Just the ticket for Walking Bus pupils....28 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 28, 2003 - 03:06 PM

Walking Bus children from the River Primary School, Dover, who have been walking to school since December are to be rewarded by Dover Athletic Football Club.

The school will be presented with a framed, signed shirt and a number of free tickets for the final home game of the season versus Worcester City.

The local Parish Council has supported the Walking Bus by paying for and sponsoring the reflective yellow tabards that are worn by each child.

Kent County Council's Walking Bus Scheme is another initiative of the Childlife Project - launched in November 2001 in Dover, Ashford and Gravesend - set up to reduce child road casualties.

The walking bus in River has already been expanded from four to five mornings per week.

Chairman of KCC's Highways Advisory Board Graham Gibbens, said: "It is great to see that River Primary School's walking bus has been a success since it started in December, and that the local community is supporting the initiative. It not only helps to ease congestion and pollution at the School, but also helps keep pupils fit and healthy.


Dungeness Lighthouse to become listed building...27 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 27, 2003 - 03:27 PM

The Dungeness lighthouse built in 1961 is set to become a listed building.

There have been five lighthouses at Dungeness since the 17th century and the previous lighthouse built in 1901 is open to the public.

Other buildings included in the proposed list are the 620ft Post Office Tower and the main dish at Goonhilly Downs Earth Station in Cornwall.

The 1960s concrete Durham County Police Communications Tower, the NTL Broadcasting Tower on Emley Moor, West Yorkshire, which was the tallest building in England when built in 1971 and the Radar Training Station in Fleetwood, Lancashire are all listed.

The Equatorial Telescopes in Herstmonceux, East Sussex is also to be considered.


Police crackdown on nuisance bikes...26 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 26, 2003 - 04:57 PM

A multi-agency operation in South East Kent is clamping down on motorcyclists who ride illegally on footpaths and bridle ways.

For the past few weeks a special operation has been focusing on the nuisance created by off-road bikers on land known as `The Freedown' between St Margaret's and Kingsdown near Deal.

The operation followed a number of complaints about these bikes continually riding there without any regard for bridle way and path users.

South East Kent police have been working closely with the National Farmers' Union, the White Cliffs Countryside Project, Dover District Council's Environmental Health Department and KCC's Public Rights of Way officers, to tackle the problem.

Rural Project Officer PC Ian Foster and a team of officers from the Crime and Disorder team identified the offenders and gathered evidence about their activities.

Three men were arrested and charged with damaging crops and driving on land other than a road.

They and were bailed to appear before Folkestone Magistrates' Court today. (26 March)

In addition a youth was cautioned for the above offences and another youth has been served with a warning letter advising him to change his behaviour.

Following the successful operation at the Freedown, the team is planning similar clampdowns in areas that also experience problems with nuisance off road vehicles.

PC Ian Foster said: "People can report incidents involving nuisance bikes for us to investigate by phoning me on 01304 218 130. We want to send out a clear message that these offences will not be tolerated and we will take action against those responsible."


Folkestone Camera Club ...25 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 25, 2003 - 03:12 PM

On 24th March Mr Glyn Bareham, a member of Invicta Camera Club and Kent Digital Group, and a regular visitor to our club, gave us a talk on Digital Photography.

He showed us photographs taken by other members of the Digital Group and explaining how they were done, whether they were straight prints or manipulated by the author on the computer. It was so interesting you could hear a pin drop in the audience!!

Many members asked questions trying to further their knowledge of this new technology. It was a very interesting evening and certainly fired the imagination and enthusiasm of many.

The Kent County Photographic Association ‘Ross Cup’ was held at Sevenoaks Camera Club on Sunday 23rd March. This is a print competition open to all affiliated clubs in Kent. 28 clubs entered and FOLKESTONE CAME 26TH ! We are all obviously disappointed wit the result, but we were up against very good competition. We must try harder next year.

Next week, 31st March we shall have a lecture entitled ‘Duplicating Slides’, and Wednesday 2nd April will be our monthly Practical Evening where our members can practice with the clubs studio lighting equipment.

We also have a Battle for the Eurotunnel Trophy with Gateway, Canterbury and Deal Camera Clubs on the same evening, at Deal. These are always a very good evening and it is good to see other peoples work. A pity the dates have coincided, as our members will be torn which to go to!

The following Monday 7th April, will be our competitions for the Peter Heritage Cup (set subject ‘Time’) and the Reg Walker Trophy (the best slide of the season).

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, and Folkestone on Mondays at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome, if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Secretary) 01303 245399 or

E mail


Overnight closure of the A260 update....25 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 25, 2003 - 03:08 PM


Part of the A260 between Folkestone and Canterbury will be closed to through traffic between 7.00pm and 7.00am on Wednesday March 26 and Thursday March 27 while resurfacing work is carried out.

