At last, crossings for Shepway's fatal crash railway

Contributed by editor on Jan 10, 2006 - 09:02 PM


Plans to put level crossing barriers on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch railway line are scheduled to be discussed later in the month after two fatal accidents at unguarded crossings on the line.

In August 2003, Kevin Crouch died when the train he was driving collided with a car on the crossing at Burmarsh and in July 2005 engine driver Suzanne Martin was killed at the Dungeness Road crossing when her train also collided with a car. 

There are 13 crossings in total and it is hoped they will all have barriers in due course but initially three barriers costing almost £100,000 each are hoped to be sited at Botolph's Bridge, Battery Road and Burmash Road, where the first accident occurred. 

According to police, motorists have have still been ignoring red warning lights at the crossings, despite the accidents.

Railway management will have talks with Kent County Council in an attempt to raise some of the cash.

Gurkhas taught to be more gentle

Contributed by editor on Jan 10, 2006 - 08:37 PM

As an introduction to prepare for civilian life, a security company has begun training the Army's most ferocious and hardy fighters to become kind and polite doorstaff.

Instead of their normal jungle combat training or the mountains of their Himalayan homeland, the Gurkhas will be coached by Train 4 Security in how to work at nightclubs and pubs.

Conflict in the past often meant the Gurkhas' using their famous Kukri knife, but the training company from Droitwich, Worcestershire is trying a more gentle approach.

Fifteen members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles will be among the first from their regiment to receive initial four-day training programme, which will result in a Security Industry Authority licence, needed to work in the industry.

Captain's actions could have caused catastrophic consequences

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2006 - 12:09 AM


The Captain of a Panamanian registered coaster has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 following an incident in the Dover Strait on New Years Day.

Yuriy Moskalenko, from the Ukraine, pleaded guilty to a breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (conduct endangering ships, structures or persons) after his vessel was seen to steer an eratic course through the channel.

The coaster ‘Dreamer 1’ had left Kings Lynn bound for Plymouth on the 31 December 2005 with a cargo of scrap, it was seen making several large alterations of course over a period of nearly three hours and passed very close to the Sandettie Light Vessel.

It was claimed that the vessel had suffered a steering gear failure and that it was ‘safer’ to continue steaming at 4 to 7 knots rather than stopping the vessel while sorting out the problem. It was also claimed that there was a problem with the VHF radio on the ‘Dreamer 1’, however there was a back up and several portable VHF radio available. 

In passing sentence the Magistrates said: “Obvious consequences of this incident could have been catastrophic, actions of others and good fortune meant that nothing happened.�

Spike Hughes, Dover Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre Manager, stated: “By carrying on as he did the Master of the ‘Dreamer 1’ placed his own vessel and other shipping at risk. He also nearly damaged a major navigational aid. Mechanical problems on vessels in the Dover Strait are not unknown. The best action in this case would have been to stop the vessel and inform CNIS of the problem. �

Kicking off the New Year in fine form

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2006 - 12:09 AM



Kicking off the New Year, the Hawkinge under 15's are continuing there
fine form seen before the Christmas break.

They met up with Monkton Youth Colts in a league match on a pitch that had
already taking a battering from the Sunday Senior side.

The steady fall of rain and the pitch conditions brought out the best in the
Hawkinge youngsters as they pressed home three good goals to win the match.

Hawkinge 3, Monkton Youth 2

Goals scorers for Hawkinge: Oliver Davies 2, Ryan Metten.

The Sunday side were drawn against Farriers Athletic from Deal in the 4th
Round of the Kent FA Division Four, Sunday Cup Competition.

This was a tightly fought game with Hawkinge nearly clinching the winner with
just 2 minutes of full time remaining, but the Farriers fought back to score
again making it 2-2.

Extra time was played with each side scoring a further goal apiece but the
draw now means a replay next week.

