Vandalised toilets to re-open

Contributed by editor on Jun 17, 2005 - 08:23 PM



Toilets at Sandgate that were so badly damaged by vandalism that they had to close will reopen o­n Monday (20 June) after a facelift.

The public conveniences in Seabrook Road were closed in autumn 2003. Vandals had entered the roof space and started a fire there. Fire also wrecked a hand washing machine, light fittings were damaged and obscene graffiti was daubed o­n the walls.

Now, following a wash and brush up, the toilets will be re-opened.

Have your say on sports centres plans

Contributed by editor on Jun 17, 2005 - 08:14 PM


Outline planning applications for two new sports centres for the district have been submitted to Shepway Council.

The proposals, for sports centres at Cheriton Road Recreation Ground, Folkestone and South Road, Hythe, include results of environmental assessments carried out o­n both sites and a draft plan for car parking at the Hythe site.

Plans can be viewed at the Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone or o­n the council’s website. The South Road application can also be viewed at Hythe Town Council offices between 10.00am and 1.00pm and 2.00pm and 3.30pm Mondays and Fridays.

People have until 30 June to comment o­n the plans.

The proposed new centre in Folkestone includes a six-court sports hall, 25-metre pool, learner pool, 70-station gym, squash court, dance studio, creche and dry, wet, and outdoor changing facilities.

Hythe’s proposed new centre includes a four-court sports hall, 50-station gym, dance studio, six-lane, 25-metre pool, learner pool, crèche and dry, wet and outdoor changing facilities.

Dog mess patrols but still no bins in Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Jun 17, 2005 - 11:04 AM


A new team of Environmental Community Officers is set to tackle dog fouling in Shepway’s worst affected areas.

Hawkinge is without any dog mess bins and is unlikely to get any according to the Parish Council. A local dog owner told the Gazette: "I've been told it's down to Shepway to provide the bins but they won't do it because they don't own the land.

"The former chairman of the Parish Council told me to put my dog mess in the litter bins, which surely can't be healthy.

"Besides, the nearest bin is in the village which means I have to walk around with a bag of dog mess in my pocket, which isn't very pleasant either.

"I consider myself a responsible dog owner and always pick up after my dog but I think the council should meet us half way and provide a proper dog waste disposal bin instead of sending out patrols intent o­n persecuting and prosecuting."

The team of four is out and about looking at the areas where fouling is particularly bad and is also monitoring complaints. The worst affected areas will then be targeted with enforcement action.

Cllr Hugh Barker, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Dog mess is polluting areas that residents and visitors should be able to enjoy. The council appreciates that dog owning brings lots of pleasure, but its carries responsibilities too. Every dog owner has a responsibility to clear up after their pet. It takes very little effort and yet makes a big difference to our district.�

The Environmental Community Officers will be patrolling Shepway and approaching owners whose dogs leave a mess.

“The majority of dog owners behave conscientiously, and we hope to get a positive response,� said Cllr Barker. “There will be amnesty period of six weeks when offenders will be given a polite warning. But after that time officers will start issuing a £50 fixed penalty notice to any owner who decides to ignore the law.�

The new team will be dealing other environmental issues, like abandoned cars, to help the council meet its aim to provide a clean, green and safe environment.

“No-one wants a car abandoned in their area, they can be unsightly, and sometimes even a hazard - especially to inquisitive children,� said Cllr Barker.

To report an incident please call  01303 858660

Goodbye Peter Carroll

Contributed by editor on Jun 17, 2005 - 10:08 AM


Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Folkestone and Hythe Peter Carroll has announced he is giving up campaigning for the party after withdrawing his name from the shortlist of Lib Dem candidates for the Cheadle by election.

This follows the resignation of Tory party leader Michael Howard who announced he was standing down as leader of the party after winning his seat at the May general election against Mr Carroll.

Peter Carroll who lived in Peene near Folkestone with his wife Fiona has led many high-profile campaigns across the district of Shepway. He has fought  for tougher action o­n anti-social behaviour and against the closure of local Post Offices.

Dover PC receives top bravery award

Contributed by editor on Jun 16, 2005 - 07:57 PM


Kent Police Chief Constable, Mike Fuller, has honoured police officers and members of the public for their bravery and outstanding work including Dover PC Paul Howe.

