Hawkinge Parish Council minutes 5 August 2004 extraordinary meeting

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Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council held o­n Thursday, 5th August 2004 at 10.30 a.m. in the Village Hall


Present: Cllr. Callahan (Chairman)

              Cllrs. Heasman, Hogben, Punnett and Trice


In attendance: Mrs Hardy (Clerk)


Apologies: Cllrs. Ms Brisley, Hodgson, Mrs Newton and Smith


Cllr. Callahan opened the meeting and stated that he had called it so that councillors could receive an up-date regarding the sale of the strip of land at the Leisurdrome and deal with other planning matters.


986            Declarations of Interest

Cllr. Callahan declared an interest in planning matters (member of Development Control Committee SDC) he reserved the right to make a decision at District level when he is in possession of all the facts relating to an application.


987      Sale of strip of land at the Leisuredrome (mins.968 and 982)

The Chairman reported that the developer had submitted a planning application for the site (Y04/0881/SH) and it showed that contrary to the Council’s wishes the buildings encroached o­n the strip of land to be purchased.    The developer has now been told that there will be a covenant placed o­n the land when it is sold to prevent building o­n the strip of land.

Cllr. Callahan and Cllrs. Heasman and Trice had met the developer and they had agreed, subject to Parish Council approval, a compromise that will allow o­ne of the flats to be built o­n the strip.  

Cllr. Callahan asked councillors to decide o­n o­ne of the following three options:

1. A covenant is placed o­n the land to prevent building o­n it.

2. The proposed covenant be removed completely

3. The covenant is removed for this planning application o­nly because of the modification made by the developer.

It was Resolved that option 3 be adopted and the Council’s solicitor be instructed to place a covenant o­n the strip of land to prevent the developer and future owners of the land from building o­n it and that the covenant be waived for the amended planning application to be submitted to SDC prior to the sale of the land.

(prop. Cllr. Heasman, sec. Cllr. Hogben) Votes For 4 Against 0 Abstention 1 (District Councillor).


988      Planning Applications

KCC SH/04/TEMP/0030 Hawkinge Vehicle Services, Aerodrome Road

To continue to dismantle end of life vehicles with recovered parts storage:

Strongly approve the application.   Votes: all in favour

Comment to be sent to Kent County Council.


Y04/0996/SH Bramdene, Stombers Lane: outline application for the erection of three detached dwellings together with garages.    PC strongly objects o­n the grounds that in filling of back land is contrary to District planning policy (RS2 Local Plan)

Votes: For 3 Against 0 Abstentions 2 (one District Councillor)


Y04/1015/SH The Paddock, Stombers Lane: erection of a two storey front extension.    No objections


Y04/1021/SH 11 Sandpiper Road: erection of a 1.8m fence fronting footpath/ cycleway.   No objections


The meeting closed at 11.20 a.m.

Hawkinge Parish Council minutes 14 July 2004 meeting

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Minutes of the meeting of HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL held o­n Wed. 14th July 2004 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall


Present: Cllr. Callahan (Chairman)

              Cllrs. Heasman, Hodgson, Punnett and Trice


Apologies: Cllr. Ms. Brisley, Cllr. Hogben (indisposed) Cllr. Mrs Newton (KACF commitment) Cllr. Smith (District Council meeting)


The Chairman told the meeting that Joan Brisley was convalescing after the accident.    She had written to thank the Chairman, Clerk and councillors for the basket of flowers sent to the hospital.


A resident said that after the grass verges are cut the cuttings are left.   In many cases the drains in the roads are blocked as a result.   Did SDC intend to clear the drains to prevent flooding?    In addition weeds growing in the kerb are obstructing the flow of rainwater to the drains.    Properties had already been flooded in Canterbury Road and it was causing a problem throughout the village.    It was agreed that SDC be advised.

Mr Ian Norman (Community Warden) gave an account of crimes committed in Hawkinge during the past month.   Speed checks had been carried out.   There are play schemes for children during the school holidays at Hawkinge Primary School.




972      Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held o­n 9th June 2004 were confirmed and signed by the Chairman (prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Heasman) 


973            Declarations of Interest

Cllr. Callahan declared an interest in planning matters (member of Development Control Committee SDC) he reserved the right to make a decision at District level when he is in possession of all the facts relating to an application.

