Animal rights rally remembers Jill

Contributed by editor on Jan 31, 2004 - 09:28 AM

Dozens of animal rights campaigners held a rally in Dover today (31 January) in memory of activist Jill Phipps.
Jill died under the wheels of a transporter during a protest against live animal exports in 1995.
Campaigners placed a wreath in the sea to remember the thousands of animals they say have suffered as a result of the trade.
There were also many floral tributes to Jill Phipps.

Block of ice smashes lorry visor

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2004 - 02:23 PM


A lorry driver has had a lucky escape from injury after a block of ice was thrown from a bridge in the Dover area and hit his windscreen.
The ice smashed the vehicle's sun visor as it travelled o­n the A20 towards London. The driver managed to park safely, shortly after the Aycliffe roundabout, and told police where to find a group of youths he had seen o­n the bridge.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and warned over the incident.

More cash for local schools

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2004 - 02:19 PM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>MORE CASH FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS<FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2>

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A step closer for fast rail link to Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2004 - 01:38 PM

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The immense benefits that a high-speed rail service from Folkestone to London would bring to Shepway took a step nearer realisation with the publication of the final stage consultation document from the Strategic Rail Authority.

At the end of last year the Secretary of State confirmed the SRA should proceed with the development of an Integrated Kent Franchise (IKF) o­n the basis that domestic services would operate o­n the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL).

The SRA has now responded with a consultation document presenting its detailed franchise proposals for the IKF train service specification. This is the final step in the formal consultation towards the introduction of the Integrated Kent Franchise and new CTRL high-speed domestic services.

The service specification consultation document clearly shows that Folkestone is planned to gain regular high-speed services o­n the CTRL to and from London - St Pancras in addition to classic line services to and from Charing Cross.

Leader of Shepway Council, Cllr Mrs Linda Cufley,said: “We welcome this latest development towards the introduction of a high speed service. There are detailed issues that we need to take up with the SRA but overall this is a very positive step forward for our district. We will be responding to the SRA consultation document in due course.�

Hammer robber threatens village garage cashier

Contributed by editor on Jan 29, 2004 - 09:41 AM


A man with a hammer has robbed a garage in Barham.

Police said the man went into the Eagle Works garage o­n Canterbury Road, demanded money and threatened a cashier.

They report that he took some cash and then made off o­n foot towards Church Lane.

Police said he is described as wearing a grey, woolly hat and a dark bomber jacket.

The incident happened at about  7.30 o­n Tuesday evening.(27 January) 

Kings School astronaut talks to pupils from space

Contributed by editor on Jan 28, 2004 - 02:19 PM

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A UK astronaut at the International Space Station has contacted pupils at his former school in Canterbury via a live radio link up.

Michael Foale, 47, answered questions from pupils at The King's School for eight minutes as the space station passed nearly 250km overhead.

About 100 pupils and staff gathered for the live link-up arranged by Nasa.

Spring reopening for unique time ball

Contributed by editor on Jan 28, 2004 - 05:26 AM

Deal’s unique Time Ball is taking a well earned time out while a new mechanism is built and installed for the historic time piece – and experts are making plans for this special landmark to be back in action by the Spring.
The work is being carried out by Dover District Council, as part of the lease agreement with the Deal Museum Trust. A new time ball mechanism is being designed by top clock making experts and the tower will also be repaired and redecorated, requiring scaffolding o­n the building during February and March. The Trust plan to reopen the attraction at Easter.
The ball, which originally dropped by telegraph signal at 1pm each day, has been operated by a piston and ram system connected to a digital controller, a system devised and fitted by famous clockmakers, Gillett & Johnston of Croydon and installed during the renovation of the Tower in 1985. The new electrical mechanism is being designed for the Time Ball again by Gillett & Johnston, and will be controlled by an electronic master clock regulated by a constant radio time signal. This means it will be accurate to within less than a second.
The Timeball Tower Museum closed in 2002 and was held by Dover District Council until a partner could be found to take over the building. The Deal Museum Trust, registered as a charitable trust in 2003, has now signed a lease to take over the running of the attraction. The Tower closed for the latest repairs o­n January 23 and it is planned to reopen in April.
Cllr Frederick Scales, DDC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are very pleased to be able to carry out these important repair works to this remarkable and unique landmark and look forward to working with the Trust in the future.�
Mrs Marlene Burnham, Chairman of the Deal Museum Trust, said: “We are delighted that these works are being carried out and are passionate about reopening the Timeball Tower so that the people of Deal and visitors to the town can enjoy this historic gem.�

Man freed by fire crews after M20 crash

Contributed by editor on Jan 28, 2004 - 02:59 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>MAN FREED BY FIRE CREWS AFTER M20 CRASH

A man had to be freed from his car by fire crews after a crash o­n the M20 in Kent today (28 January).

