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Maidstone East Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


October 2017 March 18th - Panto ahoy! 31st


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 www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk.


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


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


The 55-year-old business devel- opment manager sustained fatal injuries after he was allegedly punched across the head yards from his parents’ home in Bower Place on July 31. Downs Mail can reveal murder charges against Lance Colston (36) have been dropped after he admit- ted manslaughter.


Mr Colston, a resident at the Fleming House bail hostel in Ton- bridge Road, will be sentenced on April 19. Divorcee Jason Orwin had been planning his wedding at


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 time of his death and had begun inviting friends to the big day.


The former Maplestone Noakes pupil was airlifted to a London hospital where he later died. Police say a second man, in his


30s, was also assaulted and treated for injuries at the scene.


A Maidstone Crown Court spokesman said: “This matter was last listed before the court on De- cember 23 last year where the de- fendant’s pleas of guilty to manslaughter and assault with oc-


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


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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.


Village plan A PLAN has been submitted for a massive “garden village” at Detling which could see 4,000 houses built in or near an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


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Kate, 107, dies News


KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted, has died aged 107, her son David has disclosed.


MP’s Local Plan bid £100K cycle lane


HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.


THE controversial cycle lane in King Street has cost the tax-payer £100,000 to install and then remove, we can reveal.


4 Plans for Dr Nigel Naghi wood worry


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


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


COUNCILLOR David Naghi has expressed fears for the future of 17 acres of woodland now up for sale.


THE new boss at Leeds castle has been described as a ‘good hire’.


18 à5 Election: indy push Guilty of Orwin killing


THE man who killed Jason Orwin last summer has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be sentenced next month, writes Jade Schopman.


casioning actual bodily harm were accepted by the prosecution. The Crown offered no further evidence in relation to another defendant. “The case is now listed for sen- tence against Mr Colston on April 19.”


Between November 2018 and July 2020 there have been seven unlawful killings in the Maidstone area. Five resulted in criminal convic-


tions but two defendants, Jeffery Mills and Kieron Nicholson, were both acquitted by a jury.


TWO respected independent borough councillors are seeking election candidates not tied to political parties to give voters a choice beyond the tra- ditional options.


Obituaries Obituaries


Parishes 32


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.


Store’s success A COMMUNITY store has been declared the second best new business in the country after just a year trading.


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.


AFTER a year in lockdown, the borough is getting ready to open up once more - details.


Lenham anger rises Comment 46-47


THE public has reacted strongly to delays in reaching a decision over the proposed massive housing scheme at Lenham Heath.


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