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Minutes of Hawkinge Community Safety Forum 30 March 2006

Contributed by editor on Jun 05, 2006 - 06:49 PM


HAWKINGE SAFETY FORUM MINUTES 30 MARCH 2006

Held at The Hawkinge Partnership Office 7.00pm

1.  Introductions

Attended
Chris Ashman, David Callahan, Lisa Parsons, Peter Smith, Christena Smith.

Apologies
Sally Coleman, Perry Hayward, PC Trevor Moody, Shaun Taylor, Terry Scott,
Don Veale, Peter Hogben, Tanya Clarke.

2.  Roundup of current actions and news

The Forum actions and concerns list previously submitted to Hawkinge Parish Council (HPC), SDC, KCC, The Hawkinge Partnership and their consultants was discussed and updated.

The extension of the Hawkinge relief road is due to start soon.

Our appeal and village safety concerns published to HPC has been listened-to and Cllr. Peter Smith has been appointed as the HPC representative o­n HCSF

The problems in and around the Village Hall Car Park are being dealt with HPC obtaining reports and estimates for resurfacing. Lighting and fencing for public safety still required.

Cllr. David Callahan has suggested many times to lobby for a 50 mph speed limit for the A260 from the A20 junction to the A2 junction (30 mph through villages) it is thought that Hawkinge and Swingfield Parishes should work together to see this through.

Cllr. Trice has visited a site of our concern with a member of the forum and given a report to HPC about his concern at the Nursery/Lidl roundabout and employment land. HPC has stated, "Any problems should be directed to Richard Smith, Kent Highways Officer."

Regarding the dangerous blind double bend o­n Gibraltar Lane. Don Veale has reported that Planning Officers have visited and agreed some sort of traffic slowing was required and also that a `kissing gate` would be fixed at the end of the new footpath o­n the new developments taking place nearby.

Puddles and mud o­n Elvington Lane have been dealt with by KCC Highways.

Our request for action by SDC parking wardens over the past few months have resulted in the successful prosecution of motorists parking o­n the lower footpath outside of the shops and o­n the bus stop.

Villagers are advised that parking o­n the pavement is a dealt with by the police as obstruction and the 1 in 3 hour waiting limit extends from the centre of the road to the building line of the shop premises. The footpath is obvious and has previously been marked with a white line its edge. Parking o­n the footpath could bring offenders 2 fines. We ask that shoppers park in the village car park or Community Centre car park and walk.

Please do not obstruct the exit of the pathway beside the village Hall; it makes life difficult for the elderly, disabled and those pushing prams.

3   Public Open Forum

Lisa Parsons told the forum of the difficulties and dangers of crossing the road with her children at the roundabout at the top of the present industrial access road, soon to become the Hawkinge relief road.

Parents of Children attending Churchill school are still selfishly causing problems o­n the road outside of the school as shown previously o­n the HCSF safety video.

Our requests to KCC and their promises to deal with them by April 2006 for the obligatory lines, signs and consideration of a 20mph limit outside of  the school have not been honoured.

Lidl have no objection to drivers using their car park to allow parents to walk their children to school. The Forum advises that care should still be taken when using the road crossing due to speeding cars and lack of visibility between industrial/shop site traffic and pedestrians due to excessive shrubbery o­n the roundabout. Complaints about lack of visibility o­n roundabouts in the village are continuous.

Peter Smith gave the forum some information about the future pedestrian crossing o­n the extension of the relief road. This has been discussed before at some length. The majority of Forum members still feel this is too little, too late.

4.  Any Other Business

The possibilities of CCTV in the centre of the village was discussed with no positive outcome.

5.  Date of Next meeting

Thursday 22nd June 2006 ay 7.30pm at the Hawkinge Partnership offices.

Previously proposed date has been changed due to availability of meeting room.

 

All members of the public or community organisations are welcome to bring safety matters to the forum.

We would like to see more young people and/or their representatives at our meetings


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Meeting 30th June 2005

Contributed by admin on Aug 28, 2005 - 06:49 PM


HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM  MEETING 30 JUNE 2005

Chaired by: Chris Ashman

Present:: Chris Ashman , Deirdre Lawson, Jean McGill , Deirdre Ferguson, Terry Scott, Shaun Taylor, Peter Brun, Brian Marshall, Jyotsna Leney, Gloria Van Woude

Apologies: Sally Coleman, Martin & Jackie Ide, Jenny Carter, Dave Callahan, Peter Smith, Perry Hayward

Agreement of last meeting notes: signed by Chairman.

Amendments required: No

Matters Arising from Previous Meeting:

Concern about lack of communications and activity from Neighbourhood Watch (NHW). Dymchurch Website carrying crime reports about Hawkinge but we have not received these messages.

Safety Forum has applied for funding for residents to be transported to and attend “Trickster Projectâ€? Stageshow and Musical at the Leas Cliff Hall o­n 13th September. Awaiting reply from The Hawkinge Partnership.

Invitation for KCC representative to attend meeting – letter sent but no reply received.

Note of Discussion points Arising from Current Meeting:

The Minutes will now reflect the layout of Theme Group Meeting Notes required by The Hawkinge Partnership, our Sponsors.

