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Farmers market to start soon....20 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 20, 2003 - 05:39 AM

Hawkinge residents will soon be able to buy farm fresh produce at a local Farmers Market starting up in Capel Le Ferne.

The new venture begins on 22nd April in the Capel Le Ferne village hall and will be open every Tuesday from 10 o'clock to one.

Local produce including vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs and bread will be on sale.

Anyone wishing to have a pitch selling local produce should ring 01303 245399

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A fine compliment...19 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 19, 2003 - 03:52 PM

Very informative news site both local and national.

I find it very interesting what is going on in the area.

Thanks. db.

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Crime curriculum taught in local schools...19 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 19, 2003 - 03:34 PM

Hawkinge schoolchildren are taking part in a pioneering teaching project set to revolutionise the way they learn about their responsibilities in relation to crime and nuisance behaviour.

Eight primary and two secondary schools in South East Kent have volunteered to take part in the first UK pilot of the Crime Curriculum which started on Tuesday (18 March).

It is hoped that the Crime Curriculum will achieve a long-term reduction in youth-related crime and nuisance behaviour by providing an input into schools education on crime-related issues such as drugs, alcohol and smoking, bullying, truancy, anti-social behaviour and personal safety.

The Crime Curriculum has been written by Dr Lynn Revell, subject leader for Religious Education and Citizenship in the Faculty of Education at Christchurch University College, Canterbury.

Sgt John Merritt of the Strategic Crime Reduction Unit says: "There is clearly a need for a properly designed and easy-to-use crime curriculum to be delivered by teachers. It is unreasonable to expect young people with different values and backgrounds to understand their responsibilities under the law and what is and what is not acceptable behaviour unless it has been fully explained to them.

"The Crime Curriculum will provide young people with a basic knowledge of the law and the dangers and impact of certain types of behaviour."

The local schools taking part in the pilot are:

the Pent Valley , Park Farm and Christchurch schools in Folkestone and the Churchill school in Hawkinge.

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White horse leads Shepway into 21st century....19 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 19, 2003 - 03:09 PM

Folkestone's controversial white horse which is to be created on Cheriton Hill later in the spring, is to be the new identity to carry the district into the 21st century.

The image, based on artist Charles Newington’s white horse, will be used by Shepway Council to promote the district.

As well as a picture of the white horse, the logo caries the names of Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh and the Council’s name and website address.

Council Leader, Cllr Rory Love, said he hoped the new identity would bring back a ‘sense of place’ to the area.

“One of the problems in promoting the district is that people from outside the area do not know where Shepway is. Some of us have had maps put on the back of our business cards – if you have to resort to this, things can’t be quite right.

“This dynamic and striking new image clearly and confidently states where we are and is a far more effective way of promoting the district.�

Artist Charles Newington said he was flattered that the Council and designers, Shepway-based, White Gate, had used his original concept and taken if forward.

“What is a very simple hill figure appears to work well as an image for the district and the Council,� he said.

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Churchill School Public Consultation...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 18, 2003 - 03:22 PM

PUBLIC CONSULTATION DOCUMENT PROPOSED ENLARGEMENT OF THE CHURCHILL SCHOOL, HAWKINGE, KENT

Why are we consulting you?

This document is published by Kent County Council and is intended as a basis for consultation with governors, staff, parents and other interested groups about a proposal to enlarge The Churchill School, by eight classrooms, to enable the school to function as a full Two Forms of Entry (2FE) Primary School.

This document sets out the reasons for the proposal, identifies the issues for consideration and explains the arrangements for consultation. At the end you will find details of a public meeting to which you are invited and a reply slip for you to let us know what you think.

There is also some information about what happens after consultation.

Some background facts

The Village of Hawkinge has been identified as the major growth area for housing in Shepway. To date planning permission has been granted for 1,600 houses.

The rate of building is currently about 150 properties per annum. o­n average each house is expected to produce 0.37 primary aged pupils. o­n this basis it is anticipated that an additional 56 primary school aged pupils will be resident in Hawkinge each year.

Table 1, later in the document, gives details of how many pupils each primary school in the immediate area has space for and how many places are offered each year.

It is proposed

To enlarge The Churchill School to enable operation as a 2FE school able to admit 60 pupils each year, bringing it eventually up to a capacity of 420. This will require building an eight-classroom extension to form the junior accommodation at the school.

Further playground area will be created as a result of this proposal. An existing classroom will become the school library/ICTsuite. Temporary partitioning in the hall will be removed to enlarge the hall space.

If the proposals for The Churchill School receive support in this consultation and the governors and the County Council decide to proceed, it will mean that the number of children able to obtain places each year would be confirmed at 60 (2FE).

