'Fit' new homes at Hawkinge flagship development

Contributed by editor on Aug 24, 2006 - 12:30 AM


Local house builder, Pentland Homes, has introduced a unique scheme for home buyers at its flagship Bayeuxfields development at Hawkinge, near Folkestone.

The FIT (flexible interior treatment) scheme gives home buyers an opportunity to re-configure the interior layout of their new Pentland Homes’ property to suit their lifestyle.

Depending o­n the build stage, and subject to Pentland Homes’ terms and conditions, purchasers can choose the size, shape and location of the rooms within the building’s shell. Working with Pentland Homes’ design team, buyers can add, remove or re-locate interior walls and services to tailor-make the living space they require.

Martin Hart, managing director of Pentland Homes, said: “Most people looking for a new-build home soon realise that they will have to compromise over some aspect of the interior design. Do they really want a four bed house, or do they want the space that a four bed house provides?

“FIT is the first scheme of its kind to put purchasers right at the heart of the design process. It offers buyers a unique opportunity to influence how their property looks and feels and create interiors that really suit their needs.”

Home buyers who purchase a Pentland property with the FIT option also have an opportunity to re-configure the layout of their home at a later date during their occupancy, depending o­n the house type and Pentland Homes’ terms and conditions.

Mr and Mrs Tandy from Hawkinge, who have purchased a ‘Leeds’ three bedroom townhouse at Bayeuxfields using the FIT option, said: "It’s as close as you can get to designing your own home. FIT is a really good option. We want to stay in this house and it's a bonus knowing that in seven or ten years' time, we'll be able to change the room layout again if we want to."

Bayeuxfields is close to local amenities at Hawkinge, and within easy reach of the M20, the Eurotunnel terminal and Folkestone station, which will be less than o­ne hour’s journey time from London when the high speed rail link comes o­n track in 2009.

The 78 properties at Bayeuxfields include a variety of house types, ranging from o­ne bedroom apartments to five bed detached houses. A two bed apartment starts from £159,000. For further information, telephone 01303 893080.

Shepway marshes protect Wind in the Willows 'Ratty'.

Contributed by editor on Aug 23, 2006 - 12:10 AM


The water vole made famous by "Ratty" in The Wind in the Willows 
is to be protected in a new 22,000 acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
on Romney Marsh. 

Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI in East Sussex  is the first in England created especially to save the water
vole which is in danger of vanishing from 94% of its habitats. 

The area's shingle beaches, sand dunes, grazing marshes and soil patterns are of national and international importance. 

The site is also home to Britain's only population of the Sussex Emerald Moth
and is used by large numbers of water birds.

There are many rare and threatened species, including the water vole, great crested newt, medicinal leech and greater

The new SSSI includes evolving stretches of coastline between Winchelsea Beach near Rye and Greatstone, north of Dungeness.

BMX track plans meet fierce opposition

Contributed by editor on Aug 22, 2006 - 12:15 AM


Plans for a young peoples' multi-sport area off Cricketers Close in Hawkinge have come up against fierce opposition from residents.

The three different sets of proposals submitted to the Parish Council, and discussed at the July meeting,  have been shown to youngsters and local people for their views.

The blueprints which were shown to young people at a community picnic at the sports ground  two weeks ago are part of a feasibility study and were greeted with a positive response from the youngsters.

But earlier this week when Hawkinge Parish Council Chairman, David Callahan met up with local residents, the proposed BMX track and skate park included in the schemes were strongly opposed.

The plans and results of the feasibility study will now be passed to Len Mayatt, Shepway Council's Community Engagement Officer before any decision is considered.

Fancy yourself as a councillor

Contributed by editor on Aug 22, 2006 - 12:05 AM


If you ever wanted to make a positive difference for local people, then you may like to consider putting yourself forward to become a parish councillor.

Swingfield Parish Council has a casual vacancy  due to the recent resignation of former Cllr. Paul Major. It is hoped to fill the vacancy by the end of  September and the successful candidate would serve o­n the council until May 2007.

If you live within three miles of Swingfield or have a business in the parish, and would like to become a parish councillor contact  Swingfield Parish Council Chairman, Colin Tearle -

Tit Bits - 21 August 2006

Contributed by editor on Aug 21, 2006 - 09:00 AM

Demolish the village hall...

As suggested in a recent posting on the Chatterbox, I agree the Community
Centre would no doubt make a splendid health centre
but let's not bury the white elephant just yet. 

Hawkinge does indeed need a health centre but it needs a community centre more. It needs a centre of which the village can be proud, where all the community, including the youngsters can meet. The village needs
a centre where village life is focussed. 

Unfortunately the Village Hall, in some peoples' eyes is still considered to be
at the centre of the village, but many others find it difficult to understand why the Community Centre has not taken over that role. 

This dichotomy has only been exacerbated by the Parish Council who have failed to support the Centre's
central role by continuing to use the Village Hall for their meetings, claiming the committee rooms in the Community Centre were not large enough to accommodate the 10 or so councillors and the
handful of interested members of the public who attend the monthly meetings.

Being old and a part of village history is no reason to keep a hall going which has now been superseded. Don't let nostalgia get
in the way. Be bold, go ahead and demolish the Village Hall and there will be
room to create a smart tarmac car park,  large enough for the Community
Centre. The cash from the sale of the Leisuredrome could fund the car park and
the remainder used to convert the Community Centre to a multi-purpose sports,
youth and community centre fit for the purpose for which it was built.