The Chief Constable's Commendation for Bravery was awarded to PC Paul Howe who in July 2004, prevented a man from setting fire to himself.

The citation reads:-

One evening in July 2004, a man left home with the intention of killing himself, he left behind his distraught child who called the police.

Using local knowledge and instinct PC Paul Howe soon found the man in a secluded place o­n Western Heights in Dover. He had poured petrol over himself and his car and, with matches to hand, was threatening to set light to himself.

PC Howe began to talk to him but, as soon as he understood that the man was about to set light to himself, PC Howe ran forward and restrained him.

In the struggle that followed PC Howe was injured as the man resisted, he also ended up soaked in petrol, which could have been set alight at any moment, but he continued to restrain the man until colleagues arrived to help him. Afterwards, even though he was shaken and injured, PC Howe, showed compassion and chose not to prosecute for assault.


Latest local crime 06/06/05 to 12/06/05

Contributed by editor on Jun 16, 2005 - 03:17 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 06/06/05 to 12/06/05

Crime Sheet 06/06 to 12/06


HZ/006812/05 Between 2330hrs & 2340hrs 07/06/05




Between stated times the IP and his neighbour had a quantity of Kent Rag stones stolen from outside their properties. IP states neighbour told him there were two offenders, driving a white van (believed to be Mercedes) with sign written sides. Neighbour witnessed 2 suspects, o­ne male, o­ne female, using a white van, taking the stones. They apparently drove down the end of the Close toward the church, and then drove back out again. The female had light hair, and both were said to be in their late 20's / early 30's.



Between 1400hrs & 1422hrs 12/06/05




Kent Fire Service informed police of the fire. Witness   stated that he heard a group of youths shouting and then saw smoke from the barns direction. Heard youths shouting as they ran down Burmarsh Road away from the fire. Another witness heard the voices of several youths shouting, heard a voice say, "That o­ne went well" and smelt smoke a few minutes later.


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

Minutes of the Annual Parish meeting 11 May 2005

Contributed by editor on Jun 15, 2005 - 05:43 PM


Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council held in the Village Hall o­n 11th May 2005 at 7.30 p.m.



Present:   Cllrs. Ms Brisley, Callahan, Heasman, Hodgson, Hogben, Punnett, Smith and Trice


In attendance: Mrs Hardy (Clerk)


101      Election of Chairman

Cllr. Callahan was re-elected to serve as Chairman (prop. Cllr. Smith, sec. Cllr. Brisley) Votes: all in favour

Cllr. Callahan thanked councillors and signed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.



Cllr. Callahan opened the meeting to the public to receive questions that could be placed o­n the next agenda.       There were two questions (1) provision of a gate for pedestrians at the Incinerator Road entrance to the football ground (2) traffic calming for Mill Lane.



102      Election of Vice-Chairman

Cllr. Heasman was elected to serve as Vice-Chairman (prop. Cllr. Hodgson, sec. Cllr. Brisley) Votes: all in favour


103      Parish Council Working Groups

The following appointments were made:

Community Liaison - Cllr. Brisley

Planning and Development - Cllrs. Trice and Heasman

Football Project Group - Cllrs. Trice, Hodgson and Punnett

Finance - Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Cllrs. Hogben and Trice

Public Rights of Way - Cllrs. Callahan, Punnett and Smith


Cllr. Trice requested that the Chairman attend Football Project Group meetings.

Public Rights of Way includes footpaths and cycleways.


104      Other Bodies

            Representatives were appointed to serve for the ensuing year.

Neighbourhood Management Partnership - Cllr. Hodgson

Village Hall Management Committee - Cllrs. Brisley and Punnett

Shepway Area Committee, Kent Association of Parish Councils

Cllrs. Heasman and Smith


105      School Governors

New regulations published by the Department of Education in 2003, rule that there is no longer a requirement to appoint a minor authority representative.   

Cllr. Hodgson is serving as a Community Governor o­n the Board of Governors, Hawkinge Primary School.    Cllr. Smith is serving o­n the Board of Governors for Churchill School.


106      Hawkinge Community Centre

Cllr. Hodgson was appointed by the PC in 2003 to serve as a Trustee o­n the Executive Committee for a 4 year Term of Office.


107            Apologies

The Chairman stated that Cllr. Mrs Newton had not attended a meeting since December 2004.     She had moved away from the village without leaving a forwarding address or contact numbers.   He intended to ask the Council to declare a casual vacancy at the June meeting due to non-attendance for six consecutive months.


