Hawkinge & District Gardeners Society meeting 2 March 2005

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 11:04 PM


Despite atrocious weather conditions and the penetrating cold twenty-four members and two new members attended a modified talk about "Daffodils for Showing" on March 2nd in Hawkinge Village Hall.

Mrs Doulton let us into many secrets for success - one being to plant your bulbs in pots to eliminate slug damage and to bring them under some cover nearer the Show date.

Pick flowers in full bloom about three days before presentation and store in cold water up to their necks.

The various divisions for showing were interpreted for us, and we were all amazed to learn that there are some 30000 varieties in all-not many are freely available and the speaker agreed she would compile a list of show quality bulbs for us along with the suppliers details.

The only entrant for flower arransement for spring was by Mrs Jenny Armitage. It was a most delightful and colourful composition and she received a good round of applause.

No refreshments and no Raffle due to the need to get home early and safely.

Next month we hope that normal service will resume when we welcome again Mr L Manser who will give an illustrated talk on BULBS CORMS AND RHIZOMES, if you dont know what the latter is, why not come along and find out on APRIL 6th at 7.30.

We would like to invite YOU to attend, so please if you have that afternoon free please come along to the village hall and join in, consider this a personal invite.

Also: Our Marvellous INTER-SOCIETY SHOW with Newington on 3rd April at HVHall

TOMBOLA TEAS CAKES RAFFLE 2 -30pm doors open

Janet Cripps (Hon Sec)

Sudan 1 warning

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 10:38 PM


Shepway Council is reiterating Food Standards Agency warnings about the illegal red dye, Sudan 1, which has contaminated nearly 400 foods.

Sudan 1 is a red dye normally used for colouring solvents, oils, waxes, petrol and shoe and floor polishes. The FSA issued an alert because the dye has been illegally added to chilli powder.

All crushed, dried and ground chilli must be accompanied by a certificate to confirm it has been tested and is free from Sudan 1. Chilli is routinely tested at ports.

But a batch of chilli, imported before the controls were put in place, was used to make Worcester Sauce. Worcester Sauce is used as a flavour and has caused widespread contamination of other foods.

Supermarkets and wholesalers have withdrawn all stocks of contaminated foods from their shelves but a large quantity of stock has already been sold. Caterers, small retailers and domestic users are advised to visit the Food Standards Agency website to check the list of affected foods.

“Sudan 1 can contribute to an increased risk of cancer but the FSA says that at the levels present the risk is likely to be very small. There is no risk of immediate ill health but to avoid eating it is the sensible thing to do.

Shepway team tackles rail chiefs over high-speed line

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 10:30 PM


A team from Shepway traveled to London last week to put its views for the high-speed rail service to the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA).

The Rail for Folkestone Working Party – which includes representatives from all political groups in the district – presented the authority with its case for modifications to the plans for high-speed rail services to Folkestone. The team was led by Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet Member for Transport, and the district’s case was presented by Transportation Officer, Stephen Gasche.

The four key issues presented were:

All high speed trains should call at Folkestone West Parkway – due to become the district’s principal bus/rail and car/rail interchange station

The need for a train care depot at the Folkestone East site – to provide job opportunities for people in the east of the town where unemployment is at 6.2 per cent.

The provision of additional train services against the peak flows between London St Pancras and Folkestone – to especially encourage business travel to Folkestone from London

The retention of the existing hourly classic line service all day at Westenhanger - in support of Lympne and Stanford parish councils

“The SRA was very receptive to the team’s arguments. While not able to promise that all the requests would be met, the rail authority did advise that further discussions with each of the prospective train operating companies might be beneficial,� said Mr Gasche.

Members of the Rail for Folkestone team will be meeting with each of these bidders for the Kent rail franchise - First Group, GNER, Go Ahead and DSB - during the next few weeks.

The chosen bidder should be known by October, and is due to replace South Eastern Trains in December 2005 as the operator of the existing network. The high speed rail services are scheduled to start in December 2009.

