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  • Disabled person on bus
    Article: Mar 28, 2021

    Bus Passes are no longer valid before 9:30am despite commitments made 18 months ago.

    Travelling by bus is a lifeline for many people with disabilities. The Disabled Persons Bus Pass and, where needed, the Companion Pass provide invaluable free bus travel for disabled people needing to get to the shops, to the doctors or to work. Earlier this month, Kent County Council stopped disabled persons from using their passes before 9:30am.

  • Fireworks
    Article: Mar 26, 2021

    In October the Lib Dem Group of Tim Prater and Gary Fuller proposed to Folkestone and Hythe District Council a motion on Fireworks. It got massive majority support from Council - 27 votes for, none against, 2 abstentions. It read:

    That the Council takes the following action:

    1. Encourage all publicly organised firework displays within the district area to be advertised online in advance of the event by offering or signposting a free listing service, so that residents can both enjoy the celebrations and take precautions for their animals and vulnerable people;
    2. Promote a public awareness campaign about the impact of fireworks on animal welfare and vulnerable people and the precautions that can be taken to mitigate risks, such as asking people to let neighbours know about private displays in advance, and the penalties for causing a noise nuisance late at night where not allowed by legislation;
    3. Encourage retailers to follow the lead of Sainsburys in withdrawing the sale of fireworks to the public;
    4. Develop and promote a voluntary local code on firework sale licenced premises to promote quieter firework options;
    5. Write to the UK Government urging them to introduce legislation to limit the maximum noise level of fireworks to 90dB for those sold to the public for private display;
    6. Encourage the public to notify KCC Trading Standards of retail outlets that are not correctly applying the regulations of the selling of fireworks both in terms of age-appropriateness, licensing and CE markings;
    7. Given the damage they cause and risk they present, institute a ban on the release of sky lanterns from F&HDC land, and write to the UK Government urging them to consider banning sky lanterns in the UK in total.

  • Jenny Randerson
    Article: Mar 24, 2021

    "The Government's Bus Strategy is long overdue but very welcome", writes Baroness Jenny Randerson

    "First promised in 2019, since then the crisis in our bus services has worsened, because for the last year the Government has actively discouraged bus travel, seen as unsafe in the pandemic. This came on top of decades of decline, when there has been no strategy for bus services, left to the power of the market.

  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    Ida Linfield, Liberal Democrat candidate for Canterbury City South, is pressing for better support and respite breaks for Kent's carers.

    The pressures of lockdown last year have been immense for all of us but especially for the carers in our community, many of whom are wives, husbands and school-aged children. Many of whom are not in the best state of health themselves.

  • BrianClarkHaylePark
    Article: Mar 11, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Maidstone South, Brian Clark, backs the six key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    "Our priorities highlight urgent areas of focus which will help residents recover from this devastating pandemic. Our natural environment, so beneficial for wellbeing, needs to be central in our thinking.

  • ChrisPassmore
    Article: Mar 10, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Maidstone Central, Chris Passmore, extols the Medway River Path's contribution to good mental health.

    The Covid pandemic and its social and economic impacts will negatively impact on many of our lives, being unable to manage the additional day to day pressures caused by changing relationships and employment. This can impact on our mental health and can lead to depression, substance abuse, family breakdown and even as a last resort suicide.

  • TrudyandNickStapleton
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Malling Central, Trudy Dean, continues to work to make our streets safer.

    A large section of Larkfield's 4,000. homes will be getting a 20mph limit on their roads after KCC and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councillors last night (8th March) jointly approved the scheme.

  • UkonoObasi
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham East, Ukono Obasi, is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

    "In Kent, our children and young people measure poorly against the national averages for children in care, immunisation, prevalence of obesity and young people not in education, employment, or training. These factors have a huge impact on their physical and mental health and is also a huge cost on our economy with all serious impact it has on wider society.

  • Anne Sullivan
    Article: Mar 6, 2021

    Anne Sullivan is standing for the Liberal Democrats in Tunbridge Wells South at May's County Council Elections.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the party that supports residents take care of their mental and physical wellbeing.

    The pandemic has taken its toll on the mental and physical health of so many people and the Liberal Democrats are committed to making sure that those most adversely affected are given the support they need.

  • RichardStreatfeildTrinity
    Article: Mar 6, 2021

    Richard Streatfeild is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Sevenoaks Town at May's County Council Elections.

    The Liberal Democrats are working to help ensure that every child can go to a good school, pre-school or college. We will campaign for every child to have access to a good nursery. We will give schools the help they need, so every child can thrive in the classroom and get a good start in life. We will make special needs assessments easier and quicker.

  • David Osborne
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Tunbridge Wells West, David Osborne, sets out the importance of nurturing and maintaining valuable open space within Tunbridge Wells.

    "At the heart of the West Division lies 250 acres of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons, the lungs of the town. I'm a Freehold Tenant of the Manor of Rusthall. That sounds a bit pompous, but just means that I have a house that fronts onto the Common and was once able to graze my sheep!

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Liberal Democrats respond to Kent & Medway's suicide rates.

