What utter rubbish Charles

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2006 - 03:54 PM


Dear Ed

Re: <SPAN class=storytitle><A class=pn-title href="">Don't sacrifice a play street to yet more traffic

What utter rubbish Charles. Firstly, all the streets are for traffic and not a play area and if you think that Webster Way might become a rat run ,just think of the volume and speed of traffic that the people who live in The Street and Mill Lane have had to endure over the years so that the residents of the Webster Way can have the peace that they think that they should have.

Oh and by the way Charles, we too have children and also a school in Mill Lane, a lane that has hardly any pathways and is used by many children and parents who walk to school.

If you saw the traffic that uses it and their speed then you could say "THAT'S A RAT RUN"


Don't sacrifice a play street to yet more traffic

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2006 - 12:37 AM



Dear Ed,

Sadly, the argument from the "destroy the bollards" campaigners seems to boil down to just o­ne argument - can they use Webster Way as a 'Rat Run' to get to work 30 seconds earlier?

On both sides of the bollards, children play safely in the street during the summer months, while their parents can keep an eye o­n them from their kitchen or lounge. It would be tragic if a child dies just because a motorist wants an extra few moments in bed.

Pedestrians and cyclists can easily pass along Webster Way with the bollards in place.

Blatantly, there is no divisiveness when people can so easily pass as long as it's not by car.

Don't sacrifice a play street to yet more traffic.


Will the barriers be enough?

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2006 - 08:14 PM


Dear Editor,

I can't help wondering if the barriers on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch (RHDR), when they are fitted, will actually prevent the stupid from putting themselves, and others, into danger.

My reason for asking is simple enough; how many times do we read or hear about someone who has tried to go around the barriers protecting full size railway lines?  Does anyone really expect it to be different for the RHDR?

Yours as ever,


Removed bollards make no difference

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2006 - 08:00 PM


Dear Ed,

The bollards has always been a contentious issue for the residents o­n the 'poorer' side of Webster Way and adjoining roads.

Original buyers o­n the Bellwinch estate were always led to believe that there would be a connecting road through to the traffic lights in Canterbury Road.

As to whether Webster way is suitable for this traffic of course it is, through both estates there are traffic calming measures and it is not used as a short cut because it is no quicker to reach Cow Gate Lane through the estate as it is to go along The Street.

It is not necessary to remove the bollards as some cowboy has already done that over the Xmas break! As for congestion or relieving there is no difference.

I for o­ne am quite happy the bollards are missing for the time being anyway!


Tanker collides in Channel

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2006 - 04:59 PM


An oil tanker and a cargo ship collided in thick fog in the English Channel today (12 January) in what coastguards said was a "very serious incident."

A Norwegian cargo vessel "Starhurdla" collided with the oil tanker "Cape Bradley", six miles off the northern French coast at Boulogne.

Coastguards from Dover, were called in to assist in a French-led operation as the crew of the Starhurdla reported taking o­n water.

A coastguard tug operated by both the French and British authorities was used to tow the Starhurdla into Boulogne.

The Cape Bradley sustained o­nly minor damage and was sailing under its own steam to Rotterdam, Holland. There was no reported oil spill. No o­ne was hurt o­n either ship.

A Dover Coastguard spokeswoman said "There was no pollution and no loss of life but this is classed as a very serious incident. The Starhurdla was taking o­n water and had to be towed to port." She added "Clearly this incident had the potential to be far more serious."

An inquiry was under way into the collision, which happened in French waters.

Your say over Webster Way bollards wrangle

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2006 - 01:07 PM



The bollards in Webster Way can be removed after the new relief road through Hawkinge is built.

Shepway District Council Interim Development Control Manager, Lisette Patching has written to the parish council explaining the position regarding the controversial bollards.

She explains that outline planning permission of the remainder of the airfield site and land north of Barnhurst Lane was subject to a legal agreement which required a relief road to be built around the village. The agreement also required that three months after the completion of the road, the obstruction in Webster Way would have to be removed unless otherwise agreed with the district council.

Lisette Patching goes on the say: "However, there are many local residents who do not want these bollards removed. An undertaking has therefore been given to carry out a public consultation exercise before a decision is taken on whether the agreement will be enforced."

