Temporary Overnight Closure – A256 Whitfield Bypass, Dover – now 3 October 2016

The forthcoming overnight closure of part of the A256 Whitfield Bypass, Whitfield is now planned for the evening of 3rd October 2016, rather than 30th September as initially publicised by KCC.

Apologies are given for any inconvenience caused by this change, which is to avoid a clash with a pre-arranged closure of the Sandwich Bypass.

This closure is for changing the contra-flow on the dual carriageway.

Read more on the EPC website here: http://www.eastrypc.co.uk/news.asp#Temporary_Overnight_Road_Closure

Eastry Parish Council Grants – 2016

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Eastry Parish Council Grants

Small Grant applications are invited from village organisations and groups. Grant application forms can be found on the Parish Council website here, or from the Clerk to the Parish Council, Mrs Sarah Wells 01304 614320.

Completed applications must be returned to the Clerk by Friday 23rd September 2016. Grants will be decided and payments made by the end of October 2016.

Looking for and Exciting and Different Volunteering Day?

KCC_NewHow about taking part in an emergency evacuation exercise with free lunch provided? Your pets are welcome to come along too!

The Kent Resilience Team [KRT] in Kent County Council [KCC] will be holding an exercise on the 27th September 2016 to test the East coast tidal surge plan in the Littlestone area. They need willing volunteers to take part and make the exercise as realistic as possible for the agencies involved.

Get involved and help to ensure KCC’s emergency planning arrangements work well so we are ready should a real emergency arise! 

What do KCC need?

200 volunteers are needed for the exercise so small, large teams and individuals can be accommodated. You will need to bring a large empty suitcase or something similar along with you and you can also bring your pet. This is to help KCC to test their luggage transport, storage and return facilities and to test the planning for getting your pet into safe accommodation throughout the duration n of the emergency. You will learn how your local services and other organisations operate in a crisis and what you can do to protect yourself in an emergency.

What time does it start?

The exercise starts at 9.30am at Littlestone Beach front and you will be evacuated to an emergency planning centre located nearby; the day is expected to end at 16:30.

Free lunch!

Free refreshments will be provided throughout the day along with a packed lunch.

What’s expected of me?

During the day you will help the KRT team and other agencies by presenting them with your personal evacuation needs which they will then have to find strategies to deal with. Your help will strengthen the emergency planning team’s capability in the future should a real life event occur. You will also have time to spend time with your community and other like-minded volunteers.

Who do I contact?

Email krf@kent.fire-uk.org or call Michelle Cheyne on 01622 212409.

Download the pamphlet HERE

Frauds of the Week!

RingmasterLogoThank you to a NHW co-ordinator from Tenterden in letting us know that she had a very convincing looking bill from British gas sent to her electronically. It was sent to her business address and not her personal one that alerted her to the fraud. Also the sender address on the original email is not correct and looks suspicious. Remember to check all messages very carefully and if in doubt contact the provider.

Thank you to a NHW co-ordinator in Shepherdswell Dover for alerting us to an ongoing fraud that has taken a slightly different twist. A call from a male alleging he was from BT saying that he needed access to the Wi-Fi router. He stated he was calling from the Baker Street branch. The call was terminated and the 1471 dial revealed a Brighton number. Once someone is given basic details of your router they can remotely disable your firewall software and access your system which would leave you prone to virus attack/fraud.

Thank you to a co-ordinator from Harbledown for the following re solar panels:

Homeowners with solar panels are being contacted by salesmen making false claims about their existing solar panels.

Claim one
Salesmen are encouraging homeowners to replace their existing solar panels and claiming that fire crews will not attend a fire involving older solar panels.
This is false! The Fire Service will always attend a fire no matter the cause.

Claim two
Salesmen are offering free health checks on Solar PV installations in conjunction with The Microgeneration Certificate Scheme (MCS) (an industry-led and nationally recognised quality assurance scheme).
This is false! MCS has not partnered with any installation or maintenance companies and does not carry out health checks or maintenance.

For more information, visit the MCS website.