Saturday, 1 November 2014

Eythorne Parish Council


Suzanne Collins parish clerk
Malcolm Ledger chairman
c/o Elvington Community Centre
St John's Road
CT15 4DZ
Tel: 01304 830414
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Kent County Council is undertaking a series of service reviews across all departments, including the Community Warden Service, in order to address the challenge of saving £330 million over the next three years. Among several options being discussed and considered is a reduction in the number of community wardens, managers and support staff in the service. This would be accompanied by a reorganisation which would result in continuing warden support for communities in different ways, with the possibility of reaching and serving more residents.

A 6 week public consultation in respect of KCC’s Community Warden Service commences on 29th September. Key decisions will then be made by County Councillors following the consultation. The consultation is available on

Or click here for the consultation document


NATIONAL FIRE BRIGADE STRIKE - 6pm Friday 31 October to 6pm Tuesday 4 November 2014

Emergency vehicles crewed by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) managers and firefighters who are not union members or who have chosen not to strike will be located at strategic locations around the county to provide the best cover possible.

During the national firefighters strike KFRS will continue to answer and deal with 999 calls. However the public can expect our Control staff to ask them more questions about the nature of the incident they are reporting. We will need to gather as much information as possible in order to best utilise the resources.

During the strike KFRS will not be operating at the normal level of service so it is important everyone takes extra care. If we all take a few minutes to for a few safety checks we really can help reduce unnecessary calls and prevent fires in our homes and businesses:

  • KFRS does not want to spoil anyone’s fun, but we do have less resources during the strike so please take extra care with Halloween candles, lanterns, fireworks and bonfires during the lead up to bonfire night. Please consider moving any home bonfire parties and fireworks to a day outside the strike period so that limited resources can be prioritised for lifesaving emergencies.
  • Most home fires are cooking related so be extra careful and don’t leave cooking unattended.
  • Many KFRS calls are to rescue people from road crashes – please take extra care on the road.
  • Before you leave the house or go to bed on strike days please unplug unused electrical items, make sure sockets aren't overloaded and test your smoke alarms.
  • Businesses – please take a few minutes for extra safety checks during these strike periods.

More safety advice at or follow the Twitter hashtag #takeextracare



Dover District Council is holding a Prospective Councillor Evening designed to inform prospective candidates for the District elections on 7 May 2015 what life as a District Councillor is really like.

The event is held at the District Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield from 6.00 - 8.30 pm


EAST KENT RAILWAY TRUST EVENT - Sunday 9 November 2014

On Sunday 9th of November EKR Trust will be running the " Forty Shilling Special " train, this means tickets will cost £2 return each (£2 was roughly what a coal miner's weekly wage was one hundred years ago).

Trains leave Eythorne at 11.35, 13.05, 14.35 for Shepherdswell, there is also a 16.05 departure but no return ( walk back ! ). All trains travel on the Wigmore Lane section to the former Tilmanstone Colliery boundary.

EKR will be using their newly renovated Hastings " Thumper " diesel train. These were used on Ashford - Hastings services across the Romney Marsh and also on Sussex to London trains up to about ten years ago.

There will be steam traction engines working and on display around the Shepherdswell site as well all the normal attractions, Eythorne and Shepherdswell station cafes, model railway coach, woodland walks, 5 and 7.25 inch miniature railways and museum.

A two minute silence will be observed at Eythorne station at 11 am.



This year's Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Exhibition is taking place at Elvington Community Centre on Sunday 16th November 2014. Displays can be viewed by visitors between 11am until 3pm and there will be refreshments available.  For more information click here.

To view the Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Group's October newsletter click here.

To view the Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Group's November newsletter click here.

For more information about the exhibition or for more infomation about the Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Group, contact 07928 835525 or email



EKRT needs your help to secure £50,000!

The EKRT, a registered charity based in Shepherdswell near Dover is in the running for a £50,000 grant from the Big Lottery and ITV’s The People’s Millions.

Now it’s all down to you! 

The Trust needs your vote on Monday, 24 November between 9am and midnight when the project will be featured on ITV Meridian News in a public vote.

East Kent Railway volunteers have spent over twenty years restoring the Mining Heritage Railway as a tourist attraction that runs through the Kent countryside from Shepherdswell to Eythorne. 

The Trust now plans to bring back steam locomotives to the East Kent Railway to restore this hidden gem to its former glory.  The £50,000 People’s Millions will be used to bring the railway to a higher standard to enable it to cope with the extra volunteers and visitors that will be generated by bringing back steam.

Gary Cox, EKRT Funding & Apprentice Scheme Liaison Officer, said: “It’s fantastic news that our project has been selected as a finalist for the public vote for The People’s Millions.  We’ve had great support from Dover District Council in developing our bid, so we’d now like the rest of the community to get behind us and vote on 24 November.

“Your vote will not only secure the railway’s future, it will also help us to continue to run and expand our Training & Apprentice Schemes. We have given over 100 local young people bespoke training in a real railway environment and found them employment in the rail industry. This scheme has not only changed the lives of those young people but also injected nearly £2 million into the local community.”

The phone number to vote for the project will be announced on 24 November.  For more information on The People’s Millions visit



Following the refusal in July 2104 of the planning application DOV/13/00914: Erection of a wind turbine with a maximum height of 100m and associated infrastructure at Barville Farm, Barville Road, TIlmanstone CT15 5BQ, the Parish Council has been notified that DDC has received an appeal against the decision.

The documents can be viewed here or alternatively log onto the DDC website and choose the planning applications link at the bottom of the left hand menu.  Choose Advanced search and type in 13/00914.

The Wind Turbine working group which included Councillors from the Parish and the District as well as residents, put together a very comprehensive factual objection to this planning application.  They continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the residents of the villages that could be affected by this wind turbine.



Proposal: Erection of 26 dwellings with associated car parking, access, garaging, landscaping and allotments

Location: Land on Monkton Court Lane, Eythorne

The lastest news is that Monkton Court Lane site is not on the list of main or minor modifications to the Local Development Framework. The consultation starts on Thursday 14 August 2014 and representation can only be made on sites within the document.  There is one site in Eythorne - the Old Rectory and Orchard adjacent to 2 Shepherdswell Road. This site is recommended for inclusion in the village confines but not for building until suitable access arrangements have been identified.

The application has been put in abeyance until further notice.

Please click here to read a letter from Senior Planning Officer, Fiona Runacre to Pentland Homes Ltd. in response to the following planning application (DOV/14/00477)

Please click here to view the enclosures to the letter detailed above.



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