Back off, I’m keeping my speed down!

Contributed by admin on Oct 21, 2004 - 09:55 PM


Kent traffic cops have produced a free car sticker to help reduce the problem of tailgating.

The sticker placed in the rear window of the car says “I’m keeping my speed down!â€?  It also includes the camera partnership logo, website address and the Partnership character Syril the snail.

Rachel Moon, Communications and Promotions Officer said: “We often hear from drivers who say they stick within the speed limit but feel constantly threatened by drivers ‘sitting’ directly behind them in an attempt to push them to go faster.

They say the o­nly way they feel they can escape the threat is to speed up. This not o­nly means they might end up breaking the law by exceeding the legal limit but that if they do have a crash their injuries will be a lot more severe compared to if they stuck within the limit.â€?

Rachel added: “We have given out a number of stickers at our events over the summer and they have proved extremely popular.�

If motorists would like o­ne of our stickers they can email or Or write to Communications Office, Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership, Phoenix House, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8PX.

Stay safe this bonfire night

Contributed by admin on Oct 21, 2004 - 09:52 PM


Fire and Rescue Service chiefs in Kent are warning people to take extra care this year as the firework and bonfire season draws closer.

Last year Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to 396 bonfire and firework-related incidents – an increase of over 60 per cent o­n the previous year’s figure of 245.

The top five districts for firework and bonfire related fires in 2003 were Medway with 54 incidents, Swale with 42, Maidstone with 37, Thanet with 33 and Sevenoaks with 32.

To cut down o­n the nuisance caused by fireworks being let off irresponsibly, Kent Police has new powers under the Fireworks Regulations 2004. These will be used where necessary so that the police - with local authorities and other emergency services - can ensure that November 5 is an evening to be enjoyed in safety rather than o­ne to be dreaded by local communities.
Chief Superintendent Jan Stephens from Kent Police said: “Bonfire displays must be properly supervised and where crowds of people are expected your local police should be made aware of the event. The tendency at private bonfire parties is to have a drink but the advice is to save any drinking until after the firework display has finished. Even if you are not the o­ne setting off the fireworks, the influence of alcohol could mean that you are less able to supervise young children properly.â€?

Head of Community Fire Safety Stuart Skilton said: “Bonfire and firework season should be an enjoyable time of year but all too often it ends in someone either being injured or property damaged. Always treat fireworks with care and respect and, when holding a bonfire event, follow the simple tips below. These should help ensure that lives remain safe and property intact.�

• o­nly buy fireworks marked BS7114
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
• Keep fireworks in a closed box and follow the instructions
• Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
• Stand well back
• Never go near a firework that has been lit, even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
• Always supervise children around fireworks
• Light sparklers o­ne at a time and wear gloves - Never give sparklers to a child under five
• Keep pets indoors
• Build a bonfire in a clear, unenclosed space at safe distance from buildings, fences and other structures. Make sure it is carefully guarded before an event so that it cannot be set alight deliberately.
• At the end of the event, the bonfire should be extinguished with water to make sure any fire is out.

Music while you eat

Contributed by webmaster on Oct 21, 2004 - 05:03 PM


Dear Ed

Now that we have our very own "Indian" Take-away in the village, perhaps readers may like to create their very own Indian Music to provide the required atmosphere, whilst eating their Take Away at home :


It's not only America that gets hit by hurricanes

Contributed by webmaster on Oct 21, 2004 - 05:00 PM


Dear Ed

A major Hurricane (Shazza) measuring 5.8 o­n the Richter scale hit in the early hours of Monday. Epicentre: Folkestone, Kent. Victims were seen wandering around aimless muttering "faaackin ell" ...

The hurricane decimated the area causing approximately £30 worth of damage.

Several priceless collections of mementos from the Balearics and Spanish Costa's were damaged beyond repair. Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed.

Many locals were woken well before their giro arrived. KentFM (County Radio Station) reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered, still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Folkestone.

One resident - Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said :"It was such a shock, my little Chardonnay-Mercedes came running into my bedroom crying. My youngest two Tyler-Morgan and Megan-Storm slept through it all.

I was still shaking when I was watching Trisha the next morning. " Apparently though, looting, muggings and car crime did carry o­n as normal.

The British Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Sunny Delight to the area to help the stricken locals.

Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, including benefit books, jewellery from Elizabeth Duke at Argos and Bone China from Poundstop.


This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing parcels for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this disaster.

Clothing is most sought after, items most needed include: -- Fila or Burberry baseball caps -- Kappa tracksuit tops (his and hers) -- Shell suits(female) -- White sport socks -- Rockport boots -- Any other items usually sold in Primark. Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same.

Required foodstuffs include: -- Microwave meals -- Tins of baked beans -- Ice cream -- Cans of Colt 45 or Special Brew.

22p buys a biro for filling in the compensation forms £2 buys chips, crisps and blue fizzy drinks for a family of 9 £5 will pay for a packet of B&H and a lighter to calm the nerves of those affected.

**Breaking news**

Rescue workers found a girl in the rubble smothered in Claret - 'where are you bleeding from?' they asked - '"Hawkinge" said the girl, "woss that got to do wiv it?"


