Tuesday, 1 September 2015

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It will be necessary to close Barfrestone Road, Eythorne from 17 August 2015 for up to 2 days.

The road will be closed between the junctions of Church Hill / Adelaide Road and Long Lane.

The alternative route is via Church Hill, Shepherdswell Road and Long Lane.

This is to enable urgent carriageway repairs to be carried out by Kent County Council.



An appeal has been logged for: Erection of 20 dwellings with associated car parking, access, garaging and landscaping at land at Monkton Court Lane, Eythorne, CT15 4BS

The start date for the appeal is 24 July 2015 and there is a period of 5 weeks to add your comments to the Planning Inspector.
Under the Planning Inspectorate Ref: APP/X2220/W/15/3103239

The letter explaining the procedure can be found here

Documents are also available to view on the DDC website under planning: click here and type in 14/00477.

A copy of the letter sent tot he Planning Inspectorate from the Parish Council can be read here



The Parish Councillors have heard fabulous comments on the outdoor gym equipment placed in both Elvington and Eythorne play areas.  The equipment was purchased by the Parish Council for you to enjoy and hopefully keep fit at the same time.  It is suitable for all ages and includes:

Air Walker - This universally popular apparatus provides excellent cardiovascular exercise while developing the leg muscles. Allows a full range of movement in the hip joint improving flexibility and strength, without any impact or stress to joints and back. Suitable for all ages and especially for those for whom jogging and power walking are not suitable.

Combo Pull Down Chest Press - This highly versatile unit offers both a seated chest press action and a pull down challenge. The Combo can be used by one or two people which makes exercising social and fun.

Twist Stepper - Two different exercises for two users: The twist element encourages hip twisting exercises whilst the stepper element strengthens the leg muscles. A social piece for two people at a time.

There has also been a new picnic table installed on Elvington Recreation Ground, also purchased for you by the Parish Council.



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.


WHITE CLIFFS WALKING FASTIVAL - Thursday 27th August to Wednesday 2nd September 2015

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. 
There are 41 walks across the District, some short, some long, some in between. Each walk has a theme to add interest, whether it is something to do with the area's history, or 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. 

To fins out more, visit www.whitecliffswalkingfestival.org.uk



A huge thank you to those who have already donated to the project, donations are still being made.  If you would like any further information regarding this project, or would like to make a donation, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01304 832449 and leave your contact details.  Alternatively, contact Councillor Barbara Morgan-Lovett on 01304 448973.

Eythorne Parish Council are pleased to announce a blessing of the rose garden and re-dedication of the War Memorial to commemorate the addition of 12 local servicemen lost during the World Wars.

The service will be attended by Admiral of the Fleet Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL, local dignitaries, clergy and more importantly you.

The service will be held on Thursday 24 September at 11.00am

The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes, music from a local band and piper from the Ghurkha Regiment.

After the service refreshments are served at East Kent Heritage Railway Tea Rooms

Please support this Service of Remembrance of local lost servicemen.



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.



Following the refusal in July 2014 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."

Say NO to drilling and fracking in our villages


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