Shepway rate capped to 20%

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<FONT color=black size=4>SHEPWAY RATE CAPPED TO 20%

<FONT color=black>Shepway District Council is among six local authorities to have their budgets capped by the Government.

<FONT color=black>Local government minister Nick Raynsford insisted there was "no excuse" for massive council tax hikes.

<FONT color=black>Shepway, which is controlled by the Lib Dems, wanted to raise taxes by 28.4%. Mr Raynsford added: "This announcement shows the Government means business."
The authority has been told to cut deeper to 20% which would mean savings of £600,000 will have to be found.

<FONT color=black>But the council has said it does not plan to cut any front-line services because of the reduction.

<FONT color=black>The Liberal Democrat-controlled council says it was left a legacy of financial difficulties from the previous Conservative administration.

<FONT color=black>The first reduction from 39% to 29% saw the authority faced with saving £674,000

<FONT color=black>Ratepayers will now have to fork out an extra  £2 each to pay for the new bills which will be sent out next month.

Children's Entertainment

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<FONT color=black>Provided by HAWKINGE PARISH COUNCIL in the Village Hall commencing 2.30 p.m. 

<FONT color=black>Wednesday    4th August       <FONT color=red>Micky the Magician – Comedy magic and Fun show

<FONT color=black>Wednesday   11th August      <FONT color=red>Debbie Crawte – Mask Making

<FONT color=black>Wednesday   18th August      <FONT color=red>Kevin the Juggler  - Juggling Workshop

<FONT color=black>Admission Free

Hawkinge Parish Council Agenda 14 July 2004

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The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held o­n Wed. 14th July 2004 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall


<FONT color=black>The Chairman will take questions from parishioners.   The number of speakers will be limited to five (time limit 3 minutes).  

<FONT color=black>To receive a report from Mr Ian Norman (Community Warden)

<FONT color=black>A G E N D A

<FONT color=black>1            Apologies

<FONT color=black>2          Minutes

<FONT color=black>To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held o­n 9th June 2004 (already circulated).

<FONT color=black>3            Declarations of Interest

<FONT color=black>Councillors should disclose personal or prejudicial interest/s in any item/s o­n this agenda.  Councillors with a personal interest must describe and give details of the interest.  Unless the personal interest amounts to a prejudicial interest, he/she may participate fully in the meeting.   A prejudicial interest is o­ne in which a member of the public, with knowledge of the relevant facts, would reasonably regard as so significant that it is likely to prejudice a Councillor’s judgement of the public interest.   Anyone with a prejudicial interest must, unless an exception applies or a dispensation has been issued, withdraw from the meeting room.

<FONT color=black>Whenever possible, and if in doubt, advice should be sought from the Clerk prior to the meeting.

<FONT color=black>4          Matters arising out of the Minutes

<FONT color=black>       (a) Disused Toilet block and footpath

<FONT color=black>Chairman to report.

<FONT color=black>5          Reports – Working Groups

<FONT color=black>Community Liaison: Cllr. Brisley

<FONT color=black>Planning and Development: Cllr. Trice

<FONT color=black>Sports and Ground Maintenance/Football Project

<FONT color=black>Public Rights of Way: Cllr. Callahan

<FONT color=black>Finance: Chairman

<FONT color=black>6          Other Bodies

<FONT color=black>Representatives to report o­n recent meetings or events:

<FONT color=black>Hawkinge Community Centre

<FONT color=black>Hawkinge Neighbourhood Management Partnership

<FONT color=black>7          Hawkinge Youth & Community Sports Council

<FONT color=black>Clerk to report progress regarding the Lease.

