Vandals destroy Wardens’ hut

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:13 PM


The wardens’ hut at the Lower Leas Coastal Park has been destroyed in what has been described as a ‘mindless act of vandalism.’

Police are treating the fire that wrecked the council-owned building as arson and are scanning CCTV footage to see if the arsonists can be identified. The fire caused between £22,000 and £25,000 worth of damage.

The hut, located next to the public conveniences, was used as a base by the Coastal Park wardens and as a store. Shepway Council is hoping to rebuild it in time for the forthcoming holiday season when the park and the adventure playground is used by tens of thousands of visitors and residents.

Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet member for the environment, said there had been very few acts of vandalism in the coastal park’s five-year history.

“It is sad that the mindless act of a few can destroy an unblemished record in an area that has given so much pleasure to local people and visitors. This wanton damage achieves absolutely nothing and serves only to divert resources and officer time away from providing similar facilities elsewhere.�

Folkestone on track for high speed trains

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:09 PM


The long-awaited news that the fast rail link is to come to Folkestone was warmly welcomed by all political groups in Shepway this week.

The Strategic Rail Authority has announced its plans for the high speed rail service, and confirmed that Folkestone will be included in the route.

The final Integrated Kent Franchise specification, which will incorporate the new high speed services with the existing “classic line� services, includes proposals for an hourly service all day from Folkestone Central to London St Pancras in just 57 minutes. The new service, which is not due to start until December 2009 at the earliest, will also stop at Folkestone West and Sandling, and there will be additional trains in the peak periods giving a 30 minute frequency for commuters.

Shepway Council Leader, Robert Bliss, said: “We are all absolutely delighted with this week’s good news. We shall be meeting with the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) as soon as possible to discuss details of the new service, which will now be put out to tender to the four “pre-qualifying� companies. We shall also be considering the necessary improvements to be made to the district’s infrastructure in the light of the new high speed service.�

Transportation Officer Stephen Gasche added: “We shall also be pressing the SRA for an assurance that any interim service between London St Pancras and Ashford will be extended to Folkestone from day one, so that Shepway residents can benefit from the new high speed rail link as soon as it is completed in 2007.�

The campaign to bring Folkestone’s case to the attention of the SRA and the government was spearheaded by the Rail for Folkestone Group. “I would like to thank everyone who backed the campaign, signed petitions and wrote letters of support,� said Cllr Bliss.

Giant moves for Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:04 PM


The Hawkinge Partnership will be doing things in a big way when it invites local people to see what changes could help shape their village’s future.

A 13 feet high giant, created by Strange Cargo, will be helping to attract villagers to the partnership’s ‘Taking Part…Making Changes’ event at the village hall on Thursday 27 January.

“We’ve got big plans for Hawkinge and the giant seemed a very appropriate guest to invite,� said Jan Doyle, Chairman of the Hawkinge Partnership.

The partnership’s ‘Taking Part…Making Changes’ event aims to show how the changes local people have said they want can take place and how everyone can become involved in shaping Hawkinge’s future.

“During 2004 we organised consultation events - like the summer fun day - and more than 500 people told us what they would like to see in Hawkinge,� said Jan.

“This included better facilities, improved services, more community events, a community where people know their neighbours and a safe and pleasant environment.�

Deirdre Ferguson, Hawkinge Neighbourhood Manager, said the ‘Taking Part…Making Changes’ event would give people the chance to look at the partnership’s work plan for the year - which has just been approved by the Office of Deputy Prime Minister - meet members of the Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Team and partnership board, and see how they can get involved in village events and plans.

“Everyone is welcome to call in to the village hall any time between 2.30pm and 8.00pm,� said Deirdre.

Doubt over rail service to Dover

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2005 - 08:58 PM


KCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration Alex King gave a cautious welcome to the Strategic Rail Authority's blueprint for new services issued today.

The SRA confirmed that new high speed services from St Pancras will go to Ebbsfleet, the Medway towns, Ashford, Ramsgate, Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Faversham and Folkestone. But there is still a question mark over whether they will go to Dover Priory.

Mr King said "It looks as if the rail authority has listened to our views about the need for high-speed services to run all the way to the Kent coast. However, we will need reassurance about their proposals for Dover Priory.

Latest local crime 10/1/05 - 16/1/05

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2005 - 02:38 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 10/1/05 to 16/1/05


Between 1815hrs & 1825hrs




At approx 18:20 11/01/05 the IP has heard a crash at the side of his house, which sounded, like a metal bang. As IP looked out of his side window, which looks onto Uphill, he has seen the Offenders running away from behind the car. IP has then gone to the front door and seen the Offenders running into Dragon Fly Way. Upon inspecting the vehicle the IP has seen shoe marks in mud across the length of his vehicle with a dent in the bonnet and on the roof.


