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Work begins to save local homes from flooding

Contributed by admin on Jun 08, 2004 - 11:44 AM

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WORK BEGINS TO SAVE LOCAL HOMES FROM FLOODING

The final phase of work securing the coastline between Littlestone and St Mary's Bay o­n Romney Marsh has begun.

The seawall will be raised and when completed it will provide better protection for almost 3000 homes.

Work o­n the scheme began two years ago but there was controversy last year when fisherman wanted compensation after they were banned from the area during the construction.

The final phase is expected to take six months to complete.


Residents slammed over open doors

Contributed by admin on Jun 08, 2004 - 08:44 AM

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<FONT color=black size=4>RESIDENTS SLAMMED OVER OPEN DOORS

<FONT color=black>Local police have slammed some residents in the area for putting their homes at risk by leaving doors and windows open.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Hogben said achievements in keeping detection rates low in the area were at risk.

He said figures from the past few days showed that 80% of burglaries were caused by lax security.


Air search for cargo ship captain

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2004 - 11:48 AM

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AIR SEARCH FOR CARGO SHIP CAPTAIN

<FONT color=black>An inquiry is under way after the captain of a cargo ship is feared to have died after falling overboard in the English Channel off the coast of Kent.

Dover Coastguard helped the French rescue services look for the man by sending a fixed-wing search plane from Manston Airport in Kent.

It is thought the accident happened when the ship passed Boulogne on its way to Rotterdam.


Fisherman rescued after distress call

Contributed by admin on Jun 07, 2004 - 11:32 AM

<FONT color=#0000cc><FONT color=black size=4>FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER DISTRESS CALL

<FONT color=black>A fisherman had to be taken by lifeboat to an air ambulance and then flown to hospital after a suspected heart attack off the Kent coast.

Dover Coastguard sent a lifeboat to two men o­n the Folkestone-based vessel eight miles offshore after getting a distress call.

A man was then flown to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.


Taking the lead

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2004 - 12:54 PM

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TAKING THE LEAD

<FONT color=black>Dog owners who don’t clear up after their pets are being warned that Shepway District Council will be cracking down o­n their dirty habits during National Poop Scoop Week.

<FONT color=black>It has joined forces with Dogs Trust (formerly the NCDL), the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to urge dog owners everywhere to be responsible and clear up after their canine companions.  The fifth National Poop Scoop Week runs from 14 to 20 June.

<FONT color=black>The council’s No Messin’ message features in the recently re-launched Shepway Today news magazine for residents and o­n posters due to be distributed to parish councils shortly.

<FONT color=black>"We have three Community Wardens who will be keeping a close eye o­n owners and making sure they clean up after their dogs.  Owners who don’t can expect a fixed penalty fine of £50 or could ultimately face prosecution and a maximum fine of £1,000," said Richard Stanford-Beale, the council’s Street Scene Manager.

<FONT color=black>But as well as cracking down o­n bad dog owners, the council plans to reward the good o­nes too.  Those who are seen by wardens clearing up after their pets will be presented with a voucher that entitles their dog to a free treat from o­ne of three local pet shops.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Carol Crees, Cabinet Member for Environmental Wellbeing, said the majority of owners were responsible. "I think it’s good that they get recognised too. Thanks to the support of three local pet shops, Pet Chefs in Folkestone,  Lamp-Post Pet Supplies in Hythe and Paws Pet Supplies in Dymchurch, we are able to say ‘thank-you’ during Poop Scoop Week."


Home and away

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2004 - 12:50 PM


<FONT color=black size=4>HOME AND AWAY

<FONT color=black>Council tenants who want to exchange their home will have the chance to see what choices are available at a special Housing Options Day being held in Folkestone.

<FONT color=black>It is the first time an options day has been held in Shepway and Graeme Bosley, Shepway Council’s Performance and Community Development Manager, who masterminded the event, hopes it will give people the chance to choose their new home instead of having to accept those offered by the council. Tenants of Registered Social Landlords will also be attending.

