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Leisure park staff held up at gunpoint

Contributed by editor on Oct 27, 2007 - 09:11 PM

A police hunt is underway after a man robbed a holiday park at gunpoint yesterday (26 October) .

The robber threatened two members of staff at the Camber Sands Leisure Park in New Lydd Road, Camber, with a handgun before escaping with cash from a safe.

Sussex Police said the man entered the entertainments complex of the Leisure Park shortly before 10.30am yesterday and demanded money from the safe before restraining the staff to prevent them raising the alarm. He then made off through the site. No-one was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 6070999 quoting Operation Templar or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 


Michael Caine's film shoot in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Oct 27, 2007 - 08:51 PM

Local girls (L to R) Sarah Palmer, Hollie Parker, former Miss Folkestone and Miss Cheriton and current Miss News of the World Siobhan Hustler signed up as extras for the movie

Local extras were treated to two days filming with one of the worlds top film actors on Monday and Tuesday (20/23 October).

Michael Caine was at Folkestone's Central railway station shooting his new film 'Anybody There'.

 

Directed by acclaimed Irish director John Crowley (”Intermission”), the film is, in the words of Caine, “about a little boy of ten who lives in an old people’s home owned by his mother and father.

"And he keeps making friends and of course every time he makes a friend, the people die. So he gets a camera and a tape recorder looking for their ghosts.”

 

Dymchurch extras Enid and John Dring

Former Miss Folkestone and Miss Cheriton, Karol Steele

Sir Michael Caine (far right) getting ready for his shot


Hit-and-run death appeal

Contributed by editor on Oct 26, 2007 - 09:23 PM

A week on from a hit-and-run crash near Lydden, which left a mother-of-five dead, the family have appealed to witnesses to help police trace the lorry that failed to stop.

Julia White, 42, from Ramsgate, died in the crash.

One of her sons and his friend were badly injured.

The crash happened on the A2 near Lydden last Friday (19 October). The lorry was thought to have been heading towards Canterbury.

Acting Sgt Glen Braidwood said: "We know Mrs White was a passenger in a vehicle (a red Ford Escort) which was in collision with a large goods vehicle that didn't remain at the scene.

"To leave a car in that condition without checking on the people inside strikes me as highly callous.

"I'm actually, despite my years of service, quite shocked that somebody could do that to another human being.

"We now need to trace any witnesses we haven't spoken to so far."

Sgt. Braidwood said the lorry had a fabric or curtain-sided trailer, which he added would have suffered damage to its front nearside or offside.

 


Hawkinge Parish Council minutes - 12 September 2007

Contributed by editor on Oct 24, 2007 - 12:04 PM

Hawkinge Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council

Held at: The Village Hall, Hawkinge

Date: 12 September 2007 at 7.30pm

Present: Councillor D Callahan (in the chair), Councillor K Avery, J Heasman, G Hodgson, T Hutt, Mrs J James, J Punnett and P Smith.

Officer Present: Mrs Tina Wiles (Clerk)

Apologies for absence Councillor Ms J Brisley


OPEN MEETING

PUBLIC QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

A question was asked about what could be done about flooding which was occurring at the mini roundabout at end of Pritchard Drive. Local residents were concerned that fire brigade had been called out recently to remove the manhole cover in order that the water could drain away.

The hand rail down the side of the village hall had become loose and was causing a risk to users.

A question was asked about the possibility of using some of the land at Siskin Close, for the provision of allotment land.

A further question was asked about the provision of traffic control methods in Mill Land and The Street, Hawkinge.


497. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillors J Heasman and G Hodgson declared a personal and pecuniary interest in minute 501 (Hawkinge Community Centre Update) but as the item was a general update only they both remained in the meeting and took part in discussion and voting on this item.

Councillor D Callahan declared a personal interest in minute 509 as he knows the correspondent. He remained in the meeting and took part in the discussion and voting on this item.


