Fireworks were too noisy this year
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.