Business looking up for Eurotunnel....2 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 02, 2003 - 06:57 AM

Eurotunnel has increased the number of truck shuttle departures to meet growing demand for its services offering six departures an hour in each direction.

Eurotunnel now offers 725 truck shuttles departures a week in each direction.

The truck shuttles carried 907,388 trucks in the first nine months of 2002.

Two new tracks and platforms in both the UK and France have been opened, representing the first major expansion of terminal capacity since the Channel Tunnel opened in 1994.

Further truck shuttle capacity will come on stream during 2003 and by this time, Eurotunnel will have more than doubled its fleet of truck shuttles from seven to 16 since 1999.


Yes you did hear it here first!...2 January 2002

Contributed by localrags on Jan 02, 2003 - 06:47 AM


News that the Asda supermarket chain are interested in land on the seafront in Folkestone will have come as no surprise to Hawkinge Gazette readers.

It was announced that local businessman Jimmy Godden has sold the Rotunda Amusement Park and developers are proposing to build car parks, cinemas, housing and retail outlets on the land adjacent to the seafront.

Asda are thought to be keen to move in.

In September we told you that according to a local businessman the Supermarket giant had turned its attention from Folkestone town centre to the seafront in its search for a suitable site on which to build a new outlet,

This would spell the end of the dream for many Hawkinge residents that Asda would build its next superstore in the village.

Asda Property Communications Manager, Simon Leonard, would not be drawn at the time on whether or not it was in the process of buying the package of land along the seafront.

He told the Gazette: "I am not in a position to comment on a specific site at this point in time. It's no secret that we are very interested in the area, but we don't like to comment on speculation."

Shepway Council's head of economic development, Andy Jarrett, said back in September " I can neither confirm nor deny that negotiations are underway regarding this particular piece of land.

"However, I can say that the council would like to see this area developed."

The planning application, from development company Trent Developments Ltd, is expected to be considered by the Development Control Committee in the early part of the year.

The plans involve the creation of a multi-million pound leisure and residential complex with bowling alley, multiplex cinema, bingo hall, health club and more than 600 homes. The development also includes a food superstore. The development would be created on the seafront site owned by entrepreneur Jimmy Godden.

Council Leader, Rory Love, said the submission of the planning application represented the first stage of what could turn out to be the transformation of Folkestone seafront.

“It is early days and the planning application has only just been submitted. The proposal is a very exciting one and very much along the lines of the Council’s masterplan. The new leisure uses and residential apartments are very welcome but the inclusion of a retail superstore will require careful consideration. The Council is keen to ensure that the planned development of the Bouverie Place shopping centre is not critically affected.�

He said the Council would be listening to the views of local people before making a decision.

“Although the council welcomes this demonstration of confidence in our town we need to take into account the needs and wishes of local people.

“As soon as we have more details and artists’ impressions of the scheme, we will be hosting a public exhibition with the developers. We will asking the people of the district for their views before we make a decision.�


New Community Centre to become Church....1 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 01, 2003 - 03:39 PM

Hawkinge Baptist Church will be moving from St Luke's Church to the new Hawkinge Community Centre in the middle of March 2003.

The church will be situated on the first floor and will be able to accommodate a congregation of around 90.

Pastor Ian Reynolds told the Gazette that the church has bought the lease for 125 years.

Mr Reynolds said: "We hope to be able to move in just as soon as the Community centre is completed which should be in the middle of March.

"The church will use the main entrance to the centre but will have its own separate entrance to the Church".


Not a happy new year for chip shop couple....1 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 01, 2003 - 02:13 PM

Hawkinge fish and chip shop owners Tony and Frances Leighio were stunned to find their shop boarded up when they returned home this morning (Wednesday).

Whilst they saw in the new year vandals smashed the large window of the premises.

Vandalism is continuing to plague the area around the Village Hall where in an incident on Sunday evening a brick was thrown through a window of the hall.

There are also a number of windows which need to be replaced in the new community centre after large panes of glass have been cracked.

Parish Council Chairman Cllr John Heasman said: "It is absolutely disgusting that local police and some councillors claim the vandalism is happening because the youth in the village have nothing to do.

