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  • Council Housing
    Article: Nov 7, 2019

    Following up from previous Facebook posts (such as this, and this) on the condition of the East Kent Housing run (and Folkestone and Hythe District Council owned) Ross House in Ross Way, Sandgate, there has been much more progress and work.

    Work teams have been on site pretty regularly since I took some senior officers and Councillors for a visit, with work not underway to replace and fix leaking flat roofs, security doors fixed and more. There is more to do, and some commitment to doing it, but good to see.

    Also, further surveys have been conducted, leading to the following letter being delivered to Ross House residents this morning:"Following survey work by East Kent Housing in the last few days, we have decided to improve fire protection works at Ross House. This work will include improvements to the fire alarm system and some building works.

    "It is going to take some time to complete this work, and because we want to make sure that you are as safe as possible in your home, we have spoken to Kent Fire & Rescue Service about what we need to do.

    "Along with Folkestone & Hythe District Council, we have decided to introduce a security service at Ross House. The security team will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the work is completed."

    Clearly, that there have not been such systems in place for the last 18 months of occupation is mindboggling, but I'm pleased to see urgent and appropriate measures being put in place now to ensure resident safety. Although learning the lessons of the past is important and will have its place, getting the problem sorted now is the most important thing to see.

  • SCAM
    Article: Oct 22, 2019
    In Alert from KCC Public Protection

    Action Fraud and others are reporting a scam by text where criminals are sending out distressing messages.

    How this scam works:

    • Victims receive a text message from a loved-one which says they are in hospital
    • The only way that they can make contact is via text message
    • Victims are asked to purchase mobile phone top-up codes and text it to the criminal
    • Once the criminals have the code, they can get the cash credited to their own mobile phone account.
  • Council Housing
    Article: Oct 22, 2019
    By Folkestone and Hythe District Council in Letter from Folkestone and Hythe District Council to East Kent Homes Tenants

    Future options for managing council housing

    Council homes are currently looked after by East Kent Housing on our behalf. They carry out safety checks, manage repairs, collect rent etc.

    Earlier this year we discovered serious problems with a range of safety checks at some properties looked after by East Kent Housing. We are sorry if that caused you to worry.

  • Tim Prater and Gary Fuller
    Event: Dec 7, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 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.

    The surgeries will be held:

    • The first Saturday of each month (2019: 1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 7th September, 5th October, 2nd November, 7th December) from 11-12.30pm in the cafe at Sandgate Farmers Market in the Chichester Hall, 70 Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3AR
    • The third Tuesday of each month (2019: 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 17th December) from 5-6pm in Sandgate Library, James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3RR

    Alternatively, contact Tim or Gary directly by email or phone. If you call and don't get through, please do leave a message and we'll call you back!

  • Folkestone Triennial 2017 exhit [house]
    Article: Oct 16, 2019
    By Creative Folkestone

    Creative Folkestone is pleased to announce that the fifth edition of Folkestone Triennial will be taking place from Saturday 5 September - Sunday 8 November 2020. Curated for the third time by Lewis Biggs, the Triennial in 2020 will take the title The Plot.

    The Plot invites visitors to consider urban myths and their relation to verifiable realities, the gap between the story and the actuality and presents around 20 newly commissioned artworks by internationally acclaimed artists.

Sandgate Farmer's Market

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