UK sails into storm over booze cruise penalties

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2004 - 10:12 PM


The European Commission is taking the British Government to court  over "booze cruise" penalties against cross channel shoppers.

<IMG alt="Booze cruises" hspace=5 src="images/channel.jpg" align=left vspace=5 border=0>The Government is charged with breaching EU rules o­n the free movement of goods by imposing "disproportionate" penalties o­n travellers bringing cheap alcohol and cigarettes back from the continent in larger quantities than customs officers believe is for their own use.

Penalties imposed by Customs staff at the channel ports, include the impounding of cars and in some cases and the seizure of goods.

The Treasury claims it  is losing about £3 billion a year in lost excise duty revenue.

Many shoppers do not realise when they are breaking the agreed rules.

Under EU law shoppers can buy any amount of drink and cigarettes abroad, excise duty paid, and bring it in to Britain without paying British excise duties so long as it is for private consumption.

The dispute is over the treatment of those who admit to Customs that they are bringing in goods for friends and relatives which makes them liable to UK duty even if there is no profit.

Customs officers have insisted they are o­nly cracking down hard o­n people they suspect of exploiting the rules and bringing in vast quantities of alcohol and tobacco which cannot possibly be o­nly for their own use.

The Commission says that, while seizing property may be justified in some cases of genuine smuggling, it amounts to a "severe and intrusive" sanction when applied to "minor fiscal offences of a not-for-profit character".

Huge new ships for Dover cruise port

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2004 - 06:23 PM

Two cruise companies and eight liners will be using Dover Cruise Port for the first time in 2005.

NYK Cruises with the vessel Asuka and D&P Cruises with its ship Paloma I will be new customers to Dover.

<IMG alt="Norwegian Jewel" hspace=5 src="" align=left vspace=5 border=0>Norwegian Cruise Lines will inaugurate its new 92,000 tonne vessel Norwegian Jewel. She will operate cruises to the Baltic and the Mediterranean before crossing the Atlantic to New York.

Saga Cruises will be introducing its new ship Saga Ruby to Dover in April. In tandem with her sister ship Saga Rose they will operate a total of 23 cruises.

V-Ships Leisure are supplementing a call by the Seven Seas Voyager with three visits by the Alexander Von Humboldt. Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity, Princess Cruises’ Star Princess and Hapag-Lloyd’s Hanseatic will each make a debut call.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines are offering a total of 25 departures with the Braemar and Black Watch. Celebrity Cruises have increased the number of Constellation departures by o­ne to ten, whilst Swan Hellenic is offering five departures with the Minerva II following its successful debut this year.

Costa Cruises, Holland America Line, Majestic Cruises and Transocean ships will continue to use Dover next year.

“We have some prestigious ship calls for 2005 and are delighted to be growing our customer base,� said Kate O’Hara, Head of Commercial and Marketing, Port of Dover.

£65,000 in community group grants still available

Contributed by editor on Oct 20, 2004 - 12:41 PM


Community and voluntary groups in the area are being invited to apply for grants for an important cash boost from a special funding initiative - which has already allocated funds of more than £ 100,000 to over 40 local groups since April this year.

The Community Chest is run by the Single Regeneration Budget Team at Dover District Council to help groups in the East Kent Coalfield area. Already this year, 42 different groups have been granted money to help with the costs of equipment, events, trips, publicity and training. Community and voluntary groups such as youth clubs, lunch clubs, sports clubs, scouts and guides are all eligible to apply.

Wendy Scullion of Shepherdswell Village Hall Committee said: "Applying for the grant was really straightforward. The paperwork was simple and we found out that we'd been successful within 4 weeks of applying. We spent our grant o­n a new floor for our hall."

Joyce Rogers of Deal Minnows Junior Angling Club agrees: "The application process was easy. We had help and support whenever we needed it and with our grant we were able to buy lots of new equipment for our club."

Chairman of the Appraisal Panel, Mike Blee explained that there is plenty of money still available. He said: "We have £ 65,000 to allocate before March 2005 and we are eager to hear from any voluntary or community group that has a good idea for a small project that we could help fund."

For more details please contact Kirsty Holroyd at the SRB Team at Dover District Council o­n 01304 872066.

Bah bah, baa baa

Contributed by admin on Oct 19, 2004 - 04:15 PM


Dear Ed

It beggars belief. What are the Hawkinge under 5 pre school thinking?

Is the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep likely to cause our children to have an unbalanced view of the world when they grow up?

Is the word 'black' something which has to be balanced with the word 'white'?

Or is it political correctness gone mad - yet again?

You may be thinking the pre-school has banned Baa Baa Black Sheep, but you would be wrong. In fact they have added a new nursery rhyme to their repertoire, yes, you've guessed it - Baa Baa White Sheep.

If it ain't acceptable as it is, just don't sing it - you wouldn't change the Procul Harem song  'A Whiter Shade of Pale' to a ' A Blacker Shade of Dark'.

And what's wrong with Red Sheep or Yellow Sheep or Brown Sheep, will these be added shortly. Certainly not Yellow Sheep, it wouldn't fit the iambic pentameter.

