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  • 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.

  • Council Housing
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    Since being contacted a few weeks ago by a Ross House resident concerned about security in the block, I've been actively pushing and working with Folkestone & Hythe District Council and East Kent Housing to see a wide range of issues in the block dealt with.

    I'm pleased to say many of the issues are either being worked on, or there is a plan to do so. So far some internal repairs have been done, a new fire alarm system fitted, leaking roofs repaired, mould is now being removed from walls in communal areas and more is planned. I'm also pleased to say that a CCTV system is on the process of being installed.

    It's good that the Council and East Kent Housing have taken the concerns of residents, myself and Gary Fuller seriously, and have acted - thank you to the Officers, Councillors and teams that have have done so.

    There are more things left to fix, but they are being worked on. And there is much more to learn about how we got here, and how to ensure that we don't do so again. However, the priority HAD to be in sorting the problems to hand.

    There is an update from Fokestone and Hythe Council, especially on the Fire Security of Ross House and the works being undertaken. at https://folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/rosshouse

  • Kent County Council Early Help Grants
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    The "Early Help" grants will support new and existing organisations and innovative projects which contribute to meeting the local need and priorities for the District's children and young people.

    In Folkestone and Hythe, those priorities are:

    Raising aspiration and educational attainment, and extending employment opportunities

  • Gary Fuller sweeping up
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    At a recent Sandgate and West Folkestone Councillors Surgery, a resident had raised with me that the "Jacob's Ladder" footpath rising from Sandgate Hill to the Folkestone School for Girls / Coolinge Lane was fairly overgrown and increasingly slippy underfoot.

    Despite attempts by myself and Folkestone and Hythe Council Officers to get it cleaned up we were caught between Kent Highways and Veolia both claiming it was someone else's responsibility. So, this morning, we sorted it ourselves.

  • Charlotte Hill and Simon Bishop
    Article: Nov 15, 2019

    Local resident Charlotte Hill has questioned Lib Dem candidate for Folkestone and Hythe Simon Bishop on his views in the run-up to the 12th December General Election.

  • Simon Bishop outside Hythe Clinic
    Article: Nov 14, 2019

    Only 83.6 per cent of patients arriving at A&E in Kent and Medway, including the Folkestone and Hythe area were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.

    With the figure being well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, Simon Bishop, Lib Dem candidate for Folkestone and Hythe, has reiterated his opposition to the proposed closure of Ashford A&E.

  • Matthew Parris (Nick Moyes [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Conservative voters living in Folkestone and Hythe: Do you still feel at home in the party?

    Matthew Parris, Times columnist and Conservative Party member for 50 years, doesn't, He quit the Party last week, saying:

    "I am a conservative, not a Liberal Democrat, but will unhesitatingly vote Lib Dem this time to defeat Tory zealotry over Europe. So should every former Tory voter who still believes it would be folly for Britain to leave the European Union.

    "One survey suggests a third of former Tory Remainers have already decided to vote Lib Dem in the coming election, the only question being what the nearly two thirds who still plan to vote Tory could possibly be thinking.

    "So here I find myself, unwilling to support a leader [Boris Johnson] who is a stranger to honesty or principle and who surfs a foolish populist wave for the sake of ambition alone, leading a governing party whose centre of gravity has shifted decisively away from the broadly centrist political force Conservatism once was."

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/im-leaving-the-tories-and-voting-lib-dem-thm7g22ld

  • BLOODHOUND SSC, supersonic car powered by both a jet engine and a rocket.
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    We all know that having the correct insurance for your motor vehicle (car / bike / van) is a legal necessity, but what is the impact on your insurance of modifications made to your vehicle? Could they have left you effectively uninsured...?

    The British Insurance Brokers' Association (BIBA) have published a report on modified vehicles and insurance, which should hopefully be of use to specialist motor enthusiasts and others.

  • British Passport
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Hundreds of EU nationals living in Folkestone and Hythe have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, the latest official figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    Candidate in the upcoming election for the Lib Dems, Simon Bishop, accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in "legal limbo" and throwing people's lives into desperate uncertainty.

  • Chicken / Rooster / Cock (Muhammad Mahdi Karim [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rooster_portrait2.jpg)
    Article: Nov 11, 2019

    Responding to the news that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party will not be standing a candidate against Damian Collins in Folkestone and Hythe, Liberal Democrat candidate, Simon Bishop, said:

    "Nigel Farage's comments show he is running scared of the Liberal Democrats as the strongest Remain party in Folkestone and Hythe. He knows that we are the only party at this election that can take seats like Folkestone and Hythe from the Conservatives and stop Brexit.

  • Simon Bishop and Lib Dem members and supporters campaigning in Saltwood
    Article: Nov 11, 2019
    By Simon Bishop, Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Folkestone and Hythe

    Where the first day of campaigning made me concerned about the division that has been sowed by the Brexit referendum, this weekend has inspired me.

    To see so many people out helping deliver leaflets in Hawkinge, Folkestone, Hythe, Saltwood, Stanford and beyond was incredible. There were party members and non-party members who came to help. Some were life long Lib Dem members, others for whom it was their first time and they came because they feel so passionately that Brexit is wrong for this country that they want to do their bit to help.

  • David Monk and Tim Prater with
    Article: Nov 9, 2019
    By Folkestone and Hythe District Council Press Release

    Dog owners are being reminded of the negative health impacts caused by failing to clean up after their four-legged friends.

    Cllr David Monk and Cllr Tim Prater of Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) joined forces to reinforce the message by applying "I'll take poo too!" stickers on normal bins along The Leas in Folkestone earlier today (November 7).

  • CCTV cameras (Hustvedt [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])
    Article: Nov 8, 2019
    By Sandgate Parish Council News Release

    Sandgate Parish Council is in discussions with various partners, including the Sandgate Society and District Councillors, to seek funding to install CCTV in three key locations:

    ● Sandgate High Street
    ● The Golden Valley shops
    ● Sandgate Park

    CCTV is being investigated following a number of incidents of vandalism in Sandgate Park, a number of attempted break-ins to businesses in Sandgate High Street and damage to cars in the High Street and surrounding areas.

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