498. MINUTES

Minutes of the meetings held on 27 June, 12 and 24 July 2007 were submitted and subject to the following amendments to the minutes of 24 July 2007:

Minute 494 (section 106 monies) delete the word “sports facilities” in paragraph 2, line 2 and insert “community facilities” and Minute 495 (Webster Way Bollards) resolution 2, add that the road safety audit be undertaken for the whole of the village, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


499. FINANCIAL MATTERS

Proposed by Councillor T Hutt

Seconded by Councillor P Smith and

RESOLVED: To consider this item under the confidential section of the meeting.


500. HAWKINGE FUN DAY ARRANGEMENTS AND PARISH COUNCIL PARTICIPATION

.1 SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES WORKSHOP DAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2007 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FUN DAY

On 8 September 2007 the Parish Council undertook two Sports and Activities workshops in conjunction with the Hawkinge Fun Day. The purpose was to give local people an opportunity to participate in how the section 106 money should be spent. A consultant is working with the Parish Council and will be collating the information gained at the event. It was reported that the workshops had been a success and had identified various key areas for consideration. These details would be included in the consultants’ report which would be available in mid September.

.2 PARISH COUNCIL REPRESENTATION

It was reported that the Parish Council marquee had been successful with a steady stream of people visiting it throughout the day. A list of residents offering to help with the Community Litter Pick had been drawn up and this had been handed to Tanya Clark to follow-up. Recycling issues were raised and particularly queries about the provision of brown bins. This was also being followed up.

The Parish Plan preliminary consultation had received a very strong response on the day and Victoria Lawson from Action with Communities in Rural Kent was currently assessing the comments and would let the Parish Council have a report of the outcome.

Proposed by Councillor D Callahan

Seconded by Councillor K Avery and

RESOLVED: To receive and note the report.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


501. HAWKINGE COMMUNITY CENTRE UPDATE

Case Kent has been working with the Trustees of the Community Centre and the stakeholder group to progress the incorporation of the Centre. The Community Centre has now been registered as a charity and progress is being made on the transfer of assets. A meeting was held recently to discuss progress with the membership launch and to plan the trustee recruitment drive. This is excellent work and further updates will be provided.

In response to a question regarding what the benefits were of becoming a member it was reported that the final details were still being addressed. It was hoped that the membership drive would provide an opportunity for people to express an interest in becoming a Trustee.

Proposed by Councillor D Callahan

Seconded by Councillor J Heasman and

RESOLVED: To receive and note the report.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


502. SECTION 106 MONEY – PROGRESS UPDATE

On 25 July 2007 the Parish Council met with District Councillor David Godfrey, the other district councillors and Jeff Stack, Corporate Director, Planning and Environment of Shepway District Council. REPORT HPC/07/06 attaches a Draft Wish List and the correspondence sent to the District Council asking for detailed information.

A response from Jeff Stack dated 12 September 2007 was circulated to Councillors prior to the meeting where email was available. Councillors were disappointed that the District Council were not supporting the Parish Council more strongly, particularly in respect of certain elements which were considered part of the infrastructure and safety issues the costs of which should met by the developer.

Proposed by Councillor D Callahan

Seconded by Councillor J Heasman and

RESOLVED:

1. To receive and note the report.

2. To respond to the District Council expressing concern and disappointment regarding the likely costs that the Parish Council will have to pay out of the Section 106 monies for items which should be paid for from other sources.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


503. LAND AT SISKIN CLOSE – OLD OFFICERS MESS SITE

The Parish Council have noted that Shepway District Council have received a windfall payment from the lifting of the covenant on the above land.

The Parish Council would like to formally request the District Council to allocate a proportion of the £465.5k for use by the Parish Council for additional community facilities needed in Hawkinge which include allotment land, Community Centre enhancements and recreation facilities.

Proposed by Councillor P Smith

Seconded by Councillor T Hutt and


RESOLVED:

To formally ask the District Council to allocate the whole of the windfall payment of £465.5k, for use in Hawkinge.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


504. FINANCE AND GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE – 1 AUGUST 2007

The Finance and General Purposes Committee met on 1 August 2007, minutes attached, and considered the electoral registration arrangements for Hawkinge. The full report is detailed in the minutes of the F&GP Committee.

Proposed by Councillor T Hutt

Seconded by Councillor J Heasman and

RESOLVED:

1. To receive the minutes of the Finance and General Purposes Committee held of 1 August 2007.

2. To formally request the District Council to carry out a review to increase the number of Councillors for Hawkinge Parish.