In a recent website survey of 273 people, just 32% of villagers thought the
Community Centre was a credit to the village. The rest either disagreed (53%) or
admitted to not ever using the building (15%).

Just because the Hawkinge Community Centre appears to be failing now does not mean it cannot be turned around. If enough interested people get together then it stands a
chance of survival, but if the village fails to get involved, don't complain if you lose it.
It's up to you to act, and act quickly, time could well be running out.

Would you like to contribute to my page of tit bits?


Home in sight for errant bins

Contributed by editor on Aug 21, 2006 - 12:05 AM


The long awaited Hawkinge litter bins should be in their new homes within three weeks if there are no further holdups. They have been sitting in a Shepway Council depot for weeks while KCC arrange to install the dog mess and litter bins.

It is hoped the bases will begin to appear within the next week and the twenty new bins will all be in place and ready for use within three weeks.

With Pathfinder funding, the Hawkinge Partnership worked with Hawkinge Parish Council, Shepway District Council and Kent County Council to buy 20 new dog and litter bins.  They will be sited at locations which have already been suggested by residents.

Previously there were o­nly six bins for the village’s 5,500 residents.

Kent County Council will be installing the bins and Shepway District Council will empty them and maintain them.

Cllr David Callahan, Chairman of Hawkinge Parish Council, said:  “There will be no excuse for people to drop litter now.  There are enough bins within easy reach.  We listened to what local people wanted and I hope they will respect their village and use these new bins – that can be used for general litter and dog waste."

The new bins have been allocated to the following new locations:-

Canterbury Road - Heron Forstall Avenue - Killing Woods Green - Page Road/Haven Drive Green - Pannell Drive - Aerodrome Road Bus Stop - St. Lukes Walk, off Siskin Close - Aerodrome Road /Heron Drive - Blenheim Drive - Off Webster Way - Kettle Drive green - The Street - Millfield -  Stombers Lane Green

Hawkinge crime update - 20 August 2006

Contributed by editor on Aug 20, 2006 - 08:55 AM


Dover police are appealing for help following two burglary artifices' (bogus
callers) which took place in Melbourne Avenue, Dover on July 7th where two males had called at properties and said they were from the Water Board. 

In both cases whilst one male distracted the householder the other male searched the house and in both incidents money was stolen. Further crimes, believed to be by the same males took place in Alkham (same day) and Deal.
Police are very saddened to report that one of the victims, has died.

Police in Dover are re-appealing for information regarding this crime.

The 88-year-old victim of this heartless theft had been asked to turn his kitchen taps on and off.

After a few minutes later, he realised a safe containing his life savings of more than £10,000 and some other money boxes that were in his wardrobe had been stolen.

At the time of the incident this gentleman had only recently been released from hospital and was re-admitted a few days after the ordeal.

He was released at the beginning of August, but sadly died on 7 August, exactly one month after the incident. It is believed the ordeal may have contributed to his death.

Police are continuing their investigations to establish who was responsible for this theft and would like to trace two white males in their late teens or early twenties. One was 5ft 11in and the other was 5ft 6in, and both had short hair.

Kent Police work closely with Kent Trading Standards who can make enquiries and give advice and do leaflet drops in neighbourhoods affected by such crimes. 

Acting Inspector Guy Thompson has said that thankfully, offences of this type are not very common in South Kent, but it does highlight how low-life criminals like these pick on the most vulnerable members of our community. "I would urge anyone with elderly relatives or neighbours to remind them not to let anyone in their homes, unless they are absolutely certain of their identity. And also to beware of anyone claiming to be from the Water Board, or other utility." 

If anyone would like further advice about reducing the risk of becoming a victim of crime please do not hesitate to ring me on 01304 218151.

Anyone with information about the offenders is asked to contact Sgt Steve Callow on 01304 240055.

Alternatively phone Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. This call is free and anonymous.

PC Trevor Moody can be contacted on 07980 770583.

To report a crime which has already occurred please ring the Central Crime Reporting Unit 01622 690690.

Women warned to be vigilant after teenage girl attacked

Contributed by editor on Aug 20, 2006 - 12:30 AM


A man who tried to drag a teenage girl into his van in a Dover is being hunted by police. 

He grabbed the 17-year-old from behind in Lower River Road, Dover, at 6.00pm on Monday(21 August). The girl managed to break free when her dog bit the attacker. She was unhurt but was left shaken by the incident.

It was reported the man had tried to talk to her from his vehicle moments earlier, he drove away and parked before then accosting her. 

The man, who was driving a small white van, was described as white, aged 20 to 25, 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, and of stocky build. 

He had short dark hair, a goatee-style beard, blue eyes and a piercing in his right eyebrow. 

He wore a white, long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. 

Women have been urged to take care and be vigilant if they are walking on their own in the area of the incident. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kent Police or Crimestoppers.

The big garage sale safari is back

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

More motoring pet hates

Contributed by editor on Aug 19, 2006 - 08:00 AM


Dear Ed,

Are you open to suggestions for additions to this poll?

If so, here are a few of my pet "hates" when motoring;

- Hogging the middle lane of the motorway;

- Swapping lanes o­n the motorway;

- Reading whilst driving;

- Poor drill at roundabouts (lack of proper signals, bad lane useage);

- Poor use of lanes at junctions;

- When a lane restriction is encountered, the people that must "get in
lane" at the last moment.

I'll stop here before I get boring o­n the subject.



Editor's note

Please let  me know if you have any pet motoring hates and if there
are enough I will poll our readers to compile a top ten of 'Hawkinge Motoring