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Folkestone family escape holiday mudslide horror

Contributed by editor on Oct 14, 2006 - 09:44 AM

FOLKESTONE FAMILY ESCAPE HOLIDAY MUDSLIDE HORROR

A family from Folkestone cheated death after a mudslide destroyed their holiday hotel in Cyprus as they ate breakfast reports the Sun (14 October).

Mark Bates 36, his wife Kelly and daughter Courtney, 11, were swept away by the muddy avalanche but managed to scramble to safety and bravely helped rescue fellow holidaymakers and hotel workers buried in the flooded carnage.

Kelly, 35, was on the island for her brother's wedding when the mudslide struck the beach resort of Coral Bay in Paphos. 

Hours of torrential rain triggered the landslide which demolished the first two floors of the four star Corallia Hotel.

Luckily no one was killed or seriously hurt although several people needed treatment for cuts and shock.


When has the Parish Council ever had an interest in Hawkinge?

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2006 - 07:06 PM

WHEN HAS THE PARISH COUNCIL EVER HAD AN INTEREST IN HAWKINGE?

Dear Editor,

Re: Hawkinge employment land public presentation thrown out

As a resident  in the Parish of Hawkinge I appreciate the Gazette's effort to try and persuade the Parish Council for a public presentation of the proposals for the so called employment land at Hawkinge west.

But, I wonder if in hindsight, you feel that o­nce again this was a waste of your time and energy because when has the Parish Council ever had an interest in the Voice of Hawkinge?

Working as I do with other Parish Councils (about 54 in all),  never have I come  across a council who rides so rough-shod over their Parishioners.  From where I sit it seems that the attitude is we, the Councillors, will have precisely what we want.

You o­nly have to walk around the Parish and see all that is in need of attention whether it is Highways issues, local council or whatever.  Most of it is minor, but would greatly improve not o­nly the appearance of the village but the attitude of villagers.

These Councillors are elected to look after the issues of their Parish and to improve its well being.  If they don't make the phone call to the respective agency how is that agency meant to know of the problem?

There are many complaints about the young people of the Parish, but the Parish council has got to take the responsibility for not leading and setting an example to these impressionable young people. 

I don't think that there are many who will disagree that Hawkinge is not in the running for a Best Village award, Neatest Village, Tidiest Village.  Why isn't the village working towards applying for these awards?  Because there is no leadership from the Parish Council, no encouragement for a community spirit.

There are courses and seminars for Councillors to attend to help them work to achieving such projects.  Best that Hawkinge Councillors think about attending and putting their results into practice.

Nance


Hawkinge Parish council minutes - 13 September 2006

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2006 - 04:39 PM

Minutes of the meeting of HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL held on 13th September 2006 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall 

Present: Cllr. Callahan (Chairman)

Cllrs. Avery, Heasman, Hodgson, Hogben, Punnett, Smith and Trice 


In attendance: Mrs Hardy (Clerk) 


Apologies: Cllr. Ms Brisley (indisposed) Cllr. Smith for late arrival (attending District Council meeting) 


OPEN MEETING

There were approximately 30 parishioners present. The following matters were raised.

Stuart Hall, Chairman, Hawkinge Civic Society, thanked the Council for their support in opposing plan Y06/0863/SH proposed erection of Doctor’s Surgery and Retail Pharmacy in Mill Lane and Cllr. Trice for speaking at the Development Control Committee meeting. He said the Society were afraid that further applications would be submitted by a developer. He asked the Council to address two matters: firstly how to preserve the woodland for the future, and secondly the upkeep of the woodland until its future is decided.

The Chairman said an item would be placed on the next agenda to discuss the matter.

Mr Seabrook asked about the finances of the Community Centre and was given a copy of the report. The report is published on the Localrags web site.

Mr Chris Ashman, Chairman of Hawkinge Community Safety Forum, said meetings are not well attended and now that Hawkinge has a neighbourhood policing officer and a community warden he had decided to resign and disband the forum, leaving Cllr. Peter Smith to deal with safety issues raised by the public.

The Chairman thanked Mr Ashman for the work he had done for the village in the past.

Tanya Clark, Community Warden, gave a brief report on crimes reported recently and action taken.