"There is not the parental control that our generation had and there is no excuse for anti-social behaviour just because these people say they have nothing to do".


Broadband.... 31 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 31, 2002 - 05:58 PM

I hope you can help me!

I am sure that many people would like the Hawkinge telephone exchange to be upgraded to support BT Broadband (ADSL). The best way to do this is for as many people to register their interest with BT.

To raise awareness, I have set up a website and will be leaflet dropping in the New Year.

The site can be found at:

If it is OK with you, I would also like to add a link to your website and would be most grateful of any support you can provide.

Many thanks,

Simon Herbert

We support your site but we already have a link to register local interest in broadband connection. Ed

Government has moved the goal posts says Cllr Tearle...31 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 31, 2002 - 03:17 PM

Cllr Colin Tearle is disappointed with the outcome of the Public Local Inquiry held in August after the Secretary of State refused planning permission for the construction of the northern section of the Hawkinge Bypass and the associated residential development.

"He said: "We believe it is important for residents of Hawkinge to know the reasons behind the decision .

"The Secretary of State has accepted the report of his Inspector and has refused the application because the housing proposals are not in the 1996-2001 Local Plan but the bypass is. It is important to note that both the housing proposals and the amended relief road are included in the revised Local Plan which was recently agreed unanimously by Councillors at Shepway District Council and which is currently out to public consultation.

"Government policy has recently changed with regard to new housing which means that the Government wants to almost double the number of houses proposed. In other words, the Government has moved the goal posts about housing density and then used this as a reason to refuse the development. Also, the Inspector considers that adequate provision for landscaping has not been made.

"The Inspector comments “In conjunction with the residential expansion an increase in the build-up of village facilities is gathering pace.� This has been entirely as a result of the policy introduced by Shepway District Council when the Conservatives took control in 1999 that no new development would be approved until the completion of the relief road and the provision of an adequate infrastructure, a situation that was sadly neglected between 1991 and 1999.

"It is clear from his report that the Inspector believes that residential development on the two sites is acceptable and that the completion of the relief road is essential. He says that, whilst the proposals do not make the best use of the land and the landscaping scheme is not acceptable, he “does not consider that there are any convincing objections to the scheme or that it would be premature to grant planning permission for an appropriate scheme here before the emerging local plan is adopted.�

"He states “the need for the relief road needs to be considered in the historical context of the development of the village. The concept of the growth at Hawkinge (and its acceptance by the local community) was grounded in the understanding that the A260 was to be bypassed. Development of the former airfield was to be served by a link to that new road and through traffic removed from the old village core.

"He continues “The County, District and Parish Councils have clearly recounted their progressive sense of frustration as Central Government policy towards public funding of the A260 bypasses (or any part of them) has changed and commitments to the promised Government funding have been progressively withdrawn or, as some see it reneged upon, while at the same time the Councils have been honouring their commitment to growth.

"In his opinion “the position at the outset of development of Hawkinge was a clear one and despite changes in Government policy is necessary to secure completion of the new road before development within the settlement area is completed�

"He does not consider it “in the interests of residents, bus operators or local businesses to leave Hawkinge with a half-completed relief road when local understanding throughout the period of the expansion of the village has been that it should be completed and the village core relieved�

"The Inspector has no doubt “that if a similar project were being planned today without public funding a master plan and development agreement drawn up by a landowner or a consortium of developers would provide for all phases of the development to make appropriate contributions to any infrastructure requirements, including any relief road�

"The Inspector’s report completely vindicates the policy of the Conservative administration at Shepway District Council, which is supported by both Hawkinge and Swingfield Parish Councils, to insist on the completion of the relief road before any further development takes place."


(If you would like a full copy of the Secretary of States decision letter, it is available for Inspection from Councillor Colin Tearle (892621) and both he and Roger Curd (892022) would be more that happy to discuss this matter further with any concerned local residents.)

