Howard's Way -18 August 2005

Contributed by editor on Aug 28, 2005 - 08:41 PM

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

Last week Toby Atkinson, whose Trent Development Company wishes to develop part of the Folkestone Seafront, is reported as having said:-

“We all know now where Mr Howard’s true allegiances lie.�

Let me take this opportunity of making it very clear where my allegiances lie. My allegiances lie, as they have for the last 22 years, to Folkestone, its people and its future.

That is why, unlike Mr Atkinson, I am able to take a wholly objective view of the different possibilities for the development of the seafront. Mr Atkinson, on the other hand, stands to make a large amount of money if his proposals are given the go-ahead. There is nothing wrong in that. As a Conservative I believe that financial incentives encourage people to use their talents and take risks and thus make a substantial contribution to our economy. But Mr Atkinson’s vested interest in the Trent scheme hardly makes him an objective judge.

I think the Folkestone seafront is a unique site of priceless value. It must be one of the last sites in the country on the sea which is ripe for development and which is not divided from the sea by a road or railway line. I therefore think it merits, and is capable of attracting, a world class development which will seriously enhance Folkestone’s environment. With the best will in the world it is impossible to say that the Trent scheme will have that effect.

Other proposals are in the course of preparation. They are being prepared by world renowned architects. They include the harbour as well as the rest of the seafront. They have not yet been finalised so it is impossible to say whether they will provide the iconic design I think the site justifies. But surely we should have the opportunity of making a comparative judgement between the two.

That is why I think Shepway’s Development Control Committee was wrong to decide two weeks ago to approve the Trent scheme. That is why I have asked the Government to “call in� the scheme and hold a public inquiry. I have been joined in this move by Kent County Council, who has grave concerns about the highways and traffic implications of the Trent scheme and the South East England Development Agency.

I hope we succeed. I hope Folkestone gets a world-class development. And I express these hopes, Mr Atkinson, because my true allegiances lie with Folkestone.

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Meeting 30th June 2005

Contributed by admin on Aug 28, 2005 - 06:49 PM


Chaired by: Chris Ashman

Present:: Chris Ashman , Deirdre Lawson, Jean McGill , Deirdre Ferguson, Terry Scott, Shaun Taylor, Peter Brun, Brian Marshall, Jyotsna Leney, Gloria Van Woude

Apologies: Sally Coleman, Martin & Jackie Ide, Jenny Carter, Dave Callahan, Peter Smith, Perry Hayward

Agreement of last meeting notes: signed by Chairman.

Amendments required: No

Matters Arising from Previous Meeting:

Concern about lack of communications and activity from Neighbourhood Watch (NHW). Dymchurch Website carrying crime reports about Hawkinge but we have not received these messages.

Safety Forum has applied for funding for residents to be transported to and attend “Trickster Projectâ€? Stageshow and Musical at the Leas Cliff Hall o­n 13th September. Awaiting reply from The Hawkinge Partnership.

Invitation for KCC representative to attend meeting – letter sent but no reply received.

Note of Discussion points Arising from Current Meeting:

The Minutes will now reflect the layout of Theme Group Meeting Notes required by The Hawkinge Partnership, our Sponsors.

Message received from Sally Coleman about the state of the road at the junction of Elvington Lane and Gibraltar Lane due to drain works and lack of warning signs. Beware of Carpet Sellers in the area.

Partnership granted funding for “Trickster“ Project Jan Henry needs numbers for transport, 50 tickets have been allocated for Hawkinge area residents.

Public input to village planning would be useful. CDLPC have just issued a new plan for 3 years Copies of the plan are available.

Ideas received from Charlton Athletic to areas of trouble to enable youths to get involved through the means of football. Jyotsna insists that the village must be prepared to engage in these projects.

Hawkinge should beware other groups reacting to this offer thus loosing benefit to Hawkinge. The same funding was mentioned to Shepway Youth Forum.

It was suggested that education about the safety of their children should be given to parents parking outside of Churchill school.

