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Let's see some parking commonsense

Contributed by admin on Jun 14, 2004 - 10:03 PM


<FONT color=black>LET'S SEE SOME PARKING COMMONSENSE

Dear Ed
 
Now don't get me wrong.  I don't agree with Traffic Wardens, or whatever you call them nowadays, being assaulted by disgruntled motorists, but I can't help feeling they bring it o­n themselves sometimes.

<FONT color=black>The demise of the yellow banded Warden who operated out of the local police station has to be sadly missed, when you see what has taken their place.

<FONT color=black>His job, or hers as was the case,  was primarily to keep the traffic moving.

<FONT color=black>The point I'm making is that this was their main purpose, and o­nly when cars were causing an obstruction would they get a ticket.

<FONT color=black>I was therefore insensed whilst walking along Sandgate Road in Folkestone to see two of the council employed Wardens,  writing a ticket o­n a delivery van as the driver, who had to park some distance from the shop, was returning to his vehicle.

<FONT color=black>So what,  I hear you say.

<FONT color=black>Well if we return to the purpose of the Traffic Warden, which was to keep traffic moving, why did they ignore the cars which were double parked along Sandgate Road?

<FONT color=black>If these local authority warden persist with their random dispensing of tickets, they will never get the respect of motorist.

<FONT color=black>This has to earned, so please let's see more commonsence and remember, as Shepway Council parking attendants you are there to keep the traffic moving and not to just issue tickets.

<FONT color=black>Or have I got it all wrong?

<FONT color=black>J Cullen


Cuffley attacked after Lib Dems reject lifeline

Contributed by admin on Jun 14, 2004 - 08:34 PM


<FONT color=black>CUFLEY ATTACKED AFTER LIB DEMS REJECT LIFELINE

Following Shepway Council Leader Cllr Linda Cufley's rejection of the plan brokered by local MP Michael Howard with KCC to save the council Ã‚£600,000, Shepway tories are refuting the claims put forward by Cllr Cuffley that the deal did 'not stack up'.

<FONT color=black>They claim Ms Cufley issued her attack o­n the Conservative Party Leader just hours before polling took place in the election for Folkestone Parish Council and the European Elections.

<FONT color=black>In the Conservative press release they said that  Nick Chard, KCC Cabinet member for finance,  explained the savings were vital to council taxpayers across Shepway, and can be made. They say that h<FONT color=black>e has called Ms Cufley's rejection of Mr Howard's plan 'extraordinarily insulting and offhand', after officers from both authorities consulted together to bring the plan about.'

<FONT color=black>Kent County Council Leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart has said that every week that goes by without agreeing to start the savings is costing Shepway residents more money.

<FONT color=black>Shepway's council tax rise last May for the year 2004-5 was 29%, o­ne of the highest in England. 


Kent Police come out tops

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2004 - 01:29 PM


<FONT color=black size=4>KENT POLICE COME OUT TOPS

<FONT color=black>Official tables reveal that Kent is one of the top Police Forces in England and Wales.

<FONT color=black>Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) named the best forces in England and Wales as Kent, Lancashire, Northumbria, Staffordshire and Suffolk, with Merseyside and West Midlands also commended.

<FONT color=black>Two police forces criticised in the wake of the Soham murders, Humberside and Cambridgeshire, were among the worst, along with Cleveland, Nottinghamshire and West Yorkshire.

<FONT color=black>Inspectors examined 23 different activities in each force, and for the first time have awarded a ranking of either excellent, good, fair or poor in 16 areas, including traffic policing, volume crime such as burglary and robbery and reassuring the public.

<FONT color=black>Humberside and Cleveland had the highest number of poor ratings, with six each.

<FONT color=black>Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire were also singled out for their below-average performance.


South East house prices second to London

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2004 - 01:19 PM

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<FONT color=black size=4>SOUTH EAST HOUSE PRICES SECOND TO LONDON

<FONT color=black>The South East is the second most expensive place to buy a property, according to new Government figures.

The average house price in the region now stands at £223,333, while London remains the most expensive place with prices averaging £255,131.

Nationally, prices soared by 4.5% in the month as growth was driven by houses at the bottom end of the market.


New Channel record for Virgin boss

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2004 - 01:12 PM

Sir Richard Branson has today ( 14 June ) smashed another world record when he drove a car across the English Channel.

In perfect condions daredevil Branson set off from Dover early this morning in an amphibious car to make crossing to Calais in just 90 minutes.



Conditions had to be perfect as the vehicle named the 'Aquada' was designed for rivers and lakes, and not the English Channel.



The record was previously held by two Frenchmen who in the 1960s crossed the channel in six hours.


Shepway Euro poll sees Labour vote collapse

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2004 - 12:55 PM


<FONT color=black>SHEPWAY EURO POLL SEES LABOUR VOTE COLLAPSE

Local MEP Mark Watts has lost his seat in the elections for the European Parliament.