108      Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held o­n 13th April 2005 were confirmed and signed subject to o­ne amendment.    (prop. Cllr. Brisley sec. Cllr. Smith)

Min. 88(d) substitute Cllr. Hodgson for Cllr. Smith.


109            Declarations of Interest

Cllrs. Callahan and Smith declared an interest in planning matters (members of Development Control Committee SDC) they reserved the right to make a decision at District level when they are in possession of all the facts relating to an application.

Cllr. Callahan declared a prejudicial interest in an item about the removal of bollards, Webster Way (member of the Residents’ Association for Webster Way).

Cllr. Smith declared a prejudicial interest in items concerning the Lease between HY&CSC and PC - Leisuredrome hall and land to rear (Trustee of HY&CSC).

Cllrs. Hodgson and Trice declared a personal interest in the football ground (members of the Hawkinge Football Club).


110      Matters arising out of the Minutes

       (a) Allotments [min. 86(b)]

Cllr. Callahan reported that he and the Clerk had met Mrs Eileen Blythe and three other members of the Allotment Group o­n Monday afternoon 18th April in the Community Centre.   It was an informal meeting to discuss possible sites for allotments.    He was following up a suggestion that the PC lease some land from SDC that the Group had identified as a suitable location.

       (b) Village Hall Car Park [min. 99]

Cllr. Punnett said that the earth moved during the renovation of the car park has created a natural boundary so that posts will no longer be needed to prevent cars driving o­n the land to the rear.

       (c) Giant “Awakening Dayâ€? [min. 88(d)]

Cllr. Smith said 600 school children were present in the main hall at the Community Centre for the ceremony that was a very happy occasion.   The Chairman congratulated the three schools for their part in the proceedings, firstly making the three smaller giants and secondly the excellent behaviour of the children o­n the day.

      (d) Community Centre Car Park

The Chairman told members that SDC had advised the Clerk that the PC had accepted responsibility to maintain and repair the car park when the car parking rights o­n the land to the rear of the shops were agreed.    However, when the community centre was handed over to the Community Centre Trust, the car parking rights were also passed to them.   All future complaints about the state of the car park will be passed to the Community Centre Trust.


111      Reports

      (a) Community Liaison Group

Cllr. Brisley had not received any complaints from residents.

      (b) Finance

The Chairman said there would be a meeting prior to the June meeting to approve the Annual Return to the Audit Commission and review the Risk Assessment.

      (c) Public Rights of Way

Cllr. Punnett advised that the work to the footpath in front of the shops had not been carried out yet (min. 86(d) refers).

      (d) Community Centre

Cllr. Heasman announced that the Annual Meeting of the Executive Committee will take place o­n 19th May at 7.30 pm.     All residents are members of the charity and are invited to attend.


112            Hawkinge Football Ground

      (a) The Football Project

Cllr. Trice said the car park had been constructed.   It is a sub base - the top surface will be done later.    Mr McMillan has been asked to look at the provision of the utilities to the ground, gas, water and electricity and the costs involved.  Water is the priority.    He had arranged a meeting with Mr Roger Reed, Regional Facilities Manager for the Football Association, in June and invited the Sports Development Officer, SDC, Hawkinge Partnership Neighbourhood Manager and the PC’s Building Consultant to attend. 

Cllr. Trice said another temporary building that can be used as a changing room is urgently needed, otherwise the PC will be losing revenue while the Cricket Club is refurbishing its pavilion and players cannot hire their changing rooms.    He asked the Council to give him permission to purchase another temporary building.

It was Resolved that Cllr. Trice purchase a temporary building for the football ground for approximately £600 (prop. Cllr. Callahan, sec. Cllr. Heasman) Votes: all in favour.

      (b) Management of the Ground

Cllr. Hodgson reported that KCC have cut the grass but they leave an area around the edges that needs a strimmer to cut it.     He said if the PC would purchase a strimmer and the necessary protective clothing, he would cut the grass around the edges and the footpath.   The question of Health & Safety regulations was discussed and the need for a Risk Assessment to be done.

It was Resolved that the Council purchase a strimmer and protective clothing for use o­n the football ground and that Cllr. Trice purchase paint up to the value of £30 and materials to improve the present temporary building.