<FONT color=black>8           Correspondence

<FONT color=black>       (a) Community Assembly – North Downs East Ward to be held in Hawkinge

<FONT color=black>Community Centre o­n Wed. 21st July 2004

<FONT color=black>Notice of the meeting from Head of Administrative Services, SDC

<FONT color=black>       (b) Parish and Town Councillor Allowances

<FONT color=black>Head of Administrative Services, SDC letter and a report by the Parish Remuneration Panel June 2004

<FONT color=black>       (c) Head of Policy & Performance Review, SDC.   Performance Plan 2004/05

<FONT color=black>       (d) Kent Police: Special Constable Recruitment Campaign

<FONT color=black>       (e) Mrs G. Warman re an incident outside the shops in Canterbury Road

<FONT color=black>           (copies of correspondence enclosed)

<FONT color=black>9        Finance

<FONT color=black>       (a) Clerk to report

<FONT color=black>       (b) To approve payment of the accounts presented at the meeting (list enclosed)

<FONT color=black>10        Plans

<FONT color=black>            List of plans received since the last meeting enclosed.

<FONT color=black>11        Road Signs in Cowgate Lane – Cllr. Hogben

<FONT color=black>12        CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS

<FONT color=black>           To resolve that because publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by

<FONT color=black>Reason of the confidential nature of business to be transacted the public (including the Press) be excluded from the meeting pursuant to the provision of sub section 100 & 102 of the Local Government Act, 1972

<FONT color=black>13        Sale of strip of land at the Leisuredrome (min.968)

<FONT color=black>Clerk to report.

<FONT color=black>14            Disposal of Asbestos (min. 949(a))

<FONT color=black>To receive estimates for removal.

<FONT color=black>15        Any other items referred to the confidential section during the meeting.

Princess Anne discusses affordable rural housing at village seminar

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<FONT color=black>The Princess Royal discussed a lack of affordable housing  at a seminar in St Margaret's at Cliffe village hall o­n Wednesday (7 July).

<FONT color=black>The Princess attended the event near Dover, as president of the Rural Housing Trust.

<FONT color=black>The charity believes that most small villages suffer from a severe lack of affordable housing which leads to young people moving away to live in urban areas.

<FONT color=black>The Rural Housing Trust is starting to build 14 affordable homes for local people in the area.

Storms disrupt power supplies

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<FONT color=black size=4>STORMS DISRUPT POWER SUPPLIES<FONT color=black>

<FONT color=black>More than 40,000 homes in Kent, Sussex and Surrey were left without power after a day of gales and heavy rain.

Gusts of more than 40mph brought down power lines and trees, leaving 106,000 homes without power at o­ne point.

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said: "We have extra staff working to deal with these faults, but are still being affected by bad weather conditions."

Earlier a drilling platform anchored off the Kent coast broke its moorings and washed ashore at Cliftonville.

Dover Coastguard said the bad weather caused the barge anchored off Foreness Point to break up. The crew all escaped without injury. 

More houses for Hawkinge

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The Inspectors report of the Shepway Local Plan has been published and contains over 150 recommended changes.

The Inspector has supported  housing allocations proposed by the Council including the sites at Hawkinge, Nickolls Quarry and Herring Hang Field, New Romney, but to make up the shortfall by deleting Princes Parade, there are small increases in numbers proposed for Hawkinge and Folkestone seafront.

It is also proposed that the vacant land opposite Homebase in Park Farm Road should be developed for housing rather than retail warehouse use.

The Council must now consider the Inspectors report and decide what action to take o­n each of her recommendations. It is expected that a report will be presented to Cabinet in September.

The Cabinet will need to agree o­n making any modifications to the Plan as a result of the Inspectors findings, and these will then be published.

There will then be a six week period for objections and representations to be made o­n the proposed modifications.

Everyone who made representations or objections to the first drafts of the Plan, will be notified when the proposed modifications are published.

After considering any representations received the Council is aiming to adopt the Plan by the end of 2004.

The full report can be viewed at the Civic Centre or the o­ne Stop Shops at Hythe, Lydd and New Romney during their normal opening hours, or is available o­n the Councils website at

Copies can also be purchased price £15 from the Civic Centre.

Good clean fun on the beach

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<FONT color=black size=4>GOOD CLEAN FUN ON THE BEACH

<FONT color=black>As the summer holidays fast approach, Dover District Council is spreading the news that White Cliffs Country has a great choice of beaches - which are listed in this year's Good Beach Guide.

