Hawkinge voters say "NO" to war with Iraq....17 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 17, 2003 - 03:34 PM

Nearly three quarters of all villagers that voted in our poll as to whether we "Should we go to war with Iraq?" were against a military conflict.

This was one of the biggest ever responses to any poll we have conducted with 160 people registering a vote.

The results were ....."No to a war" 116 votes, "Yes" 27 and "undecided" 2 votes.

Thank you all for taking part.


21.8% Parish Council tax increase shocks villagers....17 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 17, 2003 - 03:12 PM

Council Tax bills are now dropping through the letterboxes of Hawkinge residents and although they were generally prepared for the increases which were widely publicised, the Parish Council element has brought a hostile response

The Parish Council charge has increased by a massive 21.8% over the previous year compared with KCC's 12.5% and Shepway's 9.8%. The Police Authority had the highest increase of 28.9% which pushed the total increase up by 13.4% on the previous year.

A resident told the Gazette that he was astounded by the increase which was not put before the villagers.

"What extra amenities will I get? The total bill of over £1000 gets my bin emptied but precious little else.

"Shepway Council, the Police Authority and KCC have all given reasons for their increases, but I have not heard a word from Hawkinge Council."

The Parish Council Annual meeting is to be held on Wednesday 23 April 2003 in the new community centre.


World War II hero to open the Churchill School....15 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 15, 2003 - 04:01 PM

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The new Churchill School will be formally handed over on 19th May at 2pm and opened on Saturday 31st May at 2pm

Air Commodore, Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC who flew from Hawkinge in World War II will open the building.

He joined the RAF in 1936 and was a Flight Commander with 32 Squadron at the outbreak of war.

He flew Hurricanes in the great air battles of France and Dunkirk and during the Battle of Britain flew from the famous Biggin Hill fighter station before joining Bob Stanford-Tuck at 257 Squadron.

In 1941 he formed 457 Squadron with Australian pilots and a year later took command of 602 Squadron. In October 1942, Peter Brothers was appointed Wing Leader at Tangmere. He finished the war with 16 victories.

Headteacher Jennie Carter is inviting the whole village to the event which includes the Hythe Town Band playing a medley of airforce marches. 150303

Tunnel rail freight to Germany set to double....14 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 14, 2003 - 03:28 PM

EWS, in partnership with German rail freight operator DB Cargo, has been forced to increase the number of services through the Channel Tunnel from Koln in Germany to Britain.

The Gremberg (Koln) to London Channel Tunnel rail freight services has been in such high demand that the number of trains has been increased from five trains a week to eight with a planned increase to ten in May.

Jonathan Fox, EWS General Manager International, said: “EWS is delighted to be increasing Channel Tunnel rail freight services from Germany to Britain in partnership with DB Cargo. Demand from customers for all EWS Channel Tunnel rail freight services has been rising since the autumn of last year, and these services are part of our plans to meet this continuously growing demand.�


Council leader claims door is between high speed link and Dover...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:38 AM

The Leader of Dover District Council has written a letter to the Government stating that all that seems to be preventing the nation’s capital being connected to its busiest port is a door.

The letter from Cllr Peter Wells to the Transport Minister and the Secretary of State for Transport follows the publication of the Strategic Rail Authority’s consultation document on options for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

This document highlights that the provision of an end access, for emergency access to these trains, would enable the Folkestone service to be extended to Dover.

Cllr Wells said: “Given that it is possible to have doors on planes, it can not be beyond the wit of man to specify this requirement on these high speed trains, achieving the strategic benefit of connecting the Capital to the Gateway to Europe. “I can not envisage any other European Country that would allow the simple matter of specifying a door to prevent a connection between its premier port, Europe and its Capital.�

These comments came as partners in the East Kent Triangle launched a conference to highlight the investment priorities needed for the area to play a key role in the South East’s economy, attended by the Minister for Employment Relations, Industry and the Regions, Alan Johnson, MP.

The Conference, Revitalising the East Kent Triangle, and held at Pfizer's in Sandwich was organised by the East Kent Area Strategic Partnership, which covers the areas of Canterbury, Thanet and Dover, brought together leading businesses, politicians and key decision makers.

