£60 ticket for bus stop parkers

Contributed by editor on Apr 26, 2005 - 01:24 PM


The first bus stop clearway scheme  went “liveâ€? o­n Monday and anyone waiting or parking at any of the 146 clearly marked stops o­n the routes of the 12 and 711 services will be liable to a £60 fine.

The routes affected cover bus stops between Folkestone and Lydd with further routes to follow.

The new initiative has been introduced because of indiscriminate parking at bus stops and follows talks between Stagecoach East Kent and Shepway District Council.
“When people park at bus stops, buses have to stop in the middle of the road and this makes it very difficult for passengers who are elderly or disabled, or parents with young children, to get o­n of off the bus,â€? said Stephen Gasche, the council’s Transportation Officer. 

“Our parking attendants will enforce the scheme, which sends a very clear message that buses have priority at bus stops.�

It is hoped to extend bus stop clearway schemes to other routes in the district when funding becomes available.

Something for the weekend

Contributed by editor on Apr 26, 2005 - 02:01 AM


Reinden Wood has a carpet of bluebells in the early spring and the Whole Hog Arts Company will be out in the wood on Saturday 30 April for some holiday weekend family fun.

blueb.jpg (103524 bytes)The event starts at  2 o'clock in the car park so bring the kids along and make your very own bluebells.

And on Monday 2 May there is an opportunity to join a guided walk through the wood with Kirk Alexander from the White Cliffs Countryside Project.

The 5 mile jaunt starting at 2.30pm from the Village Hall  will take the green route to the wood where you will be able to see the colourful wild flowers in the ancient woodland.

Contact 01304 241806 for more details


Hawkinge Parish Council Minutes 9 March 2005

Contributed by editor on Apr 25, 2005 - 05:22 PM


Minutes of the meeting of HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL held o­n 9th March 2005      at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall


Present: Cllr. Callahan  (Chairman)

              Cllrs. Heasman, Hodgson, Hogben, Punnett, Smith and Trice


In attendance: Mrs Hardy (Clerk)


Apologies: Cllr. Ms Brisley


A resident asked for dog bins to be placed in and around public areas.   There was a complaint about the general state of the village.   (Dog bins will be an item o­n the next agenda)


69        The Chairman said Cllr. Brisley had been admitted to hospital again.    It was      agreed that a card be sent from the Council to convey councillors’ best wishes for her speedy recovery.

70        Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held o­n 9th February 2005 were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.     (prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Heasman)

71            Declarations of Interest

Cllrs. Callahan and Smith declared an interest in planning matters (members of Development Control Committee SDC) they reserved the right to make a decision at District level when they are in possession of all the facts relating to an application.   

Cllr. Trice (neighbour) and Cllr. Heasman (business contact) declared a personal interest in planning application Y05/0216/SH 13 Demozay Close.

Cllr. Hodgson declared a personal interest in the football ground car park estimate.

72        Matters arising out of the Minutes

       (a) Land to the rear of the shops

Mr Stack had passed the Council’s letter about the state of the car park to the Property Manager, SDC.    Mr Holley had confirmed that the position regarding car parking o­n the land had not changed.   He stated that outline planning permission had been obtained whereby a scheme could be built o­n the car park that would not breach the agreement made with the Parish Council.  

It was agreed that the Clerk should ask Mr Stack for a copy of the outline plans.  

       (b) Allotments [min. 49(a)]

The Council received a communication from Mrs Blythe (6th March).   There are now 9 people interested in having an allotment.    They have formed a group and applied for a grant to help with start up costs and advertising.

The Chairman said the Council has an obligation to provide allotments if they are requested.     As it does not own any suitable land itself, it will have to consider other options.  

73        Reports – Working Groups

      (a) Community Liaison

Cllr. Smith advised that Ian Norman, Community Warden, had left the district.   The Parish Liaison Officer, S.E. Kent Police intends to appoint two new wardens to serve Hawkinge.

      (b) Public Rights of Way 

Cllr. Trice advised that someone had blocked up Footpath HE 198 (part) o­n the football field at the Cricketers Close end.    The Clerk had reported it to the Public Rights of Way Officer, KCC.

74        Other Bodies

       (a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership

Councillors received an up-dated information leaflet from NMP that provides details of the new Partnership Office and the facilities that will be available for all local residents.

      (b) Community Centre

Cllr. Hodgson had investigated the allegation that some youngsters had been barred from the Centre (open meeting 9th Feb).    Management had found it necessary to bar some children who were causing a nuisance.  They were not connected to any of the clubs using the Centre.    The present policy is to let them in but o­nly two at a time.

      (c) Village Hall

AGM will be held o­n Wed. 30th March at 7.30 pm.

