'Enough is enough' as A20 pile-up brings traffic misery

Contributed by editor on May 21, 2005 - 11:22 AM


The Leader of Dover District Council, Cllr Paul Watkins has spoken out following the A20 pile-up on Thursday saying : 'The following traffic chaos was yet another example of the inadequacy of the road networks into and out of Dover and it is time to say that enough is enough.'

Dover District Council continues to campaign for vital transport links to the area, including the dualling of the A2 and improvements to the A20. The crashes on the A20 resulted in significant additional traffic on the A2, which caused major hold ups in several locations.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Access, Cllr Nigel Collor, was among a small group of representatives who met with the then Roads Minister David Jamieson in February to inform him of the urgent need to improve roads into Dover to increase accessibility, avoid crashes and reduce congestion and air pollution.

Villagers to get bigger say in Community Centre

Contributed by editor on May 20, 2005 - 11:51 PM


Villagers at the Annual General meeting of the Hawkinge Community Centre Charity last night (19 May) heard news of a new  management plan which could give them more of a say in the running of the amenity.

Some critics of the existing management structure agreed that, the Centre which, although successful in providing a superb resource for the village, was not abiding by its constitution and it was difficult to gain membership of the charity.

Treasurer and Trustee Trevor Johns agreed there were problems saying that the constitution drawn up failed to fit the model . He said: "We have been given poor advice from the Charity Commission and we are seeking guidence from them."

Cllr Peter Smith asked why there was no notification of the Agenda 21 days prior to the meeting. He said: "The Trustees should be aware of and uphold the constitution" and Colin Tearle asked of the notification of the Agenda to members.

Trevor Johns replied to the meeting saying that the notification had been posted in the Community Centre.

Hawkinge Parish Council Chairman Dave Callahan asked the Trustees to say who was a member. He said: "I applied for membership in January but have not received any written reply. The Executive Committee derives all its power from it's members.  I urgently request that you agree to define a member." He also asked the Trustees to appoint a Secretary and pay them in accordance with the agreed rates as he felt the Community Centre was of such size and turnover to warrant a paid and not voluntary appointment.

Trustee and Baptist Church Minister Ian Reynolds, explained the plans drawn up for a new organisational structure. He said that they had made mistakes but he wanted to bring in an elected Advisory Group which would be made up of  Trustees, The Hawkinge Partnership, and members who will represent the people of  Hawkinge. This group will work directly with the Trustees and the manager of the Centre.

Treasurer Trevor Johns outlined the years financial results for the Community Centre, with projected figures painting a picture which showed they were o­n target to meet their targets.

Although performing well as a whole, there were however disappointing figures for the large Main Hall, whose income dropped to £14K, some £7K short of the income for the small Hall which generated £21K.

"This is hoped to improve, now that accoustic work has been completed,"  Mr Johns said.

The issue regarding the expulsion of the Franze Academy refuses to go away and a supporter for the group told Trustees the issue had still not been resolved. The Trustees disagreed but Chairman of the Charity John Heasman said they would reply to the group in writing.

Following the meeting Trevor Johns said: " The new committee should be set up within a month. It is open now for people to put their names forward if they think they could benefit the Centre. I will be very disappointed if the setting up of the Advisory committee is not completed within the month".

If you feel your talent and committment would be useful to the Hawkinge Community Centre and you have what it takes to be part of the General Advisory Group please contact the Trustees.

'Muddled thinking' at Parish Council

Contributed by editor on May 20, 2005 - 10:33 AM


Dear Ed,

I have often read the minutes of the Parish Council meetings with dismay.  I know these people are all well meaning and are to be applauded for standing up, being counted and taking part in such activities as this.

However, recent meetings have shown that there is a certain amount of "muddled thinking", and quite frankly, the display would give little hope for future projects and progress.

Apologies for sounding to be so negative.


Summer Variety fun at the village hall

Contributed by editor on May 20, 2005 - 10:12 AM


Lyminge Dramatic Society are touring with their brand new Variety Show soon!

This exciting new show is a collection of comic sketches, songs, instrumental pieces, monologues and dance routines and will be performed at Hawkinge Village Hall o­n o­ne night o­nly, Saturday 11th June starting at 7.45pm.

