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Business park to bring thousands of new jobs

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2006 - 07:12 PM


BUSINESS PARK TO BRING THOUSANDS OF NEW JOBS

A £100 million business park, which is set to bring thousands of new jobs to Dover, has been given the go ahead by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The development would help ease the dependence on the port to provide work for people in Dover and the neighbouring areas.

Proposals for the White Cliffs Business Park in Whitfield, a 27-hectare site which could eventually bring 3,000 new jobs to the area, were put forward by AMEC Developments and agreed by Dover District Council's Planning Committee last year, subject to a legal agreement.

The business park is expected to include a mix of office, warehouse and industrial accommodation, and initial development of small start-up units.

To assist with the cost of new infrastructure, services and roads to open up the site for development, a DIY retail store is also being proposed.

Dover District Council leader, Councillor Paul Watkins, said: "For far too long Dover has been unable to provide suitably located modern business parks.

"This site has long been identified as being of strategic importance for the provision of jobs and the opportunity to diversify employment, complementing port-related activity."

Dover and Deal MP Gwyn Prosser said: "This is great news for Dover. I've been pleased to support the council in promoting this crucial development ."

Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration Graham Gibbens said: "This is good news for the regeneration of Dover and for the wider Kent economy.

"It will mean more jobs for local people and the White Cliffs Business Park will grow to its full potential as a flagship site for local businesses. The county council is right behind this."


Poor hit hardest by Shepway housing benefit delays

Contributed by editor on Feb 08, 2006 - 12:01 PM


POOR HIT HARDEST BY SHEPWAY HOUSING BENEFIT DELAYS

Dear Ed,

Reading about the saga of Shepway being investigated over housing benefit delays, I had this feeling of deja vu.


When I was elected to Shepway District Council back in 1999, o­ne of the major problems with which we were faced was precisely that of meeting the legal requirements for processing claims o­n time.

More workers were taken o­n and new computers purchased. An in depth 'best value' review was tasked and completed under the chairmanship of Cllr. Ross.

It made many recommendations which were adopted by the council. o­ne of these was the requirement to meet the then statutory deadline for paying claimants. I believe this was within 14 days of completion of the paperwork.

Why is it there is a problem again?

Will a Government investigation truly identify the nature of the problem and cause heads to roll this time?

Why did Cllr Copping permit this situation to develop when he would have been regularly appraising the figures?

Because of this ineptitude by this department's council officials, many of Shepway's less well off residents will have suffered financial hardship unnecessarily.

Colin Tearle


Get out and air your views

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 04:48 PM

 

GET OUT AND AIR YOUR VIEWS

My fellow Hawkwhingians (as we have been called recently), don't let this opportunity to contribute to the future of the village pass you by.

I don't intend to beat around the Bush, but the Hawkinge Partnership is nothing without our support, so if you believe £2m could make a difference, then  make your views known.

Pop along to the Community Centre on Saturday and you can help make Hawkinge a better place to live in.

God bless Hawkinge


Hawkinge Harry and our other giants

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 02:26 PM


HAWKINGE HARRY AND OUR OTHER GIANTS

Harry meets Hawkinge schoolchildren

Strange Cargo have developed an East Kent interpretation of the French Giant tradition as a way of bringing communities together to create unique characters specific to, and inspired by, their surroundings and the folklore of their neighbourhood. The Giants projects are part of Make it Real- the innovative and exciting new cultural programme for Canterbury and East Kent, run by Canterbury City Council.

In 2001 Strange Cargo undertook a programme of research and development into the Giants tradition in Northern France and Belgium. During the trip the artists had the opportunity to meet existing associations, artists and makers, researchers, and local authority representatives who actively support the custom. The visit provided a wealth of material, covering both the historical perspective of the Giants as well as contemporary practice. The artist team examined 'which aspects of the tradition would be transferable to the project in the UK and also how to make the East Kent Giants distinctive from their European counterparts
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It is thought that any British Giants that existed were destroyed in the Reformation, but in Europe the Geants are an ancient and popular tradition, with over 200 Giants in Northern France alone. It is a living tradition, flexible to change and innovation, responsive to the communities in which it is practised. The inspiration for individual Giants can come from local folklore, myth or legend and their different styles of construction often reflect local skills within their communities. A cortege of costumed followers and musicians always accompanies the Giants, and songs and stories are created around them.

Harry joins in with Sandwich musicians Brew Ha Ha 

The successful pilot project resulted in the creation of Torrent the Littlebourne Giant, created as a cathartic response to the terrible flooding of the village in the winter of his creation. He is now happily ensconced in the community barn where he was built. Torrent and his community have been invited guests to many festivals and the village now has a very active Giants Association.

