"They are both out to get the Chairman"....22 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 22, 2003 - 03:31 PM

I have read your article about John Heasman being found guilty of threatening behaviour at the Parish Council meeting last July 10th.

I was at that meeting and both Cllr Trice and Cllr Smith behaved very badly. They constantly interrupted proceedings, muttering all the time. Members of the public could not even hear what they were saying.

Cllr Smith kept looking at parishioners and rolling his eyes, they were both out of order.

As for Cllr Trice saying he was frightened by remarks made by John Heasman, I find this impossible to believe.

It seems they are both out to get the Chairman, who may not be perfect but does his best for the community.

I would hope that all councillors are doing the same, but as a member of the public I sometimes find it hard to believe.

Personalities should not come into it. It was an embarrassing evening for councillors and parishioners.

Wendy Bell

41 Cricketers Close


No terrorist attack information leaflets say Shepway Council....21 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 21, 2003 - 02:10 PM

Shepway Council has said that it has no plans to issue public information leaflets advising residents on what to do in the event of a terrorist attack on the district.

But a spokesman for the council said in a statement on Friday (February 21st) that the authority has "a robust, tried and tested major emergency plan which sets out procedures that the council, the emergency services and other partners would follow in the event of a major incident - whatever the cause.

“Any response would be co-ordinated by the police who would take the decision whether or not to alert the council and use its services.

"The council has no plans to issue ‘public information’ leaflets, as suggested by the Hawkinge Gazette, but we would like to reassure the people of Shepway that their wellbeing and safety in the event of a major incident are our prime concerns and are comprehensively addressed in our emergency plan.�

The Hawkinge Gazette contacted Shepway Council on behalf of concerned residents who have taken the Government's warning of an "imminent" terrorist attack to heart.

One local resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "With both a nuclear power station and the Channel Tunnel on our doorstep I feel we have more reason than most to fear that we might be singled out as a potential target.

"Even a minor assault on either of these facilities could have devastating consequences for the local community.

"Only last week Prime Minister Tony Blair made a statement warning of terrorist attacks and reminding the public of the need for vigilance."


Sunken car carrier gets the chop....21 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 21, 2003 - 09:05 AM

The sunken car-carrier Tricolor will be chopped up into five pieces before being raised from the English Channel.

Per Ronnevig, a spokesman for the ship's Norwegian owners, says the 20,000 tonne vessel is too large for a crane to lift and

a long wire will be used to cut it.

He said: "We will cut it like you cut a cheese."

Three other ships have since collided with the wreck: an empty tanker called Nicola, the Turkish tanker Vicky, carrying 70,000 tons of fuel, and a vessel sent to pump out the ship's fuel tanks.

No decision has yet been made as to which tenderer will receive the contract to remove the wreck.

The owners hope the main structures will be removed by the end of August

The Tricolor sank in December after colliding with the Bahamas-registered container ship Kariba in thick fog.


New Drama Production booked for April....20 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 20, 2003 - 07:08 AM

Tickets go on sale on Saturday 15th March for the Lyminge Dramatic Society next production, Alan Ayckbourn’s “A Chorus of Disapproval.�

The production will run from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th April at Lyminge Village Hall

The tickets are available from Haxtons Estate Agents in Lyminge

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Fairground firm ordered to pay £180,000 after guilty verdict....19 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 19, 2003 - 05:23 PM

Dreamland Leisure Ltd, owners of the Rotunda Amusement Park in Folkestone have been fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £140,000 in costs and £15,000 compensation after an eight-year-old girl from Adisham died when she fell from a mini rollercoaster at the Folkestone amusement park.

The company denied breaching health and safety laws at the trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Erin Griffin died the following day after falling from the ride and hitting her head on a metal part of the ride on 11 September 1999, the court was told.

The trial which lasted just over 5 weeks found Dreamland Leisure Ltd guilty of failing to ensure passengers were properly contained in the ride under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Judge David Croft fined Dreamland Leisure Ltd £25,000, ordered the company to pay £140,000 costs and £15,000 compensation to Erin's mother Michelle Griffin.


