Kent and Shepway News

  • Waves on beach during bad weather
    Article: Aug 18, 2017

    Residents have until 08 Oct 2017 to comment on the KCC Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. The strategy covers the management of local flood risks in the county between 2017 and 2023.

    You can have your say on the strategy at http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/LocalFloodRiskManagementStrategy/consultationHome .

  • Right of Way Map
    Article: Aug 11, 2017

    Residents have until 17 Sep 2017 to comment on the KCC Rights of Way Improvement Plan. The plan covers how rights of way are used in Kent and any changes that are required in the next 10 years to meet the needs of residents and people visiting Kent. KCC have hired a market research agency called Lake Market Research to carry out the consultation and process responses.

  • Lynne Beaumont
    Article: Jul 26, 2017

    Local Lib Dem Lynne Beaumont has reacted with shock at plans to transfer all community breastfeeding support services to the Health Visiting Service. The plans will result in a saving to Kent County Council of £404,000 per year.

    Concerns have been raised about the cutting of specialist support in favour of support from nurses who offer more general support. This change could potentially lead to reduced quality of, and access to, much needed support for families in Kent.

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

    PRESS RELEASE

    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.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jul 13, 2017

    At today's County Council meeting Kent's Conservatives voted to increase member allowances by 15%. Liberal Democrat and other opposition councillors voted against the proposal as did one Conservative. Nine Conservative councillors abstained.

    Earlier in the debate Conservative councillors set aside the Liberal Democrat proposal that councillors should follow the advice of the independent Member Remuneration Panel which had recommended a modest 1.5% rise.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Jul 12, 2017

    At Thursday's County Council meeting the Kent Liberal Democrats will propose that the allowances paid to members should follow the recommendations of the independent Member Remuneration Panel. The modest increases proposed by the Panel will restore member allowances to the 2009 levels and set an appropriate indexation for future years.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.