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Summer Variety 2005 Show in Hawkinge

Contributed by admin on Mar 26, 2005 - 02:34 PM

SUMMER VARIETY 2005 SHOW IN HAWKINGE


Lyminge Dramatic Society are bringing their brand new Variety Show to Hawkinge Village Hall for one night only, Saturday 11th June starting at 7.45pm.

 This exciting new show is a collection of comic sketches, songs, melodramas, monologues and dance routines. Tickets will be priced at £5 for adults and £2-50 for children. Watch this space for more details!

We are actively seeking help from small businesses for the task of selling tickets for us for the show. Anyone who feels they can help are requested to ring Brian Edmond on 01303-863201.


New supermarket for Hawkinge

Contributed by admin on Mar 23, 2005 - 03:56 PM

NEW SUPERMARKET FOR HAWKINGE

The plans for the Lidl supermarket in Hawkinge were passed at last night's Development Control Committee meeting. (22 March)


In May 2004 the District Council turned down the plans for the supermarket giving one of the reasons as a resulting increase in traffic.

But an amendment put forward by Cllr Peter Smith and seconded by Cllr David Callahan to implement a traffic safety impact study was defeated.

Cllr Smith argued that the entrance to the supermarket will see a marked increase in traffic once a planned 500 homes are built in the village.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Smith said: "As a ward councillor for Hawkinge, we have to accept the building of new homes, but have to wait for the infrastructure that is needed.

"We have to wait for roads to be adopted, street lighting to be repaired, grass to be cut and dog waste bins to be placed around the village."


Girl attacked in Folkestone underpass

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2005 - 01:45 PM

GIRL ATTACKED IN FOLKESTONE UNDERPASS

A young girl could be scarred for life after an unprovoked attack by two teenage girls, Kent police have said.


The 15 year old victim was walking through the underpass at Churchill Avenue in Folkestone on Sunday night (13 March),  when she was approached from behind and assaulted.

It was reported by police that the two attackers pulled her hair, knocked her to the ground and punched her several times.

She received hospital treatment for cuts, bruises and a serious injury to her lip, which could leave her permanently scarred.


Warning possible letter scam

Contributed by admin on Mar 23, 2005 - 10:51 AM

WARNING OF POSSIBLE LETTER SCAM

Letters are being received by residents across South East Kent the contents of which are:-


THE LETTER ALLEGES TO BE FROM THE BANK OF CHINA, IT GOES ON TO STATE THAT A PERSON WITH THE SAME SURNAME AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE LETTER INVESTED MONEY IN 1969 AND THAT THIS MALE HAS BEEN DEAD SINCE 1997. IT ADVISES THAT THE MONEY HAS BEEN IN THERE FOR 25YRS AND APPEARS THAT SHE IS THE NEXT IN LINE TO RECEIVE THIS.

THE LETTER ASKS THAT INFORMANT CALLS OR FAXES TO SPEAK TO THEM AND THAT SHE SHOULD NOT DISCUSS THIS WITH ANYONE ELSE.

THE LADY WHO RECEIVED THIS LETTER BELIEVES THAT THIS IS A SCAM AS HER PARTNER HAS REC’D A LETTER AS WELL, WITH ALL THE SAME DETAILS, EXCEPT A DIFFERENT SURNAME.

Remember if it seems to good to be true it often is. Treat all unsolicited mail with suspicion

PC Ian Foster

Rural Project Officer

South East Kent Police


Re: Mixed views on local airport expansion

Contributed by admin on Mar 23, 2005 - 01:01 AM

RE: MIXED VIEWS ON AIRPORT EXPANSION

Dear Ed

I was at this meeting, this expansion will not only effect the Marsh it will be evident in Hawkinge, Folkestone and most of the south coast.

The planes will be flying at a rate of about 15 per hour (not counting night flights), over the coast towards Hythe and Folkestone.

At the altitude these planes will use for take off and landing we will all suffer.

Most of the sizable number off people who wanted the expansion in fact worked for the airport, the others were unfortunately were lead to believe that the airport will be a panacea for local employment.

I am not against jobs for the south east, but, cost cutting and the cut throat business of commercial aviation will out source jobs to the lowest bidder and only leave a small number of menial jobs which they will offer to the local population.

The only winners will be the investors in the airport.

Here is the the action group website.

http://www.kentnet.org.uk/laag/index.htm

Yours etc

Rope


Manston Airport rail link vital for East Kent

Contributed by editor on Mar 22, 2005 - 11:06 AM

MANSTON AIRPORT RAIL LINK VITAL FOR EAST KENT

The realisation of proposals to create a Thanet Parkway Station to serve East Kent and Manston airport has "moved a step closer today" says North Thanet`s MP Roger Gale.


Speaking following a meeting with the Director of Franchise Sponsorship for the Strategic Rail Authority, Roger Jones, the MP said: "I am hugely encouraged by the outcome of what was a most constructive meeting. While the award of an integrated rail franchise for Kent cannot be said to be dependent upon the creation of a Parkway Station it is clear that the Director has an enthusiasm for the concept and will take proposals for such a station into account."

