Shepway's rubber house wins top award

Contributed by editor on Oct 17, 2004 - 08:02 PM


The Marco Goldschmied Foundation has awarded this years Stephen Lawrence Prize for achitecture to a beach house at Dungeness.

The rubber-clad house Vista, o­n Dungeness beach, was designed by architect Simon Conder. It is covered in a rubber skin similar to a wetsuit.

Built o­n the site of a 1930s fishing hut, it was completed in November 2003.

It is situated close to Dungeness nuclear power station and is a short distance from the late film-maker and artist Derek Jarman's famous house.

The prize is part of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) award scheme.

Can you help with countryside access?

Contributed by editor on Oct 17, 2004 - 07:54 PM


An appeal is being made for local people to get involved in improving access to Kent's countryside.

Kent Local Access Forum is recruiting new members to help improve access to the countryside for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. This would be of interest to local residents who regularly use the network, landowners and managers, and anyone else interested in conservation, tourism, transport, sport and health.

Further details and an application pack are available from Kent County Council by telephoning 01622 221354, emailing or o­nline at

Forum Chairman Chris Reynolds said: "The Forum is now in its second year and has an important role to play in representing the needs and aspirations of the public regarding access to the countryside in the Garden of England".

KCC Lead Member for the Environment and Transport Paulina Stockell said: "We want to hear from people with a passion for improving access to the countryside so that local people can have their say."

Use electricity safely call from firefighters

Contributed by editor on Oct 16, 2004 - 12:01 AM


Kent Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to connect with its current campaign to reduce the number of fires caused by faulty wiring and electrical appliances.

Research has shown that there were 885 accidental dwelling fires in Kent and Medway in 2003-2004 of which 193 (21.8%) were electrical fires. Incidents of this type can be caused by faulty mains wiring or faulty electrical equipment, including extension cables.

Head of Community Fire Safety Stuart Skilton said: “This research shows a need for o­n-going efforts to reduce the number of electrical fires. This campaign is seen as a significant step in further driving down the number of occasions that people suffer the trauma caused by fire.â€?

Members of the public are being asked to look out for the danger signs and take Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s tips o­n board.


• Hot plugs and sockets
• Fuses that blow for no obvious reason.
• Brown scorch marks o­n sockets and plugs


Some tips that will save your home from electrical fires.
• o­ne appliance, o­ne socket
• Always use the correct fuse.
• Faulty electrical appliances may lead to a fire- repair or replace.
• Keep the cooking surface clear - o­nly cook the food!
• Check electric appliances that have not been used for some time.
• Always use a qualified electrical contractor.
• Flickering lights can be a danger - get your wiring checked.
• Unplug all appliances not designed to be left o­n.
• o­nly use lamps of the correct wattage in your light fittings.
• Avoid buying second-hand electrical goods.

Farmers market is best in Kent

Contributed by editor on Oct 15, 2004 - 05:57 PM


The Capel le Ferne farmers market is number o­ne in Kent according to Kent Life Magazine.

In the magazine's Food & Drink Awards for 2004, held at the East Kent Hop Farm o­n Thursday (14th October), the market scooped the prestigious title for the number o­ne Farmers Market in the county.

Market co organiser Jenny Barraclough said: "We are naturally, thrilled with this award and considering the market o­nly started in April 2003, it has certainly been worth all the hard work put in to make it a success.

"Not o­nly that,  but we also have some of the best stalls, Classic Preserves – winner of Best Food Producer category, Core Fruit Producers – Best Non-Alcoholics Drinks Producer category, Farmer Palmers’ Quality Meats – Runner up Best Meat Producer category, and in addition to all this, Marshmellow Bakeries, who have been recommended by top chef Rick Stein in a recent magazine article.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and stall-holders for voting for us and supporting us, and long may it continue".

Seven feared dead as local airline jet crashes in Canada

Contributed by editor on Oct 15, 2004 - 08:52 AM


A  jet belonging to the MK Airlines fleet, which until recently was based at Kent International Airport at Manston Kent has crashed in Canada.

Seven crew are thought to have been killed after the cargo jet crashed shortly after take-off from Nova Scotia, Canada, o­n Wednesday (13 October).

The Boeing 747, owned by MK Airlines of East Sussex, plunged into a quarry at the end of a runway at the Halifax main airport.

Initial reports suggested that the jumbo jet’s tail hit the runway during take-off before it crashed into a wooded area of he city.

The aircraft had stopped in Halifax to refuel and was  bound for Zaragosa in Spain.

MK Airlines pulled out from its  base at PlaneStation’s flagship Manston airport in August 2004, in protest over a doubling of landing charges and shifted its annual schedule of 400 flights to Ostend airport in Belgium.

Villagers still awaiting answers

Contributed by editor on Oct 14, 2004 - 10:38 PM


The natives are becoming restless over the time taken for Shepway Council to answer the questions raised at the District Council meeting held in the village community centre in July.

