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October 2017 May 20th Panto ahoy! - June 2nd
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
The future is blue
The Tories now have a healthy working majority on Maidstone Borough Council, having made five gains at the polls, four of them at the expense of the ruling Liberal Democrats. The Conservative group also se-
lected Cllr David Burton as its new leader on May 15 with Cllr Jonathan Purle as his deputy. Downs Mail understands the un-
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
elected senior leadership team at the authority has been told bluntly that from now on it will be led by elected members. For years, some councillors have complained about not being con- sulted properly about major deci- sions until they were all but made. The Tories will now set the direc-
tion of the council, press for the re- turn of the cabinet governance
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
system and aim to go back to elec- tions every four years. The planning department, the highest profile at MBC, will face intense scrutiny, es- pecially in "correcting" the balance between elected member decisions
and delegation by officers. The Leeds-Langley relief road will be- come a priority in easing traffic con- gestion and improving air quality, while the derided concept of "modal
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-
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tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on
nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen
many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural
THE Conservatives sailed into the town hall on a blue wave on May 6, with ambitious plans to change the way the administration is run.
CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping
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 borough’s closest trans-
fer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks.
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.
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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.
street drinking, antisocial behaviour and loitering in the town centre and Brenchley Gardens. The authority will seek to cham-
Cllr Fort, who also serves as a
pion the work of, and listen to, parish councils as well as support- ing the formation of residents' asso- ciations. l Election reports, pages 26 & 27 l Dennis Fowle, page 45
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There will be tighter control on the spending of public money. The Tories
She added: “If you go along the
shift", designed to compel people to walk, cycle or catch a bus, will be canned. Cllr Burton said: “We’re not going to pretend that ‘modal shift’ is a solution to over-development or a substitute for better roads.” The new ruling group sees the Hazlitt Theatre, which the previous administration tried to "mothball", as a key part of the town's economy, while the museum will be put to greater commercial use. But arts and culture will not be seen as an urban preserve.
will demand the
streets are kept clean by a stepped- up regime and investment in the correct equipment, while there will be a greater effort in the war on fly- tipping, graffiti and littering. There will be a crackdown on
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News FREE Kate, 107, dies No. 295
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.
3 MP’s Local Plan bid Bruiser finds home
BARRY the street cat who was re- homed as a result of a Downs Mail article is settling down with his new family.
4 Residents incensedPlans for Dr Nigel à3
Jason Donovan date Where are swallows?
A LARGE development in Maid- stone has angered residents who claim it is being carried out without consent.
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.
THE apparent absence of swal- lows this summer is trou- bling birdwatchers.
Lorry meeting plan
A ROAD campaigner in Collier Street is considering a large public meeting to highlight po- lice’s failure to enforce lorry bans through vulnera- ble rural communities.
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. Burglar jailed
Tribute to pilot TRIBUTES have been paid to a stunt pilot who died when his plane crashed near Headcorn.
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.
A BURGLAR stole his victim’s valuable jewellery after he saw her elsewhere at a barbecue.
Two Duke awards
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A MAJOR electricity company’s two apprentices from the Maid- stone area have won gold Duke of Edinburgh awards as part of their training.
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