Farriers 3 Hawkinge 3

Hawkinge scorers: Eamonn Elelem, James Cross, David Chilvers

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Council blocks further development

Contributed by editor on Jan 08, 2006 - 12:06 PM



Swingfield Parish Council (SPC) has succeeded in blocking further development on land adjacent to 385 Canterbury Road, Densole, known locally as Black Horse Meadow, after plans for 98 homes on the site were withdrawn by developers.

The parish council made an application to Shepway District Council (SDC) for a Direction under Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 to remove permitted development rights to the field.

The application was agreed at a district council Cabinet meeting last week(4 January).

The order will take immediate effect and has given delegated authority to the Director of Regulatory Services to take away all permitted development rights.

Shepway Council took this prompt action as it agreed with SPC that the developer was actively marketing the site both locally on advertising boards and on the internet.

Acting Chairman of Swingfield Parish Council Cllr Colin Tearle said: " This is most welcome news for the residents of Densole.

"The quick action by the parish and district councils clearly demonstrates their resolve. I believe this is the first time this action has ever been implemented by Shepway Council."

Am I a man or a woman?

Contributed by editor on Jan 07, 2006 - 01:53 PM

AM I A MAN OR A WOMAN? - Hawkinge Acrise and Paddlesworth WI

There was a very good attendance for the first meeting of the year with thirty seven brave souls turning out on a rather unpleasant day. 

After wishing everyone a very Happy New Year, extending birthday greetings to Mesdames Philcox and Quinn and welcoming our youngest ever guest, the grandson of Barbara Newton (who I might add behaved impeccably throughout the afternoon and was a joy to have in attendance), singing Jerusalem and business we got down to the main attraction of the afternoon – “The Yearly Beetle Driveâ€?. 

This causes much confusion and hilarity at first – am I a man or a woman? which way should I go round the tables? - but soon every one settles down and the need to throw a six to “startâ€? took over! It certainly helps to drive away the January blues and lots of laughter can be heard all round, and I’m quite sure there was no cheating!! 

After a rather lengthy time totting up the scores (has anyone got a calculator?) our four winners were announced two with the highest scores and two with the lowest. 

Then it was time for tea and a chance to catch up with friend’s news of the festive season. 

“Bring and Shareâ€? is the order of the day and there was certainly plenty of choice for everyone. The whole afternoon was hugely enjoyable and got the New Year off to a flying start. 

Carole Seabrook won the monthly competition of “A Homemade Festive Hatâ€?. 

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7th February when Hettie Quinn will be giving us a demonstration of “Flowers in Sugar�. We start at 2pm in the Village Hall so if you are free why not come along and join us. There are many events to participate in throughout the year as well as our monthly meetings. For more information please call the Secretary on 893146.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Linda Barnes

Hawkinge Parish Council meeting agenda 11 January 2006

Contributed by editor on Jan 07, 2006 - 10:58 AM



The next meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council will be held on Wed. 11th January 2006 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall


The Chairman will take questions from parishioners. The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes). 


1 Apologies

2 Declarations of Interest
Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s on this agenda. Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest. Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting. A prejudicial interest is one in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest. Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room.
Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting. 

3 Minutes
To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 14th December 2005 (enclosed)

4 Matters arising out of the Minutes
(a) Webster Way – Removal of Bollards 
Reply from Interim Development Control Manager, SDC (enc.)
(b) Y05/1490/SH - Development of 196 dwellings north of Barnhurst Lane 
Letter from Land Manager, George Wimpey (enc.)

5 Reports
Community Liaison 
Planning and Development
Public Rights of Way 

6 Other Bodies
Neighbourhood Management Partnership
Community Centre
Village Hall
The Churchill School 

7 Hawkinge Football Ground
(a) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice
(b) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson

8 Village Hall Car Park
(a) Continuation of footpath between Haven Drive and Canterbury Road
(copies of relevant past minutes enclosed for easy reference)
(b) Fencing and maintenance of the car park

9 Finance
(a) Clerk to report
(b) Payments 
To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enc.)
Any queries regarding accounts must be raised with the Clerk before the meeting.

