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Tories to fight building on local green field land

Contributed by editor on May 01, 2004 - 11:16 PM

<FONT color=#0000cc><DIV class=subheading><FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>TORIES TO FIGHT BUILDING ON LOCAL GREEN FIELD LAND

<TABLE width=150 align=left border=0><TABLE class=lightbg cellPadding=4 width=145><TD class=mcblack align=middle> <TD width=5><IMG height=1 alt="" src="http://www.conservatives.com/siteimages/misc/spacer.gif" width=5>Conservatives have launched a campaign to highlight the Labour Government's plans to build over the countryside and strip local communities of their say o­n planning. The campaign was launched in Ashford, Kent, whose greenfields have been designated by John Prescott as an ‘urban growth area'.

Michael Howard and Caroline Spelman, Conservative spokesman for Local and Devolved Government, unveiled a campaign poster. Michael Howard said: "Welcome to what John Prescott calls an "urban growth area". If John Prescott has his way, this beautiful countryside at the heart of the Garden of England will become almost as ugly as those words of the Deputy Prime Minister."

Mr Howard continued: "Labour - with the explicit support of the Liberal Democrats - plans to build more than 100,000 new buildings in Kent in the next twenty-five years. 40,000 of those homes will be built o­n green field sites. In Ashford, Labour wants to build 30,000 new homes - doubling the size of the town.

More than 20,000 of those will be o­n green field sites."We need to find the balance between preserving what we have, what we inherited from the generations that have gone before us, and ensuring that we continue to see thriving, growing communities. The best way to do that is to give back to local councils the powers that Labour are secretly stealing."

Michael Howard added: "The next Conservative government will let local councils, elected by their local communities, have a much greater say in how their local communities should evolve. John Prescott famously said that the Green Belt was a Labour achievement and he meant to build o­n it. For o­nce, he meant what he said. But he was wrong. The Green Belt is our common inheritance. Labour has let the countryside down. And we, as Conservatives, mean to defend it."


'One in five' has shoplifted

Contributed by editor on May 01, 2004 - 11:03 PM

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<FONT face=Arial size=4>'ONE IN FIVE' HAS SHOPLIFTED

One in five people in the the South East has admitted to shoplifting, according to a new survey.

The research for Securicor showed that 20% of people in the South East had stolen from shops, with the national average being 17%.

A Securicor spokesman said: "Retailers face an average loss of almost £3,000 a year per outlet from shoplifting."


Head puts record straight on trespassers

Contributed by admin on May 01, 2004 - 09:52 PM


HEAD PUTS RECORD STRAIGHT ON TRESPASSERS

Writing in this weeks Churchill School newsletter, Headteacher Jennie Carter apologised to people living close to the school about the trespassers o­n the school field.

But she explained that the police will o­nly arrest trespassers if they vandalise school property, steal or cause damage.

Mrs Carter said: "Unfortunately, being o­n someone else’s property does not constitute an offence. The school will prosecute if an arrest is made, so if you see anyone causing damage please phone the police or Community Warden: 07811 271303".


Folkestone Camera Club meeting 19 April 2004

Contributed by admin on Apr 30, 2004 - 10:26 PM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>FOLKESTONE CAMERA CLUB MEETING 19 APRIL 2004

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Mrs Bea Auger was our judge o­n 19th April for three separate competitions, each with a final winner of the special trophies. These being the Reg Walker Cup which is for the best overall slide of the season, the Peter Heritage Cup slide competition which is a different set subject every season and each photograph must depict the set subject title. The final trophy was the St. Aubyn Cup with is a special competition for Landscape prints.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>The winners in each section were:-

<FONT face=Arial color=black>REG WALKER CUP A selection of members best last seasons slides

<FONT face=Arial color=black>TROPHY WINNER:- Brian Collins ‘Blea Tarn’

<FONT face=Arial color=black>PETER HERITAGE CUP Set Subject; The Lennon & McCartney Songbook

<FONT face=Arial color=black>TROPHY WINNER:- Michael Chalk ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’

<FONT face=Arial color=black>ST. AUBYN CUP - Landscape Prints

<FONT face=Arial color=black>TROPHY WINNER;- Marie-Laure Stone ‘Sun Rise over Sand Dunes’

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Monday 26th April,. will be the last monthly Slide Competition and also the last meeting of the season.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>On Wednesday 5th May we shall hold our monthly Practical evening, where members can practice with the clubs studio lighting either in portraiture or table top. This evening can be a chance just to have an informal evening chatting about photography.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Also o­n 5th May Canterbury Camera Club are hosting the annual Eurotunnel Battle between Gateway, Deal, Canterbury and ourselves; these Battles are always a good evening as it is inspiring to see other clubs work in a friendly atmosphere. It is unfortunate that both these events clash o­n the same evening so members will be torn as to which to go to!

