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  • NHS GP Registration forms
    Article: Feb 24, 2020
    In Letter from NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group

    I am writing to inform you about arrangements made for patients currently registered at Park Farm Surgery. The doctor that runs the surgery has made the decision to end their contract with NHS South Kent Coast CCG and will not be providing GP services at the practice after 1 April 2020.

    We are pleased to confirm that we have secured provision for the 3,000 patients registered at Park Farm Surgery so they will all have continued access to a full range of GP services and care after this date.

  • African Elephant (Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0))
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    At the Folkestone and Hythe Full Council meeting on 20th February the Liberal Democrat group of Tim Prater and Gary Fuller declined to support the Conservative budget, both abstaining in the vote on General Fund Budget and Council Tax 2020/21 which increased average Band D council tax by £5.04 (1.91%) to £268.38.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Feb 20, 2020

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Full Council meeting on 19th February, an amendment to the General Fund Medium Term Capital Programme proposed by Lib Dem Group Leader Tim Prater and Green Group Leader Lesley Whybrow missed stopping the development of Princes Parade by ONE vote.

    The amendment, which fell 14-15, would have removed the required £29m funding for Princes Parade Development from the Council's Capital programme. The vote was lost after two members that voted to stop Princes Parade development in June - Labour's Ray Field and UKIP's Terry Mullard switched sides and backed the Conservative administration in opposing the scheme. The only Conservative Councillor to back the amendment was Peter Gane.

  • Proposed Shorncliffe Road Pedestrian Crossing (Extract from site plan)
    Article: Feb 17, 2020

    in 2019, I was approached by a local resident about whether there was the possibililty of a new pedestrian crossing across Shorncliffe Road to lead to the footpath entrance to Folkestone West train station. That's a route used by hundreds of Sandgate and West Folkestone residents - school pupils, commuters and others - each day.

  • Lord Paul Boateng
    Article: Feb 13, 2020
    By Friends of Folkestone Museum

    The Friends of Folkestone Museum present a talk by Lord Boateng on Saturday 21 March, 2pm-3.45pm in the Education Room, Folkestone Museum. The title of the talk is 'Growing up in Africa'.

    Lord Paul Boateng , the former Cabinet Minister and British High Commissioner to South Africa, immediate past Chairman of the English Speaking Union, presently Chair of Book Aid International and of the International Council of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award will reflect on an African child hood with readings of prose and verse and share his views on the significance of the English language in diplomacy trade and international development. Lord Boateng who is also a Vice President of the London Library was a speaker on behalf of Book Aid International on the relevance of Books and Literature in his own childhood and career as a lawyer politician and diplomat at last years Hay Literary Festival and will be appearing again at Hay later this year. Tickets are £5 (£4 for Friends) to include refreshments. All funds are to support the Museum.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Feb 12, 2020

    The disabled bus pass and companion pass are currently only valid from 9:30 am onwards. Last September Kent County Council unanimously approved a Liberal Democrat proposal to make the pass valid for travel in Kent before 9:30am. KCC should get the new arrangements put in place straight away.

    KCC has set aside £200,000 in its proposed budget for 2020-21 to cover the additional costs. But, 5 months after agreeing to the proposal, KCC has yet to work out how best to implement the new arrangements. That's not good enough.

  • Ian Chittenden
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    At the County Council budget meeting on the 13th February the Liberal Democrats will be calling on KCC to provide Kent's parish and town councils and community groups with the support needed to get electric vehicle (EV) charging points in their areas.

    The Lib Dems will be asking for a ringfenced fund of £500,000 to be spread over the next two years to help fund the procurement and installation of publicly accessible charging points in car-parks owned by the parishes and local community groups.

  • Transport Costs
    Article: Feb 11, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    The Prime Minister has announced £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London. This should result in well over £100 million being allocated to Kent. It is very welcome but much more will be needed.

    Bus services outside London are in crisis, with less and less people taking the bus and consequently more and more people relying upon their cars. The vast majority of bus users are concessionary pass-holders - either young people going to school or college or 'senior citizens' who are eligible to free bus travel.

  • Puffin Crossing
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    Ida Linfield presses for vital new pedestrian crossing near Canterbury school.

    "I can think of nothing worse in the whole world than arranging for your child to walk safely to school with friends and then getting someone at the door saying he had been knocked down", said Ida Linfield, Lib Dem County Councillor in Canterbury.

  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    At this Thursday's budget meeting at Kent CC Ida Linfield (Lib Dem county councillor in Canterbury) is proposing the allocation of £250,000 to fund a Befriending service to support elderly residents in Kent. The funds would be drawn from a special £3.5 million unallocated reserve which KCC are proposing for future initiatives.