£60 fines for parking at bus stops

Contributed by editor on Mar 07, 2005 - 10:18 PM


Bus stop ‘clearways’ will be introduced during the next few weeks to help make life easier for bus passengers using routes 12 and 711 between Folkestone and Lydd.

Every bus stop on the route will be marked with a wide, yellow line alongside the kerb. Anyone parking or waiting at a bus stop clearway will receive an automatic penalty of £60.

The new restrictions are being introduced by Shepway Council, following talks with bus operator, Stagecoach in East Kent.

“In particular, it will help disabled passengers and parents with young children and buggies, especially where the new low-floor, ‘kneeling’ buses are used,� said Stephen Gasche, the council’s Transportation Officer. “We intend to enforce these new restrictions rigorously so that passengers can get on and off buses safely.�

Dover Council pat their backs over tax increase

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2005 - 08:40 PM


Dover District Council has confirmed the Council tax rate for the district at its meeting on 1 March. The district part of the Council tax bill is to increase by £6.03 to £127.89 per year for Band D properties.

Council Tax for Kent County Council (£877.05), Kent Police Authority (£110.88) and Kent Fire and Rescue (£57.15) and a parish precept (average of £31.51) is added to that figure. This brings the average total bill for a Band D property in the district to £1,204.48 for the year, an increase of £45.72 or 3.95%.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council said: 'The District Council has made important strides forward in priority areas that the public has identified, including the launch of the new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, and we have taken on additional responsibilities, including the new licensing arrangements.

'We have been able to keep the district rise to 4.9%. The Government grant contribution this year is a total of 2.8%, which barely meets wage and salary inflation levels. In all, with increasing pressures on pensions and extra recycling services, to set a level below 5% is a particularly good achievement.'

Operation stack or Operation 'stuck'

Contributed by editor on Mar 06, 2005 - 08:28 PM


Lib Dem campaigner Peter Carroll is writing to the Chief Constable of Kent to demand that Operation Stack be changed.

Peter said, 'Literally hundreds of local residents are having their journeys home completely ruined by Operation Stack. I understand that Stack has to run in some form. However, I do not believe that the WHOLE motorway needs to be shut down. I am asking the Chief Constable to examine if it is possible to keep at least one motorway lane open.'

The combination of bad weather and problems in Calais has meant that on some occasions the Motorway has been closed coast bound all the way from Junction 8. Peter added, 'If the Motorway is closed from as far back as Junction 8, the A20 simply cannot cope.

I am asking the Chief Constable to ensure that in this circumstance, Police Officers are positioned on the A20 to make sure that it keeps moving.'

Peter's letter reads:

Dear Chief Constable,

I write on behalf of a great many residents of Folkestone and Hythe to ask for your assistance with Operation Stack.

People in East Kent understand that on certain occasions there will be a need to cater for lorries who are delayed due to industrial action or bad weather. However, in recent weeks Operation Stack appears to have become more common. Consequently, the disruption and inconvenience caused to local residents has increased dramatically.

I have two main requests:

• On behalf of local people, could you investigate if it is necessary to have all THREE lanes and the hard shoulder sealed off as part of Stack? I believe that everyone understands the need for safety. That said, perhaps using 2 lanes for the lorries, with one lane for Police/Safety Access and the remaining lane for cars would be viable and safe?

• In the circumstances that the Motorway is closed at Jn 8, all traffic is diverted to the A20. The traffic then has to negotiate Lenham and Charing with all the associated junctions. Having suffered the enormous delays on this stretch of the A20 it seems plain that the road simply cannot cope. However, if it were possible for Police Officers to control some of the key junctions/roundabouts I believe it may be possible to improve the situation.

The problems induced by Operation Stack have lead many local people to start referring to it as Operation Stuck. Can I ask that you give every possible consideration to reducing its impact in whatever way possible.

Best wishes

Peter Carroll

Parliamentary Spokesman for Shepway Lib Dems

Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda 9 March 2005

Contributed by admin on Mar 04, 2005 - 03:21 PM


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 9th March 2005 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). 

