Sea Containers fined over fast ferries

Contributed by editor on Jan 20, 2005 - 05:10 PM


At a hearing in Folkestone(18 January), the owners of two fast ferries were prosecuted after operating them for two weeks without any certification.

Sea Containers Ltd, owners of the Rapide and Diamant, pleaded guilty to a total of sixteen charges brought under the Merchant Shipping (High-Speed Craft) Regulations 1996, the Merchant Shipping (Safe Manning, Hours of Work and Watchkeeping) Regulations 1997 and the Merchant Shipping (ISM Code) (Ro-Ro Passenger Ferries) Regulations 1997. 
These charges covered the period  25th August to 8th September 2003 when the Rapide and Diamant sailed from UK ports on about 130 occasions without valid certification. 

Sea Containers operating company Hoverspeed ferry, Diamant

Folkestone Magistrates fined Sea Containers Ltd a total of £7,000 plus £6,985 in costs were awarded.

The Chairman of the bench during his summing up said: “The public has to have full confidence in operators and there was a need to set an example to other companies for future reference.�

Mr Paul Coley, Head of the Survey Branch at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, said: “The MCA is satisfied that during the two week period that the Rapide and Diamant were safe to operate and that no one was put at risk. This case arose from a problem with the vessels paperwork and lack of management oversight.

"The MCA is very concerned that the company would allow these two vessels to operate without the necessary certification. It is fortunate that in this case the problem was only with the vessels lack of valid certificates. This case highlights the important attention which must be given by those persons responsible. They must ensure that proper management systems are in place, to be kept informed and monitor matters affecting safety and pollution prevention.�


Selsted's £600,000 sports hall opens for business

Contributed by editor on Jan 20, 2005 - 05:02 PM


A new £600,000 sports hall at Selsted CE Primary School will be officially opened by Conservative Party Leader Michael Howard and Kent County Council Chairman Kent Tucker tomorrow (21 January).

The sports hall has been financed by Sport England's Space for Sport and the Arts scheme following a successful bid for funding by KCC's Sports Development Unit.

It features a badminton court-sized sports hall, shower block and changing rooms and an additional room to be used for pre-school, after-school and breakfast clubs for pupils. The hall will also be available for members of the local community to use.

At the opening Mr Howard will unveil a commemorative plaque in the hall and will then be presented with origami Japanese Peace Birds made by pupils. A series of performances by pupils will then follow including martial arts and a dance demonstration.

Kent Tucker said: "It is important to provide schoolchildren with the best possible facilities from an early age so this wonderful new sports hall will provide a huge boost to physical education at Selsted School. I hope it will be a valuable resource for the local community for many years to come."

Hawkinge Acrise and Paddlesworth WI January 2005

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 09:13 PM

Hawkinge Acrise and Paddlesworth WI January 2005

The New Year party was a lively event, as usual. Members brought along their own food to share out, and enjoyed a game of beetle with much hilarity and noise. There were two new ladies joining us who had a good time as well. 

The competition for a hand made Cracker was won by Wendy Bell, Pauline Bart won the bingo. 

Members were reminded about the trip to Denman College in August, the W .I. college in Oxfordshire which has a wide range of classes to enjoy. We are having a day trip just to have a look round. Let Daphne Hitchcock have your name and deposit as soon as possible. 

Tickets for the Panto were issued. We were able to send £80 to Demelza House Hospice, which were the proceeds from the Craft Stall and the raffle at the Christmas Lunch. 

We are all invited to take part in a Walks Challenge, members are required to walk 90 miles in the year, not a lot over 52 weeks. This is to celebrate 90 years of WI. 

Nora Cole and Sue Maddox are our representatives for the Emergency group, other members can contribute in many ways, making teas etc.

The Craft CIub and Walking Group are thriving and have lots of members. The Craft club meet every 2nd Tuesday, and the Walks are on every 3rd Tuesday in the month.

