MIchael rows the boat ashore

Contributed by editor on May 06, 2005 - 08:19 AM


Lib Dems are sinking in Shepway after Michael Howard doubled his majority in Folkestone and Hythe but has failed to become Britain's next Prime Minister.

With a 5.6% swing against Liberal Democrat candidate Peter Carroll, their hopes of "decapitating" the tories were dashed.

The full result

Michael Howard



Peter Carroll

Liberal Democrat


Maureen Tomison



Hazel Dawe



Petrina Holdsworth

UK Independence Party


Lord Toby Jug

Monster Raving Loony Party


Rodney Hylton-Potts

Get Britian Back Party


Grahame Leon-Smith

Senior Citizens Party


Sylvia Dunn

Peace and Progress






Shepway rail tunnels closed

Contributed by editor on May 06, 2005 - 03:02 AM


Commuters travelling between Folkestone Central and Dover Priory are facing months of disruption while the railway line between two towns is closed for repairs.

The 160 years old Martello, Shakespeare and Abbotscliffe tunnels are being waterproofed and the line will also have its track renewed. The line will be closed from 2 May until 4 September.

South Eastern Trains is providing a replacement bus service scheduled to run every 15 minutes at peak times. The journey should take 20 minutes.

Developers £100m plan to create thousands of new jobs

Contributed by editor on May 05, 2005 - 08:30 PM


A £100million expansion of a business park in Dover could bring thousands of new jobs to the area.

Amec Developments want to expand the White Cliffs Business Park in Whitfield, initially creating 1,800 jobs by the end of next year with 1,200 more jobs to follow if further expansion takes place.

Plans to create space for business units, and a road linking the existing business park with the A2 have also been put foward by the company.

The units would be office, workshop and industrial space, with a dedicated "innovation zone" for start-up and small businesses.

Amec has submitted its planning application to Dover District Council.

Police appeal after A20 death crash

Contributed by editor on May 05, 2005 - 04:08 AM


Police are appealing for information to a crash when young man died o­n the London bound carriageway of the A20 o­n Friday evening (29 April).

The man lost control of his car in dense fog near the Court Wood roundabout near Capel Le Ferne, and crashed into a lorry parked in a layby.

The man who had serious head injuries died later at the William Harvey Hospital Ashford.

Kennedy brings fight to Howard's doorstep

Contributed by editor on May 03, 2005 - 10:10 PM


Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy has taken the election fight to the Tory leader's Folkestone seat.

The party is targeting Michael Howard's 5,907 majority in the Folkestone and Hythe seat.

The Lib Dem leader went o­n a walkabout with the local candidate Peter Carroll.

Speaking in Hythe, Mr Kennedy said: "It's now clear that a large part of the story of this general election has been the growing support for the Liberal Democrats.

"People out there have made their minds up that the Conservatives are not going to win this general election."

Mr Kennedy also dismissed Labour claims that a vote for the Lib Dems risked a Tory government being returned o­n 6 May.

Folkestone and Hythe voting papers not posted

Contributed by editor on May 03, 2005 - 09:09 PM


Nearly three hundred postal vote forms and ballot papers for Folkestone and Hythe residents have not been handed over to the Royal Mail for posting.

They were discovered at the Op2vote print centre.

Shepway District Council is advising anyone who has not received theirs to apply for a replacement ballot paper in person.

Op2vote was contracted to issue the postal vote packs o­n behalf of the council.

A statement from Op2vote apologised to the council for the error  saying that all the postal vote packs which had not been handed over to the Royal Mail a week ago were handed over o­n Tuesday and posted first class that night.

Acting Returning Officer Alistair Stewart  said postal voters who had not received their packs should contact the election office o­n 01303 852315 and arrangements would be made to issue replacement packs.

Replacements can be issued any time up until 5.00pm o­n Wednesday.

People who receive their ballot packs have until 1000 BST o­n Thursday to return them in person to the Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, or hand them in at any polling station.

