Fire­works were too noisy this year

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As­sis­tant news ed­i­tor Se­nior reporter Se­nior reporter Am I the only one to be ap­palled by the loud­ness of the fire­works this year? There seems to be less and less of the ‘pretty ones’ (and they are get­ting nois­ier too) and more and more bangers.

Al­though fire­works are ex­pected on Bon­fire Night, this year in my neigh­bour­hood they started at 5.30pm and went on to past 10pm. The noise was un­ac­cept­able. The ef­fect on peo­ple who are un­well and se­ri­ously ill and have no choice in the mat­ter must be hor­ren­dous. The ef­fect on do­mes­tic pets can be man­aged by giv­ing them tran­quil­lis­ers pre­scribed by the vet, but wild an­i­mals must think it is the end of the world.

Can you also tell me why fire­works, par­tic­u­larly the out­ra­geously loud ones, are al­lowed on days other than Novem­ber 5? In cur­rent times with all the vi­o­lence go­ing on in the world, there is al­ways the fear that some­thing hor­ri­ble has hap­pened when these ex­plo­sions oc­cur.

In pass­ing, I would say the noise com­pares with the sound of gun­fire in Lon­don dur­ing the Blitz – and that isn’t good. B Tal­lett, via email Se­nior reporter Se­nior reporter too far to re­verse. Gov­ern­ment had by then in­tro­duced puni­tive rules for coun­cils with­out a Lo­cal Plan which had made them prey to spec­u­la­tive de­vel­op­ment. The ur­gency of agree­ing a Lo­cal Plan fur­ther in­ten­si­fied when Sec­re­tary of State Sa­jid Javid an­nounced plans to in­crease house­build­ing by 40%. With a plan in place Maid­stone coun­cil can (hope­fully) fend off this in­crease un­til 2021.

There are two vi­sions for the fu­ture of our still beau­ti­ful bor­ough. Cllr Boughton’s words make it clear the Con­ser­va­tives in­tend to im­ple­ment ‘their’ Lo­cal Plan in full, while lo­cal Lib­eral Democrats in­tend to make big changes at an early re­view. Tack­ling grid­lock and pol­lu­tion, Reporter Reporter and re-in­tro­duc­ing the tough poli­cies vi­tal to pro­tect lo­cal qual­ity of life, land­scape and bio­di­ver­sity all in­form the Lib Dem vi­sion for a re­set Lo­cal Plan. Cllr Richard Webb, chair­man, and on be­half of the Maid­stone Bor­ough Coun­cil Lib­eral Demo­crat Group, Maid­stone House.

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