Between 2200hrs 11/01/05 & 0630hrs 12/01/04



IP returned home last night at 2200 hrs and the car, which was parked on the drive outside the garage, was in good order at that time. This morning at approx 0630 hrs her neighbour, came round to advise that IP's car had been covered in white gloss paint and a pink spray paint. 


Between 2300hrs 11/01/05 & 0600hrs 12/01/05



The IP had parked her vehicle in Webster Way in residents parking area. When the IP's partner got up to go to work, he found that IP's car and the neighbour’s car had been damaged. Unknown offender had tipped white gloss paint over the front windscreen and bonnet. This paint had dripped through the doorframes and also into the engine. Offender had then sprayed a pink aerosol over this in the area of the front windscreen, along both sides of the car and the boot. 


Between 2100hrs 12/01/05 & 1330hrs 13/01/05



Informant states his wooden fence has been damaged.

If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office on 01304 218151 or ring
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To Report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055


To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134
If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station on 01304 21815 Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch

No points for poor finishing

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2005 - 12:34 PM


Hawkinge 1 Saltwood 2

By Cyril Trice 

The disappointing results from Hawkinge Football Club yesterday (16 January) continued the pattern of recent fixtures.

They seem to have control of most of the play but lack the ability to put the ball into the back of the net when chances arise, and in this game they had plenty.

Saltwood scored first from a corner, with a gift of a goal when the keeper held the ball but let it slip behind the goal line. Unlike Manchester United, last week, the linesman saw this one.

The away team followed up with a second goal before half time which left Hawkinge a bit of catching up to do.

A quarter of an hour into the second half, when the crowd were wondering if Hawkinge would every score James Howard put one away for the home team.

We can only hope for a better result next week when Hawkinge are at home to Sellinge in a Cup match.

Marina set to expand as demand is buoyant

Contributed by editor on Jan 16, 2005 - 09:00 PM


Dover Marina saw a record number of boats berthed in 2004 and the number of nights visitors reached a three year high.

The success of the 400-berth marina will see the operators, Dover Harbour Board, invest in 12 new pontoon berths during the winter and increase the capacity of the boatyard by over 30 per cent.

During 2004 the number of berth holders reached an all-time high of nearly 280 and the number of nights visiting boats stayed totalled 9,550. It is estimated visitors spent in the region of £500,000 at the county’s tourist attractions and in local shops and restaurants.

“Dover Marina makes a notable contribution to the local economy,� said the port’s head of commercial and marketing Kate O’Hara.

“It has a superb location with excellent road links from London and the Home Counties serving both resident berth holders and visitors who want to spend a little time ashore exploring the Garden of England.�

The sheltered marina beneath the famous White Cliffs is particularly popular with Belgian and Dutch yachtsmen.

Carroll fights to save wards

Contributed by editor on Jan 16, 2005 - 08:43 PM


Local people are backing the campaign to keep hospital services at the Royal Victoria in Folkestone say Shepway Lib Dems.

The Health Authority is considering the future of the rehab services provided in two wards at the hospital. The wards could be transferred to the Buckland Hospital in Dover

Peter Carroll said, "Hundreds of local people have given a massive thumbs down to moving the wards to Dover. The wards at Dover would be smaller and relatives would face difficult journeys to visit loved ones.

"I believe that these wards are providing vital care to elderly people who are far too frail to go home. Additionally, these wards provide local GPs with up to 6 beds to use for local elderly people who may need a short stay in hospital for tests."

For a copy of the petition call 01303 851251.

Residents asked for help in crime fighting strategy

Contributed by editor on Jan 16, 2005 - 08:20 PM


Following an audit of crime figures for 2001 to 2004 carried out by Dover council and Kent Police, local residents are being asked for their priorities to tackle crime over the next three years.

The results of the audit showed that Dover had a lower rate of crime than the national average, but that theft and burglary had risen.

Anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and violence against the person came highest in the types of crime committed. 

Residents have until 25 January to make their views known.

Cllr Julie Rook, Cabinet Member for Citizenship, said: "Dover District is a safe place to live and work, but the fear of crime can be high and issues around crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour are key to the district. We are fully committed to working with our partners in the community to address these major issues which have a real impact on the quality of life in the district. We are delighted to have been able to work together on the Crime and Disorder Audit and we hope as many people as possible will take the chance to comment on it."

Sgt Guy Thompson said: "This is a chance for those who live in the district to give their views on what matters to them."

Driver arrested after seven found in freezer lorry

Contributed by editor on Jan 16, 2005 - 08:04 PM


Police were called to Capel le Ferne at lunchtime today (16 January) after a Spanish lorry driver reported finding a group of people in his cargo of oranges.

The seven people  found in the refrigerated lorry are now being treated for hypothermia but are not thought to be in a serious condition.

A police spokesman said the driver had been arrested and the incident was being investigated by the Immigration Service.