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  • Ed Davey, photo taken by Richard Townsend (Richard Townshend, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jul 26, 2021

    There's less than 100 days until COP26.

    That's a huge climate summit attended by leaders from across the globe, hosted right here in the UK. It's a chance for the UK to show real leadership in tackling the climate crisis - but Boris Johnson won't take it seriously.

    We're sick of years of Conservative complacency on the climate. So today, the Liberal Democrats are launching our own Green Recovery Plan.

  • Antony Hook
    Article: Jul 13, 2021

    Today, Kent Liberal Democrat Leader Antony Hook challenged County Council bosses over failures to answer requests for information from Kent residents within legal time limits.

    Speaking at today's meeting of Kent County Council's Policy & Resources Committee, Mr Hook said the county's failure to meet its legal obligations was deely troubling and must be urgently addressed.

  • Operation Stack / lorries
    Article: Jul 5, 2021

    Received an interesting report from Folkestone & Hythe District Council earlier about HGV parking enforcement in the district over the last 6 months, and the likely direction of travel over coming months. I've asked and been told there is no reason I can't share it, so am! Thanks to F&HDC's Fred Miller for the report and underlying work.

  • Sandgate and West Folkestone Focus July 2021 Page 1
    Article: Jul 5, 2021

    Keeping in touch and working for local residents ALL YEAR ROUND.

    No - there is no election on (that we know about!) but the latest edition July 2021 of Sandgate and West Folkestone Focus is going through people's letterboxes now.

    Covering a Thank You for the huge support in the ward at the recent County Council elections, the rubbish bin collections (sic), graffiti removal, cycle ramps and more.

  • County Councillor Richard Streatfeild
    Article: Jun 20, 2021

    Two years ago Kent Conservatives promised to deliver support to all children with Special Educational Needs within 20 weeks. In 2021 only a third are getting the support they need in that time. Not only is it a broken promise, it is also a failure of political leadership and will only add in time to an adult social care budget spiralling out of control.

  • Pride flag over County Hall, Kent
    Article: Jun 11, 2021

    The rainbow Pride flag, celebrating equality for LGBTQ+ people is flying over County Hall for the whole of June.

    This is a Liberal Democrat achievement having been proposed by the Liberal Democrat Group four years ago.

    It was accepted by the then Council Chairman on the advice of the council's equalities officer.

  • Silverback mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Photo (Silverback mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Photo by Stephen Bwigyirire [Commonwealth Medical Trust])
    Article: Jun 10, 2021
    By Press Release from Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat)

    Trips up the tower at Old School Mews were a special feature of the Sandgate Sale Safari, Sandgate, Folkestone, which was organised by the Sandgate Society, on Sunday 6 June. And, the first visitors to go up to look out towards Dungeness over Sandgate Castle were Sal Kenward, Chair of the Sandgate Society and Tim Prater, District Councillor for Sandgate and West Folkestone and Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council.

  • Leas Lift
    Article: Jun 10, 2021
    By Press release from Folkestone Leas Lift Company CIC

    The iconic Leas Lift in Folkestone has applied for funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to secure its future. After submitting an initial expression of interest earlier this year, the volunteer-led board of the Folkestone Leas Lift Company CIC have been working hard behind the scenes putting together a comprehensive application with supporting documents to help support their bid.

  • Proposed new Constituency Boundaries for Folkestone and Hythe
    Article: Jun 9, 2021

    The first proposed draft boundaries for Folkestone and Hythe constituency are the current Folkestone and Hythe District Council boundary minus Elham Valley (North Downs East and North Downs West wards).

    Folkestone and Hythe constituency is currently the full district plus Saxon Shore ward from Ashford BC, but population growth on the electoral roll was always likely to see the constituency at least revert to the District boundary. That there are now too many people in the district to fit in one constituency (on the Government's rules) so a part of the district needs to go to a neighbouring seat.

  • Folkestone West Train Station Car Park from Shorncliffe Road (From Google Photos https://goo.gl/maps/qx1mxMR8tvtCmGFF7)
    Article: Jun 7, 2021

    As a part of a piece of casework for a local resident, I've been on the trail of a missing hedge...

    When 7 years ago, Folkestone West Train Station got its shiny new car park by Shorncliffe Road, one of the planning conditions was planting along the new fence by Shorncliffe Road. This would over time soften the border, reduce light spill from the car park, create a habitat, provide more oxygenators, food for animals: all the good things.

  • Lower Leas Coastal Park Sign
    Article: Jun 3, 2021
    By Press Release from Folkestone & Hythe District Council

    Folkestone & Hythe District Council are piloting a park and ride service in Folkestone this summer.

    The service - which will be operated by Stagecoach - will run from the Motis Business Centre in Cheriton near J12 of the M20, CT19 4 QJ. Users can enjoy hassle free parking paying just £5 per car to park all day. Shuttle buses will run every 30 minutes between 9am and 6pm to Folkestone Harbour via Folkestone Central Station. The park and ride service will operate every weekend until October and daily from 19 July to 31 August.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2021
    By Kent Liberal Democrats

    Antony Hook has made his first speech to Kent County Counci in his role as Leader of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    In his four-minute speech Antony:

    • Congratulated members elected to Kent County Council
    • Introduced new Liberal Democrats members Mike Sole and Richard Streatfeild
    • Called on the council to work together to achieve recovery after the pandemic
    • Highlighted the gulf between seats allocated to the Conservatives versus the much smaller share of votes they received from Kent's people
    • Set out liberal values that will guide the Liberal Democrat Group - such as belief in the open society with equal opportunity for all
    • Called for people to be "liberated from poverty, ignorance and conformity"
    • Said he is optimistic about Kent's future
    • Called on Kent to become the leading council in the UK for embracing new technology
  • Antony Hook
    Article: Jun 2, 2021
    By Kent Liberal Democrats

    Antony Hook has been elected as new Leader of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    He will lead the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall and was elected unaniously by Liberal Democrat county councillors.

    Antony Hook is 41, married with two daughters and represents Faversham on Kent County Council.

    He is fomer Member of the European Parliament for South East England.

  • Tim Prater Ward Grants 2019-21 ()
    Article: Jun 1, 2021

    Folkestone and Hythe District Councillors have up to £3,000 per Councillor they can agree as ward grants during the course of a year.

    The forms and guidance notes to make an application to a Councillor are online at:

    https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/community/community-funding/ward-budget

    ....however, if you'd prefer a Word (so editable) copy of the application form, the Member Ward Budget Grant 2021/22 Application form is available here.

  • Rubbish bags piled on waste bins
    Article: May 20, 2021
    In Email to Cabinet Member for Waste and Officers

    I know this is part of a regular series of emails from me, but there are a lot of things not well in the world of bin emptying and rubbish collection in Sandgate at the moment I'm afraid.

    The seafront is currently regularly getting strewn with rubbish *again*, and although I have local residents crying out for bigger bins. The issue is that AGAIN they are being emptied too infrequently, and AGAIN the system seems to have reverted to someone who empties and leaves the bags on or by the bin, and then some hours later, sometimes the next day, the bags are being collected.

  • 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
  • Article: May 7, 2021
    By Antony Hook

    Following the Kent County Council election on 6 May 2021, the following Liberal Democrats were elected:

    Ian Chittenden - Maidstone North East

    Dan Daley - Maidstone Central

    Trudy Dean - Malling Central

    Antony Hook - Faversham

    Richard Streatfeild - Sevenoaks Town

    Mike Sole - Canterbury South

    Antony Hook said,

  • 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.

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