10 Correspondence
(a) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Standards of Conduct in English 
Local Government: The Future and document (84 pages) copy of letter enclosed.
(b) Kent Fire & Rescue Service: copy of the Integrated Risk Management 
Plan 2006/07 copy of letter enclosed.
( c) Kent Minerals and Waste Development Framework: re-submission of the 
Statement of Community Involvement to the Secretary of State (enc.)

11 Plans
List of applications received since the last meeting enclosed. 
Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting. 

12 Annual Parish Meeting – to be held between 1st March and 1st June 2006 

To resolve that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest 
by Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972. 

14 Kingsfords
(i) Solicitor’s fees regarding sub station on village hall car park. 
(ii) Request from a third party to inspect an old PC file that contains confidential information. 

15 Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting.

More delays as Shepway's waste vehicle supplier goes into administration

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2006 - 11:06 AM



Local ratepayers will have to suffer a little longer after Shepway Council's recycling scheme has hit yet another setback.

News that Trio Group Engineering Ltd, the company which supplied the vehicles, have gone into administration will bring further delays to the recycling plan introduced last summer.

The vehicles were taken off the road in October because of a mechanical fault and concerns about safety. Trio had agreed to carry out modifications to the vehicles to enable them to be returned to service in February but this now appears to be unlikely.

A statement from the council said: "We are currently making enquiries about whether another company can carry out the adaptations to our recycling collection vehicles to enable them to be brought back into service.

"No information is currently available about what the costs to the council are likely to be."

Deputy Leader of Shepway District Council David Monk refuted the claims that Shepway residents would suffer. He said " We have moved heaven and earth to ensure the service continues uninterrupted. This is one of the council's highest priorities.

"People won't see any delays to the service except for operational matters such as the bad weather we had recently."

Sailing to a new record

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2006 - 12:33 AM



Dover Marina

Dover Marina recorded its best ever trading performance in 2005 with a record number of berth-holders and one of the highest numbers of visitors for many years. 

Berth-holder numbers at the 400-berth marina topped 300, an increase of ten per cent compared to 2004, whilst 3,664 visiting boats used the facilities. 

“We believe there is potential to grow yachting tourism and we are supporting a number of initiatives including a partnership between South Coast and Northern France marinas to promote cross-Channel sailing,â€? said Kate O’Hara, Head of Commercial and Marketing, Port of Dover. 

Visitors to Dover Marina come from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Scandinavia as well as Britain. Dover Marina is popular because it offers the closest crossing point to Continental Europe and there is a wealth of tourist attractions in the area. 

“We estimate visitors to the marina spent about £1 million in the local area last year visiting tourist attractions, restaurants and pubs as well as buying provisions and using local tradesmen. The business is one of many examples of how the area is benefiting from the activities of the port,â€? Kate O’Hara added. 

The year also saw the marina gain a top quality award following an inspection of its facilities and operations. The Yacht Harbour Association awarded the marina a fifth “Gold Anchor�, the highest mark under its code of practice and an increase of one gold anchor from its previous rating.

Princess Royal to attend village housing seminar

Contributed by editor on Jan 05, 2006 - 10:20 PM



HRH The Princess Royal

Acting Chairman of Swingfield Parish Council Cllr. Colin Tearle, has been invited to a seminar hosted by the Rural Housing Trust whose President HRH The Princess Royal will be attending.

Swingfield has been in close contact with the Trust and is planning to build between 6 and 8 affordable homes for local people.

The Rural Housing Trust provide housing for retiring farm workers leaving tied accommodation and all local village people in need of affordable housing.

Since 1988 the Trust has built nearly 3000 homes in 300 villages. 

The seminar is to be held at Newchurch Village Hall in 17 January 2006.