Shepway makes £1m cuts

Contributed by editor on Aug 17, 2004 - 04:58 PM

<FONT color=black size=4>SHEPWAY MAKES £1M CUTS

<FONT color=black>The new man who holds the purse strings at Shepway Council has confirmed the savings of nearly £1m needed to meet budget reductions forced o­n the council by Government capping of its council tax.

<FONT color=black>The council had to identify savings of £961,000 to meet the capping demand.

They have pledged to save £100,000 by improving efficiency and £125,000 will be saved by putting a freeze o­n non-priority spending and vacant posts.

Cllr David Monk, District Secretary for Finance, said this week that most of the savings would be in line with those put forward to a meeting of the full council earlier in the month.

<FONT color=black>But he said that the proposed £20,000 cut in grants given to local sports clubs and organisations would not go ahead.

<FONT color=black>“We believe these small grants can be of tremendous help to our local clubs across the district. The proposed £20,000 cut in grants will therefore not now be going ahead.�

<FONT color=black>Cllr Monk also said that the council would make a contribution to the Metropole Arts  Centre - which faced losing a grant of £24,000 a year.

<FONT color=black>It would also be looking to reinstate support for the council’s civic team. “The civic and ceremonial role of the council’s chairman and vice-chairman is an intrinsic part of Shepway life. We want to help restore civic pride in Shepway and supporting the civic team is o­ne way of demonstrating our commitment.â€?

<FONT color=black>Cllr Monk said he had been able to relax the grip o­n the budget because the original £961,000 savings forced o­n the council by capping had been offset by a £40,000 reduction in the predicted overspend in the highways budget.

<FONT color=black>“Because of the new working arrangements between Shepway Council and Kent County Council, covering services like highways, the projected overspend of £80,000 has been reduced by half.�

<FONT color=black>Councillor Monk and Council Leader, Cllr Robert Bliss, also said that public toilets earmarked for closure at the end of September, would be open as usual until the end of the financial year.

<FONT color=black>“Public toilets across the district, apart from those that o­nly operate during the summer season, will remain open until the end of March. We will then be making sure that they are accounted for in future budgets,â€? said Cllr Bliss.

Hawkinge remembered : reply to John Tilly's letter from Australia.

Contributed by admin on Aug 15, 2004 - 10:58 PM

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<FONT color=black>Dear John

<FONT color=black>I hope that this letter will bring back a few memories.

<FONT color=black>My name is  Joan Brisley and I have lived in Hawkinge for 74 years. My son Victor Brisley went to Hawkinge Primary school from 1951 to 1957.

<FONT color=black>His friends were the Carter boys Garry and Garvin. Their dad was manager of the Co-op at the bottom of Aerodrome Road.

<FONT color=black>I have some photos which I will get sorted out for you.

<FONT color=black>The Mile Stone cafe is now the Caravan Sales business at the top of Coombe Wood Lane.

<FONT color=black>Uphill Farm was run by John's grandparents Mr and Mrs Fred Bilson but is no longer there as it has been demolished. It stood at the entrance to what is now Harvest Way.

<FONT color=black>Hollands the butchers is now a Chinese Takeaway and Mr and Mrs Holland live in Folkestone.

<FONT color=black>Trevor Hallett lives near Radnor Garage and Graham Hallett lives in the Alkham Valley.  When I see them again I will mention your name John.

<FONT color=black>Hawkinge Primary School is still there but the Post Office has been demolished and extra classrooms built.

<FONT color=black>Pepins the Newsagents is a small Tesco supermarket, Collins the Shoe Shop was a bakers but is now an Indian Takeaway, and the Chemist is run by Mr Lama from Tibet who looks after us well.

<FONT color=black>The Hardware store is still there but now sells cards , artistic candles and novelties, but no screws or nails.

<FONT color=black>The SVS store next to the village hall is a Horse Tack shop.

<FONT color=black>Albert Linch passed away several years ago, but Peggy and Sharon are still about and David Linch is a Surgeon.

<FONT color=black>Andrew Close still lives in Hawkinge. Kenny Matcham and Kevin Burns both live in Folkestone.  MrAshford is no longer at Radnor House, it is now a Nursing  Home for handicapped young people.

<FONT color=black>When I see the people you have mentioned, I'll get news of them for you. Incidentally I knew your grandparents Mr and Mrs Tilly quite well. They lived at 2 Vicarage Lane Elham before emigrating to Australia.

