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  • Simon Bishop with Mark Pack and Lib Dem members and supporters from across Folkestone and Hythe
    Article: Nov 8, 2019

    In front of a crowd of passionate local party supporters in Chichester Hall, Sandgate, local lad, Simon Bishop, today launched his campaign to be the next Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe.

    Bishop, 44, was also joined by author and front runner to become the next President of the national Liberal Democrat party, Dr Mark Pack and Lib Dem councillor Tim Prater.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Nov 8, 2019
    By Simon Bishop, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe

    I was excited today. Today was the first full day of election campaigning. I started off bright and early with my team doing some leafleting in the constituency. A part of the democratic process that I have never batted an eyelid at or given me any thought of concern.

    We all followed the delivery rules. If there are signs saying no cold callers we didn't deliver a leaflet. We closed the gates when we leave. We pushed the leaflet all the way through the letter box to make sure that a house is left as secure as we found it. Everyone in the team is always friendly, courteous and considerate.

  • Training session (Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine [CC0] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IBMComputerTrainingWorkshop.JPG)
    Article: Nov 7, 2019

    FREE training for community and voluntary groups!

    The third in a series of training sessions funded by Folkestone and Hythe District Council.

    When: Tuesday 3 December 2019, 10am-1pm

    Where: St Mary's Bay Village Hall, Jefferstone Lane, St Mary's Bay, Romney Marsh, TN29 OSW

    Who: This session is for people looking for funding for their group, organisation or project and wishing to apply for grants. It is aimed at those new to applying for funding and people wanting help to maximise their chances when writing funding applications.

  • Council Housing
    Article: Nov 7, 2019

    Following up from previous Facebook posts (such as this, and this) on the condition of the East Kent Housing run (and Folkestone and Hythe District Council owned) Ross House in Ross Way, Sandgate, there has been much more progress and work.

    Work teams have been on site pretty regularly since I took some senior officers and Councillors for a visit, with work not underway to replace and fix leaking flat roofs, security doors fixed and more. There is more to do, and some commitment to doing it, but good to see.

    Also, further surveys have been conducted, leading to the following letter being delivered to Ross House residents this morning:"Following survey work by East Kent Housing in the last few days, we have decided to improve fire protection works at Ross House. This work will include improvements to the fire alarm system and some building works.

    "It is going to take some time to complete this work, and because we want to make sure that you are as safe as possible in your home, we have spoken to Kent Fire & Rescue Service about what we need to do.

    "Along with Folkestone & Hythe District Council, we have decided to introduce a security service at Ross House. The security team will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the work is completed."

    Clearly, that there have not been such systems in place for the last 18 months of occupation is mindboggling, but I'm pleased to see urgent and appropriate measures being put in place now to ensure resident safety. Although learning the lessons of the past is important and will have its place, getting the problem sorted now is the most important thing to see.

  • Sandgate Parish Council / Sandgate Library
    Event: Dec 3, 2019 7:00 PM
    Sandgate Library, James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate Kent, CT20 3RR

    Environment Committee meetings are usually held every 1st Tuesday of each month (except August) commencing at 7pm. However, please confirm date and time on the agenda of the next meeting. For more information visit http://www.sandgatepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/

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