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Godden's Thanet Hotel to close

Contributed by admin on Jan 09, 2004 - 12:45 PM

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GODDEN'S THANET HOTEL TO CLOSE

The Grand Hotel in Cliftonville, the largest hotel in Thanet, is to close.

Local businessman Jimmy Godden, bought it but decided to shut the 266 room complex which is spread over three sites a few days later.



Mr Godden said that he wants to demolish two of the main buildings and redevelop them into flats.


Haven and Hell

Contributed by admin on Jan 09, 2004 - 12:34 PM

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HAVEN AND HELL

Churchill School Headteacher Jennie Carter has again written to Shepway District Council asking them to adopt Haven Drive as a matter of priority.

She told them that she and the School governors were becoming increasingly worried for the safety of pupils.



It was pointed out also that the road was becoming a "black spot" with several accidents over recent months.



Mrs Carter wants the Council to resolve this problem quickly, before the snow arrives, and the school is faced with similar problems to last year when the road was not gritted.



Jennie Carter has vowed to continue writing to Shepway Council every week until the road is adopted and warning signs and road markings denoting a school are in place.

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Please don't let us have a Post Office action group

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2004 - 07:44 AM

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PLEASE DON'T LET US HAVE A POST OFFICE ACTION GROUP

I guess you have all had a copy of the latest LibDem Hawkinge Focus.

What are they trying to do?

Let's have the facts

1. Hawkinge has a sub post office in the OneStop store
2. The OneStop chain has been bought by Tesco
3. The instore post office will close in July when Tesco take over the running of the store.

Clear so far?

4. The Post Office WANT to continue trading in Hawkinge.
5. Tesco is NOT part of the Post Office and do not have post offices in their stores.
6. The Post Office WANT someone else to operate the post office in the village.

So let's get this straight, the post office want it to continue trading and Tesco do not operate post offices in their stores.

So, as far as I can see, all we need is someone to take on the business..

This is not a political matter, it is purely a commercial decision and nothing to do with local politics.



Apart from LibDem involement, I have been told that Conservative Leader Michael Howard has also visited the post office today.

Tony Blair tomorrow, I wonder?

So come on, please don't let us have another action group. Let those that know about business sort it out.

If it's a going concern, applicants will be queuing up, but if it's not, then why should Tesco have to bail us out?

J Cullen


Warning over chemical drums

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2004 - 04:48 AM

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WARNING OVER CHEMICAL DRUMS

Fishermen and boat crews off Kent and Sussex have been warned to look out for drums full of toxic chemicals lost in the North Sea.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said 63 red drums containing arsenic pentoxide were lost from a ship off the coast of Holland.



Anyone discovering one of the drums should contact the nearest coastguard station.

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Coast protection scheme takes to the road

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2004 - 01:01 AM

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COAST PROTECTION SCHEME TAKES TO THE ROAD

Three public meetings are being held in Hythe, Sandgate and Folkestone to give local people the chance to learn more about the multi-million pound million coast protection project


Work on the Defra-funded £17m Hythe to Folkestone Harbour Coast Protection Scheme is due to start in March. It will involve using 200,000 tonnes of rock to build a large headland and two other groynes on the foreshore below the Folkestone Coastal Park.



A further rock groyne is proposed at Marine Parade, Hythe. This work - together with 800,000 tonnes of shingle to ‘top-up’ the existing beaches - will improve protection against flooding and erosion for the next 50 years.



Improvements are also proposed to the existing concrete seawalls at Sandgate and Hythe together with 380 metres of new seawall at Riviera Beach, Folkestone.



Simon Herrington, Shepway Council’s Engineering Manager, said the public meetings would give people the chance to learn about the work in more detail. Shepway council officers and representatives from Van Ord ACZ, the specialist marine and civil engineer contractor chosen to carry out the work, will also be available to answer questions.



The Sandgate Society is hosting a meeting at the Saga Pavilion on Wednesday 21 January. The meeting starts at 7.00pm.



Hythe Town Council hosts a meeting, starting at 6.30pm, at Hythe Town Hall on Tuesday 3 February.



A third meeting will be held at the United Reformed Church, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone on Thursday 5 February, starting at 6.30pm



Anyone wanting to attend the meetings is asked to contact Shepway Council’s Engineering Services either by calling 01303 852413 or by email to: engineering@shepwaydc.gov.uk. Although all questions will be answered on the night, they can be emailed in advance to the email address.


Super Deal with safe shopping award

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2004 - 01:01 AM

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SUPER DEAL WITH SAFE SHOPPING AWARD

A year of hard work by a partnership of retailers, local authorities and SE Kent Police officers in Deal to reduce town-centre crime is being formally recognised this week with the presentation of a top award.


Deal is to be presented with the prestigious Safer Shopping Award, organised by the British Retail Consortium, in recognition of the way the partnership has implemented measures to make the town centre a safer place to live, shop and work.



