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  • Napier Barracks, Folkestone
    Article: Jan 19, 2022

    The Government has launched a planning consultation for the extension of the use of Napier Barracks to house asylum seekers until 2026 (!)


    The consultation closes on 30th January 2022.

    The decision to use the site for up to a further 5 years was made by the Home Office in August last year without carrying out a consultation.

  • Screenshot of Lifeline365 wervice website front page
    Article: Jan 19, 2022

    A support system which has given independence to thousands of people is marking its 40th anniversary with the launch of a new website.

    Folkestone & Hythe District Council's Lifeline365 service was established in 1982 and offers different products which link users to a centrally-controlled specialist team 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Cllr Mike Sole
    Article: Jan 19, 2022
    By Mike Sole

    Liberal Democrats have condemned the proposed increased in Kent Travel Saver Passes.

    Cllr Mike Sole (Canterbury South) said, "This year families are facing huge increases in the cost of living. Now on top of this, especially higher energy prices, Conservative run KCC wants to increase the cost of getting to school and college by 20%."

    It is proposed in the draft budget that the Kent Travel Saver Pass increases from £370 to £450 and the 16+ pass from £420 to £500.

    Cllr Mike Sole added, "Not only will this increases put huge financial pressure on families, but also increase the likelihood of some parents instead choosing to drive their children to school. This will lead to increased congestion, pollution and CO2 emissions."

  • Gas burner (https://stock.adobe.com/uk/search/free)
    Article: Jan 17, 2022

    Folkestone & Hythe is set to be hit hard by the expected rise in energy bills in April, new figures have revealed.

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats shows that the average yearly bill for homeowners in Folkestone & Hythe is set to skyrocket by £611 - the equivalent of £50.92 a month - once the new energy price cap comes into effect.

  • Corona beer in boxes on shelves
    Article: Jan 12, 2022

    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has written to Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick, calling on her to launch a full police investigation into the Downing Street Garden Party on 20 May 2020 including interviewing Boris Johnson under caution.

    It comes after Boris Johnson admitted at Prime Minister's Questions today that he did attend the party but claims he thought it was a "work event".

  • Mummy bag / sleeping bag (Smack, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 10, 2022

    On Friday 11 March I will join local business people and community leaders at a Folkestone sleep out to raise vital funds for Porchlight and local charities supported by Channel Rotary.

    Not only would I REALLY appreciate your sponsorship for taking part, but the Rotary and Porchlight would massively appreciate it too, as this event is designed to raise money for those two awesome charities.

  • Adam Rowledge
    Article: Jan 7, 2022

    Folkestone and Hythe's Liberal Democrats have today written to the Secretary of State for Energy Kwasi Kwarteng demanding that he backs the party's call for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms, to raise money to support local families facing soaring energy costs.

    The proposed one-off levy could raise over £5 billion, and would help support families in Folkestone and Hythe as their energy bills sky-rocket.

  • Gas burner (https://stock.adobe.com/uk/search/free)
    Article: Jan 6, 2022

    Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has called for a "Robin Hood" tax on the super-profits of oil and gas firms to raise money to support millions of families facing soaring energy costs.

    The proposed one-off levy would raise an estimated £5 billion from companies that are making record profits from soaring energy prices. This would be used to support vulnerable families facing a crippling 50% increase to their energy bills.

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Jan 4, 2022
    By Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

    "Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you had a great Christmas. I am so looking forward to 2022 - I hope it's the year we will finally beat Covid, that Liberal Democrats will keep beating the Conservatives as we did in two historic by-elections last year, and England will win the World Cup.

    "Even though things are tough at the moment, I'm determined we find solutions to our country's many problems. The year is starting with many worries. The cost of living crisis, with heating bills rocketing; a staff shortage crisis with so many people off work, self-isolating; and a political crisis, with a divided Government incapable of leading the country through this public health crisis.

  • ed davey
    Article: Jan 3, 2022

    Liberal Democrats have called for urgent action to address the growing social care crisis, after new figures reveal the number of care homes across England has fallen by 10% since 2015.

    The data, acquired by the Liberal Democrats from the House of Commons Library, also shows that while the average number of beds per care home rose from 27 to 30 during that time, 5,110 beds have been lost overall.

  • Article: Dec 23, 2021

    Residents facing financial hardship this winter can now get support from Folkestone & Hythe District Council, if they qualify.

    The council has been awarded funding from Kent County Council for the Household Support Fund (HSF), which is provided by the government and runs until 31 March 2022 (subject to fund availability).

  • Castle Road Car Park to seafront stepped access
    Article: Dec 23, 2021

    For many years, Sandgate Parish Councillors and others have been pushing to install a ramp access from Sandgate's Castle Road Car Park to the seafront. Despite disabled bays in the car park, there is currently "step only" access, making it really hard for wheelchairs, buggies and cycles to get from car park to seafront.

  • 2022 Spreing Conference Graphic
    Article: Dec 22, 2021
    By Susie Murray, Head of Conferences & Events, Liberal Democrats

    All members are welcomed to join the Liberal Democrats for our 2nd online Spring conference from 11th-13th March and have a say on party policy, attend a variety of topical fringe events and make the most of the rich training offer.

    Register Now for only £5.

    Is conference for me?

    It is! Conference offers a broad variety of content and offers something for activists, policy geeks and for those who just enjoy talking and hearing about politics. You can choose to just watch or you can get more involved whether that is speaking in a debate. If you're up for it then why not ask Ed Davey a question about something you care about or vote on future party policy. There is truly something for everyone.

  • Parking Sandgate High Street / Gough Road
    Article: Dec 16, 2021

    Wednesday afternoon I was at the Folkestone & Hythe District Council Cabinet meeting, with a varied agenda: https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=142&MId=4949

    Really pleased to get a couple of amendments accepted.

