Cannabis plants seized in Folkestone....28 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:40 AM

Following an investigation by the South East Kent police teams, a search was carried out at an address in Folkestone, where officers discovered a hydroponics factory.

Two van loads of cannabis, and associated paraphernalia were seized in the operation. The picture, at right, shows a number of cannabis plants seized in the early stages of growth.

Sgt Sean Pryor of the Tactical Team said: "There is a misconception that cannabis is legal now, but this is not the case. SE Kent Police is taking positive action to reduce the supply of controlled drugs, of whatever class, in this area."

A 34-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B controlled drug and cultivating cannabis.

After being questioned at Folkestone Police Station, he was released on police bail, pending further enquiries. He is due to return to the police station in November.


How big is this Rule Book?...27 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:40 AM

Dear Ed.,

Somewhat alarmed & confused to read, in your august organ, that by “threatening to throw a rule book� at someone has been construed to constitute an offence of “threatening behaviour�

Surely this is phrase is a metaphor in every day & accepted parlance for asking someone to abide by the rules or else to have said rules enforced on them that ain’t abiding by said rules.

The offence of Threatening Behaviour, in law ( the criminal law at that) requires the “victim� or “victims� be placed in certain fear & no doubt a little bit of dread, that the threat be actually carried out by the perpetrator of the threat & that the supposed perpetrator be in a fit & able enough condition to so place them in said state of fear.

How big is this rule book ? I think we should be told. Is it the size of a, shall we say, standard issue Church Bible, you know the sort, that graces every pulpit in the land ?

Some may say that that is God’s Rule Book. If this is the case, well, it would certainly strike fear & dread into me!

Somehow, I don’t think the dreaded Rule Book that John Heasman, may have his hands on is that big, or is it? How far back from his victims is he going to stand, whilst he takes aim? Will he use just the one Rule Book, or will he have another copy ready to hand? Will Messer’s Smith & Trice be standing still or running about? Will it be open to the public? Will they be putting stocks up in the Village Hall Car Park will villagers have to hold on to Smith & Trice whilst Heasman takes aim? Which hat will Smith be wearing ? Parish or Town hat…has Trice got a hat ? Should he have one? I think we should be told!

Now if someone threatened, let’s say, to punch, kick, bite, stab, shoot or do any physical harm, or indeed do anything that these days would cause mental stress , to someone. Then we would have a classic case of threatening behaviour & lets have him up before the Beak, as quick as a flash & bang him up for a suitable period of time.

But can we really believe that to threaten someone with a rule book now constitutes threatening behaviour!!!!!!??????

It surely is most laughable & lamentable to say the very least!

I finkle go & stock up on rule books now, you never know when you will need one, will you.

Yours in amazement


Behaviour threatens chairman’s position….27 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:39 AM

John Heasman, chairman of Hawkinge Parish Council, is under investigation by the Standards Board of England following an allegation of “threatening behaviour�.

If the complaint is upheld and considered to be a severe breach of the Board’s code of conduct, Cllr Heasman could be suspended or even banned from holding office for up to five years.

The allegation arose out of a heated exchange between members at July’s meeting of the parish council which resulted in Cllr Bill Regan storming out and later resigning.

It is alleged that, following that meeting, Cllr Heasman confronted Cllrs Cyril Trice and Peter Smith and warned them that if he lost any councillors or his clerk as a result of the row which had taken place he would “throw the rule book� at them.

The matter is now in the hands of the Board’s Ethical Standards Officer who has up to five months to complete his investigation.


Congratulations from Barham....27 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:38 AM

Congratulations on an excellent and informative site.

Kind Regards


Peter Skingle
Barham and Kingston

Mr Smith, I challenge you to explain your position !....27 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:37 AM

Until recently I was quite happy that Mr Smith would represent the views of the local populace, after all, isn't that why he was voted in as a local councilor in the first place ?

