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Have your say on Hawkinge employment land proposals

Contributed by editor on Sep 29, 2006 - 12:20 AM


Details of proposals for the employment land in Hawkinge have now been published.

The Hawkinge Gazette have asked the Parish Council to hold a presentation of the final draft of the document for villagers to make their comments but we have not, as yet been informed of their decision.

The consultative document which sets out proposals for the detailed implementation of the land for employment purposes and the principles for the development of employment land o­n the site is out for consultation until 26 October.

It is for this reason that we are publishing a link for you to download the documents, to enable you to make your comments to Shepway District Council before the deadline.

Hawkinge West Employment Site, Supplementary Planning Document - Draft forPublic Consultation

Community spirit is down to you

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2006 - 04:54 PM


Dear Ed,

Re: Tit Bits

I find Ralph's attitude similar to all those who think that the local authority can "conjure up" community spirit - the responsibility for its lacking is everyone who lives in the village. 

Anyone of us can make a difference and put in an effort to put something into the local area instead of waiting for "someone else" to do it for us.


Frances did it

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2006 - 12:18 PM


The Principal of the Franze Academy of Modelling and Commercial Dance, Frances Metcalfe has completed a gruelling walk to raise money for breast cancer research. 

A smiling Frances said: "I did it, 36 miles through the streets of London. 

"I walked with 1500 men and women for research for Breast Cancer. I took the challenge because I work with so many young men and women and early detection is so important where any cancer is concerned. 

"If my walks get my students and their friends taking and understanding then every step was worth it. 

"I have to say it was a lot harder than I thought and I was in real pain at the end but I kept thinking I'm might be a size "8" after this so it kept me going."

Shepway get tough on abuse

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2006 - 12:03 PM


A man who shouted abuse at o­ne of Shepway Council’s parking attendants has had to pay more than just his parking fine.

The 46-year-old from Hythe was traced by police investigating an allegation that a man was verbally abusive to a parking attendant at a car park in Hythe. 

He was issued with a £80 fixed penalty notice under section 5 of the Public Order Act, after admitting using words or behaviour that could cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He also had to pay the £30 parking fine for not buying a ticket in the Mount Street Car Park.

In a separate incident, an Environmental Community Officer was slapped o­n the face when she asked a dog owner to leave the beach where a summer dog beach ban was in place. Police investigated but the man could not be traced.

Councillor Hugh Barker, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said the council would take action against anyone who harassed or assaulted a member of its staff. 

“We will not tolerate abusive behaviour against our staff. Parking Attendants have a job to do, enforcing parking restrictions. People might not agree with those restrictions but that is no excuse to subject our parking attendants to harassment, alarm or distress.”

Street cleaning is coming home

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2006 - 11:45 AM


Street cleaning and grounds maintenance are set to return to Shepway Council’s control next year.

The services were taken over by Kent County Council in August 2004 as part of a two-year partnership arrangement at a time when Shepway had huge financial problems.

The then Liberal Democrat council faced tough budget restrictions after its spending was ‘capped’ by the government following its 2004 council tax setting.

Shepway Council Leader, Robert Bliss, thanked KCC for its assistance. “The arrangement came at a time when Shepway’s budget was under a lot of pressure, public toilets were being closed and the grass o­n highway verges was being left to grow.  It was a disaster.

“It is true that we faced problems in the early days following the transfer to Kent but I am fully confident that Shepway Council will be bringing an improving service back in house.”

Cllr Bliss said Shepway Council was now in a more stable position and was seeking to bring street cleaning and grounds maintenance back under the council’s wing in autumn 2007. 

Lib Dem leader, Cllr Lynne Beaumont, has welcomed the news and said: "Bringing street cleaning back under local control is a good step, and I welcome it."

Lost friends and relatives Tony Bambridge

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2006 - 11:19 AM


Victoria Mustafa is trying to find a relative, Tony Bambridge and would appreciate any help from Gazette readers.....

Berry Bambridge was a resident up to August 2001 in Blandford House in Shepherdswell when he passed away aged 86. 

His son is Tony Bambridge whom I believe is married to Sally who came from Hawkinge . They may have a daughter aged about 17 and could have lived in the Hawkinge area. 

They were originally from Camberwell/Peckham in South London and then may have lived in the Putney area. 

Tony was born in 1949. 

The family may have moved to Belgium or Spain and may have worked in the hire business. 

Any information would be much appreciated.


Editors note:-  The Hawkinge Gazette is not a missing persons bureau and will not get investigate any cases. However, we will forward any messages we receive.

If you have any information which you would like passed to Vicky please Email and we will forward your reply.