The MP, who has promoted the Parkway concept for ten years adds: "We now have a clear timetable for the bidding and award of the franchise. Following the completion of the Data pack by the end of this month there will be a 60-day period for the bidding process for the Integrated Kent Franchise to take place. The award of the franchise will be made and the new operator installed by Christmas.

Hitachi have confirmed delivery of the first of the new trains needed to run on the fast link by January 2007 and following 18 months of test-running on CTRL and domestic track they should enter service in December 2009.

We therefore have until that time to bring about the creation of the East Kent Parkway Station located to serve Manston Airport, the Thanet Towns, Sandwich and Herne Bay.

After the meeting today I am more convinced than ever that this can be achieved and I hope and trust that the franchise will be awarded to a company that is able and willing to realise this opportunity. Like the East Kent Access Road, this project is vital to the economic development not just of the airport but of the whole of East Kent."

Also discussed at the meeting between Roger Gale and the Director were the refurbishment of Margate and Herne Bay stations and the need for more resources to combat anti-social behaviour on the railways in Kent.


Shocked shoppers electrical surprise

Contributed by editor on Mar 22, 2005 - 10:59 AM

SHOCKED SHOPPERS  ELECTRICAL SURPRISE

Shoppers at Tesco in Cheriton were surprised to be greeted by  Shepway Council’s Environmental Health team giving away energy-saving light bulbs at the Tesco store at Cheriton on Friday (18 March).


Everyone given a bulb was asked to complete a questionnaire about the energy efficient measures in their home. All completed questionnaires will be sent to the Kent Energy Centre and people who responded will be entitled to discounted energy efficiency measures like cavity wall/loft insulation.

The initiative could also lead to some people being entitled to a full grant to improve heating and insulation.


£200,000 bonanza for skateboard parks

Contributed by editor on Mar 22, 2005 - 10:50 AM

£200,000 BONANZA FOR SKATEBOARD PARKS

Skaters in Dover are working with Kent County Council and Dover District Council (DDC) to boost youth facilities in the area following news of a cash bonanza for local skate parks.


KCC and DDC have been working in partnership with a group of young people called SK8, part of the Dover District Youth Forum, to look at developing skate parks in the district. Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, Leader of Kent County Council, and Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, visited the group at the Pencester Gardens skate park last week.

KCC will be providing extra funding of £200,000 for facilities and DDC will be working in consultation with the SK8 group to redesign and rebuild skate parks in Pencester Gardens and Victoria Park.

Sir Sandy said: “The extra funding is great news for Dover. It is vital that we involve local community groups in improving their facilities. I hope to see the improvements in the skate parks very soon which will be enjoyed by our younger residents for many years to come. The work we do with local community groups and our partners is tremendously important and I look forward to strengthening these relationships.�

Cllr Paul Watkins said: “We are delighted to be working with the community to improve our skate parks. Following our work with SK8, we will be giving them the opportunity to learn about costing projects as well as involving them in planning the facilities they want to see. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the community to develop youth facilities for the future of our young people.�


MIxed views on local airport expansion

Contributed by editor on Mar 22, 2005 - 10:41 AM

MIXED VIEWS ON LOCAL AIRPORT EXPANSION

At a packed Public Meeting in Greatstone on Wednesday (16th March), Liberal Democrat spokesman Peter Carroll set out why he opposed the major expansion of Lydd Airport.

Over 200 people attended the meeting, with many local people expressing their opposition to the plans, but their were also a sizable number of people who  had links with the airport and they set out why they thought the expansion was a good idea.

In his speech to the packed hall Peter Carroll said: "The expansion will lead to flights every 15 minutes. By necessity, the jet aircraft will be flying at very low level when they pass over the Marsh. Even the airport agree that at least 80% of people using the airport will travel to it by car. This will lead to congestion on a massive scale on the Marsh roads.

"The noise and pollution from the aircraft will destroy the Marsh. The only positive aspect will be the jobs that an expanded airport will bring. However, if the cost of these jobs is the destruction of the Marsh environment it is too a high a cost."

Peter Carroll has written to over 8,000 households on the Marsh asking people what they think. He is pledged to oppose the expansion.


Ferry service suspended

Contributed by admin on Mar 22, 2005 - 09:32 AM

FERRY SERVICE SUSPENDED
 
Ferry operator SeaFrance is suspending all journeys between Dover and Calais until Thursday morning.

The company took the decision after the announcement of a 48-hour strike in France, but P&O Ferries are expected to operate as normal.

Customers with reservations o­n SeaFrance crossings for Tuesday and Wednesday should contact the company.

Yesterday (21 March), SeaFrance workers protesting against a plan to reform the French national register for shipping, invaded high-speed rail lines near Calais  and caused delays to Eurostar services.

Sailors' unions say the changes are a threat to French jobs.