Stolen horsebox appeal

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2005 - 04:54 PM


Police are appealing for information from the equine community about the theft of a horse box/trailer from a field off Canterbury Road, Etchinghill, Folkestone.

They have issued a photograph of the trailer which was stolen at some time between 5.00 pm on Saturday 9 and 7.50 am on Sunday 10 April.

The horsebox is a BATESON TRIDENT TRAILER, which is coloured white with a 2� yellow band around it.

If anyone has any information about the theft, or has seen the trailer, they are asked to contact PC Gary Marshall on 01303 850055.

Lib Dems call for Labours voters support

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2005 - 12:36 PM


Labour supporters are being urged to support the Liberal Democrats' campaign to boot out the Conservative leadership.

Liberal Democrat president Simon Hughes called o­n Labour supporters to "lend us your vote" as party leader Charles Kennedy was due to visit marginal seats held by shadow home secretary David Davis and shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin.

In both constituencies, the Liberal Democrat candidate finished in second place in 2001, with Labour a long way behind.

In Folkestone and Hythe, Conservative leader Michael Howard is defending a majority of 5,907 - again the Liberal Democrats finished in second place in 2001.

In an interview for the website, Mr Hughes said: "We have target seats both from Labour and Conservatives and some of the Tory target seats are those with well-known Conservative figures.

"Folkestone and Hythe, where I was the other day, is the most notable and I was very encouraged by the campaign there."

Mr Hughes continued: "I am also going to Dorset West and Maidenhead and I believe we can win all of them as they have a Labour vote bigger than the gap between the Conservatives and us, so there is a real opportunity."

Shepway delays airport expansion decision

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2005 - 09:48 AM


A decision o­n the proposed expansion of Lydd airport has been delayed by the Shepway District Council at last night's meeting (20 April).

Around seventy Demonstrators for and against the plans attended, but the decision was deferred until a planning application is made.

The airport is near several wildlife and conservation areas o­n the environmentally sensitive area of Romney Marsh.
The Lydd Airport Action Group supporters protested outside the council offices with placards alongside a group supporting the airport expansion.

The owners of Lydd Airport have been receiving support for their plans, from people who think a larger enterprise will help employment prospects in the area and over 150 people have signed a pro airport petition.

The airport is holding two public presentations o­n 26 April and 29 April and an official planning application is expected within the next two months.

Pot hole army on parish patrol

Contributed by editor on Apr 20, 2005 - 09:01 AM


Kent County Council is to send out a mini army of road workers this summer to restore and maintain parish highways around Kent.

Armed with shovels, brooms and shears, they will be going out to repair potholes and carry out other highway maintenance work.

The County Lengthsmen will be dispatched in small teams of two or three o­n a fleet of 20 identifiable lorries. They will patch and repair roads, cut back overhanging trees and hedges, replace and repaint signs and clear gullies.

County Lengthsmen will  be relying o­n residents, parish and town councils to report problems.

The aim is to develop stronger links between the workforce and the local communities which they serve. In this way the scheme will revive the old idea of men being responsible for a specific length of road where they work.

Members of the public can contact the highways helpline o­n 08458 247 800 or go o­nline.

KCC Chairman Kent Tucker said: “The county council is trying to put the personal touch into Kent Highway Services.

“We want people living in small towns, villages and parishes to be our eyes and ears and to let us know where the trouble spots are. In return, we hope they will get o­n first name terms with the County Lengthsmen and look o­n them as their own.â€?

Man killed in A20 multi-vehicle crash

Contributed by editor on Apr 20, 2005 - 08:45 AM


A driver was killed when four lorries and a car were involved in a collision o­n the A20  last night (19 April)

The accident which happened shortly before midnight o­n the coastbound carriageway near Capel Le Ferne left another man injured.

The road remains closed until later this morning while police  investigations continue.


Howard accountable to local people pledge

Contributed by editor on Apr 20, 2005 - 08:01 AM


Speaking to over a hundred party activists and supporters in a packed room in the Grand Hotel in Folkestone o­n Saturday (16 April), Michael Howard told the audience: “There's o­ne thing I never forget, wherever I am, and that's who I'm accountable to. It's the people of Folkestone and Hythe who put me here and it's you that I serve.â€?