<FONT color=black>"Fifty two people have so far told us they would like to use the day to try and exchange their homes. This event will give them the opportunity to see what choices are available, look at pictures and study the details. They will also be able to talk to other people who also want to exchange and find out at first hand what the house and neighbourhood are like," said Graeme.

<FONT color=black>The day will also explain more about the tenants’ incentive scheme that offers cash help to tenants who want to buy a home o­n the open market.

<FONT color=black>"This scheme applies o­nly to tenants living a home that has two or more bedrooms and is designed to help free-up more council homes by helping tenants make the move into private accommodation, said Graeme. "Independent mortgage advisors will also be o­n hand to help those people who thinking about leaving their council property, or those who are o­n the waiting list, who want to buy a home."

<FONT color=black>Tenants will also be able to learn about the Lawn scheme that encourages people to move from areas where there is a high demand for council housing - like Shepway - to areas where there are houses readily available, mostly in the North of the country. 

<FONT color=black>The Housing Options Day, being held at the Leas Cliff Hall o­n Thursday 17 June, will also promote shared ownership schemes where a home owner buys proportion of their home and a housing association owns the rest for which they pay rent. 

<FONT color=black>Finally people can learn more about sheltered housing schemes and decide if that is something that would appeal to them.

<FONT color=black>Cabinet member for Care and Support, Cllr Brian Copping, said the options day was an innovative way of giving tenants a greater say in where they wanted to live.

<FONT color=black>"This is a first for Shepway. If it’s successful we would like to get together with our neighboring District Councils to organise a region-based options day," said Cllr Copping.


Food for thought

Contributed by admin on Jun 05, 2004 - 12:42 PM

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<FONT color=black>FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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Thieves target garden sheds

Contributed by editor on Jun 04, 2004 - 09:08 PM

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<FONT size=+0><FONT color=black>THIEVES TARGET GARDEN SHEDS

<FONT color=black>A gang of thieves is plundering goods from sheds and outbuildings in South East Kent, police have warned.

Several break-ins have been reported in Folkestone, Dover and Deal. Among the items taken were a go-kart, a crate of beer and power tools.

A police spokesman said: "I would advise homeowners to review the security of outbuildings."


Twins win appeal

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2004 - 11:51 PM


<FONT color=black>TWINS WIN APPEAL
 
The Sandgate twin girls Ellen and Jessica Ralph who faced being separated after they were not both given places at the same school have won their appeal and will both be attending Pent Valley School after all.

<FONT color=black>Ellen, who has a statement of special needs for dyslexia had a place at Pent Valley School in the autumn, but her sister Jessica did not have a statement and was unable to be placed at the school.


Howard's plans to save £600,000 are 'pie in the sky'

Contributed by admin on Jun 03, 2004 - 08:11 PM


HOWARD'S PLAN TO SAVE £600,000 ARE 'PIE IN THE SKY'
 
Local Liberal democrats are claiming that constituency MP Michael Howard's much talked about proposal to save Shepway Council £600,000 is not a workable solution.

They say Mr Howard claimed that the Council could save £600,000 this year by working with the County Council to deliver certain local services more cheaply, but the Lib Dems  are saying that initial discussions with the County Council have shown that there are no such savings to be made.

Lib Dem Cllr Linda Cufley said, "Early indications from meetings with the County Council are that the kind of savings Mr Howard has been talking about are 'pie in the sky'. It seems that Mr Howard is saying o­ne thing, while his Conservative colleagues at County Hall are saying something completely different."

Cllr Linda Cufley continued, "There are some savings to be made which we welcome, we will be lucky if these amount to even £100,000 not the £600,000 Mr Howard promised. Mr Howard's figures do not stack up. Even this smaller saving £100,000 would not be available immediately."

The Lib Dems have now written to Mr Howard to ask him just where he got the £600,000 figure from. The letter also asks o­nce again for the MP to back the Council's fight to stop the Labour Government forcing huge cuts to Shepway services.

Peter Carroll said, "In a recent Conservative leaflet Mr Howard is modestly described as Shepway's 'Saviour' for coming up with this plan. Now local people will be asking whether it was all just a publicity stunt."