News Driver banned

A DRIVER has been disqualified after being stopped behind the wheel whilst nearly double the legal limit for alcohol.

Benjamin Rodell-Jones (42), of St Luke's Road, Maidstone, was sentenced last month at Maid- stone Magistrates' Court. He admitted driving a motor

vehicle when above the legal al- cohol limit on April 30. When tested, he gave a reading of 63mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. He was disqualified from driv- ing for 40 months and fined £784. He was also ordered to pay a sur- charge of £78 and costs of £85.

Homes plan

WARMLAKE Garden Centre is to be turned into a building site with permission for 18 houses. The plans for housing had met with opposition, particularly from the parish council, which said the community would lose an important retail outlet. But the centre’s management

said it was becoming increasingly difficult to compete with online retailers.

Cafe and learning hub planned for Mote Park

MOTE Park is set to get a new cafe, which will also have space for learning and community hire. The existing diner, toilets and es- tate offices will be demolished to enhance views over the county town's scenic lakes.

Cllr David Burton, leader of Conservative-led Maidstone Bor- ough Council (MBC), said he is "thrilled" that work is to start soon on the facilities, which are due to open next year.

MBC is project leader, with

work, due to start as Downs Mail went to press, being carried out by BBS Construction Ltd.

The cafe, set in the park's 440 acres, will have indoor and out- door tables and new toilets. Cllr Burton said: "The past year has shown us how important being able to get out and enjoy beautiful green spaces is to our wellbeing. Therefore, we are


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thrilled that work is finally able to begin on these much-needed facil- ities.

“The buildings will include a toi-

let for people with limited physical capacity as well as a flexible space which will be available all year round for local schools and com- munity groups to hire." He said improved landscaping and new surfacing would link the new facilities to the car park, where increased bicycle parking will also be provided.

Geoff Slee, director of BBS Con-

struction Ltd, said “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting opportu- nity to deliver the new park café and services building within the heart of Maidstone’s Mote Park. The new café will offer much-im- proved facilities and will be en- joyed by generations to come.” The cafe comes as part of the council's £4.3million investment in the redevelopment and improve- ments of Mote Park.

A new estate building will also be added closer to the leisure cen- tre.


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