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  • White Cliffs Partnership Rail Meeting
    Article: May 14, 2021

    There is a virtual event to launch the White Cliffs Community Rail Partnership next Thursday, 20th May, at 2pm. The partnership covers the nine stations between Westenhanger and Sandwich (including Folkestone West and Folkestone Central), and you can hear their exciting future plans and ideas.

    The event is open to all with an interest in trains, railways, tourism, sustainable travel or has ideas how stations can play a bigger role in our community.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: May 8, 2021

    The results are in. By 21 votes out of almost 5,200 cast, I missed taking the "Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East" Kent County Council division from the Conservatives.

    Election of councillors to Kent County Council for the Cheriton, Sandgate & Hythe East division on Thursday 6 May 2021

    Candidate Description Number of votes cast
    BINGHAM Paul Richard Labour Party 792
    LOVE Rory Cassian The Conservative Party Candidate 2143 (elected)
    PRATER Tim Liberal Democrats 2122
    SEGAL Eric Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 91
  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Apr 30, 2021

    Trudy Dean sets out some of the challenges which Kent County Council needs to address to help all children and young persons get the best start in life.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that the financing of Education in the UK is too heavily skewed toward Secondary Education at the expense of the all-important formative Early Years and argue for greater funding of Early Years settings. There is a particular need for greater focus on speech development and creative play for children from poorer backgrounds to try to ensure that their life chances are not limited from the start.

  • Sandgate Community Garden
    Article: Apr 23, 2021

    It's a real bright spot of each week supporting the Sandgate Community Garden team by taking Leonie's weekly updates and photos and tunring them into the online diary posts at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/sandgate-community-garden/

    With 102 weekly diary entries now in place the diary covers from pretty much day one of the Community Garden at Enbrook Park, plus the Incredible Edible planters on Sandgate High Street and Golden Valley Parade.

  • Cheriton, Sandgate & Hythe East County Election Result 2017
    Article: Apr 22, 2021

    The County Council elections are not JUST about getting a Councillor who works hard through the year, keeps in touch, and gets things done (although I hope, and think, I am that Councillor).

    EVERY vote for Tim Prater in the Kent County Council Elections in Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East will send a clear message to the Conservatives: this is NOT over. This IS personal. We CAN still Save Princes Parade.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Apr 16, 2021
    By Katharine Harvey, Chief Economic Development Officer, F&HDC in Email to Local Businesses

    Local authorities have been administering the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) schemes on behalf of government since last November. Through the LRSG scheme mandatory grants have been awarded to eligible businesses in the district which are in the business rates system, while other businesses impacted by the pandemic have been catered for through the Folkestone & Hythe ARG discretionary scheme.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Apr 16, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats will be fielding candidates in three divisions of Folkestone East, Folkestone West and Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East. The Green Party will be fielding candidates in Hythe West, Romney Marsh and Elham Valley divisions.

    Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrats and the Shepway Green Party agreed not to stand against each other in the six Folkestone and Hythe seats being fought in May's Kent County Council elections.

  • Planning Permission - screenshot of Planning Permission page from gov.uk site
    Article: Apr 7, 2021

    A number of Hythe residents asked me to review and comment on planning application 21/0553/FH (Land Opposite 24, Station Road, Hythe). I have done so today, and my comments were as follows:

    "I'm commenting in objection to application 21/0553/FH (Land Opposite 24, Station Road, Hythe).

    "Although the land has been included in the Local Plan for development, this application exceeds the number of properties specified for the site in the Local Plan. Although they attempt a justification based on plot size, given the recent passing of the plan, to now exceed the numbers in that plan seems excessive and arbitary. If the authors of the Local Plan thought it was a reasonable site for 44 dwellings they should, and presumably would, have said so.

  • Penelope James
    Article: Mar 29, 2021

    Liberal Democrat County Council Candidate for Deal and Walmer, Penelope James, backs the six priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    "Caring for our community, our environment and our residents are key priorities for Kent Liberal Democrats. They have never been more important than now as we emerge from the pandemic.

  • Disabled person on bus
    Article: Mar 28, 2021

    Bus Passes are no longer valid before 9:30am despite commitments made 18 months ago.

    Travelling by bus is a lifeline for many people with disabilities. The Disabled Persons Bus Pass and, where needed, the Companion Pass provide invaluable free bus travel for disabled people needing to get to the shops, to the doctors or to work. Earlier this month, Kent County Council stopped disabled persons from using their passes before 9:30am.

  • Fireworks
    Article: Mar 26, 2021

    In October the Lib Dem Group of Tim Prater and Gary Fuller proposed to Folkestone and Hythe District Council a motion on Fireworks. It got massive majority support from Council - 27 votes for, none against, 2 abstentions. It read:

    That the Council takes the following action:

    1. Encourage all publicly organised firework displays within the district area to be advertised online in advance of the event by offering or signposting a free listing service, so that residents can both enjoy the celebrations and take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people;
    2. Promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people and the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks, such as asking people to let neighbours know about private displays in advance, and the penalties for causing a noise nuisance late at night where not allowed by legislation;
    3. Encourage retailers to follow the lead of Sainsburys in withdrawing the sale of fireworks to the public;
    4. Develop and promote a voluntary local code on firework sale licenced premises to promote quieter firework options;
    5. Write to the UK Government urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private display;
    6. Encourage the public to notify KCC Trading Standards of retail outlets that are not correctly applying the regulations of the selling of fireworks both in terms of age-appropriateness, licensing and CE markings;
    7. Given the damage they cause and risk they present, institute a ban on the release of sky lanterns from F&HDC land, and write to the UK Government urging them to consider banning sky lanterns in the UK in total.