The Minister who travelled from London by rail had to complete his journey by taxi as his train broke down at Ashford.


Methanol warnings on counterfeit scotch now!...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:18 AM

The Food Standards Agency has issued a health warning about drinking counterfeit whisky contaminated with methanol. This follows the discovery of a counterfeit spirits bottling plant in the Berkshire area and these bottles may now be available in other parts of the country.

The fake Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky must be avoided as the effects of methanol poisoning include severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision leading to blindness. At higher levels it can lead to breathing difficulties and coma.

The symptoms of methanol poisoning can be delayed for several hours so anyone who may have drunk any of these spirits may not be immediately aware of the dangers.

If someone suspects they have drunk fake whisky they should immediately contact a doctor.

The Agency is also advising that counterfeit bottles of Highland Pride Whisky may be on sale in the UK after rolls of fake labels were also found on the same premises as the fake Johnny Walker.

If someone has any doubt about the authenticity of either of these products then they are advised not to drink it but to contact Shepway District Council’s Environmental Health unit on 01303 852242.


Tempers flare after rubbish left uncollected...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:08 AM

Shepway Council has again repeated its message to residents that it will not collect rubbish left in bags next to wheelie bins after a householder allegedly assaulted a Cleanaway worker.

The incident happened in Mill Road, Lydd, on Monday (10 March) after side refuse was left uncollected. A woman placed the rubbish bags in her car and drove after the refuse truck. A man then followed and allegedly assaulted a Cleanaway worker.

A council spokesman said: “It was unforgivable behaviour directed against someone who was only trying to do their job.�

Cllr George Bunting, the Council’s Environment Secretary, said the Council had to meet tough recycling targets set by the government and everyone had a role to play in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill sites.

“I am sure we could recycle more if we took a close look at what we throw away in our wheeled bins. The Council can offer help and advice to anyone who wants to reduce the amount they send to landfill sites but who is unsure of exactly how to go about it.�

Lydd Station Sergeant: Sergeant Mark Farnell said: "The Cleanaway worker was doing his job when he was allegedly assaulted. The police will always investigate allegations of that nature and take them seriously."


Woman dies in M20 crash...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 04:02 AM

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash on the M20 near Folkestone last night.

A woman died after the crash which involved three cars on the westbound carriageway of the motorway, near to junction 10 at about 5.30 yesterday evening. (12 March)

The carriageway was closed between junctions 10 and 11 while emergency services cleared the wreckage.

It is not believed anyone else was seriously hurt. The name of the dead woman has not been revealed by the police.


Warning over Vodka contaminated with Methanol....11 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 11, 2003 - 04:04 PM

Trading Standards is warning consumers to beware of a brand of vodka, which may be contaminated with methanol. ‘Imperial Valkinov Vodka (charcoal distilled)’ has been found on sale in a number of areas across the country and its source has not yet been traced.

Methanol can cause serious medical problems which may not be apparent until some hours after the product is drunk. The symptoms of methanol poisoning include, severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision leading to blindness and coma with breathing difficulties.

Imperial Valkonov Vodka is in a clear one-litre bottle with gold screw-top caps. Its label also says ‘Distributed for KMG 57, Bodana Khmelnitskogo Str 236039, Kalinginrad, Russia for EEC’ in very small print at the bottom.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Grahame Weston, said: “This product is extremely dangerous. We are not only warning consumers but also local businesses not to buy this product. If anyone has seen Valkonov Vodka on the shelf, bought it or have been approached and asked to sell some, please get in touch with Trading Standards.�

Please call Trading Standards helpline on: 08457 585497 if you are worried about Valkonov Vodka or have seen it on sale.


Dover bank robbed ...10 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 10, 2003 - 06:46 PM

A man claiming to have a gun has robbed the LloydsTSB bank in Market Square Dover.

Police said the man handed over a note demanding money at the bank just after 10 o'clock on Monday morning. (10 March) He led the cashier to believe he had a gun although no weapon was ever seen. The robber left the bank with a small amount of cash and is thought to have made off in a car.

Police said that the suspect had a Scottish accent and smelt strongly of drink. He was short and stocky, in his mid-40s, with balding hair and was wearing a grey jumper and dark trousers.