Activity vans for local youngsters ....18 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 18, 2003 - 05:26 PM

Shepway and Dover are to benefit from youth mobiles, a fleet of vehicles made up of small vans, Transit sized vehicles, a trailer, a mobile home and a caravan

KCC Youth workers will be taking the Youth & Community service out to many locations, reaching young people who may not normally have access to a local youth centre.

Each mobile carries a range of equipment to support activities related to sports, the arts and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There is a television and CD player, educational games and a wide variety of information leaflets and packs.

They will offer a fun, safe environment for teenagers to come and meet other young people, make snacks, join in different activities and games, and learn new skills.

The service will be aimed at young people aged 13-19.

Sarah Hohler, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Community Services will officially launch the mobiles on Wednesday 5 March. She said: “We want to provide activities for young people no matter where they live in Kent. These new vehicles will ensure we can reach many more parts of the county. I hope that lots of young people will come along and try out the activities on offer.�


Drive at a snail's pace in Dover....17 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 17, 2003 - 10:05 AM

A new traffic calming scheme at Oswald Road and Eric Road, Dover is in its final stages of completion. 20mph signs have already been erected and speed cushions will be in place by the end of the week.

They are signs with a difference – a smiling snail! The Road Safety team asked St. Radigunds School pupils to design a picture to put at the base of each sign to warn drivers to slow down and that they are entering a traffic calming zone.

David Wightman won the competition with his bright, cheerful snail, which has been attached to all the entry signs for this route.

KCC has spent £14,000 on the works, which are another part of the Childlife Project launched in November 2001 aimed at driving down child road casualties in Dover, Ashford and Gravesend. The new scheme is widely supported by local residents with 85% in favour after the public consultation.

Chairman of KCC’s Highways Advisory Board, Graham Gibbens, said: “As the new 20mph zone is another initiative in the Childlife Project it seemed only fitting that a child should design the picture for the base of each sign. Although this is cheerful and bright, it also draws on the serious nature of our campaign which is to get motorists to slow down and take responsibility for their own driving.�


Your community needs you....14 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 14, 2003 - 05:14 PM

Local police are looking for people to join the Special Constabulary and help serve their communities.

Special Constables are setting up information roadshows at local supermarkets to mark National Special Constabulary Weekend.

On Saturday, 22 February, they will be at Tesco, Whitfield, near Dover from 10am-6pm and at Sainsbury's, Park Farm, Folkestone on Sunday, 23 February, between 10am-4pm

South East Kent currently has twenty dedicated Special Constables who have the same powers to arrest and detain suspected offenders as regular officers. They play an important role in supporting the work of the regular force.

Specials work alongside the regulars on a variety of police operations that cover issues such as public order, drink/driving, nuisance youths and anti-social behaviour. They are also involved in community projects with local schools.

Anyone aged between 18½ and 50, of good character and in good health can volunteer to become a special constable.

If you are interested and can't get there just ring the Special Constabulary Liaison Officer PC Andy Small for more details on 01303 289 304.

PC Small said: "People volunteer to become specials for a number of reasons but mainly because they want to put something back in their communities and they find police work interesting. Also, many specials decide to join the regular force as I did some years ago."


Re: Eurotunnel give migrating Guillemots a lift home....11/2/03....13 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 13, 2003 - 06:03 PM

These Guillemots, they got passports or something? How can they tell they're from the UK?

Haven't we got enough problems with immigrants without the birds getting in on the action? Leave the Belgians to sort it out, that's what I say.

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Say you're sorry Standards Board tell John....13 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 13, 2003 - 05:38 PM

A complaint against Hawkinge Parish Council chairman, John Heasman, has been upheld by the Standards Board of England.

The allegation of threatening behaviour was brought by Cllr Cyril Trice following a heated exchange between members at last July’s meeting of the parish council, which resulted in the resignation of Cllr Bill Regan.

Cllr Trice, who learned of the Board’s decision this week, said that he understood that an apology from Cllr Heasman would be the only penalty imposed by the Board.