Hawkinge hit by burglaries

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2006 - 04:26 PM


Neighbourhood Watch have reported a burglary in Old Rectory Close, Hawkinge on Friday (15 September) between 10.00am and 2.00pm. The rear door was forced to gain entry and audio and photographic equipment along with cash and documents were stolen. A Lexus IS 200 sport was also stolen.

Police would like to speak with a white male, approximately 5' 9" and wearing a red beanie hat with a blue stripe and a dark blue tracksuit type top with dark blue jeans. Anyone with information should contact PC Moody on 07980 770583.

Jewellery was stolen from a property in Coombewood Lane on Friday (15 September) between noon and 12.45pm.  The rear window frame was forced to gain entry. Again if you saw anything suspicious in this area please call PC Moody

Overnight (17/18 September) approximately seven Birch and Rowan trees have been damaged in Page Road, Hawkinge.

Sally Coleman,
Parish & NHW Liaison Officer 07870 999892 

PC Trevor Moody can be contacted on 07980 770583 and Village Warden Tanya Clark 07811 271303

KCC should be ashamed

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2006 - 10:06 AM


Shepway Lib Dems have reacted with jubilation at the news that Selsted Primary and Harcourt Schools will both remain open, but have attacked the county council claiming  they should be ashamed of their schools closure programme.

The decision in the recent round of school closures threatened by Conservative Kent County Council  was announced on Friday (15 September) after a long period of consultation and campaigning by local people.

Cllr Christena Smith said: "I am delighted at the news that Selsted Primary has been saved. This community school is so important to the people of this area. I am sure their number on role is set to rise next year, and the community will continue to support parents and children alike. Well done to parents, governors and supporters of Selsted for a job well done."

Cllr David Callahan, Chairman of Hawkinge Parish Council was jubilant: "This is fantastic news for the whole of this community. It's about time KCC started to listen to the voice of local people" he said.

Leader of the Shepway Lib Dems Cllr Lynne Beaumont said that numerous Lib Dem campaigners and councillors were involved in the campaign to save these schools. Cllrs Peter and Christena Smith fought hard for Selsted.

"The parents and governing bodies have done a magnificent job. Congratulations to all concerned. It is vital that schools are kept open so that children can enjoy the benefit of local schooling."

Local Lib Dem Peter Carroll attacked the county council saying: "Conservative Kent County Council should be ashamed of the entire school closure program. It has caused untold stress for thousands of families. Whilst I am delighted at the news for Harcourt and Selsted I am saddened that many other schools across Kent have not been so fortunate.

"The idea of closing local community schools in the name of saving money is educational vandalism. If you close the local school you damage the entire community. Children have to travel further which causes more congestion."

Howzat for a fun day

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2006 - 09:46 AM


Fun was not confined to the Hawkinge Fun Day celebrations in the village on Saturday( 16 September). 

Hawkinge Cricket Club had their very own special day to celebrate a grant of £9,000 grant from Kent County Council. 

County Councillor Susan Carey presented the cheque and praised the club.

She said: "Hawkinge Cricket Club is a real asset to the area. 

"As well as its sport activities it has an active social membership and its Bonfire Night party is one of the highlights of the year. It has done great work in building its youth membership which now stands at 60 and it well deserves the support it has received from Kent County Council."

Produce show at the Village Hall

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2006 - 09:05 AM


Dear Ed,

Can I please use the Hawkinge Gazette to remind all members of the Hawkinge and District Gardeners Society that the Autumn Show will be held this Sunday 24 September at the Village Hall?

On show will be vegetables, fruit, pot plants, home produce and floral arrangements.

The show starts at 2.30pm and members of the public are more than welcome. Admission is free, there will be a tombola, raffle and refreshments.

Members of the public are also welcome to join us for our club meetings these are held o­n the first Wednesday of the month 7.30pm,

At these meetings we have speakers, demonstrations and garden visits.