The Deal Partnership Against Crime was launched last year and already has 40 members who each have access to a Shopwatch Radio, which they can use to alert other members and police about offenders on their premises. They can also communicate with Dover District Council's CCTV Operators who are also in contact with police and can help officers locate suspects and offenders.



The Deal scheme is linked closely with the hugely successful Dover Partnership Against Crime, which was one of the first in Kent to achieve the Safer Shopping Award and has been used as a model of good practice by many other towns in Kent and the South East.



Because the Deal scheme is linked to the Dover scheme, it means that individuals who are excluded from shops and businesses in Deal, are automatically excluded from the shops and businesses who are Dover partnership members.



The Safer Shopping Award will be presented to Deal Partnership Against Crime and the Mayor of Deal, Cllr Mrs Susan Delling, in the presence of Assistant Chief Constable Allyn Thomas, Deal town centre PC Roy Bushe, members of the partnership, representatives from the local Chamber of Commerce and locally elected councillors


Outrage that Post Office may close

Contributed by editor on Jan 08, 2004 - 11:10 AM

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OUTRAGE THAT POST OFFICE MAY CLOSE

Dear Editor,

Well, there is a first time for everything and I've just had two 'first' in just one day!

1) I have just read a Lib Dems flyer - THE one delivered this afternoon.

2) I have just sent the Lib Dems an email to register my outrage at the thought that the Hawkinge Post Office might soon be closing.

Whilst I agree with their campaign on behalf of local elderly people and those who do not have the use of a car, I sincerely hope that their action will also be on behalf of the many people of Hawkinge who work from home.



Yes, I happen to be one of them and rely heavily on the convenience of our village post office which I have been using almost on a daily basis in the past 4 years.



I would like to also take this opportunity to praise the super efficiency of the ladies who work there - they're absolutely brilliant, constantly charming and never loose their cool under pressure.

I am absolutely incensed at the thought of wasting my time (and, as a result, my employers money) if I have have to travel further. Perish the thought of having to use the main post office in Folkestone which seems to thrive on witnessing mile-long queues and employing the slowest staff.

I do not expect my letter to have any impact on the final decision but I certainly feel better having said 'my bit'!

D. Jubien
Hawkinge Resident


Folkestone schools fight truancy

Contributed by editor on Jan 08, 2004 - 08:30 AM

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FOLKESTONE SCHOOLS FIGHT TRUANCY

Thirteen schools in East Folkestone have joined forces to tackle holiday truants. The East Folkestone Local Learning Group (EFLLG)* has published a leaflet targeting parents who take their children on holiday during term time.

Last year thousands of school hours were missed by students at these schools as a result of parents taking family holidays during term time, a trend likely to rise as the price differential between low and high season holidays tempts more parents to take their children out of school.



"This is affecting the achievement of children in our schools", said John Bird, headteacher at St Mary's primary school in Folkestone and chairman of the EFLLG. "A fortnight or even a week's missed work can be damaging to a child's progress. Non-attendance is a major cause of under-achievement, so although parents are getting cheaper holidays, they are doing so at their children's expense."



Schools acknowledge and understand the financial dilemma parents face but the consequences, including possible fines, mean that parents are being encouraged to take children on holiday during term-time only as a last resort.

The leaflet, which is being distributed to parents of East Folkestone Primary Schools and The Channel Secondary Schools suggests that if parents have no other alternative, they restrict school term leave to a maximum of 10 days during June or July which are the least disruptive months for absence. They also ask that parents avoid test/exam weeks and the important preparation time leading up to them.



Kent County Council's Cabinet Member for Education Standards Paul Carter added: "Even a few days off school mean that children lose vital learning time in the classroom. This is rarely made up and often prevents children reaching their full potential. Furthermore, if parents undermine the value of education, what message does this send out to their children? The holiday might be cheaper, but the eventual cost could be at your children's expense!"



The leaflet is part of a public service agreement with KCC to hit attendance targets set by the learning group.


Sex assault damages action halted

Contributed by editor on Jan 08, 2004 - 08:14 AM

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SEX ATTACK DAMAGES ACTION HALTED

Women from the region allegedly sexually attacked by a Kent consultant gynaecologist have halted a multi-million pound damages action.

The women, whose legal aid was withdrawn, said they were attacked, and some raped, by the late Rodney Ledward.



Eight lead cases against Kent and Medway Health Authority and East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust were due to start.


Investigation after Canterbury soldier dies in Iraq

Contributed by editor on Jan 08, 2004 - 08:09 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4> INVESTIGATION AFTER CANTERBURY SOLDIER DIES IN IRAQ

A 21-year-old soldier who was stationed in Canterbury has died on a training range in Iraq, having arrived just two days earlier following promotion.

Lance Corporal Andrew Craw, of the 1st Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, died near Basra, the Ministry of Defence said.



An investigation has been launched into Lance Corporal Craw's death.