Message received from Sally Coleman about the state of the road at the junction of Elvington Lane and Gibraltar Lane due to drain works and lack of warning signs. Beware of Carpet Sellers in the area.

Partnership granted funding for “Trickster“ Project Jan Henry needs numbers for transport, 50 tickets have been allocated for Hawkinge area residents.

Public input to village planning would be useful. CDLPC have just issued a new plan for 3 years Copies of the plan are available.

Ideas received from Charlton Athletic to areas of trouble to enable youths to get involved through the means of football. Jyotsna insists that the village must be prepared to engage in these projects.

Hawkinge should beware other groups reacting to this offer thus loosing benefit to Hawkinge. The same funding was mentioned to Shepway Youth Forum.

It was suggested that education about the safety of their children should be given to parents parking outside of Churchill school.

Members of the Forum and Partnership had a meeting with Neil Campbell of KCC Planning o­n the 1st June. A DVD showing our concerns in the village was given to the Neil and to The Hawkinge Partnership. Our prime concerns are the dangers facing primary school children at Churchill school when travelling to and from school and the irresponsible car parking by parents. Safety in the local lanes for horses, pedestrians and cyclists. Pavement parking in front of the shops and o­n the bus stop.

New Community Warden Colin Hughes arrives in Hawkinge during August, he is currently being trained by Capel Warden Paul James.

Jyotsna gave a talk about the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership’s (CDRP) New Strategy for Shepway which will start with quarterly meetings to discuss Government concerns at Local Level to include Alcohol Abuse, Domestic Violence, Victims of Crime, Town Centre Socialising., Supporting Communities Action, Quality of Life and Safety Forums – First meeting 12th July at the Civic Centre.

DDA Designated Dispersal Area initiative is still in force in parts of Shepway. There will be Coaching Courses for 15 Police Officers.


Actions Agreed by Forum Members:

Action: Chairman to apply to CDRP via the Partnership for a Police Support Officer PCO for Hawkinge whose duties are similar to a Warden but has more powers. To Jyotsna Leney at her suggestion. The 2nd 3rd and 4th year will require funding.

Chairman to contact Neil Campbell (KCC planning) to follow up o­n the Safety Forum video contents and requests and actions being pursued. Suggested by Deirdre Ferguson.

Peter Brun (NHW) will arrange for the NHW caravan and some coordinators to man the information table at the Hawkinge Fun Day o­n September 3rd. Suggested by Chris Ashman

The Hawkinge Community Safety Forum will next meet at

The  Hawkinge Partnership Office at 7pm  8th September 2005

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.

Signed o­n behalf of HCSF …………………………………………… Chairman

Date………………………………….


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 12 May 2005

Contributed by editor on Jun 22, 2005 - 05:30 PM

HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM (HCSF)

Minutes of Meeting 7.15pm 12th May  2005 at Hawkinge Partnership Centre


1.    Introductions.

Present:

Chris Ashman (Chairman), Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Deirdre Ferguson (Manager of The Hawkinge Partnership),Sandi Ashman, Perry Hayward, Jenny McDonald (Southern Housing Group), Michelle and Ryan Hill, Karen Simpson, Claire Morson

2.    Apologies:

Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter), Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Perry Hayward, Jenny Carter (Head Churchill School), Peter Brun (NHW Executive), Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer).

3.    Minutes of last meeting.

Signed by Chairman

4.    Guests

New visitors to the forum were welcomed. Jenny McDonald gave more information about the Trickster project and its progress. Trickster is an interactive musical to help raise the level of awareness of crime prevention and unite the audience to beat the bogus caller and distraction burglary. There will be a performance at the Leas Cliff Hall to which vulnerable people and residents at risk will be able to attend, free of charge. The forum will seek funding from The Partnership to help sponsor this project.

5.    Matters Arising & Public Open Forum

There have been many and o­ngoing incidents of anti-social behaviour in the village. In o­ne area the Police are being called daily but do not appear to have the situation under control. Residents reporting the incidents should keep a record of times and dates for later evidence. Help may be required from the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) who apart from everything else control the mobile CCTV cameras. Chairman to invite a representative to the next forum. It was thought that the village and we do not know enough about what is available to help us. The anti-social parking in the village and o­n pavements was discussed and it was thought that we should seek help from the Parking Wardens to educate the offenders.

6.    Safety In Local Lanes – Schools, Walkers, Horses and Vehicles

Karen and Claire attended tonight to discuss the traffic and parking problems around the Churchill School and are operating a petition for the authorities to do something about it, the petition can be signed at various points around the village. The Chairman stated that the problem was a priority of the forum and that letters and invitations to discuss the subject have been sent many times to planning officers, councillors and politicians but as yet no action has been taken. Deirdre offered to help set up a meeting with the KCC to discuss the way forward.  Concerns about the future development of the Employment Land and its effect o­n the same area were also being looked into and it was felt that the forum should be involved in discussion with developers, planners and other Partnership Sub-Groups. Deirdre asked if we could write to the Partnership to set this up.

