Super school plans go before council

Contributed by editor on Jan 11, 2005 - 01:56 PM


Plans to build a new 'super school' in Folkestone go before Shepway District Council tonight (11 January), but whatever the recommendations the final decision rests with the County Council.

Some local residents have objected saying that the plans need to be changed including the siting of the new Academy next to the Channel School which it will replace.

There have been complaints about access and the future of a residential home which would have to be demolished.

The Folkestone Academy would be a new state school with a centre of excellence for the creative arts, European culture and languages.

Folkestone Camera Club meeting 10 January 2005

Contributed by editor on Jan 11, 2005 - 09:11 AM

10th January 2005

With the Christmas and New Year holiday break over, we commenced the new year with our 3rd Print competition of the season. This was judged by Mr John Butler ARPS, DPAGB a member of Tunbridge Wells Camera Club and, as the letters after his name show, a very competent judge. John gave his constructive comments on how we can improve our photography and his results (marks out of 20) were as follows:- 

Novice:- ‘Cityscape with Flags’ Gill Jefferson 20
(17 entries) ‘Distant Hills’ Eric Frankland 20

Novice Portraits:- 
(2 entries) ‘Felicity’ Glen Yorke 19

Intermediate:- ‘Reflections’ Charles White 20
(17 entries) ‘Coconut Sunrise’ Michael Chalk 19

Intermediate Portraits:- 
(1 entry) ‘Sasha’ Muriel Hilliard 17

Advanced:- ‘Purr Purr 2’ Denis Bridges 20
(28 entries) ‘Under Fire’ Dave Turner 20
‘Is it Safe to Come Out’ Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB 19
‘St Pauls, looking North’ Keith Radford ARPS 19

Advanced Portraits:-
(13 entries) ‘Gabriella’ Frank Barraclough 20
‘Dominic’ Dave Turner 19
‘Dominique’ Frank Barraclough 19
‘Sorry, no Handkerchief’ Marie-Laure Stone CPAGB 19

Visit our website where you can view these winning photographs, plus many more, and where you can also visit links to various photographic related sites and shops.

Next week (17th January) we shall be viewing a slide presentation of the Clay Cross & Bywater Photographic Society National Exhibition 2004, which is a selection of work entered by national photographers. This work is always of a fantastic high standard of photography and a joy to see. A very stimulating evening and is always thoroughly enjoyed by all the members. 

24th January will be our first ‘Battle’ of the season, against Gateway Camera Club and on the 31st we shall be seeing another slide show presentation of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain Inter Federation Slide Exhibition; this again will be a superb evening showing work from other clubs from around the country, and a firm favourite with our members each year.

Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue,
Folkestone on Mondays at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome, if interested
please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Press Officer) 01303 245399, or e mail

New year kicks off to a bad start

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2005 - 09:18 PM


Swingfield 1 Hawkinge 0

By Cyril Trice 

Hawkinge were looking for a better start to the year than this lacklustre performance against Swingfield.

The result could have been so different if the village team had been able to keep their cool. They failed to capitalise on chances in front of what seemed at times to be an open goal.

After a goalless first half it was Swingfield who put the only goal of the match  into the back of the net in the 65th minute.

Hawkinge fought on and although having much of the play failed to find the equaliser. 

After 90 minutes, it was left to the referee to blow the whistle and call a halt to this extremely frustrating game.

Report street problems online

Contributed by editor on Jan 07, 2005 - 05:16 PM


Government funding is helping to promote the use of Shepway Council’s website to report street problems.

Full page advertisements in local newspapers, posters on buses and radio promotion are part of a £30,000 marketing drive funded by the Office of Deputy Prime Minister’s E-Citizen programme to promote the use of electronic communication. 

Shepway residents can use the website to report a range of street problems from abandoned cars and fly tipping to missed refuse collections.

Martin Skeats, Shepway Council’s E-Government Co-ordinator, said online reporting had benefits to residents and the council.

“It means that our customers can report a problem at any time it suits them without having to worry about office opening hours or finding the right department to ring. It also benefits the council because it is more efficient. Staff who would spend time dealing with phone calls will be able to get on with the job of actually sorting out any problems.�

Report street problems to click on Streetscene.