      (d) The Churchill School – Board of Governors

Cllr. Smith reported that 200 trees would be planted in the school grounds.

75        Spitfire Leisuredrome

            Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council - Lease

The Chairman said HY&CSC had not told their own solicitor yet whether or not they intend to accept the Terms of the revised Lease.

76        Hawkinge Football Ground

       (a) Management of the ground

Cllr. Hodgson reported that the ground had been unsuitable for play this month due to the snow.    He had arranged to meet members of Invicta Youth Club to discuss next year’s arrangements.    The Senior Youth section of Hawkinge Football Club has twenty-eight members o­n the books.    


       (b) The Football Project

Cllr. Trice said it is essential for the project to get the car park foundation laid this year.    People need to see that things are moving forward.   It may be possible to build a temporary building o­n the car park for players to use while the pavilion is being constructed.   


77        Finance

      (a) The Clerk reported that the sale of the strip of land at the Leisuredrome is now

proceeding.   The District Valuer had inspected the village hall and land and

would provide a valuation for the Council’s Asset Register.

She had looked at the condition of the car park with Cllr. Heasman.   She had made a list of the work that needs to be done and, after approval by the Chairman, had written to several local firms for quotations.

       (b) Donation

The Chairman had received a letter from a local dance group asking for a donation towards a trip to the USA.    Six of the girls live in Hawkinge.  

The Chairman proposed a donation of £25 for each girl, a total of £150.   Cllr. Smith seconded the motion.

Cllr. Trice made a counter proposal that £20 be donated to each girl, a total of £100.    Cllr. Heasman seconded the motion.

Votes o­n the counter proposal:  For 3 Against 4 Abstention 0

Votes o­n the proposal: For 3 Against 4 Abstention 0

The motion was lost.

       (c) Payments

It was Resolved that the following accounts be paid (prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: all in favour



J.L.Heasman (replacement cheque)




KAPC (Information Day fee)




Southern Water



SDC rates (football field)


NatWest EBS


 Clerk's salary


 Expenses (inc. part tel.a/c)


 Zurich Insurance Company


Hawkinge Primary School


 78        Correspondence

       (a) The Standards Board for England – review of the Code of Conduct

All councillors received a copy of the letter and a leaflet introducing the consultation and will comment individually (deadline for responses17th June).

       (b) Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

The Council received o­ne copy of each of the following discussion documents:

Vibrant Local Leadership

Citizen Engagement and Public Services: Why Neighbourhoods Matter


79        Plans

            Plans considered by the Planning Group and comments sent:

Y05/0114/SH 34 Fernfield: works to a sycamore tree the subject of TPO No. 23 of 1996.     No comment.
Y05/0200/SH 6 Canterbury Road: retention of single storey front and rear extensions.    No objections.
Y05/0225/SH Hill Crest, Coombe Wood Lane: installation of 2 No. dormer windows to the front elevation.   No objections

Y04/1332/SH Land adjacent Haven Drive: erection of a retail foodstore together with associated car parking, landscaping and access (resubmission of planning application Y04/ 0215/SH).  Amended Plan: main alteration is redesign of the roof.    No objections


Plans considered at the meeting:

Y05/0205/SH Land off Mill Lane: non-compliance with condition No. 7 of planning permission 95/0332/SH to allow Mill Lane to remain open to vehicular access.    No objection.

Cllr. Smith proposed that the Council include a request for a traffic audit as part of its comment o­n the above application.    Votes: For 2 Against 4 Abstention 1

(District councillor) the motion was not carried.


Y05/0216/SH 13 Demozay Close: variation of condition 4 of planning permission 97/0133/SH to allow use of garage as living accommodation together with the erection of an attached garage to the side elevation.  

The Council received a copy of a letter sent by the occupant of 17 Demozay Close to Planning Control, SDC, about an encroachment of land by the former occupant of 13 Demozay Close that he had reported to SDC several years ago.  

The Council had reservations about this application in view of the alleged encroachment and decided not to comment o­n it.


80        Hawkinge War Memorial

Cllr. Hogben said Mr Roy Humphreys, the person responsible for the construction of a war memorial o­n the airfield, had spoken to him about the poor state of the memorial and garden.    He had visited the site himself and he proposed that the Council erect a new fence around the garden and repair the gate. 

It was Resolved that councillors visit the site individually and report back to the Council so that a decision can be taken about what needs to be done.

(prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Heasman) Votes: For 5 Against 0 Abstentions 2.

81        Annual Parish Meeting - 25th May 2005

The Council decided that apart from the usual reports, the new Community Wardens be invited to speak, the Manager of HNP, Chairmen of the School Governors, Churchill and Hawkinge Primary Schools and the Football Club.   The    notices will invite representatives of village groups/clubs to speak at the meeting.



           It was resolved 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.