  • Trudy
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    Two thirds of Kent school children who are the main person looking after a sick or disabled parent may not be getting the support they need.

    Lib Dem Councillor Trudy Dean will be proposing an addition of £250,000 to KCC's budget to train teachers to spot young carers, and then provide the children with the necessary support and advice they need to help them with this huge task.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Feb 7, 2020
    By Tim Prater, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Folkestone and Hythe District Council

    Yesterday Folkestone and Hythe District Council announced they have bought the land and purchase options of their former developer partner Cozumel that forms much of the Otterpool Park site for around £25 million plus costs.

    Although this represents a large profit for Cozumel since they bought the racecourse a few years ago, it removes a partner from the scheme that was likely to push for the development - especially on their land - to be more commercial than the Council. If they had remained as partners, it is likely over the long term they would have made MUCH more profit, and sought that the value of their land was maximised - that's what property developers do.

  • Munira Wilson
    Article: Feb 6, 2020

    Mental health services for children and adolescents are at breaking point - and the government's plan to fix them isn't enough. We're pushing the Tories to do more.

    By Munira Wilson MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

    Week in, week out, either at my constituency surgery, in my inbox or just through conversations with friends and acquaintances, I hear yet another tragic story of a child or young person struggling with their mental health. They're having to battle to get any sort of help.

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo (Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo)
    Article: Jan 30, 2020
    By Folkestone and Hythe District Council Press Release

    The Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council will implement an innovative and new cross-party Cabinet from 1 February 2020.

    This pioneering approach will give political parties an opportunity to be represented on the Cabinet, giving them direct involvement in executive decision-making.

    In practice, this means the leaders of the Green and Liberal Democrats groups will take up seats on Cabinet alongside Conservative and UKIP colleagues and hold portfolios of their own.

    These councillors are not subject to Cabinet collective responsibility, if they have voted against something in Cabinet. This arrangement will mean these members can continue to maintain their distinct identities as political group leaders.

    Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Leader of the Conservative group, Cllr David Monk, said:

    "I'm delighted that two of my fellow party leaders have elected to take up my invitation to join Cabinet.

    "While the Labour Group is still in consultation about joining, I am looking forward to all groups forming part of my cabinet and transposing the success of our cross-party working groups to a Cabinet setting. We're all working for a bright and prosperous future for our district and residents.

    "I'm confident that together we can make even better progress towards this goal."

    The members of Cabinet and their portfolios will be as follows:

    • Cllr David Monk (Con) - Leader of the Council
    • Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee (Con) - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities
    • Cllr David Godfrey (Con) - Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Special Projects
    • Cllr Stuart Peall (Con) - Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste and Building Control
    • Cllr John Collier (Con) - Cabinet Member for Property Management and Grounds Maintenance
    • Cllr Ian Meyers (UKIP) - Cabinet Member for Digital Transformation and Customer Service
    • Cllr David Wimble (Independent) - Cabinet Member for the District Economy
    • Cllr Lesley Whybrow (Green) - Cabinet Member for the Environment
    • Cllr Tim Prater (Lib Dem) - Cabinet Member for Revenues, Benefits, Anti-Fraud and Corruption

    More information about councillors and their responsibilities can be found at: folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/your-council/your-councillors

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Jan 30, 2020

    At the Full Council meeting last night, it was announced that on Monday, I will be joining the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Cabinet as Cabinet member for Revenues, Benefits, Anti-Fraud and Corruption.

    This is NOT a coalition or support deal. I and the Lib Dem Group retain all rights to speak out against, oppose and vote against Council decisions we disagree with. Lesley Whybrow as Green Group Leader is also joining the Cabinet on the same terms with the Climate Change brief, and Connor McConville as Labour Group Leader has been offered a place too and is actively discussing with colleagues. All three opposition group leaders were offered the same opportunity at the same time.

  • Iwade Lorry
    Article: Jan 24, 2020

    At a Kent County Council meeting this week councillors endorsed a KCC proposal to implement a trial lorry control area aimed to substantially reduce inappropriate HGV movements. The trial area is likely to be to the south of Maidstone.

    The County Council is already in advanced discussions with the Government about obtaining the necessary legal powers to permit KCC officers to undertake the enforcement. A similar scheme is already in place in London. Up to now, most HGV restrictions in Kent have tended to be flouted by lorry drivers.

  • Kent Police van and car (Editor5807 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 24, 2020

    Kent Police is appealing for information following two car fires in Folkestone.

