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An interesting article we found on the BBC website that could see the end of mobile parking enforcement cars in Medway. Read The Article

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The RSPCA have reported an alarming increase in animals being abandoned across England and Wales.

In the last year, the RSPCA were called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals and received a call asking for help every 30 seconds. More

An architect from Gillingham has been left more than seven thousand pounds out of pocket after continually ignoring a council notice concerning substantial changes to his property. More

A Chatham man must part with almost £1,900 after he ignored council correspondence relating to flytipping containing suspected marijuana.
Steven Duggan of McKenzie Road failed to comply with a notice from Medway Council asking who had flytipped rubbish in Stoney Lane, Rochester, in which his details were found.
Insulation material, cardboard and full black bin liners were among the items dumped, as well as plant by-products believed to be marijuana. The matter was reported to Medway Council on 25 September last year. Despite numerous attempts to reach Duggan, including enforcement officers visiting his home and letters inviting him to recorded interviews, no response was received.

A notice pursuant to section 108 of the Environment Act 1995 was issued and delivered to his address on 3 December with a questionnaire to be returned to Medway Council within 10 days, but again this was ignored. The case was heard in his absence at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 2 April. For failing to comply with a notice he was fined £1,500 and must pay costs of £279.75 as well as a victim surcharge of £120. A council tax check confirmed that Duggan had lived at the address found on paperwork within the rubbish pile for the past 16 months. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, Cllr Mike O’Brien, said: “ We have a zero tolerance policy particularly against flytipping, it is unacceptable and anyone caught will be prosecuted.

“In this case we do not know who carried out the flytipping but Mr Duggan should have cooperated with the council to help catch the culprit.”

Mr Dominic Slingo aged 46 was committed to prison on Tuesday 5 March 2013 and sentenced to 41 days imprisonment for continued non-payment of Council tax totalling £4,471.35. More

Three men stopped during operations by Medway Council’s environmental enforcement officers to tackle metal theft have ended up in court for failing to produce the correct documents for transporting scrap metal. More

wine 006Yet another event from the Upnor Pier, this time nearly 100 people had assembled for a wine and cheese tasting evening. There was even a wine expert on hand to guide us all through all of the different wines that evening. A set of tasting notes had been prepared to help us explore the world through our glass. I doubt that from the range that was presented that there was anyone that did not find at least one or two wines that they enjoyed. A selection of White, Rose and Red were served some from the traditional wine making countries and regions and others from what I think we are still allowed to refer to as the new world. My personal favourites were the Beaujolais from Domaine Romany in France and a Remole Sangiovese from Tuscany. although I don’t think that there was a wine that wasn’t well received. Even with my very limited knowledge of wine this was a fine selection. The evening was hosted by Gilles Wilfrid an expert from a major wine distributor.

wine 035A fantastic array of cheeses, pickles, chutney and other items were set out on a large table and more than enough to feed everyone was provided. We were given a few tips as to which cheeses would compliment which wines, and told how temperature was important to the condition of both.

Again the wines with the most positive feedback will be making it onto the wine list of the Pier, joining the chosen few from last year. To be informed of the different events at the Pier, keep your printed copy of the Peninsula Times handy as you will find them on page three and all the dates for the month will be there.

Please click on the link to view more of the images from the evening Pier Wine Tasting Link to images

Video footage showing motorists putting pedestrians at risk by driving through Chatham’s bus station has been released on the internet. More

A litterbug who threw a cigarette end on to the pavement before doing a spot of shopping in a 99p store has been ordered by a court to pay more than £400. More

A litterbug caught dropping his cigarette outside a shop called Cash Converters has been ordered by a court to pay £230. More

£300 for a takeaway for one and £250 for a single cigarette. Full Story

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