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  • 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.

  • Cleaned up / tidy waste bin
    Article: May 27, 2019

    It just takes a little care and attention to keep our area looking nice, but without it, things go downhill fast.

    It seems that Folkestone and Hythe District Council / Veolia haven't emptied or cleaned up around the bin in Wilberforce Road Car Park in Sandgate for weeks and weeks, and it really showed. It was pretty disgusting!

  • Lib Dem MEPs for South East England: Judith Bunting, Catherine Bearder and Antony Hook
    Article: May 27, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have secured the best ever European Election result in the party's history, expecting to return 16 MEPs and take second place in vote share.

    In the South East England region, the Liberal Democrat have returned 3 MEPs on 26% of the vote finishing in second place. We secured 8% in 2014 and our previous best result was 15.3%. In Folkestone and Hythe the Liberal Democrats also came second to the Brexit Party, beating the Green Party and getting more votes that the Coservatives and Labour combined.

  • Folkestone Coastal 10km run - runners number and medal
    Article: May 26, 2019

    Today was the Folkestone Coastal 10km run - slightly to my surprise I'm delighted to say I completed it!

    My time of 62 minutes 32 seconds is certainly not going to give Mo Farah any sleepless nights, but its my first ever 10km run having started running this time last year - I'm just chuffed to have finished it!

  • 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.

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