Thanet Rural Speed Watch
The Speed Watch system has been operating in the Thanet villages for several months now. It is operated by village volunteers though, to date, nobody in Birchington has shown any interest in joining the scheme. The equipment as shown is transported to the approved site in the village. Once it is set up, the volunteers, working in teams of at least two, can sit in their cars and record the registration numbers of speeding cars. This information is transferred to the police. The system operates in daylight hours only and volunteers only take part when they wish - participation is purely voluntary. For more information call Iris Osbourne on telephone 01843 840901
Shop Safe has been introduced in Station Road. Shop Safe is a community-based radio system for traders that allows them to talk to each other and to local wardens and police who are on duty. The radios are also monitored in the CCTV control room in Margate. The system is especially valuable to establishments that trade in the evening such as pubs, clubs, restaurants and supermarkets. There are at present twenty radios switched on in the village. Shop Safe systems are now established in Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Westwood Cross and Birchington. The picture below show some of the traders and administrators of the system at the photoshoot. Photos by our resident photographer Roger Hobcraft tel 01843 841457
Once again, on Saturday November 11th, a number of cars and a small coach left Birchington early in the morning to make the journey to La Chapelle d`Armentiere in North Western France to visit the military cemeteries and to take part in the civic ceremonies commemorating those that have paid the supreme sacrifice. Amongst those that travelled were representatives from Birchington Parish Council, Birchington Twinning Association, Birchington and Westgate Rotary Club, Birchington Air Scouts and members of the Church of England clergy.
The following day visitors from La Chapelle joined villagers at their parade and church service in Birchington to remember the fallen. There was a good attendance with Squadron 438 ATC band leading the parade. They were turned out immaculately and played absolutely precise marching music. Meanwhile the Birchington Silver Band provided music in the Square and the last post with their usual quality. Thank you to both groups! Drinks and snacks were enjoyed at the Centre after the service with the compliments of the Parish Council. The photos below were taken this year in France.
Westwood Cross Future Developments
The plan at Westwood is to build 1000 additional houses on farm land adjacent to the new shopping centre. There will be virtually no new roads - existing country lanes will be improved. The developer who is building the houses will be requested to build one new road through the estate of new houses.
Sheila Bransfield, Chair of Acol Parish Council writes:
I expect most of you know of the "Save the Island Campaign" which has been set up to put a stop to any more huge housing estates in Thanet, but particularly the proposed development at Westwood. Roxanne Chesher-Brazier (who is an Acol Parish Councillor) has bravely volunteered to head the campaign and I hope you have noticed the amount of publicity already received through the Isle of Thanet Gazette. Roxanne has asked me to contact everyone to ask for your support. All the villages are already suffering from the impact of the Westwood Cross development and the estate that is proposed would exacerbate an already critical situation. There will be another public meeting on 18th September, details of which will follow later, but it will be held in a larger venue than previously and it is hoped that more people will be able to attend.
Those of you who are likely to suffer direct consequences if such a development was approved can write to Doug Brown at TDC with your concerns. Others are requested to sign the petition currently going round which will be presented at 10 Downing Street (providing there are enough signatures!) If you would like a petition sheet and would be willing to acquire signatures of people you know, you can contact Roxanne at her email address email@example.com.
I hope the Campaign can depend upon your support.
The CCTV system managed by BPC is now two years old and has just been audited for the second time. At the time of writing the audit report is not yet available. Clicking on the paragraph heading will allow you to read last year`s report and the new one will be posted as soon as it arrives. We are not expecting any surprises in this report. The really good news is that, after much lobbying, there will shortly be a link to our cameras in the central control room of TDC where all the mainstream cameras are controlled. Operators in this control room, who can communicate directly with police on the ground, will be able to control our Birchington cameras though any images that require saving to disk will still need attention back here in the village.
The village carnival took place on Sunday 27th August. The weather was kind and those folk who ventured out along the way enjoyed the spectacle. As usual, all the "Courts" looked absolutely fabulous and everyone had a good time. For some of our village pubs this is the best day of the year and this year did not disappoint them!
Yew Tree Gardens - Alleyway to Neame Woods
Red Lodge The Parade
Information from the Past
last updated 20/12/06