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  • Article: Jul 13, 2019

    At the County Council meeting on 11th July the Liberal Democrats were due to propose a motion calling for Kent County Council to remove peak time restrictions for disabled persons bus passes. The motion was withdrawn by the County Council Chairman following a last minute objection by KCC's senior financial officer.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Jul 11, 2019

    Liberal Democrat analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Kent Police by 6% in real terms between 2015-16 and 2019-20.

    According to Liberal Democrat analysis, total government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.

  • Sandgate Street Waste Bin with Dog Waste Sticker
    Article: Jul 9, 2019

    I today requested Folkestone and Hythe District Council if they could reprint and replace the faded and mainly damaged "Dog Waste" stickers on bins across the area with new stickers.

    When they quickly and helpfully agreed to do so this afternoon *if* I could find the previous wording and dimensions, I'm not totally sure they expected my level of research quite so quickly...

  • Lib Dem Leadership Ballot
    Article: Jul 2, 2019

    All Party members for whom the Party has an email address should have received yesterday their personalised email to vote in the Leadership Election.

    If you are a current Party member and have not received this email (entitled "Your chance to vote for who will lead the Liberal Democrats" from "Lib Dem Elections ", please check your spam / junk mail folders and if you can't find it contact elections@libdems.org.uk to let them know.

  • Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Article: Jul 2, 2019

    From Councillor Prater to Councillor Godfrey, Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and special projects

    Would the Cabinet member for Housing provide the number of LGSR's (gas safety certificate tests) on our housing stock that EKH invoiced this council for in each of the financial years 2016-17, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019?

  • Article: Jul 1, 2019

    Around a fifth of working age people live with a disability. For many of these people one of the biggest challenges of getting into work is the journey to work and back home.

    Disabled person's bus passes in Kent are operative during off-peak hours, from 9:30am to 11pm on weekdays. The pass is therefore too late for most disabled people needing to take a bus to work. However, in Wales, Scotland and some other parts of England, such restrictions do not apply.

  • Doug Wade and Tim Prater
    Article: Jul 1, 2019

    Always an honour to attend the Canada Day parade to Shorncliffe Cemetery and watch the children place flowers on the graves. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the start of the event, it felt even more special to lay the wreath on behalf of Sandgate Parish Council.

    The Mayor of Folkestone led the procession, which also included the Mayor of Hythe Doug Wade, myself as Vice Chairman of Sandgate and Ann Berry the chairman of Folkestone and Hythe District Council, alongside many others including Military "top brass", Cadets, Councillors, and representatives from Canada.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Jul 1, 2019

    Lib Dem Councillor Gary Fuller has reacted with horror to a report in the Independent of a survey of mothers between the ages of 18 and 30 by the Young Women's Trust that has found that a quarter are skipping meals every day to provide for their children, while half skip meals at least once a week.

  • Training session (Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine [CC0] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IBMComputerTrainingWorkshop.JPG)
    Article: Jun 28, 2019

    FREE training for community and voluntary groups!

    This is the first in a series of training sessions funded by Folkestone and Hythe District Council.

    When: Thursday 18 July 2019, 10am-1pm

    Where: Boulogne Room, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, CT20 2QY

    Who: This session is for people who are thinking of setting up a group AND groups that are already in existence but now want to set up more formally or become a legal entity.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Jun 27, 2019

    In summating the motion to Save Princes Parade and reply to the debate on Wednedsday 26th June, I said something like the below (you need to react to what other people say, so it's a bit fluid!).

    You can (for a limited period) see the speech as delivered on the webcast at https://folkestone-hythe.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/418553/start_time/8720000?force_language_code=en_GB

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Jun 27, 2019

    In moving the motion at the 26th June Folkestone and Hythe District Council Full Council Meeting to Save Princes Parade, I (approximately!) said the below.

    You can (for a limited period) see the speech as delivered on the webcast at https://folkestone-hythe.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/418553/start_time/5466000?force_language_code=en_GB

  • Ann Rimmer
    Article: Jun 27, 2019

    We're really sorry to have heard that former Lib Dem Sandgate Parish Councillor Ann Rimmer died yesterday after a short battle with cancer.

    In her time in Sandgate, Ann was a staunch supporter of the Party, both working behind the scenes and as a Councillor.

    Our thoughts are with her daughter Season, family and friends.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Jun 27, 2019

    In the first ever full council debate on the future of Princes Parade, Folkestone and Hythe District Council passed a motion to Save Princes Parade from development and instead build a new swimming pool and leisure centre at Martello Lakes. The motion was proposed by Lib Dem Councillor Tim Prater and seconded by Green Councillor Lesley Wybrow, ond was won by 15 votes to 14.

  • In Memoriam
    Article: Jun 27, 2019
    By Tim Prater, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Folkestone and Hythe District Council

    Brian Copping served as a Councillor for Foord ward on Shepway District Council for around 30 years, and also Folkestone Town Council for eight years. He sadly passed away around 30 May.

