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Simon Bishop

  • John Willoner's Eco-House at Findhorn. Turf roof, passive solar, solar panel.
    Article: Nov 21, 2019

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council meeting of 20th November, the most significant item of debate was arguably:

    Otterpool Park - Additional Capital Funding

    "This report considers the recommendation of the Cabinet on additional capital funding for the Otterpool Park project."

    The recommendations agreed by Cabinet were:

  • Beach Huts on Folkestone sea front
    Article: Nov 21, 2019
    By Tim Prater

    At the Folkestone and Hythe District Council meeting of 20th November, I spoke on the motion:

    Budget Approval for Folkestone Beach Chalets Scheme

    "This report proposes changes to the Council's capital programme including the capital funding implications. The capital works are a request from the Trustees of the Folkestone Parks and Pleasure Grounds Charity to provide capital funding of £500,000 to support the renovation of 16 of existing beach chalets, the demolition of the remaining 58 beach chalets and the installation of 120 new beach chalets at Marine Walk, Folkestone."

  • School Meals
    Article: Nov 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced that they will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament.

    New figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Folkestone and Hythe will have seen their budgets cut by more than £3.5 million in real terms since 2015, once increasing pupil numbers are taken into account.

  • Council Housing
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    Since being contacted a few weeks ago by a Ross House resident concerned about security in the block, I've been actively pushing and working with Folkestone & Hythe District Council and East Kent Housing to see a wide range of issues in the block dealt with.

    I'm pleased to say many of the issues are either being worked on, or there is a plan to do so. So far some internal repairs have been done, a new fire alarm system fitted, leaking roofs repaired, mould is now being removed from walls in communal areas and more is planned. I'm also pleased to say that a CCTV system is on the process of being installed.

    It's good that the Council and East Kent Housing have taken the concerns of residents, myself and Gary Fuller seriously, and have acted - thank you to the Officers, Councillors and teams that have have done so.

    There are more things left to fix, but they are being worked on. And there is much more to learn about how we got here, and how to ensure that we don't do so again. However, the priority HAD to be in sorting the problems to hand.

    There is an update from Fokestone and Hythe Council, especially on the Fire Security of Ross House and the works being undertaken. at https://folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/rosshouse

  • Kent County Council Early Help Grants
    Article: Nov 19, 2019

    The "Early Help" grants will support new and existing organisations and innovative projects which contribute to meeting the local need and priorities for the District's children and young people.

    In Folkestone and Hythe, those priorities are:

    Raising aspiration and educational attainment, and extending employment opportunities

  • Gary Fuller sweeping up
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    At a recent Sandgate and West Folkestone Councillors Surgery, a resident had raised with me that the "Jacob's Ladder" footpath rising from Sandgate Hill to the Folkestone School for Girls / Coolinge Lane was fairly overgrown and increasingly slippy underfoot.

    Despite attempts by myself and Folkestone and Hythe Council Officers to get it cleaned up we were caught between Kent Highways and Veolia both claiming it was someone else's responsibility. So, this morning, we sorted it ourselves.

  • Charlotte Hill and Simon Bishop
    Article: Nov 15, 2019

    Local resident Charlotte Hill has questioned Lib Dem candidate for Folkestone and Hythe Simon Bishop on his views in the run-up to the 12th December General Election.

  • Simon Bishop outside Hythe Clinic
    Article: Nov 14, 2019

    Only 83.6 per cent of patients arriving at A&E in Kent and Medway, including the Folkestone and Hythe area were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.

    With the figure being well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours, Simon Bishop, Lib Dem candidate for Folkestone and Hythe, has reiterated his opposition to the proposed closure of Ashford A&E.

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