83        Football Ground (min. 67)

Cllrs. Callahan and Trice had studied the estimates received and Cllr. Trice gave their recommendation and the reason for it.

It was Resolved that the estimate provided by Carr Construction to construct up to sub-base of 150mm (Geotextile underlay included) total £14,000.00 (exc. VAT) be accepted.     (prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Callahan) Votes: For 5 Against 0 Abstentions 2

The meeting closed at 9.50 pm

Hawkinge Annual Parish Meeting

Contributed by editor on Apr 24, 2005 - 04:31 PM


All Electors of Hawkinge are invited to take part in the Parish Meeting to be held o­n Wednesday, 25th May 2005 in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.   

Cllr. David Callahan, Chairman, Hawkinge Parish Council will be in the chair at the meeting.   There will be reports by County, District and Parish Councillors and representatives of Hawkinge Neighbourhood Partnership, School Governing Bodies, Hawkinge Football Club, the Community Centre, Village Hall, and others.

Reports from representatives of other organisations in the village who attend the meeting will be most welcome.

The Parish Meeting may by law discuss all parish affairs and pass resolutions about them.


Million more vehicles on Shepway's roads

Contributed by editor on Apr 24, 2005 - 03:04 AM


The effects of airport expansion at Lydd could be felt as far away as Hythe if expansion gets the green light say local Lib Dems.

The airport wants to expand from taking 4000 passengers last year to around 2 million each year.

The Lib Dems claim this would lead to a million extra vehicles using already busy local roads.

Estimates put the number of flights at around a hundred a day  and the airport has also said that they hope to allow night flights.

Peter Carroll said, "Thousands of people have already backed our campaign. The development would do huge damage to the local environment. It would harm tourism in the area and shatter the quality of life of many residents. It must be stopped."

Details about the proposed flight path are unknown but some residents fear that planes could fly in over parts of Hythe, Dymchurch and St Marys Bay as well as houses closer to Lydd.

Redress the imbalance

Contributed by editor on Apr 23, 2005 - 01:48 AM


Dear Ed,

To correct the perceived imbalance in my piece...the animated about this piccy....entitled "Mines a large One" to redress the imbalance as suggested in the Chat Box ?

Regards etc.


Celebrity boost for Carroll's campaign

Contributed by editor on Apr 22, 2005 - 04:34 PM


"Agony aunt" Claire Rayner visited residents of Holywell House in Folkestone yesterday to boost Peter Carroll's campaign to beat Michael Howard, it is reported o­n the Shepway Liberal Democrat website.

It said o­n the site that Claire told residents that she was a supporter of the Labour Party for over 50 years. She has now switched her support to the Lib Dems.

Claire Rayner said, 'I left Labour because they simply did not deliver o­n free care for the elderly. They have not stopped the practice of elderly people having to sell their homes to pay the fees in nursing homes.' According to the site Claire is urging all Labour supporters to back Peter Carroll to defeat Michael Howard.

Blair slams tories in Dover speech

Contributed by editor on Apr 22, 2005 - 04:28 PM


Visiting Dover today (22 April), at the front line in the battle to secure Britain's borders, Tony Blair called for the issues of immigration and asylum to be kept "in perspective".

He claimed the Conservatives were trying to exploit people's fears o­n immigration and asylum.

Conservative leader Michael Howard has made immigration o­ne of his key election themes claiming the system is "out of control" and wants annual quotas for both immigration and asylum.

Mr Blair attacked the way the Tories were raising the issue but acknowledged there were genuine concerns, he said it was essential to be fair both to British taxpayers and to genuine asylum seekers and legal migrants who boosted the UK economy.

"It is an attempt deliberately to exploit people's fears" he said.

"The opposite was really true, Labour had cut asylum claims faster than anywhere else in Europe to the lowest level since March 1997."

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum minutes 13 March 2005

Contributed by editor on Apr 22, 2005 - 11:26 AM


Minutes of Meeting 3pm 13th March  2005 at Hawkinge Community Centre

1.    Introductions.

Chris Ashman (Chairman), Ian Norman (Hawkinge Community Warden), Sally Coleman (Parish & NHW Liaison Officer), Terry Scott (Hawkinge Gazette),  Brian Marshall, Deirdre Lawton,  Jan Doyle (Chair The Hawkinge Partnership) David Callahan, Don Veale. Jackie & Martin Ide (Hawkinge Community Newsletter) Sandi Ashman, Perry Hayward, David Prior, Brian Hutt, Peter Brun (NHW Executive) Ann Hutt, John Punnett.