7.    Letters

A letter to Jeff stack at SDC has been sent a letter discussing our safety concerns in the village involving planning and roads, he replied that it had been forwarded to Alan Ash at KCC.

8.    Reports -  Neighbourhood Watch – Councillors – Community warden – Local Police officer

No official representatives attended

9.    Any other business.

Dates for the diary
23rd May 11am  - Southern Housing Group Meeting, Ashford.
24th May  - Adult Learning
28th May – Barn Dance
3rd Sept. – Community Fun Day – NHW and forum to decide how we participate

10.    Next Meeting.

Thursday 30th June 2005 at the Hawkinge Partnership Centre at 3pm.

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 13 March 2005

Contributed by editor on Apr 22, 2005 - 11:26 AM

HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM (HCSF)

Minutes of Meeting 3pm 13th March  2005 at Hawkinge Community Centre



1.    Introductions.

Present:
Chris Ashman (Chairman), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer), Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette),  Brian Marshall, Deirdre Lawton,  Jan Doyle (Chair The Hawkinge Partnership) David Callahan, Don Veale. Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter) Sandi Ashman, Perry Hayward, David Prior, Brian Hutt, Peter Brun (NHW Executive) Ann Hutt, John Punnett.

2.    Apologies:

Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Perry Hayward, Deirdre Ferguson (Manager of The Hawkinge Partnership), Jenny McDonald (Southern Housing Group), Jenny Carter (Head Churchill School)

3.    Report from Community Warden

The Dispersal Order in parts of Hawkinge has now ceased, but police are responding as quickly as possible to the 2 or 3 calls a day received. Names of offenders were taken and parents visited.
If the Order is to be reinstated the full official procedure will need to take place. Ian gave a breakdown of crime figures in Hawkinge including criminal damage, theft, shoplifting, indecency,
damage to motor vehicles, theft of a caravan and an air rifle incident causing damage to the window of a residence.

Many complaints were made due to the throwing of snowballs but there are some polite children in the village. o­ne councillor was asked if it was all right to throw snowballs before they pelted him. Ian said during the recent weeks he has identified 25 vulnerable persons he has helped and that this sort of work should continue.

Ian’s report is the last he would give to the forum, as he is to take up a new job o­n the 11th. Thanks all around the table were heartily given before he left the meeting. Ian’s work has been highly valued and will be sorely missed by Hawkinge, the new warden will have a tough act to follow. There will also be a second warden for the village who will spend 2 days a week with us.

4.    Minutes of last meeting.

Signed by Chairman 

5.    Open Forum - Matters Arising.

Brian thought there that some of the space in the village car park is wasted and should be re-planned.

Lights are required o­n the pathway next to the village Hall.  The new slope at the Community end of the pathway requires a handrail to be classed as safe in the wet and icy weather. There are still problems with parking and congestion in the village in the mornings.

Plans need to be drawn with regard to parking arrangements at the Community Centre, Village Hall and north of the Community Centre. SDC, Hawkinge Parish Council and the Hall committees need to get together to sort it all out. The forum feels that an independent survey is required for the village to develop the best infrastructure for future safety and development, not just for now.

Chairman agreed to write to the Partnership insisting this impartial survey should take place.  Still concern about illegal parking o­n pavement outside of the shops, rubbish and grass cutting.

Concerns from the Community about the question of the closure/ width restrictions of Mill Lane. A Parish/ KCC matter. Those concerned should contact their councillor. Signs for surrounding lanes required informing drivers of the likelihood of horses and walkers. Speed restrictions in “Home Zones� document to be found.

6.    Reports from Neighbourhood Watch

New computer (KCM) and contact system should go into place 11th April making it easier to leave messages and store more information than at present. NHW wish to inform more of the vulnerable, elderly people that they can be offered the “Handy Vanâ€? service free of charge to upgrade their security if their saving are less than £16,000. Peter Brun is the new NHW Executive for Hawkinge NHW chain of coordinators.  AGM 16th March at the Civic Centre.

7.    Councillors - reports

Complaint of Hawkinge being cut off in the recent snow was due to a set of unique circumstance and the gritter being obstructed by traffic.  Requests for more litterbins and dog-waste bins. Plans to extend the path from the Community Centre to the A260 when the Village Hall Car Park controlled by the Parish Council is revamped. Holes in car park will be filled, and the layout changed. The dangerous pile of blocks belonging to the Community Centre will be removed.

8.    Review current and past actions and letters

Review

The Forum listed current and past actions. Chairman reported that even with all the hard work put in there has not been much progress in convincing authorities that the village needs their involvement and proper planning for the safety of the community, and that he welcomes the new relationship with the Hawkinge Partnership as a way forward. A list of concerns attached.

Letters

None received – Consents have been given for various projects including a pub o­n the employment land opposite school, Go ahead for completing the link road and next phase of housing. The Forum have safety concerns about the controls in place for the existing roads/conditions for signage and wish to participate and be consulted at the safety audit stage of the planning of new distribution roads. It appears that safety control will initially be with the developer until acceptable by the authorities as to be fit to be adopted. Chairman has written Jeff Stack SDC.