Encourage your friends to join you o­n a good night out at the show.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2-50 for children and are o­n sale from Serendipity, Canterbury Road, Hawkinge and The Cat and Custard Pot, Paddlesworth.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Series of crashes closes A20

Contributed by editor on May 19, 2005 - 10:55 PM


Forty six vehicles have today (19 May) been involved in a series of crashes in thick fog on the A20 between Dover and Folkestone 

The crashes happened just after 6.00pm between the Roundhill Tunnel near Hawkinge and the Aycliff Roundabout in Dover in an area which is often affected by thick fog. 

Firefighters helped to free many drivers from their vehicles, although it is not thought there were any serious injuries. It was reported that 11 people were taken to hospital.

The collisions happened on both carriageways, which were still closed in both directions at 11.00pm while debris was being cleared.

Hawkinge Parish Council Minutes 13 April 2005

Contributed by editor on May 19, 2005 - 06:03 PM


Minutes of the meeting of HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL held o­n 13th April 2005 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall

Present: Cllr. Callahan (Chairman)

              Cllrs. Brisley, Hodgson, Hogben, Punnett, Smith and Trice

Apologies: Cllr. Heasman who was indisposed.    Cllr. Trice for late arrival

In attendance: Mrs Hardy (Clerk)



A resident asked about zigzag markings outside Churchill School.   (The Council is waiting to hear from Kent Highways when the work will be done).    The Council was asked about ordinary membership of the Community Centre Trust (The Chairman said he was aware of the problem and it would be discussed during the meeting).



84        Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held o­n 9th March 2005 were confirmed and signed by the Chairman.    (prop. Cllr. Hodgson, sec. Cllr. Punnett)


85            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.   


86        Matters arising out of the Minutes

       (a) Land to the rear of the shops [min.72(a)]

SDC had sent a copy of the outline planning permission granted o­n 22nd February 2002 for the community centre and convenience store and associated parking (Y01/1079/SH).    There had been no other applications since.    Noted.  

       (b) Allotments [min.72(b)]

Mrs Blythe had advised the Clerk that there are now 21 members in the Group.

The Chairman had suggested that an informal meeting be held between himself, the Clerk, Mrs Blythe and other members of the group, to discuss the best way forward.      This had been agreed and arrangements were being made.

      (c) Community Warden

The Council received a letter from Marilyn Howell, Kent Community Warden Manager, apologising for the fact that the Council was not told that Mr Norman was leaving the employment of KCC.    It will be given notice when a replacement is found.   In the meantime the Senior Warden for the area, Shuna Body, can be contacted o­n 07977 981990 should there be any urgent problems.

       (d) Footpath, Canterbury Road

Acting Superintendent P.S.Wilczek, Kent Police, advised that PC Moody had been active over the last few months working with various agencies to get the footpath re-laid a different colour.   The work should be undertaken soon (letter dated 8th April).

       (e) Franze Academy – Dancing Competition

Cllr. Hodgson told councillors that the Franze Academy dancers, four of whom came from Hawkinge, had won the title of World Champions in Dance Excellence in a competition held in Hollywood, USA.    The Chairman said the Council congratulated the Academy o­n their achievement.    He was able to do so verbally when members of the Group attended the meeting later in the evening to show councillors the trophy they had won.  


87        Reports – Working Groups

            Community Liaison

Cllr. Brisley reported a problem caused by motorcyclists in the village that had been passed to the Police for attention.


88        Other Bodies

       (a) Neighbourhood Management Partnership

Cllr. Hodgson reported that the office next to Tesco will open o­n 4th May.  Residents who wish to bring up matters connected with the development of Hawkinge with NMP may visit the office.   There will be computer information available and a room for residents who wish to form groups/clubs to meet.    There is a room available for councillors if they wish to hold surgeries to meet the public.

       (b) Community Centre

Cllr. Hodgson had not attended a meeting.    The Executive Committee is in need of a Secretary and Treasurer – volunteers please contact the Community Centre.

Cllr. Callahan said he had applied for membership of the Trust.    He had been told that all residents would be eligible to be a member by the time the next Annual General meeting is held.

       (c) Village Hall

Cllr. Brisley said she was unable to attend the AGM due to ill health.    The next meeting will be held o­n 18th May.    The second phase in the refurbishment programme had started.

      (d) The Churchill School – Board of Governors

Cllr. Smith said a letter had been sent to parents who are causing traffic congestion outside the school when delivering and collecting their children.

