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for buskers MAIDSTONE Borough Coun- cil is considering a set of guide- lines to control street busking. It recognises the contribution

of busking and street entertain- ing brings to the vibrancy and character of the town. However, a report says: “There needs to be a balance with needs and rights of local residents and workers so they are not adversely impacted by it, especially those near popular busking sites.” The council ran a consulta-

tion in September and Novem- ber and 79 of the 93 responses favoured introducing guide- lines while 67 saw proposals as proportionate. The key proposed guidelines include allocating performance spaces and distances between them; limiting the length of per- formances; and fixing levels of volume. The proposals, after consid- eration by the council’s Licens- ing Committee, will go out for further consultation.

Mary Rose’s boss Helen finds new role at castle

THE new boss of Leeds Castle is Helen Bonser-Wilton, who is currently the chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth. She takes over in March from

Sir David Steel, who left last year after five years, following his ap- pointment by the Queen as the Governor of Gibraltar. Helen, pictured, becomes chief executive of the Leeds Castle Foundation at one of its most cru- cial times in recent history. The pandemic has put serious

strain on the treasure house’s rev- enues, with millions lost from prolonged closures, loss of the foreign tourist market and can- celled big ticket events such as the classical concert and fireworks. Dozens of long-serving staff lost their jobs. Helen said: “Leeds Castle is a

key player in the Kent and south- east visitor economy, but the

ever now to care for this extraor- dinary place. “We will be developing our

offer to encourage more visiting during this season, as well as car- ing for the unique heritage assets so that future generations can enjoy them as much as the current generation.” Caretaker chief executive Robin Richman will continue in his role as deputy chief executive and fi- nancial director. Niall Dickson, chairman of the

Leeds Castle Foundation, added: “We are very much looking for- ward to Helen joining us in March. “She brings a wealth of experi-

COVID-19 crisis has wrought huge damage on our income. “As a charity that relies on in-

come from visitors, we need the support of the public more than

ence and a great track record. Helen’s arrival will enable us to build on what has been achieved and create an exciting future, pre- serving this national icon and de- veloping the experience for everyone who comes here.”


New fully funded Sixth Form scholarships in  STEM

Join us for the Sixth Form  Humanities or Languages

Fully supported places available for girls to join Benenden Sixth Form at 16+ as a day boarder in September 2021

Subject to means-tested bursary application

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