Cllr. Heasman declared an interest in the Community Centre (Trustee).


974      Matters arising out of the Minutes

       (a) Disused Toilet block and footpath (mins.958 and 971)

The Chairman thanked the councillors who helped to clear the footpath of all shrubbery.    While the work was in progress, he had received a quotation from a local firm to remove the tree roots and make good the tarmac areas; remove the wall adjoining the toilet block and construct a crossover between the existing path and the car parking area; the work to be completed before 4th July when the Post Office in the Community Centre was due to open.   

Cllr. Callahan said he had contacted some councillors to get approval to accept the quotation and an application had been sent to the Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership Community Chest for a grant to pay for the footpath.   The application was accepted and in view of the fact that the work was done with no expenditure by the Council, he had not called a special meeting.    He asked councillors to ratify the action taken.

It was Resolved that the action taken by the Chairman to ensure that a footpath to provide access for parishioners from the shopping area Canterbury Road to the Post Office in the Community Centre prior to its opening, be approved.

(prop. Cllr. Punnett, sec. Cllr. Trice) Votes: For 4 Against 0 Abstention 1 (District Councillor)

Cllr. Heasman said there was some concern that the footpath ends suddenly and pedestrians have to walk across the rough surface of the car park, most of which is owned by SDC, the rest by the Community Centre Trust.

The Chairman said that all parties including the Village Hall Management Committee needed to meet to discuss the problem of car parking in the area and the continuation of the footpath/cycle path that at present stops at the boundary of the village hall land.     The Footpaths Group will be responsible for arranging a meeting.

Discussion about the need to demolish the disused toilet block was deferred to the confidential section.


       (b) Sport Relief – National o­ne-Mile Run (min. 966)

Cllr. Trice said the day had been very successful, 240 runners had taken part both young and old, to raise money for the Sport Relief Charity.     Final donations had still to come in.     He asked the Council if, in view of the fact that portaloos were not hired, it would contribute £60 to cover the costs of the day.  

It was Resolved that the Council reimburse Cllr. Trice the £60 costs incurred in organising the event as its contribution towards the Sport Relief charity.

(prop. Cllr. Callahan, sec. Cllr. Heasman) Votes: all in favour

The Chairman congratulated Cllr. Trice o­n organising an excellent event.


975      Reports – Working Groups

       (a) Sports and Ground Maintenance/Football Project

Cllr. Hodgson reported that because the Cricket Club is having a new extension to their pavilion built, it is unable to provide The Hawkinge Football Club with changing facilities for the next season.     He and Cllr. Trice had been visiting various companies that sell new and second hand portakabins.    They had also looked into the possibility of purchasing second hand metal containers, although these would have no interior fitments.     The minimum requirement is three changing rooms with electricity and hot and cold water.    Cllr. Trice said 80 young people want to play football next season and the Council must provide a temporary building.   After the new pavilion is built it could be used for storage.

Discussion about a proposed purchase was deferred to the confidential section.


      (b) Public Rights of Way

Cllr. Callahan stated that as Kent Highways had not responded to the Council’s request for the footpath outside the shops, Canterbury Road, to be identified by coloured tarmac, he intended to take the matter to the Joint Transportation Board, SDC.

Cllr. Punnett advised that the grass had not been cut between the footpath/cycle track and the rear of properties in Canterbury Road.    SDC to be advised.


976      Other Bodies

       (a) Hawkinge Community Centre

Cllr. Hodgson reported that the Property Department, SDC, had asked the Trustees to meet a prospective purchaser of the land adjacent to the Community Centre to discuss parking arrangements.    There will be an informal meeting.   If any official proposals are made, the Trustees will involve all interested parties in the talks.


       (b) Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership

Mr J. Whittaker, Regeneration Officer, had sent copies of the most recent Board Meetings held o­n 10th and 25th June.   Copies were distributed at the meeting.


977      Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council

The Council’s solicitor was waiting for a response from the solicitor acting for HY&CSC regarding the Lease.

Cllr. Callahan said Mr Patrick Lawrence, Chairman of the Trustees, HY&CSC had contacted him.   They had discussed the outstanding repairs (min. 970 refers) and Mr Lawrence requested that a disabled toilet be included in the list of works.   The Clerk advised that the extra expenditure could be met by using the concurrent services grant monies intended to be used either by the PC or HY&CSC for renovation/repairs at the Leisuredrome.

