Howard not opposed to Lydd Airport expansion

Contributed by editor on Apr 11, 2005 - 05:48 PM


Local MP Michael Howard has said he is not opposed in principle to the expansion at Lydd Airport.

He says there is a need for more employment on Romney Marsh and with the impending closure of the Dungeness Power Station, there is a need for more employment opportunities in the area.

Mr Howard said: "No planning application has yet been submitted so it is not yet possible for a definitive view to be reached. But I am not opposed, in principle, to some limited expansion. With the impending closure of the power stations at Dungeness, there is a real need for employment opportunities on the Marsh. I do not accept that people on the Marsh should all be expected to go to Ashford to find work.

“But it is vital that if expansion is to take place it should be done with the maximum respect for the amenities of local residents. In order to achieve this I have encouraged the fullest possible dialogue between the airport operators and those who may be, or fear they may be, affected by these proposals.

“I have also put forward a new suggestion.

“When the Channel Tunnel terminal was under construction the residents of Newington, Peene and Frogholt were very anxious about its effects on them. But they did not want to be forced to make up their minds there then. They wanted time to see whether they would, in fact, be affected.

“So I negotiated a unique compensation package for them. Not only were they offered full compensation at market value for their properties but the offer was held open for 10 years. Over this period the compensation on offer was index linked to the value of other properties in the area to guarantee that they would not lose out.

“I have now put forward a similar suggestion to the operators of Lydd Airport. Their initial response has been positive and I hope that all the details can be worked out satisfactorily. Fortunately the model, in the form of the Channel Tunnel scheme, is there for all to see.

“This proposal will not, of course, put an end to the controversy over the airport’s plans. There are many people who object to it for many different reasons. But I hope it will at least allay the anxieties of those who undoubtedly fear that the value of their property could fall.

“I shall certainly involve myself fully in the discussions which will doubtless take place on this issue. I hope my proposal will help.

Local school's bigheads

Contributed by editor on Apr 11, 2005 - 03:09 AM


The 13 feet high Hawkinge Giant which has been created by
people of all ages from Hawkinge working alongside Strange Cargo Arts Company is
to be officially unveiled at 10.00am on Friday (15 April)

Organisers are hoping that the Awakening Ceremony at the
Hawkinge Community Centre will bring residents out to support the village's
aviator Giant.

School children from three local schools, Selsted, Hawkinge
and the Churchill, will meet on the green in front of the community centre with
each school bearing its own ‘big head’ to greet the giant and walk with him
on his journey around the green.

The procession will be accompanied by the Sandwich band, Brew
Ha Ha.


Hawkinge Parish Council meeting 13 April 2005

Contributed by admin on Apr 10, 2005 - 07:24 PM

Hawkinge Parish Council meeting 13 April 2005

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 13th April 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).


1 Apologies

2 Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 9th March 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 [min.72(a)] Clerk to report

(b) Allotments [min.72(b)] Mrs Blythe advises that there are now 21 members in the

Group (‘e’ mail)

5 Reports – Working Groups

Community Liaison

Planning and Development

Public Rights of Way

Finance Group

6 Other Bodies

Neighbourhood Management Partnership

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) Hawkinge War Memorial [min.80] Councillors to report o­n repairs needed

to the fence and gate.

(c) Provision of Dog Waste Bins [public meeting] prices of bins (enc.) the PC would

have to pay the emptying costs (not in this years budget).

(d) 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) KAPC: New Legislation Information Day Mon. 9th May at Lenham Community

Centre (£40 per delegate)

(b) Kent Downs APNB Unit 1 copy Landscape Design Handbook 2005

11 Village Hall

To discuss layout of the car park and the continuation of the footpath/cycleway leading from Haven Drive to Canterbury Road (responsibility of Kent Highways)

12 Plans

Planning applications received since the last meeting (list enclosed)

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

14 Sale of Strip of Land adjacent to the car park – Spitfire Leisuredrome

To receive the Contract and Transfer documents from Kingsfords (5th April) and to authorise the Chairman and Clerk to sign o­n behalf of the Parish Council.

(councillors who wish to see the documents before the meeting please contact the Clerk)

15 Finance - estimates

Football Ground sign

Flower Tubs

16 HY&CSC - Lease

Any other matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting

Shepway sink £8.2 million into housing

Contributed by editor on Apr 10, 2005 - 03:15 AM


More than £8.2 million is to be spent by Shepway District Council over the next
year on house repairs and upgrades with most of the money - £6.5 million allocated to the council’s housing

Almost £865,000 will go on new heating systems and other energy
efficiency measures, nearly £1m on upgrading kitchens and bathrooms and more
than £1m on external work like brickwork repairs, redecoration and replacing
windows and doors.

The programme is one of the biggest in recent years, and helps owner occupiers

More than £1.7m is to be spent on non-council homes for private sector renovation
loans and grants, Disabled Facilities Grants and support for housing
associations to provide extra affordable homes for local people.

Councillor Carole Waters, District Secretary for Housing, said: “This
programme demonstrates the priority we give to housing and our commitment to
ensure that we provide homes and housing services of the highest quality right
across the district.�

New plans to tackle local crime and disorder

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2005 - 09:15 PM


A three-year plan setting out ways that crime and disorder will be tackled across the district was launched on Monday (4 April).

Published by the Shepway Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, it sets out crime-reduction targets for the partnership for the next three years.

Speaking at the launch, Cllr Hugh Barker, Shepway Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said the CDRP had been set challenging targets by the government and aimed to reduce crime by 15 per cent over the next three years.

“In general, crime is low in Shepway compared to other areas – but some priority crimes need attention and we need to tackle perception of crime. In Shepway, fear of crime is disproportionate to the actual crime levels.�

Cllr Barker said the CDRP’s major focus would be to tackle quality of life issues like anti-social behaviour and criminal damage as well as violent crime and related issues like alcohol misuse.