Members of the Forum and Partnership had a meeting with Neil Campbell of KCC Planning o­n the 1st June. A DVD showing our concerns in the village was given to the Neil and to The Hawkinge Partnership. Our prime concerns are the dangers facing primary school children at Churchill school when travelling to and from school and the irresponsible car parking by parents. Safety in the local lanes for horses, pedestrians and cyclists. Pavement parking in front of the shops and o­n the bus stop.

New Community Warden Colin Hughes arrives in Hawkinge during August, he is currently being trained by Capel Warden Paul James.

Jyotsna gave a talk about the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership’s (CDRP) New Strategy for Shepway which will start with quarterly meetings to discuss Government concerns at Local Level to include Alcohol Abuse, Domestic Violence, Victims of Crime, Town Centre Socialising., Supporting Communities Action, Quality of Life and Safety Forums – First meeting 12th July at the Civic Centre.

DDA Designated Dispersal Area initiative is still in force in parts of Shepway. There will be Coaching Courses for 15 Police Officers.

Actions Agreed by Forum Members:

Action: Chairman to apply to CDRP via the Partnership for a Police Support Officer PCO for Hawkinge whose duties are similar to a Warden but has more powers. To Jyotsna Leney at her suggestion. The 2nd 3rd and 4th year will require funding.

Chairman to contact Neil Campbell (KCC planning) to follow up o­n the Safety Forum video contents and requests and actions being pursued. Suggested by Deirdre Ferguson.

Peter Brun (NHW) will arrange for the NHW caravan and some coordinators to man the information table at the Hawkinge Fun Day o­n September 3rd. Suggested by Chris Ashman

The Hawkinge Community Safety Forum will next meet at

The  Hawkinge Partnership Office at 7pm  8th September 2005

All villagers and organisations are invited to bring their safety concerns to the forum.

Signed o­n behalf of HCSF …………………………………………… Chairman


Over to the Partnership and Community Centre

Contributed by editor on Aug 27, 2005 - 08:43 PM


Re: Why was £5000 spent on the Hawkinge Giant

Dear Ed,

"What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"

Thanks once again for your efforts. Perhaps it's now over to the Partnership and the Centre to see if it's out with the pruning shears or on with the rose feed !

Yours etc


Why was £5000 spent on the Hawkinge Giant

Contributed by editor on Aug 27, 2005 - 05:09 PM



Re: Can't the Hawkinge Partnership cough up?

Dear Ed,

Thank you for the clarification, it is appreciated (re the hawkinge Partnership)

What a shame the Community Centre didn't rent out space to the Partnership, as you stated "This would have generated a substantial regular income to the centre"

But if they don't fund organisations or make grants, what did the £5000.00 that went to the Strange Cargo come under? A gift?

This is from

"It was felt that the Hawkinge Giant would create a new focus for the village, which all residents could relate to. Additional support for the project came from the Hawkinge Partnership, who provided the final £5k of funding to secure the project for their community."

"the final £5K of FUNDING" ?

As you can imagine, given your explanation and what I see stated as funding, I am a little perplexed.

Perhaps your good selves can enlighten more.

Thanks in advance.

Yours etc



Editors note

Please read this which outlines some of the funding principles of the Hawkinge Partnership.

This is just a synopsis and detailed information will need to be obtained from the Partnership.....I'm sorry I cannot give a definitive answer as my knowledge does not extend to the small print.

'As the Hawkinge Neighbourhood Partnership, we expect to receive an average of £350,000 each year over the next seven years to support our Pathfinder work. This is subject to annual approval, and, as funding comes from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, our progress will be closely monitored. 

It is important to remember that this funding is being awarded to enable us to work with the community and service providers to bring about positive and lasting change in service delivery. We are not a grant making body'.


Who is out of touch?

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2005 - 12:51 PM

WHO IS OUT OF TOUCH Re: I suggest Finkle is 'out of touch 

Dear Ed,

I would like to support Finkle. 

If Finkle is out of touch and not the Parish Council, how is it that the majority of the parish did not know of the offer to provide the equipment for detecting speeding vehicles and train local people to operate the equipment?

Or am I wrong and the Parish Council support people who want to break the speed limits?