It was Resolved that Bryant & Reina Ltd. be instructed to include a disabled toilet in the kitchen/toilet area in the Leisuredrome hall.    (prop. Cllr. Hodgson, sec. Cllr. Callahan)   Votes: all in favour


978      Correspondence

       (a) Notice of a meeting from Head of Administrative Services, SDC, to all PCs. 

Community Assembly – North Downs East Ward to be held in Hawkinge

Community Centre o­n Wed. 21st July 2004  

       (b) Parish and Town Councillor Allowances:  letter from Head of Administrative

            Services, SDC and a report by the Parish Remuneration Panel June 2004. Noted.

       (c) Head of Policy & Performance Review, SDC, notice that the Performance Plan

20004/05 has been published and is available o­n SDC web site.

       (d) Kent Police: Special Constable Recruitment Campaign.   Noted.

       (e) Mrs G. Warman who resides in Demozay Close described an incident outside the

            shops when her 4 yr old son was nearly knocked off his scooter by a car (letter

            dated 29th June).   It was decided that the Council should write to all the shop

            owners again asking them not to park o­n the lower footpath and to supervise 

            delivery lorries to the shops when they are reversing.

       (f) KAPC, Shepway Area Committee.   The County Secretary asked PCs to let him

know if their councillors would be interested in attending a training evening for new councillors to be held o­n Thursday, 23rd September.    No interest expressed.   


979      Finance

Payment of the following accounts was approved (prop. Cllr. Hodgson, sec. Cllr. Heasman)



Cowgate Landscaping (football field access)




SDC (p.application fee)




Folkestone & Dover Water




Harmer Landscapes




NatWest EBS




Mrs Hardy (salary)




Mrs Hardy (expenses inc. tel.a/c)




SDC (SL rates)




Valuation Office Agency (SL)




Hawkinge Village Hall




A.P.Willcox (printers)




Cowgate Landscaping (footpath)




Cllr. J.Punnett (reimbursement)




Cllr. C.Trice (Sport Relief - donation)




Cllr. Trice reported that since the new format was introduced sponsors have donated £90 every month towards the cost of producing the newsletter.


980      Plans

       (a)            Applications received and comments sent by the Planning Group:

Y04/0711/SH Avon Lea, Mill Lane:  extension to existing front and rear dormer windows.   No objections

Y04/0728/SH 21 The Meade: erection of a two storey side extension and front porch.    No objections

Y04/0733/SH 19 Aerodrome Road: erection of a two storey side extension and single storey rear extension.    No objections

Y04/0759/SH 27 Stansfeld Avenue: variation of condition 4 of planning permission 97/0133/SH to allow part of garage to be used as living accommodation.   No objections provided that the rest of the garage can still be used for its intended use.  NB This property can be either 3 or 4 bedrooms

Y04/0760/SH 3 Barnhurst Lane: front and rear dormers and extension to roof.

No objections.

Y04/0776/SH Terlingham House, Gibraltar Lane: erection of a first floor balcony to the south west and south east elevation and a raised decked area to the ground floor south east elevation together with the erection of a single storey extension to the north east elevation and a detached double garage.    Objection:  the visual impact of the proposals o­n the surrounding area would be such that it would be seen to be detrimental.

Y04/0792/SH 14 Old Rectory Close: erection of a single storey side and rear extension.   No objections

Y04/0794/SH 85 The Street: erection of a rear conservatory.     No objections

Y04/0820/SH 7 Bittern Close: erection of a rear garden summerhouse.    No objections

Y04/0835/SH Land adjacent Cricketers Close and Hawkinge Cricket Club:

Change of use of land to car park together with the erection of a pavilion.

The Council strongly supports this application.


The action taken by the Planning Group was approved by councillors.


       (b) Plans discussed at the meeting and comments sent:

Y04/0864/SH Land at 279 Canterbury Road: Telecommunications installation comprising of a 20m slim line lattice tower with 3 No. dual band dual polar antennas and 2 No. 600 mm transmission dishes together with a 6 pack of equipment cabinets enclosed in a fenced and landscaped compound.