Swingfield Twinning Association Newsletter May 2005

Contributed by editor on May 02, 2005 - 08:08 PM

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NEWSLETTER No 3 May 2005

Your Committee

Colin Tearle (Chairman) 01303 892621
David Bateman (Vice-chairman)
Heather Bateman (Secretary) 01303 873781 
Paul Tatt (Treasurer)
Harry O`Grady - Andrew Barchi
Yvonne Parry – Karen Tatt
Linda Tearle – Graham Truss
Peter Brocklebank

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Dear Member,

It was so nice to see many of you at the recent AGM when our Treasurer announced an increase in funds and the membership. D. Bateman, Y. Parry and L. Tearle were re-elected to serve a further 3-year term of office.

This year’s programme of events agreed last February by both the French and English Committee’s commences on Friday 20th May, finishing on Sunday 22nd May when 23 visitors from Aviron will be descending on us. They will arrive about 9.00pm to the house of Mr & Mrs Roberts at Smersole Farm. During Saturday an extensive tour of Dover Castle will take place accompanied by a picnic, followed in the evening by a 4-course dinner with wine at Stelling Minnis Village Hall. Price £15.00 per ticket. All most welcome.

On Sunday, proceedings will commence with a BBQ at Stelling Minnis Windmill at 12 noon followed by a tour of the Minnis and the Windmill finishing with a cream tea at 5.00pm after which our guests will depart.

In June 12 pupils from Selsted School with staff will spend 5 days in Aviron, guests of the Aviron Primary School. 

This year our visit to Aviron will take place on 9th, 10th and 11th September departing at approximately mid-day on the Friday. Saturday will see us visiting the wine-growing region of the Loire Valley, whilst Sunday will be spent relaxing en-famille and at their annual village fete.

This year’s programme is different from previous one’s whereas it has been extended by a day so that a more convivial and relaxing time can be had by all. We hope to see you all soon.

The Treasurer would like to remind everyone that the Annual Membership is now due. £5.00 per individual or £10.00 per family.

"Forward" not "Backward" but Sideways

Contributed by editor on May 02, 2005 - 12:09 AM

<FONT class=pn-normal>'ere Laz,

Are you drinking what I'm drinking ? We could be "Winning Here*, sorry I mean Beer. If o­nly we knew if it was "Forward" not "Backward" but Sideways . Then maybe find a Count that Votes. Michael Cain ain't a Count yet is he? But would he count as a Count anyway?

If o­nly the Noble Lord was still amongst us. Such doings would we see !

Finkle find me old Top Hat and give it a dust off !


Toby Jugg has a lot to offer

Contributed by editor on May 01, 2005 - 09:25 PM


Dear Ed,

Laz is with Finkle o­n this o­ne.  Toby Jugg and the MRLP have a lot to offer;  I mean the 99p coin, what a saver.

I would also like to point out that it was the MRLP that were the first political party in the UK to include votes for eighteen year olds in thier manifesto!  Not a lot of people know that.



Work begins at Coastal Park

Contributed by editor on Apr 29, 2005 - 04:16 AM


Work has begun this o­n the second phase of the transformation of the Lower Leas Coastal Park.

The six-month project - supported by a £1.4 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant - will see the creation of formal and semi-formal gardens, spring and summer meadows, the restoration of woodland and the refurbishment of historic features like the rustic bridge and The Vinery and restoration of cliff paths and steps.

The current car park o­n the Lower Sandgate Road will be reclaimed for a pedestrian boulevard and gardens and space will be created for ‘art in the park’ performances and displays.

The transformation will build o­n the success of the first part of the park’s restoration which includes an acclaimed free adventure playground, 300-seat amphitheatre and enhanced landscaping. 

The new informal gardens, meadows and paths will stretch from the amphitheatre to close to the Leas Lift.

There will be no access to the Lower Leas Coastal Park from Lower Sandgate Road’s eastern end while the work is carried out, although access via the zig-zag path, promenade steps by the Mermaid Cafe or from the Sandgate will not be affected.

The new layout was designed by the council’s in-house design team. Lead designer, Brook Hobbins said she hoped the new area would extend the attractions of the park. “We hope to provide areas for informal recreation as well as semi-formal gardens and exotic plants.�

The work has been scheduled over spring and summer to coincide with autumn planting. “People might wonder why we are doing this work now. But autumn planting will give our plants the best possible chance of survival and we have planned around that,� said Landscape Architect Piran Cooper.