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  • Extinction Rebellion at County Hall 210120
    Article: Jan 21, 2020

    About 20 climate protesters interrupted a Budget meeting with loud hailers and whistles at County Hall today causing the meeting to be suspended whilst they made their statement to the largely empty chamber. Only Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors stayed to hear what they had to say.

    The protesters said that the County Council had failed to explain the urgency of the climate change situation to Kent residents, failed to agree effective emission targets, failed to set aside money to carry out the necessary changes and failed to set up Citizens Assemblies which could discuss residents views on the environmental impact of KCC policies.

  • Sandgate Farmers Market flyer
    Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Saturday 18th January sees the 2020 return of the Sandgate Farmers Market, with a wide range of local produce, local made goods and local enterprise.

    This weeks stallholders indlude Sandgate Bakery, Old Hall Farm, Marsh Produce, Catherine Jordan Cakes, Saffron Rose Flowers, Kent Honey, Anji's Interiors, Eco Food Wrap, It's a Florrie Thing, Pauline's Handmade Toys, Gill Thompson Jewellery, Utility Warehouse and Body Shop products alongside the regular cafe. and many more!

  • Parking sign
    Article: Jan 14, 2020

    FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL: THE DISTRICT OF FOLKESTONE & HYTHE

    (OFF‑STREET PARKING PLACES) CONSOLIDATION ORDER 2019: (Amendment 1) ORDER 2020

    NOTICE OF PROPOSALS

    Notice is hereby given that FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL proposes the above Order under sections 32, 35 and 35c of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 ("the Act"), having obtained the consent of Kent County Council in accordance with Section 39(3) of the Act, and of all other enabling powers, and after consultation with the chief officer of police in accordance with Part III of Schedule 9 of the Act.

  • J12 M20 Cheriton Interchange (Screenshot from Google Maps under Fair Use https://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/help/terms_maps.html)
    Article: Jan 8, 2020
    I've just received an M20 "Operation Brock" contraflow update:
    "Work to remove the contraflow barriers will begin on 13 January.
    "The work will take place overnight and J9-7 will be fully closed each night (including weekends) from 8pm - 6am.
    "The works will start at the London end and move backwards.
  • Minutes of July 1973 Shepway Council meeting
    Article: Jan 2, 2020

    Former Liberal and Lib Dem Councillor Terry Preston has been in touch with the minutes of the first ever motion to Shepway District Council on 4th July 1973.

    At that meeting, Terry as a lone Liberal Councillor moved a motion calling for full financial disclosure of all outside financial interests.

    Sadly, after amendment, that the motion was lost, but it was one of many things that Terry spent years championing as a Liberal Councillor that did in time come to pass. Public questions at meetings was another example - that one took over 20 years to get through!

  • Happy Christmas
    Article: Dec 24, 2019

    After a hugely busy political year, we'd like to wish all our members, supporters, their friends and families a very Happy Christmas and the best possible New Year.

    We saw our share of the vote rise at the General Election, came second in Folkestone and Hythe in the European Elections in May, and got Liberal Democrat Councillors elected to Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Folkestone Town Council and Hythe Town Council for the first time in years. We've got further to go, but what a long way we've come...

  • 1974 housing article from newspaper from Terry Preston
    Article: Dec 20, 2019

    It was a pleasure to see former Councillor Terry Preston at the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Christmas meeting on 18th December.

    At that meeting, after months of calls by the Liberal Democrats and others for the District Council to move beyond the previously announced Council house building progamme or 300 houses over 5 years, David Monk announced he was now going to push for 1,000 new Council homes to be built over the next 10 years.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019
    In The Times

    Britain's network of buses is faltering, leaving many people isolated and unable to get to work. A radical government would consider making bus travel free

    The great story of the British bus, which arrived in 1824 and by 1950 accounted for 42 per cent of all journeys, is running into difficulties. Use in this country is at its lowest level since records began 50 years ago. Only 4 per cent of all journeys made last year were by bus. Outside London there were nine million fewer journeys in Britain in 2018-19 compared with the previous year, a result of higher fares and cancelled routes. The inconvenience caused has not been evenly spread. Most cuts have fallen on less populated and rural regions. Some busy places have only two bus rides a day. Smaller villages might see a bus perhaps twice a week, while others are cut off entirely.

