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Borough tops renewable resources table in Kent


MAIDSTONE boasts the highest number of renewable energy sources in the county. Data released by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to coincide with World Environment Day on June 5, re- vealed 2,225 renewable sources in the borough, with solar panels, like those pictured at near Lenham, being among the most common. A total of 23,140 renewable sources across Kent. By contrast, Dartford has just 999.


The department studied the number of photovoltaic (or solar) energy production sites, onshore and offshore wind turbine sites and other green energy producers such as anaerobic digestion, plant biomass and municipal solid waste. CPRE, the countryside charity,


welcomes renewable energy sources but questions placing them on farmland. The carbon footprint for the panels and their eventual


decommissioning is also concern- ing.


A CPRE spokesman said: “Solar


panels should be put on new builds but certainly not on farmland.” Maidstone Green Party cam- paigner Stuart Jeffery said: “It’s nice to see Maidstone at the top of the pile, but this is just a tiny por- tion of the needs we have to tackle. “What is worse is how far behind the other towns are. Why aren’t they at the same level? Dartford was the lowest, with less than 1,000.”


Data was collected to the end of 2019, the last year for which statis- tics are available.


Maidstone Borough Council


leader, Cllr David Burton said re- cently that “the environment, cli- mate change and biodiversity will not be a separate agenda - it will be every agenda”for his newly-elected administration. With housing targets set by cen-


tral Government, he said air qual- ity, tree-planting, open spaces and energy efficiency are key in off-set- ting the huge increase in homes.


News


COVID cash A SOCIAL housing provider has


provided £55,000 for groups who are helping families through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Around 30 organisations have benefited from grants of up to £2,000.


Among those to receive a cash


boost are Greenfields Community Primary School, St Martin’s Church, children’s charity Dan- delion Time and Maidstone Men- cap.


School fair


VALLEY Invicta Primary School in Aylesford is putting on a sum- mer school fair on July 3. The fair will run from 11am to 3pm, and entry costs 50p. All funds raised will go to the school.


Market day ALLINGTON Community Mar-


ket will take place on July 2. The event at St Nicholas Church Hall will include a pop-up tea- room, produce stalls and crafts. It will run from noon to 3pm.


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