The Headteacher and the Governing Body have been fully involved in deciding how the proposals can be carried out to gain most benefit for the school. They support the proposal.

The school site is large enough for the expansion. The intention is for the project to be completed by September 2004.

You are welcome to attend the Public Meeting which has been arranged for:

Date: 12 March 2003

Time: 7.00 pm

Venue: The Churchill School Haven Drive, Hawkinge


A Kent County Councillor will chair the meeting. At this meeting parents and others will have the opportunity to put forward their views. Officers from the Local Education Authority will also be present to clarify points of detail.

The next stage

All of the views put forward by individuals and groups will be reported to the School Organisation Advisory Board at its meeting on 30 April 2003, and if they recommend that the development goes ahead, to Cabinet o­n 23 June 2003.

Both meetings are open to the Press and Public and reports presented to them are available o­n request from:

The Council Secretariat (Corporate Services Directorate)

Sessions House

County Hall

MAIDSTONE

Kent

ME14 1XQ

Tel: 01622 694269


If the Cabinet decides to move ahead with the proposal a Public Notice will be issued, which will be in force for a period of two months. During this period, any person or group who may wish
to do so may make Statutory Objections to the proposal.

If there are no objections, the Local Education Authority is entitled to carry out the proposal. Should there be any objections the Statutory School Organisation Committee will consider these.


This committee is made up of representatives of various groups and is not a KCC committee.


The proposals set out in this document are put forward as a basis for consultation o­nly. It is stressed that no decisions have yet been made and that none will be made until consultations have been completed and all views carefully considered by the School Organisation Advisory Board and by Cabinet members.

The County Council's major objective is to ensure the outcome of this consultation has local support and is in the best interests of pupils.

Consultation arrangements

If you would like to comment o­n the proposals, there are several opportunities for doing so:

 

• You should complete and return the reply slip included in this document (either to the school or the Education Office).

• You can send a letter to
David Adams, District Schools Officer, Mid Kent Education Office, Kroner House, Eurogate Business Park, Ashford Kent, TN24 8XU.

• In the interests of economy letters will not be acknowledged.

• Replies must be received by 28 March 2003


<P align=center>DO PLEASE LET US KNOW YOUR VIEWS

Dr Ian Craig

Assistant Director of Education and Libraries (Schools and Early Years)

The County Councillor is: Mr J Palmer

Table 1 Churchill Primary and all primary schools within 2 miles <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="200" border=0><TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

School


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

MOE


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2002-2003


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2003-2004


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2004-2005


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2005-2006


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

2006-2007


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">

<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Harcourt


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

218


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

210


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

203


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

196


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

194


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

205


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

All Souls'


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

247


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

272


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

265


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

265


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

260


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

261


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Morehall


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

376


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

371


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

363


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

354


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

348


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

357


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Churchill


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

210


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

155


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

210


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

243


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

272


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

302


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Hawkinge


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

330


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

297


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

299


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

315


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

315


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

325


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Park Farm


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

441


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

417


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

414


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

416


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

412


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

407


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Stella Mans


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

212


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

213


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

209


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

214


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

207


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

203


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Mundella


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

236


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

250


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

242


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

241


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

233


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

233


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

George Spugen


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

413


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

388


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

376


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

369


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

360


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

361


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Total


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

2683


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2573


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2581


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2613


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2601


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

2654


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Housing product by planning area


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

51


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

72


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

106


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

130


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

140


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

16


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

17


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

22


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

20


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

18


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

6


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

10


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

8


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

6


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Total housing product


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

69


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

95


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

138


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

158


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

277164


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Total Pupils


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">

2683


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2642


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2676


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2751


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

2759


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">

2818


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="27%" height="10">

Net MOE Capacity Surplus/deficit


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="16%" height="10">


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

41


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

7


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

-68


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="11%" height="10">

-76


<TD vAlign=bottom height="10">
<TD vAlign=bottom width="12%" height="10">-135

Proposed timetable

The following is proposed:

13 February 2003

12 March 2003

28 March 2003


30 April 2003

23 June 2003

16 July 2003


16 September 2003

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<P style="MARGIN-TOP: 0px; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0px; LINE-HEIGHT: 100%" align=justify>During September 2003

11 November 2003


September 2004


Publication of Consultation Document

Public Meeting **

Last date for consultation responses


Report back to School
Organisation Advisory Board ** +

Report to Cabinet **

Issue Public Notice (if approved)

End of Public Notice (if approved)

Decision made if there are no objections


Report to Statutory School
Organisation Committee for

a decision if objections are received **+

Provisional opening

** These meetings are open to the Public.

+ These meetings take place at County Hall, Maidstone. Precise times and venues

are available from the County Secretariat on 01622 694269.

