Hawkinge Parish Council agenda 9 November 2005

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2005 - 06:05 PM



The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wed. 9th November 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 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.

3 Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 12th October 2005 (already circulated)

4 Matters arising out of the Minutes

5 Working Groups

(a) Appointment to Working Groups – Cllr. Avery

(b) Reports

Community Liaison

Planning and Development

Public Rights of Way 

Finance Group (see Finance item 8)

6 Other Bodies

Neighbourhood Management Partnership

(i) Report by councillors who attended the presentation on 1st November. 

(ii) Pathfinder Investment in Hawkinge April to September 2005 (enc.)

Community Centre

Village Hall

7 Hawkinge Football Ground

(a) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice

(b) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson

8 Finance

(a) Finance Group meeting

Chairman to report recommendations of Finance Group regarding the budget for


(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.

9 Correspondence

(a) Mr J. Stack, Director of Regulatory Services, SDC: Shepway Town and Parish

Council Planning User Group: next meeting Tues. 15th Nov. Assembly Rooms, New Romney at 7 p.m.

(b) Action with Communities in Rural Kent – Annual Report

(c) CPRE - AGM to be held on Fri. 18th Nov. Harrietsham Village Hall at 2 pm

(d) Kent Police Authority – Restructuring of Police Forces in England & Wales (enc.)

(f) The Rural Housing Trust – Affordable village housing. Seminar 17th January 2006

Newchurch Village Hall (enc.)

10 Distribution of Minutes – Cllr. Trice

11 Plans

List of applications received 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.

13 Disposal of land – Chairman to give a progress report.

Any matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting

Lib Dem climb down over 'Black Hole' allegations

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2005 - 09:08 PM



Former Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Peter Carroll has agreed to apologise to a former Conservative Shepway District Councillor.

Colin Tearle

A libel action was brought by ex-Conservative Cabinet member Colin Tearle which named  the Liberal Democrat Agent Shaun Roberts,  Peter Carroll and the Shepway Liberal Democrats(SLD) as defendants.

Mr. Carroll,  Mr. Roberts and the SLD  agreed to apologise to Mr Tearle  and the apology has now been published on the SLD  website and will be included shortly in the SLD newspaper (Shepway News).

The defamatory words complained of by Mr Tearle related to an alleged 'Black Hole' in council finances by  the previous Conservative administration, the loss of finance in the administration of the Highways Budget and investment income.

Mr Tearle said this week: " This has been a dispute which has been going on since May 2004.

"I am more than satisfied that the allegations against me have been withdrawn and an apology made to me.

"The matter was settled out of court and a satisfactory financial settlement has been agreed".


Shepway Liberal Democrat Statement concerning Colin Tearle

In an edition of Shepway News published in May last year we ran an article which stated that "the last Conservative budget in Shepway led to a £700,000 black hole in Council finances". We did not intend to suggest that this was a deliberate act on the part of the Conservative Cabinet or Mr Tearle, only that it was an unforeseen consequence.

We are completely satisfied that it was the Council which entered into the Highways Agency Agreement and not the Contract Services Board under the chairmanship of Mr Tearle. We also accept that he did not take part in the decision making process.

We also suggested that the Conservative Cabinet was responsible for a substantial loss of investment income. We did not intend to suggest that Mr Tearle bore any personal responsibility for decisions in respect of particular investments.

We wish to apologise to him for any misunderstanding that may have arisen as a result.

Come fly with us!

Contributed by editor on Nov 07, 2005 - 03:43 PM


Come fly with us!

Great Paper Plane Race 2005


Folkestone Herald announcement

Fun for all the family will be on offer this Saturday (November 12) at the Herald's Annual Great Paper Plane Race!

The event is starting at 12 noon in Hawkinge village hall, Canterbury Road.

Top prizes will be on offer, including tickets for a family day out at Port Lympne, and a limited edition Harry Potter First Day Cover and Cineworld tickets.

For more information contact the Folkestone Herald newsdesk on 01303 851656.

We hope to see you there!

Sorry saga continues

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2005 - 11:14 PM


by Cyril Trice

The Hawkinge Saturday team suffered an humiliating defeat in their league match against Saga who totally outclassed the home side.

Hawkinge 0, Saga 10
The Sunday team playing away in Kent FA Junior Cup 2nd round against Sturry cruised to an impressive win taking them comfortably into the next round.
Sturry 1, Hawkinge 3
scorers for Hawkinge , Ben Coker, Tom Whellam, Matt Wratten.
The Hawkinge U15's played at home to Eythorne Rovers in a league match, but it left the youngsters still seaching for goals. Even the o­ne o­n the scoresheet was knocked into the net by the visitors.

The team can hold its own in the midfield and take the ball to the point of scoring, but that final touch is still letting them down.

Hawkinge 1 ( own goal) , Eythorne Rovers 4

To visit the Hawkinge Football Club website <A href="" target=_blank>click here

Out but not disgraced

Contributed by editor on Nov 06, 2005 - 01:01 AM


Folkestone Invicta's FA cup hopes were dashed as Chester staged a second-half comeback to triumph 2-1 in their FA Cup first-round clash

Ryman League Folkestone, making their first appearance in the first round proper, had taken a shock lead in the 11th minute when Chris MacKenzie spilled an inswinging free-kick, allowing a grateful Adam Flanagan to score, but Chester's superior fitness saw them through in the second half.

