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Ferry service suspended

Contributed by admin on Mar 22, 2005 - 09:32 AM

FERRY SERVICE SUSPENDED
 
Ferry operator SeaFrance is suspending all journeys between Dover and Calais until Thursday morning.

The company took the decision after the announcement of a 48-hour strike in France, but P&O Ferries are expected to operate as normal.

Customers with reservations o­n SeaFrance crossings for Tuesday and Wednesday should contact the company.

Yesterday (21 March), SeaFrance workers protesting against a plan to reform the French national register for shipping, invaded high-speed rail lines near Calais  and caused delays to Eurostar services.

Sailors' unions say the changes are a threat to French jobs.


Pilot scheme to ease M20 misery

Contributed by admin on Mar 21, 2005 - 09:24 PM

Pilot scheme to ease M20 chaos

PILOT SCHEME TO EASE M20 MISERY

Plans to improve the traffic flow o­n the M20 during periods when there are delays to ferries in Dover, are being put in place o­n a trial basis.

Michael Howard's Tory Constituency office contacted the Highways Agency suggesting a contra flow to help solve the problems of local people o­n the M20.

They have now received a response saying that they are planning to implement this through a pilot scheme in the near future.

The Constituency Office have spoken to the Highways Agency today  and reported that funding for the pilot scheme will be available from existing budgets.

They have also been told that a solution of a contra flow using concrete barriers that can be implemented quicker than cones is being considered.

However, in the long term the Agency are still looking for an alternative to using the M20.

Mr Howard said: "The decision to operate a contra flow is to be welcomed. I hope it helps."

Kent's Chief Constable Mike Fuller had also spoken of implementing a contraflow plan when he was speaking o­n the BBC Radio Kent, John Warnett's Good Morning Kent radio show o­n Friday (18 March). 


New warden training centre to reduce crime

Contributed by editor on Mar 21, 2005 - 11:19 AM

NEW WARDEN TRAINING CENTRE TO REDUCE CRIME

The official opening of a new training centre for Kent community wardens, police community support officers and local authority wardens takes place on Thursday 24 March.


Deputy Leader of Kent County Council and Cabinet Member for Community Services Sarah Hohler and Chairman of the Kent Police Authority John Palmer will cut a ribbon to mark the occasion.

The £145,000 centre at Boughton Mount in Maidstone will provide high quality training training to increase public confidence and reduce crime and the fear of crime. It will be run by the Kent Community Safety Partnership Training Team which will have delivered police accredited training to 56 Kent County Council Community Wardens, 55 Kent Police Community Support Officers and 18 Local Authority Wardens by May this year.

Hawkinge is awaiting the appointment of a new Warden following the resignation of Ian Norman, who has taken up a new job with Kent Police.


Howard will take action against illegal traveller camps

Contributed by editor on Mar 21, 2005 - 11:09 AM

HOWARD WILL TAKE ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL TRAVELLER CAMPS

Folkestone and Hythe MP and Tory leader Michael Howard has promised a package of measures to stop illegal traveller camps and unauthorised developments.


Mr Howard has claimed that some travellers are bending planning laws, using the Human Rights Act to build settlements wherever they like. The Party leader has warned that travellers have been allowed to remain on unlawful sites because of their 'right' to family life. He will set out details of his proposals in a speech on Monday.

In an advertisement carried in a series of Sunday newspapers, Mr Howard argues: "If you want to build a new home you have to get planning permission first. But if you are a traveller you can bend planning law - building where you like thanks to the Human Rights Act. It's not fair that there's one rule for travellers and another for everyone else."

In his speech, Mr Howard will insist that Conservatives believe in freedom, and that people should be at liberty to live their lives in different ways.

But he will argue that that freedom must be exercised while observing responsibilities to the wider community. While the "vast majority" of travellers accept that, he will argue, a "small minority" do not, and are wilfully abusing the planning system.

The action plan to be laid out by Mr Howard will include:

- Reviewing or repealing the Human Rights Act. A Conservative government would reconsider the Act with a view to ensuring that it could not be used to frustrate the enforcement of the laws against unauthorised development of land. If the Act could not be amended suitably, it would be scrapped.

- Councils would be given new powers to ensure the rapid removal of caravans from illegal sites, and courts would have powers to levy larger fines.