<P align=center>RESPONSE FORM

Please return no later than 28
March 2003

To: David Adams

District Schools Officer (Shepway) Mid Kent
Office Kroner House Eurogate Business Park . Ashford Kent TN24 8XU


Tel: (01233)898559 Fax:
(01233)898500

 

<P align=center>Proposed Enlargement of the
Churchill School, Hawkinge, Kent

Name.............................................................................

Address..........................................................................

.....................................................................................

.....................................................................................

Please tick as appropriate) I am:


The parent of a pupil [ ]


A member of staff [ ]


A school governor (please state which school) [ ]


Other interested party (please state which) [ ]


I support the proposal [ ]


I do not support the proposal [ ]

My comments are as follows:

......................................................................

......................................................................

(please continue o­n a separate sheet if necessary)


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Standards Board adjudication John Heasman...13 March 2003

Contributed by webmaster on Mar 18, 2003 - 02:59 PM

Case no. SBE631.02

This summary outlines the conclusions reached in Case SBE631.02. This case concerned allegations against Councillor John Heasman of Hawkinge Town Council. The allegations relate to Paragraphs 2(b) and 4 of the Code of Conduct. Paragraph 2 states that a member must "treat others with respect". Paragraph 4 states that "a member must not in his official capacity, or any other circumstance, conduct himself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing his office or authority into disrepute".

Date received:
23 July 2002

Date passed to ESO:
1 August 2002

Date completed:
31 January 2003

Allegation:
A member failed to treat others with respect and brought his office or authority into disrepute.

Outcome:
In relation to Paragraphs 2(b) and 4, no action needs to be taken under Section 59(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 2000.

The complainant, who was a Parish Councillor, alleged that Councillor Heasman used threatening words and gestures towards two individuals during a private conversation following a meeting of Hawkinge Parish Council on 10 July 2002. The meeting involved some heated exchanges and was prolonged by a number of points made concerning the minutes.

Councillor Heasman took part in a private conversation with two Parish Councillors afterwards, one of whom was the complainant. The complainant alleged that Councillor Heasman said words to the effect of 'if you don't stop questioning the minutes I will get you and make you suffer' in an aggressive manner to the Councillors. The complainant stated that he was frightened by this remark. The other party present said that they thought the comments were disrespectful and that he found them threatening. All agreed that Councillor Heasman made the statement in an official capacity as Chairman of the Parish Council.

Councillor Heasman claimed that he acted appropriately and contested the allegation that he failed to treat others with respect or brought the Council into disrepute by his comments. Councillor Heasman said that he made the remarks in order to rebuke Parish Councillors for intervening inappropriately in the meeting and not following the correct official procedures. Councillor Heasman recalled saying to the two individuals, 'If I lose any councillors out of this meeting or the clerk I'm going to get you, I'm going to throw the rule book at you'. Councillor Heasman stated that he spoke to the two individuals in a private and informal context because he wanted to spare them a public dressing-down. He also said that he did not want to embarrass the clerk, who he thought might leave because of arguments over the minutes. He claimed that he did not intend to threaten harm to the individuals concerned, but conceded that his comments may have been misinterpreted and the Councillors may have felt physically threatened as a result. Councillor Heasman claimed that this was not evident to him at the time, and he would have apologised for his conduct if he had realised that this was the case.

The Ethical Standards Officer considered the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident and concluded that although Councillor Heasman did not intend to threaten physical violence, the comments he made could potentially be misinterpreted as physical threats. The Ethical Standards Officer accepted Councillor Heasman's claim that his objective in making the remarks was to warn the individuals to follow the rules of debate in meetings.

The Ethical Standards Officer considered that Councillor Heasman failed to act appropriately in using confrontational language when warning the complainant and the other individual concerned about the consequences of not following correct procedures in public meetings. The Ethical Standards Officer stated that councillors have a legitimate right to raise issues about minutes and other items of concern on the agenda of meetings. The Ethical Standards Officer considered that it is the role of the Chairman to maintain order in debates with fairness and impartiality, using procedural rules if appropriate.

The Ethical Standards Officer concluded that Councillor Heasman acted inappropriately in choosing to issue private warnings to Councillors instead of raising the rules of debate in the meeting. The Ethical Standards Officer stated that this did not respect the proper processes of decision-making, and created the potential for misunderstanding. The Ethical Standards Officer found that Councillor Heasman failed to treat others with respect and could reasonably be regarded as bringing his office of Chairman and the reputation of the Parish Council into disrepute. In these circumstances, the Ethical Standards Officer concluded that Councillor Heasman had breached paragraphs 2(b) and 4 of the Code of Conduct.