    Officers were called to a report of a car alight in Bouverie Road West at 3.30am on Thursday 23 January 2020.

    A second car was then reported alight in Dixwell Road at 4am.

    Both fires were extinguished by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and nobody was reported injured.

  • Extinction Rebellion at County Hall 210120
    Article: Jan 21, 2020

    About 20 climate protesters interrupted a Budget meeting with loud hailers and whistles at County Hall today causing the meeting to be suspended whilst they made their statement to the largely empty chamber. Only Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors stayed to hear what they had to say.

    The protesters said that the County Council had failed to explain the urgency of the climate change situation to Kent residents, failed to agree effective emission targets, failed to set aside money to carry out the necessary changes and failed to set up Citizens Assemblies which could discuss residents views on the environmental impact of KCC policies.

  • Sandgate Farmers Market flyer
    Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Saturday 18th January sees the 2020 return of the Sandgate Farmers Market, with a wide range of local produce, local made goods and local enterprise.

    This weeks stallholders indlude Sandgate Bakery, Old Hall Farm, Marsh Produce, Catherine Jordan Cakes, Saffron Rose Flowers, Kent Honey, Anji's Interiors, Eco Food Wrap, It's a Florrie Thing, Pauline's Handmade Toys, Gill Thompson Jewellery, Utility Warehouse and Body Shop products alongside the regular cafe. and many more!

  • Parking sign
    Article: Jan 14, 2020

    FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL: THE DISTRICT OF FOLKESTONE & HYTHE

    (OFF‑STREET PARKING PLACES) CONSOLIDATION ORDER 2019: (Amendment 1) ORDER 2020

    NOTICE OF PROPOSALS

    Notice is hereby given that FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL proposes the above Order under sections 32, 35 and 35c of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 ("the Act"), having obtained the consent of Kent County Council in accordance with Section 39(3) of the Act, and of all other enabling powers, and after consultation with the chief officer of police in accordance with Part III of Schedule 9 of the Act.

  • J12 M20 Cheriton Interchange (Screenshot from Google Maps under Fair Use https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/help/terms_maps.html)
    Article: Jan 8, 2020
    I've just received an M20 "Operation Brock" contraflow update:
    "Work to remove the contraflow barriers will begin on 13 January.
    "The work will take place overnight and J9-7 will be fully closed each night (including weekends) from 8pm - 6am.
    "The works will start at the London end and move backwards.
  • Minutes of July 1973 Shepway Council meeting
    Article: Jan 2, 2020

    Former Liberal and Lib Dem Councillor Terry Preston has been in touch with the minutes of the first ever motion to Shepway District Council on 4th July 1973.

    At that meeting, Terry as a lone Liberal Councillor moved a motion calling for full financial disclosure of all outside financial interests.

    Sadly, after amendment, that the motion was lost, but it was one of many things that Terry spent years championing as a Liberal Councillor that did in time come to pass. Public questions at meetings was another example - that one took over 20 years to get through!

  • Happy Christmas
    Article: Dec 24, 2019

    After a hugely busy political year, we'd like to wish all our members, supporters, their friends and families a very Happy Christmas and the best possible New Year.

    We saw our share of the vote rise at the General Election, came second in Folkestone and Hythe in the European Elections in May, and got Liberal Democrat Councillors elected to Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Folkestone Town Council and Hythe Town Council for the first time in years. We've got further to go, but what a long way we've come...

  • 1974 housing article from newspaper from Terry Preston
    Article: Dec 20, 2019

    It was a pleasure to see former Councillor Terry Preston at the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Christmas meeting on 18th December.

    At that meeting, after months of calls by the Liberal Democrats and others for the District Council to move beyond the previously announced Council house building progamme or 300 houses over 5 years, David Monk announced he was now going to push for 1,000 new Council homes to be built over the next 10 years.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019
    In The Times

    Britain's network of buses is faltering, leaving many people isolated and unable to get to work. A radical government would consider making bus travel free

    The great story of the British bus, which arrived in 1824 and by 1950 accounted for 42 per cent of all journeys, is running into difficulties. Use in this country is at its lowest level since records began 50 years ago. Only 4 per cent of all journeys made last year were by bus. Outside London there were nine million fewer journeys in Britain in 2018-19 compared with the previous year, a result of higher fares and cancelled routes. The inconvenience caused has not been evenly spread. Most cuts have fallen on less populated and rural regions. Some busy places have only two bus rides a day. Smaller villages might see a bus perhaps twice a week, while others are cut off entirely.

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