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  • Constitution of Folkestone and Hythe District Council Part 4 Cover sheet
    Article: May 24, 2019

    The Opposition members of the Audit and Governance Committee on Folkestone and Hythe District Council have today put down a motion to remove the Chair and Vice-Chair of the committee and to hold a meeting to elect their successors.

    At the District Council AGM meeting on Wednesday night, the Conservatives used their deal with the Independent and UKIP Councillors to not just take control of the council but secure every single Committee Chair and Vice-Chair by 16 (sometimes 15) votes to 14. The Liberal Democrats, Labour and Green Parties supported a move for all Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs to be elected by and from the committees themselves, but the proposal was blocked by Officers and the Council Chair.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: May 22, 2019

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Annual General Meeting of 22nd May, Lib Dem Group Leader Tim Prater was proposed as Leader of the Council by Connor McConville and Lesley Wybrow, respectively the Leaders of the Labour and Green Parties. He was proposed against David Monk, whose Conservative Group lost majority control of the Council in the local elections on 2nd May.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: May 22, 2019

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Annual General Meeting of 22nd May, Lib Dem Group Leader Tim Prater proposed Laura Davison, Labour councillor for Folkestone Central, for Chair of the Council.

    Assuming he didn't fluff his speech, this is what he said:


    I'm delighted and honoured that Gary and I received the support of the voters of Sandgate and West Folkestone in such large numbers. We will work hard to repay their trust. I'm sure you are all as pleased to see me back as I am to be here.

  • Tim Prater with the Ringgo app
    Article: May 22, 2019

    Ringgo is the Folkestone and Hythe District Council supplier that provides the website and app that allow local residents to buy visitor permits in CPZ areas (such as Sandgate, amongst others).

    Sandgate and West Folkestone Councillor Tim Prater has made repeated representations to Folkestone & Hythe Parking Services that local residents (including him) find the app difficult to use and clunky, and after discussions between Ringgo and the council a number of changes have been agreed. In feedback from the Tranportation Manager, he confirmed yesterday:

  • Seaside Award 2019
    Article: May 15, 2019

    Keep Britain Tidy has today revealed the England's best beaches with announcement of Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2019 - and Sandgate is on the list for the SEVENTH year running!

    This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 71 international Blue Flags and 137 Seaside Awards (12 more than last year). This includes the award to Sandgate beach, near Folkestone in Kent. Sandgate is the only beach in Folkestone and Hythe to win the Seaside Award, and one of only 11 in Kent. Learn more about Kent's award winning beaches.

  • Gary Fuller at Enbrook Stream
    Article: May 14, 2019

    Sandgate Parish Council (and Councillors) have had a number of reports over the past few months over concerns on the cleanliness at times of water in Enbrook Stream, which we've followed up with the Environment Agency who are responsible for the water quality. They have been investigating, and have now found (they think!) the cause. we had forwarded them various photos and videos we had been sent, which assisted their investigations.

  • Trainers
    Article: May 13, 2019

    Until this time last year, I hadn't run since school (and those who knew me at school will know that I ran as little as possible there too). Then last April, I started to diet. In June, I started the "Couch to 5km" to help with that diet. I completed that in August, and have kept up running, a couple of times a week, exceedingly slowly, since. And yes, the diet worked: between the exercise, eating less and drinking less, I've lost about 4.5 stone, and on a really good day, by BMI is no longer overweight...

  • Eversley Way CPZ extension proposal map ()
    Article: May 8, 2019

    Below is the Proposal Notice for the inclusion of Eversley Way into the Folkestone West controlled parking zone. The Notice is scheduled to appear in the KM papers on the 10th May 2019.

    Letters of support or objections to the proposed Order will need to be received by 5pm on Monday 3 June 2019 and addressed to Parking Services, Civic Centre, Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2QY or by email to traffic.orders@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: May 7, 2019
    By Letter from Kent Highways

    From Kent Highways:

    As part of the ongoing maintenance works to maintain and improve the highway network in Kent, we will be shortly be carrying out localised patching repairs to the carriageway near your property.

    These works are required to repair potholes, areas of excessive /crazing and similar potential defects in order to maintain the integrity of the surface, to stop ingress into the road and to alleviate further deterioration of the carriageway surface.

  • Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Article: May 7, 2019

    As part of their commitment to listening to and working with local residents, Tim Prater and Gary Fuller, the new Lib Dem District Councillors for Sandgate and West Folkestone, will be holding regular drop-in advice surgeries in the ward each month.

    No need for an appointment - just turn up to discuss any issue you would like our help with. The surgeries are in a public place: if you'd prefer to speak to Tim or Gary one-to-one then please contact them directly and we can set up a personal meeting with you.

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: May 7, 2019

    Kent Highways have notified that there will be significant resurfacing work in Radnor Cliff starting in 10 days. This will be from the junction with Radnor Cliff Crescent down towards the Lower Sandgate Road car park and will consist of several large sections.

    Kent Highways are planning on closing Radnor Cliff for resurfacing works on Monday 13th May 2019 for 5 working days. The timing of the works should be from 08:30 through to 16:30 approx so to keep peak time disruptions to a minimum. Unfortunately delays through Radnor Cliff will be experienced but when safe to do so access will be given.

