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To read the letter please click here
To prepare for your vote in the EU Referendum there are a few things you need to do.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to have your say on whether the UK remains in or leaves the European Union.
Registering to vote is easy. You can register to vote online in just a few minutes using a simple form. You’ll need to provide your National Insurance number, your date of birth and your address.
If you’re not already registered, you need to register to vote by 7 June.
If you can’t vote in person you can still have your say via a postal or proxy vote (where a person you trust votes on your behalf). Go to aboutmyvote.co.uk to find out how to apply.
The White Cliffs Walking Festival has been organised to promote walking as an enjoyable, interesting and healthy pastime, to include walks for a wide variety of people, from young people, to families, in fact to all ages, in fact anyone who enjoys a walk and enjoys the beautiful countryside we live in. Most walks are free.
"We have chosen 39 walks across the District, some short, some long, some in between. We aim to make it more than a walk..... an experience. Each walk has a theme to add interest, whether it is something to do with the area's history, heritage, archaeology, and/or to experience some of the beautiful countryside and scenery, or just some other interest, for example a gentle stroll at Samphire Hoe to know more about the habitat and history of the area.
Some walks may start, or finish or pass through your Parish, but also many other walks are within easy reach."
These are very friendly and sociable occasions, walking at a pace to suit the individual. Walk leaders are highly experienced and knowledgeable.
For further information, please check: www.whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk
The Parish Council are receiving complaints from residents about inappropriate and obstructive parking, especially on busy junctions. Kent Police can enforce the following:
Road Traffic Act section 22 states you must not leave your trailer or vehicle in a dangerous position or where it causes an unnecessary obstruction of the road.
The Highway Code clause 243 states no parking opposite or within 32 ft (10m) of a junction.
KCC have received reports of a scammer telephoning residents and saying they are a Police officer.
The man claims that the resident’s debit or credit card has been scammed and asks for the resident to confirm their details.
Please do not disclose any personal information such as bank details to anyone over the telephone no matter who they claim to be.
KCC have received reports of scam phone calls from people claiming to work for HMRC.
The residents are being told that they owe income tax and must pay the money back immediately.
If you receive a call you are not expecting, be wary. Never disclose any personal information such as bank details to anyone over the telephone, no matter who the caller claims to be.
You can reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls you receive by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service. It’s a free service and only takes a minute to register.
For more information on the new DDC self build register, click here
For more information on parking around dropped kerbs, click here
Please click here for details.
To read the press release click here
To read the consultation document and learn how to take part, please click here
The Parish Council are interested in anyone wishing to run their own allotment. If there is enough interest the Adelaide Road site (formally the skate board park) can be converted into allotments for members of the local community to use. Please express an interest by emailing the Clerk using the 'email' link on the left hand side of this page.
To report a trader or product to Kent County Council - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Free impartial, practicable advice on consumer issues - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Telephone 03454 04 05 06 or click the link citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer
The Parish Council are looking to start up a working group to look at the speeding issues in this area. If you would like to join a working group or have any ideas you would like to put forward. Please contact either the Clerk or Cllr Marc Sluder.
When the web page opens, type a road name and town (e.g. Wigmore Lane, Eythorne ) in the search box and enter it. The map should then move the selected area and highlight all the known road works in the vicinity with little coloured triangles. The pictograms within the triangles indicate what utility service is carrying out the works. The colour of the triangle indicates the impact on traffic (green = little impact; amber = more impact; red = severe impact). You can use your mouse to zoom in and out; use your left click-and-hold to pan around etc. It also shows red-coloured no entry signs where there are associated road closures and shows little traffic light symbols where there are traffic lights. Finally if you hover your cursor over any of the triangle symbols and left-click, it will reveal further details about the works, (description of works, duration, contact details etc).
The appeal against DDC's refusal for the erection of 20 dwellings with associated car parking, access, garaging and landscaping at land at Monkton Court Lane, Eythorne, CT15 4BS has been DISMISSED
Well done everyone who wrote letters and objected against the planning application.
The appeal against DDC's refusal for the erection of a wind turbine with a maximum height of 100m and associated infrastructure at Barville Farm, Barville Road, TIlmanstone CT15 5BQ has been DISMISSED
Well done everyone who wrote letters and objected against the planning application in paticular the EWTAG who worked tirelessly to fight this construction.
A huge thank you to all those who attended the ceremony on Thursday. A beautiful, poignant service was held at 11am, with music from the Eythorne Silver Band, and a bugler and piper from the Gurkha Regiment. Lord Boyce made a heartfelt speech and Rev Ashman's words and prayers were very special. The Parish Council are very proud that the fallen men have finally got the honour they deserve. The East Kent Railway Tearoom's refreshments were very welcome, as well as the trip to Shepherdswell on the train, that Lord and Lady Boyce also enjoyed.