In 2005 Strange Cargo created two more Giants. A very snowy February saw the birth of Harry the Hawkinge Giant, a character inspired by the village's strong association with flying, due to its World War II airfield and museum and its close proximity to the Battle of Britain, fought over the coast of Folkestone and Dover. For Harry's awakening ceremony over 600 feather-shaped dogtags were attached to his coat, each one engraved by a child of the village with their name and date of birth.

A residency at Sandwich Technology School led to the creation of John Drury The Sandwich Giant. Constructed with teacher Bob Martin and local artists and students, this imposing medieval knight was named after a Mayor of Sandwich who in 1475 was captured and murdered by the French. John Drury's awakening ceremony saw every living past Mayor of Sandwich gather to welcome the Giant to his new community.

Early in 2006 Strange Cargo will move their production base first to Herne Bay and then Singleton to create the fourth and fifth of the East Kent Giants. These new residents will link their host communities to Littlebourne, Hawkinge and Sandwich. The completion of each residency will be marked by an awakening ceremony to introduce the Giant to the wider community and an invitation to the first Giants Festival in Folkestone, where on 15 July 2006 all the East Kent Giants will in procession together for the first time.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

As a result of a residency with Strange Cargo, Stephen Connolly will be making a 20 minute film following a Giant's progress through the Kent landscape. 

During the journey, the Giant, who narrates the film, will encounter some of his Giant kin and the voices of communities that brought them to life. At each settlement, the Giant will set tasks for his assistant to complete which relate to the history and features of each place. 

The Giant's final destination is the Folkestone Charivari Giants Festival- scheduled for 15 July 2006. 

Funded by a grant through the EK Local Authority Arts Partnership, the backbone of the visual treatment of Grant of Kent will be a journey around East Kent to each of the Giant villages. As part of the research process, the journey will initially be undertaken by bicycle to seek out the idiosyncratic features of the landscape and human settlement. Additionally, the significant places identified by the groups involved with the making of the Giants will also feature.

Stephen Connolly is a contemporary visual artist and lecturer at the Royal College of Art. This will be his third involvement with Folkestone following his film Folkestone Obscura, made for the Library's Navigating History project and Passage, an exhibition with Nilu Izadi at the Metropole Galleries in early 2005.

STRANGE CARGO ANNUAL 2006©


Hawkinge Acrise and Paddlesworth WI programme 2006

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 01:38 PM

HAWKINGE ACRISE & PADDLESWORTH WOMENS INSTITUTE KENT 

EAST KENT FEDERATION WI

PROGRAMME 2006

PRESIDENT:  
Mrs Linda Barnes
Drovers Cottage, The Street, Hawkinge, Kent
CT18 7FX  Tel: 01303 891734

VICE-PRESIDENTS:
Mrs Nora Cole:  Tel 01303 892920
Mrs Hettie Quinn:  Tel 01303 891796

HON SECRETARY:
Mrs Christine Allard Tel 01303 863146
Ass SECRETARY:
Mrs Wendy Bell  Tel 01303 893858

HON TREASURER:  Mrs Daphne Hitchcock
Ass Treasurer:  Mrs Carole Seabrook

COMMITTEE:  Mrs Madeleine Egleton
Mrs Daphne Sayer

JANUARY 3rd     New Years Party – Beetle Drive
Competition  Festive Party Hat
Tea Hostesses:  Brenda Smith and Phyllis Leonard

FEBRUARY 7th   Flowers in Sugar - Mrs Hettie Quinn
Competition  Unusual Earrings
Tea Hostesses:  Joan Elphinstone and Joan Jefferson

MARCH 7th        Monet and His Garden - Mr  Harris
Competition  Corsage of Flowers, Dried, Silk or Fresh
Tea Hostesses:  Pat Marshall and Sue Maddox

APRIL 4th            Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner - Mrs Carter 
Competition  Home Made Biscuits
Tea Hostesses:  Jean Hawker and Joy Bruce

MAY 2nd                RESOLUTIONS - Preceded by Luncheon
Competition  Any Craft Exhibit
Tea Hostesses:  Barbara Newton and Beryl Ritchie

JUNE 6th                People Who Need People - Lt Col  Fairclough
Competition  Picture of Self when Young
Tea Hostesses:  Betty Page and Barbara Pemble

JULY 4th                GARDEN PARTY
Competition  Posy of Wild Flowers

AUGUST 1st           Members’ Afternoon (Visit from Shoreham WI)
Competition  Short Summer Poem
Tea Hostesses:  Janet Cripps and Gillian Philcox

SEPTEMBER 5th               BIRTHDAY MEETING – John (Mad Jack) Fuller
   Ã¢â‚¬Å“Squire of Brightlingâ€?
Competition  A Vase of Flowers
Tea Hostesses:  Ann Orchard and Ann Wilson