  • Decorated Christmas Tree
    Article: Dec 17, 2019

    It's Christmas next week and there will be no waste collections on Wednesday 25th or Thursday 26th December.

    Revised collection dates for Christmas week are:

    • Monday 23rd - no change
    • Tuesday 24th - no change
    • Wednesday 25th was collected 4 DAYS EARLIER on Saturday 21st
    • Thursday 26th will be collected 2 DAYS LATER on Saturday 28th
    • Friday 27th - no change
  • Kent & Medway General Election Results - December 2019
    Article: Dec 16, 2019

    No Liberal Democrat breakthrough in Kent and Medway but good progress throughout region.

    The Liberal Democrat share of the votes cast in Kent & Medway for the December 2019 Election was 10.3%. This was a notabable improvement on 2017, with the number of Liberal Democrat votes 4.8% higher than in the previous General Election. This increase was slightly better than the 4.6% recorded in England and the 4.2% recorded across the United Kingdom. The Liberal Democrat share of the vote increased in every Kent & Medway constituency apart from Canterbury - which was sucessfully defended by the remain-supporting Labour MP, Rosie Duffield.

  • Southeastern Train
    Article: Dec 14, 2019
    By Southeastern Press Release

    Engineering work is being carried out at Ashford International station from Thursday 26 December to Sunday 29 December 2019 and on other dates.

    This work is part of a £1.25 billion investment to improve journeys for passengers on the Kent network. The work will involve replacing track, improving drainage, upgrades to points and other works which will improve journeys for passengers travelling on this part of the Kent network.

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Dec 13, 2019

    The 2019 General Election for Folkestone and Hythe result is in.

    • Simon Bishop (Liberal Democrats - To Stop Brexit): 5,755 (9.9%, +2.7%)
    • Henry Bolton (Independent): 576
    • Damian Collins (Conservative): 35,483 (60.9%, +6.3%)
    • Laura Davison (Labour): 14,146 (24.3%, -4.2%)
    • Rohen Kapur (YPP): 80
    • Colin Menniss (Social Democratic): 190
    • Andy Thomas (Socialist): 69
    • Georgina Trelour (Green Party): 2,706 (4.6%, +0.4%)
    • Turnout 67.14%, spolit papers 260
  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Dec 11, 2019

    Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Boris and stop Brexit.

    The more Liberal Democrat MPs we have in Parliament, the stronger our hand will be in stopping Johnson's catastrophic Brexit plans. We have legislation ready to go to secure a People's Vote with the option to stay in the EU.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2019

    Alan Bullion is the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Gillingham and Rainham

    In response to speculation that Boris Johnson might try to revive the failed 'Boris Island' airport project in the Thames Estuary, Alan Bullion said: "I spoke up against the potential destruction of farmland and bird and wildlife sanctuaries on the peninsula in 2014 during the Euro election at a public meeting organised by the RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trust. We will continue to oppose any such move at all costs in order to protect our precious Kent countryside and its food production and rare species."

  • Simon Bishop outside empty shop in Folkestone ()
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 1,355 businesses in the area have closed over the last three years.

    It comes as the Liberal Democrats today (Saturday 7 December) unveil a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday.

  • Beach Huts on Folkestone sea front
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    I 'm delighted to report that the Folkestone Lower Leas Park Beach Chalets Scheme (which was to see 58 huts removed, 16 retained and renovated and 120 wooden huts installed) has been substantially amended more than DOUBLING the number of existing chalets to be retained.