Jackie Burvill

Editor's note:- The Hawkinge Gazette is happy to publish all local community events free of charge. Just email yours to

Ashford knocked off track by Eurostar cut-backs

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2006 - 07:30 AM


A reduction in the number of London-to-Paris and London-to-Brussels trains that stop in Ashford has caused community leaders in the growth area to rethink expansion.

The Kent town was anticipating a continued boom thanks to the 22 daily stops at the Ashford station by Eurostar trains, the Times said on Saturday (16 September). But the company announced this week that the number of daily stops would be reduced to four and they would end all direct lines to Brussels.

Ashford had expected to double in size over the next 25 years, the Times reported, anticipating 50,000 more residents, 31,000 new homes and 28,000 new jobs.

Eurostar's London terminus will move from Waterloo station to St. Pancras in the autumn of 2007, shifting the focus to an international station at nearby Ebbsfleet, the Times said. Eurostar expects about two-thirds of Ashford's 500,000 passengers will switch to the new station.

Transportation analysts have speculated that Ashford eventually could lose all international rail services, the Times said.

Should Kent's Chief Constable be elected by voters?

Contributed by editor on Sep 19, 2006 - 06:30 AM


Dear Ed,

I have recently been approached by the Policy review unit at Conservative Central Office, to try to ascertain local views to the following questions:

Are local people in favour of a fully elected Police Authority, and should that authority be a committee of the Kent County Council, or directly elected by voters?

Should the Chief Police Officer also be directly elected by local voters, and not appointed by the Home Office, and merely approved, as at present, by the largely Home Office appointed Police Authority?

I would be most grateful to receive any reaction to these ideas, designed to give more local input into both policing strategy and on the ground crime prevention and detection.

Jonathan Holborow

Chairman, Folkestone and Hythe Conservative Association

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Home Office keeps options open for Dover prison

Contributed by editor on Sep 18, 2006 - 02:00 AM


Connaught Barracks in Dover, which housed the parachute regiment until it pulled out of Dover in April 2006 are being considered for an open prison by the Home Office, the BBC has reported.

The Home Office would not confirm it was planning a prison for the site but said it was keeping options open. A source told the BBC that the Home Office was keen to acquire the site by December.

The government would not need planning permission to convert it to a prison because it was a military site.

Paul Watkins, leader of Dover District Council, said: "This being dumped o­n Dover will not go down well."

Spick and span village

Contributed by editor on Sep 17, 2006 - 07:17 PM

A victory for common sense

Contributed by editor on Sep 17, 2006 - 07:30 AM


Dear Ed,
The victory for the campaign to keep Selsted School open is a victory ultimately for common sense and the democratic process.

Above all, it has demonstrated what can be achieved when the whole community pulls together for a worthwhile cause.

I hope that those who promoted the closure of this school will now realise how many of us value our distinctive English rural way of life, quirks and all, and will go to great lengths to preserve it.

May I o­n behalf of  Swingfield Parish Council thank all those who supported the campaign.

Cllr.Colin Tearle


Swingfield Parish Council

Wheels in motion for skatepark

Contributed by editor on Sep 17, 2006 - 12:15 AM


A major refurbishment to create an exciting leading edge skatepark in Pencester Gardens, Dover is ready to take off - as important work begins this week o­n the upgrading of skateboard facilities in the park.

This radical upgrade of facilities follows partnership working between Dover District Council and Kent County Council, working closely with local young people in the Dover SK8/Extreme Sport Group and the Dover District Youth Forum.

The new park will feature a modern street plaza design concept and is due to open in November. The old skatepark has been closed as contractors move in to carry out the improvements and local skaters are being kept informed as work progresses.

Funding towards renovating the site has come from £200,000 given by Kent County Council Dover Local Board donated to improve the skate park facilities at both Pencester Gardens and Victoria Park, Deal.

Dover Local Board Chairman Bryan Cope said: 'I am delighted we have been able to work with the District Council to support projects that will make such a difference to young people living in Dover and Deal, as well as help regenerate the area.'