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October 2017 November 5th Panto ahoy! - November 18th

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

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

nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen

core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month will be considered by the

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

KEY proposals, including over 50 new housing sites, have been re- vealed in a consultation draft by Maidstone Borough Council. The Local Plan Review docu- ment, available on the council web- site,

Strategic Planning and Infrastruc- ture Committee on November 9. A public consultation period has been accelerated to December 1-22 in a bid to delay the impact of a proposed further Government in- crease in housing targets.

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

The council has whittled down to a possible 49 the 330 “call for sites” land offers, excluding the more controversial of the 118 considered ‘suitable’ by consultants. It reckons with plans already in the pipeline, it needs to allocate about another 5,700 homes to meet current Government demands. Spatial distribution across the bor- ough is a major consideration. These are the council’s preferred approaches, not final policy In addition, there are proposals

Picture: Chris Lawson Homes sites revealed

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.

Cllr Fort, who also serves as a

for garden villages at Lenham Heathside (up to 4,000 houses) and Lidsing (up to 2,400 houses) and the Leeds/Langley corridor is ear- marked for protection for a poten- tial bypass and housing “village”. Land north of Marden is not now favoured for a garden village. Maidstone saw a glimmer of

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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.

hope from housing secretary Robert Jenrick that the borough will not face a massive increase in new houses after he hinted at “scope for compromise”. The Government target is for 883 homes a year, with a new target set at 1,214, but planning reforms could see that hiked to 1,600 as it targets a national total of 300,000. Maidstone MP Helen Grant, who led a team of concerned Kent MPs in writing to Mr Jenrick, said: “His statements are encouraging and we now need to see action on dis- tribution of all this housing.”

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Kate, 107, dies News

No. 284

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.


MP’s Local Plan bidWe’re with you 4

Plans for Dr Nigel While we will make every ef-

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

Jason Donovan date

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

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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.

EMELINE Booker has just celebrated her 105th birthday with a new hairdo and a singalong.

Planning latest

READ the latest on Lenham housing plans and a Leeds-Langley bypass.

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Comment à45-47 105th birthday joy

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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.

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ANOTHER sinkhole in Barming has opened up leading to con- cerns they are linked to over-development.

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