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  • Form for Confirmation of State aid received under small business or retail, leisure and hospitality grant scheme, and undertaking in difficulty status
    Article: Jun 23, 2020

    All businesses that have had grant aid support via Folkestone and Hythe District Council in the form of the Small Business Grant (£10,000) or Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant (£10,000 - £25,000) have now received a form to complete to confirm they were eligible for the grant and that they can keepi it.

  • Recycling and Residual / General Waste Wheely bins
    Article: Jun 22, 2020
    Never give up.

    A local resident was in touch with me in March after trying, and failing, to get a replacement "residual waste" (non-recycling) bin from Folkestone & Hythe District Council after it was broken in the course of its regular collection.

    That seemed wrong to me, so I took it up with the Council too. I asked, begged, argued... and lost.

    I was pointed to the policy and told it didn't cover residual waste bins. I asked for them to change the policy, and that it was unfair, but was told that although they may look at in future, I essentially couldn't get a new bin for the resident now.

    Some you lose.

    Then last week, during a "Leaders Q&A" session on Zoom, Council Leader David Monk said the policy had changed. First I'd heard if it. And although I kept listening to other questions, even while he was still talking, I was sending an email to an officer...

    And I've now had it confirmed that in the next few days, the resident who contacted me in March will get a replacement residual waste Wheely bin to replace the one broken in collection. He's quite chuffed. And so am I: the policy now makes sense.

    Some you win.

    So, please don't hurt your wheely bins. Look after them, and they'll look after you (well, they'll hold your rubbish, which is very close to the same thing). But from now, if your Folkestone & Hythe District Council bin - recycling or general waste - is damaged in the course of its regular collection and emptying, please do take some photos, note when it happened, and how it got broken. And then when you report it, it should be replaced. Free of charge. As it should be. Small wins. But important.

    The relevent clause in the new policy Is point 7, which now says:

    "Containers of the size 240 litre, 180 litre, 55 litre or 23 litre, which were supplied by the Council and are designed to be placed at the kerbside, as part of the recycling and waste collection service and which can be shown to be either damaged or lost as a result of collection operations will be replaced by the Council at no charge to the occupier."

    Well done to FHDC for listening, and changing the policy for the better. It's not an earthshaking change. But it's a just one.

  • CPZ Consultation Notice
    Article: Jun 15, 2020

    Why is there a consultation on changing the current CPZ restrictions in Radnor Cliff and Radnor Cliff Crescent now?

    There were a number of fully justified complaints and reports from Radnor Cliff residents about the increasing congestion in Radnor Cliff. This was leading at weekends, and often during summer holidays too, to the road jamming, as with the road fully parked there is insufficient space for cars to get in and out and pass each other. This has led to jams, residents unable to access their homes, emergency vehicles being blocked, and even arguments in the street.

  • Martin Cox
    Article: Jun 11, 2020

    Kent County Council has agreed to waive the £190 license fee it was charging for catering business for setting up tables and chairs outside their premises. The fee will now be waived for 6 weeks. The move follows pressure from opposition councillors at County Hall and outcry from traders across the County.

  • Debit and Credit cards [Plastic money]
    Article: Jun 10, 2020

    Further to the launch of the Folkestone & Hythe District Council Discretionary Small Business Grant Scheme, they have now widened the scheme to include those that have already received a grant from the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and more types of businesses are now eligible for funding. Those eligible to apply for a grant now include:

    • Businesses in shared workspaces (such as in business centres and business incubators) that would have received a Small Business Grant or Retail Hospitality & Leisure Grant if they were individual business rate payers.
    • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates.
    • Holiday lets where the owner is a resident of the Folkestone and Hythe district. Where an owner has more than one property a maximum of one grant is payable per resident.
    • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment and have a business address in the district.
    • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.
    • Creative businesses based in residential or business premises with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.
    • Retail, Leisure and Hospitality businesses that are ineligible for the SBG and RHLGF grant schemes because they were not included in the business rates register on 11 March 2020 and garages and MOT repair workshops are included in this sector. This includes businesses in this sector which are home-based, that pay council tax rather than business rates.

    The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 22 June 2020.

    Further details about the scheme, including the supporting evidence required alongside an application, can be found at https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/business-grant-scheme

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