3. To register the possibility of the Parish Council keeping the premises at 111 Canterbury Road, Hawkinge in the future and that this be referred to the Finance and General Purposes Committee for further consideration.

4. To consider a corporate logo for the Parish Council and to ask the Community Services Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the Parish Council at a future meeting.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


505. COMMUNITY SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

To receive the minutes of the Community Services Advisory Committee of 30 July 2007.

Proposed by Councillor P Smith

Seconded by Councillor D Callahan and

RESOLVED:

1. To receive minutes of the Community Services Advisory Committee held on 30 July 2007.

2. To appoint Councillor Tony Hutt to the Community Services Advisory Committee.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


506. BRITISH TREE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS

In September 2006 the Parish Council resolved to make a contribution of £100 to the British Tree Conservation Volunteer Organisation which is a registered charity.

The Tree warden assigned to Hawkinge is Mr Allan Rogers. Mr Rogers has become involved with Hawkinge Environmental Group, HEdGe, guided by Steve Walker of the White Cliffs Countryside Project.

In the event of the Parish Council needing to seek advice in any matter relating to trees, it would first contact Shepway District Council. This would be particularly relevant as part of the planning process.

The BTCV is a registered charity who would provide additional advice via a designated warden if the Parish Council requests this. Mr Rogers is suggesting that the Parish Council no longer support the BTCV and instead support HEdGe who will work on local projects.

Proposed by Councillor P Smith

Seconded by Councillor J Punnett and

RESOLVED:

1. To receive and note the report.

2. To ask a representative from Hedge to attend a meeting of the Community Services Advisory Committee to give further details about how it is funded and how the work it undertakes would benefit the local community.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


507. PLANNING MATTERS

1. The list of planning applications received since the last meeting was circulated and is attached as Appendix 2.

2. Councillors reviewed the current method of circulating planning applications around the Planning and Development Group. It was suggested that the plans be viewed at the Hawkinge Partnership Office instead of being circulated.

3. An update on development at 72 The Street, 105 Canterbury Road and the removal of trees by the developer from the site adjoing a bungalow in Aerodrome Road, referred to the Planning Investigation Team at a previous meeting was circulated with the agenda.

It was reported that in respect of application reference Y07/0793/SH 34, The Street, Hawkinge, the views of the Parish Council had not been placed before the Development Control Committee.

Proposed by Councillor P Smith

Seconded by Councillor J Heasman and

RESOLVED:

1. To receive and note the responses of the Planning and Development Group detailed in the Report.

2. To note the report from the Planning Investigation Officer.

3. To write to the Planning Department asking why the Parish Council’s views were not placed before the Development Control Committee in respect of application Y07/0793/SH.

(Voting: For 7; Against 0; Abstentions 1)


508. CANTERBURY ROAD PROJECT – PROGRESS UPDATE

The Chairman introduced the item and because he was aware that the representative of the Canterbury Road Shopkeepers group wished to put forward its views to the Parish Council and had not been asked to do so by Kent Highway Services or the Hawkinge Partnership it was:

Proposed by Councillor D Callahan

Seconded by Councillor K Avery and

RESOLVED:

1. To adjourn the meeting to allow the representative of the Canterbury Road Shopkeepers to speak.

Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)

The representative addressed the Parish Council.

The Meeting then resumed.

This project is being pursued by Kent Highway Services and a formal public consultation was held about this at the Fun Day on 8 September 2007 promoted by the Parish Council and the Hawkinge Partnership. The Parish Council also raised this issue at the meeting with District Councillor David Godfrey on 25 July 2007 as this project is included in the suggested uses for Section 106 money by the District Council. Following the public consultation on 8 September 2007, the Parish Council were invited to attend a presentation of the scheme by Gary Peak. The session incorporated a question and answer session. This was held on Monday 10 September. The details of the information discussed at the meeting were circulated to Councillors as an addendum and that is attached to these minutes as Appendix 3.

The Hawkinge Partnership are promoting complementary project for the shop front area of Canterbury Road and are likely to have £15,000 of funding available for this.