  • Jenny Randerson
    Article: Mar 24, 2021

    "The Government's Bus Strategy is long overdue but very welcome", writes Baroness Jenny Randerson

    "First promised in 2019, since then the crisis in our bus services has worsened, because for the last year the Government has actively discouraged bus travel, seen as unsafe in the pandemic. This came on top of decades of decline, when there has been no strategy for bus services, left to the power of the market.

  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    Ida Linfield, Liberal Democrat candidate for Canterbury City South, is pressing for better support and respite breaks for Kent's carers.

    The pressures of lockdown last year have been immense for all of us but especially for the carers in our community, many of whom are wives, husbands and school-aged children. Many of whom are not in the best state of health themselves.

  • BrianClarkHaylePark
    Article: Mar 11, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Maidstone South, Brian Clark, backs the six key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    "Our priorities highlight urgent areas of focus which will help residents recover from this devastating pandemic. Our natural environment, so beneficial for wellbeing, needs to be central in our thinking.

  • ChrisPassmore
    Article: Mar 10, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Maidstone Central, Chris Passmore, extols the Medway River Path's contribution to good mental health.

    The Covid pandemic and its social and economic impacts will negatively impact on many of our lives, being unable to manage the additional day to day pressures caused by changing relationships and employment. This can impact on our mental health and can lead to depression, substance abuse, family breakdown and even as a last resort suicide.

  • TrudyandNickStapleton
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Malling Central, Trudy Dean, continues to work to make our streets safer.

    A large section of Larkfield's 4,000. homes will be getting a 20mph limit on their roads after KCC and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councillors last night (8th March) jointly approved the scheme.

  • UkonoObasi
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham East, Ukono Obasi, is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

    "In Kent, our children and young people measure poorly against the national averages for children in care, immunisation, prevalence of obesity and young people not in education, employment, or training. These factors have a huge impact on their physical and mental health and is also a huge cost on our economy with all serious impact it has on wider society.

  • Anne Sullivan
    Article: Mar 6, 2021

    Anne Sullivan is standing for the Liberal Democrats in Tunbridge Wells South at May's County Council Elections.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the party that supports residents take care of their mental and physical wellbeing.

    The pandemic has taken its toll on the mental and physical health of so many people and the Liberal Democrats are committed to making sure that those most adversely affected are given the support they need.

  • RichardStreatfeildTrinity
    Article: Mar 6, 2021

    Richard Streatfeild is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Sevenoaks Town at May's County Council Elections.

    The Liberal Democrats are working to help ensure that every child can go to a good school, pre-school or college. We will campaign for every child to have access to a good nursery. We will give schools the help they need, so every child can thrive in the classroom and get a good start in life. We will make special needs assessments easier and quicker.

  • David Osborne
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Tunbridge Wells West, David Osborne, sets out the importance of nurturing and maintaining valuable open space within Tunbridge Wells.

    "At the heart of the West Division lies 250 acres of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons, the lungs of the town. I'm a Freehold Tenant of the Manor of Rusthall. That sounds a bit pompous, but just means that I have a house that fronts onto the Common and was once able to graze my sheep!

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Liberal Democrats respond to Kent & Medway's suicide rates.

    Kent and Medway Liberal Democrats are responding to the NHS report which shows that Kent and Medway are one of eight communities singled out by the Government as "worst affected by suicide". The report found "that while suicide rates have fallen since 2014-2016, they remain above the national average".

  • Mile Sole - flytipping
    Article: Mar 2, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Canterbury South, Mike Sole, gives his backing to the key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    Mike Sole is a passionate environmental campaigner. He was the councillor who first demanded that Canterbury City Council declare a Climate Emergency.

    "I have a record of standing up to protect the countryside, in particular the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from unwelcome development.

  • Tim with the new Shorncliffe Road / Folkestone West Zebra Crossing
    Article: Mar 2, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East, Tim Prater, gives his backing to the key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats:

    "These priorities give a clear idea of what the Liberal Democrats seek to do at County Hall: to help our County build back together from Covid. We both need to ensure we have both a caring community, and care for our community.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Mar 1, 2021
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    Last month's Conservative budget was not good enough for the people of Kent, and not good enough for Kent.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better.

    Covid-19 has highlighted the value of caring for each other. Now, as we begin to emerge from the lockdown, we need to help those most affected by the pandemic and lockdown. At the same time, we need a better quality of life for all, with clean air and green space that everyone can appreciate.

  • Tim Prater by new Shorncliffe Road / Folkestone West Zebra Crossing
    Article: Mar 1, 2021

    Covid-19 has highlighted the value of caring for each other. Now we need to care for those most affected by the pandemic and help them recover - NHS staff, care workers, those that care for family members, children with disrupted schooling, people with mental health challenges and many more. At the same time, we will aspire to a better quality of life for all, with clean air and green space that everyone can appreciate.

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