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Coalfield project strides forward

Contributed by editor on Oct 09, 2004 - 11:51 AM


COALFIELD  PROJECT STRIDES FORWARD

A major initiative to preserve the history and heritage of the Kent Coalfields and the surrounding downland countryside is getting into its stride and is welcoming the support of the local community as it gets busy digging into the history of the area.

The Coalfields Heritage Initiative in Kent (CHIK) project has been set up to record and celebrate the area's mining heritage. The project, which is led by Dover Museum, with the White Cliffs Countryside Project, is joint funded by Dover District Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Single Regeneration Budget, Deal Town Council, Aylesham Parish Council and Furley & Page Solicitors.

The project consists of two phases. Phase o­ne is already well underway, and involves recording and celebrating the heritage of the Kent Coalfields through the preparation of a community archive.

Phase two of the project is now being launched, with the White Cliffs Countryside Project working o­n an exciting and innovative three year project, based around a new long distance walking and cycling route, called the Miner's Way. The provisional route starts at Shepherdswell and explores the villages, towns and colliery sites in the area. The eventual aim is to make the route a regional trail, equivalent to the North Downs Way, with a full colour guide book and information panels along the way. A walk exploring the first section of the proposed route is taking place o­n Sunday 17 October at 11am starting from Shepherdswell railway station, covering 12 miles.

Councillor Mrs Sue Nicholas, Cabinet Member for Community, said: "We are delighted at the progress being made o­n the Coalfields Heritage Initiative in Kent project. This is a very important initiative to preserve a vital area of our local heritage, which we are very pleased to be supporting. It is great to see so many members of the community already involved in the project, and we hope people continue to get involved in the initiative and events to support it, to help make this project a real success."

For more information o­n the Miner's Way, or the first section walk, please contact Paul Hadaway at WCCP (01304) 241806. For more information o­n the CHIK Project, please contact Patrick Finucane, Project Manager at Dover Museum o­n (01304) 201066.


Lidl plans to go before councillors

Contributed by admin on Oct 08, 2004 - 09:01 PM


LIDL PLANS TO GO BEFORE COUNCILLORS

The decision o­n the new plans for a Lidl supermarket will go before Shepway Council's Development Control committee and not council officers.

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Cllr David Callahan has 'called the plans in', which means they must be put before the elected representatives of the council who are reponsible for planning matters.

The original plans were thrown out by officers of the council but it was not made public until the Hawkinge Gazette published the story.

At the time Parish Council Chairman and District Councillor David Callahan, who is a member of Shepway's Development Control Committee was unaware that the planning application had been sent directly to council officers for a decision and has acted swiftly to prevent this happening again.

Hawkinge Parish Council will be discussing the plans at their monthly meeting o­n 13 October 2004 before they are forwarded to Shepway Council.

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Hands free or you're nicked

Contributed by admin on Oct 08, 2004 - 08:25 PM



HANDS FREE OR YOU'RE NICKED

Canterbury Police are reminding drivers that patrols are still o­n the lookout for those who use mobile telephones while driving.

During August, the latest month that figures are available, a total of 10 drivers were fined for being in control of a vehicle while using a telephone illegally.

A police spokesman said, “Given the availability of hands-free kits there really is no excuse for using a telephone while driving.  Our officers will continue to be vigilant and act against those who disobey the law.  If you do not have the facility to answer a call safely and legally then you should turn your phone off while driving.

“Those who fail to heed the warning face a £30 fine and should a driver be responsible for a fatal accident while using a telephone illegally then a charge of death by dangerous driving may result in a long prison sentence.�


Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda 13 Oct 2004

Contributed by admin on Oct 08, 2004 - 08:16 PM

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL AGENDA 13 OCTOBER 2004

The next meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 13th October 2004 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in" align=center><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber> <SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>OPEN MEETING

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>The Chairman will take questions from parishioners.   The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes).  

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>To receive a report from Mr Ian Norman (Community Warden)

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>A G E N D A

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>1            Apologies

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>2          Minutes

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 8th September 2004.

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>3            Declarations of Interest

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s o­n this agenda.  Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest.  Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting.   A prejudicial interest is o­ne in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest.   Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room.

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting.

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>4          Matters arising out of the Minutes

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (a) Open Meeting (question 3) reply from Democratic Services Manager, SDC (enc.)

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (b) Reply from Commonwealth War Graves Commission (enc.) [min.995(c)]      

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>5          Reports – Working Groups

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Community Liaison

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Planning and Development

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Sports and Ground Maintenance/Football Project

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Public Rights of Way

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Finance

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>6          Other Bodies

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Representatives of the Council serving o­n other bodies to report o­n recent meetings or events:

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Hawkinge Community Centre

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Hawkinge Village Hall

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>7          Spitfire Leisuredrome

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (a) Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council - Lease

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Chairman to report.

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (b) Leisuredrome Hall

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Public Entertainments Licence – Annual Renewal (final date to return application form 31st October)

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>8                     Correspondence

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (a) Kent County Council: The Future of Kent Highways Partnership (KHP)

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>letters dated 13th and 27th September and copy of report enclosed.

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (b) KCC Planning for Minerals in Kent 2004 – 2021: letter 28th Sept. enclosed

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>             (one copy of first consultation document received)

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (c) defra Clean Neighbourhoods consultation (letter enclosed).