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Friday 7th May will be our Annual Dinner and Awards Night where members will receive their trophies from a guest speaker and where we shall all have a very enjoyable evening.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Our next outing will be o­n 6th June when we travel to Arundel to the Singleton Open Air Museum for the day.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Our new Season commences in September – watch this space for news of the first meeting.

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Visit our web site at www.folkestonecameraclub.co.uk

<FONT face=Arial color=black>Our meetings are held at the United Reform Community Hall, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone o­n Mondays from September to May at 7.45pm. New members are always welcome, if interested please phone Mrs Jenny Barraclough (Secretary)

<FONT color=black><FONT face=Arial>01303 245399. E mail: barraclough@jenny-frank.fsnet.co.uk


The Hawkinge Annual Parish Meeting

Contributed by webmaster on Apr 29, 2004 - 11:35 PM

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING REPORT

Report by Joan Brisley
 
The Hawkinge Annual Parish Meeting was held o­n Wednesday April 28th in the Village Hall.

There were 12 members of the public present.
 


Michael launches tory European manifesto

Contributed by editor on Apr 29, 2004 - 06:25 PM

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MICHAEL LAUNCHES TORY EUROPEAN MANIFESTO

<TABLE width=150 align=left border=0><TABLE class=lightbg cellPadding=4 width=145><TD class=mcblack align=middle> <TD width=5><IMG height=1 alt="" src="http://www.conservatives.com/siteimages/misc/spacer.gif" width=5>Michael Howard has launched the Conservatives European Manifesto, Putting Britain First. It outlines the Conservative agenda for a modern European Union, which is more flexible, less bureaucratic and less obsessed with regulation. The manifesto also includes a commitment to hold a referendum o­n every future Treaty agreed by the European Union which transfers significant powers from Britain to Brussels.

Addressing the launch of the manifesto in Manchester, Michael Howard said, "I am determined that Britain shall remain a positive and influential member of the EU. But I do not want a Europe which is a o­ne way street to closer integration to which we must all subscribe.

He continued: "Those member states which wish to integrate more closely should be free to do so. But they should not drag other member states who do not wish to do so kicking and screaming in their wake. We would say to our partners: 'We don't want to stop you doing what you want to do, as long as you don't make us do what we don't want to do'. We do not want to impose o­n the EU a rigid straightjacket of uniformity from Finland to Greece, from Portugal to Poland. Conservative policy is simple. Live and let live. Flourish and let flourish. That is a modern and mature approach to Europe".

Among the Conservatives' proposals are:

Referendums o­n future Treaties which transfer significant powers away from Westminster: Politicians should never forget that they govern o­n behalf of the people. Individual parliaments, and the politicians elected to serve in them, do not own Britain's liberties. They are there to safeguard them. And they should not diminish those liberties without an explicit mandate from the British people.

The European Parliament should have the power of repeal: The Conservative Party wants to give the European Parliament the ability to dismantle unnecessary laws by giving them the power to repeal regulations and directives. We also want to achieve a 25% cut in EU regulation and we will push for ‘sunset clauses' to be included in all new regulations so that they automatically expire after a set period of time.

Allowing greater flexibility: The enlargement of the EU requires a fresh approach and more flexibility to ensure Europe's institutions work effectively. Countries should be free to work together when they want to - but they shouldn't be forced to give up power to Europe if they don't want to. That is our positive Conservative vision for a 21st century Europe. It's right for Europe and it will help us to put Britain first.

<A class=globallink href="http://www.conservatives.com/meps/publications.cfm">Download and read the manifesto


Council told to make further savings

Contributed by editor on Apr 29, 2004 - 06:14 PM


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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>Shepway Council has been told by the government to make further cuts to its budget.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>It was o­ne of two district councils capped by Local Government Minister, Nick Raynsford, o­n Thursday (29 April). Four unitary authorities, five fire authorities and three police authorities have also been told to reduce their spending.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>The announcement means that Shepway Council has to limit its spending for the 2004/05 year to £15, 494,000 – or two per cent above last year. To meet the target the council must find a further £600,000 in savings.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>This will cut Shepway’s element of the current council tax for an average band D property from 96p to 66p a week – reducing the overall ‘headline’ figure from 9.7 per cent to 8.3 per cent.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>The cost of sending out new bills to all 44,000 homes in the district will cost in the region of £100,000 – an additional burden o­n top of the enforced savings.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>Council Leader, Cllr Mrs Linda Cufley, said the council had already made two submissions to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister setting out reasons for this year’s council tax increase and would now appeal against the capping decision.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>“The consequences having to reduce our original council tax increase by the closure of public toilets, reductions in highway verge cutting and the axing of tourism promotion – cuts we did not want to make – have caused more protests than the original level of council tax.

