Details of Proposed Extension to Controlled Parking Zone G1 have been published, and will now be considered by Cabinet Member for Transport for decision and publishing the final scheme.
"The proposal is to extend a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in the Folkestone Harbour Ward (G1) to include East Cliff and other adjacent roads as shown in appendix 1. This report puts forward the findings of the recent public consultation for the proposed extension, and makes recommendations that reflect the responses received. "
Since 1974 applications have been welcomed each year around this time from residents of Folkestone to apply to the Town Mayor of Folkestone's Christmas Fund for assistance with their winter expenses.
Prior to 1974 this was known as the Mayor's Coal Fund and gifts of coal were distributed to those eligible. Each year local businesses and individuals make donations to the Mayor's Christmas Fund and payments are then sent in January to residents aged 75 and over who fall within a certain financial criteria, as agreed by the Town Mayor of Folkestone's Christmas Fund Committee.
Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has called for a windfall tax on gas producers profiting from record high prices, to help pay for support to struggling households and businesses this winter.
Gas prices have risen from 56p/therm during the first half of the year to 150p/therm and are now reaching 300p/therm. Over the past five years natural gas prices had never reached 100p/therm. Serica Energy, a North Sea gas company responsible for 5% of the UK supply, have already stated they expect "significant returns" due to the increase. Share prices in Sercia have surged from 156p per share at the end of August, to 232p on Wednesday.
Responding to the government's announcement on funding for 'family hubs' for early years, the new Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said:
"Investment in family hubs is welcome, but this is a drop in the ocean compared to what's needed for early years and childcare.
"Families around the country are struggling to afford childcare costs or get a nursery place. They deserve a fair deal with quality childcare provision for all, giving children the best start in life and parents more choice about when to return to work.
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