Article: Jun 7, 2021
As a part of a piece of casework for a local resident, I've been on the trail of a missing hedge...
When 7 years ago, Folkestone West Train Station got its shiny new car park by Shorncliffe Road, one of the planning conditions was planting along the new fence by Shorncliffe Road. This would over time soften the border, reduce light spill from the car park, create a habitat, provide more oxygenators, food for animals: all the good things.
Article: Jun 3, 2021By Press Release from Folkestone & Hythe District Council
Folkestone & Hythe District Council are piloting a park and ride service in Folkestone this summer.
The service - which will be operated by Stagecoach - will run from the Motis Business Centre in Cheriton near J12 of the M20, CT19 4 QJ. Users can enjoy hassle free parking paying just £5 per car to park all day. Shuttle buses will run every 30 minutes between 9am and 6pm to Folkestone Harbour via Folkestone Central Station. The park and ride service will operate every weekend until October and daily from 19 July to 31 August.
Article: Jun 3, 2021By Kent Liberal Democrats
Antony Hook has made his first speech to Kent County Counci in his role as Leader of Kent Liberal Democrats.
In his four-minute speech Antony:
- Congratulated members elected to Kent County Council
- Introduced new Liberal Democrats members Mike Sole and Richard Streatfeild
- Called on the council to work together to achieve recovery after the pandemic
- Highlighted the gulf between seats allocated to the Conservatives versus the much smaller share of votes they received from Kent's people
- Set out liberal values that will guide the Liberal Democrat Group - such as belief in the open society with equal opportunity for all
- Called for people to be "liberated from poverty, ignorance and conformity"
- Said he is optimistic about Kent's future
- Called on Kent to become the leading council in the UK for embracing new technology
Article: Jun 2, 2021By Kent Liberal Democrats
Antony Hook has been elected as new Leader of Kent Liberal Democrats.
He will lead the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall and was elected unaniously by Liberal Democrat county councillors.
Antony Hook is 41, married with two daughters and represents Faversham on Kent County Council.
He is fomer Member of the European Parliament for South East England.
Article: Jun 1, 2021
Folkestone and Hythe District Councillors have up to £3,000 per Councillor they can agree as ward grants during the course of a year.
The forms and guidance notes to make an application to a Councillor are online at:
....however, if you'd prefer a Word (so editable) copy of the application form, the Member Ward Budget Grant 2021/22 Application form is available here.
Article: May 20, 2021In Email to Cabinet Member for Waste and Officers
I know this is part of a regular series of emails from me, but there are a lot of things not well in the world of bin emptying and rubbish collection in Sandgate at the moment I'm afraid.
The seafront is currently regularly getting strewn with rubbish *again*, and although I have local residents crying out for bigger bins. The issue is that AGAIN they are being emptied too infrequently, and AGAIN the system seems to have reverted to someone who empties and leaves the bags on or by the bin, and then some hours later, sometimes the next day, the bags are being collected.
Article: May 14, 2021
There is a virtual event to launch the White Cliffs Community Rail Partnership next Thursday, 20th May, at 2pm. The partnership covers the nine stations between Westenhanger and Sandwich (including Folkestone West and Folkestone Central), and you can hear their exciting future plans and ideas.
The event is open to all with an interest in trains, railways, tourism, sustainable travel or has ideas how stations can play a bigger role in our community.
Article: May 8, 2021
The results are in. By 21 votes out of almost 5,200 cast, I missed taking the "Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East" Kent County Council division from the Conservatives.
Election of councillors to Kent County Council for the Cheriton, Sandgate & Hythe East division on Thursday 6 May 2021
Candidate Description Number of votes cast BINGHAM Paul Richard Labour Party 792 LOVE Rory Cassian The Conservative Party Candidate 2143 (elected) PRATER Tim Liberal Democrats 2122 SEGAL Eric Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts 91
Article: May 7, 2021By Antony Hook
Following the Kent County Council election on 6 May 2021, the following Liberal Democrats were elected:
Ian Chittenden - Maidstone North East
Dan Daley - Maidstone Central
Trudy Dean - Malling Central
Antony Hook - Faversham
Richard Streatfeild - Sevenoaks Town
Mike Sole - Canterbury South
Antony Hook said,
Article: Apr 30, 2021
Trudy Dean sets out some of the challenges which Kent County Council needs to address to help all children and young persons get the best start in life.
The Liberal Democrats believe that the financing of Education in the UK is too heavily skewed toward Secondary Education at the expense of the all-important formative Early Years and argue for greater funding of Early Years settings. There is a particular need for greater focus on speech development and creative play for children from poorer backgrounds to try to ensure that their life chances are not limited from the start.
Article: Apr 23, 2021
It's a real bright spot of each week supporting the Sandgate Community Garden team by taking Leonie's weekly updates and photos and tunring them into the online diary posts at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/sandgate-community-garden/
With 102 weekly diary entries now in place the diary covers from pretty much day one of the Community Garden at Enbrook Park, plus the Incredible Edible planters on Sandgate High Street and Golden Valley Parade.
Article: Apr 22, 2021
The County Council elections are not JUST about getting a Councillor who works hard through the year, keeps in touch, and gets things done (although I hope, and think, I am that Councillor).
EVERY vote for Tim Prater in the Kent County Council Elections in Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East will send a clear message to the Conservatives: this is NOT over. This IS personal. We CAN still Save Princes Parade.
Article: Apr 16, 2021By Katharine Harvey, Chief Economic Development Officer, F&HDC in Email to Local Businesses
Local authorities have been administering the Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) schemes on behalf of government since last November. Through the LRSG scheme mandatory grants have been awarded to eligible businesses in the district which are in the business rates system, while other businesses impacted by the pandemic have been catered for through the Folkestone & Hythe ARG discretionary scheme.
Article: Apr 16, 2021
The Liberal Democrats will be fielding candidates in three divisions of Folkestone East, Folkestone West and Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East. The Green Party will be fielding candidates in Hythe West, Romney Marsh and Elham Valley divisions.
Article: Apr 7, 2021
A number of Hythe residents asked me to review and comment on planning application 21/0553/FH (Land Opposite 24, Station Road, Hythe). I have done so today, and my comments were as follows:
"I'm commenting in objection to application 21/0553/FH (Land Opposite 24, Station Road, Hythe).
"Although the land has been included in the Local Plan for development, this application exceeds the number of properties specified for the site in the Local Plan. Although they attempt a justification based on plot size, given the recent passing of the plan, to now exceed the numbers in that plan seems excessive and arbitary. If the authors of the Local Plan thought it was a reasonable site for 44 dwellings they should, and presumably would, have said so.
Article: Mar 29, 2021
Liberal Democrat County Council Candidate for Deal and Walmer, Penelope James, backs the six priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.
"Caring for our community, our environment and our residents are key priorities for Kent Liberal Democrats. They have never been more important than now as we emerge from the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Clark is committed to protecting our precious green spaces, improving air quality and nurturing biodiversityArticle: 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.
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.
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.
"An investment in the future of our children is an investment in a better future for all", Ukono ObasiArticle: 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.
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.