Folkestone and Sandgate News

  • Parking sign
    Article: Jun 16, 2017

    Shepway District Council have reviewed the Sandgate CPZ scheme installed in Castle Road and Granville Parade areas last year, and and have published a report at http://www.shepway.gov.uk/moderngov/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=14029&Opt=0 on which they plan to go to consultation on extending the scheme.

    The new proposals cover from the Coastguard Cottage end of Sandgate High Street in the West to Enbrook Road / Southernwood Rise in the North and Radnor Cliff in the East, with almost all roads in Sandgate village being included. Restrictions vary by road, with Sandgate High Street and roads nearby offering one or two hours of free parking to all (and longer only with a permit) and other roads being permit holder only.

    There will be an "informal" consultation to all residents and businesses in the enlarged area (asking if people approve of the idea, and in some cases offering options, for example on the hours of operation).

    If that is then cleared, there is a "formal" consultation required by law open to anyone to comment. The two consultations and the works required will mean any extension won't happen until the autumn at earliest.

    Tim Prater commented:

    "The new proposals do seem to be a lot better for local residents (outside the existing CPZ) than currently. The implementation of the CPZ initially in just a few local roads has displaced parking and made parking much harder for residents not in those roads. Extending the zone to cover the whole village will at least restore equality of opportunity to park to all residents.

    "There are however a lot of details to be looked at and considered to ensure the scheme works for everyone, dealing with issues such as deliveries, being fair to local businesses (and their staff) and parking for HMO's. I hope Shepway Council will be open to suggestions and requests to deal with these issues and those raised in the consultations".

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Jun 15, 2017
    By Save Princes Parade in http://saveprincesparade.org/

    Things have been rather quiet on the Princes Parade front during the county and general elections but now that the purdah period is over we are expecting that Shepway will submit the planning application very soon so look out for emails from us with guidance on how to make your objections.

    Shepway District Council's Princes Parade Working Group is meeting this afternoon. Unusually the meeting is advertised on the calendar of meetings and the minutes will be published but the meeting is not open to the public. We have challenged this as the council have not given the required notice that the public are to be excluded but they have argued that as the Working Group is neither a sub committee of cabinet nor a decision making body then the public have no right to attend.

  • Shell Shock the Play
    Article: Jun 15, 2017

    As part of a national tour this summer, 'Shell Shock The Play' is coming to the Folkestone's Tower Theatre by Shornecliffe Barracks on Friday 28 July 2017 at 19:45. Tickets are £12, concessions £10, and are available online at www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or by calling 01303 223925

    'Shell Shock The Play' tells one soldier's story of coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Tommy Atkins' observations on life on civvy street are poignant, frequently comic and always moving. His over-emotional responses to post office queues, a trip to Ikea, his relationships and family lead to alienation and anger.

  • Enbrook Park, Sandgate
    Article: Jun 15, 2017

    Shepway District Council have received a planning application (Y17/0242/SH) for the Saga Offices in Enbrook Park for the construction of 50 additional car parking spaces.

    Sandgate Parish Council will, as a consultee to the decision, be considering the application at their Planning meeting of 4th July, and then pass the outcome of that meeting to Shepway, whose Development Control Officers / Committee will take the final decision on whether to allow it.

  • Folkestone Charivari Festival 2017 Poster
    Article: Jun 7, 2017

    Charivari Day comes of age this year, as this is the 21st carnival, and will take place on Saturday 8th July.

    To celebrate the Charivari organisers Strange Cargo are partnering with the 2017 Folkestone Triennial and all the costumes in the parade will be inspired by the Triennial theme double edge. So as the parade makes its noisy way through Folkestone, pay careful attention to the hundreds of colourful costumes, because amidst the miles of floating ribbon and the sea of glitter, there are glimpses of what to look out for when the Triennial artworks are unveiled on 2nd September… there will be an array of extraordinary hybrid carnival sculptures that have been inspired by the double edge idea of bringing two objects to make something new. See what you can spot!.

  • School Meals
    Article: May 31, 2017

    Up to 569 children living in poverty across Folkestone and Hythe will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May's plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. In total 3,384 children in Folkestone and Hythe are set to lose out under the plans.

  • Folkestone Volunteers Fair 2017 flyer
    Article: May 25, 2017

    Shepway Volunteer Centre with Thanet Volunteer Bureau, part of the Stronger Kent Communities programme, warmly welcomes you on Thursday 8th June, 11am - 2pm to Shepway Volunteer Centre, Radnor Park Community Centre (Formerly United Reformed Church), Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone CT20 2QL

    Come along & meet with 30 organisations to discover what is going on across Shepway and how to get involved. Volunteering opportunities for all age groups.

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: May 23, 2017

    It's really good to see Kent County Council are now consulting on a new Zebra crossing on Sandgate Esplanade.

    When Sandgate Parish Council were being consulted on the works KCC were putting in place for the Cinque Ports cycleway, I was delighted when the engineer on the project, Russell Boorman, was helpful and enthusiastic at my suggestion to add an Esplanade crossing to their plans. And they have!

  • Plimsoll Line (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brinkmann/509192200/)
    Article: May 15, 2017

    THE FOLKESTONE SAMUEL PLIMSOLL MEMORIAL CAMPAIGN presents:
    An event to commemorate:
    SAMUEL PLIMSOLL.
    'The Sailor's Friend'.

    SATURDAY: 03 JUNE 2017
    From: 2.30 pm
    Speaker: Captain Charles Woodward.
    Member: Honorable Company of Master Mariners and the Marine Society.

    ST MARTIN'S CHURCH.
    HORN STREET, CHERITON, nr FOLKESTONE
    CT20 3JJ.
    Refreshments in the Community Hall after: £2.50 pp.
    A retiring collection will be held in aid of the MNA and FSPMC.
    ALL WELCOME TO ATTEND.

  • Military Road street sign
    Article: Apr 28, 2017

    Kent Highways have advised that it will be necessary to close Military Road, Sandgate from 8 May 2017 for up to 3 days.

    The road will be closed between the junctions of Sandgate High Street and North Road.

    The alternative route is via Sandgate High Street, Sandgate Hill, Sandgate Road, Earls Avenue, Shorncliffe Road, Risborough Lane and Military Road.