Questions need answers

Contributed by admin on May 17, 2004 - 07:57 PM

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Dear Editor

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face="" color=black>I was interested to read in the paper how the Liberal Democrat Spokesman Peter Carroll claimed he knew nothing of the benefit fraud of the husband of Cllr Jenkins when it came to light.

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face="" color=black>I would like to know if he also claims he was ignorant of the much more serious decision to close toilets, throughout Shepway.

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<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face="" color=black>1.   Was Peter Carroll at any Liberal Democrat meeting when the issue was discussed?

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face="" color=black>2.   Did Peter Carroll argue and vote against his party’s line at all occasions at all times when it was suggested that the toilets would be closed?

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face="" color=black>3.   Did Peter Carroll publicly denounce this decision as ludicrous and if so where did he do it?

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<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face="" color=black>I think the people have the right to know the answers to the above questions if Peter Carroll is ever to run for Parliament for this District again.

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT face="" color=black>Yours sincerely

<P class=MsoNormal><FONT size=2><FONT color=black><FONT face="" size=3>Jonathan Holborow

<FONT face="" size=3>Chairman Shepway Conservatives

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Three led to safety in shop blaze

Contributed by editor on May 17, 2004 - 02:46 PM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>THREE LED TO SAFETY IN SHOP BLAZE

Firefighters called to Risborough Lane in Cheriton led three people to safety after a fire in a disused shop in the town, emergency teams have said.

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service said that the crews used ladders to bring two of the rescued people out of the building.

He said that the fire had started at about 4.00am this morning (17 May ).

It was reported no-one was injured in the incident.

KCC to fight water charge hike

Contributed by editor on May 17, 2004 - 02:33 PM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>KCC TO FIGHT WATER CHARGE HIKE

Kent County Council today hit out at proposed large increases in water charges and any suggestion they should be used to pay for servicing increased house building planned for Kent.

County Council Leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart said he would be taking the issue up with the water industry watchdog Ofwat and the government in a determined bid to prevent Kent residents contributing to the house building costs. Southern Water is proposing an average bill increase of 7.7 per cent a year for the next five years, excluding inflation. The average bill would rise £111 from £247 to £358. A £2 billion investment programme is planned.

"The increased house building is a national issue and it is not right that Kent people should meet the cost. We have carefully estimated the total infrastructure costs for all services at £9.6 billion. We have met with The Treasury and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and have said that these costs need to be met nationally if Kent is to accept the levels of house building envisaged by the government,  said Sir Sandy.

"We set four key tests against which the house building proposals should be measured and the third said the necessary infrastructure investment had to be secured. The others covered protection of the countryside, development to be of the highest quality and that new jobs must go hand-in-hand with new houses.

<FONT color=black>"The cost of the required infrastructure and quality community facilities comes to £500 million a year for the next 20 years and there is no way that Kent residents should be expected to meet the bill. I am taking this issue to Ofwat as a matter of urgency and will raise it during our discussions with government.

Mortuary site provides cemetery with more space

Contributed by editor on May 17, 2004 - 02:27 PM

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Extra space has been created at New Romney Cemetery for the interment of ashes.

Although the cemetery became full for any new burials in the summer of 2002, Shepway Council has identified an area where the old mortuary stood that can be used for the interment of ashes.

Cllr John Hughes, Cabinet member for Public Space and Safety, said the area was large enough to accommodate 208 single plots.

“Since the cemetery closed for burials we have had several requests for the interment of ashes. We looked to see if any more space could be created and carried out trial digs in the area where the old mortuary stood.

“I hope this news will be well received by the residents of New Romney who will now be able to have their loved o­nes placed to rest close to home. I am sure this will make visiting graves much easier and more convenient – especially for elderly relatives. “

An extension to New Romney cemetery is being pursued by the town council and could be ready in two years’ time.

Halve the staff and double the work

Contributed by webmaster on May 16, 2004 - 07:10 PM

<FONT face="" color=black size=4>HALVE THE STAFF AND DOUBLE THE WORK

<FONT face="" color=black>Dear Ed

<FONT color=black>Regarding my earlier rant about 'toilets closure based o­n spite' , it seems the Minister didn't take the bluff so the Liberals opened them again. Think what that cost us just in administration.

<FONT face="" color=black>The Chief Executive is retiring. What a relief that must be for him; years of listening to hours of amateurs trying to gain points by making silly decisions based o­n the colour of their 'flag', but he was o­nly a solicitor so he probably didn't notice it.

<FONT face="" color=black>Lets hope that the new o­ne is a of a background suitable to the work involved and has the ability to realise that most of the staff o­nly do a half days work and takes the axe to them.

<FONT face="" color=black>Halve the staff and double the work of the remainder then they could afford to clean the newly opened toilets now and again.

<FONT face="" color=black>Powerful Pierre

150 ft cliff fall man survives

Contributed by editor on May 16, 2004 - 04:30 PM

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<FONT color=black>A man has been rushed to hospital with multiple injuries after surviving a fall down 150ft cliffs in Dover.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service used ladders to rescue the man who is thought to be aged 28, from the Eastern Docks after he fell o­n to a ledge.

His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

Work to resume on Channel wreck

Contributed by admin on May 15, 2004 - 07:35 PM


Work is due to resume o­n clearing the wreck of a car-carrying vessel that sank just off the coast of Kent in December 2002.

<FONT color=black>Four remaining sections of the huge car carrier had to stay in the sea for another six months after the Dutch salvage team were hampered in the final stages of the salvage operation o­n the 50,000-tonne Tricolor last year.

<FONT color=black>The ship sank in the English Channel after it was in collision with a container vessel.

All the crew were rescued but the cargo of 3,000 luxury cars was lost.

Funfair back after five years

Contributed by admin on May 14, 2004 - 09:17 PM


An annual funfair in Dover which was cancelled five years ago when violence flared between local people and asylum seekers is back.

Trouble between residents and refugees led to violence and the stabbing of o­ne man.

The travelling funfair has reopened with tighter security including a perimeter fence and guards.

Organisers say they are confident there will be no repeat of clashes at the site of the fair in Pencester Gardens.

Lock up your ladders

Contributed by admin on May 14, 2004 - 09:09 PM

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Local residents have been warned to make sure ladders are locked away and upper-floor windows are secured following a spate of burglaries.

Police said there had been a number of raids o­n rural properties in the Dover and Canterbury areas where thieves had gained entry through upstairs windows.

The thieves had used ladders stolen from nearby.

Plan to evacuate after attack

Contributed by admin on May 14, 2004 - 09:06 PM

<FONT color=#0000cc><FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>PLAN TO EVACUATE AFTER ATTACK

Londoners could be evacuated to the South East in the event of a major terrorist attack o­n the capital, it has been revealed.

The Governmment has issued orders to London councils o­n how to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people.

There have also been discussions with officials from neighbouring counties o­n nuclear or chemical fall-out.