Care home still under fire
A healthcare watchdog has once again slammed a Beltinge care home for failing to make improvements. In November, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Elliott House in Reculver Road and said the home failed to meet standards across the board. Following a reinspection in January, the CQC report published at the end of May said enforcement action was still needed in three categories at the home, which caters for 68 elderly people. It acknowledged some improvements, but said improvements were still needed in treating residents with respect arid providing the right care to meet their needs. The report can be read at www.cqc.org.uk. The Laurel Care Home group, which runs the home, has not responded to contact from the Gazette.
Kent Police figures show a 30% rise in crime between March and April. In April there were 199 recorded incidents throughout Herne and Broomfield, Hampton, Reculver, Beltinge and Herne Bay, up on the tally of 149 the previous month. The sharpest rises were seen in reports of anti-social behaviour. There was also an increase in shoplifting. In Herne and Broomfield there was a rise from zero to 10 thefts from vehicles. For crime figures in your area visit www.police.uk
Plans for up to 800 new homes on Lower Strode Farm have been lodged with Canterbury City Council. Herne and Broomfield Parish Council fears the plans could see the village become part of a Herne Bay urban sprawl. The application can be viewed on www.canterbury.gov.uk
Herne Bay Gazette, June 12th 2014