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Anger over vehicles blocking footpaths in Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2010 - 04:50 PM

Angry residents are complaining about vehicles parking on footpaths and blocking access for pedestrians and wheelchair users.

Party supports 20mph speed limit in residential areas

Contributed by editor on Sep 28, 2009 - 10:48 AM

A campaign to enforce a 20mph speed limit in residential areas in Hawkinge and across the county has been started by the Kent Green Party.

Pressure on KCC for 20mph limit in residential areas could make Hawkinge safer

Contributed by editor on Jun 08, 2009 - 10:15 AM

Kent County Council (KCC) is being challenged to introduce a 20mph countywide speed limit for all residential areas.

Action needed to curb parking near traffic lights in Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Feb 14, 2009 - 12:00 AM

The congestion caused by vehicles parked near to the traffic lights
in Uphill, Hawkinge at the junction with Canterbury Road was raised by a
member of the public at the February meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council.

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Chairman, David Callahan said the matter will be
reported to Kent Highways department.

He commented that buses often found it difficult to turn into uphill and
that vehicles would sometimes need to back up some distance to let a bus

He went on to blame villagers for parking their vehicles there.



Speeding drivers also come from Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Dec 07, 2008 - 01:37 PM

Dear Editor,

Re: Aerodrome Road junction is an accident waiting to happen

Whilst I agree with correspondent John concerning speeding, I am afraid that he is somewhat mislead about the "main offenders".

These people are not always those from outside the village, but comprise a lot of those who should know much better.

Why I followed one just the other morning; I was approaching the traffic lights (at about 20 mph as there were a lot of mothers and children about) when a car not only pulled out in front of me causing me to make an emergency application of my brakes to avoid a collision, but this driver then went on and proceeded to smash the speed limit.

Grumpy regards,


Aerodrome Road junction is an accident waiting to happen

Contributed by editor on Dec 06, 2008 - 12:07 AM

Dear Editor,

I see the police are now monitoring speed in the village, in the hope of 'educating' motorists about the dangers of speeding.

This might work for locals, but the main offenders are bound to be those that see the village as a short cut.

The junction at Aerodrome Road is an accident waiting to happen, and should have a 'stop' sign.

HGV restrictions, a 20mph limit, and less obvious mobile speed cameras would make the village a safer place.

And for those that feel this is another attack on the poor motorist (of whom I am one), then there is a perfectly good by-pass.

Come into the village by all means, but don't use it as a fast rat-run.


Good and about time too!

Contributed by editor on Nov 12, 2008 - 06:12 PM

Dear Editor,

Re:- Watch out - safety cameras detecting phone and seatbelt lawbreakers

Whilst supporting the extended use of traffic safety cameras, does anyone know the status of the 50 mph speed limit in force on the Folkestone end of the M20 (the bit which has been set up in case Operation Stack is required)?

It would be interesting to know this because it appears that the majority of motorists, covering all types, ignore it completely.

If it is in force, should there not be enforcement in place?



Neighbours rush to rescue trapped crash victim

Contributed by editor on May 26, 2008 - 12:17 PM

People living near to the scene of a car crash in Hawkinge on Saturday evening rushed to the rescue of a young man trapped by the vehicle.

The scene on Sunday morning in The Street

Picture by Gazette reader Lou Bolechala

The car in which he was travelling ended up on its side in the front garden of a home in The Street (25 May) .


A local resident told the Gazette that a young man was trapped by the car and people at the scene struggled to lift the vehicle to free him.

The man, who was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, escaped with minor cuts and bruises.

People living on The Street have long campaigned to make the narrow thoroughfare safer for both motorists and pedestrians. Residents have also asked for speed restriction devices from Shepway District Council and Kent County Council to be installed along the road.

Local resident Lou Bolechala said: "Even this morning with the wreckage still in view, motorists were still speeding by, oblivious that speed could lead to oblivion."



Sid will help make parishes' roads safer

Contributed by editor on Apr 12, 2008 - 12:00 AM

Three villages in the Elham Valley have pooled resources to set up a
Speed Watch scheme.

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Parish councils in Lyminge, Elham and Stelling Minnis
have jointly purchased a Speed Indicator Device (SID) which detects the
speed of passing traffic and displays the speed on a large panel for the
driver to see.

Complaints about speeding through villages are all too common but
traffic calming is expensive and often unsightly. It was also clear to
Kent County Council Community Warden, Gary Harrison that this was a
problem affecting a number of villages in the Elham Valley.

County Councillor, Susan Carey, suggested the Speed Watch scheme which
is supported by Kent Police as a way of dealing with speeding across of
a large number of trouble spots. The scheme does not aim to punish
motorists but to remind them of the speed limit and encourage safer

Speed Watch is endorsed by Kent Police and they are training the first
set of volunteers this Saturday (12 April) at Stelling Minnis village

Susan Carey said, ‘Speed Watch empowers local people to deal with
speeding where it matters to them and I hope other communities will
follow the lead taken by Lyminge, Elham and Stelling Minnis.’

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