END OF OPEN MEETING 


333 Declarations of Interest

Cllr. Callahan declared an interest in planning matters (member of Development Control Committee SDC) he reserved the right to make a decision at District level when he was in possession of all the facts relating to an application. Cllr. Heasman declared an interest in matters concerning the Community Centre and Village Hall (Chairman of the Executive Committee, Community Centre and Chairman of Village Hall Management Committee) Cllr. Hodgson declared an interest in the Community Centre (Trustee) and minute 347 (the owner of the firm given the contract is known to him). Cllr. Trice declared an interest in the Sports Association (Secretary). 


334 Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on 12th July 2006 were confirmed and signed (prop. Cllr. Punnett, sec. Cllr. Heasman) 

The minutes of an Extraordinary Meeting held on 30th August 2006 were confirmed and signed (prop. Cllr. Avery, sec. Cllr. Callahan) 


335 Matters arising out of the Minutes

(a) Pathway outside the shops [320(b)] 

Cllr. Punnett asked for a meeting with the Operations Engineer, Kent Highways Services to be arranged.

(b) Hawkinge Community Centre Group [min. 331]

The Chairman said an informal meeting had taken place on Sat. 9th September between the Group and some of the Trustees. The Council’s offer subject to acceptance of conditions was discussed (PC letter dated 1st September 2006).

Cllr. Callahan had just received a letter from Cllr. Heasman, Chairman, Hawkinge Community Centre Trust (11th September). The Trust thanked the PC for its support and accepted the offer of a £5,000 grant to support continued operations during the 3 month transition period. The Trustees are fully supportive of the move for the PC to become the Custodian Trustee and will make their best endeavours to work with the PC representatives to this end as part of the restructuring proposed and the transition to a new limited liability company as outlined in the report written by Mr Colin Franks, Neighbourhood Renewal Adviser with the Department of Communities and Local Government. 

Cllrs. Callahan, Avery and Smith had met on 10th September and the verbal recommendations of the Group on future action were agreed.

It was Resolved that the Parish Council take the following action:

1. The PC writes to the Charities Commission for confirmation that HPC are the Custodian Trustees of Hawkinge Community Centre enclosing a copy of a letter dated 10th April written by the Clerk to councillors (the letter refers to a telephone conversation with the Charities Commission). 

2. The PC makes available to the CC over the next 3 months the £5,000 grant, subject to all invoices to be paid first being approved by the three PC members of the Group. On approval the amount required will be released and paid into the CC bank account.

3. Advise the CC that it must make available to the Group all financial documentation to substantiate the Community Centre’s Business Plan and Status Briefing document given to the Group on 9th September.

(prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr Hogben) Votes: For 5 Against 0 Abstentions 2 (Trustees of Community Centre)

The Chairman said the Group has only 3 months in which to find a method to core fund the community centre to ensure its continued operation. 

Staffing is a problem - anyone prepared to help on a voluntary basis could contact the Community Centre Manager. 


336 Reports

(a) Community Liaison – no report

(b) Planning and Development 

Cllr. Trice advised that planning application Y06/0568/SH erection of 154 houses and flats north of Gibraltar Lane and land between southern by-pass and Aerodrome Road had been refused because the highway layout does not comply with ‘Kent Design’ and is contrary to Shepway Local Plan Review policies.

(c) Public Rights of Way

Cllr. Punnett complained about litter left outside the shops, Canterbury Road, and rubbish collection. The litterbins purchased by the Council were due to be installed by KCC during September.

(d) Finance

Minutes of a meeting held on 3rd August were received (formally approved by members of the Group at the meeting). There were no recommendations for the Council to consider. It was noted that one quotation for lights in the village hall car park had been received and two more were needed. The specification for construction of a pathway and fence had been determined so that quotations can be sought from three contractors. 


337 Other Bodies

(a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership

Connecting Hawkinge Feasibility Study – Report by JMP Consulting 

One copy of the final report was received.

(b) Community Centre

Cllr. Hodgson had nothing to add to the report already given [min. 335 (b)]

(c) Village Hall 

Cllr. Heasman said the interior decoration and work to the kitchen was almost finished. 


338 Projects Group

Minutes of a meeting held on 3rd August were received (formally approved by members of the Group at the meeting). There were no recommendations for the Council to consider.