    Following interventions and protests on the orginal scheme by local residents, heritage groups and Councillors (including my moving amendments to the scheme at the most recent full Council meeting) Folkestone and Hythe District Council (and the Trustees of the Folkestone Parks and Please Grounds, who are subtly different) have confirmed the scheme has now been amended to retain chalets 1-27 and the 8 tiered chalets. Those 35 huts / chalets are the ones of most historical interest along that stretch, some dating back around 100 years. The chalets / huts that will still be removed are generally a little less old and with less heritage value.

  • Rubbish bags / bin bags
    Article: Dec 5, 2019
    In F&HDC website https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/news/flytipper-prosecuted-for-dumping-near-home

    Folkestone and Hythe District Council will prosecute those they find flytipping in the area. Flytipping includes those that leave household waste in bags or even street litter bins near their household.

    A resident who repeatedly dumped household waste less than 100 metres from her Folkestone home has received a hefty fine.

  • Wheres my bus
    Article: Dec 3, 2019

    By Hannah Perkin, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Faversham & Mid Kent

    Our roads are jammed, our towns are choked with fumes. But hardly anyone takes the bus these days. Why?

    In the past few weeks I have visited many areas in the Faversham & Mid Kent constituency. I have usually had to travel by car. It is just impossible to get around by bus or other public transport. Lenham is just 10 miles from my home in Faversham but it can take almost 1 ½ hours to get there by public transport. It takes me over an hour to travel the 20 miles to our county town, Maidstone.

  • Council Housing
    Article: Dec 3, 2019

    Responding to the report released today by Shelter that 135,000 children in Britain are homeless and living in temporary accommodation, which is the highest number in 12 years, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing, Tim Farron said:

    "No child should suffer the trauma of being made homeless, yet a lack of social housing and cuts to benefits are forcing hundreds of families out on the streets every week.

    "This is just another shameful example of the Conservative's failure to provide a safety net for those in need, and the fact that some of the wealthiest areas in our country are hosting the highest number of homeless children also demonstrates how inequality has flourished under their leadership.

    "The Lib Dems have outlined a plan for a better future, which ensures that everyone has a decent home and includes a commitment to building 100,000 new social homes. The other parties pay lip service to this goal, but only the Liberal Democrats have the clear and credible policies to actually achieve it."

  • Simon Bishop
    Article: Nov 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today announced plans to fund at least 28 police officers across Folkestone and Hythe constituency as part of an extra £1bn nationwide investment into community policing.

    This commitment amounts to 20,000 more police officers across England and Wales, enough for an extra two officers per ward. The Liberal Democrats will also fund an immediate 2 per cent pay-rise for serving police officers.

  • Liberal Democrat Plan 2019
    Article: Nov 22, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2019 General Election Manifesto, outlining a clear plan to build a brighter future for people and the planet.

    The first step will be to stop Brexit and use a £50 billion Remain Bonus to invest in public services and tackling inequality.

    The Liberal Democrats' ambitious plan for a brighter future, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive, includes:

  • John Willoner's Eco-House at Findhorn. Turf roof, passive solar, solar panel.
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council meeting of 20th November, the most significant item of debate was arguably:

    Otterpool Park - Additional Capital Funding

    "This report considers the recommendation of the Cabinet on additional capital funding for the Otterpool Park project."

    The recommendations agreed by Cabinet were:

  • Beach Huts on Folkestone sea front
    Article: Nov 21, 2019
    By Tim Prater

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council meeting of 20th November, I spoke on the motion:

    Budget Approval for Folkestone Beach Chalets Scheme

    "This report proposes changes to the Council's capital programme including the capital funding implications. The capital works are a request from the Trustees of the Folkestone Parks and Pleasure Grounds Charity to provide capital funding of £500,000 to support the renovation of 16 of existing beach chalets, the demolition of the remaining 58 beach chalets and the installation of 120 new beach chalets at Marine Walk, Folkestone."

  • School Meals
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    New figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Folkestone and Hythe will have seen their budgets cut by more than £3.5 million in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

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