Future looks brighter for Dungeness workers....24 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:32 AM

British Energy, who operate the Dungeness Power Staion, is hoping to avoid administration by extending a deadline for repaying £410 million emergency loan made by Government.

It is thought the power company is about to agree a three-month extension to the loan . This should be enough breathing space to negotiate cost-saving deals which could ensure its long-term viability.

British Energy executives will meet Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, this week.

An announcement must be made by Friday, when the loan deal expires.

Robin Jeffrey, the chief executive, is hoping to reduce the £300 million annual costs of reprocessing fuel through BNFL, the government-owned nuclear fuels company.

In return for a processing contract BNFL could be given an equity stake in British Energy.


Kent news

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:31 AM

Lost touch.....May Allan married to Jim ....19/9/02

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:30 AM

Looking for "May Allan married to Jim ....19/9/02"
I am looking for a Thai lady with the name of May Allan who married Jim ( working with taxi company )and living in Folkestone area.
thank you

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Jail for explosives claim German....24 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:28 AM

A German lorry driver, who was arrested at the Channel Tunnel at 4.30pm on Friday, 20 September, as he was leaving the UK, has been jailed for 28 days.

Alexander Meusel, aged 31, from Annaberg in Germany, was charged with wasting police time. He pleaded guilty at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Monday (23 September 2002)

He was arrested on Friday as he was going through the Euroscan, leaving the UK, after claiming he had explosives. He was initially arrested under the Terrorism Act. An exhaustive search by Kent Police and Eurotunnel staff revealed nothing.

Investgating Officer DS Ron Cottam said: "The safety of people travelling through the Channel Tunnel and the security of the trains themselves are treated extremely seriously. It is obvious from this result that the courts are also prepared to treat the Tunnel's security with the seriousness which it warrants. This was a blatant waste of police time."


Air show prepares for take off....24 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:28 AM

One thousand letters have been sent out inviting traders, exhibitors and caterers to take part next year’s Shepway Air Show , which is being held on 30 and 31 August 2003.

Cllr Robert Bliss, Shepway Council’s Secretary for Economic Development, said it was just one of the initiatives the council was pursuing to help make the popular air show and festival financially self supporting.

“It is very early days yet, but we are confident that the air show’s reputation will help secure the backing of trade, concession and activity stands,� he said.

Last year’s air show attracted nearly 150,000 people, making it one of the biggest and best in the south east.

The Council are keen to attract local businesses to take trade stands or stalls.

Shepway District Council’s newly-appointed Events Manager, Nigel Collins said, “I would also like to hear ideas and thoughts from local people on how next year’s show can be improved and made better for residents and visitors.�

You can email him at


Canadians check out local crime fighting....23 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:27 AM

South East Kent police have been playing host to six officers from the Peel Regional Police Force based in Ontario, Canada.

The Peel force has decided to adopt intelligence-led policing and the officers have been to the UK on a fact-finding mission.

They chose Kent because it is the force that has successfully pioneered the model in this country.

Canadian Supts Ed Toye and Blair Foley were interested in looking at the model from a command perspective and spent the day with various senior officers including Supt Steve Harris, Ch Insp David Cartwright and DCI Chris Hogben.

They also had a presentation by Sgt John Merrit of the Strategic Crime Reduction Unit and DI Steve Corbishley, head of the Area Crime Unit.

Canadian DS Dave Woodland and his colleague Sgt Malcolm Bow spent the day alongside Folkestone patrol officers to see how they are briefed and how they respond to calls as and when they arrive.

Luba Kostevski and John Yocom, who work as Civilian Crime Analysts for the Peel Force, learned how South East Kent's Area Crime Management Unit process investigations and how the area produces its briefing package.

Having spent time with Kent officers, Ms Kostevski said she and her colleagues had benefited from seeing how things work: "We are extremely impressed by everything we have seen here in Kent. Your intelligence-led model works well and the way information is used is excellent. I was particularly impressed with the briefing process and how this informs day to day priorities."

Mr Yokom said: "There is an emphasis on efficiency in Kent that each officer works to a specific brief and knows the part they have to play in the bigger picture; everyone seems to know what they have to do and is well organised. We will be taking back a useful insight into the Kent model of intelligence-led policing that will also work well in our country."


Cllr.Smith objects to me giving him publicity....22 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:25 AM


Well, Cllr.Smith objects to me giving him publicity for his stance at Shepway on the Development Control Committee.

That's got to be a first for someone who has done nothing but court publicity since he was elected 18 months ago.

Perhaps the difference here is that he did not want the people to know he had rejected a great opportunity for increased road safety for the people of Hawkinge on what will become an increasingly busy road.

He maintains that he had to reject my motion for a bridge or tunnel to form part of a Section 106 agreement because it was contrary to umpteen Shepwayand County Structure Plans.

This is rubbish, and demonstrates a lack of understanding of the planning process. Section 106 agreements are "add ons" to the granting of any planning permission.

Below is an extract from the planning papers sent to ALL members of the Development Control Committee that night.

"With regard to highway implications, K.C.C. Highways are satisfied with the proposal, subject to the provision of a pedestrian crossing on Spitfire Way.

If planning permission is granted, it is considered that it should also be subject to a SECTION 106 PLANNING AGREEMENT requiring the developer to provide such a crossing.

The developer has indicated he is WILLING to do this".

The Development Control Committee is a public meeting and nothing that was reported was inappropriate.

Indeed for part of the meeting two members of Hawkinge Parish Council were present.

At last week's Parish Council meeting, Cllrs. Robinson and Johns questioned Cllr. Smith closely on his failure to support my motion.

At first he would not answer their questions, when he did he said, "That the District Councillor was not here tonight, only the Parish Councillor".

Five minutes earlier he had been giving the District Councillor`s report.

Personally I believe the electorate have a right to know about all the actions or inactions of their elected.

We must all be accountable.

I leave you readers to draw your own conclusions as to why Cllr.Smith was not amused I reported that debate.

Colin Tearle


Eco friendly council....20 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:24 AM

Staff at Kent County Council can go eco-friendly when they drive to business meetings from County Hall headquarters.

The council has acquired a combined petrol-electric powered car to help protect the environment by reducing carbon dioxide and fuel consumption. Staff can book the ‘pool’ car in advance for meetings under a three-year lease arrangement.

The Toyota Prius has a state-of-the-art engine which automatically switches from unleaded petrol to the electric motor at different speeds. It also has regenerative braking which means the battery is recharged by electrical energy when the car brakes.

KCC’s Cabinet member for Strategic Planning, Grahame Weston, who is pictured at the wheel, said: “We want to encourage more staff to use public transport to get to work and drive the eco-friendly car from County Hall to meetings.

This is an exciting, innovative scheme and a good step in the right direction.�

The ecocar was one of several initiatives running this week to promote the County Hall Travel Plan to KCC staff and Kent companies during European Mobility Week.


Parish council want to hear from you....18 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:56 AM

With the new Community Centre hopefully operational next year, a survey of Sport and Activities for Hawkinge has been dropping through over 2000 villager's letterboxes.

Parish councillor and member of the Sports Committee Cyril Trice, who organised the questionaire is hoping for a good response.

Cllr Isabella Chantry said: "We have already received some completed forms and the response so far is very good.

"Cllr Trice has worked hard on this, he is pushing things forward."

The questionaire asks which sport and activities villagers participate, and which ones they would like to try.

If you have not received your copy please contact us and we will arrange for one to be sent to you . Please write "survey" in the subject line and include your name and address.


Shepway District Council news

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:55 AM