Run down Leisuredrome to get a new lease of life

Contributed by editor on Dec 23, 2003 - 04:21 AM

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The Spitfire Leisuredrome in Aerodrome Road is to be handed over to a local charity.

It is hoped that by transferring the building to the Hawkinge Youth and Community Sports Council Ttrust, it will become eligible for grants.

The Leisuredrome is only used regulary by the Army Cadets and other clubs who previously used the centre have switched their meetings to the New Community Centre.

Grants would be used for decorating and new equipment.

The building had suffered in the past from vandalism and has recently had work done on the roof and the exterior walls painted.

The official handover should be made shortly.

High speed Folkestone to London on track

Contributed by editor on Dec 23, 2003 - 04:05 AM

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The Folkestone to London high speed rail link could be up and running by 2007.

The Strategic Rail Authority announced today (22 December) that high speed domestic rail services running on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) to Folkestone would be included as part of the new Integrated Kent Franchise.

The SRA was this month given the Secretary of State’s approval to take forward its plans for domestic services on the CTRL. Four bidders have now been selected to compete for the new rail franchise, which will provide services between Kent, South East London and parts of Sussex from early 2005 – with the introduction of high speed services in 2007.

Although detailed specifications about the services are not expected to be finalised until Spring 2004, Folkestone has always been included in the SRA’s core options for the high speed domestic service between Kent and London. The new services are expected to bring Folkestone within one hour of Docklands and the centre of London.

Shepway Council Leader, Cllr Linda Cufley, said the news was a great Christmas present for Folkestone. “Government approval for the introduction of CTRL domestic services is vital to the success of the project and the future regeneration of our district. This is a significant step forward and brings high speed rail services to Folkestone even closer.�

OneStop robbed again

Contributed by editor on Dec 22, 2003 - 07:00 AM

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Police are investigating the second robbery in as many months from the OneStop shop in Canterbury Road Hawkinge.

In the raid yesterday evening (21 December), the robbers entered the store and threatened staff with knives.

They escaped with an amount of cash believed to be over £600 from the till and made their escape in a car.

The store was previously robbed on 28 October this year and £800 was taken.

Cllr John Heasman who lives close to the shop said: "I am surprised that it could happen again. It seems nothing has been done to improve security since the last time."

Police warning over spiked drinks

Contributed by editor on Dec 21, 2003 - 12:25 PM

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Kent police are warning revellers of the dangers of drink-spiking during the party season.

Young people are being given points to remember, such as ensuring they do not leave drinks unattended and that they stay with friends they can trust.

Kent County Council's Anne Lord, who issued the guidelines, said: "Both young women and men are vulnerable."

Racial harrassment line launched

Contributed by editor on Dec 21, 2003 - 12:23 PM

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A freephone hotline which allows victims of racial harassment to report offences has been launched in East Kent.

The 24-hour line, which is a partnership between police and councils in Shepway,Canterbury, Ashford, Dover, and Thanet, takes calls in 10 different languages.

A spokesman said staff taking the calls would handle non-urgent reports of racial incidents.

Manston airport expansion would benefit East Kent

Contributed by editor on Dec 20, 2003 - 12:54 PM

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The decision not to build a new airport at Cliffe should pave the way for Thanet's Manston airport to become a regional "hub", Thanet councillors have said.

A spokesman for Thanet District Council said Manston has got the "green light" to play a greater role in the expansion of airport services in the South East.

He said: "There's now no significant barrier to the development of Manston."

Manston is under 1 hours drive from Shepway and Dover.

Already a new service from Manston to Florida is planned to begin flying early next year

Xmas trees could prove costly warns AA

Contributed by editor on Dec 20, 2003 - 08:08 AM

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Motorists who try to transport huge Christmas trees in their family cars are risking a fine and penalty points, the AA has warned.

Trees which protrude out the car, obscure the drivers' vision or those are not tied securely can pose a danger and drivers could be facing a fine of up to £2,500.

The AA are reported to have said that a six-foot tree is the biggest that can be carried in a car.

Motorists ignore live cables

Contributed by editor on Dec 20, 2003 - 07:58 AM

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Drivers travelling on Old Dover Road at Capel-Le-Ferne have ignored live power cables, brought down and strewn across the road during today's storms. (20 December)

The hazard has since been removed by emergency workers.

Kent Police have reported there have been a number of minor accidents caused by the strong winds

Pubs urged to cut prices

Contributed by editor on Dec 20, 2003 - 04:18 AM

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A Kent Trading Standards report shows some publicans in the county are doing little to stop drinking and driving by selling over-priced soft drinks.

A national survey by the Trading Standards Institute has lifted the lid on hugely inflated prices charged by certain pubs on soft drinks and a report by Kent Trading Standards has echoed the national picture.

One pub in west Kent was charging £1.60 for a 200ml bottle of water and another charged 60p for a glass of orange squash. Officers found an east Kent bar selling draft lemonade with a dash of cordial for £1.60.

Assistant Head of Kent Trading Standards Richard Pilborough said: We have found many pubs are charging hugely inflated prices for soft drinks. They are often more expensive than beer for the same quantity, despite having no duty to pay.

KCC Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning Richard King said: "We are waging our annual campaign against drink-driving and it seems as though there are publicans out there making big profits at the expense of responsible drivers and others who choose not to drink alcohol. Many bar owners manage to be competitive with their pricing, encouraging the sensible option of not drinking and driving, we just ask publicans to give customers and drivers a fair deal."

Anselm Road garages demolished

Contributed by editor on Dec 20, 2003 - 04:15 AM

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Following concerns from local residents, and ongoing concerns from Council housing bosses, a row of garages which was becoming derelict at Anselm Road in Dover has been demolished.

The garages have been knocked down by Council contractors, following reports of vandalism and dumped rubbish, and associated environmental and health and safety concerns. The area has now been cleared and the Council is considering how to use the site for the benefit of the community in the future.

Cllr Mrs Sue Nicholas, DDC Cabinet Member for Community, who was present at the demolition, said: “We have been aware of problems at this site, and people were understandably concerned about the state of the garages. We have been listening to residents’ concerns and looking into the situation, and we have taken action.