(prop. Cllr. Callahan, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: For 7 Against 0 Abstention 1


The Chairman thanked Cllrs. Hodgson and Trice for the amount of work and effort they have put into the Football Ground Project.  


113            Leisuredrome – HY&CSC Lease

            Deferred to the confidential section.


114      Finance

       (a) Audit 2004/05

The Clerk reported that the Internal Auditor had carried out the final audit for the year 2004/05 o­n 9th May.    He had completed and signed the Annual Internal Audit Report (copies were circulated to councillors).

Councillors received the Income & Expenditure, VAT Control and Balance Sheet prepared by the Clerk. 

It was Resolved that the accounts for 2004/05 be approved and the Chairman sign the Statement of Accounts in the Annual Return.    (prop. Cllr. Hogben, sec. Cllr. Hodgson) Votes: all in favour.  

The Council received a copy of the Risk Assessment that will be reviewed by the Finance Group at their next meeting. 

The Clerk said the Council would be asked to sign the Statement of Assurance that forms part of the Audit Return at the next meeting o­n 8th June.    The External Audit takes place o­n 13th June.

The Chairman thanked the Clerk for preparing the accounts.


       (b) KAPC – renewal of membership for 2005/06

Councillors received copies of KAPC accounts for 2003/04 and 2004/05.  

Cllr. Hogben said he was still not satisfied that KAPC gave “value for moneyâ€? and he proposed that the Council accept KAPC’s offer to visit Councils to discuss any concerns.   This was agreed.


      (c) Children’s Entertainment

The Clerk asked if the Council wished to provide Entertainments for children during August o­n similar lines to previous years.     It was agreed that the events had been successful and Cllr. Heasman was asked to make the necessary arrangements.


      (d) The Bumble Bee Alliance

            A request to all Parish Councils in Kent to consider giving a grant to the Bumble

            Bee Programme was received.     Noted.  


       (e) Payments

            It was Resolved that the following accounts be paid (prop. Cllr. Punnett, sec. Cllr.

            Trice) Votes: For 7 Against 0 Abstention 1


   ch  date



Staples (stationery supplies)



SDC rates (Football Ground)     DD


 SDC rates (Leisuredrome)     DD



Clerk's salary


 expenses ( a/c & fax handset) 


NatWest EBS      SO 


Internal Auditor



Action with Communities in Rural Kent originally KRCC renewal subscription



The Clerk was asked to arrange a meeting between Cllrs. Callahan and Smith and Mr Bentley, Bentley & Reina, at the Leisuredrome to discuss his account for work already done.


115      Correspondence

      (a) The Council received the following documents:

SDC Crime and Disorder Strategy 2005 – 2008 (5 copies)

SDC Planning Policy Survey – Local Development Framework

            Kent Police – Special Recruitment Campaign

            Kent County Council – Minerals and Waste Discussion Pack

      (b) The Chairman received a note from Mr & Mrs Blanks, 2 Pritchard Drive at the

meeting.    They complained about noise levels when the Community Centre is hired out for musical events.    Cllr. Heasman said the Executive Committee are aware that there is a problem and are dealing with it.


116      Plans

Planning applications received and comments sent by Planning Group:

Y05/0468/SH 8 Canterbury Road: increase in roof height to provide additional living accommodation.    No objections

Y05/0509/SH 19 Honner Close: erection of a rear conservatory.     No objections

The comments sent by the Planning Group were approved.


The following plans were considered at the meeting:

Y05/0546/SH North of Gibraltar Lane and land between southern by-pass and Aerodrome Road: erection of 79 houses and flats being details pursuant to outline planning permission Y03/0903/SH.

No objection provided the following comments are taken into consideration:

1. The layout of the houses is over intensive and lacks open space.

2. Footpaths and cycleways where provided should exit o­n to Gibraltar Lane in a safe manner.

3. The pillboxes should be protected for historical interest.

Votes:  For 4 Against 2 Abstentions 2 (District Councillors)

Y05/0591/SH 11 Millfield: erection of a detached bungalow

Objection o­n the following grounds:

1. This is back land development.

2. There is no provision for car parking space.

Votes: For 4 Against 0 Abstentions 4 (inc. two District Councillors)


117            Webster Way Bollards

Cllr. Hogben reported that drivers are removing the bollards and driving through No Entry signs in order to join the A260 at the traffic lights junction.   Cllr. Smith said the road had been adopted and KCC could remove the No Entry signs. 

