New pub withdraws plans

Contributed by admin on Jun 09, 2004 - 10:17 PM


It was announced during Wednesday's (9 June) meeting of the Parish Council that Hawkinge will not be getting a new pub after all.

In May 2004, Shepway Council Officers, under their use of delegated powers refused the planning application for a Lidl supermarket o­n the land between Spitfire Way and Haven Drive.

The family pub was to have been sited close by, but the plans have now been withdrawn.

Parking attendant assaulted

Contributed by admin on Jun 09, 2004 - 09:54 PM


A Shepway Council Parking Attendant was assaulted o­n West Terrace, Folkestone, o­n Monday while carrying out parking enforcement duties.

The Parking Attendant was grabbed and pulled by a man when she issued a Penalty Charge Notice to a vehicle parked in the taxi rank. She was left with bruising, scratches and a sprained neck.

Thad O’Higgins, the Council’s Transportation Manager, said the incident had been reported to the police.

"We will not tolerate any abuse to any member of the Parking Services team, who are simply doing their job.  Our Parking Attendants have the right to go about their duties without the risk or fear of attack.  This physical attack is simply unacceptable.  The incident has been reported to the Police, who are now investigating."

Hawkinge 'flagship' nursery plans on the agenda

Contributed by admin on Jun 09, 2004 - 05:16 PM


<FONT color=black>The future of Shepway Council’s derelict Hawkinge nursery site will be discussed by Cabinet o­n Wednesday (16 June).

<FONT color=black>A report to Cabinet recommends the creation of an in-house composting site where all the council’s grass cuttings, bedding plants, and tree prunings could to composted and recycled back o­nto flower beds across the district.

<FONT color=black>If approved by Cabinet, the in-house compost centre would be a flagship project for the council and demonstrate its commitment to recycling. The £10,900 cost of establishing the centre would be met by part of the proceeds from the sale of land at Harden Road, Lydd.

<FONT color=black>In his report to Cabinet, Chris McCreedy, the council’s Parks and Recreation Manager, says by using its own compost, the council could save £3,700 a year.

Police appeal to identify dead cyclist

Contributed by admin on Jun 09, 2004 - 05:06 PM


<FONT color=black>Local police are trying to identify a man who collapsed and died while cycling near the Royal Military Canal in Hythe o­n Sunday (6 June).

<FONT color=black>The man is believed to have died of a heart attack.

<FONT color=black>He collapsed o­n the pathway after telling a passer-by he felt unwell.

<FONT color=black>Police have now issued an appeal for help. The man is described as white and aged 40 to 50,  with dark-grey receding hair and a black moustache, was 5 ft 10 in and heavily built.

<FONT color=black>He was wearing a grey T-shirt, white trainers and black cycling shorts, and he was riding a blue and white Scott USA mountain bike.

<FONT color=black>Anyone with information about the man should contact the local or Kent Police in Maidstone.

Tory leader drumming up support in Kent

Contributed by admin on Jun 09, 2004 - 10:54 AM

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<FONT color=black>Folkestone and Hythe MP and Conservative leader Michael Howard is visiting Kent in a final effort to gain support ahead of the elections o­n Thursday.

The Tory leader will visit Tunbridge Wells to maximise his party's vote in the largest test of opinion since the 2001 general election.

The Tories are looking to head off a potential split in support to the UK Independence Party.

Work begins to save local homes from flooding

Contributed by admin on Jun 08, 2004 - 11:44 AM

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The final phase of work securing the coastline between Littlestone and St Mary's Bay o­n Romney Marsh has begun.

The seawall will be raised and when completed it will provide better protection for almost 3000 homes.

Work o­n the scheme began two years ago but there was controversy last year when fisherman wanted compensation after they were banned from the area during the construction.

The final phase is expected to take six months to complete.

Residents slammed over open doors

Contributed by admin on Jun 08, 2004 - 08:44 AM

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<FONT color=black>Local police have slammed some residents in the area for putting their homes at risk by leaving doors and windows open.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hogben said achievements in keeping detection rates low in the area were at risk.

He said figures from the past few days showed that 80% of burglaries were caused by lax security.

Air search for cargo ship captain

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2004 - 11:48 AM

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<FONT color=black>An inquiry is under way after the captain of a cargo ship is feared to have died after falling overboard in the English Channel off the coast of Kent.

Dover Coastguard helped the French rescue services look for the man by sending a fixed-wing search plane from Manston Airport in Kent.

It is thought the accident happened when the ship passed Boulogne on its way to Rotterdam.

Fisherman rescued after distress call

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2004 - 11:32 AM

<FONT color=#0000cc><FONT color=black size=4>FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER DISTRESS CALL

<FONT color=black>A fisherman had to be taken by lifeboat to an air ambulance and then flown to hospital after a suspected heart attack off the Kent coast.

Dover Coastguard sent a lifeboat to two men o­n the Folkestone-based vessel eight miles offshore after getting a distress call.

A man was then flown to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

Taking the lead

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2004 - 12:54 PM

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<FONT color=black>Dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets are being warned that Shepway District Council will be cracking down o­n their dirty habits during National Poop Scoop Week.

<FONT color=black>It has joined forces with Dogs Trust (formerly the NCDL), the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to urge dog owners everywhere to be responsible and clear up after their canine companions.  The fifth National Poop Scoop Week runs from 14 to 20 June.

<FONT color=black>The council’s No Messin’ message features in the recently re-launched Shepway Today news magazine for residents and o­n posters due to be distributed to parish councils shortly.

<FONT color=black>"We have three Community Wardens who will be keeping a close eye o­n owners and making sure they clean up after their dogs.  Owners who don’t can expect a fixed penalty fine of £50 or could ultimately face prosecution and a maximum fine of £1,000," said Richard Stanford-Beale, the council’s Street Scene Manager.

<FONT color=black>But as well as cracking down o­n bad dog owners, the council plans to reward the good o­nes too.  Those who are seen by wardens clearing up after their pets will be presented with a voucher that entitles their dog to a free treat from o­ne of three local pet shops.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Carol Crees, Cabinet Member for Environmental Wellbeing, said the majority of owners were responsible. "I think it’s good that they get recognised too. Thanks to the support of three local pet shops, Pet Chefs in Folkestone,  Lamp-Post Pet Supplies in Hythe and Paws Pet Supplies in Dymchurch, we are able to say ‘thank-you’ during Poop Scoop Week."