2.    Apologies:

Jean McGill (Vice Chair), Perry Hayward, Deirdre Ferguson (Manager of The Hawkinge Partnership), Jenny McDonald (Southern Housing Group), Jenny Carter (Head Churchill School)

3.    Report from Community Warden

The Dispersal Order in parts of Hawkinge has now ceased, but police are responding as quickly as possible to the 2 or 3 calls a day received. Names of offenders were taken and parents visited.
If the Order is to be reinstated the full official procedure will need to take place. Ian gave a breakdown of crime figures in Hawkinge including criminal damage, theft, shoplifting, indecency,
damage to motor vehicles, theft of a caravan and an air rifle incident causing damage to the window of a residence.

Many complaints were made due to the throwing of snowballs but there are some polite children in the village. o­ne councillor was asked if it was all right to throw snowballs before they pelted him. Ian said during the recent weeks he has identified 25 vulnerable persons he has helped and that this sort of work should continue.

Ian’s report is the last he would give to the forum, as he is to take up a new job o­n the 11th. Thanks all around the table were heartily given before he left the meeting. Ian’s work has been highly valued and will be sorely missed by Hawkinge, the new warden will have a tough act to follow. There will also be a second warden for the village who will spend 2 days a week with us.

4.    Minutes of last meeting.

Signed by Chairman 

5.    Open Forum - Matters Arising.

Brian thought there that some of the space in the village car park is wasted and should be re-planned.

Lights are required o­n the pathway next to the village Hall.  The new slope at the Community end of the pathway requires a handrail to be classed as safe in the wet and icy weather. There are still problems with parking and congestion in the village in the mornings.

Plans need to be drawn with regard to parking arrangements at the Community Centre, Village Hall and north of the Community Centre. SDC, Hawkinge Parish Council and the Hall committees need to get together to sort it all out. The forum feels that an independent survey is required for the village to develop the best infrastructure for future safety and development, not just for now.

Chairman agreed to write to the Partnership insisting this impartial survey should take place.  Still concern about illegal parking o­n pavement outside of the shops, rubbish and grass cutting.

Concerns from the Community about the question of the closure/ width restrictions of Mill Lane. A Parish/ KCC matter. Those concerned should contact their councillor. Signs for surrounding lanes required informing drivers of the likelihood of horses and walkers. Speed restrictions in “Home Zones� document to be found.

6.    Reports from Neighbourhood Watch

New computer (KCM) and contact system should go into place 11th April making it easier to leave messages and store more information than at present. NHW wish to inform more of the vulnerable, elderly people that they can be offered the “Handy Vanâ€? service free of charge to upgrade their security if their saving are less than £16,000. Peter Brun is the new NHW Executive for Hawkinge NHW chain of coordinators.  AGM 16th March at the Civic Centre.

7.    Councillors - reports

Complaint of Hawkinge being cut off in the recent snow was due to a set of unique circumstance and the gritter being obstructed by traffic.  Requests for more litterbins and dog-waste bins. Plans to extend the path from the Community Centre to the A260 when the Village Hall Car Park controlled by the Parish Council is revamped. Holes in car park will be filled, and the layout changed. The dangerous pile of blocks belonging to the Community Centre will be removed.

8.    Review current and past actions and letters


The Forum listed current and past actions. Chairman reported that even with all the hard work put in there has not been much progress in convincing authorities that the village needs their involvement and proper planning for the safety of the community, and that he welcomes the new relationship with the Hawkinge Partnership as a way forward. A list of concerns attached.


None received – Consents have been given for various projects including a pub o­n the employment land opposite school, Go ahead for completing the link road and next phase of housing. The Forum have safety concerns about the controls in place for the existing roads/conditions for signage and wish to participate and be consulted at the safety audit stage of the planning of new distribution roads. It appears that safety control will initially be with the developer until acceptable by the authorities as to be fit to be adopted. Chairman has written Jeff Stack SDC.

9.    Any other business.

Next Meeting.
Thursday 12th May 2005 at the Hawkinge Partnership Building
7.15pm to 9.15pm

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.

Labour candidate claims Lib Dem asked her to pull out of election

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2005 - 05:37 PM


The Labour Party candidate for Folkestone and Hythe, has claimed she was asked to stand down by Liberal Democrat party official John Stevens. 

It was reported on the BBC website that Maureen Tomison claimed she was "bombarded by phone calls" from Mr Stevens to pull out of the election to increase his party's chances but  Mr Stevens claimed they had only spoken twice. 

Mr Stevens told BBC News he had asked Ms Tomison to join the Lib Dems.

Mr Stevens, a former Tory MEP, is now vice-chairman of the Peel Group, which is committed to fighting Liberal Democrat campaigns against the Tories, but is not affiliated to the main party.

The Liberal Democrats  Folkestone and Hythe candidate Peter Carroll is reported as saying they had nothing to do with the calls. 

The national Liberal Democrats said they had no knowledge of Mr Stevens' actions.