Auditors plan to repair council's reputation

Contributed by editor on Jan 07, 2005 - 05:08 PM


The annual ‘health check’ carried out by auditors on Shepway Council includes measures to try to break away from the problems that have damaged the council’s reputation

The report, carried out by District Auditor, Darren Wells, says that although the council is operating under ‘severe financial pressure’, the recent restructure of its top tier of management forms a major strand of the council’s recovery plan.

The plan’s draft incorporates a revised set of core principles and broad priorities, says the annual audit and inspection letter. These will help to improve frontline services and raise the wellbeing of the district. 

The recovery plan also sets out to tackle the main weaknesses identified when the council was inspected under the Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Performance Assessment programme, says the report.

But the auditor’s letter says the council should consider refining the plan to identify the actions needed to achieve the objectives and should set targets against which progress can be monitored.

Performance, measured against the government’s Best Value Performance Indicators, has improved in 12 areas, says the report. Included in improvements were recycling rates, accuracy of processing housing benefit claims, speed of processing new renewal claims for housing benefit, invoice payments and the percentage of council tax and business rates collected.

Cllr David Monk, Cabinet Member for Finance, said he was very pleased by the audit letter.

“It acknowledges that we are operating under financial pressure but recognises that we have plans in place to improve the way the council performs. 

“We have set stringent targets and will be pushing for them to be achieved. We have taken the first step in our recovery plan by restructuring the management of the council and I am sure future inspections will be able to record even more improvements.�

Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda 12 January 2005

Contributed by editor on Jan 07, 2005 - 12:11 PM


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 12th January 2005 at

7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall


The Chairman will take questions from parishioners.   The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes). 

Mr Ian Norman (Community Warden) to give a report.



1            Apologies


2          Minutes

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 8th December 2004

(already circulated).


3            Declarations of Interest

Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s o­n this agenda.  Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest.  Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting.   A prejudicial interest is o­ne in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest.   Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room.

Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting.


4          Matters arising out of the Minutes


5          Reports – Working Groups

Community Liaison

Planning and Development

Public Rights of Way 

Finance Group



6          Other Bodies

Community Centre

Village Hall

Neighbourhood Management Partnership

The Churchill School – Board of Governors

Hawkinge Primary School – Board of Governors

KAPC, Shepway Area Committee


7          Spitfire Leisuredrome

            Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council - Lease

Chairman to report


8         Hawkinge Football Ground

      (a) Management of the ground – Cllr. Hodgson

      (b) The Football Project – Cllr. Trice


9            Highway Maintenance Work

            To compile a list of small-scale maintenance work needed in Hawkinge

            (letter from Kent Highways enclosed)


10          Finance

        (a) Clerk to report.

        (b) Payments

             To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting

              (list enclosed that includes any payments made since the last meeting)

            Any queries regarding accounts must be raised with the Clerk before the meeting.


11        Correspondence

       (a) Kent County Council: consultation conference with PCs re delivery of Kent

            Highways service from April 2005 o­n 18th February at Hollingbourne (enc.)

       (b) Environment Agency: Folkestone to Cliff End Flood  Risk and Coastal Erosion

Strategy Review SEA Scoping Report December 2004 (one copy)

       (c) Kent Design: Creating Environmental Excellence – an overview of the Kent

            Design Guide (one copy)

       (d) Letter from parishioner re allotment site and relevant legislation (extract from

             SLCC Clerk’s Manual) enclosed.


12        Plans

       (a) Y04/1324/SH Hawkinge and Elham Valley Practice: letter from the Practice

             Manager re Portakabin at the Health Centre (enc.)

       (b) Planning applications received since the last meeting (list enclosed)

            Please contact Cllr. Trice if you would like to view the plans before the meeting.  


13        Annual Parish Meeting 2005

To decide the date and venue for the Parish Meeting that must be held between

1st March and 1st June 2005.



           To resolve 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.


15        A copy of a letter received   from Cllr. Punnett and the Clerk’s reply is enclosed.


            Any other matters referred to the confidential section during the meeting

More cash less fundraising

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2005 - 11:24 PM


Dear Ed

I would like to pose the following question to your readers.

If someone is dying or sick or starving and they need food, shelter or medical aid, would you hand over your cash to help them now or wait until the next fundraising event?

Maybe I'm out of touch, but if I could afford to give now I would, and if I could afford to give more cash later then I would donate again. What I wouldn't do is wait so my donation coincided with one of these events.

I can give at the bank, at the supermarket, in local shops and on-line. The ways of giving are simple and easy so what is the point of these events?