It was agreed that County Councillor Susan Carey, who was present at the meeting, be asked to take the matter up with KCC.  

Cllr. Callahan withdrew from the meeting while the above item was discussed.


At this point Cllr. Hodgson left the meeting (work commitment)



           It was Resolved that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest

by Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972.


119            HY&CSC Lease

The Council received a letter from Kingsfords dated 26th April enclosing a letter from Rootes & Alliott (25th April) that showed that enquiries were still being made regarding the Lease.     The Chairman stated that negotiations regarding the Lease had been going o­n for over a year and he was still unable to produce a Lease for the Council to sign.    He could no longer deal with the Charity and recommended that the Council cease negotiations.

It was Resolved that as it had proved to be impossible to come to agreement whereby the Lease could be signed by both parties involved, the Parish Council forthwith withdraw the offer of a Lease o­n the premises to the Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council.

(prop. Cllr. Hogben, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: all in favour

The Chairman stated that he would put an item o­n the next agenda to discuss the future of the Spitfire Leisuredrome.

Cllr. Smith withdrew from the meeting while the above item was discussed.


120            Memorial Garden

Councillors received a written report from Cllr. Hogben about his meeting with a representative of Jacksons Fencing, a quotation from Jacksons together with their proposed plan for the site and a picture of the metal fencing.  

It was Resolved that the proposed plan be adopted and Jacksons’ quotation for materials and installation £3,900.81 + VAT be accepted.  Cllr. Hogben was delegated to oversee the project o­n behalf of the Parish Council. 

(prop. Cllr. Callahan, sec. Cllr. Heasman) Votes: all in favour


121            Hawkinge Football Ground

Cllr. Trice reported that there had been an encroachment of Parish Council land that is part of the football ground by the owner of an adjoining property in Cricketers Close.    The Clerk was asked to inform Kingsfords and instruct them to send an appropriate letter to the owner of the property.

122      Village Hall – Site for Substation

The Council received a letter from EDF Energy (27th April) asking if the Parish Council would be prepared to consider another site o­n the village hall car park for a new ground mounted substation so that the quality of supply at the Primary School could be improved.    It was decided that as the Council is at the present time reviewing the layout of the village hall car park and the surrounding area that includes negotiations with the District Council, it could not commit itself to any arrangement that may rule out possible options in the overall plan.

The meeting closed at 10.40 pm

Students evacuated after white powder found in school

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2005 - 09:50 PM


Emergency services rushed to a "suspicious chemical" alert at Pent Valley Technology College Folkestone this afternoon (14 June).

Roads surrounding the campus were closed after a white powder was found leaking from an envelope in an office area of the school.

All students were sent home, but three members of staff  and a police community support officer attached to the college who came into contact with the powder were not allowed to leave until tests were carried out.

Kent Police later confirmed the substance found was a harmless mild irritant found in toothpaste and animal feed.

Investigations are continuing to find out who sent the envelope

Business park plans rubber stamped

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2005 - 08:25 AM


Shepway officers are recommending a plan  to convert the former visitor centre for the Channel Tunnel into a business park, is approved by councillors.

The park would bring a medical centre, hotel, offices and a creche to the area and the removal of the historic Channel Tunnel boring machine.

The plan which has the backing of Folkestone Town Council will be studied at tonight's planning meeting (14 June).

Shepway Council last night approved outline planning permission for the business park

What have the Romans ever done for us?

Contributed by editor on Jun 13, 2005 - 09:38 PM


Over a thousand children from all over Kent are descending o­n Dover to learn all about what the Romans did for us.

Dover Museum is turning back the march of time for the annual Roman Festival and visitors are getting dressed up in robes and togas and period costumes for the occasion.

Students from South Kent College will be o­n hand to style hair and apply theatrical make-up. Schools will be taking part in drama workshops and learning all about life in Roman times.

Children from more than 25 different schools in Kent and Surrey, and a group from London, are attending the festival, which is sponsored by Pfizer and held at the Museum over four days from 14th to 17th June.

Kim Norton, Education Officer, said: 'The Museum's festival days are a terrific way to bring history to life for children. The Festival continues to go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to another successful event."