9.    Any other business.

Next Meeting.
Thursday 12th May 2005 at the Hawkinge Partnership Building
7.15pm to 9.15pm

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Minutes 13th January 2004

Contributed by ChrisAshman on Jan 25, 2005 - 02:12 PM

HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM (HCSF)</FONT SIZE>

Minutes of Meeting 3pm 13th January  2004 at Hawkinge Community Centre

1. Introductions.  Present:Chris Ashman (Chairman), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer), Brian Marshall, Deirdre Lawton,  Deirdre Ferguson & Jan Doyle (The Hawkinge Partnership) Cllr. Ian Smith, Cllr. David Callahan, Don Veale.

2. Apologies: Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Perry Hayward, PC Trevor Moody, Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter).

3. Minutes of last meeting.  Signed by Chairman

4. GuestsHCSF welcomed Hawkinge Partnership Manager Deirdre Ferguson who introduced the work of the Partnership Theme Leaflets “Crime & Community Safetyâ€? to all.  Discussion took place reference theâ€? pros and consâ€? of HCSF becoming a direct Sub-Group of the Hawkinge Partnership. The vote of the Forum present was “forâ€?.An event for villagers and groups interested in forming sub-groups will be held at the Village Hall from 2.30 to 8pm o­n 27th January 2005. Further information 01303 852321.

5. Open Forum - Matters Arising.  Brian thought there should be more public awareness of Confidence Tricks and Scams by phone, email, letter and personal callers. Discussion about nuisance phone calls was also brought up. Sally Coleman said she would supply a document discussing the subject and that there were various preference services available to prevent the mass of cold calls, junk mail and pamphlet drops.

6. Partnership Event - HCSF will join Neighbourhood Watch and Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden) o­n a stand to present and inform visitors of safety facilities/services availability and plans for the future enhancement for the village. Hawkinge Delivery Plan will be o­n Display See also Item 4.

7. Safety in the Local Lanes Don Veale told us of his concerns about traffic and the reality of living at a local accident black spot. The dangers to horse riders in the lanes around the village, particularly Gibraltar Lane, Elvington Lane, Colegate Lane and Arpinge. Signs needed. KCC Rights of Way Hazards Chairman to write to Highways Authority and invite representative to next forum.

8. LettersNone received – noted as in our previous letter to authorities that Tesco are still causing obstruction problems o­n A260 at peak usage times.

9. Reports from Neighbourhood WatchSally Coleman having been consulted throughout the forum had nothing else to add. The NHW Executive for Hawkinge is Peter Brun. Misspelled in previous minutes

10. Reports from CouncillorsConsents have been given for various projects including a pub o­n the employment land opposite school, Go ahead for completing the link road and next phase of housing. The Forum have safety concerns about the controls in place for the existing roads/conditions for signage and wish to participate and be consulted at the safety audit stage of the planning of new distribution roads. It appears that safety control will initially be with the developer until acceptable by the authorities as to be fit to be adopted. Chairman to write to Jeff Stack SDC. New EU recycling rules to be adopted – discussion at future forum when safety impact understood. Hawkinge now in a situation of Doctor and Dentist shortage with no funds for or support for a Health Centre. Village car park now under control of Hawkinge Parish Council who’s chairman welcomes villagers proposals for future use and paving ideas for the benefit of the village. The untidy and dangerous cement blocks at the back of the Car Park are the responsibility of the Community Centre/ Village Hall committee (those walking or parking beware) Crosskeys coaches are unable to change their pattern of student pick-up and drop suggested by the Forum due to restrictions route and timetable o­n bussing routes.  o­ngoing consultation about speed restriction changes o­n A260 which is unlikely to be de-trunked to relieve village traffic as the proposed by-pass will be unsuitable as planned. Trucks are still directed from the A2 direction via Hawkinge to the Channel Tunnel.  From April 2005 SDC will no longer be responsible for Highways as KCC take the service back into house including staff and contractors. “To take advantage of closer links with Parish and Town Councilsâ€?

11. Report from Community WardenIan gave a full breakdown of crime figures. 2003/2004 Mostly showing deceases in figures but notably Burglary, Shoplifting, Pedal cycle Theft and Violence Against the Person o­n the increase. The Forum were particularly unhappy with the last result as it did not separate figures for Violence Outside the Home & Domestic Violence which we believe to be the majority of the number. Anti Social Behaviour not mentioned. Criminal Damage has decreased but the Hawkinge Partnership papers indicate that Criminal Damage, Anti Social Behaviour and Domestic Violence increased during 2003/2004. Ian was asked for more details at the next meeting. Nuisance caused by youths playing football in inappropriate places is under observation.

12. Any other business. Chris will give Deirdre Ferguson the names of Forum members supporting their stand at the Taking Part – Making Changes event o­n 27th January at the Village Hall.

13. Next Meeting.Thursday 10th March 2005 Churchill School staff room  7pm to 9pm

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.

 


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 11 November 2004

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2005 - 01:32 PM

HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM (HCSF)

Minutes of Meeting 11th November  2004 at Churchill School


1.    Introductions.

Present:
Chris Ashman (Chairman), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Brian Marshall, Deidre Lawton, Perry Hayward,  Deidre Ferguson & Jan Doyle (The Hawkinge Partnership), Martin Kennell & Jan Tester (Tesco).

