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Parking Fines Increase

A recent report has revealed that Parking Fines in Swale have increased by almost 53 % since Parking Enforcement was outsourced in November 2011.

The Report revealed that from November 2010 to October 2011 - before out-sourcing - 14,052 fines were imposed, bringing in £339,819.

From November 2011 to October 2012 - after the private company was brought in - there were 21,673 penalty charges issued, generating £523,187.

Labour leader Cllr Roger Truelove said these were ‘striking figures'

Cllr Truelove said: "You could say that prior to the contract, the council was very inefficient at collecting parking fines, or you could say that the contractors are over-enthusiastic ". Last year, he offered his support to businesses in West Street, Sittingbourne, who were losing trade because customers were frequently getting tickets while parking on a single yellow line outside. He said at the time that traffic enforcement needed a commonsense approach.



Major Fire At Sheerness Docks

Major Fire At Sheerness Docks

Kent Fire and Rescue Services were called to a large fire in a warehouse at Sheerness Docks on Monday morning 14th January. At one stage fifty firefighters were at the scene backed up by two tug boats fighting the fire from the water.

South East Coast Ambulance Service were also at the scene and treated five people for smoke inhalation, two people were subsequently sent to hospital for further treatment.

Thick black smoke hung over the Town for some time and was visible several miles away. The fire fighting was also hampered by the presence of gas cylinders. It is not known how the fire started but investigations continue.


Two Prisoners On The Run

Two prisoners, who absconded from HMP Standford Hill in Eastchurch on Wednesday (2nd January), are being urgently sought by Kent Police.

Anthony Hogan, aged 50 and from South London, is 5ft 7ins tall, medium build with balding hair and Nicky Gale, aged 29 and from Dartford, is slim and bald, with a scar on his left temple and a scar on his left hand. It is not known if they escaped together.

Members of the public are advised not to approach either men but to advise the police of any sightings by phoning 999.

HMP Prison Standford Hill is used for prisoners nearing the end of their sentence.



106.9 SFM Launched by Mayor And MP

106.9 SFM Launched by Mayor And MP

106.9 SFM was finally launched, after years of hard work and campaigning, on Thursday 26th July at 12 Noon.

The unvieling of the new studios and the switching on of the 106.9 FM transmitter was made by the Mayor Of  Swale, Cllr Pat Sandle and local MP, Gordon Henderson.


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