Kent and Shepway News

  • Stagecoach bus at Folkestone Bus Station (Image courtesy of
    Article: Nov 28, 2017

    A report by Kent Live has exposed that bus services in Kent used by the elderly, the disabled and those who don't drive are set to have their funding slashed by 70 per cent, resulting in a loss of 74 services.

    Kent County Council has proposed an almost £4 million cut in their budget for 'socially necessary' bus services, which are not commercially viable but are subsidised by the council.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2017

    Statement by Liberal Democrat County Councillors Rob Bird, Ian Chittenden & Dan Daley

    The many Maidstone commuters who travel to London each day are incensed by the news that the new Thameslink service has once more been delayed, for a further year until December 2019.

    While other counties continue to benefit from new railways investment and are given priority, West Kent has once again shunted into a siding.

  • Taylor Wimpey notice to level WW1 training trenches
    Article: Nov 20, 2017
    In Email to Shepway Planning and Kent Heritage Conservation

    To: Shepway Planning and Kent Heritage Conservation

    I draw your urgent attention the the attached site notice in the Sandy Lane area of Sandgate / Hythe (know as the "Back Doors Training Area", notifying of works to "level the informal bike jumps and the jumps known as the Daggers Trails".

    It's my understanding that although they have been adapted and used in recent years as informal bike ramps they are in fact WW1 training trenches and other areas of significant military historical interest.

  • Rob Bird at the Dover Harbour Control Room with Baroness Kramer, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, and Tom Brake MP, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Exiting the European Union and International Trade
    Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Kent Liberal Democrats are calling on the County Council to take a lead role in ensuring that crucial preparations are ready for Brexit in March 2019. Failure to put coordinated plans in place now could result in chaos on the county's road network after Brexit.

    The Government's refusal to provide information about their preparations for post Brexit road disruption in Kent is a cause for alarm and serious concern. If there really are plans in place, then these need to be shared with all key agencies as a matter of urgency.

  • Fire Extinguisher
    Article: Nov 7, 2017

    The Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority (KMFRA) has published its Safety and Wellbeing Plan for 2018 and is consulting the public on the plan and Council Tax for 2018/19.

    The plan outlines the work of Kent Fire and Rescue Service and what it aims to achieve over the coming year. Prevention remains a top priority for the Service. This includes continuing to provide fire safety and other advice, such as how to stay warm in the winter, to the most vulnerable in the county such as frail elderly people and those with disabilities. They are also looking to provide extra support to those living in sheltered accommodation through advice to the elderly residents and those managing the buildings.

  • Planning notices, sllotape and cable ties removed from Sandgate High Street streetlights / lamp posts
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    If a person, or a business, walked down a Shepway street and attached signs to streetlamps and other posts on a regular basis, and didn't take them away again soon afterwards, they could well be prosecuted for flyposting.

    When Shepway District Council have notices put up near to developments requiring planning permission, they are attached to streetlamps and other posts, and are rarely removed after the notice period expires. They are left to rot, and the tape and ties used often damage and deface the posts they are attached to. Double standards anyone?

  • Mary Done
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    Shepway Liberal Democrats are heartbroken to hear of the death of long term member, activist and friend Mary Done.

    Mary was active in Shepway Local Party for years, guiding and managing the Party, organising and always happy to get stuck into any task. Mary also served as Shepway Lib Dem Party President for a number of years. In recent years Mary has been homebound but remained a member and fiercely supportive of the Party.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2017

    In the fringe of the Folkestone Book Festival 2017, the Liberal Democrats are delighted to welcome Baroness Lynne Featherstone to Chambers in Folkestone to talk about her new book "Equal Ever After".

    In the future, people will find it difficult to believe that until 2014, somewhere between 5 and 10 per cent of Britain's population were excluded from marriage.

  • Tom Brake (By Chris McAndrew -, CC BY 3.0,
    Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Further details have been released for the South East Region 2017 AGM and Annual Conference which will take place on Sat 11 Nov 2017 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at Reigate School, Pendleton Road.

    Training events:

    • Becoming an approved candidate.
    • Policy and values (for those awaiting assessment days).
    • Getting the message right.
    • Postal voting.
    • Winning the ward.
    • Canvassing.
    • Volunteer recruitment.
    • Social media.
    • Strategies for impromptu speaking and structuring your speech.
    • Diversity.
  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Oct 11, 2017

    Kent Trading Standards are warning residents about criminals pretending to be Trading Standards officers to defraud vulnerable victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    How it works

    • The criminal visits or calls residents who have previously been victims of crime claiming to be a Trading Standards officer using false identification.
    • They tell the resident that following a Trading Standards investigation into their previous complaint they are entitled to compensation.
    • They tell the resident they need to pay some money to release the compensation awarded by the Court.
    • Some residents are being told they must also pay the VAT that wasn't paid from the original crime