OCTOBER 3rd               Seeing is Believing – Imogen Corrigan  
Competition  Medieval Greetings Card
Tea Hostesses:  Avis Readman and Pauline Hart

NOVEMBER 7th               ANNUAL MEETING
Competition  Potato Face
Tea Hostesses:  Mary Vine and Ruth Prior 

DECEMBER 5th               The Ultimate Christmas Wreath – Mrs West-Sherring
Competition  Gingerbread Man
Tea Hostesses:  June Moore and Audrey Godden


Vanloads of police at peaceful rally

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 12:45 PM


VANLOADS OF POLICE AT PEACEFUL RALLY

Dear Ed,

Re: Arrests at Dover animal demo

I was present and spoke at the peaceful rally and march o­n Dover seafront. 

It is a yearly event to commemorate the death of Jill Phipps under the wheels of an animal exporting lorry. We had planned to place flowers o­n the roundabout at the entrance to Eastern Docks, something we do each year. 

The police, in their wisdom, decided that we couldn't so people marched up the road in order to tie their ribbons and flowers to the railings. This caused more chaos than if we'd been allowed to keep to the usual plan. 

We were filmed from the minute we parked our car and throughout the speeches.  Police were present in vanloads, despite their usual cry of "lack of resources". 

Could this be the reason they produced a situation where arrests would justify the cost of policing the event?

Kent police appear to do everything and anything in order to thwart live export protesters - a trade which is opposed by the vast majority in this country. 

It will o­nly be a matter of time before someone is killed under the wheels of a speeding lorry at Dover port - I personally witnessed the near death or serious injury of a police officer at o­ne of the exports. 

We await the day when police and the authorities will police the live exporters with the same zeal that they police those who oppose the trade.

SuzieB 


Take your car to Boulogne just for £21

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 12:19 PM


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Winning streak on the pitch

Contributed by editor on Feb 06, 2006 - 12:06 AM




WINNING STREAK ON THE PITCH




By Cyril Trice



I think this little ditty sums up the weekend



With the Saturday team having lost the will to play, 

Lacking in players they have called it a day.

It was down to the Sunday seniors and youngsters too,

To give us the results to bring us through.

They both did this with goals galore,

And their opponents went home both bruised and sore.




The Hawkinge Sunday team were at home to Bar Vasa in this a lively game with the 'keepers kept on their toes. But it was Hawkinge with a two to one goal scoring advantage who
finished winners in this high scoring match.



Hawkinge 6, Bar Vasa 3

Hawkinge scorers Tom Carr 2, Rob Knott 2, Ben Coker 2



The Hawkinge U15's were away to Canterbury Eagles and were hungry to improve on their draw, the last time the teams met. 

Playing with their new found confidence they held off the Eagles and finished the match one ahead,so keeping going their winning streak.



Canterbury Eagles 2, Hawkinge 3

scorers for Hawkinge. Chris Gennings, Olly Davies, Marcus South


To visit the Hawkinge Football Club website click
here


Swingfield Parish Council minutes 29 November 2005

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2006 - 09:26 PM


SWINGFIELD PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES

Minutes of a meeting of Swingfield Parish Council held at Swingfield Village Hall, on Tuesdav 29 November 2005

PRESENT: Councillor R D Curd (in the Chair), Councillors Mrs A Hanner, V Hamler R Hoult-Lukey, S Lee, A Nichol, H O'Grady and C D Tearle.

Apologies for absence: Councillor P Major.

Officer in Attendance: Mrs T Wiles, Clerk and Treasurer

5011.DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Councillor V Hamler and Mrs A Hamler declared a prejudicial interest in minute 5014.4 (Parish Council Budget 2006/07 - the item which related directly to Parish Maintenance only) and would only leave the meeting if this item was discussed.

Councillor R D Curd declared a prejudicial interest in Minute 5013 
Planning Application -- Reference Y05/1472/SH - 385 Canterbury Road, Densole and was absent ITom the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

The Clerk and Treasurer declared a prejudicial interest in Minute 5014.3 -: Financial Matters review of Clerk's salary and was absent ITom the meeting during discussion and voting on this item.

5012. MINUTES

The minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on 25 October 2005 were submitted, approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

5013. PLANNING MATTERS

The Chairman reported that two planning applications had been received since the last meeting of the Parish Council.

Note: At this point the Chairman left the meeting and the Vice-Chairman took the Chair

Application reference Y05/1472/SH Land Adjoining 385 Canterbury Road, Densole (Black Horse Meadow) was ,?onsidered at the meeting. This application was for 98 dwellings. The issue of requesting an Article 4 Notice to remove all permitted development rights was also considered.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR S LEE and

RESOLVED:
1. To strongly object to planning application reference Y05/1472/SH. The grounds for refusal to include being contrary to the Local Plan, highway related issues, no recreation area, infrastructure issues, size and density of the application insidious creeping urbanisation, domino effect.