The East Kent Mercury has a double page spread in the 1 October edition and Meridian News report can still be viewed here
1. I’m too young – if you are twenty-one you are old enough.
2. What’s the point of just a talking shop, they don’t do anything – have you ever been to a meeting? Basing your judgement on the Vicar of Dibley is not valid.
3. I haven’t got any planning applications in at the moment – putting in for planning has got nothing to do with sitting on the council, whatever may have happened years ago. In fact, if your own application is discussed by the council, you must leave the room.
4. I’m too busy and couldn’t commit to attending every single meeting – meetings are rarely more frequent than one evening a month, and missing the occasional one is perfectly acceptable. Most meetings only take a couple of hours.
5. I’m concentrating on finding a job or furthering my career – being a local councillor is a definite plus point to add to a CV, it shows you can make decisions, work in a team, are community minded and proactive. Prospective employers will be impressed.
6. I haven’t lived here very long and don’t know the area well – if you have lived or worked in a parish for a year, you are eligible. Your views as an ‘incomer’ should be welcomed, as you will probably see things more objectively.
7. I’m worried that I won’t get many votes, and look silly – even if you’re not voted on, you may well be approached if a vacancy occurs in the future and co-opted on.
8. Our parish council is full of old fogeys – join up and change it then.
9. I’d look a fool because I won’t know what’s going on – you will be eased in gently, there is help, advice and more formal training available.
10. I’ll have to sign that code of conduct that the press keep on about – the code of conduct us nowhere near as onerous as made out in the press, the code stops situations like the planning one above.
11. I’ll have to let everyone know all about my business and personal affairs – the declaration of interest asks you to declare business interests within the parish area, to guard against bias when parish issues are debated. As for personal affairs, everyone knows about those already!
12. I’m too lazy and not interested in my community – an excellent reason for not joining.
13. I prefer to let others do the work and then criticise from the sidelines afterwards – also a valid reason for not joining, but do bear in mind that expounding your views in the pub, will not change a thing in your parish.
Your Parish Council currently has vacancies – why not come along to a meeting, on the second Wednesday of the month; Elvington Community Centre from October to March, Eythorne Resources Centre from April to September and see what goes on.
A Designated Public Places Order controls the consumption of alcohol in public places in specified areas. The Order is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as an alcohol exclusion zone.
The effect of the Order is that a Police Constable may require a person to stop drinking alcohol in a public place within the designated area. Any person so required, but who refuses to stop, commits an offence which could result in them being arrested. Drinking alcohol in a designated area is not in itself an offence. The offence is created if any person refuses to stop drinking once required to do so by a Police Constable. Any enforcement of this law is carried out entirely at the discretion of the police.
A Parish Councillor has recently reported on a meeting led by Guy Thompson, Community Safety Officer with Sergeant Paul Gammon. The meeting was held to explain how the Police were to make a further £18 million saving.
A summary of the main points are:
i. PCSO’s will not be given the power of arrest but their powers will slightly change
ii. More reporting will be done on-line by the public, this discriminates the many people, elderly, low income families etc. who do not have 'on-line' facilities, on-line reporting includes permits, robbery or burglary (an appointment would be given for the police to come out), domestic and neighbourhood disputes, lost property and trespass
iii. Shoplifting will not be investigated unless there is CCTV footage or a good description of the criminal. The shopkeeper should ring up for an insurance claim
iv. Victims of crime will have to go to Campus House rather than have a police officer visit.
PCSO's have been drastically reduced in rural areas and those that remain have areas too large to manage / cover. The co-ordinater of PCSO's is requesting a nominated Parishioner to be a 'source' of information to the PCSO.
Over recent years the services provided by both the DDC and Police to the public have diminished considerably. A large portion of our Council Tax is paid to the Police. The ratepayers are not getting value for their money and their safety is being eroded and making them increasingly vulnerable.
The Parish Council are asking for people to stop driving across and around the recreation ground in Elvington. Mounting the kerb and driving onto the grass is not providing a safe environment to live in. If you witness cars or motorbikes on the grass please pass on any information to the Community Warden Julliette West, PCSO Tom Tucker-Smyth or the Clerk, so that together we can keep the village safe.
The Parish Council have recently been given the following information from Coastal Oil and Gas regarding exploratory boreholes:
"...Guston, Shepherdswell and Woodnesborough have all been surrendered but we have retained Tilmanstone area. I need to go through the process of telling Kent CC and the District and Parish Councillors as a matter of courtesy before holding a public meeting. Our intention is to drill an exploration hole in the coal measures. There are 14 main coal seams in Kent, Numbers 1-7 were fairly well worked but 8-14 are more or less unworked so we want to sample these lower seams."