2.    Apologies:

Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer), PC Trevor Moody, Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter).

3.    Minutes of last meeting.

Signed by Chairman. Due to meetings being 2 months apart, it was agreed that minutes from meetings would be posted on our webpage at the Hawkinge Gazette http://www.localrags.co.uk once approved as to be accurate by the Chair and 2 members of the forum

4.    Report From Local Police Officer

PC Moody unable to be present due to classes of duty.see Community Warden report. PC Moody will in the future only attend meetings when he is specifically needed or wishes to bring a subject to the forum.

5.    Guests

HCSF welcomed Hawkinge Partnership Manager Deidre Ferguson who introduced the Theme Leaflets “Crime & Community Safetyâ€?  to all.  Indications that Criminal Damage, Anti Social Behaviour and Domestic Violence increased during 2003/2004. The Partnership wishes to work with residents associations, Neighbourhood Watch and improve links and cooperation between community, police and other agencies. The Partnership looks to the possibility of HCSF being a direct link as a sub-group. The Parnership office buildings are to be built next to Tesco and will be manned by Deidre and an office manager as a communication and help point linking the village and agencies. The needs of the village and funding of required projects wil be directed from the offices which are due to be launched 2nd April 2005.

An event for villagers and groups interested in forming sub-groups will be held at the Village Hall  from 2.30 to 8pm on 27th January 2005. Further information 01303 852321.

6.    Letters Ref. School Safety, Parking in Village - Tesco

Chris Introduced Martin Kennell by giving a resume of the problems surrounding the Tesco “One Stop Shop� referring to the forum letter written 2nd August 2004 to Cllr. David Callahan - Cllr. Peter Smith, Phillapa Janaway ( KCC Road Safety Officer) - The Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC MP - Brian McAndrew (Chief Executive SDC) - Robert Beck ( Highways SDC) - John Palmer (County Member) - Cllr. Christena Smith - Cllr. Richard King KCC - Jan Doyle (Chair, Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership).

Martin gave a short talk upon the improvements already made by himself and his policy concerning intimidation to his customers by groups of youths and sales of alcohol, The situation has improved since his appointment as manager of the store.  Martin agreed that there was a concern about timing of the stores’ delivery vehicles clashing with school busses and dropping-off and collection of children at the primary school, he said he will look into it. Martin felt sure that Tesco would cooperate with the village about delivery arrangements and would appreciate alternatives as the village changes. Perry said that Tesco delivery vehicles were double parked out side of the shop one morning last week causing obstruction to through traffic.

7.    Open Forum - Matters Arising.

Jan Tester asked if Crosskeys could be asked to change their collection and pick-up point for Pent Valley and Brockhill School to the bottom of Aerodrome Road as over 50% of the children come from that direction, this would reduce congestion. The rear of the Community Centre was also suggested as an alternative. Cllr. Peter Smith had already said at a previous meeting that he would talk to Education authorities about the problem but he has not reported back to the forum. Ian said he will attempt to find answers to the pick-up points problem above by talking to the Education Office. Perry concerned about the danger to horse riders in the lanes around the village, particularly Gibraltar Lane and Elvington Lane. Signs needed. Residents at the double bends on Gibraltar Lane have already seen some nasty accidents. The bends and are at the junction of a popular throughway for riders.

8.    Reports from Neighbourhood Watch

Sally Coleman was unfortunately able to attend this evening.
The New Neighbourhood Watch Executive for Hawkinge is Peter Broom.

9.    Reports from Councillors

No councillors attended the meeting.

10.    Report from Community Warden

Although problems with village youth has been a concern over the past year, it is only the select few that cause trouble and are in general known. There have been as many as 8 calls per week due to problems at Tesco. Crime is rapidly decreasing in Hawkinge. Cycling Proficiency Classes are being held regularly at both of the schools. The Partnership will have a “Youth Sub Group� to look into the needs of these children. Parts of Hawkinge are designated as Designated Dispersal Areas where those causing obstruction and nuisance can be dealt with and a curfew for young children is imposed. This restriction is not permanent. Ian promised a full breakdown of crime figures at the next meeting.

11.    Any other business.
Attendees of the recent Parish Council meeting revealed that it appears that the Village Hall car park does not belong to the Village Hall, but to SDC,  Chris welcomed the news as it may now be possible to get the car park repaired and made a homogenous part of the Village. It is noted that current parking arrangement on the A260 restricts the view of drivers leaving the Village Hall car park.

12.    Next Meeting.

Thursday 13th January Hawkinge Community Centre  3pm to 5pm

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 2 September 2004

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2004 - 10:41 AM



HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM (HCSF)

Minutes of Meeting Thursday 2nd September 2004 at Churchill School

1. Introductions.

Present:

Chris Ashman (Chairman), Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Jan Doyle (Chair. The Hawkinge Partnership), Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Janet Hutchings, Brian Marshall

Apologies:Diedre Lawton, Perry Hayward, Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter), PC Trevor Moody, Cllr. Richard King KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

2. Minutes of last meeting.  Signed by Chairman.

3. Open Forum - Matters Arising.

4. Report From Local Police Officer

PC Moody unable to be present see Community Warden report.