The Hawkinge Giant made by Strange Cargo (funded my NMP) was finished.    The “Awakening Dayâ€? when it would be named and displayed for the first time to schoolchildren would take place o­n Friday 15th April at 10 a.m. o­n the village green.   Both schools had participated in the venture by making 3 heads (smaller giants).

       (e) Hawkinge Primary School – Board of Governors

Cllr. Hodgson said everything was running smoothly at the school.  


89        Spitfire Leisuredrome

            Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council - Lease

The Chairman said he was in a quandary about the Lease because of the length of time it was taking to get a decision from HY&CSC.  

Cllr. Smith stated that HY&CSC had signed the Lease and returned it to the Council’s solicitor.

Cllr. Callahan said the Lease would come back to the Council to be ratified before signature by the Parish Council (copies to councillors who requested o­ne prior to the meeting).


90        Hawkinge Football Ground

Cllr. Hodgson reported that construction of the car park would start soon.    


91        Finance

       (a) Notice of Audit

The Clerk reported that the Council had received Notice of Audit for the year ended 31st March 2005.     The Annual Return must be completed and returned to the Audit Commission by 13th June 2005.     A notice will be posted o­n the Council’s notice board o­n 18th April to advise the public that the books will be available for inspection between 9th May and 8th June by appointment.    She would ask the Finance Group to meet before the next meeting to approve the accounts and review the Risk Assessment.   

       (b) KAPC – Annual Subscription

Councillors received a letter and information from KAPC about the services provided to Town/Parish Councils.   Cllr. Hogben said all councillors should see copies of KAPC’s accounts before making a decision to renew membership.    Deferred to the next meeting.  


At this point Cllr. Trice joined the meeting

             (c) Hawkinge War Memorial [min.80]

Councillors who had visited the site reported back to the Council.    It was decided that the fencing must be replaced.    Further discussion was referred to the confidential section.  

       (d) Dog Waste Bins

The Clerk had been advised verbally that the Parish Council would have to purchase the bins and pay to have them emptied.    It was agreed that both District and County Councils be contacted and asked to provide bins and an emptying service free of charge. 

       (e) Payments

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

Punnett) Votes: all in favour


    ch date


CPRE (sub.)



Village Hall (invest. interest)


F & D Water Services




SDC rates (football) 1st instalment



SDC rates (SL) 1st instalment



Clerk's salary




NatWest EBS



Harmer Landscapes


Village Hall (invest. interest)



92        Correspondence

       (a) KAPC: New Legislation Information Day Mon. 9th May at Lenham Community

            Centre (£40 per delegate) Noted.

        (b) Kent Downs APNB Unit 1 copy Landscape Design Handbook 2005. Received.


93        Village Hall

Councillors discussed the layout of the car park and the route of the footpath/cycleway that is intended to link Haven Drive to Canterbury Road, but ends abruptly at the village hall boundary. 

It was Resolved that the Council write to Mr Stack, SDC, to ask what the Council’s original intentions were when the footpath/cycleway was planned and whether there are any planning conditions attached to the permission granted before work commenced.

(prop. Cllr. Smith, sec. Cllr. Brisley) Votes: all in favour      


94        Plans

            Planning applications received and comments sent by Planning Group:

Y05/0322/SH 6 Webster Way: erection of a single storey rear extension

No objections

Y05/0411/SH 35 Canterbury Road: erection of single storey side and rear extensions.   No objections

Y05/0412/SH 16 Harvest Way: erection of a single storey rear extension.

No objections

The above comments sent by the Planning Group were approved.

Plans considered at the meeting:

Y05/0450/SH The Moorings, Alkham Valley Road:   erection of a four bay detached garage with games room above.     No objections provided the building is not used for commercial purposes or changed into living accommodation.

Y05/0359/SH 3 Elvington Lane: erection of 2 no. detached dwellings together with formation of new vehicular access and associated car parking (amendment to planning permission Y03/1056/SH).    No objections

Votes: For 3 Against 1 Abstentions 2 (District Councillors: Cllr. Smith also declared that he had a personal interest)

Y05/0367/SH Coombe Wood Riding School, Coombe Wood Lane: erection of new stable blocks to replace existing.

The Council does not object to the application but it has reservations about the extra traffic that may use Coombe Wood Lane (unadopted).

Votes: For 4 Against 0 Abstentions 3 (inc. two District Councillors)

Y05/0374/SH Fir Trees, Mill Lane: erection of a two-storey side extension, together with alterations to roof o­n existing granny annexe.

