What is this war all about? ...24 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 24, 2003 - 07:12 AM

Who mentioned oil?


Dixons at the Gazette Marketplace

Contributed by localrags on Jan 23, 2003 - 09:35 AM

Van plunges off cliffs at Capel....22 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 22, 2003 - 02:53 PM

A 26-year-old Folkestone man was seriously injured after his van plunged down cliffs at Capel le Ferne.

The Kent Air Ambulance airlifted the man to the William Harvey Hospital.

The van fell more than 250 feet off the cliff, missing the electrified railway line below, andcoming to rest in thick undergrowth.

A witness called police after seeing the van going over the cliff near Winehouse Lane in Capel le Ferne.

Police, fire, ambulance and coastguards, worked for over an hour to free the man. An RAF rescue helicopter was also called to the scene.

Trains continued to operate on the line during the rescue but were proceeding with caution past the crash site.


Light at the end of the Tunnel....22 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 22, 2003 - 06:23 AM

The latest figures from Eurotunnels latest trading figures have shown a big drop in the amount of rail freight it carried in 2002.

Last year's business figures show that rail freight tonnage carried by EWS (English Welsh and Scottish Railways) through the Channel Tunnel fell by 40 per cent.

This has been attributed almost exclusively due to the number of stowaways trying to get aboard its trains, causing cut back and even totally suspended services at some times.

But it is not all doom and gloom for Channel Tunnel traffic

The closure of the Sangatte Red Cross Centre together coupled with increased security at the Frethun rail freight depot near Calais have improved the situation, and EWS says it has not had any refugees trying to stowaway for four months.

Eurotunnel's operating revenues totalled £570 million last year, an overall increase of two per cent on the 2001 figure.


Euro cash to improve Folkestone shops....22 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 21, 2003 - 07:44 PM

The organisation set up to underpin partnership links between Folkestone and Boulogne is bidding for £653,525 of European funding to continue the revitalisation of the shopping centres on both sides of the Channel.

If successful, the bid by BOSCO would help fund a project aimed at improving shopping centres in Folkestone and Boulogne.

With matched funding from Shepway Council and its partners, the total value of the project is £1.6 million.

The project would include improvements of public spaces with a £563,000 extension of new paving, lighting and other enhancements into the rest of Guildhall Street and the Sandgate Road precinct.

At the Boulogne and Shepway Co-operation association second annual meeting in Boulogne recently, Cllr Rory Love, Shepway Council Leader, and first President of BOSCO, said it had been a ‘very fruitful’ first year.

One of the highlights had been a successful bid for funding to enable BOSCO to continue its work in both towns. Folkestone and Boulogne were each awarded £38,210 from the European Regional Development Fund.

“ The work we have started on both sides of the Channel will continue with the same enthusiasm and commitment that have always been the hallmarks of the friendship between the two towns,� said Cllr Love, who handed the presidency over to the new mayor of Boulogne, Frederick Cuvillier.

He described the town centres project as exciting and innovative and said the people of Folkestone and visitors to the town would be able to see real benefits from it.

“We want to increase the number of shoppers visiting Folkestone and Boulogne. We aim to do this by continuing to improve the attractiveness of public spaces, improving the way we provide information about each town, improving customer care in shops and providing language skills training both to retail staff and to unemployed people to help them get back into work.�


Jubilee Way crash leaves man seriously injured....21 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 21, 2003 - 07:32 PM

Jubilee Way, one of the major routes into the Dover's Eastern Docks was closed for almost four hours todat (21 January)

Emergency crews worked to free a driver from Shepherdswell after his Vauxhall car was in collision with a Volkswagen Golf.

The man was taken to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital with serious head and back injuries.

The driver and passenger in the Golf are believed to be from the London area.

The driver escaped with minor injuries but the female passenger suffered a broken limb.


Future of Folkestone market uncertain as operator quits....20 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 20, 2003 - 05:39 AM

Market Initiatives Ltd has given Shepway Council notice to terminate its contract and says it will operate its last market in Folkestone on 30 January.

The Council is looking at various options to ensure the town’s popular Thursday and Saturday markets continue.

It is keen to keep the popular market in the town centre and has written to market traders to reassure them that it plans to look at various options to secure its future - including engaging a new market operator.

Cllr Joe Sullivan, vice-chairman of the Council’s general purposes committee, said MIL’s decision to pull out was disappointing.

“Our officers recently met company representatives to resolve some of the issues surrounding the market and to secure a commitment to improve it. A commitment was given during this meeting and it is disappointing that MIL has now given us notice that it no longer wants to operate the market.�


Rail link must benefit commuters says KCC....17 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 17, 2003 - 03:27 PM

Thousands of Kent and Medway rail commuters must benefit from better domestic services right across the county once Channel Tunnel Rail Link trains start running.

That’s the clear message to the Government from a Kent County Council and Medway Council Joint Select Committee which has just finished investigating the rail link’s potential impact once the second phase is completed in 2007.

The Committee is recommending the high-speed trains should continue through to Thanet, Canterbury and Folkestone via the international station at Ashford.

They are arguing that the Department for Transport should weigh up the regeneration benefits for the whole of Kent and the impact of CTRL domestic trains on the whole network when considering the SRA’s options for extending services.

Chair of the Joint Select Committee, KCC’s Linda Cufley, said: “The start of high-speed services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link presents us with a great opportunity to improve trains for Kent’s many thousands of commuters. It’s an opportunity the Government should grasp wholeheartedly.

“The people of Kent have put up with the disruption caused by the Rail Link’s construction for long enough. It was always anticipated that there would be better services for the county’s commuters in return. Now it’s payback time The Joint Select Committee will be fighting Kent and Medway’s corner.�

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Alex King, said: “The Joint Select Committee has carried out a thorough investigation of the likely impact of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in Kent. Their findings will be of great value as we press for better services for Kent’s long-suffering commuters."


Churchill inspection date fixed....17 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 17, 2003 - 03:15 PM

Parents will be able to talk to Department for Education and Skills Inspectors at a meeting in the Churchill School hall before the OFSTED inspection of the school in March.

Headteacher Jennie Carter in this week's School Newsletter writes: " This is an opportunity for you to tell them about our school and how you and your children feel about the education on offer. I hope as many of you as possible will turn out."

"This has been an amazing 18 months."

The inspection of the School is taking place between the 10th and 13th March.

Click for the Churchill Newsletter

The building work on the new school is now 4 weeks behind schedule but it is still hoped that it will be possible to move in at half term in May and have the opening on May 31st.


Former headteacher on forgery charges....17 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 17, 2003 - 02:33 PM

A former headteacher at Southborough School, Maidstone, has been charged with 14 offences of forgery including two charges of forging Key Stage 2 tests at Eythorne Elvington School in Dover

Alan Mercer, aged 46 is from Prospect Road in Chatham,

The offences include10 of forging Key Stage 2 Assessment Papers at Southborough School in 2002, two charges of forging Key Stage 2 tests at Eythorne Elvington School in Dover and two charges of forging PESE Grammar School tests (entrance exam) at Southborough School in 2002.

He will appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 22 January 2003.