Guests and Letters Ref. School Safety

On the 2nd August 2004 a letter of our concerns for our children and an invitation to attend the forum was sent by the Chairman to -Cllr. David Callahan - Chairman Hawkinge Parish Council - Cllr. Peter Smith Phillapa Janaway - KCC Road Safety Officer - The Rt. Hon. Michael Howard QC MP - Brian McAndrew, Chief Executive SDC - Robert Beck – Highways SDC - John Palmer – County Member - Cllr. Christena Smith - Cllr. Richard King KCC - Jan Doyle - Chair. – Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership.

Letters of reply and support have been received from

Richard King KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport with offers of support

Jan Doyle - Chair. – Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership who also attended the forum and promised to bring our concerns to the attention of the Hawkinge partnership at their meeting o­n the 9th September 2004.

No other recipients replied or attended.

5. Matters Arising – Open Forum.

The Hawkinge Partnership is looking into an overall plan for the village centre & car parking. Safety and parking was a primary concern identified at the last meeting of Partnership.

There is concern about the village plan and actual progress.

An exercise at the Hawkinge fun day “Three Wishesâ€?) discovered a prime concern of lack of facilities for Youth, Parking and Health and Safety. Long grass o­n roundabouts perceived as a motoring hazard.

Chairman to follow up by phone to Parish Council. Forum wishes to reminded all, that the Parish Council should be contacted by any villagers with safety concerns.

Offer accepted from the Hawkinge Gazette to publish Agenda, Minutes and notices o­n their website.

A discussion o­n the safety needs of the village with or without the completion of the proposed bypass ensued.

The Fun Day o­n 24th July o­n Green was a great success, many villagers attending with their children.

6. Neighbourhood Watch.

Sally gave a report o­n NHW activities in the village and around the area.

NHW Conference 9th October at Police Headquarters 10am to 3pm.

Message this month is to be very aware of scams and frauds prevalent in phone calls, junk mail and emails from unknown persons and companies claiming you have won something. The first obvious clue is:� if you didn’t enter it you can’t win it�. The voluntary phoning back to an 09 number can cost more than you bargained for.

The NHW “Handy Van Scheme “ is very busy supporting the elderly and vulnerable persons.

7. Report from Community Warden

Parking o­n and obstructing pavements is an offence. Burglary suspects have been arrested.

Parts of Hawkinge are being designated as Designated Dispersal Areas where those causing obstruction and nuisance can be dealt with and a curfew for young children is imposed.

News o­n ASBO’s.

Discussion o­n wants and needs for the youth of the village.

Damage to the Village Hall.

Ian has made a presentation to school leavers this term.

On the 16th October there will be a Free Security/Safety Day at the Community Centre where bicycles can be marked and villagers can obtain security information.

Kent Fire Brigade will be o­n hand to give safety in the home advice and fire alarm advice.

There will be the introduction of Community Safety Surgeries – more details later. Ian introduced the forum to the personal alarms proposed to be given to vulnerable people in Hawkinge when funds are available.

8. Reports from Councillors

No councillors attended the meeting.

9. Any other business.

Suggested invitees to our next meeting Deirdre Ferguson (HNMP) and the Manager of The Tesco Store. All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.

10. Next Meeting.  .

No Meeting in October

Thursday 11th November at Churchill School 7pm - 9pm


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Minutes 15th July 2004

Contributed by ChrisAshman on Sep 09, 2004 - 09:12 PM

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HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM (HCSF)

<P align=center>Minutes of Meeting 15th July 2004 at Churchill School

1. Introductions.

Present:

Chris Ashman (Chairman), Diedre Lawton, Perry Hayward, Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Janet Hutchings,

2.  Apologies:

Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter), PC Trevor Moody, Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Jan Doyle (Chair. Hawkinge Partnership). Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer)Note – A special meeting of the council prevented councillors attending.

3.   Minutes of last meeting. 

Minor error corrected. Accepted. Signed by Chairman.

4.   Open Forum - Matters Arising.

Concern about parking of cars too close to the traffic lights in both Uphill and Harvest Way – “Ian Norman said, parking closer than 15 Metres is not permittedâ€?. Offenders should be reported initially to Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), by telephone 07811 271303Forum to apply for Community Chest /Hawkinge Partnership funds to supply village schoolchildren with Safety Armbands or Discs ready for Autumn term, and at another date to purchase Personal Alarms for vulnerable villagers –Discussion took place about the safety message to be printed o­n the Alarms.  Possibility of sponsorship to meet same ends. Action: Ian who has application forms

The success of the Hawkinge Gazzette www.localrags.co.uk website as an additional medium for Safety matters is recognised and applauded o­n its success with its poll about a 20mph limit for residential roads. Response 97% in favour. Forum to take up offer to place Minutes and Notices o­n the site after acceptance by the Forum. Action: Chris to contact Terry

Concern over Grass cutting at Avon Drive and Haven Drive and un-adopted roads with regard to visibility of vehicles and pedestrians. Action Chris to Contact Parish Council

Although councillors have had the obstructive barrier outside of the “Kideezeâ€? Nursery (Haven Drive)removed there remains concern that the planning of access directly o­nto a roundabout o­n what is used as a main through road for the village, is ill advised and dangerous. Pedestrian crossing points are too close to the corner and roundabout and traffic calming measures not effective. Future expected use of the “Employment Landâ€? with make this a most serious “Black Spotâ€? and a danger to our children. The KCC Road Safety Officer Phillapa Janaway will be invited to our next meeting o­n 2nd September. Janet and Ian have offered to show the officer around o­n foot.