Councillor Keven Avery as the Parish Council’s representative on the Hawkinge Partnership Board and in this capacity is the Parish Council’s representative on the Connecting Hawkinge, Canterbury Road Project gave an update at the meeting on the progress being made. A copy of his report is attached as Appendix 4.

Proposed by Councillor P Smith

Seconded by Councillor J Heasman and

RESOLVED:

1. To receive and note the reports.

2. To support in principle the whole Canterbury Road scheme presented for public consultation.

3. To ask Gary Peak to provide details of the elements of phase ll of the Canterbury Road Project for consideration by the Parish Council to enable it to recommend the allocation of funds as required up to £65k from Section 106 monies for the whole of the Canterbury Road Project.

4. To ask Gary Peak to take into consideration the views of the shopkeepers in the village.

5. To allocate £3,000 from this years’ budget towards the Canterbury Road Shop Front Proposal to support and enhance the project.

6. To lead on the Canterbury Road Shop Front Project throughout the three year project with support from the Connecting Hawkinge Group, and other community groups including the Gardeners’ Society, local schools and the Hawkinge Partnership(HP) and to administer the budget which will include the £15K grant from the HP in the first year with the possibility of funding from  other sources in the following years.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


509. VILLAGE CORRESPONDENT

The village correspondent is employed by South Kent Regional Newspapers to provide information about news items going on within the village. It has become apparent that negative information is being reported, and that important positive information is not being reported. The matter requires some investigation and a policy and communication strategy put in place between the Parish Council and the correspondent to ensure that the positive information is reported.

RESOLVED:

1. To appoint Councillor Tony Hutt to liaise with the Village Correspondent and keep him updated on events in the village.

2. To write to the Editor of the Folkestone Herald explaining the Parish Council’s disappointment about the negative comments being published and informing that the Parish Council would be liaising with the Village Correspondent and copying in the Folkestone Herald.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


510. FOOTBALL GROUND – PROBLEM WITH DOGS

A letter has been received identifying issues to be looked into at the football ground relating to access and people dog walking. This is a matter of information for the Parish Council and it is suggested that this be referred to the Community Services Advisory Committee working with the Sports and Recreation Sub-Committee to advise the Parish Council on appropriate action that may be taken.

Proposed by Councillor P Smith

Seconded by Councillor J Heasman and

RESOLVED:

To refer this matter to the Community Services Advisory Committee to work with the Sports and Activities Sub-Committee to consider putting up signs requesting that all dogs be kept on a lead whilst on the footpath.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


511. CORRESPONDENCE

Items of correspondence circulated with the agenda are:

1. Letter dated 22 August from the Hawkinge Partnership is offering free training to councillors on Saturday 27 October 2007. Please inform the clerk if you would like to reserve a place.

2. Update Report from Tanya Clark, Community Warden.

An additional item of correspondence was reported at the meeting as follows:

Letter from Art At Hawkinge dated 9 September 2007 asking for financial assistance towards an Arts and Crafts Festival to be held on 27 October 2007 in the Community Centre. The letter gave a detailed breakdown of expenditure and outlined the benefits to local residents.

Proposed by Councillor P Smith

Seconded by Councillor G Hodgson and

RESOLVED:

1. To make a donation of £100 towards the Arts and Crafts Festival to be held on 27 October 2007.

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 0)


512. CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS

Proposed by Councillor T Hutt

Seconded by Councillor K Avery and

RESOLVED: To exclude the public from the meeting for the following item of business pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972 because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted.

(Voting: For; 6 Against; 0 Abstentions; 1)

513. The Clerk circulated the schedule of payments to be made following the meeting. A copy of the schedule is attached as Appendix 1.

Parish Council considered a revised section 1 of the Audit of Accounts return and wase asked to approve the amendments.

Proposed by Councillor T Hutt

Seconded by Councillor K Avery

RESOLVED:

1. To receive and adopt the schedule payments attached at Appendix 1.

2. To approve the amendments for submission to the audit commission.

(Voting: For 7; Against 0; Abstentions 0)
 


Froth and bubble has settled

Contributed by editor on Oct 10, 2007 - 09:21 PM

The Prosser Perspective.... a weekly column from Dover and Deal MP Gwyn Prosser

11 October 2007

 

Now that the froth and bubble of the conference season has settled and the general election speculation has subsided it’s business as usual at Westminster – or close to it anyway.