Objection:    The Council is not convinced that the sharing process has been fully explored.     Votes: For 4 Against 0 Abstention 1 (District Councillor)

Y04/0878/SH 15 Honnor Close: erection of a rear conservatory:   No objections.



           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.


982      Sale of strip of land at the Leisuredrome (min.968) 

The Council received a letter from Kingsfords dated 5th July.

It was agreed that the contribution by the purchaser (and successors in title) towards the cost of repairing, renewing and maintaining the access road should be 50% at the Council’s direction.          


983            Disposal of Asbestos (min. 949(a))

Quotations had been received from three Asbestos Removal firms and o­ne Demolition Company.     Cllr. Punnett quoted a verbal estimate by a local firm.

It was agreed that if a formal quotation follows confirming the estimate, it would be accepted; otherwise the firm offering best value for money would be accepted.

(prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: all in favour


984            Football Project – Temporary Building

Councillors considered various options including an opportunity to purchase o­ne second hand 16ft x 8ft. unit from Hythe Plant Services.  

It was Resolved that in view of the limited time before the start of the football season, the Sports and Ground Maintenance/Football Project Group be given delegated powers to purchase and fit out two portakabins or suitable units and to contact McMillan & Associates regarding planning permission and connection of electric and water supplies to the site.   

(prop. Cllr. Callahan, sec. Cllr. Heasman) Votes: all in favour


 At this point Cllr. Hodgson left the meeting (work commitment)


985      Disused Toilet Block

The Council received an estimate to demolish the toilet block.

It was Resolved that the Council accept an estimate from Cowgate Landscaping to demolish the toilet block and break up the slab foundation and dispose of all rubbish and rubble for £750.00 + VAT.   

(prop. Cllr. Trice, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: For 3 Against 0 Abstention 1.


The meeting closed at 10 p.m.

Ghost train steams into Lyminge

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Lyminge Dramatic Society – November Production.

Rehearsals are under way, the set has been designed and the box office opens o­n Saturday 6th November at Haxtons Estate Agents, Lyminge for our next play, “The Ghost Trainâ€? by Arthur Ridley. Directed by Stuart Hunniset, the play is a comedy thriller which will have you o­n the edge of your seats.

The production will be staged at Lyminge Village Hall from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th November, starting at 7.45pm.

Please note that tickets can be reserved for collection at the village hall o­n the evening of the performance but payment for the full amount must be received by Haxtons by Friday 19th November latest in order to secure these tickets.

 When reserving tickets, please leave a telephone number with Haxtons so that we can contact you if necessary. We reserve the right to resell tickets for which payment has not been received in time. Tickets are priced £6-00 for adults and £3-00 for children.

We are very pleased to announce the restarting of the Dramatic Society's Youth Group which will now be in January.

There will be two age groups, 8 to 12 and 13+ , both groups taking place o­n the same evening each week.

Although the society will be supporting the venture financially, there will be a small weekly charge per person.

Please ring Tricia Stewart o­n 862008 or Brian Edmond o­n 863201 if you are interested.

Summer crackdown on drunken behaviour a success

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A Kent Police operation to clamp down o­n alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder over the summer is being hailed a success as the Home Office publish the final results.

From the beginning of July to the end of August, police in South East Kent and Thanet took part in the National Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign along with 75 other policing areas from England and Wales.

During the operation the South East Kent Area dealt with 184 incidents and made 105 arrests.

Police in Folkestone, Dover and Deal targeted 32 troublemakers with fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Officers stopped and checked 328 youths, carried out 33 vehicle checks, and confiscated alcohol from 50 people (including adults and juveniles).

The Licensing Enforcement Team visited 106 licensed premises to ensure that alcohol was not being sold to underage youths and that licensees were fulfilling their responsibilities under the relevant regulations.

Analysis shows that during the campaign, alcohol-related violent incidents fell by 12 per cent in the town centres, compared to the same period last year.

The South East Kent Policing area was selected to take part in the National campaign because it already had many successful measures in place under ‘Operation Kibosh’.

Operation Kibosh started in May 2004 with high visibility patrols in town centres o­n Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to deal with alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

In addition, the police in South East Kent and Local Crime Reduction Partners have been working with local licensees o­n several successful initiatives:

The ‘Crystal Clear’ safer glass campaign – to encourage licensed premises to use drinks glasses made from special glass that if it is smashed, shatters into small chards that cannot be used as potential sharp weapons, in a bid to reduce the number of casualties.

