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  • Green Council candidates 2019 John Wing, Doug Wade, Georgina Treloar and Lesley Whybrow and Lib dem candidates Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Article: May 1, 2019

    Thursday is your chance to elect Liberal Democrat Councillors to Folkestone and Hythe District Council. For too long the Conservatives have been without an effective opposition. They've stopped listening and it's led to the wrong decisions for our area, be it Otterpool Park, Princes Parade or plans to put in place parking charges along Sandgate Esplanade. Let's change that.

  • Christine Jardine (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Apr 26, 2019

    A record number of people in South East England are being forced to turn to foodbanks, according to figures released today by the Trussell Trust.

    In the year ending 31 March 2019, 148.640 emergency food packages were delivered to people in crisis in South East England. This is a 21% increase in the last year and a 62% increase on five years ago. Over 55,000 of the packages were given to children.

  • Fight climate change with solar panels
    Article: Apr 23, 2019
    By Sir Ed Davey

    Our reliance on fossil fuels puts our children in danger and gives power to despots across the globe. Ed Davey outlines an emergency plan to beat the climate crisis.

    Whether it's young people taking time off school or the Commons' naked protestors: they are right. We face a climate crisis.

    Liberal Democrats should provide the emergency plan. In 3 parts.

  • CatherineBearder
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today announced their list of MEP candidates in the South East constituency for the European elections on the 23rd May.

    The diverse list of candidates includes a current MEP, Councillors and other hard working community activists.

    The Liberal Democrats will fight the elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard to stop Brexit and restore Britain's tarnished reputation in Europe.

  • Demand Better for Sandgate and West Folkestone
    Article: Apr 11, 2019
    By Tim Prater, Liberal Democrat Candidate in Sandgate and West Folkestone

    I love Sandgate. I hope you do too.

    I've lived in the centre of Sandgate for the last 15 years. I run my business from the village. I'm in and around Sandgate pretty much every day. I'm a trustee of the Chichester Hall in the middle of town, and have been honoured to have been a Sandgate Parish Councillor for the last eight years and the Vice Chairman of the Parish Council for the last two.

  • Lorries on Brock
    Article: Apr 11, 2019

    Operation Brock, the contraflow on the M20 between junctions 8 & 9, has been in place for just over 2 ½ weeks. The scheme was put in place by Highways England in anticipation of a disorderly, no-deal Brexit at the end of March. With Brexit having been delayed till the end of October, Brock is not needed and should be dismantled ahead of the Easter break.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Apr 4, 2019
    By Save Princes Parade Campaign email

    For our next fundraising event we will be holding a quiz night at The Fountain pub on Monday 8th April from 7pm to 10pm.

    Please come along to a fun quiz night to help raise money to go towards the legal costs to fight the proposed development of Princes Parade.

    To book your table please call The Fountain on 01303 470495. Everyone welcome.

  • Chani Sanger outside To Let Shop in Guildhall Street
    Article: Mar 31, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a comprehensive plan ahead of the local elections to support struggling high streets across England, including for Folkestone town centre.

    Tim Prater, Liberal Democrat campaigner for Folkestone and Hythe described the plans as "exactly the sort of policy we need to boost local investment and ensure businesses in Folkestone thrive."

  • Shepway Foodbank poster
    Article: Mar 29, 2019

    The Shepway Foodbank is an increasingly important service locally, with demand for its services increasing across the area. Demand for foodbanks is increasing nationally, and that's also evident locally.

    As an example, from 1 January to 15 March, the Shepway Foodbank redeemed 287 foodbank vouchers, which has fed 600 individuals (a dramatic increase from the same period in 2018 - 91 vouchers redeemed, 357 individuals fed).

  • CPZ 2 hour parking notice / sign
    Article: Mar 28, 2019

    You spoke, we listened, and have got ACTION.

    We had a HUGE response to one of our recent leaflets asking about YOUR parking concerns locally. THANK YOU.

    We've taken your top local parking problems to Folkestone and Hythe Parking Services, and are reporting back.

    In general, most feedback was that the extended CPZ had improved parking for local residents, but that there were still issues. That's what we're trying to address - ways to make the scheme better for all.

  • Supporter Scheme graphic
    Article: Mar 19, 2019

    When the political landscape is as turbulent as it is at the moment, it is understandable to want to turn your back to it altogether.

    But not everyone is able to weather the storm.

    With Westminster in deadlock over Brexit for nearly three years, other issues have fallen to the side.

    The NHS, police force and schools are dangerously under-funded. Poverty and homelessness are on the rise. Those on welfare are having it taken away from them. Our climate - our planet - is under threat.

  • Green Council candidates 2019 John Wing, Doug Wade, Georgina Treloar and Lesley Whybrow and Lib dem candidates Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Article: Mar 18, 2019

    The Folkestone and Hythe Liberal Democrat Party and Shepway Green Party have agreed a cooperation deal for the May 2019 elections for Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC).

    This form of progressive alliance has been successfully adopted elsewhere in the country at previous elections by the two national parties and improves the chances of challenging the long-standing overwhelming Conservative majority on FHDC.

  • Sheep
    Article: Mar 5, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today revealed that the Conservative Government has not conducted any analysis of the impact of Brexit on sheep farming in the UK.

