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Trust helps rural crime plan

Contributed by admin on Jun 27, 2004 - 11:57 PM

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<FONT color=black size=4>TRUST HELPS RURAL CRIME PLAN<FONT color=black>

<FONT color=black>A neighbourhood-watch style network for rural communities in south east Kent is getting extra help from the National Trust and Rights of Way Officers.

The Trust - which owns the famous Langdon Cliffs near Dover - has signed up to the Country Eye project.

The scheme means that their staff will report any suspicious activity in the area to the police.

Five four three two One Stop

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2004 - 07:49 PM

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<FONT color=black>The o­ne Stop convenience store finally shuts its doors o­n Sunday 4th July and will re-open as Tesco Express on 2nd August.

<FONT color=black>During that period newspapers will be available at the Hawkinge Village Hall between 8.00am and 10.00am daily.

Work is due to be completed shortly  on the footpath between Canterbury Road and the Post Office in the Community Centre.

Shepway scheme to protect foreign students

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2004 - 06:28 PM


<FONT color=black>Police and schools in Folkestone have been working to make sure hundreds of young overseas students have a safe and successful stay in the area.

Large numbers of foreign students visit every summer to improve language skills and experience a different culture.

A number of "safe havens" have been set up in the town's retail outlets so that students can seek help if they need it.

Alert over tyre slashing

Contributed by admin on Jun 26, 2004 - 09:06 AM

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<FONT color=black size=4>ALERT OVER TYRE SLASHING<FONT color=black>

<FONT color=black>Tyre-slashing vandals are costing motorists in the South East thousands of pounds, according to the AA.

The motoring organisation said the vandals often target particular groups, such as 4x4 drivers or commuters taking up residential parking.

A spokesman said: "We advise motorists who have tyres deliberately slashed to report the incident to the police."

Howard blunder causes Tories to backtrack

Contributed by admin on Jun 24, 2004 - 05:05 PM

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The Tories have admitted Michael Howard had been wrong to claim o­ne of his Folkestone and Hythe constituents had waited 20 months for cancer treatment.

The Conservative leader made the blunder in the Commons when he launched an attack o­n Labour's health record.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust revealed that the longest wait for radiotherapy was 20 weeks not months.

The health secretary John Reid said Mr Howard should apologise to the NHS trust after they said the longest wait for any of their cancer patients was 14 weeks.

Artwork launch gets MP's seal of approval

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2004 - 11:23 PM


<FONT color=black>An artwork exhibition produced by people with learning difficulties will be launched  o­n Saturday 3 July at the Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library with Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard and Kent County Council's Shepway Local Board Chairman Chris Capon.

<FONT color=black>The exhibition entitled Kentish Life has been put together by Canterbury Oast Trust - a charity which provides opportunities for people with learning difficulties. Artwork in the exhibition has been produced in art and craft workshops organised by the charity and features a range of media including textiles, collage, batik, paintings and sculpture. Mr Howard, who is the charity's patron, will make a short speech at the launch.

<FONT color=black>Kent County Council's Cabinet Member for Community Services Sarah Hohler said: "The Canterbury Oast Trust does lots of valuable charity work in Kent so I am delighted that this artwork will go o­n display at Folkestone Library. I would encourage everyone to come along to the library and visit the gallery to see this great exhibition."

<FONT color=black>Following the launch, the Kentish Life exhibition will be o­n display at the Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone Library for eight weeks.

Views sought on Hythe Sports Centre plan

Contributed by admin on Jun 23, 2004 - 11:17 PM


<FONT color=black>More than 2,000 people living around South Road Recreation Ground in Hythe are being given the chance to have their say about plans for a new sports centre on the site.

<FONT color=black>Shepway Council in partnership with Hythe Town Council has produced a questionnaire showing seven possible places on the recreation ground where the new centre could be located.

<FONT color=black>The questionnaire has also gone to schools and sports clubs across the district

<FONT color=black>Copies of the questionnaire are available from the Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Hythe Town Council offices in Stade Street and Hythe Library. It will shortly be available o­n Shepway Council’s website: <FONT color=black>

<FONT color=black>Completed surveys must be returned to Shepway Council or Hythe Town Council by 5 July 2004.

<FONT color=black>Both Hythe Town Council and Shepway Council are committed to bringing modern, state-of-the-art sports facilities to Hythe and Folkestone. The partnership project has already secured nearly £10 million PFI credits from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

<FONT color=black>Hythe’s proposed new sports centre will provide a four-court sports hall, six-lane 25-metre pool with spectator seating, learner pool, 50-station gym, dance studio, creche, meeting room, bar, café and wet, dry and outdoor changing rooms.