  • Thank You
    Article: May 4, 2019

    In the Folkestone and Hythe District and Town & Parish Elections held on May 2nd, I'm incredibly honoured and proud to have been elected as:

    Folkestone and Hythe District Councillor for Sandgate & West Folkestone

    Sandgate Parish Councillor for Sandgate Village ward (as an Independent Councillor)

  • Green Council candidates 2019 John Wing, Doug Wade, Georgina Treloar and Lesley Whybrow and Lib dem candidates Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Article: May 1, 2019

    Thursday is your chance to elect Liberal Democrat Councillors to Folkestone and Hythe District Council. For too long the Conservatives have been without an effective opposition. They've stopped listening and it's led to the wrong decisions for our area, be it Otterpool Park, Princes Parade or plans to put in place parking charges along Sandgate Esplanade. Let's change that.

  • Christine Jardine (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Apr 26, 2019

    A record number of people in South East England are being forced to turn to foodbanks, according to figures released today by the Trussell Trust.

    In the year ending 31 March 2019, 148.640 emergency food packages were delivered to people in crisis in South East England. This is a 21% increase in the last year and a 62% increase on five years ago. Over 55,000 of the packages were given to children.

  • Fight climate change with solar panels
    Article: Apr 23, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey

    Our reliance on fossil fuels puts our children in danger and gives power to despots across the globe. Ed Davey outlines an emergency plan to beat the climate crisis.

    Whether it's young people taking time off school or the Commons' naked protestors: they are right. We face a climate crisis.

    Liberal Democrats should provide the emergency plan. In 3 parts.

  • CatherineBearder
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today announced their list of MEP candidates in the South East constituency for the European elections on the 23rd May.

    The diverse list of candidates includes a current MEP, Councillors and other hard working community activists.

    The Liberal Democrats will fight the elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard to stop Brexit and restore Britain's tarnished reputation in Europe.

  • Demand Better for Sandgate and West Folkestone
    Article: Apr 11, 2019
    By Tim Prater, Liberal Democrat Candidate in Sandgate and West Folkestone

    I love Sandgate. I hope you do too.

    I've lived in the centre of Sandgate for the last 15 years. I run my business from the village. I'm in and around Sandgate pretty much every day. I'm a trustee of the Chichester Hall in the middle of town, and have been honoured to have been a Sandgate Parish Councillor for the last eight years and the Vice Chairman of the Parish Council for the last two.

  • Lorries on Brock
    Article: Apr 11, 2019

    Operation Brock, the contraflow on the M20 between junctions 8 & 9, has been in place for just over 2 ½ weeks. The scheme was put in place by Highways England in anticipation of a disorderly, no-deal Brexit at the end of March. With Brexit having been delayed till the end of October, Brock is not needed and should be dismantled ahead of the Easter break.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Apr 4, 2019
    By Save Princes Parade Campaign email

    For our next fundraising event we will be holding a quiz night at The Fountain pub on Monday 8th April from 7pm to 10pm.

    Please come along to a fun quiz night to help raise money to go towards the legal costs to fight the proposed development of Princes Parade.

    To book your table please call The Fountain on 01303 470495. Everyone welcome.

  • Chani Sanger outside To Let Shop in Guildhall Street
    Article: Mar 31, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a comprehensive plan ahead of the local elections to support struggling high streets across England, including for Folkestone town centre.

    Tim Prater, Liberal Democrat campaigner for Folkestone and Hythe described the plans as "exactly the sort of policy we need to boost local investment and ensure businesses in Folkestone thrive."

  • Shepway Foodbank poster
    Article: Mar 29, 2019

    The Shepway Foodbank is an increasingly important service locally, with demand for its services increasing across the area. Demand for foodbanks is increasing nationally, and that's also evident locally.

    As an example, from 1 January to 15 March, the Shepway Foodbank redeemed 287 foodbank vouchers, which has fed 600 individuals (a dramatic increase from the same period in 2018 - 91 vouchers redeemed, 357 individuals fed).

  • CPZ 2 hour parking notice / sign
    Article: Mar 28, 2019

    You spoke, we listened, and have got ACTION.

    We had a HUGE response to one of our recent leaflets asking about YOUR parking concerns locally. THANK YOU.

    We've taken your top local parking problems to Folkestone and Hythe Parking Services, and are reporting back.

    In general, most feedback was that the extended CPZ had improved parking for local residents, but that there were still issues. That's what we're trying to address - ways to make the scheme better for all.

  • Supporter Scheme graphic
    Article: Mar 19, 2019

    When the political landscape is as turbulent as it is at the moment, it is understandable to want to turn your back to it altogether.

    But not everyone is able to weather the storm.

    With Westminster in deadlock over Brexit for nearly three years, other issues have fallen to the side.

    The NHS, police force and schools are dangerously under-funded. Poverty and homelessness are on the rise. Those on welfare are having it taken away from them. Our climate - our planet - is under threat.

  • Green Council candidates 2019 John Wing, Doug Wade, Georgina Treloar and Lesley Whybrow and Lib dem candidates Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Article: Mar 18, 2019

    The Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrat Party and Shepway Green Party have agreed a cooperation deal for the May 2019 elections for Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC).

    This form of progressive alliance has been successfully adopted elsewhere in the country at previous elections by the two national parties and improves the chances of challenging the long-standing overwhelming Conservative majority on FHDC.

  • Sheep
    Article: Mar 5, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today revealed that the Conservative Government has not conducted any analysis of the impact of Brexit on sheep farming in the UK.

    The Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, branded Conservative Ministers "woefully irresponsible" for "failing to safeguard the sector from the impact of Brexit."

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