Multi Sport Complex

The Chairman said he and Cllr. Hodgson had displayed the illustrated proposals for a multi sport complex at an event organised by Neighbourhood Partnership on recreation land on the eastern side of the village. Youngsters were enthusiastic about the project but afterwards some residents of Cricketers Close expressed concern about any increase in traffic in the Close. Alternative access to the ground was discussed but because a footpath and lights are essential, it was agreed that there is no alternative to Cricketers Close. Cllr. Hodgson stressed the need to consult the Youth Forum before talking to SDC again. 


339 Sports Association

Cllr. Trice stated that the Sports Association held its Inaugural Meeting on 4th August and elected officers as follows: 

Chairman: Mr Robert Lawford, Hawkinge Youth Football Club 

Secretary: Mr Cyril Trice, Running Club 

Fund Raising Officer: Mr Ian Lamb, Hawkinge Cricket Club

Parish Council Representative: Cllr. George Hodgson

The Constitution approved by the Parish Council on 14th June 2006 [min. 304(b)] was agreed.

A bank account has been set up. 

Cllr. Trice said the Sports Association could now take over some of the jobs that have been done by councillors on a weekly basis on the football ground. The football club members will be encouraged to work voluntarily in order to survive. The PC and the Sports Association will need to get together to discuss the day to day running of the ground. 

Cllr. Hodgson raised the question of expenses incurred – referred to the confidential section. 


340 Spitfire Leisuredrome

Cllr. Smith had asked for the Spitfire Leisuredrome to be placed on the agenda but had not specified his reason for doing so.

Cllr. Hodgson said as it was 6 months since the decision to sell the Leisuredrome was last raised, he proposed that the Council reaffirm the decision made on 14th September 2005 (min. 178). Cllr. Hogben said in his opinion the proposal was unnecessary.

It was Resolved that the Parish Council would dispose of the Leisuredrome 

(prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: For 5 Against 2 Abstention 0



341 Finance

(a) Completion of the Annual Audit 2005/06

The Parish Audit Manager, Audit Commission (29th August) gave notice that the audit had been completed and the Annual Return certified. Notice of the completion and a copy of the Annual Return had been posted on the PC notice board. The Annual Return is available for inspection by electors.

(b) Capital Projects for 2007/08

Cllr. Avery asked councillors to bring their suggestions for capital projects that will need to be included in the budget for 2007/08 to the next meeting. An estimated precept has to be sent to SDC in December. 

(c ) BTCV (Tree Warden Scheme)

A letter requesting a donation from Parish Councils towards the running costs of the Tree Warden scheme for 2006/07 was received. 

It was Resolved that a donation of £100 be made to BTCV as a contribution towards the running costs of the Tree Warden scheme. (prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: all in favour 

(d) Payments

The following accounts were approved for payment (prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: all in favour

Ch. Date £ 
Broxap Limited (balance due) litter bins 19.7.06 8,495.26 
Kent County Council (KCS) 4.8.06 34.96 
KCC (Landscape Services) grass cutting football ground " 428.92 
C.H.Grounds Maintenance preparation of ground " 16,884.76 
PC monies held by SDC in Football Pitch fund were transferred to settle this account 
Southern Water (SL) 13.9.06 10.94 
Harmer Landscapes (memorial garden) 2 cuts " 56.40 
SDC rates (football ground) August & September DD 42.00 
SDC rates (SL) August & September DD 198.00 
NatWest EBS August & September DD 20.00 
Mrs B.M.Hardy (salary August and September) 13.9.06 1,495.88 
Mrs B.M.Hardy (2 months inc. part tel.a/c) " 95.32 
Funtime Entertainments " 360.00 
Hawkinge Village Hall " 60.00 
C.H.Grounds Maintenance (football ground car park) 13.9.06 564.00 
Staples " 110.03 
Hawkinge Village Hall (invest.interest) " 36.32 
Audit Commission " 411.25 



342 Correspondence

The following correspondence was received and contents noted: 

(a) SDC: Shepway Free Time: Pent Valley Leisure Centre 

Shepway Local Development Framework: Submission Statement of Community 

Involvement (SCI) one copy of document 

(b) Kent County Council:

KCC Annual Plan 2006/07 (one copy)

Kent Waste Development Framework: Spatial Options Consultation 

Youth Capital Fund and Youth Opportunities Fund 

Kent Highways Services: “Setting Local Speed Limits” 