The Council strongly objects to this application o­n the grounds that it over develops the plot from its original concept.

Votes For 4 Against 0 Abstentions 3 (inc. 2 District Councillors)

At this point Cllr. Hodgson left the meeting



           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.


96        Sale of Strip of Land adjacent to the car park – Spitfire Leisuredrome

The Council received the Contract (with draft Transfer annexed) and Transfer (form TP1) documents from Kingsfords (5th April).

It was Resolved that the Contract for the sale and purchase of land adjoining Spitfire Leisuredrome Hall, Aerodrome Road between Hawkinge Parish Council and East Kent Developments Limited be entered into by the Council.

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

It was Resolved that Cllr. D. Callahan (Chairman) and Mrs B.M.Hardy (Clerk) be authorised to sign the documents o­n behalf of Hawkinge Parish Council.

(prop. Cllr. Brisley, sec. Cllr. Smith) Votes: all in favour                            

97        Football Ground sign

The Council received an estimate for a sign that states that the football ground is the property of HPC and no unauthorised use is allowed (600 mm x 500 mm)

It was Resolved that the estimate from Kullasigns for the sign £116.60 + VAT be accepted.  (prop. Cllr. Brisley, sec. Cllr. Punnett) Votes: all in favour

98        Flower Tubs

Harmer Landscapes Ltd. had submitted a quotation (dated 12th January).

It was Resolved that the Council accept the quotation to carry out a complete tidy of all 14 tubs, supply and plant with suitable shrubs for £350.00 + VAT and to maintain the same for a period of o­ne year £140.00 + VAT.

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

99        Village Hall Car Park

The Council received a quotation from Cowgate Landscaping to carry out the work requested to the car park (dated 31st March)

It was Resolved that the Council accept a quotation to clear and tidy the rear boundary, remove wooden fence, clear grass area and brick pillars, make good area with road planings, fill potholes and grade car park, trim trees next to footpath for the sum of £1,150 + VAT.  

The Council also ratified the Chairman’s decision to instruct Cowgate Landscaping to carry out the work straight away and in addition to place wooden posts along the rear boundary so that cars cannot drive o­n to the land to the rear.

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

100      Hawkinge War Memorial

It was agreed that the present fence be replaced and that Cllr. Hogben arrange to meet a representative of Jacksons Fencing o­n site and ask for an estimate to be sent to the Parish Council.


The meeting closed at 10.00 pm


Shepway Chairman Peter ousted by People First

Contributed by editor on May 19, 2005 - 11:32 AM


Liberal Democrat District Councillor Peter Smith has failed to renew his term of office as Shepway Council Chairman after the annual meeting of the council o­n Wednesday (18 May) when former Lib Dem member, and member of the breakaway People First group, Terry Preston was voted into the job.

In a bad night for Cllr Smith he has also lost his post as Vice Chairman o­n the Development Control Committee.


The Leader of Shepway Council, Robert Bliss, has invited two members of the People First group to join his Cabinet.

He said the appointments, announced when he presented his Cabinet to the annual meeting of the council, would broaden the scope of the Cabinet and said a working agreement between the Conservatives and People First would help ensure cohesive and consistent decision-making.

“This is a positive and progressive move for the council and the people of the district. It will provide us with the stability to improve services and deliver our goal of increased prosperity and regeneration.�

The new Cabinet and individual responsibilities are:

Robert Bliss  -  Leader and Cabinet Member for Overall Strategy
David Monk  - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Services
Shirley Newlands - Environment
Carole Waters  - Leisure, Sport and Tourism
Hugh Barker  - Community Services
Linda Cufley  - Economic Development
Brian Copping  - Housing

Cllr George Bunting will leave the Cabinet to devote his time to his role of Folkestone Mayor. Cllr David Monk will take over Cllr Bunting’s role as Deputy Leader.

“The re-shuffle brings two councillors with considerable experience o­nto the Cabinet,â€?  said Cllr Bliss. “I would not have made this move if I did not believe it was the best way forward for the council and the district.â€?

Dumb is beautiful

Contributed by editor on May 18, 2005 - 05:00 PM

DUMB IS BEAUTIFUL Re:The Shallow End of the gene Pool ?

Dear Ed,

Hear! Hear!  Well spoken Finkle!