On our first day back in Parliament we had the Prime Minister’s long awaited statement on Iraq and the news that improved political reconciliation and economic reconstruction was allowing the further reduction force numbers in Southern Iraq to some 2,500 in the new year.

On Tuesday we had the Pre Budget Statement and the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review and tempting though it might be – I don’t think I’d get away with devoting my column to spelling out all the goodies that Alistair Darling listed but I would like to mention one area of progress that won’t hit the headlines but will make an important difference to all of us.

UK scientists and researchers are amongst the best in the world but all too often their discoveries and inventions fail to attract the necessary financial backing to develop them into viable products. But it’s worth remembering that the discovery of penicillin, the link between smoking and cancer and the development of MRI scanning are just a few of the monumental medical advances that took place in the UK.

On Tuesday, the Chancellor announced a huge funding rise of 30 percent over the next three years which means that the overall Science Budget will increase from the current £3.4 billion per year to almost £4 billion by 2010 - taking Government support for the UK’s research to its highest level ever.

Since being elected in 1997 I’ve done my bit to encourage extra spending on research and development and campaigned for increased funding for medical research groups such as the Breakthrough Cancer Campaign so I was delighted that Government has committed to this increased level of support for scientific research, which will be of benefit to the whole of society. The extra money announced in the Spending Review is for essential research and it will enable our National Health Service to make medical breakthroughs to help people when they’re ill, be it with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or crippling arthritis. Everyone in Dover and Deal and the whole country will benefit from the fruits of this important research work.

The funding boost will ensure that the UK retains its place as a centre for global scientific excellence, drawing in the finest British and international research talent. It will also further increase the economic and social impact of research, from areas as diverse as the enhanced healing of severe wounds to combating credit card fraud; from helping research cures for deadly illnesses to developing new technologies in the search for low-carbon alternatives to deal with planet warming.

The funding will support world class research and development and by linking the research base with business, Britain can become the most attractive place in the world for investment in enterprise and innovation.

 


Bogus police officer calls at local homes

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2007 - 06:08 PM

Police are warning people of a man calling on Shepway homes and pretending to be a police officer.

He called at a house in Weymouth Road, Folkestone at midday (27 September) offering to sell a security box for £29. He showed a metal ID with 'police' written on it.

The man is described as aged between 20 and 30 with short dark hair about 5'9" tall and wearing dark clothing. It was noted that he had very white teeth.

At 12.50pm yesterday a man called at the home of a 97-year-old lady in Frampton Road, Hythe and forcefully entered the house telling the lady that there had been burglaries in the area.

He made off from the property having stolen the lady's purse.

This man was described as being white in his 20s with short dark hair and wearing jeans and a denim jacket with light coloured trainers. He had a round face.

At 8.40am today, Friday (28 September), another offence occurred, this time at St. Martins Road, Folkestone

The offender who is described as 6'tall with a moustache and was wearing a dark suit posed as a police officer, gained entry to the house and stole cash.

If you have any information that would help the police with their enquiries please call 01303 850055.

Police are asking people with elderly or vulnerable neighbours to make them aware of the danger of opening their door to strangers and to let them know of the Nominated Neighbour scheme.



Folkestone teens scoop £700,000 on lottery

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2007 - 08:34 PM

Two unemployed teenagers from Folkestone who scooped more than £700,000 on the lottery are planning to learn to drive.

Then 18-year-olds Ollie Kennedy and Kelly Lucas are reported to be buying each other a car – a pink Peugeot 206 for her and a Vauxhall Corsa for him.

The lucky couple, who have a seven-month-old son, Danny, won a share of the jackpot in last Saturday’s draw.

Their numbers – 3, 7, 12, 21, 25 and 36 – included their son’s birthday and Kelly’s favourite number three.

They now want to buy a house in the town and provide for their families.

Five winners to shared the jackpot of just over £3.5m.

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