Recap on £134,000 Windmill....25 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 25, 2003 - 04:14 PM

Stelling Minnis Windmill in Mill Lane, off the B2068 Canterbury to Hythe Road is getting it's cap back.

This is the latest stage of restoration work on the 137-year-old smock mill, and a giant crane will be lifting the cap into place at 11am on Wednesday 26th February.

The renovation cost £134,000 and has been funded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund and KCC.

The mill smock frame and weatherboarding have been repaired, and later in the year the new sweeps complete with shutters will be put back.

In order to run with wind power again, trees and scrub around the mill will need to be cleared and this will be organised during the coming year.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Grahame Weston, said: “The County Council owns a unique collection of windmills which are gradually being restored with Lottery money. When the work is completed, they will again be an outstanding feature on the Kent landscape and provide a valuable visitor and schools’ attraction.�


Yes you're right Nigel....25 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 25, 2003 - 03:09 AM

I would agree with your comments Nigel, a council even if it has mixed views should show a consolidated front.

If a council inadvertantly shows it is divided the voters will not look at it's members with professionalism.



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Contributed by webmaster on Feb 24, 2003 - 05:01 PM

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"They don't seem to have the fortitude to say BOOO!"....24 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 24, 2003 - 11:39 AM

Further to the letter from Wendy Bell, I am afraid I can't comment on the actual meeting when this supposed threatening behaviour took place, but I can offer this question:

Do we really need two supposedly fully grown men, who feel they can be so easily intimidated & put into a state of fear by a man, older than they, in much worse physical condition than they, to be our fearless councillors ready to do battle on our behalf?

I just hope they don't get lost wandering about the parish & find a goose loose ! What could they do, when they don't seem to have the fortitude to say BOOO!

Lou Bolechala


"They are both out to get the Chairman"....22 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 22, 2003 - 03:31 PM

I have read your article about John Heasman being found guilty of threatening behaviour at the Parish Council meeting last July 10th.

I was at that meeting and both Cllr Trice and Cllr Smith behaved very badly. They constantly interrupted proceedings, muttering all the time. Members of the public could not even hear what they were saying.

Cllr Smith kept looking at parishioners and rolling his eyes, they were both out of order.

As for Cllr Trice saying he was frightened by remarks made by John Heasman, I find this impossible to believe.

It seems they are both out to get the Chairman, who may not be perfect but does his best for the community.

I would hope that all councillors are doing the same, but as a member of the public I sometimes find it hard to believe.

Personalities should not come into it. It was an embarrassing evening for councillors and parishioners.

Wendy Bell

41 Cricketers Close


No terrorist attack information leaflets say Shepway Council....21 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 21, 2003 - 02:10 PM

Shepway Council has said that it has no plans to issue public information leaflets advising residents on what to do in the event of a terrorist attack on the district.

But a spokesman for the council said in a statement on Friday (February 21st) that the authority has "a robust, tried and tested major emergency plan which sets out procedures that the council, the emergency services and other partners would follow in the event of a major incident - whatever the cause.

“Any response would be co-ordinated by the police who would take the decision whether or not to alert the council and use its services.

"The council has no plans to issue ‘public information’ leaflets, as suggested by the Hawkinge Gazette, but we would like to reassure the people of Shepway that their wellbeing and safety in the event of a major incident are our prime concerns and are comprehensively addressed in our emergency plan.�

The Hawkinge Gazette contacted Shepway Council on behalf of concerned residents who have taken the Government's warning of an "imminent" terrorist attack to heart.

One local resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "With both a nuclear power station and the Channel Tunnel on our doorstep I feel we have more reason than most to fear that we might be singled out as a potential target.

"Even a minor assault on either of these facilities could have devastating consequences for the local community.

"Only last week Prime Minister Tony Blair made a statement warning of terrorist attacks and reminding the public of the need for vigilance."


Sunken car carrier gets the chop....21 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 21, 2003 - 09:05 AM

The sunken car-carrier Tricolor will be chopped up into five pieces before being raised from the English Channel.

Per Ronnevig, a spokesman for the ship's Norwegian owners, says the 20,000 tonne vessel is too large for a crane to lift and

a long wire will be used to cut it.

He said: "We will cut it like you cut a cheese."

Three other ships have since collided with the wreck: an empty tanker called Nicola, the Turkish tanker Vicky, carrying 70,000 tons of fuel, and a vessel sent to pump out the ship's fuel tanks.

No decision has yet been made as to which tenderer will receive the contract to remove the wreck.

The owners hope the main structures will be removed by the end of August

The Tricolor sank in December after colliding with the Bahamas-registered container ship Kariba in thick fog.


New Drama Production booked for April....20 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 20, 2003 - 07:08 AM

Tickets go on sale on Saturday 15th March for the Lyminge Dramatic Society next production, Alan Ayckbourn’s “A Chorus of Disapproval.�

The production will run from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th April at Lyminge Village Hall

The tickets are available from Haxtons Estate Agents in Lyminge

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Fairground firm ordered to pay £180,000 after guilty verdict....19 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 19, 2003 - 05:23 PM

Dreamland Leisure Ltd, owners of the Rotunda Amusement Park in Folkestone have been fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £140,000 in costs and £15,000 compensation after an eight-year-old girl from Adisham died when she fell from a mini rollercoaster at the Folkestone amusement park.

The company denied breaching health and safety laws at the trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Erin Griffin died the following day after falling from the ride and hitting her head on a metal part of the ride on 11 September 1999, the court was told.

The trial which lasted just over 5 weeks found Dreamland Leisure Ltd guilty of failing to ensure passengers were properly contained in the ride under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Judge David Croft fined Dreamland Leisure Ltd £25,000, ordered the company to pay £140,000 costs and £15,000 compensation to Erin's mother Michelle Griffin.


Activity vans for local youngsters ....18 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 18, 2003 - 05:26 PM

Shepway and Dover are to benefit from youth mobiles, a fleet of vehicles made up of small vans, Transit sized vehicles, a trailer, a mobile home and a caravan

KCC Youth workers will be taking the Youth & Community service out to many locations, reaching young people who may not normally have access to a local youth centre.

Each mobile carries a range of equipment to support activities related to sports, the arts and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There is a television and CD player, educational games and a wide variety of information leaflets and packs.

They will offer a fun, safe environment for teenagers to come and meet other young people, make snacks, join in different activities and games, and learn new skills.

The service will be aimed at young people aged 13-19.

Sarah Hohler, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community Services will officially launch the mobiles on Wednesday 5 March. She said: “We want to provide activities for young people no matter where they live in Kent. These new vehicles will ensure we can reach many more parts of the county. I hope that lots of young people will come along and try out the activities on offer.