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Tit Bits - 3 July 2006

Contributed by editor on Jul 03, 2006 - 12:08 AM

Less waste not more should be Shepway's goal...

I thought the point of recycling was to cut down on the amount of waste. My interpretation is somewhat at odds to Cllr Shirley Newlands, Cabinet Member for the Environment for Shepway council who is advocating double wrapping food waste before it is put in the wheelie bin and with a belt and braces approach she also ensures her bin is lined. Not quite so much of a saving in resources Cllr Newlands.

County and District Councillor Susan Carey will not be looking for another Westminster seat after failing to make the top six of prospective candidates for Folkestone and Hythe. Susan's foray into national politics was cut short by local Tories deciding to choose Cameron's 'A' listed candidates over locals. Susan will not be looking elsewhere, as she has made it clear she was only ever interested in Howard's seat. 

If you were offered a new garden path for nothing or a very similar one which you would pay for
, which would you go for? There's not much doubt in my mind, nor yours I think. But posing the same question to the Parish Council and substituting 'garden path' for 'pathway between the Community Centre and Canterbury Road', would you have thought they decided in favour of the free pathway? No, they went for the other option, but then its not their money they will be spending, its yours.

I don't know whether the majority of new residents would remember Hawkinge for its airfield or the strong winds which seem to blow incessantly during the winter. So was it because of the village's micro climate or the RAF link that the new road into Lidl has been named Hurricane Way?

Loaded question or not? Shepway's 'referendum' over a new swimming pool/sports centre for Hythe asked the question ‘Faced with the closure of a worn out swimming pool in Hythe, do you want a ‘state of the art’ sports centre and swimming pool o­n the South Road Recreation Ground as the o­nly financially viable alternative?’ 1,843 voted yes and the votes cast for ‘no’ was 811. My only surprise was that a reported 25.2% actually bothered to vote. Mind you working o­n their figures it does mean that only 17% of the electorate actually supported the idea. Not the overwhelming endorsement they were hoping for methinks.

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