Testily yours,


Community Centre set to close

Contributed by editor on Aug 26, 2005 - 12:45 PM


Trustees of the Hawkinge Community Centre are to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the cash strapped complex on Sunday (28 August).

Chairman of the Trustees John Heasman told the Gazette the meeting was private and only Trustees were attending. He said they would be discussing the financial problems and hoped they could prevent the Centre from being closed.

He said that the Treasurer Trevor Johns had indicated he would resign but he was hoping he would stay.

John said: "I want it saved, it's got to be saved, I have put evertything into this. This is the memorial to the Airfield.

The possibility of the Centre closing by the end of the month cannot be ruled out.

Hawkinge Parnership boss Deirdre Ferguson has written to the trustees about the Hawkinge Fun Day. She said that contingency plans for the event on Saturday (3 September) were being prepared.

The centre is looking for an immediate cash injection of £7,000, and in a report written by Trustee and Treasurer Trevor Johns presented to the Parish Council, it says the Centre will have to close if the money cannot be raised within 30 days.

Shepway Council have refused the Centre an entertainment licence on the grounds of noise and the Trustees need to install sound proofing by the end of September.

If the Community Centre is forced to close, the village could also lose both the Baptist Church and the Post Office.

Airport fortunes looking up

Contributed by editor on Aug 25, 2005 - 11:56 AM



Kent International Airport  has been bought by a New Zealand based company for £17m. 

Infratil who already operate Glasgow Prestwick International airport say that Manston has strong prospects for freight and low-cost regional passenger services. 

The purchase is due to be completed tomorrow (26 August). 

Flights from Manston were grounded after Planestation, the parent company of budget airline EUjet, which operated passenger services,  went into administration in July. 

It is reported that the first services to be reinstated would be freight operations while passenger operations would take longer. The company are are considering passenger services to Spain, Italy and France.

Manston has  2,752 metre runway capable of servicing Boeing 747s and the new Airbus A380s, a recently refurbished passenger terminal presently capable of handling up to 700,000 passengers per annum and a new 3,200m2 cargo facility.

Explain Parish Council ditherings

Contributed by editor on Aug 24, 2005 - 09:55 PM



Re: I suggest Finkle is 'out of touch

Dear Ed

As long as I can have some of what your having !!! But, then again maybe not...I can see a few points have hit home.

Anyway it has prompted a response, for that thank you...perhaps YOU can explain all the recent ditherings demonstrated by the Parish Council...explain the reasoning behind what has been decided by the Parish Council.

I enjoy my personality disorder it has brought nothing but pleasure...far more than the disorders displayed by a lot of the "personalities" of the Parish Council

Fink we can have some answers ?

Finkle awaits

Steer clear of Quality Street

Contributed by editor on Aug 24, 2005 - 09:38 PM



Jars of Quality Street, Cadbury's Roses, Dulcet Pastille Fruits, Pascal Fruit Bon Bons, and Jelly Fish have been found by staff at Folkestone Bus station. 

But the tins, jars, and cartons of unopened sweets, all priced in pounds, shillings and pence are thought to be nearly fifty years old.

The sweets are well past their sell by date and have been donated to a museum in Battle, Sussex for public display but not for eating.

Puppies in cliff drama

Contributed by editor on Aug 24, 2005 - 09:07 PM

Coastguards have helped rescue two puppies after they climbed part of the way down a 150ft cliff near Folkestone.

The two springer spaniels became trapped 30ft down the cliffs after they had escaped with their mother Lucy from a garden in Capel le Ferne on Monday (22 August).

The search for the pair began when Lucy returned without her pups. 

One of the puppies Toby, was rescued using climbing equipment on Tuesday evening but the other hungry puppy Ben, made his own way up the cliff when rescuers tempted him with a biscuit.

The puppies were suffering from dehydration and shock but are now safe and well.

Coastguards are advising dog owners to use leads near cliff tops and not to attempt to rescue animals which fall over the edge.

Editors note: I understand from the owner of the dogs that Ben and not Toby was in fact brought up the cliff using equipment.