- Local authorities would be given new powers to purchase land compulsorily, where the land was the subject of a continuing breach of a Stop Notice. The objective would be to protect local residents from being pressurised into buying land from speculators at inflated prices, in order to avoid the threat of illegal encampments.

- Revised guidance to police and councils, encouraging them to use their powers to deal with trespass by travellers, and to tackle criminal or anti-social behaviour on traveller sites.

- Giving local people a greater say on where sites go. Conservatives would oppose the imposition on quotas on councils to provide traveller camps by unelected regional quangos.


Folkestone Camera club meeting 14 March 2005

Contributed by editor on Mar 20, 2005 - 04:22 PM

Folkestone Camera club meeting 14 March 2005

FOLKESTONE CAMERA CLUB - Meeting 14 March

Monday 14th March was our 5th slide competition of the season when our members learn from the judges comments, tips, advice and experience. Our judge was Mr Kevin Harvey, member of St. Mary’s Bay Camera Club, a very experienced photographer and regular visitor to our club.. His results (out of 20) were:-

Monochrome: ‘Shape of an Angel’ Robert Brisley LRPS 20

(12 entries) ‘Six Girls & a Boy’ David Hughes 19

 

Novice: ‘Air Conditioners in Suspension’ Andrew Finnis 20

(4 entries) ‘Jaws’ Glen Yorke 17

Intermediate: ‘Fairfield Horseshoe’ Bill Grudgings 20

(9 entries) ‘Sunset’ Bill Grudgings 19

 

Advanced: ‘I’ll Follow the Sun’ David Hughes 20

(19 entries) ‘Ancient and Modern’ Robert Brisley LRPS 19

‘French Landscape 2’ Dave Turner 19

 

6" x 6" Slids:- ‘Kerry 3’ Victor Fowler 17

(2 entries) ‘Sacha 5’ Victor Fowler 16

Slide entries seem to be decreasing unfortunately, but this is mainly due to the increase in our digital photographers, which has had the opposite effect, by increasing entries in our print competitions, of which the 5th of the season will be held on 21st March. All slides with 20 marks can be viewed on our website.

On Wednesday 16th March Deal Camera Club hosted a ‘Battle’ with Gateway, Herne Bay and ourselves. Unfortunately, we did not do very well, in fact we came last! The phoeographs shown were of excellent quality and the judge Glyn Bareham gave his total results as follows:- Herne Bay 297, Gateway 296, Deal 290 , Folkestone 270. We must do better next time !!!!!!!

With no meeting on 28th March, being Easter Monday, our next meeting will be on 4th April when we shall be seeing slides taken by Kay Hollis, as a tribute to her memory. Kay, as a long-standing member, bequeathed all her slides to our club, approiximately 10,000 of them, from her travels around the world.

Many photographs taken by members, can be seen on our website www.folkestonecameraclub.co.uk where we also have many Links to Photography related and other Shops.

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone on Mondays from September to May at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome. If interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399, or e mail: jenny-bar@btconnect.com.


A win at last

Contributed by admin on Mar 20, 2005 - 04:06 PM

A WIN AT LAST

Hythe, Folkestone & District Sunday Morning League - Division 1

Hawkinge 1  New Romney 0  ( played at Hythe )

By Cyril Trice

In this battle between two evenly matched sides, it was Hawkinge who eventually won the day.

Before the start, both sides had 3 wins  and 12 points and it was a game  each team was desperate to win.

The first half was fairly even with possibly New Romney passing the ball better and holding possession longer,  but at the break it remained goalless.

With 10 minutes of the second half underway Eamon Elaham  flicked the ball into the back of the net at close range to give the village team the lead.

Play went from end to end for the rest of the match but Hawkinge managed to hold onto their one goal lead, with both sides relying heavily on their goalkeepers towards the end of the game.


Fight begins over Marsh airport expansion plans

Contributed by admin on Mar 18, 2005 - 04:34 PM

FIGHT BEGINS OVER MARSH AIRPORT EXPANSION PLANS

Lib Dem campaigner Peter Carroll is writing to over 6,000 households o­n Romney Marsh asking them to support his opposition to the proposed massive expansion of Lydd Airport.