<FONT color=black>Nationally there was a big swing to the UK Independance Party with a reduced share in the vote by both Labour and the Conservatives. Shepway saw the Conservative vote drop 1% to 48.4% of votes cast compared with the average 9.3% fall from the 1999 European result. 

<FONT color=black>The Labour Party saw their percentage fall from 19.2% to 10.6% and the Lib Dems share fell by 1% to 11.8% of the
vote. 

<FONT color=black>The biggest gain of the evening in Shepway was made by UKIP who saw their vote increase from 9.6% in 1999 to 16.8% this time.

<FONT color=black>2004 Shepway result

<FONT color=black>BNP - 735 - 2.6%
Christian Peoples Alliance - 115 - 0.4%
Conservatives - 13,823 - 48.4%
England Democracy - 327 - 1.1%
Green - 1,555 - 5.4%
Labour - 3,017 - 10.6%
Liberal Democrat - 3,370 - 11.8%
Peace Party - 169 - 5.9%
Pro Life - 77 - 0.3%
Respect - 85 - 0.3%
Senior Citizens Party - 413 - 1.3%
UKIP - 4,806 - 16.8%
Rhodes (Independent) - 69 - 0.2%

<FONT color=black>Electorate 71,475
Turnout - 28,751 - 40.2%
Spoilt - 192

<FONT color=black>1999 Election Result

Conservative - 9,115 - 49.5%
Labour - 3,547 - 19.2%
Liberal Democrat - 2,364 - 12.8%
Green - 1031 - 5.6%
UKIP - 1,767 - 9.6%
Others - 602 - 3.3%


Are you one of Kent's beautiful people?

Contributed by admin on Jun 11, 2004 - 07:19 PM


<FONT face="" color=black>ARE YOU ONE OF KENT’S BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE?

<FONT color=black>SeaFrance is launching Modelsearch 2004, to find the most beautiful people in the garden of England.

<FONT color=black>The competition, open to both males and females, starts o­n the 19 June with a scouting day at McArthur Glen shopping outlet, Ashford, where industry specialists will be o­n the look out for potential contestants.  The grand final will then be held o­n board the award-winning Dover-Calais ferry, the SeaFrance Rodin, o­n Sunday 11 July. 

<FONT color=black>Depending o­n the age category, contestants will be invited to join the Rodin for either the 12:15 or 16:15 sailings o­n 11 July.  In last year’s event, contestants entered o­ne of four age categories of four to six, seven to ten, 11 to 15 and 16 to 25 years, but due to the popularity of SeaFrance Modelsearch 2003, an additional category of 26 years and over has been included for this year’s competition

<FONT color=black>The lucky winners in each of the categories will not o­nly be awarded McArthur Glen shopping vouchers and Standard Return SeaFrance crossings, but also the unique opportunity to have a modelling contract, test photo shoots for a portfolio and modelling training at <FONT color=blue>Media Modelling’s Franz Academy of Modelling, all courtesy of Media Modelling and Casting Agency, Dover.

<FONT color=black>Would-be models can enter SeaFrance Modelsearch 2004 by either completing the entry form appearing in the Kent Messenger Group newspapers, by visiting the McArthur Glen scouting day o­n 19 June between 1100 and 1500, or from today via the website at seafrance.com.

<FONT color=black>Commenting o­n the SeaFrance Modelsearch 2004, Robin Wilkins, managing director of SeaFrance said:  “We are delighted that last year’s event was such a success and that we can hold this competition for the second year running.  Who knows we may have the next Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell in our midst.  It is a great day out for every contestant and their friends and family.â€? 


Make your escape plans

Contributed by admin on Jun 11, 2004 - 05:56 PM

<FONT color=black size=4>MAKE YOUR ESCAPE PLANS

<FONT color=black>Fire can strike anywhere at anytime, so be prepared warns Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

<FONT color=black>In line with a national campaign starting o­n June 15, KFRS is reminding the people in Kent that, in the event of fire, the priority is to get out, stay out and call the firefighters out. Speed is vital so formulating an escape plan will enable you to leave your home quickly and calmly.

<FONT color=black>Steve Demetriou, Head of Community Fire Safety said: "Everyone pushes the thought of fire to the back of their minds but, if it happens, it really does pay to be prepared. Fire escape plans must be prepared in advance and discussed with everyone in the household. They should include exit routes from the home and a room to remain in should all exits be blocked. Importantly, make sure everyone knows the plan, and practise it with children."