Mr Ian Norman (Community Warden) to give a report.



1            Apologies


2          Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 9th February 2005

(already circulated).


3            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.


4          Matters arising out of the Minutes

       (a) Land to the rear of the shops: Mr Stack, SDC, has passed letters from the PC and

Manager of the Community Centre to the Property Manager (22nd Feb.)


5          Reports – Working Groups

Community Liaison

Planning and Development

Public Rights of Way 

Finance Group


6          Other Bodies

Neighbourhood Management Partnership (latest information about the Pathfinder Project provided by NMP is enclosed)

Community Centre

Village Hall

The Churchill School – Board of Governors

Hawkinge Primary School – Board of Governors

KAPC, Shepway Area Committee


7          Spitfire Leisuredrome

            Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council - Lease

Chairman to report


8         Hawkinge Football Ground

      (a) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson


      (b) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice


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) The Standards Board for England – review of the Code of Conduct (enc.)

       (b) Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (enc.)

Discussion documents – 1 copy of each received

Vibrant Local Leadership

Citizen Engagement and Public Services: Why Neighbourhoods Matter


11        Plans

            Planning applications received since the last meeting (list enclosed)

The following plan will be considered at the meeting:

Y05/0205/SH Land off Mill Lane: non-compliance with condition No. 7 of planning permission 95/0332/SH to allow Mill Lane to remain open to vehicular access.

            Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting.  


12        Hawkinge War Memorial – Cllr. Hogben


13        Annual Parish Meeting - 25th May 2005

To decide the format of the meeting.



           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.


15        Finance

            Flower Tubs: estimates received for planting and maintenance

            Football Ground: estimates for car park foundation

            Sign for football ground: estimates                            

Village Hall car park: estimates for work to be done.


16        Lease HY&CSC


Any other matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting

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Rail freight disaster for Channel Tunnel

Contributed by editor on Mar 04, 2005 - 01:01 PM


Whilst the Port of Dover recorded record freight traffic in 2004, the Channel Tunnel operators Eurotunnel have been criticised in a report published today over their low level of freight handling.

The House of Lords Select Committee o­n the European Union have today warned (4 March) that the Channel Tunnel is running 'disastrously below' freight capacity.

They say that competition is being stifled by domination of freight by English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS) and the French national railway SNCF.

Forecasts that it would carry 10m tonnes of rail freight per year have fallen short of expectations and o­nly 2m passed through the tunnel in 2004.

But EWS, which took over rail freight distribution from British Rail in 1997, claimed business had been badly disrupted by asylum seekers trying to reach Britain illegally and trains had to be cancelled.

Cash for local farmers' beetle banks

Contributed by editor on Mar 03, 2005 - 02:52 PM


£30 a hectare is being offered to farmers for maintaining hedgerows, leaving conservation strips around fields and creating beetle banks.

Birds, animals and wild flowers will flourish on the farms of the future, in a landmark scheme to reward environmentally conscious farming.

Under the Environmental Stewardship scheme, every farmer in England can earn payments for protecting the environment and enhancing their land.

The scheme will help stop the decline in bird populations, cut pollution and increase wildlife on agricultural land.

And farmers can gain even more funding by adopting organic methods and tackling local environmental issues.

Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett said: "This is a real red-letter day for English farming. Every farmer can now be rewarded for protecting and enhancing the environment.

"The more farmers that become involved, the greater the benefit to the environment."

Looking up for miniature railway

Contributed by editor on Mar 03, 2005 - 10:33 AM


Operators of the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RHDR) have expressed an interest in buying the historic lighthouse at Dungeness.

The Grade II listed building which was built about 100 years ago warned of danger to shipping until 1960 and has been used of late as a private museum.

The RHDR are keen to see the lighthouse bought by local tourist operators to ensure it remains open to the public.

The rail line has been running between Hythe and Dungeness since 1928 and more than half of its customers visit the lighthouse.

When the lighthouse was put on the market last month it did not have an asking price but it is rumoured the price is in the region of £100,000.