<FONT color=black>Sandwich Bay, Deal Castle, St Margarets Bay, Dover Harbour and Shakespeare Beach are all recommended in the Marine Conservation Society Good Beach Guide 2004, which was launched at the end of May.

<FONT color=black>All five locations are monitored weekly by the Environment Agency, in accordance with EC standards, and the latest results show that water quality at these sites is consistently excellent.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Andrew Richardson, Cabinet Member for Environment said: "We are delighted at the consistently high standard of water at these locations. Visitors and residents can rest assured that there is a choice of beaches in the district that not o­nly feature in the Good Beach Guide but where continuous testing is showing that the water quality remains excellent."

<FONT color=black>Cllr Frederick Scales, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: "As the summer holidays approach, families will be looking for good clean beaches to visit. We are delighted that there are a range of locations in White Cliffs Country that are recommended in the Good Beach Guide. We hope that as many people as possible take advantage of the area's many great attractions this summer, and enjoy our recommended beaches."

Cash awards for tackling anti social behaviour

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As part of an o­ngoing commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour, Dover District Council's Portfolio Holder for Citizenship is backing a national award to recognise people who have taken a stand for their community.

<FONT color=black>The Take A Stand Awards are open to anyone who has tackled anti-social behaviour in their community. This could be someone who has given evidence in court, set up a residents or tenants group to deal with noise or neighbour problems, organised a clean up of rubbish, organised events, helped clean up graffiti or done anything else to support their community and tackle anti social behaviour.

<FONT color=black>There are up to 100 regional awards of £ 1,000, and the top national award of £ 5,000, to be won and spent for the benefit of local communities across England and Wales. The national Taking A Stand Awards are supported by The Home Office, BBC Local Radio, Crime Concern and the Co-op.

<FONT color=black>Cllr Mrs Julie Rook, DDC Cabinet Member for Citizenship said: "These awards are a great idea which the community can really benefit from. While it is everyone's social responsibility to take a stand against anti-social behaviour, there are often fears of repercussions from the perpetrators. o­nly by working together and supporting o­ne another to encourage pride and respect can our community truly start to believe they can make a difference. These awards are a real chance to recognise the bravery and achievements of our local citizens in taking a stand against anti-social behaviour."

<FONT color=black>Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, said: "This type of award will certainly back up Dover District Council's key objective of dealing with anti-social behaviour and sends out a message to local people that public responsibility is paramount to tackle this type of behaviour."

<FONT color=black>To nominate someone for the Taking a Stand Award, or for more information, please call 0800 085 2980 or log o­nto

All in a tizzy over Venetian Fete

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<FONT color=black>Shepway council have said that the story that were charging  £9,000 for use of the canal and surrounding land was inaccurate.

<FONT color=black>They explained that the £9,000 sum included costs for street and canal preparations and cleaning prior to and after the event.

<FONT color=black>Council Officers had contacted the Hythe Venetian Fete committee and indicated that it was likely that these costs would apply and they should take this into account in their plans.

<FONT color=black>When news of the Hythe Venetian Fete Committee’s decision to cancel the 2005 event was brought to the attention of the Council, the Leader made it clear that there has been no formal decision by Councillors to charge the event organisers and there is no intention to do so, subject to them submitting a grant application.

<FONT color=black>Councillor Linda Cufley, Leader of the Council, expressed her support for the Venetian Fete: “We place great importance o­n this event both to Hythe and indeed the District, we have supported the Fete over many years and are committed to continuing support.â€?

Scooter rider dies in crash

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<FONT color=black>The rider of a scooter  was killed when he was involved in a crash with a car pulling out of the grounds of the Plough Public House o­n Folkestone Road, near Dover, this morning (5 July).

<FONT color=black>The 60-year-old scooter rider, from Folkestone, was rushed to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford but was pronouced dead an hour-and-half later.

<FONT color=black>The 38-year-old motorist was arrested at the scene of the accident and<FONT color=black> was taken to Dover Police Station, for questioning

<FONT color=black>Kent Police would like to hear from anyone with information about the crash.