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Relief road plea after water leakage chaos


DECEMBER


December 1 Scream Night


CHAOS on the roads around Maidstone’s southern villages caused by works to repair a water leak has once more prompted calls for a Leeds-Langley relief road. The huge volume of traffic using the B2163 had to find alternative routes along single track lanes after it was shut late last month. Work at Penfold Hill, Leeds, was required after a water leak ran downhill for months. But it also meant closing one of the busiest stretches on the route, which links the A274 and A20.


For days, the tiny back roads


were jammed with traffic, made all the worse by their usual move- ments of large farm machinery. Broomfield, Caring Lane, Back


Street (pictured), Burberry Lane, Kingswood, Langley, Chegworth, Church Road, Otham, and Downswood were worst affected. Theo McCausland, of Back Street, Leeds, said: “We’ve borne the brunt of it, yet again. People


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Maidstone Museum The final event in Maidstone’s ghoultastic exhibition, Scream and Scream Again, which runs from October 10 to December 2. Watch a terrifying classic Hammer horror movie – “Dracula AD 1972”. Drinks and snacks will be available to buy all evening and you can enjoy


coming along here do not gener- ally use country lanes and don’t observe any of the rules. “This is a busy time of the year for farms, so there are a lot of trac- tor movements, which is fine nor- mally but, during this, it has been horrendous. The people running the borough council seem more in- terested in building houses than talking to the county council about building roads that are meant to come with them. The relief road can’t come soon enough.” Writing on Facebook, reader


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Theft cases December 2


TWO suspected alcohol thieves have been charged with stealing liquor worth more than £3,500 in Maidstone.


for the part? From 6-9pm, tickets £10 per person. Over 18s only, www.maidstonemuseum.org.


ing spirits were stolen during a “spate of offences” at Sainsbury’s in Romney Place, between Septem- ber 12 and September 21. Andre Vasile (20) and George


Maidstone Symphony Orchestra – Olivier Stankiewicz


Matei (21) were both arrested at the store on suspicion of theft. Officers also seized bottles of spirits and a quantity of groceries.


Large quantities of drink includ-


Paul McCarthy said: “South East Water has so many leaks in Leeds that it looks like a patchwork quilt. Get this relief road done.” Borough councillors Gill Fort,


Wendy Young and Daniel Rose wrote to KCC leader Roger Gough in July to seek assurances the issue of the relief road is still being “pur- sued with vigour”. They await a reply.


South East Water, which is car- rying out the repair work on Pen- fold Hill, was contacted for comment.


free entry to the Scream exhibition on the night (normally £4). Why not join the museum staff in dressing


were charged with three counts of theft. Mr Vasile and Mr Matei ap- peared before Medway Magis- trates’ Court, where they were bailed to a hearing at the same court on October 15.


Harm charge


A MAN is wanted in connection with attempted grievous bodily harm near Blue Bell Hill village. Kent Police are currently hunt-


ing for Eglant Lleshi. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference 46/166075/20, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form.


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Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre An evening of strong dramatic contrasts with the powerful overture to Wagner’s early opera, The Flying Dutchman and Richard Strauss’s hauntingly beautiful Oboe Concerto. Soloist for the evening is the magnificent young French oboist, Olivier Stankiewicz. Vaughan Williams’ A London


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