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Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda - 10 January 2007

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2007 - 03:14 PM


The Chairman will take questions from parishioners. The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes). 


1 Apologies 

2 Declarations of Interest

Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s on this agenda. Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest. Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting. A prejudicial interest is one in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest. Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room. Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting. 

3 Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 13th December 2006 (enc.) 

4 Matters arising out of the Minutes

To receive the petition entitled “Save the Spitfire Leisuredrome and Memorial” handed to the Chairman at the last meeting and note its content. 

5 Reports

(a) Community Liaison – Cllr. Brisley

(b) Planning and Development – Cllr. Trice

(c) Public Rights of Way – Cllr. Punnett

(d) Finance – Cllr. Callahan 

6 Other Bodies

(a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership – Cllr. Hodgson 

Hawkinge Partnership 2007/08 Action Plan and Five-Year Strategy

(letter enc.) 

(b) Community Centre – Cllr. Hodgson

(c) Village Hall – Cllr. Brisley

7 Hawkinge Community Centre

Chairman to report progress made by 2amase Consultancy. 

8 Projects Group

(a) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice to report

(b) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson

(c) Multi Sport Complex 

9 Facilities for Sport and Youth

To discuss the aims and objectives for the proposed meeting to be held in April when all interested parties will be invited to attend [min. 386 (d)] 

10 Village Hall Car Park

Councillors to report on a meeting with Mr Holley, Property Manager, SDC, held on Tuesday 9th January and discuss the proposals. 

11 Finance

(a) Clerk to report. 

(b) Recruitment of new Clerk 

(c) Payments

To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enc.) 

Any queries regarding accounts must be raised with the Clerk before the meeting 

12 Correspondence

(a) Kent & Medway Structure Plan 2006 – one copy received (250 pages)

(b) Kent & Medway Fire & Rescue Authority’s Integrated Risk Management 

Plan 2007/08 – 3 copies (copy of letter enc.)

(c) Shepway Local Board - Notice of local meeting to discuss Kent Fire and Rescue

Service Tues. 9th January 6.30 pm in Assembly Rooms, New Romney. 

(d) Area Youth Officer, Kent County Council – Youth Advisory Groups (enc.) 

(e) Zurich Municipal – letter dated 22nd December and enclosures (enc.) 

13 Sub Station outside 85 Canterbury Road – Cllr. Punnett 

14 Annual Parish Meeting 2007

To fix the date for the Parish Meeting that must be held between 1st March and 1st 

June (both inclusive) 2007 

15 Plans

List of planning applications received since the last meeting enclosed 

Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting 


To resolve that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by 

Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972. 

17 Sale of the Spitfire Leisuredrome

Chairman to report the present situation and advice received. 

18 Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting.

Howard's Way - 4 January 2007

Contributed by editor on Jan 04, 2007 - 12:00 AM

.... a weekly column from Michael Howard MP

4 January 2007


Regular readers will know of my concerns about some aspects of healthcare affecting our local community. For the most part doctors and nurses work very hard to look after the patients in their care. And many people have indeed benefited from excellent care in our local hospitals. 

But there are too many examples for comfort of people being let down The question that inevitably arises is whether these failings, some of them with tragic consequences for those concerned, are the result of local deficiencies or the result of some more widespread systemic failure which needs to be tackled at national level. 

This week an independent think tank produced a report which demonstrates that although individual performance will always vary and will always play an important part in individual outcomes there are problems at national level which badly need tackling.

Foremost among these is the sheer waste of taxpayers money - put by the report at the staggering sum of £25 billion every year. As the recent increases in the annual budget of the NHS come to an end, this is obviously a matter of great concern. Our local hospital trust has recently faced some painful decisions as a result of cuts in the funding made available to it. This makes it all the more essential that the money that is spent on healthcare is well spent. 

For this to be achieved real reform is necessary – not change – driven by the need to reduce deficits but change driven by a genuine desire to improve patient care and ensure that every penny of our taxes that is spent on the NHS gives us real value for money. 

That would be a real achievement for any government. Is it too much to hope that we may see progress towards it in 2007?


Contributed by localrags on Oct 22, 2002 - 05:40 PM

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Damian Collins MP

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