The people suffering the aftermath of the tsunami are in urgent need of help, so why wait, just give your cash now!

Private and corporate donations from Britain have now passed the £100million mark and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is pressing donors to convert aid pledges into $1bn (£534m) cash for urgent use.

This is an emergency like no other the world has seen, and people are dying while fundraisers are planning events to raise cash. Many people will have suffered and died before the event even takes place.

What's needed now is cash, not blankets or tents or food, just cash.

It costs nothing to send and there are places much nearer than the UK where the cash can be used to buy the relief supplies that are really needed.

I don't mean to knock the good intentions of the many would be fundraisers, but really you don't need to have an event for people to give their cash...they will and have been giving their money anyway. So far, over £100million has been donated by the country.

It makes me feel proud of the nation when you see such generous spontaneous support.

J Cullen

Local website set up for tsunami fundraising

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2005 - 07:59 PM


Local webdesign company Deewebs have set up a special website, to help the fundraising effort for the Asian Tsunami Earthquake victims.

The website has been created especially to enable local organisations to communicate with each other, to advertise events that are being staged to help with the disaster relief effort, and to appeal for help and assistance.

Deewebs want anyone who is organising any fundraising event or appeal to send them the information which can be placed o­n the website.

A company spokesman said: "If we can consolidate our efforts here in South East Kent then we can maximise the huge effort being made by individuals and companies in the area".

Deewebs have arranged their own fundraising event at the New Inn, Etchinghill. Kent later in the month.

Details are printed below and can be found o­n the local fundraising site  and o­n the Daily Diary o­n the Gazette website

Charity Fun Night in aid of the Tsunami/Earthquake Appeal.

7.30pm Friday 28th January 2005

The New Inn, Etchinghill. Kent.

With KM-FM Radio DJ's Richard Adams & Johnny Lewis

Quiz, Prize Bingo, Raffle, Auction

Fun & Games.

All Proceeds to the DEC appeal.

Local cops on prime time TV

Contributed by editor on Jan 06, 2005 - 03:49 PM


A TV documentary entitled “Drunk and Dangerous� is due to be shown on BBC 1 on Monday January 10 at 9.00 pm. It shows local police officers enforcing a crackdown on drunkenness and rowdy behaviour.

BBC camera teams accompanied high visibility police patrols in Dover and Folkestone, during the August Bank Holiday last year, to see how officers deal with alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

South East Kent was one of over 70 policing areas from England and Wales to take part in the summer Alcohol Misuse Enforcement Campaign.

During the operation from July 8th – August 31st 2004 the local officers dealt with 184 incidents and made 105 arrests.

Police in Folkestone, Dover and Deal issued 32 fixed penalty notices for being Drunk and Disorderly in a public place, stopchecked 328 youths, carried out 33 vehicle checks and confiscated alcohol from 50 people, including adults and juveniles.

The Licensing Enforcement Team visited 106 licensed premises to ensure that alcohol was not being sold to under aged youths and that licensees were fulfilling their responsibilities under the relevant regulations.

During the campaign, alcohol-related violent incidents fell by 12 per cent in the town centres, compared to the same period last year.

Operation Kibosh started in May 2004 with high visibility patrols in town centres on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights to deal with alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

Supt Paul Brandon , Area Commander of South East Kent Police, appears in the documentary and has seen a preview. He said: “The film shows the sorts of incidents that my officers have to deal with every weekend. I think people will be surprised at the sort of grief they have to put up with and the professional way they deal with it.�

He added: “It also shows that Folkestone and Dover do have a vibrant nightlife and that our aim is to work with our crime reduction partners and licensees to make it even safer for people to enjoy.�

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum Agenda 13th January 2005

Contributed by ChrisAshman on Jan 06, 2005 - 02:19 PM


Meeting Thursday 13th January 2005 3pm to 5pm The Community Centre, Hawkinge


1. Introductions

2. Apologies for absence

3. Minutes of the last meeting. 4. Guests

5. HCSF links with the Hawkinge Partnership and Partnership Event 27th January at The Village


6. Matters Arising - (items not o­n the current Agenda) – Public Open Forum

7. Safety in the Local Lanes – Walkers, Horses and Vehicles

8. Letters

9. Report from Neighbourhood Watch

10. Report from Councillors

11. Report from Community Local Warden - Ian Norman

12. Any Other Business

13. Date of Next meeting