If you would like to come along and see what we do, you are most welcome, 

or contact the President Linda Barnes on 01303891734 
or Secretary Wendy Bell on 01303893858

Lyminge Dramatic Society – Spring production

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 09:03 PM

Lyminge Dramatic Society – Spring production / Youth Drama Group

Our Spring production will be “The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Drama Society’s Murder Mysteryâ€? – certainly the longest title for a play we have put on! 

Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr, the play focuses on the ladies of the Farndale Estate as they attempt to put on their annual play, a murder mystery. 

The ladies are earnest in their attempts but incompetent and backed by a chaotic production crew, the play goes anything but smoothly. 

It runs from Wednesday March16th to Saturday 19th at Lyminge Village Hall. Tickets will go on sale at Haxtons Estate Agents in Lyminge from Saturday 28th February. 

Don’t miss what promises to be a hilarious production.

We are very sorry to announce that owing to unforeseen circumstances, we are now unable to restart the Dramatic Society's Youth Group in January. We still hope to make a start later in the year so please watch this space.

Shepway Cabinet's black mark over academy decision

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:26 PM


Lib Dem Cllrs representing Park ward have reacted with dismay to the decision taken by KCC to approve a planning application to build an entrance off Lucy Avenue for the new City Academy in Folkestone.

The Park ward team have been working with local residents to ask for the decision to be deferred, to allow the controversial entrance to the new academy to be removed from the plans.

Cllr Lynne Beaumont attended the meeting in Maidstone (18 January) with the Folkestone Academy Action Group. She spoke in favour of the removal of the Lucy Avenue entrance from the plans, and for the new building to be relocated within the site.

Cllr Lynne Beaumont said "Allowing the Lucy Avenue entrance to be built is a very short-sighted decision. Shepway Council's own Development Control Committee had already voted to remove the Lucy Avenue entrance from the plans. Sadly the Cabinet's recommendation to KCC watered this down to having "concerns" about the entrance."

"The residents in the Academy Action Group could not have done more to put their case. I cannot understand why the Cabinet chose to water down the Development Control Committee's decision.

"KCC's decision today is going to cause unbelievable distress and disruption to residents in and around Broadmead Village. I hope that Shepway's Cabinet have the decency to explain to local residents why they so disgracefully failed to uphold the decision of the Development Control committee."

Vandals destroy Wardens’ hut

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:13 PM


The wardens’ hut at the Lower Leas Coastal Park has been destroyed in what has been described as a ‘mindless act of vandalism.’

Police are treating the fire that wrecked the council-owned building as arson and are scanning CCTV footage to see if the arsonists can be identified. The fire caused between £22,000 and £25,000 worth of damage.

The hut, located next to the public conveniences, was used as a base by the Coastal Park wardens and as a store. Shepway Council is hoping to rebuild it in time for the forthcoming holiday season when the park and the adventure playground is used by tens of thousands of visitors and residents.

Cllr George Bunting, Cabinet member for the environment, said there had been very few acts of vandalism in the coastal park’s five-year history.

“It is sad that the mindless act of a few can destroy an unblemished record in an area that has given so much pleasure to local people and visitors. This wanton damage achieves absolutely nothing and serves only to divert resources and officer time away from providing similar facilities elsewhere.�

Folkestone on track for high speed trains

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:09 PM


The long-awaited news that the fast rail link is to come to Folkestone was warmly welcomed by all political groups in Shepway this week.

The Strategic Rail Authority has announced its plans for the high speed rail service, and confirmed that Folkestone will be included in the route.

The final Integrated Kent Franchise specification, which will incorporate the new high speed services with the existing “classic line� services, includes proposals for an hourly service all day from Folkestone Central to London St Pancras in just 57 minutes. The new service, which is not due to start until December 2009 at the earliest, will also stop at Folkestone West and Sandling, and there will be additional trains in the peak periods giving a 30 minute frequency for commuters.

