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  • Ed Davey, photo taken by Richard Townsend (Richard Townshend, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Dec 23, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have demanded the Prime Minister declares a "State of Emergency" in Kent with over 5,000 lorries left stranded after the border between France and the UK was closed to trade and travel.

    According to the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, an emergency can be declared if "an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in the United Kingdom or in a Part or region."

  • Decorated Christmas Tree
    Article: Dec 22, 2020

    Christmas can be a really hard time of the year for some people in the best of years, and this is hardly that.

    The Folkestone Haven is there everyday to support you with your mental health and wellbeing. They are a drop in centre based in Sandgate Road, Folkestone - pop in or call them for an appointment on 07827 533871.

  • Recycling and Residual / General Waste Wheely bins
    Article: Dec 22, 2020

    Sandgate's usual Wednesday waste collections will be only slightly affected over the Christmas period this year.

    The Wednesday 23rd collection will be as usual:

    • Green lidded wheeled bin (waste that cannot be recycled or composted)
    • Food bin (all your cooked and raw food waste)

    The recycling collection that would usually happen the following Wednesday (30th December) is now scheduled one day later on for Thursday 31st December.

  • M20 Lorry Park
    Article: Dec 21, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    For the past 6 months Kent's Liberal Democrats have been calling for Covid tests for all drivers arriving in Kent from Europe, or better still, before they depart. Back in May our calls were dismissed.

    Ironically, there is now a strong likelihood that the French and Belgian authorities will insist on drivers being tested for Covid before they travel to Europe. The Government is under acute pressure to set up rapid testing units for drivers heading to Dover and the Channel Tunnel. All within the next 24 hours.

  • Census 2021 - 21st March
    Article: Dec 17, 2020
    By Leigh Poppy - Census Engagement Manager for South East Kent

    Households across Folkestone and Hythe District will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

    The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

  • Young Carer
    Article: Dec 15, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    At last week's County Council meeting I called on Kent County Council to celebrate the role and contribution of the thousands of young carers who have supported family members through some of the most challenging of circumstances during the past 9 months.

    I was very pleased that both the Chairman and Leader of Kent County Council agreed that the Council would look to participate in the Young Carers' Action Day being organised by The Carers Trust in March.

    I very much hope that we will be able to celebrate our young carers in March and that the County Council will work with partner agencies to ensure that this will be a day when the County as a whole remembers the immense contribution of these remarkable young people.

  • 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

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