(Voting for 7; Against 0; Ab 0)
PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR S LEE

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
2. To request that an Article 4 Notice be served on the site removing all permitted development rights.

(Voting for 7 Against 0 Ab 0)


The Chairman then resumed the Chair.

The response of the Parish Council to the other application is attached at Appendix 2.

5014. FINANCIAL MATTERS

Councillors considered the Financial Report and Accounts for Payment, which was circulated at the meeting.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR C D - TEARLE
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
1. To approve the accounts a copy of which is attached to these minutes as Appendix 1, and to make the payments due.


PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR C D TEARLE
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
2. To exclude the public from the meeting for the following item of business on the ground that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

Parish Councillors reviewed the salary of the Clerk and Treasurer in accordance with the National Pay Scales.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR S LEE

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR H O'GRADY and

RESOLVED:
3. To increase the salary of the Clerk and Treasurer to point 6 on the National Pay Scales with effect from 1 January 2006.

The Clerk and public were then invited back into the meeting.
Councillors considered the draft budget and precept for 2006/07 presented by the Clerk and Treasurer. Councillors noted that the income to the Parish Council in respect of the granting of the easement at St Peter's Church has been included in the budget. Parish Councillors then asked questions and the Chairman and Clerk and Treasurer responded. It was also agreed that the Clerk should write the Twinning Association requesting a breakdown of how the donation made by Parish Council had been spent during the year.

A copy of the budget is attached to these minutes.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL
SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR H O'GRADY and

RESOLVED:
4. To receive and approve the Budget for 2006/07.

5. To precept the District Council for the sum of £5500
.


5015. REPORT OF THE COUNTY COUNCILLOR AND/OR DISTRICT COUNCILLOR

The Kent County Councillor and District Councillor were not in attendance.

5016. ROADS AND FOOTPATHS

It was reported that the drain repairs in Pay Street carried out in October 2005 has caused the road surface to shrink in the area surrounding the repair.
The works requested in Boyington Lane had still not been undertaken.

The Clerk reported that the operations manager at Kent Highways had advised that he was not prepared to take any further action regarding the fence at 1 Pay Street. He had referred the Parish Council to the Planning Department.

PROPOSED BY COUNCILLOR H O'GRADY

SECONDED BY COUNCILLOR A NICHOL and

RESOLVED:
To take no further action regarding the fence at 1 Pay Street.


5017. PARISH MAINTENANCE

Green moss was reported on the pavement in Densole Way. No other maintenance issues were raised.

5018. KENT ASSOCIATION OF PARISH COUNCILS/OTHER COMMITTEES

The Parish Council representative gave a resume of the matters discussed which included the following:
Planning User Group - The planning procedure had again been discussed, particularly how the call-in procedure works. The District Council were also to consider this as part of a communications strategy.

5019. CORRESPONDENCE

The Clerk reported on correspondence which had been received since the last meeting and which would be circulated to all members. Details are contained in Appendix 3 to these minutes.

NOTE: At the conclusion of the meeting the Chairman announced that he was stepping down as Chairman with immediate effect. He thanked the Parish Councillors for their hard work and support over the years he had been Chairman. The Vice Chairman would act as Chairman until the Parish Council Meeting in January 2006, when a Chairman would be elected


Three times a Chairman

Contributed by editor on Feb 05, 2006 - 06:51 PM

 

THREE TIMES A CHAIRMAN

Colin Tearle with his constant companion Max

Densole development saviour Colin Tearle has been elected Chairman of Swingfield Parish Council for the third time.

In 2000 he stood down due to council commitments on Shepway District Council, although he still remained a member of the parish council.

At their monthly meeting on Tuesday (31 January) Cllr Tearle was elected unopposed following the resignation of Cllr Roger Curd in November 2005, who had held the office for 5½ years.

Mr Tearle's knowledge and understanding of planning procedures proved invaluable in steering the opposition to the housing development proposed for Black Horse Meadow to a successful conclusion. The plans were thrown out by the district council and an order was placed on the land to prevent further development. 

Conservative party member Colin served on Shepway District Council for 4 years between 1999 and 2003 and is a member of the Kent Association of Parish Councils (KAPC). He is also on the KAPC/Shepway District Council Joint Consultative Committee and has been elected to the county executive of the KAPC.

As well as his council duties, Cllr Tearle is heavily involved in building links with Swingfield's twin village Aviron in Normandy, France in his rôle as Chairman of the Swingfield Twinning Association.

Mr Tearle who is a farmer was born in Denton and has lived in Shepway all his life.