    Brain was a Liberal Democrat until 2004 before founding People First, but I feel we should mark his contribution to our Town and District over the three decades that he sat as a Councillor. A number of other Councillors at Folkestone and Hythe and Folkestone Town Council served with Brian, and will recall his contribution.

  • Chuka Umunna (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/07/21/mp-official-portraits-open-source-images/)
    Article: Jun 14, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has joined the party.

    Chuka joins the Liberal Democrats, having held the seat since 2010. The Liberal Democrats recently topped the poll in London during the European elections and are extremely excited to gain this seat.

  • Jo Swinson and Ed Davey
    Article: Jun 12, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat leadership election has begun in earnest!

    Nominations closed on Friday and two candidates were nominated by MPs and members - Ed Davey & Jo Swinson.

    Voting will begin on the 1st of July - and throughout this contest, the candidates will both have the chance to make their case to party members.

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/07/21/mp-official-portraits-open-source-images/)
    Article: Jun 12, 2019

    The Public Accounts Committee, of which Lib Dem MP Layla Moran is a member, has published a report today describing NHS waiting times as "unacceptable" and in a "downward spiral" and warned patients are at added risk of harm.

    With waiting times being missed on this scale, the Conservative Government must not scrap waiting times, but ensure the NHS has the resources and staff to meet the targets. If waiting times are deprioritised, or abandoned, the result could mean worse care for patients.

  • HMRC Scam email
    Article: Jun 12, 2019

    Kent County Council Public Protection are continuing to see an increase in reports on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) scams as well as changes to how they can trick you.

    To help you identify scams this is an example:

    How the scam works:

    • You receive an email that looks as if it is from HMRC
    • Fraudsters may "spoof" a genuine email address or change the 'display name' to make it appear genuine
    • You are told you are due a refund
    • You are given a deadline to apply
    • You are directed to click on a link in the email
  • Police custody cell [Copyright: Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland]
    Article: Jun 12, 2019

    The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) is looking for volunteers (Independent Custody Visitors - ICVs) across Kent to visit Custody suites to check on the welfare and conditions of those held in police cells and report back to the PCC.

    This can be as often as once a month. In addition, ICVs attend training sessions, between two and four panel meetings a year, and an Annual General Meeting. The time commitment required is around three to five hours a month and all ICVs are asked to carry out at least one night-time visit a year (between 10pm and 6am).

  • Pioneering Places poster ()
    Article: Jun 6, 2019
    By Creative Folkestone

    This exhibition, displayed across three sites in Folkestone, explores the history and possible futures of the Ship Street Gasworks site.

    At Folkestone Museum we tell the story of Foord, from rural village to the railway and industrialisation, with much of the content contributed by residents.

    • 28 June to 21 July, every Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
    • Folkestone Museum, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone CT20 1DY
  • Green Council candidates 2019 John Wing, Doug Wade, Georgina Treloar and Lesley Whybrow and Lib dem candidates Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Article: Jun 6, 2019

    Folkestone and Hythe Lib Dem Leader Tim Prater and Green Party Leader Lesley Whybrow have put down a motion to the 26th June District Council meeting calling on the Council to withdraw its own proposals to develop Princes Parade, and instead build a new leisure centre and swimming pool at Martello Lakes in West Hythe.

  • Constitution of Folkestone and Hythe District Council Part 4 Cover sheet
    Article: Jun 6, 2019

    On 24th May, the Opposition members of the Audit and Governance Committee on Folkestone and Hythe District Council (Lib Dem Tim Prater, Green Lesley Whybrow and Labour's Ray Field) put down a motion to remove the Chair and Vice-Chair of the committee and to hold a meeting to elect their successors.

  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Jun 6, 2019

    Individuals have been receiving phone calls from people claiming to be a police officer or banking official. The suspect will say either:

    • There has been fraudulent activity at the victims' bank and the staff at the bank are involved. The victim is then asked to withdraw money to either keep it safe or assist the police with their investigation.
    • A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is fraudulent and they require the victims' assistance to help secure evidence by purchasing jewellery or exchange a large amount of currency to hand over to the police.
    • The victims' card has been compromised and used to purchase goods by a suspect. The victim is requested to withdraw their money to keep it safe or hand over their bank card to the police.
  • Olly Grender, Tom Brake and Letting Fee Rent campaigners
    Article: Jun 5, 2019

    For too long, landlords had been able to impose huge unfair charges on renters with little government oversight.

    Three years ago, Liberal Democrat Baroness Olly Grender introduced a bill to the House of Lords on renters' rights, to ban letting agents from charging excessive admin fees and protect tenants from rogue landlords.

  • Red Arrows 2013
    Article: Jun 5, 2019

    Sunday 30th June 2019 11am - 8pm

    Folkestone Town Council are proud and thrilled to announce that our 11th annual Armed Forces Community Fun Day will this year include an exhilarating air display from the Red Arrows. Flying displays will also include parachute regiments and memorial aircraft, which are still to be announced.

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