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October 2017 July 8th Panto ahoy! - July 21st Hitting the Elmer trail

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

£20k arson reward

A BUSINESSMAN has offered a £20,000 reward for information about an alleged arson attack on premises almost two years ago, Downs Mail can reveal.

CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.

park in Gravelly Bottom Road was set on fire in the early hours of- September 14, 2019, completely de- stroying the former farm buildings. Now Rob Schroeder, who owns Kingswood Christmas Trees, has put up a substantial offer for infor- mation which will lead to the pros- ecution of those responsible. Mr Schroeder said loss adjusters

put the cost of the damage at up to £800,000.

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

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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

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

NFU Mutual, he said the pay-out did not cover all the costs. Mr Schroeder has placed a

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-

Although he was insured by

tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

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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

poster in a local shop which reads: "RE: Arson attack at the Home- stead Works (Kent Wardrobes & Ace Products) Gravelly Bottom Road, on September 14, 2019. "Kent Police are re-opening this

case and the reward is for informa- tion (in strict confidence) leading to the conviction of those involved. 01622 842096."

Mr Schroeder said: "A couple of

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.

vehicles came up the drive at about two or three in the morning. "I am hoping that by offering a substantial reward for information, someone will come forward to bring those responsible to justice and maybe pay for the damage." Kent Wardrobes boss Craig Judge, of Kingswood, who moved his business to Wateringbury, said: “I went into a severe depression after it happened, but the work- force and my family got me through. The business is now doing really well.”

Kent Police said the case is closed, but would be re-opened in the light of any new evidence.

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Kate, 107, dies News

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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 Good to be back

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

BUTTERFLIES and moths are enjoying something of a come- back in 2021 – and we have discovered why.

Service for Wendy Plans for Dr Nigel

A MEMORIAL service has been arranged to celebrate the life of Wendy Hinder.

Jason Donovan date Actor’s ME battle

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

BEARSTED actor Jake Richards overcame a debilitating teenage illness to make it to the stage.

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A FIRE at an old house in Sutton Valence is being treated as suspicious.

Pub demolition

Obituaries Obituaries

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.


Council green gift GREEN causes will benefit from an unexpected Government grant to Maidstone Bor- ough Council .

MAIDSTONE Mayor Fay Gooch led tributes on Armed Forces’ Day.

Castle date delay

PERMISSION has been granted to bulldoze an old pub to make way for a junction.

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

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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.

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