(c) Shepway Primary Care Trust AGM 27th September 12 pm – 2.30 pm

(d) Kent Fire & Rescue Service 

(e) CASE newsletter – Funding Buddies a new project (one copy)

(f) S.E.England Regional Assembly – Partial Review of South East Plan 

Provision of Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites


343 Plans

The following plans had been received and comments sent:

Y06/0813/SH 33 Aerodrome Road: erection of a detached double garage with integral store and hobby room. No objections

Y06/0896/SH 39 Gray Close: erection of a rear conservatory (re-submission of Y06/0369/SH). No objections

Y06/0908/SH 3 Fern Close: installation of a dormer window to the rear. 

No objections

Y06/0923/SH 12 Petrel Way: erection of a rear conservatory. No objections

Y06/0929/SH Woodside, Coombewood Lane: retention of increased height to roof linking main dwelling and garage (amendment to planning permission Y02/0966/SH) Objection on the following grounds: 

(1) the Council has objected to all past planning applications for this property that show the two buildings being linked as shown in the plan

(2) the increased height to the roof linking the main dwelling and garage will have an adverse affect on the neighbours’ property 

(3) the Council is concerned that the applicant will apply at some stage for permission to use the garage as self contained living accommodation.

Y06/0991/SH 20 Petrel Way: erection of a rear conservatory. No objections

Y06/1003/SH 26 The Meade: erection of a two storey side extension incorporating garage and a single storey front extension following demolition of existing garage (re-submission of Y06/0626/SH). No objections

Y06/1027/SH 11 Fern Close: installation of dormer windows to front and rear roof slopes. No objections

Y06/1091/SH Shetlands, Crete Road West: non-compliance with condition 5 of planning permission 92/0860/SH to allow use of garage as living accommodation together with single storey front extension and increase in roof height with provision of dormer windows and balcony to first floor living accommodation and erection of a detached double garage with games room over and balcony/staircase over log store to side. Objection on the following grounds:

(1) The proposed garage at the rear appears to be over development and not in keeping with other properties in the area. 

(2) The proposed loft conversion to the main building is in keeping with other properties in the area and the PC has no objection to it. 


The Council approved the comments submitted by the Planning Group. 


344 CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS

It was resolved 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. 


345 Councillors’ Expenses 

It was Resolved that the Council will reimburse Cllr. Hodgson for expenses incurred in the day to day running of the football ground. (prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: all in favour 


346 Disposal of the Leisuredrome

The Chairman advised that due to staff shortages in the Planning Department there was still no decision regarding the Council’s planning application.

A letter received offering to purchase the Leisuredrome without planning permission being granted had been passed to Andrew Beggs & Associates. 


347 Football Ground – Water Installation

Three estimates had been received.

It was Resolved that the estimate from Marsh Groundwork dated 23rd August to install the water supply to the football ground and install a standpipe outside the portacabin for £2,519.00 + VAT be accepted. (prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Hogben) Votes: For 6 Against 0 Abstention 1 


At this point Cllr. Smith joined the meeting 


348 Village Hall 

Cllrs. Trice and Avery had met Mr Marsh of Marsh Groundwork on site and a quotation had been received for a pathway and fence.

It was Resolved that two further quotations be obtained to comply with regulations using the same specification.

(prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Hogben) Votes: all in favour 



The meeting closed at 9.50 pm


Community Centre rescue money has gone

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2006 - 12:30 AM

COMMUNITY CENTRE RESCUE MONEY HAS GONE

The £5,000 donated to the Hawkinge Community Centre to keep them afloat until December has already been spent.

It was announced at  the Hawkinge Parish Council meeting o­n Wednesday (11 October) that they had handed over £4,900 to cover wages and to pay the taxman.

Parish Council Chairman David Callahan said that they were gathering more people together to try to save the ailing building.


Leisuredrome ready to be sold

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2006 - 12:15 AM

LEISUREDROME READY TO BE SOLD

Plans put forward for the Spitfire Leisuredrome nearly six months ago have finally been passed by Shepway Planners at the Development Control meeting o­n Tuesday (10 October)

Cllr Peter Smith, who has opposed the plans and called them in, was barred from taking part in the debate, although Cllr Christena Smith was able to speak.

Hawkinge Parish Council hope they will be able to sell the building for a higher price, now that planning permission has been granted.