<FONT color=black>When formulating your escape plans, consider the following tips:

<FONT color=black>* The best escape route is the normal way in and out of the home

<FONT color=black>* Always decide upon a different route, in case the normal o­ne is blocked

<FONT color=black>* Keep all escape routes clear

<FONT color=black>* If there is a fire, shout to raise the alarm, get everyone together, follow your plan and get out

<FONT color=black>* If you can’t escape, it’s safer to stay in the home. Try and choose a room with a window and a phone

<FONT color=black>* Close the door, sealing the bottom with towels or bedding, open a window and call the fire service

<FONT color=black>* If you are o­n the ground or first floor, escape may be possible through a window. Never jump, lower yourself to arms length and drop to the ground

<FONT color=black>* Keep doors closed at night -this will help to delay the spread of fire and smoke

<FONT color=black>* o­nce outside, don’t go back in to the home for any reason -call the Fire Service from the nearest telephone

<FONT color=black>* Always ensure home is fitted with smoke alarms (ideally o­ne o­n each floor), check the batteries every week and replace them every year

<FONT color=black>If you have any concerns about fire safety issues in your home, or require any further advice please call your local fire safety office or Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Fire Safety Team o­n 01622 698360.


LibDems lose support in Shepway Parish Elections

Contributed by admin on Jun 11, 2004 - 03:14 PM


<FONT color=black size=4>LIBDEMS LOSE SUPPORT IN SHEPWAY PARISH ELECTIONS

<FONT color=black>Local Liberal Democrat prospective councillors had a night to forget when they failed to win a single seat in Sandgate and picked up o­nly four of the eighteen up for grabs in Folkestone.

<FONT color=black>Below are the full results:

Folkestone Cheriton (Turnout - 33.5%)
Gane

Hall J

Jenner

Renshaw

Smith

ESymes

Lib Dem  

Lib Dem          

Cons       

Lib Dem                

Go Folk                

Go Folk

598E

455    

732E

462

630E

595

 

Folkestone East (31.1%)
Andrews

Fell

Lidsay

Richdale

Sanger

Lib Dem

Go Folk   

Go Folk            

Cons      

Lib Dem               

297 E

293

263

413 E

273

 

Folkestone Foord (30.5%)
Marsh

Reed

Robertson

Shal

LibDem

Go Folk

LibDem

Go Folk

541E

423

517E

386

 

Folkestone Harbour (35.4%)
Begent

Hooley

LeFanu

Miles            

Go Folk

LibDem

LibDem

Cons

513E

407

324

508E

 

Folkestone Harvey Central (33.9%)
Eday

Fox

Masters

Theobald

LibDem

Go Folk

LibDem

Cons

180

587E

283

632E

 

Folkestone Harvey West (33.9%)
Bunting

Buss

Moss

Wheeler

Cons

LibDem

GoFolk

Cons

886E

255

401

811E

 

Folkestone Morehall (44.1%)
Baley

Buss

Hassett

Wallace

LibDem

LibDem

Cons

Go Folk

276

255

797E

585E

 

Folkestone Park (41.2%)
Berry

Dickinson

McNeice

Newcombe

Pryor

Wicken

Go Folk

Ind

LibDem

Cons

LibDem

Go Folk

906E

667

375

1079

357

726

 

Sandgate Village Ward (41.4%)
Bliss

Bushell

Cowell

Crocker

Greenwall

Huzzy

MacMillan,J

MacMillan,R

Mahon

Miller

Noonan

Wells

Whiffin

Cons

Ind

Ind

LibDem

Cons

Ind

Cons

Cons

Cons

Ind

Cons

Ind

Cons

 

475E

259

304

133

401E

225

493E

421E

124

285

415E

319

475E

Sandgate Valley Ward (41.8%)
Bailey

Day

Lyle

Lyons

Cons

Cons

Lib

Cons

205E

220E

112

173E

 

Make up of Folkestone Council

Conservative 8
Go Folkestone 6
Liberal Democrat 4

Make up of Sandgate Council

Conservative 11


Get walking this summer

Contributed by admin on Jun 10, 2004 - 03:41 PM


GET WALKING THIS SUMMER

Everyone can get out and enjoy the delights of Kent's countryside and coast this summer.

Kent County Council has just published a second pack called Walks for all in Kent and Medway featuring eight walks ranging from 0.45 mile (0.7 kilometres) to 7.4 miles (12 km). Each route has been carefully chosen to provide access for disabled people, parents with pushchairs and people with visual impairments or restricted mobility.

Most are o­n well-surfaced paths, though some are more challenging. The pack gives clear, coloured route maps and descriptions that show the surface types, slopes and facilities available at each site.

The walks are at Beacon Wood country park between Dartford and Gravesend, Camer country park near Meopham, along the Medway and Thames estuary at Grain, from Minnis Bay at Birchington to Reculver, beside the Royal Military Canal at Hythe, through Hamstreet woods near Ashford, Hemsted Forest near Benenden and from Tonbridge to Haysden.

Copies of the Walks for all pack are available from KCC Access Development Team o­n (01622) 221526, by emailing walkkent@kent.gov.uk or via www.kent.gov.uk/countrysideaccess. Alternately, contact the sportslink project o­n (01622) 605052 or via www.kentsport.org/disability_sportslink.html