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  • 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:

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