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  • Community Hubs
    Article: Jan 5, 2021

    It's been said before in the last nne months but this bears repeating.

    No one should feel as though they are alone during this challenging time. In Folkestone and Hythe the local Community Hubs are here to help those who haven't got alternative support. They can:

    • Provide food for those not able to get or prepare it themselves
    • Assist with the collection and delivery of food orders
    • Collect and deliver medical supplies
    • Offer someone to talk to for advice and reassurance
  • Money ()
    Article: Jan 5, 2021

    The Chancellor has announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses. They are worth £4,000-9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring.

    These grants are in addition to previously announced Local Restriction Support Grants worth up to £3,000 a month and the extended furlough scheme.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Jan 4, 2021

    Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats commented on the PM's announcement of a new lockdown:

    "This is the public health policy the Prime Minister should have announced before Christmas, but yet again, Boris Johnson ducked the difficult decisions, failed to listen to experts and acted too late.

    "Just yesterday morning Johnson was telling parents that schools were safe and children should definitely go. Today he is telling us that they must all move to remote learning but without any proper future plan.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Jan 3, 2021

    The Leader of Kent County Council has called on the Government to keep schools closed in Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Folkestone and Hythe. Kent County Council's Liberal Democrat Group Leader Rob Bird and Edication Spokesman Trudy Dean made a similar call yesterday.

    Kent County Council Leader Roger Gough and Cabinet Member for Education Richard Long have written to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, urging him to allow East Kent primary schools to remain shut.

  • Article: Jan 2, 2021

    Trudy Dean and Rob Bird demand immediate action to stem the spread of the new strain of the Covid-19 virus.

    It makes no sense to close schools in London which is in tier 4, but to keep them open in other tier 4 areas including parts of Kent.

    The Imperial College study of the new strain of the virus, UK B117, shows that it is hugely more infectious. It also shows that cases are highest in children and young people from birth to 19 years right now.

  • Graham Colley
    Article: Dec 29, 2020

    Brexit means that the UK will no longer be a member of 30 EU criminal justice bodies which every day help keep people in Kent and across Europe safe.

    Graham Colley, who has been selected by Kent Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election said: "The country will lose its access to some very important databases. Whilst it will have continued access to others, for example the system which checks fingerprints across the EU, Security cooperation, such as through the Schengen Information System (SIS2), will no longer be based on a "real time" basis. In tracking crime, delay can facilitate escape.

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: Dec 28, 2020
    By Kent Highways Notification

    It will be necessary to close part of Granville Road East, Sandgate, Folkestone, currently planned from Monday 18 January 2021, with estimated completion by 22 January 2021.

    Granville Road East will be closed in the general vicinity of number 4, as shown on site.

    The alternative routes for any through traffic are:

  • Article: Dec 23, 2020

    I've been blown away by our community in 2020. Families shopping for neighbours, people volunteering at Community Hubs, collecting for charity, bringing a little light into people's life. Local businesses that have adapted so fast to find new ways to survive and serve.

    It takes pressure to make diamonds. There's been such huge pressure, and Sandgate has shone. Thank you all.

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