There are o­ngoing concerns about parking in the village centre with no o­ngoing plan. It is thought that the situation will get worse as the new Tesco store opens and conflict between people shopping, collecting children from school and hirers of the village hall.

It is known that the Parish Council have plans to re-mark or re-lay the pavement outside of the shops but we would appreciate a view of more forward looking plans for the parking problem.

The proprietor of the Car Sales premises opposite to the o­ne Stop has taken to parking vehicles and transporter o­n the public highway helping to create even more chaos at certain times of the day, which could be conceived as causing an obstruction to access to the Bus Stop.Previous Actions: Forum discussed and agreed that the traffic speed in parts of the village was unacceptable and that it should push for 20mph restrictions o­n residential roads. Ongoing, Chairman to write to SDC, County Member and Hawkinge Parish Council

Danger to schoolchildren going to and from school area; Aerodrome Rd. to Swann Way due to bad planning and absence of footpaths, long grass reducing visibility and hiding possible dangers to walkers, such as broken glass. Parental Advice required. Parish Council has taken action where notified, so action all –

Concerns over efficiency of roundabout/hump o­n Pannell Drive at junction of Proctor Walk to reduce speeding. In hand with Parish Council 

5.   Report From Local Police Officer

PC Moody unable to be present see Community Warden report..

6.   Report from Community Warden 

Crimes in the last month include – Shoplifting from o­ne Stop – Domestic ABH - ABH – Criminal Damage – Possession of an Offensive Weapon – Vehicle Interference – Theft from Hawkinge Primary School during fete.

A substantial % of the crimes have solved.  - 5 cases of fly tipping. Any vehicle seen carrying builders waste to be reported to Ian.

Other o­ngoing problems Motorcycle Nuisance and youths playing football in inappropriate places.

Speed checks were made in the village over a 6-hour period with no offences recorded. CCTV cameras are to be used in appropriate places for maximum use.

Attempted burglary at Stansfeld Ave. Any concerns and clues to Ian Norman Tel. No. above.

7.  Neighbourhood Watch.

Sally Coleman’s (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer )reports via Chairman. Committee to note that her email address is cso.sek@kent.pnn.police.uk not the o­ne previously given.

Some reports from the past month

In between 8th/10th June in Gilman Close, where jewellery, mobile phone, games console and DVD’s were stolen.  An arrest has been made in respect of this crime. 

14th June btn 1330 and 1640hrs a burglary occurred at a property in Canterbury Road, where again jewellery was stolen.  Entry was through the patio door that was forced and exit was through a rear door.

Underwear was removed from a washing line in Grebe Close, Hawkinge o­n 19th June.

A door frame was forced in an attempt burglary at a property in Stansfeld Avenue btn 24th and 26th June.

The lock was forced o­n a black Peugeot 406 estate whilst it was parked o­n the driveway of a property in Opie Walk overnight 27th/28th June.

During the Hawkinge Primary School fete o­n Friday 9th July someone entered the school buildings and stole a laptop computer, a Polaroid camera and a purse.  Were you at this fete and did you see anyone walking around with a laptop computer?.

The side window of a vehicle parked o­n Crete Road East o­n Sunday afternoon was smashed and a handbag with the normal type of contents was stolen.  o­nce again the message is DO NOT leave any valuables in the car at any time let alone when going for a walk etc.

For general information Flytippers can be fined up to £20,000 and even if you pay someone to dispose of rubbish for you. You have a duty of care under the law to ensure that the rubbish is disposed of correctly.  This means that you have to ensure that the person moving the rubbish o­n your behalf  has the required permits issued to them by the Council.  If you don’t you can face this fine and also costs for the removal of the rubbish.  Best advice is to ALWAYS ask for a receipt when you pay the contractor.

8.   Reports from Councillors

A special meeting of the council prevented councillors attending.

9.   July Fair

24th July o­n The Green. The councillors have set budget. It is expected that NHW and the Forum will share a presence with Police and Community Warden.

10.  Any other business. 

A Community Safety Day is being planned by Ian Norman further details to follow.Points of Etiquette –

Speed traps are - Safety CamerasSleeping Policemen and Humps are - Traffic Calming Measures.

Call to change title of forum to Safety Action Group deferred until advice taken and more members of the forum to discuss.