But just in case they are thinking o­n those lines, why not just call it Baa Baa Sheep. Probably because they would then have to include Baa Baa Cow or Baa Baa Horse, Chick Chick Chick Duckling and so o­n.

Oh dear, stop me now, I think I'm becoming as silly as the pre school.

J Cullen

Police to use new dispersal law in Buckland

Contributed by editor on Oct 19, 2004 - 09:23 AM


The Police in South East Kent and Dover District Council are getting tough with gangs of youths who commit anti-social behaviour in the Buckland area of Dover. From Thursday 21st October, police officers will, for the first time, have the power to disperse groups who are causing intimidation, alarm or distress in a defined area.

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, police have the power to apply to the local authority to make certain roads, or communities 'designated dispersal areas'. Under the Act, any group of two or more people found causing intimidation, harassment, alarm or distress in the designated area can be dispersed by a police officer.

Young people under the age of 16 who are not accompanied by a responsible adult can be taken back to their homes between the hours of 9.00 pm and 6.00 am. To fail to comply is an arrestable offence punishable by a fine and/or three months imprisonment.

The decision to ask Dover District Council to consider making Buckland a Designated Dispersal Area was made by Strategic Crime Reduction Officer, Sgt Guy Thompson and follows complaints from residents and a rise in incidents of anti-social behaviour in that area.

Sgt Thompson said: "Many people are concerned about groups of youths congregating in the evening causing intimidation and distress and generally disturbing residents' quality of life."

He added: "This is the first Designated Dispersal Area in the Dover district and will give the police the power to move trouble-makers o­n much more easily than we did before unless they were committing specific offences."

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council said: "This action shows that Dover District Council is not taking anti-social behaviour lightly but means business. Residents need to know that where there is enforceable legislation that can be applied to stop these actions, we are prepared to apply it. We recognise that the people of Buckland are having a particularly difficult time and we support the Police in their efforts to resolve unruly behaviour and in trying to bring peace of mind to local residents."

Notices are being displayed in various locations across the dispersal area and an advert will be placed in the local press to inform residents about the new powers.


<FONT color=navy>The dispersal area is:

<FONT color=navy>Part of Buckland Estate which covers the areas inside a boundary comprising of:

<FONT color=navy>Melbourne Avenue junction with Green Lane to Melbourne Avenue Junction Ottawa Crescent, to Ottawa Way and o­ntario Way; footpath leading from Green Lane to Milton Close, including Milton Close junction with the Linces, from The Linces to the field Around Powel School including boundary with Old Park Hill to Junction Chaucer Crescent and the Linces; to the Junction of the Linces and Roosevelt Road, from Roosevelt Road to Junction Green Lane and to Green lane Jn Melbourne Avenue.

<FONT color=navy>Included within this area are: Sheridan Road, Wellington Gardens, Selkirk Road, Ottawa Crescent, Alberta Close, Winnipeg Close, Edmonton House, Toronto Close, Hudson Close, Montreal Close, Vancouver Road, Nelson Terrace, St Lawrence Terrace, Calgary Terrace, Cedar Terrace, Montcalm Terrace, Wolfe Terrace, Churchill House Heights, Niagara House, Mackenzie Terrace, Quebec Terrace, Vancouver Road.

New anti-social behaviour unit launched

Contributed by editor on Oct 19, 2004 - 09:20 AM


Dover District Council  launched its new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit yesterday (18 October) as a central part of its major commitment to getting tough o­n anti-social behaviour across the area.

A dedicated team has been set up to work closely with the Police and partners in the community to make a real difference - and to reinforce the message that people do not have to put with anti-social behaviour and that together we can stamp it out.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour can now be reported through o­ne central line for the new Unit o­n (01304) 872200. Callers can make a confidential report to protect their identify if they choose. It is stressed that in an emergency people should still call 999.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Unit is supported by Dover District Council, Kent Police, the Home Office, the District of Dover Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and the Clean Kent Campaign. The Unit is based at Dover District Council with a team of dedicated officers, and South East Kent Police have attached an officer to the unit.

Cllr Mrs Julie Rook, DDC Cabinet Member for Citizenship, said: "This is a major move which underlines our commitment to promote pride in the district and to get tough o­n anti-social behaviour. These are key issues and by addressing them with our partners in the community we are making important strides forward to make a real difference to quality of life for people in the district."

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council said: "We are delighted to see the new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit launched. The Unit has been set up to bring real results for local people and underlines our o­ngoing commitment to dealing with issues which the public have put as their number o­ne priority."

Christopher Allen, DDC Community Safety and Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, said: "We are looking forward to working with all our partners in the community to address issues of anti-social behaviour. We hope the public feel confident in coming forward to talk to us and together we can work to stamp out anti-social behaviour in the district."

Sgt Guy Thompson of the Strategic Crime Reduction Unit at Dover Police Station said: "Anti-social behaviour is o­ne of our main policing priorities as it has such a detrimental affect o­n whole communities. This is another example of how we are working closely with our partner agencies, and the local community to stand up against those who commit anti-social behaviour."