    Firstly, an addition to the Capital budget for next year to aim to start the roll-out of accepting of contactless payments in car parks in the district (on top of cash and Ringo). I proposed, seconded by Cabinet Member for Parking, accepted unanimously: result!

  • Article: Dec 2, 2021

    There are a number of business grant and loan schemes mentioned on www.folkestone.works that are currently available to help your business to grow:

    No Use Empty loan scheme - If you have a commercial property standing empty and requiring refurbishment in the Folkestone & Hythe district, you may be able to obtain an interest-free loan to bring it back into use for residential and/or commercial mixed-use purposes. Additional funding has recently been announced for this scheme. Click here for further details.

  • Presents Lib Dem Draw
    Article: Nov 30, 2021

    Would you like to win £1,500 in cash in time from Christmas?! That's just one of the prizes in this years Lib Dem Christmas Draw - tickets on sale NOW!

    Buying Lib Dem Christmas Draw tickets online at https://libdemdraw.org.uk/folkestone-hythe not only gives you the chance to win yourself a great gift for Christmas but also raises funds for our Lib Dem campaigning here in Folkestone and Hythe too.

  • Adam Rowledge
    Article: Nov 30, 2021

    At the 2021 Folkestone and Hythe Lib Dems AGM last night, held on Zoom, we the 2022 F&HLD Officers and Executive Committee were elected.

    We're delighted to welcome a number of new faces, and a brand new Chair. The 2022 Executive is:

    • Chair: Adam Rowledge
    • Treasurer: Tim Prater
    • Secretary: Alison Pemberton
    • Data Officer: Gary Fuller
    • Youth Officer: Harry Scott-Sansom
  • Kinfe Bin (East Kent Police Division press release supplied image)
    Article: Nov 16, 2021

    Two knife bins have been placed in Folkestone to give anyone in possession of a bladed object a safe place to dispose of it.

    One of the bins is at the Canterbury Road entrance to the Canterbury Road Recreation Ground and the other is near the Payers Park Car Park, off Dover Road.

    The scheme encourages anyone with a knife, or any other potential weapon, to dispose of it in these safe places without fear of prosecution.

  • Wendy Chamberlain (https://members-api.parliament.uk/api/Members/4765/Portrait?cropType=ThreeFour Author: David Woolfall)
    Article: Nov 7, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats have called for an independent public inquiry into government sleaze and allegations of political corruption, warning that Boris Johnson's Conservatives are "releasing sewage into our rivers and sleaze into our politics."

    The party is also demanding that any MPs under investigation for breaking parliamentary rules should be barred from taking part in Commons votes on disciplinary issues. It comes ahead of an emergency House of Commons debate on parliamentary standards on Monday 8 November, secured by Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP.

  • CPZ 2 hour parking notice / sign
    Article: Nov 4, 2021

    Details of Proposed Extension to Controlled Parking Zone G1 have been published, and will now be considered by Cabinet Member for Transport for decision and publishing the final scheme.

    "The proposal is to extend a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) in the Folkestone Harbour Ward (G1) to include East Cliff and other adjacent roads as shown in appendix 1. This report puts forward the findings of the recent public consultation for the proposed extension, and makes recommendations that reflect the responses received. "

  • Lump of coal (Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga Commons)(Lmbuga Galipedia)Publicada por/Publish by: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/))
    Article: Oct 29, 2021

    Since 1974 applications have been welcomed each year around this time from residents of Folkestone to apply to the Town Mayor of Folkestone's Christmas Fund for assistance with their winter expenses.

    Prior to 1974 this was known as the Mayor's Coal Fund and gifts of coal were distributed to those eligible. Each year local businesses and individuals make donations to the Mayor's Christmas Fund and payments are then sent in January to residents aged 75 and over who fall within a certain financial criteria, as agreed by the Town Mayor of Folkestone's Christmas Fund Committee.

  • Gas burner (https://stock.adobe.com/uk/search/free)
    Article: Oct 25, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey has called for a windfall tax on gas producers profiting from record high prices, to help pay for support to struggling households and businesses this winter.

    Gas prices have risen from 56p/therm during the first half of the year to 150p/therm and are now reaching 300p/therm. Over the past five years natural gas prices had never reached 100p/therm. Serica Energy, a North Sea gas company responsible for 5% of the UK supply, have already stated they expect "significant returns" due to the increase. Share prices in Sercia have surged from 156p per share at the end of August, to 232p on Wednesday.

  • Munira Wilson
    Article: Oct 25, 2021

    Responding to the government's announcement on funding for 'family hubs' for early years, the new Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said:

    "Investment in family hubs is welcome, but this is a drop in the ocean compared to what's needed for early years and childcare.

    "Families around the country are struggling to afford childcare costs or get a nursery place. They deserve a fair deal with quality childcare provision for all, giving children the best start in life and parents more choice about when to return to work.

  • Daisy
    Article: Oct 25, 2021
    By Paul Farthing, South East Lib Dems Chair

    The Special Conference on the 20th October agreed a new constitution that gives every member the right to attend, speak at and vote at the regional conference. And to vote for the new Regional Executive. There are two ways you could get involved:

    1. Sign up now - FREE - for the Regional Conference on the 20th November.
  • Fireworks
    Article: Oct 22, 2021

    I get (and reply to!) a lot of email each week, and some is easier to deal with than others.

    This morning I received an email about fireworks from a local resident generated from an RSPCA campaign. The email said:

    Dear Councillor,

    I am writing to you as I am an extremely concerned resident in your council area. My concern is about the misuse of fireworks and their impact on animals. According to a recent poll 52% of UK Adults will be having displays at home with friends and family, a 23% increase on 2019 polling results.

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