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  • Welcome to Kent - Lorry Park
    Article: Dec 15, 2020

    The Government's failure to control numbers of lorries parked up in Kent could have serious consequences for Kent's residents and businesses

    We are now just two weeks before the end of the Brexit transition period. Regardless of whether the Government reaches any sort of trade deal with Europe, we know that both exporters and importers will be bogged down with time-consuming and costly bureaucracy following the Conservative Government's insistence on leaving the Customs Union.

  • CCTV cameras (Hustvedt [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])
    Article: Dec 15, 2020

    I'm regularly (OK - occasionally) asked if the CCTV in the Lower Leas Cosatal Park and elsewhere in Folkestone actually works.

    Answer: yes.

    There are 6 cameras in the park (Lower Sandgate Road), they are part of the Folkestone Town Council CCTV system, and they are fully functional. 25 are live monitored, and the remainder are recording only.

    Access to footage is generally via Police request (http://folkestone-tc.gov.uk/_UserFiles/Files/Council/Policies%20Procedures/CCTV%20Policy.pdf). If you see / are affected by an offence, report it to the Police, and they can ask to see the recorded footage they think may be useful to their investigation.

    Details of the existing 36 cameras across the town (all fully functional) and 20 new cameras proposed (including cameras covering the new beach huts on the seafront - yay!) are on the agenda / reports for the Folkestone Town Council Finance Committee Meeting this Thursday and can be seen at http://folkestone-tc.gov.uk/_UserFiles/Files/_Agendas/92097-A171220.pdf

  • Stronger Kent Communities website screenshot
    Article: Dec 11, 2020

    Interim Stronger Kent Communities CEO, Claire Haffenden, is running the below fundraising sessions. Marketing sessions are run by a variety of Kent-based professionals.


    SKC Introduction to Grant Making Trusts: Aimed at beginners; this interactive webinar will introduce you to the theory behind writing a good funding application. Thursday 21 January. £15. Book your place: https://bit.ly/2HzqRmk

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Dec 4, 2020

    Sad news for all of us campaigning against the development of Princes Parade from Folkestone and Hythe District Council today. The have issued a press release saying:

    "Permission to appeal the judicial review of the planning permission for the Princes Parade development has been refused today (3 December 2020).

  • Operation Stack / lorries
    Article: Dec 3, 2020

    Plans to keep traffic moving in Kent in the event of cross-Channel disruption will undergo a live test next week.

    Highways England and its partners in the Kent Resilience Forum will carry out a live test to mobilise a moveable barrier system on a section of the M20 from Friday 11 December. It will mean that parts of the motorway are closed between Maidstone and Ashford for four nights, with signed diversions in place.

  • Money ()
    Article: Dec 3, 2020
    By Katharine Harvey, Chief Economic Development Officer, F&HDC in Email to Local Businesses

    I want to update you on the new arrangements for the COVID business grants that Folkestone & Hythe District Council has been tasked to administrate by the Government, as national lockdown ends and our district faces Tier 3 restrictions.

    There will continue to be a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG) scheme for businesses that ARE legally required to close under the Tier 3 restrictions. All businesses that are eligible for a grant through this scheme will be directly contacted and informed about the process by our Business Rates team.

  • Article: Nov 29, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to raise Carer's Allowance by £1,000 a year, to help support 2,904 unpaid carers in Folkestone and Hythe during the coronavirus pandemic.

    The party's leader, Ed Davey, who has promised to "be the voice of the 9 million carers in our country", has written to the Prime Minister urging him to recognise the "challenges that have been made even harder by coronavirus."

  • Bus Stop / shelter
    Article: Nov 19, 2020

    All Folkestone Town Councillors were asked by the Folkestone Town Clerk over the summer if they had any proposals for new or replacement bus stops in the town. There was partial funding available from Kent County Council, and a small reserve at Folkestone Town Council for stops. It wouldn't stretch to many, but with that, and a contribution from Councillor's ward grants, then we might get a few done.

