Kent and Shepway News

  • Article: Jul 20, 2017
    By Sheree Bell and Danielle Anson in We Love Folkestone Politics


    19th July 2017

    There were plenty of honks and thumbs ups from passing vehicles, including police and ambulance workers, when protesters took to the Folkestone Civic Centre to make their voices heard tonight. Angry about the 15% pay rise that KCC Councillors awarded themselves, whilst Public sector workers are offered a hard fought for 1%, a group of 20 residents participated in the demonstration. It was organised by Facebook group, We Love Folkestone Politics, which is encouraging people to make the move from the internet and on to the streets, getting people out of their lounges and bedrooms to raise awareness of political issues. Founded by Danielle Anson and Sheree Bell, the group originally started as a way of encouraging voter registration in the local and national elections and quickly grew as a platform for people of all political persuasions in Folkestone to share news and discuss the things that matter to them.

  • Carrie Hynds and Stephen Lloyd
    Article: Jul 3, 2017

    You can book your ticket now for the Liberal Democrat South East Regional Conference 2017.

    The conference will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at Reigate School, Pendleton Road, Reigate RH2 7NT

    Speakers include:

    • Tom Brake MP
    • Lord Graham Tope
    • Stephen Lloyd MP
    • Catherine Bearder MEP
    • Liz Leffman Chair of the English Party
    • Antony Hook European Spokesperson.
  • Antony Hook
    Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Kent County Council's Growth, Economic Development and Communities Committee were warned today that Kent business currently gets £45 million per year in EU farming support.

    But the government has not firmly committed to replacing this funding after 2022, likely to lead to job losses and businesses closing.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Jun 15, 2017
    By Save Princes Parade in

    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.

  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service website screenshot
    Article: Jun 14, 2017

    Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) have issued a statement after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block. KFRS Chief Executive Ann Millington said:

    "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower in London and our colleagues from London Fire Brigade and all the emergency services working in difficult conditions to deal with this tragic incident.

  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: Jun 9, 2017

    Lynne Beaumont has thanked voters across Folkestone and Hythe for their support in the General Election. Locally Damian Collins retained the seat for the Conservatives and Labour were second, with Lynne Beaumont moving from 4th in 2015 to take 3rd this time around.

    Nationally the Conservatives lost their majority in a snap election called by Theresa May to increase her majority in a call that seems to have competely backfired, with calls for her resignation coming from within and outside her Party. Full results by consistituency are available here.

  • J12 M20 Cheriton Interchange (Screenshot from Google Maps under Fair Use
    Article: Jun 9, 2017

    A neighbour got in touch recently to mention that their are a number of streetlights that are out on the slip roads / roundabout at the Cheriton J12 M20 junction.

    Essentially, the lights on the M20 and slip roads are the responsibility of Highways England, and those on the roundabout those of Kent Highways. I've contacted both, and have had the below response from Highways England today, saying they should be fixing at least some of the slip road lights on Monday. Progress I hope!

  • Lynne Beaumont 2017 General Election Campaign Poster
    Article: Jun 7, 2017

    Lynne Beaumont and the Liberal Democrats will fight for local services

    Our local schools are losing millions under the Tories. Our NHS is creaking, with GP services in Folkestone closing their doors, threatened cuts to hospital services in East Kent and lengthening waiting lists.

    Lynne backs the Lib Dem plan to save the NHS by putting a penny in the pound on income tax to:

  • Stop the Squeeze logo
    Article: Jun 1, 2017
    By Lynne Beaumont, Liberal Democrat candidate fior Folkestone and Hythe

    We've got to stop the squeeze on our public services.

    Every week now, we're hearing more and more alarming news about our NHS, social care, schools and other key public services. They've been squeezed too far. If we don't act soon, they will collapse.

    I fear for the future of our NHS and schools if Theresa May's Conservatives are elected with a huge majority. Big majorities tend to lead to big mistakes. And those 'big mistakes' are likely to include choosing the most damaging form of Brexit, and allowing forces in her Party to crush our NHS, our schools and our other public services like local policing. Even people who are natural Conservatives don't want that.