“We will also look to work more closely with our local communities to tackle fear of crime.�

Superintendent Peter West of Weald Police, said that by working together the Police, Shepway Council, Kent County Council and other partners had achieved significant reductions in crime since the first strategy was launched six years ago.

“Shepway is a safe place to live and work and we aim to keep it that way.  We know that residents in Shepway have some concerns about anti-social behaviour and quality of life issues and we are committed to continue working together to develop solutions. 

“It is by successfully working in partnership that we will be able to achieve the challenging targets that have been set for the next three years."

Home Office Regional Director, John Scott, congratulated the partnership for targeting its priorities based on consultation with the local community.

“This is very much a joint strategy for the local area and everyone must work together to realise these important targets.

“I look forward to supporting the implementation of this strategy over the next three years – and to seeing this transfer into a safer, stronger community.�

Prescott gives Shepway half a million

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2005 - 08:59 PM


Shepway Council planners have been awarded a £462,619 Planning Delivery Grant (PDG) from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for 2005-06.

Most of the grant is for meeting development control targets over the last year but it also rewards the progress made on e-planning, Enterprise Area allocations, tackling areas of high housing demand and the production of local development frameworks - the blueprints that set out how land in the district should be used.

Council Leader, Robert Bliss, said: “This is good news reflects the hard work put in by all our planning staff during the past year. The team deserves congratulations for securing the award – one of the highest in Kent.

“We are now looking on how the grant can be allocated across the planning department to ensure that our services are sustained and enhanced.�

Happy as a sand boy with the beach blues

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2005 - 08:43 PM


Dymchurch beach has been included in a new book listing Britain’s best resort and rural sands.

ENCAMS which runs the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign has teamed up with VisitBritain to publish Britain’s Blue Flag Beaches, launched last Friday (1 April).

A report by the ENCAMS charity says British beach goers are becoming more discerning and will not set foot on the sand unless they have some kind of guarantee that it is clean and safe.

Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said he welcomed Dymchurch’s inclusion in the guide.

“This is excellent news at the start of the holiday season. Dymchurch is one of our prime beaches and it’s good to know that its high standards are recognised. We will continue to work hard to maintain high standards on all our beaches so that local people and visitors can continue to enjoy their days out at the seaside. Good on yer Dymchurch.�

Cattle tunnel to freedom

Contributed by editor on Apr 08, 2005 - 01:25 PM


A valuable herd of cattle escaped from a field in Dover after vandals damaged fences at the weekend.Dexter cattle (Library picture)

The Dexter herd made their escape using the underpass on the A20 near the Western Heights in the Aycliffe area of the town.

On Wednesday (6 April) two horses were killed after being hit by an articulated lorry when they escaped from a field onto the anti-clockwise carriageway of the M25 at Swanley in Kent.

Police appeal for witnesses to crash

Contributed by editor on Apr 07, 2005 - 02:27 PM


Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash which left a woman with serious injuries.

The incident which involved a single car took place on a narrow, country lane 100 metres before an area known as Hawthorn Corner, Old Romney on Monday 4 April at around 11.30pm. .

A grey Renault Clio driven by a 22-year-old woman left the road coming to rest in a field. The driver was taken to hospital where her condition was described as serious but stable.

If you have any information about this crash, contact PC Guy Ditcher on 01622 600970.

Michael Howard launches Election Campaign

Contributed by editor on Apr 06, 2005 - 07:45 PM


Local MP Michael Howard has launched the party's 2005 general election campaign with a rousing rallycall to the country to abandon the failed policies of Tony Blair's Labour Party and turn to the Conservatives to give the nation a fresh start.

Speaking before the Prime Minister travelled from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament, Mr Howard put his party on the front foot with a promise to "do the best for Britain" with an action programme that would reward the hardworking law abiding majority, while delivering improved school discipline, cleaner hospitals, more police on the streets and controlled immigration.

Kicking off the party campaign in the courtyard of a central London hotel, he declared: "The choice before the voters on May 5 is very clear: they can either reward Mr Blair for eight years of broken promises and vote for another five years of talk; or they can vote Conservative, to support a party that's taken a stand and is committed to action on the issues that matter to hard working Britons."

Insisting that the Labour government has "lost the plot", Mr Howard accused Tony Blair of taking honest hardworking people for granted, and failing to recognise how worried NHS patients are about hospital infections, how pensions are fearful of rising crime, and how parents fear that their children cannot learn in class because of the lack of proper school discipline.

Denouncing the way Labour has frittered away huge tax incomes with little improvement in public services, Mr Howard offered a "better way" which would help those who "do the right thing and play by the rules".

He said the Conservative timetable for action would build a brighter, better future for the country, with more value for money and lower taxes, with discipline restored to schools, with hospital matrons given the power to close wards infected with MRSA; with reduced crime, and an extra 5000 more police officers on the streets each year backed by tougher sentences for burglars and drug dealers; and controlled immigration with an annual limit on the number of people who can settle in Britain.

He declared: "Some people say I shouldn't talk about difficult issues like the abuse of our asylum system and those travellers who stick two fingers up to the law. But we cannot make Britain a better place if we sweep difficult issues under the carpet. Everyone knows you won't fix a problem if you aren't even prepared to discuss it."

Mr Howard said he was not prepared to appease special interest groups, and wanted all Britons to play by the same rules.

Buoyed up by improving opinion poll surveys and a party brimming with confidence and enthusiasm, Mr Howard said that while the Prime Minister was already secretly grinning about the prospect of his third victory, there was no reason why the country had to deliver Labour a third term in Downing Street.