The Door Registration scheme - Licensees must adhere to this scheme or lose their Public Entertainment Licence. In order to become a doorman, applicants must submit details of their personal history to their local authority and attend a training course covering: How to talk to customers; How to diffuse difficult situations/clients; Procedures for confiscation of drugs; First aid and Health and safety.

Pubwatch - designed to improve the flow of information between pubs, off-licences and police to deter troublemakers and reduce crime. If anyone has been barred or refused entry to a premises, everyone in the scheme is immediately alerted via radio. o­nce convicted and refused entry in o­ne establishment then you are effectively barred from them all.

The main thrust of the Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign took place in the South East Kent Policing area, as Operation Kibosh was already established.

However in the Thanet area, officers made a significant contribution to the campaign with 17 arrests: 5 people were subsequently charged with public order offences, 9 people were charged with being drunk and disorderly, 2 were cautioned for being drunk and disorderly and 1 person arrested was released without charge. Two further people were given fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Officers were also o­n the look out for underage drinkers and alcohol was confiscated from 13 youths.

A total of 72 licensed premises were visited, and the end of the campaign coincided with the launch of Pubwatch in Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

Chief Constable of Kent Police, Michael Fuller said: “Kent Police is committed to tackling problems that impact o­n people’s quality of life, such as disorder and anti-social behaviour. The results achieved in this campaign have shown the impact that high-profile police activity and targeted work with partners can have o­n making communities in Kent even safer.â€?

Shepway's new boss appointed

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<FONT color=black>Shepway District Council has appointed a new Chief Executive to head the authority. 

<FONT color=black>Leader of the Council, Cllr Robert Bliss announced the appointment of Alistair Stewart, currently Director of Corporate Resources at West Lindsey District Council.
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Cllr Bliss said: “This was a unanimous decision of the Appointments Panel and members are very much looking forward to working with the new Chief Executive to ensure that Shepway not o­nly recovers its image and standing, but takes its place among the leading district councils.â€?

Stormy outlook ahead for wind farm inquiry

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A wind farm with 26 turbines - each twice as high as Nelson's Column - proposed for Romney Marsh is not o­n, says Kent County Council Leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart.

But it is down to Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt  to determine whether to allow a wind farm or not after hearing the points raised at a public inquiry to be held in October. It is expected to last three weeks..

The proposed farm would be o­n a grand scale generating up to 78 megawatts  at Little Cheyne Court o­n the Sussex border, with turbines reaching  up to 116 metres or 380 feet above the Romney Marsh skyline.

Placing this many turbines o­n the marsh is unacceptable and totally out of keeping with the area's remote rural character, according to Sir Sandy.

Sir Sandy said: "It's just not o­n. Romney Marsh has a wonderful and evocative landscape, big skies, grazing sheep, small historic churches and wild, flat marshland. Development of this scale at a single location across the marsh is totally inappropriate and would destroy this unique heritage."

"We believe that there are a number of suitable sites elsewhere in the south east, particularly offshore."

KCC Cabinet Member for the Environment Richard King said: "The county council has adopted clear policies to protect Kent's unique countryside for its own sake. If approved this wind farm would be seen for miles in an open, sensitive area like the Romney Marsh."

Many of those in favour of the scheme point out that Romney Marsh is already home to the Dungeness 'A' and 'B' nuclear power stations and is not the idyll described by Sir Sandy.

Calling all artists

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<FONT color=black size=4>CALLING ALL ARTISTS

<FONT color=black>Artists from across Kent are being given the unique opportunity to put their work o­n display and celebrate the new developments at County Hall.

<FONT color=black>To celebrate the sixth birthday of the County Gallery in Maidstone, Kent County Council is inviting Kent artists to participate in a forthcoming exhibition entitled 'Picture This'.

<FONT color=black>'Picture This' will take place at the County Gallery from Monday 4 October to Friday 5 November and all artists are invited to participate. All artwork is welcome for consideration and can be both saleable and non-saleable works. The invitation is in keeping with the gallery's commitment of continually promoting the work of Kent artists to the people of Kent.

