PUBLISHED: 10:57 22 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:57 22 August 2019 John Elworthy This was the scene that greeted visitors to Wisbech on Sunday, the regular car boot in the market place. The town council says goods should be on tables and 'the office' will remind vendors of the rules. Picture: WISBECH STANDARD READER Archant Town council leader Samantha Hoy has promised action will be taken to stop abuse of its policy of allowing car booters to sell goods in the market place on Sundays. Cllr Hoy was responding to criticism on social media of scenes like the one photographed last Sunday when items for sale were strewn across the cobbled stones. She said she would be talking to council staff to ensure the rules are abided by and car booters are informed. "It's been fine for a long time, staff do occasionally make errors," she tweeted. "It has increased trade in town. "Shops have employed more staff. However things should be on tables and this hasn't been … [Read more...] about ‘Dustbin scenario’ or good for town?
A hairdresser has bid an emotional farewell to her beloved business after 38 years of trading.Cynthia Wright, 65, shut the doors of Strands in Folkestone this month, waving goodbye to hundreds of loyal customers, and staff.Although she is looking forward to retirement, the Seabrook resident has found the closure bittersweet after so many successful years in business.Also retiring is Brenda Gallagher, who has been Mrs Wright since her first day, working as a receptionist and hairdresser.Mrs Wright said: "We've had so many great times, so many memories. All the Christmases and parties and fun in the salon."All our clients were very happy and I know that to be the case because we've had so many cards and flowers and messages thanking us."Mrs Wright left school at 15 and started an apprenticeship in hairdressing at Lionel Anthony in Tunbridge Wells.She was there for nine years before moving to Folkestone in 1979 and joining the Andrea Antonio salon - where she met Brenda.After 18 months … [Read more...] about ‘We’ve had so many great times, so many memories’
The second stage of Chatham Waters, a £650million regeneration project on former dockyard land, has got off the ground.Work on the £33.5m apartment scheme started in July and is set to be complete by spring 2021.It comprises of 193 one, two and three-bedroom flats over two blocks linked by ground floor shops looking onto a waterfront boulevard.The 26-acre site, owned by Peel Land and Property, is already home to Waterfront University Technical College, an Asda superstore and the Mast and Rigging pub.Peel’s masterplan will bring 950 homes and 430,000 sq ft of commercial office space as well as investment in surrounding infrastructure.Most of the development is being carried out by Manchester-based Russells Construction, which has committed to using local labour and skills.Construction students from the University Technical College will be offered work experience and site visits.Neil Baumber, Peel’s residential development director, said: “We’re pleased … [Read more...] about Huge development moving forward
Lloyds Bank is closing one of its high street branches because "customers are using it less often".The Rainham High Street branch will officially close its doors on Wednesday, November 6.A review of the bank and its customers that was published showed that the numbers of people coming in to Lloyds is falling.The number of customers at the Rainham branch has dropped, with counters becoming 13% quieter than last year.In the report it mentioned the 'chaning needs of customers', with more and more people now using online or mobile banking.It also said: "As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to close this branch because customers are using it less often."In addition the majority of customers are also using alternative ways to bank."The closest alternative Lloyd's branch is more than three miles away in Gillingham High Street.It is open from 9am to 5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays.On Wednesdays its open from 9.30am to 5pm and on Saturdays it's open from 9am to … [Read more...] about High street bank set to close
National Grid has until the end of today to submit an interim report on the major power cut on Friday. Nearly a million homes were affected by the "unprecedented power outages" including large parts of Kent. Traffic lights stopped working, rail commuters faced huge delays and a Medway shopping centre was evacuated.The power cut also affected London and other south east regions.National Grid has said the problem was caused by issues with two power generators, which failed for around an hour.The business and energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng has apologised for what happened and admits it was unacceptable.While the interim report is due today, a full report is expected by September 6.Read more: All the latest news from Kent … [Read more...] about Major power cut report deadline