Sir Sandy and OBE for tax reformer John....31 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 31, 2002 - 02:42 PM

The Leader of Kent County Council, Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, has been awarded a knighthood for services to Local Government in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

The Council’s Deputy Leader, Sarah Hohler said: “We are all absolutely delighted. Everyone who knows or works with Sandy is impressed at his vision, and at the sheer amount of time and commitment he brings to improving public services in Kent. He has been an inspirational leader to us all and has worked tirelessly not just for the good of Kent but for the country as a whole.

“Not only is this a great personal honour for him, but a huge acknowledgement of the work of the people responsible for providing increasingly complex public services.�

Mr Bruce-Lockhart was elected to the County Council in 1989. He has been Leader of the Conservative Group since 1993 and became Leader of Kent County Council in May 1997.

Born in 1942, he farmed in Zimbabwe before settling in Kent. He has farmed at Headcorn, Pluckley and Egerton for 35 years, concentrating on fruit and fruit packing. He has been married to Tess for 35 years and has three children.

Mr Bruce-Lockhart is Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Association, and a Member and Executive Member of South East England Regional Assembly.

Also honoured with an OBE was chairman of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group John Andrews from Hythe

The group which was set up in April 1998 help and inform those least able in the community to afford tax advice and to help them understand taxation whilst working to make the tax system more friendly to people's needs.


Rail worker remanded in custody....30 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 30, 2002 - 09:36 AM

A Kent rail worker has today appeared in court accused of the kidnap, indecent assault and attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl.

Antoni Imiela, 48, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court this morning for a preliminary hearing.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court on 18 February for plea and directions.

He last appeared at Greenwich Magistrates' Court on 24 December in connection with the charges, which relate to an alleged incident in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham on 21 November.

Imiela, of Heathside, Appledore, is also accused of a series of nine rapes of women and girls across the south east of England.

He is also due to appear at Maidstone on those charges in February


Looking back.........30 December 2002

Contributed by localrags on Dec 30, 2002 - 09:20 AM

If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's, looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have...

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Our cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cupboards, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!

We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No mobile phones. Unthinkable!

We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame, but us.

Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We ate sugary sweets, bread and butter, and drank cordial, but we were never overweight...we were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games, 250 satellite channels on TV, DVD movies, surround sound, personal mobile phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had friends.

We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian - how did we do it?

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Footy and netball had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those

who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.....

Some students weren\'t as smart as others and failed exams so they were held back a year. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law - imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

And you're one of them. Congratulations!

If you feel inclined pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives....... for our own good of course......

Makes you think, doesn't it?

Lou Bolechala

Well said Lou!

Hawkinge & District Garden Society

Contributed by localrags on Dec 29, 2002 - 05:56 PM

Hawkinge and District Gardener's Society

As the A.G.M. in January was cancelled it will go ahead on Wednesday February 2nd, 7.30pm in the village hall. 

We are also having a social evening afterwards, so come along and find out what is happening this year. 

Lots of interesting speakers, you can choose outings. 

Look forward to seeing you all then, any problems contact 
The Chairman 01303 892011 or
The Secretary on 01303 893858

February 2nd 
AGM and Cheese & Wine
March 2nd 
Janine Doulton "Daffodils for Showing"
April 3rd 

Inter-Society Spring Show (with Newington) 2.30pm Hawkinge village hall
April 6th 
Mr Manser "Bulbs, Corms & Rhizomes"
May 4th 
Mr Lush "Vegetable Culture"
May 7th 
Plant Sale 10.00 Hawkinge village hall
June 1st 
No meeting- evening visit
July 6th 
Mr & Mrs Orsbourne " A stroll around our Garden"
July 24th 
Summer Show 2.00pm Hawkinge village hall
August 3rd 
Mr Wilks "Butterflies & Orchids of Kent"
September 7th 

Mr Moorhouse "What can I, and should I grow?"
September 25th 
Autumn Show 2.00pm Hawkinge village hall
October 5th 
Mr Robinson (Henry Doubleday) "Organic Gardening"
November 2nd
Mr Newcombe "Mushrooms and Toadstools"
December 7th 
Dr Peter Brandham (Kew Gardens) "Namaqualand Spring" Kirstenbosch Gardens" South Africa
December 10th  Christmas Social 7.00pm Hawkinge village hall