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Kent Fire and Rescue Service will continue to answer and deal with 999 calls and will have crews at locations across the county to provide the best cover possible. However they will not be operating their normal level of service so it is important everyone takes extra care during this strike. If we can all take a few extra minutes to do a few safety checks we really can help reduce unnecessary calls and prevent fires in our homes and businesses. More information on our website including:
Most home fires start in the kitchen - for example, when someone is distracted or falls asleep, leaving a pan on the hob.
Before you leave the house and before you go to bed check around your home that everything is turned off
Many KFRS calls are to rescue people from road crashes please take extra care on the road – speed really can kill
If you run a business please review your risk plans and make extra checks during the strike
More safety advice at www.kent.fire-uk.org or follow the Twitter hashtag #takeextracare
It will be necessary to close part of Pike Road, Eythorne from Monday 2nd March 2015 for an estimated period of up to 5 days.
Pike Road will be closed to through traffic between the junctions with Barville Road and School Road.
The alternative route is via Barville Road, A256 Whitfield Bypass, Venson Road (Thornton Road) and Pike Road.
The closure is to enable works to provide a new electricity supply to be carried out by UK Power Networks. Due to the nature of these works, it will not be possible to re-open the road outside the working hours.
Kennel Hill will be closed between the junctions with Monkton Court Lane / The Street and Sandwich Road (Tilmanstone)
The alternative route is via Kennel Hill, A256 Whitfield Bypass, Barville Road, Sandwich Road (Eythorne) and The Street.
These closures are to enable Kent County Council to carry out drainage improvement works. Due to the nature of these works, it may not be possible to re-open the roads outside the working hours. These works are weather dependent, and adverse conditions may affect their progress.
The Kent County Council Highway Helpline phone number is 03000 418181 – ask for Drainage Team
All Prospective Candidates and Election Agents are encouraged to attend a briefing on the Election process. During the sessions the Elections Team will provide details of the election process from nominations to the Count and the statutory returns required after the Poll.
Events for Prospective Candidates and Election Agents will be held at the Council Offices, Whitfield and are scheduled as follows:
Parliamentary - Friday 6 March 2.00pm to 5.00pm
District - Tuesday 10 March 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Town/Parish - Thursday 12 March 2:00pm to 4.00pm
Nomination packs will be made available for collection at the conclusion of the briefings. Alternatively they may be collected following the publication of Notice of Election on 16 March 2015 between 10am and 5pm on any weekday excluding Bank Holidays from the Election Office, Dover District Council, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3PJ
Prospective candidates and Election Agents should email email@example.com or telephone the Elections Office on (01304) 872344 to book their place specifying which session they wish to attend.
For anyone wishing to stand for both District Council and Parish/Town, the District Council session would be most appropriate.
Dover District Council is encouraging any local residents not yet registered to vote, to take advantage of National Voter Registration Day (5 February) and go online now to register.
There are fewer than 100 days until voters go to the polls to elect your Member of Parliament. District, Town and Parish Council elections are also taking place on the same day. Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
All properties within the Dover District Council area have recently been sent a letter with details of who is currently on the electoral register for that property. Local residents can obtain a paper copy of the registration form by contacting the electoral registration office on 01304 872344.
The Commission has opened a consultation inviting proposals for a new pattern of electoral divisions for KCC. The Commission is minded to recommend that 81 county councillors should be elected to KCC in the future, the consultation requires a pattern of electoral divisions to accommodate those councillors. The consultation ends on 2 March 2015 and details can be found at www.lgbc.org.uk
Submissions can be made here or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Review Officer (Kent), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG
KCC is transforming the way it delivers its services as well as reducing costs. From the many options available, the most sustainable and preferred option is setting up a chritable trust, however no formal decision has been made.
The consultation will run until 8 April 2015 and there will be 24 drop-in roadshows across the county. More details can be found here or from Kent Libraries and Registry Offices.
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 Juliet West, PCSO Tom Tucker-Smyth or the Clerk, so that together we can keep the village safe.
The Parish Council has received an amended planning application from Pentland Homes, documents are available on the DDC website under the orginal planning number (14/00477)
Proposal: Erection of 20 dwellings with associated car parking, access, garaging, landscaping and allotments
Location: Land on Monkton Court Lane, Eythorne
The amended application (14/00477) has been re-opened with new documents available on the DDC website. The Parish Council will discuss the new information at the monthly meeting on Wednesday 11 March 2015 commencing 6.30pm, Elvington Community Centre.
The Planning Officer in charge is Fiona Runacre at Council Offices, White Cliffs Business Park, Dover, Kent CT16 3PJ
Please look on notice boards and this website for more information as it becomes available.
Please click here to read a letter from Senior Planning Officer, Fiona Runacre to Pentland Homes Ltd. in response to the previous planning application (DOV/14/00477)
Please click here to view the enclosures to the letter detailed above.
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.
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."