The Parish council wrote to the district authority o­n 27 September after parishioners who were promised replies, had received nothing after more than two months of the meeting.

Democratic Services Manager at Shepway Council Martyn Harris described the delay as "regrettable".

In his letter to the Parish council he said: <FONT color=black>"The delay in progressing an Action Plan is regrettable. As you know, the Council's priorities have been focussing o­n reducing its Council Tax following capping and taking positive steps to protect its statutory services in the light of reductions in the Council's budget. Furthermore, the Council's Executive changes shortly after the meeting and this has inevitably delayed progress o­n a number of key issues.

"Progressing the Action Plan has also suffered as a consequence. However, I am pleased to be able to confirm that the first steps in the process have now been taken; the issues categorised and officers requested to make contact with those persons, including parish councillors, who took the trouble to attend the meeting and raise important issues. I hope it is not too long now before contact is made with them".

Mr Harris has promised to "speed things along" if people do not hear anything in the next few weeks, and has asked that the Parish Council keep him informed.

<FONT color=midnightblue>You may prefer to contact Mr Harris directly, if so, his direct dial number is 01303 852388,  eMail <FONT color=midnightblue><FONT color=midnightblue> or you can write to Martyn Harris, Democratic Services Manager, Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY

Community wardens fight killer gas threat

Contributed by editor on Oct 14, 2004 - 05:26 PM


Elderly and vulnerable residents in Dover are able to claim a free carbon monoxide detector from Kent County Council's Community Wardens.

The devices let off a continuous high-pitched tone if it detects high levels of the gas in people's homes.

Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, ie gas, oil, coal and wood used in boilers, fires and water heaters. Dangerous amounts can build up because of poor maintenance, through damage to an appliance or because of poor ventilation.

There are 100 detectors to give away to people in Eyethorne/Elvington, Capel le Ferne, St Margarets at Cliffe or Eastry.

Lead Member for Community Safety Mike Hill said: "As carbon monoxide has no smell, colour or taste, early detection is vital.

"I hope these alarms will help save lives and mean that people are able to relax in their own homes with confidence."

Witnesses sought to Folkestone stabbing

Contributed by editor on Oct 14, 2004 - 10:03 AM


Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Bellevue Street, Folkestone at around 7.30 pm o­n Saturday evening, 2nd October.

The 38-year-old man was walking along Bellevue Street near Missenden Court when a man punched and kicked him, and another man jumped o­n his back forcing him to the floor.

He suffered a stab wound to his chest and cuts and bruises.

Two men aged 37 and 39 have been arrested o­n suspicion of causing Grievous Bodily Harm, and released o­n police bail whilst officers make further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Andrew Lewis o­n 01303 850055.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers o­n 0800 555111. Calls to Crimestoppers are free, you do not have to give your name and you may be eligible for a reward.

Firefighters and ambulance staff join forces

Contributed by editor on Oct 14, 2004 - 02:15 AM


Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Kent Ambulance Trust are launching a pilot scheme that could potentially save many lives.

From November, some firefighters will be able to respond to immediately life-threatening medical emergencies, but they will always be supported by ambulance staff in what is known as a ‘co-responding’ scheme.

The new scheme is being piloted at three retained stations – Dymchurch, Hoo and Edenbridge – in a six-month trial. A number of firefighters at each station have volunteered to extend their existing first-aid training to include the use of equipment, such as defibrillators, which can give people a better chance of surviving potentially fatal heart attacks. They will also carry oxygen and be trained in basic life-support skills.

Mr Tom Mason, Vice Chairman of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We have always worked closely with ambulance staff at incidents, but this takes our relationship a step further and will be of real benefit to the people of Kent.

�We had a very positive reaction to the idea when we spoke to retained firefighters about the scheme. They raised lots of useful questions which have been helpful during our talks with Kent Ambulance Trust.�

Kent Ambulance Trust will train the firefighters, provide and maintain all the necessary equipment.

Kevin Bate from Kent Ambulance Trust, said: “The quicker casualties can get help the better their chances of a full recovery. Having additional resources to call o­n in these areas could make all the difference. Our staff are looking forward to working with firefighters who will expand our network of co-responders.â€?

The two services have been discussing co-responding over the last few months, following government proposals in the Fire Service White Paper. Throughout the trial period the two services will work closely together and a full assessment will be made after six months.

Parish Council says yes to Lidl supermarket

Contributed by editor on Oct 13, 2004 - 11:38 PM


Hawkinge Parsh Council tonight (13 October) approved plans for a Lidl supermarket and a family pub to be built o­n land off Haven Drive and Spitfire Way.

Four councillors were in favour with three abstentions and o­ne vote against. Cllr Trice voted for the development but raised questions regarding the safety of the access to the store.

The plans will now be passed to Shepway Council's Development Control Committee for a final decision.