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Cheriton News

Folkestone Cheriton is a ward of Folkestone West county division, represented on Kent County Council by Lib Dem Tim Prater.

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Cheriton News

Recent News about Cheriton from this website.

  • Article: Feb 28, 2014

    In November, Taylor Wimpey hosted a workshop and public consultation to give local people the chance to view and feedback on their proposals for a new residential development at the MOD Shorncliffe Garrison site.

    There will now be another opportunity for the public to view the proposals in more detail. There are two sessions: TODAY (28 February) 2pm - 7pm and TOMORROW (1 March) 10am - 1pm. The venue: Army Cadet Force Hut, Church Road, Shorncliffe.

  • Recycling and waste collection boxes and bag
    Article: Dec 6, 2013
    In Information from Sandgate Parish Council email newsletter and Kent County Council

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  • Article: Dec 3, 2013
    By Tim Prater in Response to Taylor Wimpey Consultation sent by email

    Thanks for the opportunity to input into the development prior to a full planning application.

    These comments are made as a local resident and a Sandgate Parish Councillor (the views expressed are mine and not necessarily those of Sandgate Parish Council).

    My key issues with this development are around transport and links to the area.

    As your proposed road alteration layouts show, with significant works to the junction of Cheriton High Street and the Cheriton Interchange, and the junction of Cheriton High Street and Horn Street, it is to be expected that much additional traffic to the site will follow a route along Cheriton High Street and Horn Street to access the new development.

    However, your proposals for the Horn Street bridge to support this increased traffic are insufficient. The bridge needs to be widen to support full two way running traffic, not controlled by lights to allow contraflow operation. The bridge already acts as an informal contraflow, with some vehicles waiting to allow others to cross, and some judging the distance to run two way simultaneously. The addition of lights here will simply formalise contraflow traffic, and see traffic each way backing up further in each direction than currently, especially given the additional volume of traffic the development itself will generate. That traffic backing up will block the junctions of Horn Street / Church Road and also North from the bridge back to the Cheriton High Street interchange. It will create massive additional traffic issues.

    Horn Street bridge remaining at the current width is unacceptable in the context of this new development. It should be a condition of the progress of any phase of this development that Horn Street bridge is widened to support full two way running, rendering traffic controls on the bridge unnecessary. I know this will add additional costs: sorry - that's life. Every major development has certain costs that need to be met to develop a site, and the widening of Horn Street bridge prior to development is a clear and certain requirement.

    Additionally, living and working in Sandgate, it's a big disappointment that your proposed bus links offer no direct bus connection from the development to Sandgate Village. The village could reasonably expect to attract additional users and footfall from the new development, but there is no public transport link proposed to allow them to do so. Some service from the development to Sandgate Village would be a hugely useful addition - and indeed, Sandgate has long wanted a service that linked the village to Golden Valley and Folkestone West Train station. With a little more imagination, a service could be devised that supported all of its aims.

    The detailed designs for the Plain site and Stadium site seem to have few opportunities for segregated (from vehicles) pedestrian / cycle routes: I can only see one short section of such segregated route. It would be possible and welcome at this stage to design more in.

    Equally, the housing density in both developments seems too high, and the proposal to develop right the way to the back of the properties on Royal Military Avenue is going to cause significant resistance there: leaving more of a buffer zone would help, and also more of a design nod to the Risborough Lines that used to be on that site.

    I'm pleased that from previous consultations a number of design principles requested by local residents have been taken on board: not least the retention of The Stadium as football pitches. I do worry though that the access road from Church Road into the development cuts significantly into the current site: in fact as far as I can see it runs through the current changing facilities. This seems to detract from the Stadium in a way local residents have strongly opposed in the past, although I know that new changing facilities, a new cadet hall and increased play facilities would be welcomed.

    Finally, on the proposed housing designs (albeit only artists impressions) they seem really generic: this development could be almost anywhere based on those drawings. I accept the retention of a number of existing elements (such as the Risborough Gates) will retain some character to the development, but there seems to be little such character in the proposed new build - that is to be regretted.

