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  • Outside schools
    Article: Oct 14, 2017
    By Cllr Ian Chittenden

    PCSO's Powers to be Increased

    Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are to be to be given additional powers to help crack down on antisocial behaviour and to deal with restricted area parking around schools.

    Additional powers will enable officers to close licensed premises which consistently sell alcohol to children, move people under dispersal orders and confiscate any items that could be used to commit any antisocial behaviour, crime or disorder.

  • South Ward and Loose Ward Councillors
    Article: Oct 14, 2017
    By Cllr Brian Clark (South Ward)

    Maidstone Local Plan

    (framework for development to 2031)

    Town Hall Vote 25th October 2017

    Dear Fellow Residents

    You may be aware that there has been much debate in the local press recently about the Local Plan and the level of housing proposed. Unfortunately, a process imposed by Whitehall determines this level and, going forward, councils without an adopted Local Plan will likely see significantly increased housing numbers (based on a government housing consultation announced in September). In light of this, we did not agree with the recent attempt to "call-in" our Local Plan to the secretary of state for reconsideration, and are pleased that the home secretary has decided not to intervene.

  • Cllr Tony Harwood and memorial
    Article: Sep 10, 2017

    Maidstone's Forgotten War Dead Remembered At Last

    A memorial was unveiled in Brenchley Gardens on 1st June, 369 years to the day and on the precise spot of the last action of the Battle of Maidstone.

    This pivotal English Civil War battle saw its opening Parliamentarian probing attacks fought on the fringes of Maidstone at East Farleigh Bridge and then Penenden Heath, followed by brutal urban warfare fought street to street and house to house through the town centre, towards Gabriel's Hill, before a desperate Royalist last stand and break-out from St Faith's Churchyard (now part of Brenchley Gardens).

  • North Ward Litter Pick
    Article: Sep 10, 2017
    By Ian Chittenden

    Tackling the Fly Tipping Epidemic.

    Local people are reaching the end of their tether with the growing tide of fly tipping blighting North Maidstone, according to North Ward local Councillors Michelle Hastie, Tony Harwood and Ian Chittenden. They are calling for a reintroduction of the tough intelligence-led enforcement that used to exist, but which lapsed during the recent period of Conservative Control of the Council.

  • Waitrose Sign
    Article: Sep 10, 2017
    By Ian Chittenden

    Waitrose pulls out of new development in Maidstone

    Waitrose have withdrawn their proposal to build a new store on the Eclipse Park site in Maidstone at J7 of the M20 which had already been given planning permission.

    The company have advised that in the present financial climate they will be concentrating on improving existing stores, which could be good news for their current store at Allington.

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