    Kent and Medway Liberal Democrats are responding to the NHS report which shows that Kent and Medway are one of eight communities singled out by the Government as "worst affected by suicide". The report found "that while suicide rates have fallen since 2014-2016, they remain above the national average".

  • Mile Sole - flytipping
    Article: Mar 2, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Canterbury South, Mike Sole, gives his backing to the key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    Mike Sole is a passionate environmental campaigner. He was the councillor who first demanded that Canterbury City Council declare a Climate Emergency.

    "I have a record of standing up to protect the countryside, in particular the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from unwelcome development.

  • Tim with the new Shorncliffe Road / Folkestone West Zebra Crossing
    Article: Mar 2, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East, Tim Prater, gives his backing to the key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats:

    "These priorities give a clear idea of what the Liberal Democrats seek to do at County Hall: to help our County build back together from Covid. We both need to ensure we have both a caring community, and care for our community.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Mar 1, 2021
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    Last month's Conservative budget was not good enough for the people of Kent, and not good enough for Kent.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better.

    Covid-19 has highlighted the value of caring for each other. Now, as we begin to emerge from the lockdown, we need to help those most affected by the pandemic and lockdown. At the same time, we need a better quality of life for all, with clean air and green space that everyone can appreciate.

  • Tim Prater by new Shorncliffe Road / Folkestone West Zebra Crossing
    Article: Mar 1, 2021

    Covid-19 has highlighted the value of caring for each other. Now we need to care for those most affected by the pandemic and help them recover - NHS staff, care workers, those that care for family members, children with disrupted schooling, people with mental health challenges and many more. At the same time, we will aspire to a better quality of life for all, with clean air and green space that everyone can appreciate.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Feb 26, 2021
    By Membership Secretary in Save Princes Parade Email Update

    At last night's F&HDC's Full Council meeting we were disappointed, but not surprised, when Cllr Tim Prater's amendments to both the corporate plan and the budget failed. Cllr Prater's amendments were:

    1. To remove the words 'at Princes Parade' from the corporate plan;
    2. To remove the budget funding for the project.
  • Folkestone and Hythe Postal Vote
    Article: Feb 22, 2021

    The following elections are taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021:

    • Police and Crime Commissioner election
    • Kent County Council elections
    • Folkestone Council ward of Folkestone Town Council by election
    • Sandgate Village ward of S andgate Parish Council by election
    • New Romney Town ward of New Romney Town council by election
  • Ed Davey
    Article: Feb 15, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey today launched the party's campaign to "give carers a break", calling on the Government to give councils immediate emergency funding so they can provide the support services unpaid carers need to take a weekly break.

    In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, Ed Davey highlighted research from Carers UK showing that:

  • The Folkestone Haven Coffee bar
    Article: Feb 15, 2021

    This is a hard time for many, with isolation causing many mental stress.

    You are not alone. There are a number of national and local groups ready and willing to help.

    ● Samaritans: 116 123

    ● GiveUsAShout: 85258 (text)

    ● AnxietyUK: 03444 775 774

    ● theCALMzone: 0800 58 58 58

    Locally, the Folkestone Haven support local adult residents who may be struggling.

  • Community Hubs
    Article: Feb 15, 2021

    Although the vaccination progamme is now starting to have an impact, it's too soon to relax.

    We're all finding it hard - but no-one should feel as though they are alone during this challenging time. There is support available, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In Folkestone and Hythe there are Community Hubs to help those who haven't got alternative support.

  • Ian Chittenden
    Article: Feb 15, 2021

    At the Kent County Council Budget meeting last Thursday Conservative councillors voted down two Liberal Democrat proposals to fund urgent repairs needed to deal with increasing safety risks on Kent's Public Rights of Way and Country Parks. The money was to come from the £130 million of Government grants given to KCC for any extra costs of work needed to recover from the effects of Covid-19.

  • Abolish Council Tax graphic
    Article: Feb 12, 2021

    At Kent County Council's 2021 budget meeting on Thursday 11th February the Liberal Democrats (the largest opposition group) challenged the fairness of the council tax system and called for council tax to be abolished.

    The Liberal Democrat amendment was proposed by Faversham councillor Antony Hook. It called for Kent County Council to write to the Government to ask for council tax to be reviewed and an alternative system used.

  • Antony Hook in Kent County Councl Chamber
    Article: Feb 11, 2021

    Today at Kent County Council's budget meeting, the Liberal Democrats, the largest opposition group, challenged the fairness of the council tax system and called for council tax to be revised.

    The amendment called for the council to write to the government to ask for council tax to be reviewed and an alternative system of council tax bands and charging rates considered.

  • Jenny Randerson
    Article: Feb 11, 2021

    Earlier today, Baroness Jenny Randerson brought a Regret Motion to the House of Lords which challenged the Government's use of Special Development Orders (SDOs) for their proposed Lorry Parks in Kent, including on the White Cliffs site next to the AONB at Dover.

    The SDOs enable the Government giving itself planning permission with no obligation to consult the public or produce an environmental impact assessment.

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