They levelled matters after the restart when a clumsy challenge by James Everett o­n Ben Davies gave away a needless penalty which was duly dispatched by captain Michael Branch.

The goal gave Chester the upper hand and it seemed o­nly a matter of time before the visitor's defence would be breached again.

It was in the 71st minute that a fine ball over the top by Dave Artell was finished expertly by Ryan Lowe, putting Folkestone out of the competition by just two goals to o­ne.

Was it all a cynical ploy?

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


Dear Ed,

Well done to Stuart and the East Hawkinge Civil Society.

The more cautious will wonder if it was all a cynical attempt by backers of the proposed new surgery/retail pharmacy to get Pentland Homes to reduce their asking price for the previously approved venue.


Invicta boss quietly confident

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


Folkestone Invicta manager Neil Cugley could hardly believe his luck when he landed an FA Cup first-round tie at Chester City.

It meant the Invicta manager would be able to renew his association with the club he used to watch almost a quarter of a century ago.

Neil may be Folkestone born and bred but his parents came from the Chester area and many of his relations still live in Deeside. 

Although Cugley has never seen a match at the Saunders Honda Stadium, he remembers watching games at Chester's old Sealand Road ground when he visited his relatives.

Invicta, who moved into the now-defunct Folkestone FC's Cheriton Road ground in 1991, have reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their 74-year history.

The Chester side have suffered a drop in form of late and Cugley is said to be quietly confident of tomorrow's encounter.

Asked if his team of part-timers could spring a shock tomorrow Cugley is reported to have said: "Yeah, there's no pressure o­n us, the pressure comes o­n Chester".

Jobs blow as Seacat service is scrapped

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2005 - 07:04 AM



Hopes that the Seacat service between Dover and Calais would be back next year have been sunk by a statement from their management company Sea Containers Ltd. 

Dover - Calais Seacat service scrapped

The port will lose its Hoverspeed link to the continent next week following a restructuring exercise by their operators. 

The company said on Thursday (3 November) that its ferries division needs to stem operating losses. They will be selling ships at its Finland-based Silja unit, and withdrawing Dover-Calais service at the company's Hoverspeed unit. 

In the company statement it said: " Sea Containers is no longer able to support Hoverspeed's losses on the English Channel so it will not operate the Dover-Calais route in 2006 or thereafter. Hoverspeed has commenced consultation with staff as required by law, which will result in a significant number of redundancies".

The ferry routes between France and England across the English Channel have suffered from declining passenger and car volumes, excess capacity and reduced profits from low tax merchandise sales. The car-carrying fast ferries incurred losses in 2005, due mainly to high fuel prices.

Howard's Way 3 November 2005

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2005 - 03:01 AM

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

3 November 2005

As readers will know I take my constituency advice centres very seriously. In more than 22 years I could probably count the number I have missed (for unavoidable reasons) on the finger of one hand.

They fulfil many purposes. They give me the opportunity to help people with their problems. Of course I don’t have a magic wand but there are times when I can make a difference. They also give you all a chance to sound off at me. And they also keep me in touch with what is really happening.

An excellent example of this occurred on Saturday morning at my advice centre in Hawkinge. A primary schoolteacher came to see me to tell me how one of the Government’s latest initiatives is actually working out.

It is meant to reduce the workload on teachers, something we could all agree on. But no additional resources have been provided. So what is happening is that unqualified people, often without the necessary literacy and numeracy skills, are actually teaching the children. 

This cannot be right. I shall be asking the Education Secretary how widespread the problem is and what she intends to do about it.

On Saturday afternoon I spent an hour behind the counter at the Barnardo’s charity shop in Hythe High Street. This was part of National Volunteering Day which is designed to draw attention to the importance of voluntary work and to encourage people to do more of it. I’m not sure how much use I was but I certainly enjoyed the time I spent at the till.

Saturday evening saw me welcome the four countries which were taking part in the Miss Euroregion contest at the Burstin Hotel and on Sunday morning I went to a very special service at Dymchurch Parish Church.

This was to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Dymchurch branch of the Royal British Legion. There was a tremendous turnout and it was a very splendid occasion. Another timely reminder of how much we owe to those who have made such sacrifices for us in the past.

Can you help police firearms officers with training?

Contributed by editor on Nov 04, 2005 - 02:17 AM


Kent Police are appealing to property owners to volunteer vacant buildings for use in training firearms officers.

As part of their training, firearms officers are required to carry out practice searches in vacant premises such as houses, warehouses, schools and hospitals.

Some of the training will involve hostage rescue scenarios where officers may have to damage doors, windows or walls by way of gaining entry. Buildings scheduled for refurbishment would be ideal.

Other training involves silent, slow methodical searches where no damage would be caused to the property at all.

Kent Police Legal Services will be able to provide indemnity policies to cover the owners from any liability should unforeseen damage or injury occur to Kent Police employees while training. No live ammunition will be used during the training.

If you would like to help in the training of officers by volunteering a property then please contact PC Mark Jewiss on 01622 654 895.