Hawkinge and District Gardeners Society - 12 October 2006

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2006 - 09:51 PM

HAWKINGE AND DISTRICT
GARDENERS SOCIETY 


Once again the Autumn Show held in the village hall on Sunday 23rd September was a success in spite of the recent growing conditions.
 

There were many entries from vegetables to flowers, from floral arrangements to home produce. Some members entering for the very first time and other’s who have been entering for many years. Among the prize winners were:

Alan Griggs, Alan Barnes, Madge Andrews, Julian Mowl, John Armitage, Anne Hutt, and Jenny Armitage (Congratulations to all who won prizes). As both the president of the society and show secretary said it would be good to see more people enter and more of the villagers of Hawkinge come to see the exhibits in the afternoon of all the shows. 

The next gardening show will be the Inter Society competition against Newington to be held during March/ April of next year. 

The speaker for October was Mr Brian Gallop – ‘Flora and Fauna of South East England’, our next speaker is a lady who is no stranger to the community of Hawkinge - Mrs Janine Doulton giving a talk on ‘Preparing fruit, flowers and vegetables for showing’ the next date for our meeting is Wednesday 1st November at 7.30pm in the village hall. The floral art subject for November is ‘Reflections’. 

Jackie Burvill (Secretary)


Hawkinge employment land public presentation thrown out

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2006 - 09:27 AM

HAWKINGE EMPLOYMENT LAND PUBLIC PRESENTATION THROWN OUT

Hawkinge Parish Council, last night (11 October) decided they will not be holding a public presentation for villagers to have their say on the proposals for the so called employment land at Hawkinge West.

The Hawkinge Gazette asked the Parish Council to hold a presentation of the final draft of the document for villagers to make their comments but even though we have so far had nearly 300 people read the story, the council do not consider it is necessary to hold a public consultation meeting.

The consultative document which sets out proposals for the detailed implementation of the land for employment purposes and the principles for the development of employment land on the site is out for consultation until 26 October.

It is for this reason that we are again publishing a link for you to download the documents, to enable you to make your comments to Shepway District Council before the deadline.


Download:-
Hawkinge West Employment Site, Supplementary Planning Document - Draft forPublic Consultation 
http://www.shepway.gov.uk/content/view/1122/258/


Driver quizzed over road death

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2006 - 08:28 AM

DRIVER QUIZZED OVER ROAD DEATH
 
A Slovakian lorry driver is being questioned over an incident where one man died from multiple injuries and another was seriously hurt in an accident on the A20 at Sellindge on Sunday (8 October).

The 25-year-old man was arrested when an articulated lorry was stopped by police o­n the M20 near Maidstone.

Police want to speak to the driver of a gold or silver-coloured saloon car that drove by shortly after the incident.


Howard's Way - 12 October 2006

Contributed by editor on Oct 12, 2006 - 12:10 AM

HOWARD'S WAY.... a weekly column from Michael Howard MP

12
October 2006


 

Was Jack Straw right? Was he right to raise the question of the wearing of the veil by Muslim women? And, in particular, is he right to ask constituents who come to his surgeries to remove their veil? 



The answers to these questions are not as straightforward as they may appear to be at first sight. 



Let’s begin by clearing up one area of confusion. No-one can seriously dispute the fact that Mr Straw was entitled to raise and to ask this question. Free speech is a cardinal feature of our society. Anyone is entitled to raise these questions. 



But was he wise to do so? 



Let’s examine the reasons he gave. 



First of all it is suggested that the veil is a barrier to communication. In some circumstances it may be. If I were interviewing someone for a job I would want to see their face. But the conversations which take place between MP’s and their constituents are rather different. Quite often, when it is difficult for a constituent to come to the surgery, this kind of conversation takes place on the telephone. In my experience this rarely, if ever, seriously inhibits the value or effectiveness of the conversation. So I don’t think this reason stands up. 



Secondly, he says he disapproves of the veil because it is a symbol of separatism and differentiation. It is difficult to deny that it can be such a symbol. But although Jack Straw or I or anyone else may disapprove of it for that reason surely the people who wear it, even if they wear it because they wish to be separate or different, are perfectly entitled to do so. 



