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downsmail.co.uk Nursing home plan concern A NEW 78-bed residential nursing home could be built off the A274 at Langley.


An application has been submit- ted to Maidstone Borough Council for the facility to cater for people over the age of 80, some with de- mentia or other medical needs. The local parish council has al- ready objected to the scheme. The statement by Gillings Plan-


ning, which accompanied the ap- plication for permission to build on land south of the Sutton Road, claims the home will be “dual-reg- istered” to provide both nursing and residential care.


Around 70 jobs will be created and staff would be required to work around the clock, but no em- ployees would live on site. Plans show 78 en-suite bed- rooms in the T-shaped building.


in Maidstone OVERNIGHT closures are in place on the A26, Tonbridge Road, in Maidstone until June 12. The road will shut from 9pm to 5am, with no weekend closures, between the A20 Terrace Road and the vicinity of St Andrew’s Church to enable Kent County Council (KCC) to carry out resur- facing works.


A KCC spokesman said: “We expect to finish by June 12, but dates may change if we are af- fected by bad weather. “The A26 is an essential route through Maidstone that needs resurfacing to make sure the road is of a good standard. “This will prevent further dete- rioration and the need for smaller repairs.”


planning consent in 2018. A Langley Parish Council spokesman wrote: "The building has little in the way of architectural style and is overly dominant of its surroundings.


There would be 24 rooms on the ground floor, 26 on the first storey and 28 bedrooms on the second. The planning statement reads:


"The proposal provides a variety of external amenity spaces for resi- dents, which include seating areas and circular footpath routes.


"These are designed to provide high-quality outdoor spaces for so- cial interaction, activities and exer- cise, for both the mental and physical wellbeing of residents." The home will be in the centre of a massive development of 800 homes, which was given outline


"Concern is raised regarding the allocation of just 26 car-parking spaces being available to cater for both staff and visitors alike. “Whilst documentation from the applicant appears to show it meets the current ratio guidelines, it is felt this will be insufficient and vehi- cles will overspill onto the adjacent roads and will be detrimental to highway safety." The council's planning commit- tee will consider the scheme on July 9.


Road closures Online busker raises £150 Brown appeal


AN EAST Malling man has raised £150 for Age UK “busking” online. Music lover Jeremy Mills, who


has played guitar for over 40 years, invited donations for an online charity gig. “I Am A Rock” by Simon and Gar-


funkel and The Kinks’ “Sunny Af- ternoon” featured on his playlist, to help his colleagues through lock- down and look ahead to the sum- mer. Jeremy has given charity perfor- mances at his firm’s office in Bir- cholt Road, Maidstone, but this was his first performance from his home office, due to lockdown. He said: “I hadn’t performed in


over two years and only ever played to small crowds, so I was trembling like a leaf, but I was all right once I got started. It was


FIRE damage was caused to a play area in Forstal Road, Aylesford. The front number plate of a Dodge Jour- ney RT was stolen in Newbury Avenue, Allington.


A group of young people damaged a Fiat 500 in North Pole Road, Barming, by kicking the doors and windows. A vehicle was damaged in Orchard Bank, Chart Sutton.


Somebody smashed a window of a house with a stone in Bottlescrew Hill, Boughton Monchelsea. A hedge was damaged at a house in Cross Keys, Bearsted. Approximately 10 young people set fire


to logs in a nature reserve in Spot Lane, Bearsted. Firefighters were called to the blaze, said to be “out of control”.


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good fun and I hope everyone en- joyed it while donating to a good cause.”


delayed again A VIOLENT bully who strangled the mother of his children will not have his appeal hearing until July. Disabled cleaner David Brown put a blanket over his victim’s head and put his hands around her throat. She suffered a swollen eye and injuries to her neck. At a trial in March last year, the


court heard Brown had coerced his estranged ex-partner for years, after the birth of his first son. Chairman of the bench Neil Rae found Brown guilty of assault and controlling and coercive be- haviour. His appeal is scheduled at Maidstone Crown Court on July 1. It was also alleged Brown burned his victim’s memory box to a stillborn child. Brown was ac- quitted of criminal damage.


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The back window of a Ford Fiesta was smashed in Harvesters Way, Boxley. A conifer hedge bordering a footpath at a farm in Braeburn Way, Coxheath, was set on fire. Plants and trees were destroyed in the garden of a house in Pennine Way, Downswood. The fire alarm was set off in a business building in Week Street, Maidstone. Somebody stole a bag from a young per- son at a bus stop in Maidstone.


The driver's side door of a Mini Coun- tryman Cooper was scratched and dented in a car park in Pads Hill, Maidstone. Two people pushed over stands inside a shop and signage outside in Week Street, Maidstone.


A group of young people damaged a gate to gain access to a school site in Crispin Way, Kings Hill. A man, who was arguing with a


woman, broke the wing mirror of a vehicle in Hampshire Drive, Shepway.


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