Shepway District Council news

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:55 AM

Headland will change beach in flood battle plan...17 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:54 AM

Shepway Council is ready to start work on one of the biggest coast protection schemes carried out along the district’s shoreline just as soon as the Government gives it the go ahead.

The scheme, which forms part of the Folkestone to Rye Coastal Defence Strategy Study, will use about 200,000 tonnes of rock to build a large headland and two other structures on the shore below the Folkestone Coastal Park.

A further rock groyne is proposed at Marine Parade, Hythe. This work - together with 800,000 tonnes of shingle to ‘top-up’ the existing beaches - will provide protection against flooding and erosion for the next 50 years.

The shingle and rock will be brought in by sea. The shingle will be transferred to the beach in pipelines and the rock will be transferred on barges.

Once a response has been received from DEFRA work will start on the detailed design. It is expected that the public will be consulted about details of the scheme early in the New Year.

Shepway’s Environment Secretary, Cllr George Bunting, said: �Although there are no victories guaranteed in the battle against the elements, this scheme will certainly help protect our coastline from the most severe storms.

“I am sure this project will generate a lot of interest from local people – especially when rocks and shingle arrive and are delivered ashore. It should make very interesting viewing.�


Library is just the ticket...17 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:53 AM

Visitors to Folkestone library and museum will step into a stunning new look interior on Monday 30 September when the library reopens to the public after a major refurbishment.

The transformation includes an entirely new foyer area where visitors will find a new craft gallery and café, which is run by Canterbury Oast Trust. Specially commissioned furniture has been made for the entrance and café area by cult craft designers Shin and Tomoko Azumi. The stunning centrepiece to the entrance is a colourful glass screen designed specifically for the library by 1998 Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili.

Services offered by the library have also been improved – twenty new public access computers have been added, each providing free Internet access. Youngsters won’t miss out either – the children’s library has had a makeover and now sports a space theme designed by local arts group Strange Cargo. The main body of the library has been totally remodelled so that finding your way around is easier and the book stock has also been updated and improved.

Cabinet Member for Community Services, Sarah Hohler said: “The redesign of the library has incorporated contemporary design into this beautiful grade II listed building. I hope even more people will be encouraged to use the library and I’m sure that regular visitors to Folkestone Library will all agree that the improvements are well worth it.�

The library closed at the end of February this year for this, it’s first major refurbishment project for 15 years. A total of £340,000 has been spent, bringing the library into the twenty-first century. Restoration work will continue on the building’s exterior, to regenerate the brickwork and roof, in keeping with the library’s listed building status.

To celebrate the first week of reopening staff at the library have organised a day of fun events. On Saturday 5 October there will be a wood-block printing workshop, an archaeology finds day, an opportunity to explore the BBC Archaeology website, and a guest appearance for youngsters from Preston Pig with story telling. Drop in to the library between 10am and 3pm and join in the fun.

You can contact Folkestone Library on 01303 850123.


AT LONG LAST!...16 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:51 AM

Great to see, after many many months of waiting, the White Horse, or at least it's temporay version, gracing the escarpment above the Channel Tunnel Terminal.

Well done to all involved.


News is good for railway operator....16 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:50 AM

European paper maker Stora Enso is resuming its Channel Tunnel train service with EWS supplying newsprint to Britain.

The transport route for the paper used to produce the majority of British newspapers has been diverted from the Tunnel to sea routes since November due to the lack of security at the Calais-Fréthun freight yard in France.

Stora Enso last week, sent newsprint from their European Distribution Centre at Zeebrugge through to London and are now running six trains a week.

Each train takes the equivalent of 45 lorries off Kent roads.

In a full year EWS will transport 300,000 tonnes of paper through the Channel Tunnel equivalent to nearly 13,500 lorries.

Mike Hutchinson, Managing Director of Stora Enso Transport and Distribution Ltd, said: “Stora Enso sees Channel Tunnel rail freight services as an integral part of its European distribution system and is pleased to be able once again to forward trains via this key international route. The significant steps taken by the French authorities to improve security at the rail freight yard at Fréthun has provided the confidence Stora Enso required in order to re-start our Channel Tunnel services.�

Philip Mengel, EWS Chief Executive, said “EWS is extremely pleased to welcome Stora Enso back to regular Channel Tunnel rail freight operations. This commitment by a key European manufacturer demonstrates restored confidence in the reliability and security of rail freight services through the Channel Tunnel.�


Council say no to Kebab shop....14 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:49 AM

Parish councillors have rejected a planning application for a Takeaway Kebab Shop at former offices in Aerodrome Road.

The final decision now rests with Shepway Council.


Churchill Nursery gets the go ahead....14 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:48 AM

The building of Day Nursery at the Churchill School has been approved by Shepway District Council.

Writing in this weeks Churchill School Newsletter, Headteacher Jennie Carter said: "I am pleased to tell you that the nursery on our site has been given the go-ahead by SDC and I expect it to open at the end of January 2003.

"This is really exciting as we aim to work with Kid Ease who aim to appoint a teacher so that pre-school children get to know The Churchill from the beginning if they are enrolled to come into our YR classes.

"The plans look stunning with innovative ideas like the “activity� corridor that can change from shops to roadworks overnight".


Peter defends his position....14 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:48 AM

Hawkinge district Councillor, Peter Smith, has defended his decision not to support plans for a new village centre which came up before Shepway Council's planning committee on Tuesday.

The plans which include a convenience store, pub, day nursery, health centre and hotel were eventually passed, but a motion put forward by Cllr Colin Tearle for a footbridge or tunnel was lost by one vote.

In his account of the meeting which was published in a local newspaper Cllr Tearle said the motion was lost because Cllr Smith refused to support it.

Cllr Smith chose to abstain from the vote claiming that there were elements in it which were contrary to policy.

He said: "However much you like a plan you are governed by policies and can't always give them your support."

And he has criticised Cllr Tearle for using his position as village correspondent for the Kentish Express to comment on Development Control meetings.

He said: "The report is one sided and not all the facts have been brought into consideration.

"This is a non political committee and we have to take account of the relevant policies in the Shepway District Plan, the Plan on deposit, Kent Structure Plan and the Town and Country Planning Act

"One part has been extracted which doesn't show the full debate."

He added that he planned to write to the editor of the newspaper expressing his concern about the appointment of a district councillor as the village correspondent for Hawkinge.

"The possibility of any district councillor writing a column in a local newspaper on a non-political committee is questionable in my view," he said.


Rising street crime blamed after mugging...13 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:47 AM

THE wife of Folkestone and Hythe MP Michael Howard, has blamed escalating street crime in London after being mugged outside the Howards £3m home in Pimlico on Monday.

In the attack at around 11.00pm, former model Sandra Howard was attacked by two men who threw her into the gutter and took her engagement ring an eternity ring and her handbag.

Mr Howard who was inside the house at the time was unaware of the attack outside.

The men ran off, leaving Mrs Howard to stagger to the house, where her husband called the police.

Police are hunting two men who are believed to have carried out another mugging on a 75-year-old woman an hour later.


Gazette praise....13 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 09:46 AM

Just a brief word of congratulations on the "new" Gazette.

The quality & content have shot up since you started this new format. Very well done it is greatly appreciated, by me at least!

Lou Bolechala

PS slightly surprised not to see a mention about the local MP's wife, BUT understand perhaps why, as there is much more really local news.

Congratulations & many thanks