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  • Article: Oct 14, 2021

    Responding to the government's announcement on GP services, Liberal Democrat Health and Social Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP said:

    "These changes are a sticking plaster which won't address the GP shortage crisis that is leaving patients struggling to get appointments.

    "The Conservatives have already missed their own targets to recruit and train more GPs. Now they are coming up with plans to name and shame GPs, which risks driving even more doctors away from the profession.

  • Gas burner (https://stock.adobe.com/uk/search/free)
    Article: Oct 13, 2021

    The Government has missed its 2020 fuel poverty targets and is already at "high risk" of failing to meet its goals for 2025, a report by the Committee on Fuel Poverty has found.

    Commenting on the findings, Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey MP said:

    "The Conservatives are failing millions of hard working families and leaving them in fuel poverty at a time when energy bills are rocketing.

  • Folkestone and Hythe Express front page 6/10/2021
    Article: Oct 6, 2021

    Article on the front page of today's Folkestone and Hythe Express on bin collections being discussed at last week's Folkestone & Hythe District Full Council Meeting. It quotes Cabinet Member for Waste Stuart Peall responding to a question from Councillor Jackie Meade on bin collection problems saying:

  • Census 2021 - 21st March
    Article: Oct 4, 2021
    By Office for National Statistics

    97% of households across England and Wales responded to Census 2021 to ensure they count when it comes to local services - and almost 90% of them did so online.

    Initial findings out today show online take up of the first digital-first census far exceeded expectations, with more than 22 million responses submitted using the web questionnaire.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Sep 30, 2021

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council meeting last night, a vote to delay the removal of vegetation from the Princes Parade site until the current Public Inquiry into moving the road has given its verdict was lost by 12 votes to 14.

    The motion, moved by Green Group Leader Lesley Whybrow and seconded by Lib Dem Group Leader Tim Prater said:

  • Smart Electricity Meter Display
    Article: Sep 20, 2021

    With fuel prices soaring at the moment, it's looking like many people will need any extra help available with heating bills this Winter.

    The Warm Home Discount is a government scheme which gives people receiving certain benefits a payment of £140 towards their winter electricity bills. It's paid for by energy suppliers.

  • Article: Sep 17, 2021
    By Marianne Haslegrave gorillas@commat.org in Press Release from Commonwealth Medical Trust (Commat)

    Through the generosity of those who either bought from the stall or 'Went up the Tower' at Ullyett Cottage during the Sandgate Safari Sale, Sabina now has a new dress.

    With the funds raised Commat (the Commonwealth Medical Trust) was able to buy a treadle sewing machine for the women in the remote village of Nkuringo, in Western Uganda and they have since been busy learning how to use it. They have made skirts for themselves and clothes for their children, and will now start making school uniforms for young children which can then be sold.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2021

    Each year, Folkestone and Hythe District Councillors get £3,000 of grant funding that they can use to support organisations, activities and projects that benefit the area.

    One of the events that I backed with grant funding this year was the Folkestone Channel Triathlon, which went ahead in September.

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: Sep 14, 2021

    Overnight closures of part of A259 Dymchurch Road, Hythe are planned from Tuesday 28 September 2021 for up 4 nights, from 8.00 pm through until approximately 5.00 am each night.

    A259 Dymchurch Road will be closed between the junctions with Botolph's Bridge Road and Redoubt Way, to the actual extent shown at any time.

  • Runner / trainer / shoe (Free stock photo from https://stock.adobe.com/)
    Article: Sep 3, 2021

    It will be necessary to close various roads in The Leas area of Folkestone to allow the Cancer Research UK Race for Life event.

    The following roads will be closed to through traffic between 10:30 and 14:00:

    • Cliff Road
    • Dixwell Road
    • Metropole Road West
    • Metropole Road East
    • The Leas (between the junctions with Metropole Road and Earls Avenue)
    • Clifton Gardens
  • Debit and Credit cards [Plastic money]
    Article: Aug 31, 2021
    In Email to Rishi Sunka and Dr Thérèse Coffey

    Dear Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,

    The decision of the Government to remove the uplift in Universal Credit on 1st October is going to hurt the poorest households in Folkestone and Hythe. As Councillors in Folkestone and Hythe, we're appreciated the £20 a week extra support to recipients of Universal Credit in our area. As leaders of our respective groups, we urge you to do the right thing by those families.

  • People drinking / drinks (Adobe Free Licence)
    Article: Aug 25, 2021

    Residents and businesses have a chance to comment on a new licensing policy for the Folkestone & Hythe District until 27 October 2021.

    Each licensing application is determined on its own merits but the council's licensing policy provides guidance when evaluating these. The proposed updated version of the policy contains recommended opening hours as a guide.

  • Kent Recycling Centre Consultation
    Article: Aug 19, 2021

    Not before time, Kent County Council are consulting on future use of a booking system for customers to access Household Waste Recycling Centres (such as Ross Way, Folkestone).

    The consultation is at https://letstalk.kent.gov.uk/wasteconsultation

    Kent County Council say:

    "Feedback since we started using the booking system suggests that many customers have found it convenient and useful but that some would still prefer to just 'turn up and go'."

  • Hike Heroes [from Kent AONB Experience Project
    Article: Aug 16, 2021

    As part of the Experience Project the Kent Downs AONB are looking for new North Downs Way Ambassadors and have set up a training programme to help people learn more about the trail with the aim of ultimately setting up new professional, engaging walking tours along the trail in Kent and Surrey. Applications are open until 5pm 20th August.

  • 2021 Liberal Democrat Conference Agenda
    Article: Aug 16, 2021

    It costs just £1 for members to register for the Liberal Democrat autumn conference if you've never come to one before. Now is a great time to try (virtually) attending one for the first time.

    Tune in this Autumn, vote and have your voice heard, participate in online discussions, hear from the experts, post questions, join the networking area and visit the exhibition - there's something for everyone.

  • Folkestone Old High Street
    Article: Aug 11, 2021

    The final draft of the Folkestone Town Centre Place Plan is now live at https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/folkestoneplaceplan

    The Place Plan consists of three main documents: an Urban Appraisal, Engagement Report and the draft Place Plan.

    • The Urban Appraisal was undertaken during the early stage of the Place Plan development to better understand the area. The study was extensive covering subjects including a socio-economic appraisal, a planning and area review and a baseline of transport and movement in and around the town. This also included an appraisal of local assets, landmarks and uses as well as environmental considerations. This study culminated in some key findings which were pivotal in informing the content of the Place Plan.
  • 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.

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