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Red cards for dropping litter

Contributed by editor on Feb 17, 2004 - 12:09 PM


RED CARDS FOR DROPPING LITTER

Local Police officers are to hand out red cards to people seen committing anti-social behaviour such as dropping litter during the run up to their new powers coming into force.

The cards warn that police will soon be able to hand out fixed penalties of up to £80 for offences such as being drunk and disorderly or shouting.

The new police powers to curb yobbish and anti-social behaviour are due to come into effect o­n March 1.


Post Office plans progressing well

Contributed by editor on Feb 17, 2004 - 06:15 AM

<FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>POST OFFICE PLANS PROGRESSING WELL

Baz Basra, the man who is hoping to operate the Hawkinge Post Office in the Community Centre has said that everything is going to plan and he hopes to open in May.


At last week's Parish Council meeting comments were raised about access to the proposed facility from Canterbury Road.

There is no footpath at present and the access through the car park of the Village Hall  to the Community Centre was thought by some councillors, to be dangerous, especially for elderly members of the community.

Mr Basra has said he hoped the problem could easily be solved with him working together with the Parish Council to lay a safe path through to the Post Office.


Dover Council to meet Minister over 17% council tax rise

Contributed by editor on Feb 17, 2004 - 03:14 AM


<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>DOVER COUNCIL TO MEET MINISTER OVER 17% COUNCIL TAX RISE

The Leader of Dover District Council, Cllr Paul Watkins and senior staff are to visit the Local Government Minister, Nick Raynsford, in London o­n Thursday 19th February to discuss the Council’s proposals for Council Tax rises.

The Cabinet proposed a rise of 17.1% when they met in January with the Leader signalling that every effort would be made to reduce the increase in tax for residents, ahead of the Council meeting o­n 1 March when the Tax will be set.

A special meeting of Cabinet o­n 23 February will consider a revised proposal for an 11.2% increase made possible by Council officers obtaining final clarification of new regulations from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and by rescheduling debt.

Councillor Paul Watkins said: "I welcome this meeting as it will give us a chance to clarify the Government’s position and the Minister’s statement that he has given us a 5% increase in funding when in cash terms we have received o­nly a tenth of that increase for the coming year. We are a low taxing Council in comparison with most of Kent and are being required to meet additional challenges, set by the Government, for Licensing, Anti Social Behaviour and recycling without Government meeting the costs."

The 11.2 % increase will mean an additional 24 pence per week for Band D Council Tax payers and reflects around a 1% increase in the overall Council Tax bill, as around 90% of the tax collected locally goes to the County Council, the Police Authority and the Fire Authority.
 


Stolen goods on display in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Feb 17, 2004 - 02:51 AM


STOLEN GOODS ON DISPLAY IN FOLKESTONE


Stolen property recovered by police in south-east Kent is to go on display
.

Officers believe much of the seized property, including CDs, DVDs, clothing and jewellery, is from burglaries that have taken place in the local area.

Victims of crime are invited to view the goods at Folkestone police station, Bouverie Road West, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday February 21.


Gangs rigging cash machines - police believe

Contributed by editor on Feb 16, 2004 - 10:14 AM

<FONT color=#0000cc>
<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>GANGS RIGGING CASH MACHINES - POLICE BELIEVE

Criminals may be vandalising cash machines in Kent so customers have to use ones that are "rigged" to capture their card details, police believe.

Numerous cashpoints in the Canterbury area have been damaged by foil or paper being forced into the slots.

Officers believe it could be linked to organised gangs who use devices to trap cards and empty accounts.


Biker in intensive care after crash

Contributed by editor on Feb 16, 2004 - 05:02 AM


BIKER IN INTENSIVE CARE AFTER CRASH

A motorcyclist is in intensive care at the William Harvey Hospital after a crash o­n the B2011 New Dover Road at Capel-le-Ferne.

The rider was thrown from his bike and landed in the path of a car which ran over him.
 
Kent Police said  that the 34-year-old motorcyclist was o­n the B2011 New Dover Road heading towards Dover.

The rider was in collision with a car travelling in the same direction but turning right into Abbott Cliff.

The man was taken to the William Harvey Hospital by Kent Air Ambulance where he is in a serious condition.

Witnesses to the crash o­n Sunday at 2.30pm o­n Sunday afternoon are asked to contact Kent Police.
 
It was reported no-one in the car was injured.

The road was closed in both directions until about 6.00pm Sunday evening.
 


Eurotunnel Folkestone freight terminal set to open in 2005

Contributed by webmaster on Feb 14, 2004 - 04:29 PM


EUROTUNNEL FOLKESTONE FREIGHT TERMINAL SET TO OPEN IN 2005

Eurotunnel has been given the go ahead to operate a freight service which could see an extra 1m tons of freight being transported yearly through the Channel Tunnel.

The company needed the go-ahead from the French government for the plan, which was given o­n Friday.

The first route will connect Italy to the UK. Eurotunnel envisages operating five trains per week in each direction rising to 30 trains per week by 2008.

Eurotunnel hopes the service, will boost its finances by £13m each year.

In line with Eurotunnel's strategy to significantly increase the volume of rail freight using the Channel Tunnel, the company is also finalising plans for an intermodal freight terminal that will provide the o­nly access to UK markets for larger continental gauge rail traffic.

FIRST (Folkestone International Rail Freight Services Terminal), designed to be operational in mid-2005, will be built alongside Eurotunnel's existing tracks o­n its Folkestone site.

This facility will raise the current barriers to intermodal rail traffic coming from the Continent and will be the first step towards the use of the CTRL for rail freight. The new terminal will be open to access by all rail freight operators.


Re: Airfield petition gets off the ground

Contributed by editor on Feb 14, 2004 - 01:17 AM

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<FONT color=black>RE: AIRFIELD PETITION GETS OFF THE GROUND

<FONT color=black>Dear Ed

I think more development can only benefit Hawkinge by attracting business and amenities

Just my view

Malc


Ratepayers set to pay extra 11% for policing

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2004 - 12:14 PM


RATEPAYERS SET TO PAY EXTRA 11% FOR POLICING

The Kent Police Authority has set its budget for policing in the forthcoming year at £245.8m, an increase of 5.5% over the current figure.

The figure represents an increase of 11.3% in the police precept payable by householders in Kent and Medway.

This would mean a rise for a band D council tax payer of £10.71 (from £94.95 to £105.66), approximately 21p a week.


Warning of traffic delays

Contributed by admin on Feb 13, 2004 - 12:04 PM


<FONT color=black>WARNING OF TRAFFIC DELAYS

Drivers using Snargate Street in Dover are being warned of traffic disruption because of work o­n the main route in and out of the dock.

The Highway Agency is due to carry out the work from the middle of next month.

From 16 March the roundabout at the entrance to the Eastern Docks is being resurfaced.

And at the A0 near the Western docks work will be carried o­n the Limekiln roundabout.