Plans are under consideration that would extend the runway and would mean 2,000,000 passengers a year using the airport. This could mean up to 100 jet aircraft flights a day at busy times and up to a million extra car journeys o­n already busy local roads.

Peter Carroll said, 'The proposed expansion will devastate the Marsh environment. As well as the aircraft noise and pollution there will be many extra car journeys to and from the airport. Our road network simply won't cope. The quality of life of Marsh residents will be devastated.'

In his letter, Peter is asking Marsh residents for their views. He is calling for the expansion plans to be called before a public inquiry so that local people can express their views. Peter added, 'East Kent already has the International Airport at Manston. I do not believe that our area needs another major airport. I would support limited expansion of Lydd Airport to provide for more recreational and leisure flying'.


Terror alert after shots fired at barracks

Contributed by admin on Mar 18, 2005 - 04:19 PM

TERROR ALERT AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT BARRACKS

Police have confirmed that a soldier o­n guard duty at Connaught Barracks in Dover, home to the 1st Battalion, the Parachute Regiment,  fired two shots from within the barracks.

A search was made of the barracks and surrounding area by police officers and the anti-terrorism unit following the incident  shortly before 6.00am this morning (18 March).

Kent Police have issued a statement saying there was not an intruder at the barracks and no o­ne had been injured as a result of the incident.

Roads around the barracks have now re-opened and Kent Police and the army are continuing their investigations.

The barracks is said to house between 500 and 700 soldiers.


Asda deal signed in the nick of time

Contributed by admin on Mar 18, 2005 - 09:43 AM

ASDA DEAL SIGNED IN THE NICK OF TIME

Agreements over land exchanges needed for Folkestone town centre’s major facelift were signed at the 11th hour o­n Wednesday evening (16 March).
 

With the exchanges agreed, all the land needed for the redevelopment is now in the control of developers, Bride Hall – heralding a major milestone in the progress of plans for a new, multi-million pound shopping centre.

The land exchange agreements were signed just before midnight o­n Wednesday to beat Chancellor Gordon Brown’s budget announcement that commercial concessions for disadvantaged areas – including parts of Folkestone – were being withdrawn from midnight. The concessions had included the waiving of stamp duty o­n commercial properties and the 11th hour signing has saved many thousands of pounds o­n the project costs.

Work o­n the creation of a new shopping complex is due to start this summer.

The Bride Hall development will bring a major Asda store to the town along with other well-known High Street names and a new 550-space car park. The new shopping centre is due to open by Christmas 2006.

Council Leader Robert Bliss said the signing of all the land exchange agreements marked a major milestone.

“For the first time in 10 years, all the land required for the development is now in the control of the developers. Although the redevelopment of the town centre has taken a number of years, our vision had never changed and it is fantastic that there is nothing to now stand in the way of turning that vision into reality.�

Cllr Shirley Newlands, District Secretary of Economic Development, said the scheme had been well worth waiting for. “It will inject new life and confidence into the town and create at least 500 new jobs – which is a real boost to the local economy.�

Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of Bride Hall, said getting the exchange agreements signed in such a short space of time hadn’t been without its problems.

“Although we were almost at the point of signing, we had to move very quickly to beat the Chancellor’s midnight deadline.

“People were kept from their beds - but it was all worthwhile.  We are now looking forward to taking this scheme forward and bringing an exciting new shopping centre to Folkestone.

“Shepway Council has been a great partner for us and has played a pivotal role in getting this development off the ground.�


Victory for Peter's launch

Contributed by editor on Mar 17, 2005 - 01:18 PM

VICTORY FOR PETER'S LAUNCH



Hawkinge parish councillor and Chairman of Shepway District Council Peter Smith will be hosting a dinner dance at the Pavilion in Folkestone to raise awareness for the SeaBritain 2005 initiative.



The theme of Britain and the Sea is inspired by the 200th anniversary of Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. The overall aim of SeaBritain is to increase maritime knowledge and involvement throughout the country, in particular among young people.



Peter is constructing a quarter size replica of Nelson's flagship HMS Victory which is nearing completion and will be launched later in the year.



If you would like to join Peter and his wife Christena at the Dinner Dance on Friday 8 April, contact the Chairman's secretary Lilie Broad 01303 852264 for more details.