Re: New Parish Council...4 April 2003

Contributed by localrags on Apr 04, 2003 - 09:12 AM


Do we know what political persuasion these people represent ?.........and how do you get to be a Parish councillor anyway ?

Regarding the people who have left the parish Council, do we have any idea what their motives for leaving were ?, ie business commitments, need for time with family or sudden realisation that the PC is powerless ? or disatisfaction with local goverment policies ?

I would dearly love to know the answers.



New Parish Council...3 April 2003

Contributed by localrags on Apr 03, 2003 - 11:42 AM

The Hawkinge Parish council for the year 2003/2004 will be made up of the following members.

John Heasman, Cryil Trice, David Callahan, Joan Brisley, George Hodgson, Peter Smith and new members Peter Hogben, John Punnett and Carol Newton.


Shepway District Council elections....3 April 2003

Contributed by localrags on Apr 03, 2003 - 09:29 AM

Shepway District Council Elections to be held on 1 May 2003

The following have been nominated in the NORTH DOWNS EAST WARD

ANDERSON Jane Elizabeth...... Labour

CALLAHAN David......... Lib Dem

CURD Roger David........ Cons

HUDD Dawn Beverley......... Cons

REGAN Teresa Mary Bernadette....... Labour

REGAN William Robert ...... Labour

SMITH Christena ......... Lib Dem

SMITH Peter Charles ........ Lib Dem

TEARLE Colin Desmond ........ Cons


It's looking up for Leas lift....2 April 2003

Contributed by localrags on Apr 02, 2003 - 02:25 PM

Folkestone’s historic Leas Lift is to stay open. The future of the water balance lift, built in 1885 and one of only a handful left in the country, had been in doubt since Shepway Council cut £62,000 from its running costs during budget setting for this year.

The Council had hoped to find a private sponsor for the lift, which carries passengers from Folkestone seafront to the town centre. Although no sponsors have been found, the Lift’s immediate future was secured on Monday (31 March) when money was found from other services.

New operating times and ticket prices will also be introduced to help reduce costs. The lift will open every weekend and Bank Holiday until the end of June, instead of opening every day.

Daily services will run from 1 July until the end of August and the weekend-only services will resume in September. The cost of an adult ticket will rise from 60p to 70p and children’s and over 60s’ tickets will increase from 30p to 35p

Ralph Young, Head of Environment and Street Scene at Shepway Council, said it was now up the people of the district to support the decision and use the lift, which is owned by Folkestone Estates and is leased by the Council from Lord Radnor.

“I know the lift is very close to the hearts of a lot of people, they can show support for the lift by using it whenever they can and help us to safeguard a piece of Folkestone’s heritage.�


Mis-teeq to play Folkestone....1 April 2003

Contributed by localrags on Apr 01, 2003 - 10:15 AM

Top R'N'B band Mis-teeq have announced plans to tour the UK this autumn.

They will take in 17 cities, starting with the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool on September 23.

The R'n'B group will also perform in Glasgow at the city's National Stadium, Hampden, on July 27, as part of the Live And Loud festival.

The tour which is in support of their second album Eye Candy, to be released on Monday. (7th April) comes to the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone on 9th October.


"Get guns off the streets" as amnesty launched....31 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 31, 2003 - 03:09 PM

It is very simple. Guns kill. Get them off the streets. Hand them in or get caught.

That was the message from Kent Police Supt Jerry Price at today's Kent launch of the national guns amnesty. The amnesty runs from Monday, 31 March, to Wednesday, 30 April.

Supt Price said: "The purpose of the amnesty is to make the streets safer by removing as many weapons and potential weapons as possible. Gun crime is unacceptable. We will work very closely with the government and the entire community in Kent to tackle gun crime.

"This amnesty is an excellent opportunity for people to hand in illegally held guns and ammunition, imitation firearms and air guns used for criminal purposes, unwanted guns and ammunition, including air guns and imitations. The government will soon be introducing a mandatory, five-year minimum sentence for possession of a prohibited firearm and will be bringing in new restrictions on carrying imitation guns and air weapons in a public place.