The Ethical Standards Officer considered that the impact of the breach of the Code was limited. Councillor Heasman's behaviour had not affected the confidence or ability of the complainant or the other individual to raise points that they consider legitimate at future meetings. The Ethical Standards Officer took into consideration Councillor Heasman's acceptance that he would have apologised if he had been aware that his comments had been misinterpreted. Therefore, the Ethical Standards Officer found that no action need be taken under section 59(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 2000.

The Ethical Standards Officer recommended that the Parish Council consider training and other methods to improve member-to-member relationships and the chairmanship skills of members, so that members can work together productively in an appropriate manner. The Ethical Standards Officer furthermore noted Councillor Heasman's written apology to the two Councillors concerned, made following the issue of a draft of his report.

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Lib Dems get their sums wrong....18 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 18, 2003 - 11:52 AM

Dear Editor

It's sometimes claimed that politicians are "economical with the truth" when they are in power and as far as I am aware the Lib Dems are not in power in Shepway.

So it came as something of a surprise when the Lib Dem Shepway District Focus had a story headed "Tory Tax Shame".

I will say at this point I have never voted Tory in my life and have always thought the Lib Dems were probably not the most capable party, but at least they were honest and stood up for the man in the street.

Oh dear how things have changed.

The story to which I'm referring claims and I quote, "Council Tax for local residents is going up by over 15% this year."

In the normal course of events I would probably have just accepted this but I had recently received my Council Tax bill. You may like to check your's, but it clearly states my average band "C" property the Shepway District Council element has increased by just 9.8%. That is 5.2% less than the Lib Dems will tell you and even with the KCC, Police and Parish rates added it still falls short by 1.6% and comes in at a 13.4% increase.

I'm sure that they didn't mean to tell such a porky, but a party that can't even do elementary arithmetic "No thank you Mr Carroll, go back to school and practice your sums!"

Shepwayman

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Sir Sandy "confident" in US style local warden scheme....18 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 18, 2003 - 05:20 AM

Ten more rural community wardens will be out on Kent’s streets by the beginning of June including one in Capel Le Ferne and another in Lydd.

The scheme pioneered by Kent Police has proved enormously successful since its launch with 12 wardens as a pilot in May last year. The Council is committed to a total of 100 rural community wardens in three years.

This year, 30 new wardens will be appointed. The first areas to benefit from this are Snodland, Warden in Sheppey, Harrietsham/Lenham, Eyethorne/Elvington, Tenterden, Capel Le Ferne, Chartham and Cranbrook. Lydd is to get two wardens due to its population, isolation and crime statistics.

Wardens work closely with the police. Distinctively uniformed and on bike or by foot, they are a very visible presence in the community and a focal point for people’s concerns about crime. As well as acting as the eyes and ears of the police, they work with the community to solve problems and build community spirit. Parish councils, business and local people have praised the work of the first wardens.

Kent County Council Leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart has always been very confident in the scheme’s importance after seeing it working in the USA.

He said: “We must tackle minor crime before it becomes major crime and help build the community spirit which is vital to the lifeblood of Kent. I am absolutely delighted with the way the scheme is working, how much it is appreciated and what a difference our wardens are making in many areas.�

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Hawkinge voters say "NO" to war with Iraq....17 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 17, 2003 - 03:34 PM

Nearly three quarters of all villagers that voted in our poll as to whether we "Should we go to war with Iraq?" were against a military conflict.

This was one of the biggest ever responses to any poll we have conducted with 160 people registering a vote.

The results were ....."No to a war" 116 votes, "Yes" 27 and "undecided" 2 votes.

Thank you all for taking part.

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21.8% Parish Council tax increase shocks villagers....17 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 17, 2003 - 03:12 PM

Council Tax bills are now dropping through the letterboxes of Hawkinge residents and although they were generally prepared for the increases which were widely publicised, the Parish Council element has brought a hostile response

The Parish Council charge has increased by a massive 21.8% over the previous year compared with KCC's 12.5% and Shepway's 9.8%. The Police Authority had the highest increase of 28.9% which pushed the total increase up by 13.4% on the previous year.

A resident told the Gazette that he was astounded by the increase which was not put before the villagers.

"What extra amenities will I get? The total bill of over £1000 gets my bin emptied but precious little else.

"Shepway Council, the Police Authority and KCC have all given reasons for their increases, but I have not heard a word from Hawkinge Council."

The Parish Council Annual meeting is to be held on Wednesday 23 April 2003 in the new community centre.

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