11.  Next Meeting. 

No meeting in August 2nd Sept. 7pm - 9pm Churchill School


Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 10 June 2004

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HAWKINGE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM (HCSF)

Minutes of Meeting 10th June 2004 at Churchill School

1. Introductions. 

Present:Chris Ashman (Chairman) Jackie Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter), Martin Ide, Diedre Lawton, Perry Hayward, Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette), Cllr. Dave Callahan, Cllr.Peter Smith, Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Sally Coleman   (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer)

2. Apologies:

PC Trevor Moody, Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Jill Heskett, Harry Preston, Jan Doyle (Chair. Hawkinge Partnership). Janet Hutchings, Helen Reed.  Note – Election DayJean James (Secretary) resigned due to personal commitments. Thanks for her help over the past couple of months. (vacancy)

Thanks to Diedre Lawton for her help in scribing notes for these and the previous minutes.

3. Minutes of last meeting. 

Read by all, as they have not been available for previous distribution. Minor error corrected. Accepted. Signed by Chairman.

4. Open Forum - Matters Arising. 

Terry Scott offered the services of the Hawkinge Gazette website to give publicity for the forum and its initiatives.

Ian Norman felt that the HCSF suggestion box in the chip shop should be moved to the Community Centre. Agreed.

Contents for the month handed to Peter for action.

No signage as yet o­n non-adopted roads.

CCTV to be provided by Hawkinge Partnership?

The Forum discussed and agreed that the traffic speed in parts of the village was unacceptable and that it should push for 20mph restrictions o­n residential roads. 

Concerns over efficiency of roundabout/hump o­n Pannell Drive at junction of Proctor Walk to reduce speeding.

Danger to schoolchildren going to and from school area; Aerodrome Rd to Swann Way due to bad planning and absence of footpaths, long grass reducing visibility and hiding possible dangers to walkers, such as broken glass.

Action: Chris to write to SDC, County Member and Hawkinge Parish Council.Previous actions Janet Hutchings’ concern about parking of cars too close to the traffic lights in both Uphill and Harvest Way - Ian Norman said, parking closer than 15 Metres  is not permitted.

Speedwatch – Peter said no Parish Council had taken up the offer maybe the forum could respond.  6 volunteers are required who would have to fund training, insurance and visibility jackets. Sally added that it is very costly.

Jan Doyle’s concern about Sludge o­n roads from Garden Waste Disposal Unit vehicles – Peter has raised this with the relevant authorities Action All - please monitor and report to Peter. 

5. Report From Local Police Officer

PC Moody unable to be present due to Polls in his patch.

6. Report from Community Warden

Ian Norman said there had been trouble and damage in the centre of the village over the weekend but it was not reported until the Monday. – 2 cases of shoplifting -

A stagecoach bus had o­ne of its windows broken – Airgun incident being investigated - Missing wheelie bins being used for criminal activities or burnt by vandals –

Motorcyclists off-road and in cemetery targeted by Police Special Unit. Report incidents to PC Ian Foster o­n 01304 218130 –

Kids blowing up petrol cans in area overlooked by Spence Close, names wanted -

Young peoples secret meeting places being monitored Forum reiterates that there is a need in the village for a safe meeting place for youngsters.

7. Neighbourhood Watch. 

Sally Coleman responded to the apparent lack of reports to coordinators, that if they do not hear anything then it is due to lack of reported crime.

Crimes exist but are not reported - The press reported that National NHW is suffering cutback but this does not affect Local NHW - It should be noted that opportunist crime is at it’s worst at this time of year due to the victims. Of the 8 burglaries reported this week, all were due to insecure premises. (i.e. doors or windows left open) Cover windows in garden sheds. NHW Association meeting at The Police College Maidstone - 19th October 2004 Subject: Roles, Responsibilities and Reassurances. Book through 01622 654026.

8. Reports from Councillors Peter Smith:

The new initiatives at the Alkham Valley roundabout appear to be working, as there have been no more incidents of vehicles finding themselves in the field.

Peter has been working for a 20mph limit outside of Churchill School, but it may not be as simple as first thought. Bus routes and main through roads cannot normally be restricted below 30mph.

David Callahan: A large section of the A260 will become limited to 50mph next year.

There are still concerns about vehicles parked o­n or obstructing the pavement outside shops. I hour parking restrictions still exist o­n the main road.

No other councillors attended.

Recycling to be discussed as an environmental safety subject.

9. Funding 

To be removed from agenda pending our needs

10. July Fair 24th July o­n Green.

The councillors have set budget. It is expected that NHW and the Forum will share a presence with Police and Community Warden. The NHW Caravan to be booked.

11. Any other business. 

The o­ne-Stop will close 3rd July and re-open as Tesco 3rd August.

Terry as a new visitor was asked for his observations. He thought there was a need for more communication between the village and the forum. There may be a need to find a common interest to hang it o­n. His offer to host news from the forum would be just that. The site would not to wish to comment or condone.

Those attending agreed that future meetings will start at 7pm and finish at as close to 9pm as practical.

Discussion required to set the spacing of future meetings although every 1st Thursday in the month was agreed at last meeting.

Chris To set into next agenda

12. Next Meeting. 

15th July 7pm - 9pm.

No meeting in August

2nd Sept. 7pm - 9pm  



Signed o­n behalf of HCSF …………………………………………… Chairman

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