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  • Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Event: Mar 7, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Sandgate Farmers Market, Chichester Hall, 70 Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3AR

    As part of their commitment to listening to and working with local residents, Tim Prater and Gary Fuller, the new Lib Dem District Councillors for Sandgate and West Folkestone, will be holding regular drop-in advice surgeries in the ward each month.

    No need for an appointment - just turn up to discuss any issue you would like our help with. The surgeries are in a public place: if you'd prefer to speak to Tim or Gary one-to-one then please contact them directly and we can set up a personal meeting with you.

  • Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Event: Mar 17, 2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Sandgate Library, James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3RR

    As part of their commitment to listening to and working with local residents, Tim Prater and Gary Fuller, the new Lib Dem District Councillors for Sandgate and West Folkestone, will be holding regular drop-in advice surgeries in the ward each month.

    No need for an appointment - just turn up to discuss any issue you would like our help with. The surgeries are in a public place: if you'd prefer to speak to Tim or Gary one-to-one then please contact them directly and we can set up a personal meeting with you.

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo (Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo)
    Article: Jan 30, 2020
    By Folkestone and Hythe District Council Press Release

    The Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council will implement an innovative and new cross-party Cabinet from 1 February 2020.

    This pioneering approach will give political parties an opportunity to be represented on the Cabinet, giving them direct involvement in executive decision-making.

    In practice, this means the leaders of the Green and Liberal Democrats groups will take up seats on Cabinet alongside Conservative and UKIP colleagues and hold portfolios of their own.

    These councillors are not subject to Cabinet collective responsibility, if they have voted against something in Cabinet. This arrangement will mean these members can continue to maintain their distinct identities as political group leaders.

    Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Leader of the Conservative group, Cllr David Monk, said:

    "I'm delighted that two of my fellow party leaders have elected to take up my invitation to join Cabinet.

    "While the Labour Group is still in consultation about joining, I am looking forward to all groups forming part of my cabinet and transposing the success of our cross-party working groups to a Cabinet setting. We're all working for a bright and prosperous future for our district and residents.

    "I'm confident that together we can make even better progress towards this goal."

    The members of Cabinet and their portfolios will be as follows:

    • Cllr David Monk (Con) - Leader of the Council
    • Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee (Con) - Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities
    • Cllr David Godfrey (Con) - Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Special Projects
    • Cllr Stuart Peall (Con) - Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste and Building Control
    • Cllr John Collier (Con) - Cabinet Member for Property Management and Grounds Maintenance
    • Cllr Ian Meyers (UKIP) - Cabinet Member for Digital Transformation and Customer Service
    • Cllr David Wimble (Independent) - Cabinet Member for the District Economy
    • Cllr Lesley Whybrow (Green) - Cabinet Member for the Environment
    • Cllr Tim Prater (Lib Dem) - Cabinet Member for Revenues, Benefits, Anti-Fraud and Corruption

    More information about councillors and their responsibilities can be found at: folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/your-council/your-councillors

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Jan 30, 2020

    At the Full Council meeting last night, it was announced that on Monday, I will be joining the Folkestone and Hythe District Council Cabinet as Cabinet member for Revenues, Benefits, Anti-Fraud and Corruption.

    This is NOT a coalition or support deal. I and the Lib Dem Group retain all rights to speak out against, oppose and vote against Council decisions we disagree with. Lesley Whybrow as Green Group Leader is also joining the Cabinet on the same terms with the Climate Change brief, and Connor McConville as Labour Group Leader has been offered a place too and is actively discussing with colleagues. All three opposition group leaders were offered the same opportunity at the same time.

  • Iwade Lorry
    Article: Jan 24, 2020

    At a Kent County Council meeting this week councillors endorsed a KCC proposal to implement a trial lorry control area aimed to substantially reduce inappropriate HGV movements. The trial area is likely to be to the south of Maidstone.

    The County Council is already in advanced discussions with the Government about obtaining the necessary legal powers to permit KCC officers to undertake the enforcement. A similar scheme is already in place in London. Up to now, most HGV restrictions in Kent have tended to be flouted by lorry drivers.

  • Kent Police van and car (Editor5807 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 24, 2020

    Kent Police is appealing for information following two car fires in Folkestone.

    Officers were called to a report of a car alight in Bouverie Road West at 3.30am on Thursday 23 January 2020.

    A second car was then reported alight in Dixwell Road at 4am.

    Both fires were extinguished by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and nobody was reported injured.

  • Extinction Rebellion at County Hall 210120
    Article: Jan 21, 2020

    About 20 climate protesters interrupted a Budget meeting with loud hailers and whistles at County Hall today causing the meeting to be suspended whilst they made their statement to the largely empty chamber. Only Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors stayed to hear what they had to say.

    The protesters said that the County Council had failed to explain the urgency of the climate change situation to Kent residents, failed to agree effective emission targets, failed to set aside money to carry out the necessary changes and failed to set up Citizens Assemblies which could discuss residents views on the environmental impact of KCC policies.

  • Sandgate Farmers Market flyer
    Article: Jan 16, 2020

    Saturday 18th January sees the 2020 return of the Sandgate Farmers Market, with a wide range of local produce, local made goods and local enterprise.

    This weeks stallholders indlude Sandgate Bakery, Old Hall Farm, Marsh Produce, Catherine Jordan Cakes, Saffron Rose Flowers, Kent Honey, Anji's Interiors, Eco Food Wrap, It's a Florrie Thing, Pauline's Handmade Toys, Gill Thompson Jewellery, Utility Warehouse and Body Shop products alongside the regular cafe. and many more!

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