Do you know Christopher Blake.....10 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 10, 2003 - 03:34 PM

Iam looking for an old school friend of mine who moved to Folkestone in 1990 from Catford,

His name is Christopher Blake 23yrs old and used to go to Rushey Green Primary School.

mehmet egemen


Blooming good idea....10 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 10, 2003 - 02:47 AM

Cllrs Isabela Chantry and Joan Brisley want you!

They think the 2003 Britain in Bloom competition is within the grasp of the village and plans are being made to make Hawkinge top of the tree on the Garden Coast.

South East in Bloom is sponsored and supported by Southern Water. They promote the competition not just by focussing on the visual appearance of the area but by benefitting the community as a whole by increasing pride in the village, giving a long term environmental improvement and a reduction in litter and graffiti.

Judging will take place in July 2003.

Cllr Chantry said: "I would like the whole village to be involved."

If you would like to help Hawkinge a winner please ring Isabela Chantry on 01303 891811


Support for Canterbury Road traffic calming....9 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 09, 2003 - 05:36 PM

Local resident Grahame Green has gained the support of Cllr Charles Robertson for traffic calming measures for Canterbury Road.

Mr Green asked the question at the Parish Council meeting, saying that as the proposed bypass was no longer going ahead, could there be traffic calming on Canterbury Road? He explained that the amount of traffic through the village would now be greater than if there were a bypass.

The Parish Council will be writing to KCC requesting they consider the proposal.


"Must we wait until a child is killed?" plea from Head...8 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 08, 2003 - 07:31 AM

The problem of unadopted roads in Hawkinge reached crisis point this week when ice and snow turned Haven Drive into a skating rink.

Jennie Carter, head teacher of The Churchill School, watched in horror as drivers approaching the roundabouts spun out of control on the ice as children were arriving for school on Monday morning.

Although gritting lorries had been busy overnight elsewhere in the county they had not been along Haven Drive because it is one of a number of roads which remain the responsibility of developers and not the local authority.Mrs Carter said: “I have watched driver after driver spin out of control on the roundabouts this morning because the road is covered in ice.

“I appreciate that the road is not the responsibility of Shepway Council until it has been officially adopted, but how much longer must we wait for that to happen?

“We cannot get a school warning sign or a crossing patrol or anything until the developers move out and the road is adopted.

“The dangers to the children are immense. Must we wait until a child is killed before something is done?�


Former cub leader charged with 19 sex offences....7 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 07, 2003 - 11:38 AM

Police are appealing to former members of a Hawkinge cub pack to contact them after a former leader has been held on sex abuse charges.

64 year old David Hopkins was charged with 19 offences of serious sexual assault against children between 1961 and 1989.

Hopkins appeared at Folkestone Magistrates Court today (7 January) and was remanded in custody. The case will be heard at Maidstone Crown Court in February.

The police investigation team are appealing for members who were in the pack between 1973-1989 to contact them in confidence by ringing 01303 289132.


Currys at the Gazette Marketplace

Contributed by localrags on Jan 06, 2003 - 02:52 PM

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Another weird decision by the Parish Council, presumably...4 January 2002

Contributed by localrags on Jan 04, 2003 - 04:38 PM

I am intrigued to read that a minority religion church is to be based in the new village hall.

What will happen now if other religions make application to do the same ?

Refuse then and there will be accusations of preference, allow them and there wont be room for much else. Does it mean that on occasions of church services no other activity can take place.

Religious services attenders may reasonably expect peace and quiet. Hardly compatible use with any youth or sport activities which should take precedence.

It is a village hall and never intended as a church. I wonder if the planning application stated that part of the building was to be a church.

Another wierd decision by the Parish Council, presumably

Peter Hogben


Business looking up for Eurotunnel....2 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 02, 2003 - 06:57 AM

Eurotunnel has increased the number of truck shuttle departures to meet growing demand for its services offering six departures an hour in each direction.

Eurotunnel now offers 725 truck shuttles departures a week in each direction.

The truck shuttles carried 907,388 trucks in the first nine months of 2002.

Two new tracks and platforms in both the UK and France have been opened, representing the first major expansion of terminal capacity since the Channel Tunnel opened in 1994.

Further truck shuttle capacity will come on stream during 2003 and by this time, Eurotunnel will have more than doubled its fleet of truck shuttles from seven to 16 since 1999.


Yes you did hear it here first!...2 January 2002

Contributed by localrags on Jan 02, 2003 - 06:47 AM


News that the Asda supermarket chain are interested in land on the seafront in Folkestone will have come as no surprise to Hawkinge Gazette readers.

It was announced that local businessman Jimmy Godden has sold the Rotunda Amusement Park and developers are proposing to build car parks, cinemas, housing and retail outlets on the land adjacent to the seafront.

Asda are thought to be keen to move in.

In September we told you that according to a local businessman the Supermarket giant had turned its attention from Folkestone town centre to the seafront in its search for a suitable site on which to build a new outlet,

This would spell the end of the dream for many Hawkinge residents that Asda would build its next superstore in the village.

Asda Property Communications Manager, Simon Leonard, would not be drawn at the time on whether or not it was in the process of buying the package of land along the seafront.

He told the Gazette: "I am not in a position to comment on a specific site at this point in time. It's no secret that we are very interested in the area, but we don't like to comment on speculation."

Shepway Council's head of economic development, Andy Jarrett, said back in September " I can neither confirm nor deny that negotiations are underway regarding this particular piece of land.

"However, I can say that the council would like to see this area developed."

The planning application, from development company Trent Developments Ltd, is expected to be considered by the Development Control Committee in the early part of the year.

The plans involve the creation of a multi-million pound leisure and residential complex with bowling alley, multiplex cinema, bingo hall, health club and more than 600 homes. The development also includes a food superstore. The development would be created on the seafront site owned by entrepreneur Jimmy Godden.

Council Leader, Rory Love, said the submission of the planning application represented the first stage of what could turn out to be the transformation of Folkestone seafront.

“It is early days and the planning application has only just been submitted. The proposal is a very exciting one and very much along the lines of the Council’s masterplan. The new leisure uses and residential apartments are very welcome but the inclusion of a retail superstore will require careful consideration. The Council is keen to ensure that the planned development of the Bouverie Place shopping centre is not critically affected.�

He said the Council would be listening to the views of local people before making a decision.

“Although the council welcomes this demonstration of confidence in our town we need to take into account the needs and wishes of local people.

“As soon as we have more details and artists’ impressions of the scheme, we will be hosting a public exhibition with the developers. We will asking the people of the district for their views before we make a decision.�


New Community Centre to become Church....1 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 01, 2003 - 03:39 PM

Hawkinge Baptist Church will be moving from St Luke's Church to the new Hawkinge Community Centre in the middle of March 2003.

The church will be situated on the first floor and will be able to accommodate a congregation of around 90.

Pastor Ian Reynolds told the Gazette that the church has bought the lease for 125 years.

Mr Reynolds said: "We hope to be able to move in just as soon as the Community centre is completed which should be in the middle of March.

"The church will use the main entrance to the centre but will have its own separate entrance to the Church".