During the speech, the Folkestone and  Hythe MP pledged to reward the "forgotten majority" of pensioners, hard-working families, professionals and risk-taking businesspeople.

The Conservative leader promised to "take a blowtorch" to paperwork and restore trust in doctors, teachers and police officers by freeing them from bureaucracy and targets. "Just imagine for a moment what our country would be like if the values of the hard-working forgotten majority prevailed.

"Think about a Britain after five years of Conservative government - a Britain where the prosperity earned through work and risk-taking creates wealth for all, a Britain where everyone can climb the ladder of opportunity, where families are rewarded, a Britain where justice is done and wrongdoers are punished.

Fire emergency evacuates local train

Contributed by editor on Apr 20, 2005 - 12:15 AM


Passengers escaped injury when a train caught fire at Martin Mill station near Dover this evening (19 April).

Four fire appliances, one with a specialist foam unit were scrambled to the station shortly before 8.30pm.

Emergency teams said that two carriages were affected after a fire started in a motor compartment, of the train.

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman reported that no-one had been injured in the incident.

Tory blues over election poster thefts

Contributed by editor on Apr 19, 2005 - 09:57 PM


Conservative Party posters were being stolen at such a rate that local Conservative Campaign Manager Bob Davidson has reported the thefts to Folkestone police.

Bob Davidson said: “We all expect a few to be ripped down o­n the odd occasion by people who have had a few too many drinks but what happened o­n Saturday night was clearly more systematic.  Posters were stolen along Military Road, Seabrook Road and up London Road. The posters were completely removed over the roughly 4 mile stretch, some of which were 4 foot in size, so I would not be surprised if a vehicle of some sort was used.

“Having reported this matter to the police they have assured me that an investigation will take place and they of course will have access to any cameras o­n this stretch.

“The Conservative Party believes in fair play at all elections and we strongly condemn this criminal activity."

Police quiz local man over vote auction

Contributed by editor on Apr 19, 2005 - 09:46 PM


A Dover man who put his general election vote up for auction  on the EBay internet site has been questioned by police.

Police interviewed John Paine,  after officers visited his home yesterday (18 April).

The Ebay website has now removed the page. Over 250 people had viewed the page and a top bid of £6 was posted.

Mr Paine said that he put his vote o­n Ebay as a "bit of fun" without realising it was illegal.  A report will be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service following the police investigation.

It was reported by the The Electoral Commission on Monday that other attempts had been made to sell votes o­n Ebay and it was a serious offence and would be referred to the police.

Building site danger for local kids

Contributed by editor on Apr 19, 2005 - 08:13 PM


Pentland Homes Ltd who are building on land at Hawkinge are concerned for the safety of children playing in the fenced off storage area adjacent to Paxton Avenue in the Terlingham Village area of Hawkinge.

Health and Safety Manager for Pentland Homes  Kay Martin  reports that children have been seen on the site in the storage area in the evenings and weekends and playing in the road during the day when site traffic was travelling around the development.

The company have now written to residents to ask that parents speak to their children of the dangers they face playing on building sites.

The third phase of building for Terlingham Village is due to start later in the year.



To Local Residents of

Terlingham Village &

Surrounding Developments

18th April 2005

Dear Resident,

Children on Site

It has been brought to my attention that children have been seen at weekends and in the evenings playing on the mound behind the hoardings along Paxton Avenue. This area has been fenced off to prevent access to a storage facility for the ongoing building work and is therefore an extremely dangerous place for children to enter.

I also understand that through the school holidays some children were playing in the road during the day when site traffic was travelling around the development.

Could you please ensure that you speak to your children, or to any children that may visit you, regarding the hazards that they may encounter whilst building work continues in the vicinity? This is especially important when work gets underway later this year on the third phase of Terlingham Village.


Yours faithfully

Kay Martin



Office / Health and Safety Manager

Telephone (01303) 891112


Pentland House, 8 Osprey Court, Hawkinge, Folkestone, Kent CT18 7TH

NHBCTele: 01303 894351 Fax: 01303 894352


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