<FONT color=black>In addition to the exhibition, Kent County Council will be reopening the newly developed Sessions Square outside County Hall o­n Monday 20 September from 12.30pm. This redevelopment will have many new features including a café and a performing arts and visual arts programme. To kick-start this process KCC is asking artists to exhibit their work in Sessions Square from Monday 20 September as a forerunner to the 'Picture This' exhibition.

<FONT color=black>KCC Cabinet Member for Community Services Sarah Hohler said: "The County Gallery has showcased some great exhibitions over the years so I am delighted to celebrate its sixth birthday.

<FONT color=black>"The forthcoming 'Picture This' exhibition is an opportunity for artists across Kent to have their work displayed in a well-respected gallery and to join in with the developments in Sessions Square. This really is an opportunity not to be missed so I would encourage all artists to get involved!"

<FONT color=black>KCC Cabinet Member for Resources Kevin Lynes added: "Showcasing the very best in Kent arts and culture is a key aspect of the Sessions Square redevelopment. Our aim is to create a vibrant space which is valued by the whole community. For this to become a reality we need the community to join in and the 'Picture This' exhibition is an ideal opportunity to begin this involvement."

<FONT color=black>If you are a visual artist/painter wishing to be included in these new opportunities and join in with the celebrations in Sessions Square, then please contact Victoria Danville, Visual Arts Co-ordinator o­n 01622 696464 or 07782 285567. KCC is expecting a lively response to this invitation so please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Pooh joins in celebrations

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<FONT color=black>If you go down to Dover today you're in for a big surprise!

<FONT color=black>Dover Discovery Centre will celebrate its first birthday o­n Saturday 18 September with a special day of teddy-bear themed events.

<FONT color=black>Winnie the Pooh will make a special appearance to join in with events planned for the day including the cutting of a birthday cake, a teddy bear craft session, a teddy bear quiz and face-painting session, and an all-day book sale.

<FONT color=black>At lunchtime, visitors are invited to bring along a teddy bear and join in with a picnic lunch and there will also be the launch of a new natural history collection for Dover library with a book talk by local experts.

<FONT color=black>Dover Discovery Centre was officially opened by Kent County Council in September 2003 and has since become a focal point for the Dover community, offering a range of services including Dover Library, adult education services, a museum, a café and a nursery.

<FONT color=black>KCC Cabinet Member for Community Services Sarah Hohler said: "I am delighted to celebrate the first birthday of Dover Discovery Centre. I hope everyone will come along to join in the special birthday events we have planned."

Support for Age concern

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<FONT color=black>At a luncheon for Age Concern in Stade Street, Hythe o­n Friday (3 September) representatives from Barclays Bank presented the organisation with a cheque for £750.

<FONT color=black>Age Concern supports all people over 50 in the UK, ensuring that they get the most from life. They provide essential services such as day care and information. They campaign o­n issues like age discrimination and pensions, and work to influence public opinion and government policy about older people.

<FONT color=black>Every local Age Concern is unique. They are tailored to specific local needs and focussed o­n providing vital services to older people in the community. They provide key services such as information transport, day centres, lunch clubs and home visits.

Tory leader and local MP Michael Howard was the guest of honour at the gathering.

More cash for Dover

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Funds are still available from Kent County Council for local projects in Dover.

Residents will be able to hear at first hand how much cash has already been distributed when the Kent Dover Local Board meets next Thursday 16 September at Dover Discovery Centre, starting at 6.30pm.

Members will receive an update about which projects have received cash so far since funds become available from April. Individual members can recommend projects to receive a share of up to £10,000 and there's also a £500,000 central pot for capital projects.

Board Chairman Bryan Cope said: "The County Council is making considerable sums available for local projects throughout Dover. This is a good opportunity for local members to make local decisions about which projects should be supported and to give a boost to their community."

Local organisations and community groups may put in a bid for funds by contacting individual KCC members whose details are o­nline at or by contacting KCC's community liaison manager James Painter, email The board will recommend projects for approval by KCC Cabinet Members.

The local board is a new form of public meeting designed to bring local county council members in closer contact with the people they serve. Next week's meeting will also receive reports o­n the area's Sixth Forms, Children's Centres and Joint Service Centres for social services, and Community Safety.