    The Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, branded Conservative Ministers "woefully irresponsible" for "failing to safeguard the sector from the impact of Brexit."

  • SCAM
    Article: Feb 26, 2019
    By Alert from Kent County Council Public Protection

    Action Fraud has received several reports where fraudsters are claiming to be landlords of properties offered for rent online.

    How it works

    • Prior to viewing a property, the criminal requests that the individual pays a deposit.
    • After the victim pays the money, the scammer sends a bogus email purporting to be from a Tenancy Deposit Scheme confirming they have received their deposit.
    • This email is false! The money was sent directly to the criminals' account.
    • The victim is left out of pocket and without the home they thought they were renting.
  • Controlled Parking (CPZ) Sign in Sandgate - 2 hours free parking
    Article: Feb 25, 2019

    The Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) now extends across much of Sandgate in a triangle from Sandgate High Street to Radnor Cliff and up to Enbrook Road.

    But now the Sandgate CPZ is in place for most local residents, your Lib Dem team want to know if parking is now better or worse in YOUR road.

    • Is it working for you?
    • Are YOU finding it easier to park?
    • Is more parking being pushed into roads outside the zone?
    • Are the hours of operation right? Should they be changed?
    • How easy is getting visitor permits? Should there be a "grace" period for trades?
  • Gary Fuller at Sandgate Park
    Article: Feb 21, 2019

    A new parking area for up to 10 cars will be created this Spring at Sandgate Park on Military Road.

    Sandgate Parish Council are building the car park as a part of their programme of improvements to the Park since taking on its running a few years ago.

    The new parking will be free for up to two hours for park users. It will be accessed off Military Road and use some of the existing dog run, which will be repositioned and re-fenced. The dog run will end up a little squarer but much the same size.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Feb 20, 2019
    By Robert Bliss and Tim Prater

    We were both elected to Sandgate Parish Council in 2011, and have served as Councillors, and nominally "leaders" of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups on Sandgate Parish Council ever since.

    We are are both members and activists in our respective Parties, both been so for decades, and plan to remain so. We both see a strong role for Parties, especially our own Parties, in politics at District, County, National and European level, and have both served as Councillors at both District and County levels.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Feb 20, 2019

    Sandgate Parish Council are still trying to return a £500,000 loan to the Government: but the Government doesn't want their money back!

    In September the then owner of the Escarpment and Martello Towers 5 & 6 went back on his agreement to sell the area to the Parish Council on behalf of local people (selling them to a developer at a higher price instead).

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Feb 19, 2019

    Tim Prater and Gary Fuller have welcomed the rejection of plans to build 10 three storey town houses on Romney Avenue in Sandgate Valley.

    Gary Fuller says:

    "I'm not anti-development, but the proposals were unacceptable. The steep bank that is part of the area needs protecting as a green area and wildlife habitat. The development might make it unstable and then need to be completely stripped back. That can't be right.

  • Vince Cable
    Article: Feb 19, 2019

    The decision of seven MPs to leave Labour and set up a new grouping has left a number of other MPs in both Labour and the Conservative Parties considering their political future.

    The Liberal Democrats nationally are clear. Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable commented:

    "We've always been strong proponents of working across parliamentary lines. This is no exception. We're open to working with the new Independent Group and any other like-minded individuals to give the people the final say on Brexit. We'll be engaging in talks to progress on that and a wider political agenda."

  • Tim Prater on Sandgate Esplanade
    Article: Feb 18, 2019

    After the introduction of parking charges last year on Princes Parade, local residents fear that Conservative Folkestone and Hythe District Council will push ahead with previous plans to introduce parking charges on Sandgate Esplanade.

    Sandgate campaigner Tim Prater says:

    "Summer parking charges on Princes Parade had a devastating effect last year.

  • Dungeness Sunset, Johnny Cotter
    Article: Feb 18, 2019

    We're delighted that we have 2 limited edition 'Dungeness Sunset' prints, kindly donated by local artist Johnny Cotter, to auction to raise funds towards our forthcoming local election campaign.

    The prints will be auctioned during our Local Party Quiz night (all welcome!) at 20:30 on Friday 22nd March, at the Chichester Hall in Sandgate High Street. You can, if you wish, just attend for the auction itself.

  • Wera Hobhouse
    Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Today two bills driven by Liberal Democrats will receive royal assent. Both the Bill to make upskirting a specific offence and ban letting fees both began as Liberal Democrat Private Members' Bills.

    The 'upskirting' (Voyeurism Offences) Bill is a victory for women up and down the country. This is part of enshrining women's autonomy over their bodies into law, and means that now the police and the courts should find it far easier to bring perpetrators to justice.

  • Christine Jardine (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Feb 12, 2019

    Not before time, Conservative Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted that the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems in rolling out universal credit.

    Responding to Amber Rudd's comments about the link between the rise of food bank usage and the roll out of Universal Credit, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:
  • Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in hand
    Article: Feb 12, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are backing calls from consumer rights charity, Which?, for a regulator to protect access to cash following new analysis revealing a rapid decline in cashpoints.

    New figures obtained by Which? show cashpoints disappeared at a rate of 488 per month between June 2018 and December 2018 with over 250 free-to-use machines also closing monthly.

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