Parish councillors at their monthly meeting last night (11 January), want to ensure that the public consultation would involve all villagers and not just those in the Webster Way area. They are passing their views back to the district council.

Tell the Gazette what do you think?

Is it necessary to remove the bollards?
Would this ease traffic congestion?
Is Webster Way a suitable road for through traffic?

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Stage closer to Tour de France through Shepway

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2006 - 11:40 AM



Tour de France

The Tour de France cycle race could be coming to Folkestone in 2007 if London's bid for the start of the race is successful.

The capital's bid for the start race was boosted after officials confirmed that announcements concerning London and the race will be made over the next four weeks. 

If the bid succeeds, as seems increasingly likely, the Tour would begin with a prologue event in London.

The second stage would take the riders along Kent's roads towards Folkestone before transferring to France through the Channel Tunnel.

The Tour has only visited England twice, and in 1994 an estimated three million people lined the route on two stages running from Dover to Portsmouth via Brighton.

Howard's Way 12 January 2006

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2006 - 12:25 AM

HOWARD'S WAY.... a weekly column from Michael Howard MP

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January 2006

I was saddened by the news of Charles Kennedy’s resignation.

He and I have always got on well personally despite our considerable political differences. On those matters where we agreed, like the need to insert a sunset clause in the Government’s legislation on terrorism before the election, we were able to work together very fruitfully.

I also sympathised with his struggle to overcome his personal problems and sincerely wish him well for the future.

Meanwhile the international headlines are dominated by Ariel Sharon’s fight for life.

In the past I was one of Mr Sharon’s fiercest critics. But there is no doubt that, although there is so much more to do, his decision to pull out of the Gaza represented a huge step forward towards the creation of a Palestinian state.

The question that now arises is whether in the likely absence of Mr Sharon from the political arena, his successor will have the stature to persuade the Israeli people that they must take more risks for peace.

Similar doubts exist on the Palestinian side and, all in all, the outlook for peace in the Middle East is a good deal murkier than it was a couple of weeks ago.

In the United States attention is beginning to focus on the Senate hearings to confirm the nomination by President Bush of a new Supreme Court justice. I rejoice in the fact that our own appointments to the judiciary are outside the realms of politics. But as more and more of the decisions of judges become political in nature I wonder how long this tradition of ours can continue.

It is likely to be one of the most controversial areas of public policy over the next few years and I do not think the outcome is at all predictable. It is certainly an area in which I shall be taking a close interest.

In search of kinky boots

Contributed by editor on Jan 11, 2006 - 01:11 PM


Dear Ed

Your interesting article about some of the background to the film "Kinky Boots" didn't mention where the firm of W J Brooks was before it closed.

It may be the same place of course because I have no way of knowing, but there used to be a Company in Salisbury which would manufacture any type of boot, or shoe, that a customer cared to design.

Unfortunately I can no longer remember the name of that firm. It is possible, I suppose. that they may have closed down also. However it must be worth searching around in that area.

The boots I got them to make for me were thigh-boots which had the intended advantage of revelaing a large amount of "stocking-top" area above. They had a zip up the back of the leg, which meant that they could follow the shape of the leg accurately. I was able to specify exactly what shape of sole and heel I wanted and the "Weight" of leather that I wanted them made from. Mine were black (because of the whore-ish black stocking-top effect) but the Company would have made them in any colour I wanted. Their prices were affordable.

I had heard of the Company by accident in the first place but found that they were a very old-established family firm (with enough imagination not to treat anything kinky as a possible breach of the Law).

I hope there is something in this that may give you a lead. If I had more time I would go there myself to try to find them for you.

Best wishes for 2006


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Contributed by editor on Jan 10, 2006 - 09:32 PM



P&O - new takeover approach

You could be forgiven for thinking that P&O was now in the hands of Dubai Ports, but after weeks of speculation, the Singaporean state-owned company PSA International has now thrown its hat in the ring with a £3.5bn takeover approach to the ports and ferries group P&O.

The bid valued the P&O shares at 470p, 27p a share higher than the takeover offer of 443p which it has already agreed with Dubai Ports.

P&O said it would give PSA until early February to examine its accounts and decide whether to make a formal bid.

PSA is wholly owned by Temasek, the Singapore government investment agency, which already owns 4.1% of P&O.