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>       (d) NHS Shepway Primary Care Trust: o­ne copy of Annual Report 2003/2004

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>9        Finance

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>      (a) Clerk to report.   

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>      (b) Tree Planting o­n football ground – Cllr. Trice

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>      (c) Christmas Concert – arrangements and expenditure

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>      (d) To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enclosed)

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>            Any queries regarding accounts must be raised with the Clerk before the meeting.

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>10        Plans

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>            List of plans received since the last meeting enclosed.

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>11        Cars Parking o­n Football Ground (Boot Fairs) - Cllr. Hogben

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>12        Appearance of the village – Cllr. Callahan

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>13        CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>           To resolve that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>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.

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>14        Football Ground

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>            Contract for grass cutting – Cllr Trice to report

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>15        Office Equipment – new contract for photocopier    Chairman to report. 

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>16        Sale of strip of land at the Leisuredrome (min.968)

<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>Clerk to report.

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<P class=MsoHeader style="tab-stops: .5in center 3.0in right 6.0in"><SPAN class=MsoPageNumber>            Any other items referred to the confidential section during the meeting.

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Hoverspeed claims £50m damages from Customs

Contributed by editor on Oct 08, 2004 - 12:02 PM


HOVERSPEED CLAIMS £50M DAMAGES FROM CUSTOMS

Battle lines have been drawn as cross-Channel ferry operator Hoverspeed filed a £50m damages claim against Customs and Excise.

The action has been brought in respose to the High Court ruling in 2002 which found that random stop and searches carried out o­n Hoverspeed passengers were unlawful.

The company claims customs officers were putting people o­n innocent shopping trips off travelling across the channel by being too keen to randomly search passengers.

Hoverspeed are claiming £50m for loss of revenue and passenger goodwill.

Customs and Excise believed it had a strong case and would vigorously defend its position, it was reported.


Poll says only 1 in 5 in Shepway trust Howard

Contributed by editor on Oct 07, 2004 - 08:30 PM


POLL SAYS ONLY 1 IN 5 IN SHEPWAY TRUST HOWARD
 
The Shepway Liberal Democrat website is highlighting a new poll which indicates that just 1 in 5 Shepway voters trust Michael Howard's Conservatives to keep their promises.

In the poll it also claims that amongst Conservative voters, fewer than half say they trust Mr Howard and that two thirds of Shepway residents also said that Mr Howard was not 'in touch' with the issues that matter.

The poll was carried out by top poll company ICM for the Daily Mirror before the Conservative Party Conference.


Hawkinge Football Club fixtures October 2004

Contributed by editor on Oct 07, 2004 - 08:00 PM


HAWKINGE FOOTBALL CLUB FIXTURES OCTOBER 2004 


<FONT color=blue>Hythe Folkestone and District Sunday Morning League

Division 1

10th October 

v Stripes at Hawkinge

Referee M Lawrence


17th October

v Folkestone at Stadium 2
Referee  I Bishop


24 October

v Harveys Wine Bar at Hawkinge

Referee  L Crampton


<FONT color=blue>E Burvill Cup Quarter finals....extra time penalties

31 October 2004

v Hythe 1 or Folkestone  at Hythe 1 or New Romney
Referee J Kelly


Youth attacked in Folkestone alleyway

Contributed by editor on Oct 07, 2004 - 06:15 PM


YOUTH ATTACKED IN FOLKESTONE ALLEYWAY
 
Police are trying to trace a  woman who may have witnessed an unprovoked assault on a 17-year-old youth in Folkestone.

The youth was walking through an alleyway between Park Farm Road and Black Bull Road at lunchtime yesterday (6 October) when two  men approached him  and asked for a light.

He was punched and kicked in the mouth when he refused their request.

Police said the woman asked the victim if he was all right after the attack.

The suspects were both aged about 19 to 20 years old, 6ft tall and of thin build. o­ne  was carrying a half-full bottle of cider.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call Kent Police or Crimestoppers.


Tory councillors want car and chauffeur for Peter Smith

Contributed by editor on Oct 07, 2004 - 05:55 PM


TORY COUNCILLORS WANT CAR AND CHAUFFEUR FOR PETER SMITH

Conservative councillors on Shepway District Council want to spend part of a £40,000 windfall to buy the Chairman of the Council, currently Parish and District Councillor Peter Smith, a new chauffeur driven car.

The money left over from a highways contract, would be used to buy the car with a council employee acting as a chauffeur, the Conservatives said.

Independent Liberal Democrats spokesman Paul Marsh, told Radio Kent that  he thought the tories had gone berserk, and he though they were joking.

Robert Bliss, leader of the Conservatives claimed that it was part of the civic pride of the district, which had been lost over the previous 15 months.


Courts blaze brings Canterbury to a standstill

Contributed by editor on Oct 06, 2004 - 11:33 PM



COURTS BLAZE BRINGS CANTERBURY TO A STANDSTILL

Fifty firefighters fought to stop a fire at Courts Furnishings in New Dover Road Canterbury from spreading to adjacent buildings.

The alarm was raised at 1.00pm today (6th October) and crews from across North and East Kent  rushed to the scene, where flames were engulfing parts of the showroom.

The only people in the store when the fire was discovered, two Courts employees and two customers escaped from the building unhurt.

People were evacuated from nearby buildings, including a school, supermarket and college, and  roads in the area were closed, causing traffic chaos throughout the city.

The fire was brought under contol and firefighters were damping down at the scene  this evening.