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  • 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 17, 2019
    By Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer

    There have been a number of reports of telephone calls being made to members of the public by fraudsters pretending to be Police Officers. They have been asking for personal details, Bank Account details and PIN numbers. Some fraudulent transactions have then been made.

    Please be aware - Police officers will never call members of the public requesting financial details or for any payments over the telephone, via email or in person. All incidents must be reported to Kent Police.

  • BBC TV Licencing Scam Email page heading
    Article: Jan 10, 2019
    By KCC Trading Standards

    Be aware - there have been more than 5,000 reports about fake TV Licensing emails in the last 3 months.

    In December 2018 alone, 200 reports were made, with victims reporting a total loss of £233,455. The banks say they cannot reimburse customers who have mistakenly authorised payments to fraudsters.

  • David Lloyd George
    Article: Jan 7, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat History Group promotes the discussion and research of topics relating to the histories of the British Liberal Democrats and its predecessor parties, the Liberal Party and the SDP, and of liberalism more broadly.

    The Liberal Democrat History Group aims to appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of British Liberalism, whether academics, party activists or spare-time students of political history.

  • William Ewart Gladstone
    Article: Jan 7, 2019

    One hundred and fifty years ago last month, in December 1868, William Ewart Gladstone became Prime Minister for the first time. Over the following six years, from 1868 to 1874, his government produced a series of significant and lasting reforms, including nationwide primary school education, the secret ballot, legalisation of some trade union activities and the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland. This record helped build his reputation as the greatest Liberal leader in history.

  • Lord Paddy Ashdown (By James Gifford-Mead (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 24, 2018

    Paddy Ashdown, Leader of the Liberal Democrats 1988-99, passed away on 22 December 2018.

    Folkestone and Hythe Lib Dem member Tim Prater said on Saturday evening:

    "Obviously our first thoughts are with friends and family, especially his wife Jane and their children and grandchildren. But the entire Lib Dem family is sad to hear this news - Paddy was an inspiration to a political generation.

  • Happy Christmas
    Article: Dec 24, 2018

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

    Christmas recycling and waste collections

    If your collection is normally Tuesday or Wednesday, this changes.

    Your normal collection day > Your revised collection day

    • Monday 24th December > No change
    • Tuesday 25th December > Saturday 22nd December
    • Wednesday 26th December > Saturday 29th December
    • Thursday 27th December > No change
    • Friday 28th December > No change
  • George Koowaree
    Article: Dec 21, 2018

    The movement of livestock and access to Ashford Market is vital for many of Kent's farmers and smallholders. No-one wants to see animals stressed and their welfare threatened because roads around Ashford become gridlocked following Brexit

    Ashford East county councillor, George Koowaree, has asked what provisions are proposed to ensure that livestock can be transported to and from Ashford Market. George put his question to MIke Whiting, the Kent County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Transport, at last week's council meeting.

  • Article: Dec 21, 2018

    At last week's County Council meeting Lib Dems Trudy Dean and Ida Linfield gained the unanimous support of councillors for a motion calling for better support for prison leavers, many of whom are left desperate for food, warmth and a roof over their head.

    Many ex-offeners leave prison with a discharge grant of just £46, a derisory sum which has not changed for over 20 years. Unless they have support from friends and family or they are able to return to paid employment, this is all they have to live on until they receive their first Universal Credit payment, which could take 5 weeks!

  • New Lower Thames Crossing (Highways England)
    Article: Dec 16, 2018
    • Tens of thousands of foreign-registered lorries fail to pay the Dart Charge for the existing Dartford crossing
    • Failure to improve link roads will cause chaos in long term warn Kent Lib Dems as Highways England consults on Second Thames Crossing

    More than 150,000 foreign-registered lorries failed to pay the Dart Charge in the past year according to a Freedom of Information request by Kent Liberal Democrats, who are calling for a new system to be introduced as soon as possible.

  • Ollie Grender
    Article: Dec 13, 2018
    By Baroness Olly Grender

    For too long, tenants have been made to pay additional, unnecessary fees when renting a place to live.

    After years of putting pressure on the Government, on Tuesday they agreed major concessions on the Tenant Fees Bill.

    Liberal Democrats campaigned to:

    • significantly limit the fees that could be charged to a tenant by their landlord or lettings agent,
    • require a greater amount of transparency when deciding not to refund a holding deposit, and
    • limit the maximum security deposit a landlord can require to five weeks rent.
  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Dec 13, 2018
    By Ida Linfield

    Period poverty is finally getting the publicity it deserves with several councils over the country offering free sanitary products to their local residents.

    Kent County Council has a statutory duty to look after young women as they leave care and move into adulthood and has ultimate responsibility for the wellbeing of all residents.

    Periods on average cost these young women £10 a month and many in Canterbury are having to resort to using toilet paper or newspaper, or take sick leave. And this is in the 21st century! In Canterbury you can access products from our excellent Food Bank, a service I'm pleased to support in a small way via my members grant.

    So this week I asked Graham Gibbens, the County Council Cabinet Member who would take the relevant decision, what steps he is taking to sort out period poverty for women aged from 14-21. I'm delighted to report that Kent CC is working with schools, but not everyone is at school and everyone else's needs were completely ignored in his answer - unless you live in Thanet where providing protection will be part of a "trial". One trial for the whole of Kent!!!

    I don't believe this is good enough - to end period poverty KCC should stand up to the mark and provide products without delay in libraries and community centres for local residents throughout the County and not rely on local charities doing the job for them.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Dec 6, 2018
    • Food supplies disrupted as safety testing becomes impossible
    • Schools, social care, transport and business will face severe disruption
    • County Council forced to spend over £20 million on reinforcing Kent's roads and hundreds of thousands of pounds to employ more staff to cope with chaos

    The true impact of a catastrophic no deal Brexit has been laid bare in a report published on Wednesday detailing Kent County Council's emergency plans.

