-

ing director for Arriva, said: “This is an isolated case. “We will continue to follow all the latest guidance to keep our workspaces and buses Covid-19 secure and our colleagues and customers safe.”

Poppy tribute SNODLAND Town Council has

decided to downsize this year’s Remembrance Day event. A ceremony will be held at the cemetery, but there will be no pa- rade through the town.

The ceremony will include a representative from each service, keeping the number of partici- pants low to enable veterans to maintain social distancing. The council is asking the com- munity to take part in the event by making at least one red poppy to display in their window or out- side their homes.


that work is to start imminently. In the village newsletter, the parish council said: “We would like to propose that the paths in the area behind the playing field

are given public right of way rights, and to that end we need residents to put in writing that they have used the footpaths through the woods for the last

how many years. “The more responses we get,

the greater the chance of getting a public right of way.” Parish councillor, Gill Fort, pic- tured before the fence was in- stalled, said: “That part of the wood has been used by local peo- ple for generations, by people who love the place. Kids have been playing in there for as long as anyone can remember.” One villager, who recalls a

cherry orchard where the playing fields are presently, said: “I’m not sure walking through the woods goes back as far as people might think. I think people started wan- dering into the woods after the playing fields were created.” l To contact the parish council email leedsparishcouncil@sher- or call Cllr Bob China on 07971 861960.

Op Stack back for port delays

OPERATION Stack was imple- mented twice inside a week at the end of last month. The controversial motorway mea-

sure was activated on Wednesday, September 16, so lorries could line up to enter the port. Its effects were felt for almost two days. The “emergency measure” is de-

signed to prevent gridlock on Kent’s road network by “stacking” lorries on the coast-bound carriageway of the M20 between Junctions 8 and 9. Kent Police said the operation at

Dover meant all vehicles and pas- sengers had to be checked. County councillor Ian Chittenden

(Lib Dem) said: “I’m very disap- pointed. Maidstone and its sur- rounding villages have to pay the

price every time this measure comes into place, because of all the diver- sions. Small village routes become absolute chaos. It is expensive and causes nothing but problems. Oper- ation Brock was only needed be- cause of Brexit, so I think if we hadn’t had Brexit we would have found a simpler and cheaper way to implement Stack. It always causes chaos and its just a pity Brock has- n’t even been started yet.”

Operation Stack was imple-

mented a week later on September 24 when the French dockside work- ers at port of Calais went out on a 24 hour strike. It caused disruption and inconve-

nience all over Maidstone as police diverted non-freight onto the A20 while separating trucks bound for the Channel Tunnel or Dover port as they continued on the M20 in the coastbound carriageway.

Flowers left after death on Green

FLORAL tributes were left at the spot where a man collapsed and died on Bearsted Green. Police officers and ambulance crews attended the scene at around 12.30pm on Monday, September 7. The man was


dead at the scene despite frantic attempts to revive him. Emergency crews thanked ev- eryone who assisted and came to the man's aid prior to their ar-

rival. A South East Coast Ambu- lance Service spokesman said: “I can confirm that we were called to reports a man had collapsed at Bearsted Green. “Ambulance crews attended the scene and provided emer- gency treatment. Sadly, the man died at the scene. “We would like to thank to ev- eryone who assisted and came to the man’s aid prior to our ar- rival.”

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