Muslim women are not the only group who does so. Those who belong to certain Jewish sects dress as their ancestors did in eighteenth century Poland. As we have recently had tragic reason to be reminded the Amish people of Pennsylvania dress, and try to live, as though they were in eighteenth century Germany. 



If I asked any of these people to dress as I would like them to I would expect them to reply “Mind your own business.” And they would be right. How they dress, and how Muslim women dress, is none of my business. 



People who come to live in our country have a duty to abide by our laws. They do not have to accept all our customs. 



So although Jack Straw was entitled to ask the women at his surgery to remove their veils, in my opinion he was unwise and wrong to do so. 



What do you think?



Speed limit for Spitfire Way

Contributed by editor on Oct 11, 2006 - 10:02 PM

SPEED LIMIT FOR SPITFIRE WAY

A new pedestrian controlled crossing and a 40mph speed limit are to be introduced on Spitfire Way.

The Puffin Crossing will be installed at the existing crossing point close to the Mayfly public house. 

Kent Highways have announced a timetable of works on the road, which will include some closures over the six weeks while the work is carried out.

What is planned and how much is it going to cost?

The scheme involves the provision of a Puffin Crossing on Spitfire Way, south of the roundabout with Swann Way. As part of the work it will be necessary to reduce the northbound approach to the crossing to a single lane, so that the time taken for pedestrians to cross the road can be reduced. The speed limit of Spitfire Way will also be changed to 40mph, with new speed limit terminal signs located at anew central island, as indicated on the plan overleaf. Associated works include alterations to existing footways, provision of tactile paving, new kerbing, ducting, and alterations to existing signing and road markings. The carriageway is also to be partly resurfaced, with buff coloured high friction surfacing laid on the approaches to the new crossing. The estimated cost of carrying out the works and to install the signals is approximately £72,000.

What is the aim of this work?

The aim of the scheme is to provide a safe crossing facility for pedestrians, notably children attending The Churchill School and Kid Ease Nursery in Haven Drive. The installation of the crossing has been programmed to finish prior to the completion of the next section of Spitfire Way which is due to open in early 2007.

How will the work affect you?

Generally, the works will be carried out under lane closures which will enable two-way traffic to be maintained. It will, however, be necessary to close Spitfire Way for approximately 2 weeks, Monday to Friday between the hours 0900 to 1700 each day, to allow the works to be carried out safely. The exact timing of the road closures will be notified onsite at least a week in advance. Traffic will be diverted via Swann Way, Heron Forstall Avenue, Uphill and A260 White Horse Hill, for which temporary diversion signing will be provided. The existing crossing point by the roundabout will be maintained until the new puffin crossing can be commissioned.

The Kent Highways department have made this request to drivers. "Please respect our workers place and safety by driving carefully and slowly through the road works. Feedback from our workers shows that too many drivers go too fast through road works. Everyone is entitled to a safe workplace. Our men and women work next to moving traffic and risk injury every day”.

When will the work start and how long will it take?

Work will start week commencing 23 October 2006, and it is anticipated that the entire works will take approximately 6 weeks to complete. 

Kent Highway Services 24 hour help line – 08458 247 800

Our Project Reference:B0021634/J12

Please keep this in a safe place so you can refer to it if you need to contact Kent Highways whilst the works are being done - 08458 247 800

WARNING – Beware Bogus Callers

Kent Highway Services do not allow works to be carried out on private properties. If anyone says they are working for Kent Highway Services or our specialist contractors and offer to carry out any work for cash they should be treated with caution and you are advised to contact Kent County Council Trading Standards on 0845 3450210, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

What are Puffin Crossings?

A Puffin crossing differs from a Pelican crossing in several respects. In particular, the red man / green man indicator is positioned above the push button. This means that the pedestrian can see the traffic and the red man / green man at the same time.

When the green man is illuminated, it is safe to start to cross the road. There may also be a bleeping sound to assist the visually impaired. Some push button units are also fitted with a tactile knob under the unit which rotates when the green man is illuminated.

The Puffin crossing also has detectors which will extend the time available for pedestrians to cross the road and a further set of detectors will cancel the demand for the crossing if the pedestrian moves away from the crossing area.

Zig-zag markings are laid on both the approaches and the exits to the crossing. The zig-zags ban waiting or parking, prohibit vehicles from overtaking each other and warn pedestrians of the increased risk of crossing in the zig-zag area.

Puffin green man