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Candidates fight a two-horse race

A SITTINGBOURNE ward at the heart of huge issues relevant to the whole of Swale will see a head-to-head election contest. It will be a two-horse race for West Downs, which includes Bapchild, Rodmersham, Milstead and Bredgar, where residents have fought house-building proposals, the expansion of Kent Science Park and, more recently, the route of the final section of the Northern Relief Road to the A2.

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Scout march defies lack of police help

SCOUT groups defied police by marching through Sittingbourne for a St George's Day parade that was not meant to happen. A group of more than 60 Scouts, Beavers and Cubs walked through the town on Sunday, despite a last-minute decision by police not to close roads on the route.

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Who are you voting for on Thursday?

I wasn’t going to add anything to the site with regards to the elections on Thursday, but as a few people have enquired as to my personal views on the matter, I've changed my mind. Now you must understand that I’m entirely biased as I signed Monique’s nomination form and helped get her elected in the first place, but if you’re still reading I shall continue.

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Man taken to hospital after skip crushes hand

It is believed he was one of two men loading the container from Bl Skip Hire, in Stockbury, on to the back of a lorry when his hand became trapped between the skip and the hydraulic lifting mechanism.

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Hike for heroes on cancelled St George's parade

1st Murston and Bapchild Scout Group get ready for a St George's Day hike in aid of Help for Heroes. A Cancelled St George's Day parade has not deterred determined Scouts who will hike 20 miles while raising cash for charity

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Rural charity gives its vision for the future of borough

The Kent branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England came up with five key elements after it was unable to support any of the four options being put forward by Swale Borough Council as part of its Pick Your Own consultation.

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Concern as relief road decision is put on hold

Members of the Swale Joint Transportation Board recommended no further progress on the missing link until Kent County Council (KCC) comes forward with an alternative proposal to move traffic to the M2.

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Swale Borough Council ignores KCC Highways advice

At the very same time as Cllr Andrew Bowles was arguing at the Joint Transportation Board meeting that the Northern Relief Road should only be completed if the road is continued to the M2, Kent County Council was telling us that this was not the solution.

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Final stage of bypass is shelved

PROPOSALS for the final stage of Sittingbourne's Northern Relief Road have been rejected by a council committee until plans for a southern link to the motorway are put forward.

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Cllr Bowles says we must support the Kent Science Park or people will be homeless

The leader of Swale Borough Council, Andrew Bowles believes that the 5,000 houses identified in the Council’s Core Strategy to fund the A2/M2 link road necessary for the expansion of the Kent Science Park are necessary to fulfil social housing needs.

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