"It's impossible to overstate the dangers of imitation firearms. They can be impossible to distinguish from real firearms which means that using one in a crime can result in being killed by armed police officers.

"Guns can be handed in locally at Folkestone police stations with no questions asked, no ID required, no fear of arrest and no fear of prosecution.

"While armed crime in the UK is low compared with other countries, last year 97 lives were lost to gun crime. If you carry a gun, that could be you."


More overnight closures on A260....31 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 31, 2003 - 09:02 AM

Part of the A260 Canterbury Road will be closed to traffic between 7.00pm and 7.00am on Wednesday 2 April and Thursday 3 April while resurfacing work is carried out.

Traffic heading from Folkestone to Canterbury will be diverted via the Alkham Valley Road, Whitfield Hill and the A2. HGVs will be diverted via the A20 to Dover and the A2.

Traffic travelling to Folkestone will be diverted to Dover via the A2 and then onto the A20 to Folkestone.

Daytime traffic will be controlled with temporary traffic lights. The work is being carried out between Densole village and Selsted.


Just the ticket for Walking Bus pupils....28 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 28, 2003 - 03:06 PM

Walking Bus children from the River Primary School, Dover, who have been walking to school since December are to be rewarded by Dover Athletic Football Club.

The school will be presented with a framed, signed shirt and a number of free tickets for the final home game of the season versus Worcester City.

The local Parish Council has supported the Walking Bus by paying for and sponsoring the reflective yellow tabards that are worn by each child.

Kent County Council's Walking Bus Scheme is another initiative of the Childlife Project - launched in November 2001 in Dover, Ashford and Gravesend - set up to reduce child road casualties.

The walking bus in River has already been expanded from four to five mornings per week.

Chairman of KCC's Highways Advisory Board Graham Gibbens, said: "It is great to see that River Primary School's walking bus has been a success since it started in December, and that the local community is supporting the initiative. It not only helps to ease congestion and pollution at the School, but also helps keep pupils fit and healthy.


Dungeness Lighthouse to become listed building...27 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 27, 2003 - 03:27 PM

The Dungeness lighthouse built in 1961 is set to become a listed building.

There have been five lighthouses at Dungeness since the 17th century and the previous lighthouse built in 1901 is open to the public.

Other buildings included in the proposed list are the 620ft Post Office Tower and the main dish at Goonhilly Downs Earth Station in Cornwall.

The 1960s concrete Durham County Police Communications Tower, the NTL Broadcasting Tower on Emley Moor, West Yorkshire, which was the tallest building in England when built in 1971 and the Radar Training Station in Fleetwood, Lancashire are all listed.

The Equatorial Telescopes in Herstmonceux, East Sussex is also to be considered.


Police crackdown on nuisance bikes...26 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 26, 2003 - 04:57 PM

A multi-agency operation in South East Kent is clamping down on motorcyclists who ride illegally on footpaths and bridle ways.

For the past few weeks a special operation has been focusing on the nuisance created by off-road bikers on land known as `The Freedown' between St Margaret's and Kingsdown near Deal.

The operation followed a number of complaints about these bikes continually riding there without any regard for bridle way and path users.

South East Kent police have been working closely with the National Farmers' Union, the White Cliffs Countryside Project, Dover District Council's Environmental Health Department and KCC's Public Rights of Way officers, to tackle the problem.

Rural Project Officer PC Ian Foster and a team of officers from the Crime and Disorder team identified the offenders and gathered evidence about their activities.

Three men were arrested and charged with damaging crops and driving on land other than a road.

They and were bailed to appear before Folkestone Magistrates' Court today. (26 March)

In addition a youth was cautioned for the above offences and another youth has been served with a warning letter advising him to change his behaviour.

Following the successful operation at the Freedown, the team is planning similar clampdowns in areas that also experience problems with nuisance off road vehicles.

PC Ian Foster said: "People can report incidents involving nuisance bikes for us to investigate by phoning me on 01304 218 130. We want to send out a clear message that these offences will not be tolerated and we will take action against those responsible."