  • Money ()
    Article: Nov 13, 2020

    The application process for two Folkestone & Hythe COVID grants schemes to support businesses during the current national lockdown period have been launched today: one for businesses in business rated premises forced to close by the current lockdown rules, and a second for those outside those criteria but still being harmed.

  • Money ()
    Article: Nov 11, 2020

    The Kent and Medway Growth Hub Team have emailed businesses with a helpful review of the current financial support available for businesses, as below.

    I've added some additional information from Folkestone and Hythe District Council on Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) below (in italics).

  • Mummy bag / sleeping bag (Smack, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Nov 6, 2020

    Good to see a briefing from Folkestone and Hythe District Council on their work on tackling homelessness, and specifically housing the homeless, over the coming months.

    The Winter Shelter will be in place - although it will be delivering help through bed and breakfast spaces rather than the "rotating shelter" used in past years. The Council are committed to continue to work with partners the Rainbow Centre, Porchlight, and Serveco to identify and assist people who are rough sleeping or who are at risk of doing so.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2020

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird have written to Roger Gough, the Leader of KCC, asking for the County Council to provide Free School Meal Vouchers during the forthcoming Christmas holidays.

    The letter follows on by the call by Trudy Dean, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Children, Young Persons and Education at County Hall, for Free School Meals to be provided to all eligible children throughout the year, not just at term time.

    The County Council stepped in at short notice to provide Free School Meal vouchers during the recent half-term. Medway Council did the same. Previously, the Government voted down an Opposition motion calling for Free School Meals to be provided during the school holidays. None of Kent & Medway's Conservative MPs supported the motion.

    The KCC vouchers were provided for almost 20,000 eligible children in Kent. Sadly, close to 30,000 more children missed out, though some will have been supported by foodbanks and other local organisations.

    We very much hope that KCC will provide vouchers for the Christmas holidays and many more eligible children will benefit from the scheme.

    The letter sent to Roger Gough is reproduced below.

  • Purple Pages screenshot
    Article: Nov 5, 2020
    By Katharine Harvey, Chief Economic Development Officer, F&HDC in Email to Local Businesses

    National Lockdown COVID Business Grants

    Yesterday all local authorities met with BEIS and heard about the funding available for business support grants during the current period of national lockdown. There are two schemes which apply to the Follkestone & Hythe District and I have summarised these below:

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Overnight closures of sections of Cheriton High Street and Horn Street, Cheriton, Folkestone, are planned from Saturday 21 November 2020 for up to 2 nights, from 8.00 pm through until approximately 6.00 am each night.

    Cheriton High Street and Horn Street will be closed in the general vicinity of the junction where they meet each other opposite Tesco, to the actual extent indicated on site.

  • Trudy
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Kent County Council is being urged to commit to providing free school meals in all school holidays as a way of tackling not just hunger in poorer children, but also to help improve their success in learning at school.

    Around 50,000 children in Kent are entitled to get free school meals, but around one in five do not claim them. These children are missing out not just on a good meal, but also on money for their school learning. A child registered to receive free school meals also benefits from a much less well known annual payment of around £1,300 per primary pupil, and over £900 per secondary pupil, known as the Pupil Premium. Paid for by Government direct to the schools, it is aimed at giving extra help with school work to children from poorer families. It can help provide computers, books or trips out which parents might not be able to afford.

  • Gurkha Memorial Stature, Folkestone
    Article: Oct 29, 2020
    By The Gurkha Welfare Trust

    On Armistice Day, 11th November, we remember the brave soldiers who gave their lives or suffered for us in war.

    Over 90,000 Gurkha soldiers served in the British Army during World War One, of whom more than 20,000 were wounded or killed.

    Armistice Day marks the end of the War and is a day to remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

  • Ringgo Permit Application Page
    Article: Oct 29, 2020

    In Part 1 of "Why RingGo Is Hard to Use for F&H Parking Permits", I explained the problem I was having renewing my Folkestone and Hythe Residents Visitor Permit Application.