This latest debacle surely weakens his position and I would love to know how he justifies his stance on the bypass/crossing issue - half a road is a poor substitute for a "bypass"and this road is going to become even more vital in the future.

Mr Smith makes a strong case for losing his own position on the Parish Council/District Council if he cannot be honest and let us know where he really stands.

Could this be just another example of politics and political ambition getting in the way of our local needs - Mr Smith, I challenge you to explain your position !

Nigel Best

Come on Peter, what's going on?....26 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:36 AM

Dear Editor

Am I missing something here?

I thought the inquiry into the so called by pass was over and we are just waiting for the adjudication by the Government Inspector
Why then are Peter Smith and the Lib Dems to ballot the villagers?
A bit late I'd say.
I am not the only one to wonder what is on Cllr Smith's agenda.
Come on Peter tell us what you're up to
James M

Folkestone is "a great place" says Love....26 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:35 AM

A full-colour guide that provides a shop window on regeneration and revitalisation projects in Folkestone was launched this week by Shepway District Council.

Folkestone Development Guide highlights seven initiatives that play a key role in the town’s regeneration. It also sets out the success of funding bids and looks at future projects.

The guide is targeted at potential investors but is also aimed at local residents and existing businesses to demonstrate the Council’s confidence in the area’s future.

Council Leader, Rory Love, said the full-colour, 17-page, high-quality publication, re-affirmed Folkestone’s credentials as a great place in which to live, work and invest and reflected Shepway District Council’s commitment to the town’s regeneration.

“We are already seeing the results of successful investment in projects like the town centre improvement scheme, phase one of our Coastal Park and the redevelopment of the Leas Cliff Hall, which is creating Kent’s largest entertainment and conference venue.

“Our continuing success at attracting funding and our commitment to working with partners to achieve our plans is now starting to transform Folkestone.

“The new Folkestone Development Guide will play a crucial role in ensuring the town’s benefits are promoted and recognised among future investors.�

Andy Jarrett, the Council’s Head of Economic Development Services shared the Leader’s enthusiasm. “Folkestone is finally receiving the attention from investors is has long deserved. The town offers unique development sites and an unrivalled location at the hub of an international transport network and for these reasons, it is attracting both national and international attention.

“The guide has a key part to play in making sure the momentum of both public and private investment continues to enable the town to fulfil its potential.�


Forces Sweetheart supports Hangar Roof Appeal....26 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:35 AM

Dame Vera Lynn has written to the Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge pledging her support for the Hangar Appeal.

The appeal has raised over £1000 in its first month


It Asda be Folkestone....25 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:34 AM

Supermarket giant Asda is believed to have turned its attention from Folkestone town centre to the seafront in its search for a suitable site on which to build a new outlet, according to a local businessman.

If the deal goes ahead it 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 on whether or not it was in the process of buying the package of land along the seafront.

He said: "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, has warned the supermarket chain that planning permission will be refused if there is any danger of the new store threatening trade at the multi-million pound shopping development planned for the town centre.

He said this week: " 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."


Ramblers urge Government for safe crossing....25 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:33 AM

Story by Peter Skingle

Large numbers of hikers, cyclists and equestrians gathered to support the campaign for a safe crossing of the A2 at Barham and Kingston.

The rally which took place in Barham on Saturday (21/9/02) was organised by the Canterbury Group of the Ramblers Association.

There was widespread support with representatives from many organisations and other Kent Ramblers Groups.

Ken Wright, Chairman of the Rambler's Association Kent Footpaths committee and Martin Vye, Canterbury City and County Councillor for the area addressed the rally before the protestors set off on a short walk highlighting the dangers of crossing the A2.

There are about fourteen bridleways or footpaths which straddle the busy A2 between Canterbury and Dover and it is hoped that the Highways Agency, who are responsible for the road, will make some provision for ramblers and horse riders who want to cross the carriageway.

The Ramblers Association has long campaigned for a safe crossing at Barham and Kingston and intends to continue the campaign by lobbying both MPs and the Highways Agency.