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Battle looming over Channel tunnel rail link to Germany

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2007 - 09:46 PM

Germany’s state-owned railway company is planning to run passenger trains through the Channel Tunnel in direct competition with Eurostar.

It is understood that Eurotunnel is encouraging the German bid because it is keen to see greater competition and more traffic.

Deutsche Bahn’s plan could see direct trains from London to Cologne in only four hours and to Frankfurt in less than five. Already German ICE high-speed trains are running into Paris the company is keen to extend its network to Britain.

The German operator recently acquired EWS, Britain’s biggest freight train company, which runs up to four services a day through the Channel Tunnel.

Deutsche Bahn is likely to face strong opposition to its plan from Eurostar.

Speaking to the TimesOnline, a Eurotunnel spokesman, when asked whether the company would support a German bid, said: “We have to be very careful because we have a very good relationship with Eurostar. I can’t really answer that at this stage.”


Councillor quits Cabinet post

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2007 - 09:26 PM

Shepway district councillor Carole Waters has quit her seat on the council's Cabinet.

At the full council meeting on Wednesday (31 October), Council Leader, Cllr Robert Bliss, announced the resignation of Cllr Waters from the Cabinet.

Cllr Bliss said that Cllr Waters had resigned for personal reasons.

"I am very sorry that she is not able to continue, having spent some years on the Cabinet, and covering several portfolios from housing through to sport leisure and art.

“She will be missed on the front bench; however she will remain a councillor for New Romney Town," he said.

Cllr Bliss told councillors that she will not be replaced with another Cabinet member and her duties will be covered by the present members.


Go ahead for new Hawkinge health centre

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2007 - 09:06 PM

Plans for a health centre on the employment land off Haven drive have been passed by Shepway District Council.

A similar Health Centre near Herne Bay

The building which includes a pharmacy was passed unanimously at the Development Control committee meeting on Tuesday (30 October).

All North Downs East District councillors supported the development as did county and district councillor Susan Carey.

In August 2006, residents had succeeded in blocking the building of a health centre and pharmacy in woods between Mill Lane and The Street in Hawkinge.

Following a sustained campaign which saw the resurrection of the Hawkinge Civic Society, councillors supported the recommendations of Shepway council officers and threw out the plans.

Get your hands on some police cash

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2007 - 05:44 PM

Local charities are being invited to bid for cash donations from the police property fund.

The fund is built up from the proceeds of lost and recovered unclaimed property sold at auction. and each year the sum is divided up between local groups and charities to help community projects.

Groups can apply for donations to a police panel for consideration.

Applicants should apply in writing and include the organisations name and address, a brief description of its work, what the money is needed for and who cheques should be made out to.

Send applications to Chief Superintendent Steve Harris, area commander, Folkestone Police Station, Bouverie Road West, Folkestone, by Friday, November 9.


Village snippets - 1 November 2007

Contributed by editor on Nov 01, 2007 - 04:19 PM

Compiled by Tony Hutt

Parish Plan - Fun Day consultation

Members of the Parish Council will be at the Community Centre foyer to discuss the outcome of the fun day consultation.

Come along on Monday 12th November 10am to 12pm, Tuesday 13th November 2pm to 4pm, Wednesday 14th November 1pm to 5 pm and on Thursday 15th November 4pm to 7pm or at the final meeting of the week on the same day to collate together the views given on the previous days by the people that attended 7pm to 8pm.

This meeting will be held in The Community Centre Committee room Please come and meet us at one of these sessions, it’s your village and we need your input.

All the items wished for will be considered alongside findings of the Sports and Activities Workshop consultation responses and this way the Parish Council will get a comprehensive picture of what local people would like to see provided with the available money.

Hawkinge and District Gardeners Society

The next meeting of The Hawkinge and District Gardeners Society will be on Wednesday 7th November 7-30 pm at The Hawkinge Village Hall. The speaker for the evening will be from The Brogdale Horticultural Trust, and the subject will be “The National Fruit Collection and it’s work” All member’s and visitors welcome.

Village clean up

Last Saturday 20th October over 70 people of all ages donned yellow jackets and worked through the street’s of Hawkinge in what can only be described as a truly magnificent mass litter pick .Many bags of rubbish were collected. The Parish Council and The Hawkinge Partnership would like to say a very big thank you to all of those people that took part.

Decide if you want a ballot for new councillors

Due to the resignations of two Parish Councillors the people of Hawkinge are asked to decide if they wish to have a ballot to elect new Councillors to the vacant positions. If no ballot is asked for then the Parish Council can itself co-opt any person that is registered on the Hawkinge Parish electoral roll. If you think that a by election is required, then you should send a letter addressed to The Chief Executive, 4th Floor, Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent. CT20 2QY.

All letters must be received by 6th November 2007.

Readers choice for best ferry

Contributed by editor on Oct 31, 2007 - 11:35 PM

SpeedFerries which runs between Dover and Boulogne has been voted Best Ferry Company’ by the readers of The Guardian, The Observer and Guardian Unlimited in their 21st Travel Awards.

A spokesman for SpeedFerries said: 'The scoring of these awards is designed to reward quality, rather than quantity, so it is not surprising that SpeedFerries, a small family run company, has outstripped the stiffest competition from long-established rivals in the industry throughout the UK.'

Since its launch in 2004, the company has won this award twice and also picked up the Best European Crossing Operator award at the Telegraph Travel Awards in 2005.

The company has pledged to continue its commitment to offer cross-Channel prices at an acceptable level and provide a high quality, low cost ferry service for its customers as well as push the limits for traditional ferry operation.

For ferry information:


Stolen metal found in Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Oct 31, 2007 - 11:19 PM

Hawkinge neighbourhood police constable, Trevor Moody is investigating the discovery of some metal objects in undergrowth off Aerodrome Road.

The items include metal sheets 5ft x 4ft, copper piping and 4 gas cylinders.

It is thought the items were stolen and had been left at the location for later collection by the offender.

PC Moody has released a photo of the items and is appealing for anyone who has had the items stolen recently to get in touch with him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Trevor Moody or PCSO Sarah Wallace on 07980 770583 or KCC Warden Tanya Clark on 07811 271303

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