Shepway Council Leader, Robert Bliss, said: “We are all absolutely delighted with this week’s good news. We shall be meeting with the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) as soon as possible to discuss details of the new service, which will now be put out to tender to the four “pre-qualifying� companies. We shall also be considering the necessary improvements to be made to the district’s infrastructure in the light of the new high speed service.�

Transportation Officer Stephen Gasche added: “We shall also be pressing the SRA for an assurance that any interim service between London St Pancras and Ashford will be extended to Folkestone from day one, so that Shepway residents can benefit from the new high speed rail link as soon as it is completed in 2007.�

The campaign to bring Folkestone’s case to the attention of the SRA and the government was spearheaded by the Rail for Folkestone Group. “I would like to thank everyone who backed the campaign, signed petitions and wrote letters of support,� said Cllr Bliss.

Giant moves for Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Jan 19, 2005 - 05:04 PM


The Hawkinge Partnership will be doing things in a big way when it invites local people to see what changes could help shape their village’s future.

A 13 feet high giant, created by Strange Cargo, will be helping to attract villagers to the partnership’s ‘Taking Part…Making Changes’ event at the village hall on Thursday 27 January.

“We’ve got big plans for Hawkinge and the giant seemed a very appropriate guest to invite,� said Jan Doyle, Chairman of the Hawkinge Partnership.

The partnership’s ‘Taking Part…Making Changes’ event aims to show how the changes local people have said they want can take place and how everyone can become involved in shaping Hawkinge’s future.

“During 2004 we organised consultation events - like the summer fun day - and more than 500 people told us what they would like to see in Hawkinge,� said Jan.

“This included better facilities, improved services, more community events, a community where people know their neighbours and a safe and pleasant environment.�

Deirdre Ferguson, Hawkinge Neighbourhood Manager, said the ‘Taking Part…Making Changes’ event would give people the chance to look at the partnership’s work plan for the year - which has just been approved by the Office of Deputy Prime Minister - meet members of the Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Team and partnership board, and see how they can get involved in village events and plans.

“Everyone is welcome to call in to the village hall any time between 2.30pm and 8.00pm,� said Deirdre.

Doubt over rail service to Dover

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2005 - 08:58 PM


KCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration Alex King gave a cautious welcome to the Strategic Rail Authority's blueprint for new services issued today.

The SRA confirmed that new high speed services from St Pancras will go to Ebbsfleet, the Medway towns, Ashford, Ramsgate, Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Faversham and Folkestone. But there is still a question mark over whether they will go to Dover Priory.

Mr King said "It looks as if the rail authority has listened to our views about the need for high-speed services to run all the way to the Kent coast. However, we will need reassurance about their proposals for Dover Priory.

Latest local crime 10/1/05 - 16/1/05

Contributed by editor on Jan 17, 2005 - 02:38 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 10/1/05 to 16/1/05


Between 1815hrs & 1825hrs




At approx 18:20 11/01/05 the IP has heard a crash at the side of his house, which sounded, like a metal bang. As IP looked out of his side window, which looks onto Uphill, he has seen the Offenders running away from behind the car. IP has then gone to the front door and seen the Offenders running into Dragon Fly Way. Upon inspecting the vehicle the IP has seen shoe marks in mud across the length of his vehicle with a dent in the bonnet and on the roof.


Between 2200hrs 11/01/05 & 0630hrs 12/01/04



IP returned home last night at 2200 hrs and the car, which was parked on the drive outside the garage, was in good order at that time. This morning at approx 0630 hrs her neighbour, came round to advise that IP's car had been covered in white gloss paint and a pink spray paint. 


Between 2300hrs 11/01/05 & 0600hrs 12/01/05



The IP had parked her vehicle in Webster Way in residents parking area. When the IP's partner got up to go to work, he found that IP's car and the neighbour’s car had been damaged. Unknown offender had tipped white gloss paint over the front windscreen and bonnet. This paint had dripped through the doorframes and also into the engine. Offender had then sprayed a pink aerosol over this in the area of the front windscreen, along both sides of the car and the boot. 


Between 2100hrs 12/01/05 & 1330hrs 13/01/05



Informant states his wooden fence has been damaged.

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