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Short cut could be closed to tackle traffic problems

SHORT-TERM solutions to tackle traffic congestion at the Stockbury roundabout could include blocking off a well-used cut through.

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Transport links - the bigger picture

Completion of the NRR cannot be taken in isolation, it is part of a bigger jigsaw, which is why I share the view of Swale council that completing it would be irresponsible, without first solving some of the other interlinked transport problems.

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Fox and Goose hits all the right notes with music festival

Firstly if you haven’t been to one of the functions at the Fox and Goose recently then you have been missing out as the pub has undergone a major transformation over the last few months in just about every respect.

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Northern Relief Road Route under threat by Doubleday’s transport hub plans.

Plans for a large scale expansion of Hempstead Farm could eliminate route options for the Northern Relief Road discussed during the consultation in early 2010.

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Boy killed in bike tragedy

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy died after being knocked off his bike by a driver who then sped off. Medics fought to save Sitting-bourne Community College pupil Kyle Coen after the incident at 9.15pm on Monday.

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'Unjust' school criticism stands despite objection

OFSTED has refused to back down after its inspectors gave a village school the worst possible rating. Bapchild and Tonge School was classed as "inadequate" for overall effectiveness following a two-day inspection in February. It was said to be performing "significantly less well" than could "reasonably be expected" in a report published at the end of March.

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Shame of mum who stole £68k

A TRUSTED employee stole almost £68,000 from a family-run hotel and squandered the lot, a court has heard. Mother-of-two Charlotte Owen first took enough cash to pay the mortgage on her Sittingbourne home, but after finding how easy it was she became more daring.

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Road will be little relief for residents

I read with interest the letter from Beryl and Terry Parker in th recent edition of the Sittingbourne News Extra, who bemoan the lack of a completed Northern Relief Road. Whilst I have some sympathy for their position, they ought to be aware that the Council is still intent on completing this road. However before they breathe a sigh of relief they might want to consider the ramifications.

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Bapchild’s finest hour for the Queen's 60th Diamond Jubilee

There are of course many reasons why you might want to live in a wonderful village like Bapchild, but when the whole village comes together as it did yesterday, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

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KCC backs school over Ofsted report

KENT County Council is working with a village school after a damning Ofsted report. Bapchild and Tonge School was rated "inadequate" after an inspection in February.

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