£116 million for Shepway

Contributed by editor on Feb 04, 2005 - 11:19 PM


A record £116 million is to be ploughed into public services in Shepway by the county council next year.

This includes £19 million is to go into Shepway capital projects. 

£3.5 million for a new Arts and Business Centre; £1.2 million for vocational centres in the area, and £100,000 for an LEA-assisted nursery.

£1.7 million goes on a new build for services currently provided by Broadmeadow for elderly people in Folkestone. The project will modernise services so they are effectively integrated with health and hospital provision and reflect mainstream adult services strategy to promote partnership and the supporting independence programme.

Total education spending for the area during 2005/6 is £68 million. In addition, the council is putting £25 million into social care services, including looking after the elderly, and a further £23 million into other public services such as highways and transportation and waste management. This includes almost £2 million on road surfacing work - an increase of £517,000.

Cabinet Member for Finance Nick Chard said: "This budget targets money to those areas people have told us are important.

"Kent's government grant increase was the third lowest of all 34 county councils - a 4.9% increase but with the strict direction that more than three-quarters be passported straight to schools. This left just 1.3% increase for all other services. In the light of this, I am delighted to be able to produce a budget which boosts services and will see a number of new initiatives in Shepway.

Chairman of Shepway Local Board Chris Capon said: "This is great news. The county council has achieved the lowest ever council tax rise and at the same time produced a budget that will bring some real benefits to Shepway."

Mobile phone theft

Contributed by editor on Feb 04, 2005 - 10:33 PM


The National Mobile Phone Register was launched on 12 January 2005, supported by the mobile phone industry, the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, the Metropolitan Police and other UK Police Forces, and the Home Office.

The register already holds the details of over ten million phones but we want everybody who owns a mobile phone to add their details.

The more people and organisations that get involved, the more effective the Register will be. We have produced a range of campaign materials to help publicise the registration drive - if you represent a local police force, retailer, the press, school or other concerned organisation, please use these materials in your publications or web sites.


Every second counts - if your phone is lost or stolen, report it now.

There are two stages to reporting your phone lost or stolen.

1. Report it to your network operator as soon as possible by calling our Immobilise information line on 08701 123 123 and following the instructions. Reporting your phone as lost or stolen will enable us to block your SIM card and your actual handset, just like a stolen credit card.

Register your phone as lost or stolen on the National Mobile Phone Register. If you've already registered your phone, you simply visit and access your phone's details using your password. 

You can report the phone as lost or stolen directly from your account however if you have been involved in a serious crime or you require a crime reference number please report it to the Police by phone or in person. If it's recovered later, we'll contact you to let you know when and where you can pick it


If your phone is recovered we will contact you and let you know that it is in safe hands for you to collect. Remember the best chance you have of getting your phone back is to register your details, and the more people that register, the more people will get their phones back.

Further details can be obtained from

Latest crime reports 31/1/05 to 4/2/05

Contributed by editor on Feb 04, 2005 - 10:26 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGBOURHOOD WATCH  Crime Sheet 31/1/05 to 4/2/05

Crime Sheet 31/01/05 to 04/02/05


Between 1930hrs & 2230hrs 01/02/05



IP states that she has taken her cat to the vets as it has wounds to its body. Vets have informed the IP that a pellet gun or air weapon has caused the wounds.
IP states that she has now taken her cat to the vets twice with similar damage. She states that she has had to pay approx £64.25 in charges.

If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office on 01304 218151 or ring
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To Report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055


To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134
If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station on 01304 21815 Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch

Police warning after trailer thefts

Contributed by editor on Feb 04, 2005 - 10:17 PM


If you have a horsebox or vehicle trailer in fact any trailer of any sort please review your security of these items as we have had two stolen in recent days. 

A vehicle trailer from Pike Road Eythorne & Horse Box from Watercress Lane at Wingham Well an Ifor Williams TWIN AXLE - DOUBLE HORSE BOX colour Silver. 

Please continue to report suspicious callers to your premises they may looking round at what they can steal from you or your neighbours property.

Reports are being received in relation to Duster Sellers calling door-to-door selling items at exorbitant prices and targeting the elderly & vulnerable. 

These persons operate in Gangs and are dropped off by their boss. In the main they do not have a pedlars certificate and can be quite intimidating. 

Please report to the control room if these person turn up at your door on 01304 240055. Do not fall for their sob stories none of which are true trust me that have been checked out by us.

Ian Foster
Rural Project Officer
South East Kent Police
Tel no. 01304 218130

Help us build the Giant

Contributed by editor on Feb 04, 2005 - 05:59 PM


Work is set to begin on the Hawkinge Giant and Strange Cargo Arts Company are hoping many villagers will help get the project off the ground.

The company will be artists in residence in the village over the coming three weeks building the Giant for the village.

They are inviting residents to come along to their temporary workshop base at the Leisuredrome in Aerodrome Road on Wednesday 9th February between 5pm and 6.30pm, to hear more about the Hawkinge Giant project, and to find out how they can get involved.