The point of closure will be between just south of The Chequers public house, Swingfield and Coach Road, Densole.

Traffic heading from Folkestone towards Canterbury will be diverted via the Alkham Valley Road, Alkham Road, Whitfield Hill and the A2. HGV traffic travelling towards Canterbury will be diverted via A20 to Dover and onto the A2. Traffic heading to Folkestone from the A2 will be diverted to Dover and the A20 to Folkestone.

Daytime traffic will continue to be controlled by traffic lights.


No parking, no signs as Shepway toes the line...24 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 24, 2003 - 02:25 PM

Signs reminding drivers that double yellow lines really do mean no parking will be phased out by Shepway Council.

Local authorities throughout the country, no longer have to provide ‘no parking at any time’ signs to back up the double yellow lines under new Department for Transport rules and existing signs across the district will not be replaced and new ones will not be put up when new double yellow lines are laid.

Richard Stanford Beale, the Council’s Street Scene Manager, welcomed the move. “It’s a matter of common sense. Double yellow lines have been around long enough for drivers to know what they mean – although lack of a sign has sometimes been used as a defence by drivers charged with a parking offence.

“But they’ll have to think of new excuses in the future or stick to the rules - which would be even better.�


Port could expand beyond harbour walls...24 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 24, 2003 - 10:39 AM

Consultants have been appointed to help shape the Port of Dover’s future as demand for its services begins to outstrip capacity.

The port authority has appointed a team of international specialists to help prepare a master plan. It may mean expanding outside the existing harbour walls.

“The aim of the project is to provide a vision of the port as it will be in 30 years’ time� says Bill Fawcus, the port’s General Manager of Property and Planning.

“During the first phase we will be consulting port users, local and national authorities, industry experts and the community in the course of preparing the strategic direction of the port. A report will be produced in July.

“In the following six months we will look in detail at how we can optimise the existing harbour."

"Subsequent phases will look at how we might expand the port beyond the existing boundaries,� Mr Fawcus said.

Dover is Europe’s busiest roll on roll off freight and passenger ferry port and operates two cruise liner terminals, a deep-sea cargo terminal specialising in fresh produce imports and a 400-berth marina.

Thirty years ago the ferry terminal celebrated processing one million tourist cars along with 5.7 million passengers and 200,000 lorries. In 2002 the traffic throughput was 2.6 million tourist cars, 16.4 million passengers and 1.8 million lorries.

Bill Fawcus added: “These figures give some perspective to the task ahead. We are currently building two more ferry berths, but much more extensive change will be necessary in the future if we are to meet the predicted traffic growth and maintain high levels of service which customers of the Port of Dover have come to expect.�


School handover put back...22 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 22, 2003 - 04:59 PM

The hand-over of the new Churchill School will take place in the Whitsun holiday due to a delay in the building programme.

Headteacher Jennie Carter told the Gazette: "We heard on Thursday last week that the electrical work in the new building had been delayed. I think there is still an outside chance that the handover date of 19th May can be achieved but, if not, partial handover will take place so that the office can be relocated.

"We are working to a tight schedule as the classroom equipment will have to be removed on 27th and 28th in order that staff can prepare to receive children back after half term on 2nd June as the temporary accommodation is taken away on that date."

"We must hope there is delay or it will be extremely difficult to achieve a smooth transition for the pupils. The official opening ceremony, however, cannot now take place on 31st May as planned.

"There is no new date for holding the opening ceremony just yet. It depends on the Air Commodore and Hythe Town Band but it may well be towards the end of the Summer Term."


MP Michael goes back to school....22 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 22, 2003 - 04:51 PM

Michael Howard MP who had to call off a visit to the Churchill School will now visit on 28th March.

He will sit in on the School Council’s meeting which begins at 10 o'clock and answer questions put to him by pupils.

Headteacher Jennie Carter said: "The children were disappointed when he had to postpone his visit on 7th March and it was good of him to arrange a visit so quickly.

Ellie Ludlow the representative for Year 3, would have missed his visit if it had gone ahead on the original date as she had chicken pox. her mother said: "She was terribly disappointed when she thought she would miss him and greatly relieved when she knew she would have another chance."

Mr Howard will have a chance to see all the pupils from the reception class to Year 6.

Jennie Carter said: "No doubt there will be questions about the war in Iraq which has affected many of our pupils who have relatives in the armed forces."


Your Parish Council tax was frozen for 2 years!...21 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 21, 2003 - 11:45 AM

Dear Editor

re:story..... 21.8% Parish Council tax increase shocks villagers....17 March 2003

It is interesting to contrast this with all the other sectors, none of them has had a freeze on rises for 2 years.

The 21% is actually a rise of £1.71 per annum for a band D house to a total of £10.26 and is less than half the ebullient level of Folkestone £26.05 or Lyminge £20.82.

It is now at the same level as Postling and Swingfield.

Cllr Trevor Johns