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Podcast: ’Super estate’ of 3,200 homes linking villages in Kent part of long term plan for Canterbury

A so-called ‘super estate’ of more than 3,000 homes linking two villages in Kent has been included in a long term plan for Canterbury.

Bosses have released details of their local plan which suggests where homes should be built over the next twenty years.

We’re being urged to report any cases of hate crime – no matter how small – in a further bid to tackle the problem.

More than 5,000 offences were recorded by Kent police in 2019 – up from 3,800 the previous year.

Hear from Ajaib Hussain, from the Kent Muslim Welfare Association, who says these incidents can only be eradicated “as a community”.

The KentOnline Podcast’s been told £4m pounds has been spent on rebuilding a club in Maidstone that burnt to the ground just days before it was due to reopen after lockdown restrictions were lifted.

A devastating blaze broke out at Mu Mu’s in Week Street in July last year.

Owner Ciaran O’Quigley has told us he considered quitting – but says he owed it to the night-time economy of Maidstone to get the venue back open.

A community farm on Sheppey says it’s hoping to get more young people interested in farming.

Curly’s Farm was started four years ago and now works with 36 schools, four colleges and two universities.

They’ve set up a Young Farmers’ Group which is thought to be the first ever on the island.

Founder Kyle Ratcliffe has been speaking to our reporter.

Elsewhere, headteachers in part of Kent have admitted they’ll have to make cuts elsewhere to make sure their classrooms stay warm this winter.

The leaders of The Spires, St Anselms and Reculver Primary have had to try and rework their budgets to accommodate rising energy prices.

it’s thought plans to turn a derelict pub in Sittingbourne into flats will be refused – despite people living nearby supporting the idea…

The former Kemsley Arms has been closed for almost 10 years and branded an ‘eyesore’.

And, Europe’s busiest McDonald’s drive-thru has reopened today after being closed for almost a month.

The outlet at Orbital Park in Ashford has been refurbished.