The "badge of honour" syndrone is the tip of the iceberg.  There is now a whole subculture of "inverse snobbery" where those who can't achieve promote the fact that "dumb is beautiful" to the rest of the population. 

Unfortunately, the message appears to have a deep effect since we tolerate (through the courts and legal system in general) this type of behaviour.


Leisuredrome rumpus as Parish Council withdraw lease offer

Contributed by editor on May 18, 2005 - 04:52 PM


Dear Ed

I have been involved with a charity established in October 2003 to provide sport and recreation facilities in the village, with children and young people in mind, by leasing the Spitfire Leisuredrome building from the Hawkinge Parish Council for a period of 75years.

Our charity is known as the Hawkinge Youth and Community Sports Council and presently includes just a small number of trustees dedicated to getting the project started after which leaders, coaches, and representative members of the sports and youth clubs using the premises would have the opportunity to serve o­n a management committee.

We first met with the Parish Council to discuss the question of our leasing the Spitfire Leisuredrome in January 2004 following which we appointed solicitors (funded by the HPC)to act o­n our behalf and at the end of May a draft lease document was received by us.

Since that time we have attempted to negotitiate the terms of the lease with the Parish Council but, although in some matters such as structural alterations the lease terms contradicted what had been agreed between us earlier, the Parish Council have made no attempt to accommodate our concerns, so we finally agreed to accept all of the terms in the belief  that o­nce the charity occupies the premises and proves its worth the HPC might be more sympathetic to our needs.

Communication with the HPC through our solicitors and theirs has been tiresome and protracted. With the HPC meeting just o­nce a month situations have inevitably occurred whereby their requests or our responses have prevented regular coherent reporting o­n our progress.

We had hoped to have occupied the premises some time ago but negotiations, and more recently the necessary inquiries and searches undertaken by our solicitors at our expenses have delayed matters further.

During this time we have prepared plans for the conversion (non-structural) of the premises so as to maximise available space, to modify and improve so as to provide a welcoming facility in which all of the local population may take a pride. We have sought and gained funds for this purpose.

The Kent Community Foundation, Kent County Council, and the Tory Family Foundation, have between them made it possible for us to finance the provision of all the sports equipment needed to get started, carry out essential modifications and initital improvements, and finance the recurrent running costs during the setting up period. Additionally a sponsor has been found to pay for a state of the art overhead heating system suitable for a sports hall.

On 5th May our solicitors wrote to advise the Parish Council that our enquiries were complete and we had anticipated a positive responses. Instead we learned of a decision made at their 11th May meeting to withdraw the offer of a lease o­n the Spitfire Leisuredrome to our charity which we found incomprehensible, made without warning at this late stage of proceedings.

I am bringing this matter to your attention in the hope that there may be villagers in touch with your website who have concerns about the provision of facilities for children and young people and may wish to support an effort to persuade the Parish Council to change their recent decision regarding the Spitfire Leisuredrome and it's lease to ourselves. We are told that there is no hidden agenda - no plans to demolish the building to provide further housing but the reasons we have been given for their change of heart are spurious to our mind.

The Hawkinge Partnership has been set up in recent times to help improve the quality of life for villagers and o­ne of the subjects it is researching is the provision of facilities for children and young people. Our charity has been working with the Partnership o­n the Youth Forum and has been viewed as a very positive potential contributor to what is so desperately needed by the youngsters.

The Hawkinge Parish Council meet again o­n 25th May (Annual Parish Meeting) and 8th June (Parish Council Meeting) when we are hopeful villagers, especially concerned parents, will turn out in force to protest the Council's decision and persuade them to reconsider.

Patrick Lawrence

Pupils turn detective

Contributed by editor on May 18, 2005 - 10:07 AM


Pupils at a school in Dover will be getting some welcome relief from their SAT exams when they get the opportunity to become detectives.

PC Steve Ashton from Dover will be recreating a mock crime scene at St Martin's School and 36 pupils from year six will work in role-play exercises to investigate the crime.

Real life Crime Scene Investigators and drugs dogs from Kent Police will be visiting to give the children the opportunity to learn from officers who investigate these types of incidents every day.

The children will work in groups to follow through the investigation, write reports and prepare press releases that appeal for witnesses and information.

It is hoped that the experience will open the eyes of the pupils to what the police do o­n a day-to-day basis as well as reinforce the message that the police are there to help if there is problem.