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify"><SPAN lang=EN-US style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><FONT size=2><FONT color=black><FONT color=black>“We will now have to make further cuts to services – and all for the sake of saving an extra 30p a week for the average Band D property.�


Re: Tory sums dont add up

Contributed by admin on Apr 29, 2004 - 04:34 PM


RE: TORY SUMS DONT ADD UP


Dear Ed

The text actually says 'that makes OVER 15000. Forgive me, but is 19000 not 'over 15000'?

I think they were using 15000 as a significant land-mark figure, as in 5, 10, 15 thousand etc.

Whatever, the number of signatures certainly make a statement about how people feel about things, and I don't understand why your correspondent feels embarrassed!

J. James


Party time for Farmer's market

Contributed by admin on Apr 28, 2004 - 11:31 AM


PARTY TIME FOR FARMERS' MARKET


Villagers have celebrated the first birthday of Capel-le-Ferne farmers' market.

Shoppers enjoyed a slice of birthday cake made by stallholder Pat Goodall and were able to choose from a variety of fresh produce. This included fresh eggs, cheese, Romney Lamb and other quality meats, home-baked bread and cakes, flowers, art and crafts, jewellery and knitted goods.

Kent County Council's Produced in Kent initiative is supporting farmers' markets countywide. Project Manager Rob Weaver, who attended the birthday party, said: "This is a particularly important farmers' market as it is specially designed for the community around Capel-le-Ferne.

"It was highly successful and it was good to see how it has progressed. It was also a delight to see such enthusiasm among the organisers." 

<FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial color=black>The market is held o­n Tuesdays from 10am-1pm in the village hall. For further details contact Jenny Barraclough o­n 01303 245399.


Eurostar names train after 'the man who saved London'

Contributed by admin on Apr 28, 2004 - 09:46 AM


<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>EUROSTAR NAMES TRAIN AFTER 'THE MAN WHO SAVED LONDON'

Eurostar, the high-speed train service that carries passengers between the UK, France and Belgium, officially named o­ne of its trains yesterday (27 April) after Michel Hollard - the French businessman who was o­ne of the most courageous spies of World War II and credited as "the man who saved London".

The "Michel Hollard" Eurostar will be officially unveiled by VIP guests including Sir John Holmes, the British Ambassador, in Paris Gare du Nord, in the morning. The Eurostar will then embark o­n its first journey - to London Waterloo International, where it will be formally received by the UK Minister for Europe, Denis MacShane, and the French Ambassador to London, Gérard Errera.

On board the train will be around 100 VIPs associated with the late Michel Hollard, including close family and friends.

Michel Hollard was born in France in 1898 and died in 1993, aged 95. Although decorated in the late 1940s by both the British and French governments, during his lifetime he never received the wide public recognition that many felt he deserved.

A businessman and spy, Michel Hollard smuggled documents from France to the British intelligence service in Berne, which showed the site of 104 launch-pads for the world's first unmanned weapon, the V-1 flying bomb. He made a scale model of the launch-pads from the sketches which enabled the RAF to successfully identify and bomb the sites in northern France. The sketches, which had been copied from a masterplan left in the coat pocket of a German engineer, had been brought by Hollard across the Franco-Swiss border to the British Embassy in Berne. In total he crossed the border 98 times at great personal risk.

The British reacted rapidly and, starting in December 1943, more than 100 V-1 launch sites in northern France were repeatedly bombed by the British RAF and destroyed or severely damaged. If the sketches had not reached Britain when they did, there could have been a devastating air attack o­n southern England.

Hollard had built up his "Agir" network of agents - recruited among civilians and especially SNCF railwaymen - in important locations who helped him to convey vital information about Nazi activities to the British authorities.

After World War II had ended, Michel Hollard was invited to Downing Street by the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, but Hollard was unable to attend as he did not have the appropriate suit demanded by the etiquette of the day. In a fitting tribute, a reception will be held for the VIP party at the Cabinet War Rooms in London after the Eurostar "Michel Hollard" has arrived.

Paul Charles, Director of Communications, Eurostar, said: "In the centenary year of the Entente Cordiale, there is no better time to name o­ne of the Eurostar trains after Michel Hollard. It is a long overdue tribute to the courage and bravery of this extraordinary man - and railway workers across France - who did so much to save London in the war."

One of Michel Hollard's sons, Vincent, commented: "My father acted with such courage. He would have been very proud to have a Eurostar named after him and those who helped him. I hope that the many thousands of travellers who use the Eurostar service will now become familiar with the name Michel Hollard and appreciate the importance of his services to both Britain and France."

The first Eurostar train to be named - "Entente Cordiale" - was unveiled by HM The Queen o­n 5 April at the start of the recent State Visit to France.