    Since sharing that overnight, I've had two other people tell me they have the exact same problem. This includes one person who is due to renew by tomorrow, or his permit expires. Its both happening to others, and has been for at least weeks. I also had a helpful lead on Twitter from Darren who had the same problem, but found a workaround (see below). That inspired me this morning to recheck - and I also found a workaround, which was similar to the one he just sent me. Bravo Darren!

  • Ringgo Permit Application Page
    Article: Oct 28, 2020

    I have had the point made to me reguarly by local residents, and made the point myself to Folkestone and Hythe Parking Services, that the RingGo system used for Resident Visitor Permits is *not* straightforward or easy to use.

    However, its not always easy to find an example of WHY that is. Today though, I've been able to, and to brighten the existence of the Parking Services Manager and two Cabinet colleagues by sending them an extensive email detailing it. I know they are grateful. I can sense it.

  • Decorated Christmas Tree
    Article: Oct 27, 2020

    KidsOut was able to provide every child in refuge during the 2019 Christmas period at least one new toy and is happy to announce that the 2020 Giving Tree Appeal is now live and ready for you, friends and colleagues to sign up to take part again.

    Due to Covid-19, the children they support are needing more than ever before and therefore intend to provide more than one new toy per child.

  • Christmas presents wrapped LDXD 2019
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Would you like to win £1,500 in cash in time from Christmas?! That's just one of the prizes in this years Lib Dem Christmas Draw - tickets on sale NOW!

    Buying Lib Dem Christmas Draw tickets online at https://libdemdraw.org.uk/folkestone-hythe not only gives you the chance to win yourself a great gift for Christmas but also raises funds for our Lib Dem campaigning here in Folkestone and Hythe too.

  • Fair Council Tax
    Article: Oct 21, 2020

    A motion to the 21st October Folkestone and Hythe District Council meeting proposed by Labour Group Leader Connor McConville calling to look at options for reduced or zero Council Tax for Care Leavers aged 22-25 in Folkestone and Hythe was passed tonight by 28 votes for with one absention.

    The motion was passed unamended and is at https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/moderngov/mgAi.aspx?ID=13650

  • Fireworks
    Article: Oct 21, 2020

    At the online Folkestone and Hythe District Council (F&HDC) meeting tonight (21 October), Lib Dems Tim Prater and Gary Fuller successfully moved a motion on fireworks that recevied wide cross-Party backing.

    The motion sought to introduce measures to reduce the distress that fireworks cause to the elderly, children, pets and other animals, while also recognising the pleasure that fireworks bring to many. It also sought to ban the release of sky lanterns from F&HDC land.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Oct 15, 2020

    Rail operators recognise the needs of the growing numbers of people who need to combine home-working with part-time commuting to their office or other place of work. Proposals for flexible ticketing were presented to the Government back in July. Three months later, the Government is still sitting on its hands as it continues to discourage rail travel during the Covid pandemic.

  • Lump of coal (Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga Commons)(Lmbuga Galipedia)Publicada por/Publish by: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/))
    Article: Oct 13, 2020

    Since 1974, applications have been welcomed each year around this time from residents of Folkestone to apply for the Town Mayor of Folkestone's Christmas Fund for assistance with their winter expenses. Prior to 1974 this was known as the Mayor's Coal Fund and gifts of coal were distributed to those eligible.

  • Save Lives, Give Blood graphic (blood.co.uk)
    Article: Oct 8, 2020

    NHS Blood and Transplant are holding an extra blood donation session at:

    The Grand, The Leas, Folkestone, CT20 2XL

    …on Thursday 29th October 2020 and have appointments available between 13:30 - 19:30.

    To book an appointment:

    • visit blood.co.uk
    • download the app NHSGIVE BLOOD
    • call on 0300 123 23 23

    Never given blood before? New donors are always welcome - learn more and register on the blood.co.uk website.

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