<FONT color=black>Next door at 3 Vicarage Lane lived my friend John Carey.

<FONT color=black>I knew both your Mum and Dad and Uncle.

<FONT color=black>There will be no more Battle of Britain filming o­n the Airfield as it is now a giant housing estate and behind the Village Hall which is still standing, there is a large Community Centre, with the top half now a Baptist Chapel. The original Chapel which was in The Street  is now a private house.

<FONT color=black>The Tin Church of St Lukes was burnt down and a new church was built in it's place with a church hall at the rear.

<FONT color=black>Joan Brisley

P&O embark on cost cutting exercise

Contributed by editor on Aug 15, 2004 - 10:33 AM


<FONT color=black>A cost-cutting exercise is being embarked upon by ferry operator P&O because the company's passenger and freight services have lost out to strong competition.

<FONT color=black>The ferry operator said low cost air deals had been particularly damaging.

<FONT color=black>P&O lost £25m in the first half of this year. More details of the cuts are expected to be made in September.

Demolish the Village Hall?

Contributed by editor on Aug 14, 2004 - 09:33 PM


Dear Ed

What a great improvement the new Tesco Express store is.  In fact the whole shops area seems to be a lot tidier now.

The o­nly big let-down is that awful village hall - what an ugly eye-sore!! 

We now have the Community Centre, so can't that horrible old building be demolished and something better take its place? 

What about a few more shop units (hairdressers, florists??) with flats above for example? 

Anyone else got any ideas?

Jean James

Get ready to rock at the library

Contributed by editor on Aug 13, 2004 - 03:49 PM


<FONT color=black>Local libraries are shedding their quiet image in the name of rock-and-roll for a fantastic new give-away!

An exclusive signed guitar from the film School of Rock is up-for-grabs in a new competition in libraries across the county.

<FONT color=black>Paramount Films have given Kent County Council a replica acoustic guitar from the film signed by lead-actor Jack Black so we are holding a special competition with the guitar as a prize. The movie was a big hit at the cinema this summer and features Jack Black as a hell-raising guitarist who becomes a substitute teacher and turns his young students into a class of rock-and-rollers!

<FONT color=black>The film is now available to rent and enjoy from your local library and all libraries will have at least o­ne DVD and o­ne video of the film in stock. Special entry forms are available in all libraries so rent your copy now to get the chance to walk away with this fantastic rock and roll prize!

<FONT color=black>The competition runs until Friday 17 September when the prize draw will be made. The winner will be presented with the guitar at a special prize giving at his or her local library at the end of September.

Ferries cash in on tunnel closure

Contributed by editor on Aug 12, 2004 - 05:03 PM


The Port of Dover recorded its busiest day for freight traffic for nearly four years as operating difficulties due to the recent weather forced the closure of the Channel Tunnel and the diversion of cross-Channel customers to the ferries which were largely unaffected.

<FONT color=black>Yesterday the port processed 7,900 trucks leaving and entering the country which was just 400 below the port’s all-time daily record set in December 2000. Additionally, tourist traffic transferred from the tunnel operator boosted the port’s throughput to 60,000 passengers, 11,000 cars and 270 coaches.

<FONT color=black>“When problems occur at the tunnel it underlines the importance of the Dover ferry services to the European transport network. With over 70 daily ferry departures round the clock, Dover has the capacity to keep freight drivers and holidaymakers o­n the move. Coming on top of the recent problems experienced at UK airports it makes the Dover ferry crossing look increasingly attractive as a first choice for continental travellersâ€? said Bob Goldfield, Chief Executive, Port of Dover.

Bibliolidays set to roll

Contributed by admin on Aug 12, 2004 - 02:08 PM


Sport, shows and story telling will be helping summer sizzle when Bibliolidays rolls into town next week.

<FONT color=black>The EU-funded five-day, fun-packed, programme is o­ne of six Bibliolidays events taking place throughout the south of England and in France and Belgium. It comes to Folkestone from 16 to 20 August.

<FONT color=black>To mark Olympic year, the focus of the 2004 Bibliolidays is sport and youngsters will be able to take part in a wide range of workshops - run by some of the finest sports professionals in the region - including football, Tai Chi, skateboarding and volley ball.

<FONT color=black>There will also be an opportunity to browse and read in a mobile library full of new books and the chance to chill out to the sounds of live music. Story telling and poetry show complete the programme.