The accident happened just after 8 o'clock between junctions 12 and 13 near Folkestone.

He was taken to hospital suffering from spinal injuries.

Anti-social behaviour crackdown

Contributed by editor on Jan 27, 2004 - 02:03 PM

<P class=pressheading><FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR CRACKDOWN

People across the district are being urged to report incidences of anti-social behaviour so that Shepway Council, the Police and other partners can help tackle the problem.

Four thousand leaflets have been published by the Shepway Crime and Disorder Partnership giving telephone numbers residents can ring to report various forms of anti-social behaviour and to highlight the consequences to those who commit it. The awareness campaign is being backed up by large posters o­n three town centre Stagecoach buses.

The campaign, which was launched o­n Wednesday 21 January, aims to let more people know that all forms of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

Cllr John Hughes, Shepway Cabinet member for Open Space and Safety, said anti-social behaviour wasn’t just about vandalism and verbal abuse.

“It goes much wider than that and includes graffiti, abandoned cars, noise nuisance, neighbour nuisance, fly tipping and racial abuse. Anti-social behaviour is o­ne of the key issues for the council. Surveys have shown that it is o­ne of the main concerns of a great many people of the district.â€?

He said tackling the problem wasn’t the responsibility of o­ne particular group or organisation but relied o­n good working partnerships between the council, the police, the Shepway Primary Care Trust, the fire service and Kent County Council’s education and social services departments.

“We all have a part to play in the drive to tackle anti-social behaviour,â€? he said. “But to tackle the problem we need people to tell us about it and it is o­ne of the chief aims of the campaign to encourage people to do this. There is no need for people to suffer in silence while their lives are made a misery by anti-social behaviour. They should report it to us and we will do everything within our power to solve it.â€?

Superintendent Peter West from Weald Police said district did not suffer from the same levels of anti-social behaviour as other parts of the country – although all incidences were taken seriously.

He said the Government’s new Anti-Social Behaviour Act gave the police and local authorities more powers, but warned against taking draconian measures against young people.

“Not all young people are vandals and not all are hooligans. This act is a very useful piece of legislation and I can think of a number of areas where we will use it, but we will be using our powers sensitively.�

Although Anti-Social Behaviour Orders were useful in some cases, Supt West said they should not be used as a yardstick to measure how successful the police or the council was in tackling anti-social behaviour problems.

“It’s not about notches o­n belts. Intervention is very important and presents an opportunity to tackle a potential problem before it gets to the point of applying for an ASBO.â€?

The launch heard about Joint Family Management Programme that was successfully pioneered in south east Kent. The programme involves a four-stage approach ranging from an initial three-page warning letter, through to applying to magistrates for an ASBO.

Part of the programme could include drawing up an acceptable behaviour agreement involving other groups likes schools and youth clubs and taking other issues - like effects of possible domestic violence, alcohol abuse or nutrition - into account.

“One mother was so impressed with the improvement in her child’s behaviour after his diet was changed that she set up her own allergy support group,� said Jyotsna Leney, Shepway Council’s Crime Reduction Manager.

Copies of the anti-social behaviour leaflets will be available from council offices, Citizens Advice Bureaux and libraries. Copies are also available by ringing the council’s Crime Reduction Team o­n
<IMG class=alignmiddleborderzero height=15 alt="Telephone number" src="" width=16> 01303 852420.

'Concern' on right tack

Contributed by editor on Jan 27, 2004 - 08:22 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>'CONCERN' ON RIGHT TACK

Dear Ed

Interesting the item by Mr Tearle about some aspects of running SDC

I at o­ne time worked there and can assure Mr Tearle that his 'concern' when in office was o­n the right tack.

Problem was he wasn't liked so, therefore, got nowhere.

The priority of all officers is to 'build the empire'. Keep the Members mis-informed and make out they are so busy that they need help: more staff.

Compare SDC with commerce and industry systems and the waste will become obvious and show through.

The directors, shareholders, customers, supply and demand chain of command system always work.

It doesn't exist in local government; hence the customers lose out

The first place to look is the relevance of the qualifications of the 'senior o­nes' at SDC.

Next hope that a member comes along with the ability to look at all that goes o­n (emphasis o­n 'the ability')

No such animal exists there yet.


P Hogben