  • MOD consultation map on Shorncliffe Garrison site development
    Article: Nov 15, 2013

    Taylor Wimpey is preparing to submit a planning application for a new residential development with a nature conservation area, primary school and improved public recreational facilities at the MOD Shorncliffe Garrison site in Folkestone.

    Taylor Wimpey wants to keep the local community fully informed of its proposals, and you are invited to find out more by visiting a public exhibition. Your views will be used to help Taylor Wimpey shapes its emerging scheme before a planning application is submitted in the near future.

  • Satellite dish
    Article: Sep 6, 2013

    Kent Trading Standards are warning of a call where an existing customer of Sky has received a fake call from a person claiming to be from "Sky Technical Support".

    The caller claimed they could reduce the cost of their Sky 'bundle' by removing the insurance 'Sky Digital Protect' from the account.

    The caller asked for credit card details 'for reference only' and promised not to debit any money from the card. The customer became suspicious when the caller phoned back to get further bank details. The customer contacted their bank to put a stop on the card and found out that a total of £54 had already been charged to the card.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2013
    By PCSO 56668 ZAZO, PCSO 56599 TAPPENDEN & PCSO 56392 BALL in Monthly Kent Police Update

    This is the update for the month of August 2013 for Cheriton, Sandgate and the surrounding areas.

    During a routine patrol of Tesco Stores in Cheriton High Street, Officers Mark Ball and Laura Zazo were alerted by staff of 2 dogs which had been left in a parked vehicle during which was a day where the temperature was in the mid-twenties. Officers quickly identified and found the vehicle owner, who was given words of warning regarding their conduct.

  • Eurotunnel service entrance lighting map
    Article: Aug 14, 2013

    Having attended a meeting today with KCC Highways engineers, Sandgate Parish Councillor Tim Prater has been promised that streetlights at the A20 Eurotunnel Service Entrance near J12 of the M20 will be removed from light turn-off plans.

    Tim Prater has been campaigning to keep the lights on by the Eurotunnel entrance for many months, and the pledge today at the meeting at KCC Highways Ashford HQ with Behdad Haratbar (Head of Transport and Planning at Kent County Council) and other Highway Officers is in addition to Cllr Prater's successful earlier work to have lights on Sandgate Hill and sandgate Esplanade removed from streetlight tun off proposals.

  • Police (Kent Police on Facebook)
    Article: Aug 13, 2013
    By PCSO 56668 ZAZO, PCSO 56599 TAPPENDEN & PCSO 56392 BALL in Kent Police Update

    PCSO's Laura Zazo and Mark Ball attended Stockholm Court in Cheriton and spoke with residents regarding their concerns. A talk/discussion was presented outlining Officer duties and their current police powers.

    Whilst attending Maplins Electronics Ltd in relation to a report of Theft/Shoplifting, PCSO Mark Ball also viewed the stores CCTV footage regarding a previous incident. The male suspect was instantly recognised and was subsequently arrested.

  • Article: Jul 12, 2013
    By PCSO 56668 ZAZO, PCSO 56599 TAPPENDEN & PCSO 56392 BALL in Monthly Kent Police Update

    On Tuesday 4th June 2013 local officers Mark Ball and Laura Zazo attended Cheriton Food & Wine in relation to a report of Theft from the store. From being a basic description of the group officers were able to quickly identify the suspects, who were stopped in Somerset Road and subsequently arrested.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2013
    By PCSO 56392 Mark Ball in Kent Police Update

    I am currently investigating several reports of Criminal Damage to parked vehicles in Surrenden Road and Harcourt Road, which occurred on Friday 21st June at approx. 11:05 pm.

    A group of approx. 30 young persons aged between 14-18 years old where seen by local residents kicking wing mirrors off and climbing over vehicles. This has resulted in hundreds of pounds worth of damage. It would appear that the group came from the direction of the polo ground and after causing several counts of criminal damage may have proceeded towards Cheriton Recreation Ground, then on towards the area near to the BP Petrol Station.

Cheriton Planning Updates

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