<FONT color=black>Youngsters will be able to enjoy continental-style entertainment, learn a few words in French, get their hands o­n French books – and practise their French.

<FONT color=black>Other events include:

<FONT color=black>Stop All the Clocks - a ‘Wembley of words’ featuring the first ever word hurling cup final, rhyming tennis world championships and verbal gymnastics;

Live music from Folkestone-based A Band Called Red and the Roger Lewin Duo

The Complete Football Work-Out covering skills, drills, fun games and an afternoon tournament

Tai Chi with Peter Phipps

Well Fit Word Workout with John Rice

‘Heads I win, tales you lose’ - myths, legends and folktales about sport with Richard Neville

Sciences Animees - fun experiments, games and quizzes show how the human body can execute the simplest moves or the most incredible sporting feats.

Amanda Oates, Shepway District Council’s Cultural Services Officer, said: “The Biblioliday programme is suitable for all ages and all tastes. There is no charge and no need to pre-book. All youngsters, their family and friends need to do is turn up and enjoy themselves.�

<FONT color=black>Bibliolidays will be at The Leas, Folkestone, from 16 to 20 August. Events run from 11.00am until 4.30pm.

Rosie’s Dumplings make up a double treat

Contributed by admin on Aug 12, 2004 - 11:12 AM


Folkestone’s ampitheatre has a double treat in store this weekend when it hosts two concerts.

<FONT color=black>Saturday sees the Soneando band take the stage with some hot salsa and Cuban music that has a seriously funky beat. The band features top musicians from Latin America and Europe and this mix will be reflected in arrangements that combine traditional influences and modern styles.

<FONT color=black>On Sunday local band, Rosie’s Dumplings, bring a contrast of styles and will be setting feet tapping with a selection of Celtic, modern and English folk music.

<FONT color=black>Both concerts are free and run between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.

Howard calls for action on binge drinking

Contributed by admin on Aug 12, 2004 - 09:43 AM

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<TABLE width=150 align=left border=0><TABLE class=lightbg cellPadding=4 width=145><TD class=mcblack align=middle><FONT color=black> <TD width=5><FONT color=black><IMG height=1 alt="" src="" width=5><FONT color=black>An incoming Conservative Government would crackdown on "binge drinking" by giving local authorities the power to decide o­n the licensing of bars and clubs in their neighbourhoods.

That was the pledge made by Party Leader  and Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard just 24 hours after he promised a return of zero-tolerance policing, a crackdown o­n the "politically correct nonsense" that undermines the criminal justice system, and tough new measures to combat the worsening yob culture in the UK.

Mr Howard said: "It's a great feeling when you reach eighteen and you can go into a bar or a pub for the first time to buy yourself a drink. But with that right, comes a responsibility – the responsibility not to ruin everyone else's evening. Today's politically correct rights culture has left too many people feeling that they don't have any responsibilities at all."

And binge drinking, Mr Howard warned, leads to fights, intimidation, shop windows smashed, and communities vandalised. "It's wrong and people shouldn't be allowed to get away with it," he said.

The Opposition Leader said that while bars and clubs help keep inner cities alive, and bolster tourism and urban regeneration, in too many places they create a yob culture.

Mr Howard said local councils should be free to decide when there are enough bars or pubs in a neighbourhood, and empowered to attach conditions to licences. Police and local council powers to remove the licences for outlets caught selling alcohol to drunks, and people under 18, and which allow drug dealing to take place, would also be strengthened.

Going up market

Contributed by admin on Aug 12, 2004 - 08:36 AM

<FONT color=black size=4>GOING UP MARKET

<FONT color=black>Folkestone’s market is going upmarket. Thursday (August 12) sees the ‘re-launch’ of the popular town centre feature when stalls will sport green and white striped awnings.

<FONT color=black>Shepway Council took over the management of the Thursday and Saturday market last year following the decision of the market operator, Market Initiatives Ltd., to pull out.

<FONT color=black>The market now regularly attracts up to 20 stalls, selling a range of goods and products from olives and sweets to flowers and fashion.

<FONT color=black>Sandra Francis, Shepway Council’s licensing manager, said the future of the market could not have been secured without the goodwill and commitment from the stallholders.

<FONT color=black>“Everyone wanted it to work and the success could not have been achieved if the stall holders and the Council had not worked together. It’s great to see the market so busy and I am sure local people and visitors appreciate the range of products it offers. It brings extra colour and variety to the town centre which is good for everyone.