The project is funded by the Hawkinge Partnership and the MakeItReal initiative and will culminate in the Giant, and three Big Heads being created. These figures will become permanent residents in Hawkinge, able to represent the village at festivals, fetes and gatherings at home and further afield.

If you would like to find out more, call Brigitte or Lisa on 01303 244533.

Council fines for badly managed roadworks

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2005 - 12:33 PM


Tough new penalties have been outlined to tackle the traffic chaos caused by badly managed roadworks.

The measures are aimed at utility companies and local authories who dig up the streets.

Those who do not meet deadlines for completing work on time will be face fines of up to £5000.

The new plans are detailed in a consultation for the Government's Traffic Management Act - which gives local
authorities new powers to better manage and co-ordinate street works.

Proposals include the introduction of a permit scheme, fixed penalties for utility companies who commit criminal
offences and fines for firms whose work overruns.

Local authorities will also get stronger powers to stop works that clash with major sporting events or local market

Alistair Darling, Transport Secretary said: "Every motorist knows the frustration of being held up by roadworks that seem to go on and on. The new
measures will provide better controls to get work done so that it minimises delays."

Top marks for local school

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2005 - 12:28 AM


Kent County Council's annual OfSTED report by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools has highly praised nine of the county's schools including the Folkestone School for Girls.

A further seven schools which have made significant improvements, moving out of special measures, have also been recognised.

The nine schools from Kent placed on the outstanding schools list are:

Bower Grove School, Maidstone

St Botolph's C of E Primary School, Chevening

Garlinge Infant School, Margate

Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone

St James' Infant School, West Malling

St Katharine's Knockholt C of E Primary School, Sevenoaks

The Folkestone School for Girls, Folkestone

Wilmington Primary School, Dartford

Woodlands Junior School, Tonbridge

The report also highlights the Channel School, Folkestone which has significantly improved and moved out of special measures.

KCC's Cabinet Member for Education Standards Paul Carter said that the consistent performances of the Folkestone School for Girls is outstanding and an inspiration not just for Kent, but for the whole country.

Cash for community groups

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2005 - 12:10 AM


More than 20 community projects in Dover have benefited in the last 10 months from funding recommended by Kent County Council's Dover Local Board.

Funds ranging from £100 to £7,000 have been issued to worthy causes including the Citizens Advice Bureau, Wingham Youth Club and Deal Gymnastics Club.

The Kent-Dover Local Board will announce at its meeting next Thursday 10 February which organisations have so far received funding. The meeting is open to all residents in the Dover district at Deal Town Hall, starting at 6.30pm.

Preferences for future funding will be outlined and the board will receive presentations on the role of wardens in the district and a presentation on the Public Service Agreement Better Services for the people of Dover District.

Board Chairman Bryan Cope said: "This local board has been established to enable county council members to work more closely with local public, voluntary and private sector partners. We want as many community groups as possible to take advantage of the funds being made available for local projects."

Organisations have until mid-March to apply for community grants.

Interested organisations should apply by contacting KCC Community Liaison Officer James Painter, e-mail

Seafront plans go on view

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2005 - 04:18 PM


Major plans for a multi-million pound development on Folkestone seafront go on view this week.

The exhibition is being hosted by Trent Developments Ltd, the company behind proposals for a leisure and residential development on the site of the former Rotunda amusement park.

The exhibition, at the Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, is open between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Friday (4 February) and between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday (5 January). It will include a model and computer visualisations and there will an opportunity for visitors to talk to Toby Atkinson, Trent’s Managing Director.

Proposals include 740 apartments, hotel, restaurant, multiplex cinema, and bowling alley. 

The original scheme also included food superstore, ASDA, but the giant store is now incorporated in the Bride Hall town centre development.

Trent Developments have now completed the environmental impact assessment needed by the council and the planning application is due to be considered by councillors within the next few months.

More disruption for shoppers

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2005 - 04:14 PM


Shoppers in Folkestone will have to endure more disruption when part of Rendezvous Street will be given a new look as part of town centre improvements.

The facelift to Sandgate Road has finally been completed and the next phase of the Folkestone Streets and Squares improvement programme is due to start on Monday 7 February.

The project will see repaving of the road and pavements in natural materials to enhance the traditional character of area. York stone will be used for pavements and granite setts for the road. Kerbstones, saved from the improvement work in Sandgate Road, will be used to help give Rendezvous Street a more traditional shape. 

“The materials being used for these improvements, which stretch from Old Town Hall Square to the junction with The Old High Street, will vary from those used in Sandgate Road. They will be in keeping with the existing traditional character of this part of the town,� said John Dawson, an architect for Shepway Council.

Existing street light columns will be refurbished and given new lantern-style lights. Bollards and litterbins will also be refurbished.

The work - which is funded by the South East England Development Agency, the European Union Interreg programme and Shepway Council - is expected to take 16 weeks to complete. Although the road will be closed to traffic during some of the work, pedestrian access will not be affected.