  • Books on shelves
    Article: Dec 5, 2018

    Kent County Council want to know what you think of their draft three-year strategy for Libraries, Registration and Archives and our proposal to tier libraries and review opening hours.

    To read the draft strategy and complete the questionnaire, visit kent.gov.uk/lrastrategy or pick up copies from any Kent library, register office or Gateway before the 29 January 2019 when the consultation closes.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 29, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    We're on the verge of destroying our planet. Climate change is very real, and we need to make significant changes to our lifestyles if we want to avert a climate catastrophe. One such change is we need to significantly reduce the distance that food travels from the farm to our plates. We need to buy local.

  • Article: Nov 27, 2018
    By Kent Police

    Detectives investigating the attempted theft of a cash machine in Seabrook, Hythe are appealing for witnesses.

    The incident is reported to have taken place at Hythe Service Station, Seabrook Road, Hythe, at 3.19am on Monday 26 November 2018.

    Two men wearing masks were seen trying to remove the ATM from the service station. They left in a white pick-up truck which was being driven by a third man. The vehicle headed towards Hythe.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    Skills-based migration sounds like a great thing on the face of it. You make sure that anyone coming to your country contributes to the bits of your economy that the Government knows needs workers. You also make sure that those workers are highly skilled workers and that they won't be a drain on our safety net. We end up with enough bankers, engineers, and doctors without flooding the country with so-called cheap labour.

  • Debit and Credit cards [Plastic money]
    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Neighbourhood Watch update

    With Black Friday approaching and with the run up to Christmas many of you may be tempted to buy online in the next few days. Please see below for advice on how to shop on line safely:

    How to shop online safely...

    Software updates

    Make sure you've installed the latest software & app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices and steal information, such as your payment details.

  • Rubbish bags / bin bags
    Article: Nov 22, 2018
    By Folkestone and Hythe District Council

    Changes to recycling and waste collections

    Please note: if your collection is normally on Tuesday or Wednesday, this will change. Please see below:

    Your normal collection day Your revised collection day
    Monday 24 December No change
    Tuesday 25 December Saturday 22 December
    Wednesday 26 December Saturday 29 December
    Thursday 27 December No change
    Friday 28 December No change
  • Tim Prater
    Article: Nov 22, 2018

    Kent Count Council are undertaking a Libraries , Registration and Archives Draft Strategy 2019-2022 Consultation from 21 November 2018 to 29 January 2019.

    The Kent Libraries LRA Strategy Consultation is available online and hard copies available at all Kent Libraries.

    Local Lib Dem Campaigner Tim Prater commented:

  • the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe
    Article: Nov 22, 2018

    Danielle Anson has been announced as the first ever winner of the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe.

    Danielle has campaigned strongly and passionately for an Exit from Brexit over the last 12 months (and before) both online and regularly in person at marches, street stalls and demonstrations. Danielle also stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the July 2017 by-election for the East Folkestone ward on Folkestone Town Council. Danielle is one of many people that joined the Liberal Democrats after the 2016 European Referendum, and has got stuck into campaigning and spreading the Party message.

  • Wera Hobhouse
    Article: Nov 21, 2018

    Wera Hobhouse's speech to the County Councils' Network on Tuesday 20th November

    Wera Hobhouse is the Liberal Democrat MP for Bath and Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government.

    Good afternoon everybody. It is a pleasure to be here with you all at the County Councils' Network Conference.

    The 12 months since you last came together in Marlow, have been a mixed bag for local government as a whole. One can argue it has been harsher on the counties than other local authorities. The events in Northamptonshire have been a stark warning to all.

  • the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe
    Article: Nov 21, 2018

    We're delighted that at our AGM this evening, the first ever winner of the Mary Done Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Liberal Democrats in Folkestone & Hythe will be announced.

    Until her death in late 2017, Mary Done was active in our Local Party for decades, 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 her last years Mary was homebound but remained a member and fiercely supportive of the Party. She was quite simply the strongest Liberal many of us have ever met.

    The Mary Done Award has been instituted to acknowledge the sort of contribution that Mary herself made. Whether for campaigning, organisation or standing up for local people, the Mary Done Award will be awarded annually to a person (or people) that in the opinion of the executive have made a real impact of the work of the Local Party in the year.

  • Article: Nov 21, 2018
    By South East Kent Neighbourhood Watch

    Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are renewing an appeal for information to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Joe Daniels in Folkestone.

    An investigation was launched after the 58-year-old man was found unresponsive inside the Red Cow pub in Foord Road, shortly before 11.30am on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Nov 15, 2018
    By Gary Fuller in Folkestone Herald - Talking Points

    We absolutely do need to spend more on defence. You weren't expecting that were you. Defence is about more than spending on weapons of war though. Defence at its core is about ensuring that internal and external threats don't lead to the destruction of our society.

    There are many challenges facing us as a country, a continent and a species. Most of the challenges we face have nothing to do with who has the biggest aircraft carrier or who can wipe out all life on the planet the most effectively in under an hour.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Nov 9, 2018
    By Save Princes Parade in http://saveprincesparade.org/

    There is a Folkestone and Hythe District Council cabinet meeting being held on 12th December at 5pm where the Princes Parade business case will be discussed. The council have given notice that they intend to exclude the public for at least part of the meeting: the Save Princes Parade committee will be challenging that decision on your behalf.

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