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  • Tim Prater
    Article: Feb 7, 2020
    By Tim Prater, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Folkestone and Hythe District Council

    Yesterday Folkestone and Hythe District Council announced they have bought the land and purchase options of their former developer partner Cozumel that forms much of the Otterpool Park site for around £25 million plus costs.

    Although this represents a large profit for Cozumel since they bought the racecourse a few years ago, it removes a partner from the scheme that was likely to push for the development - especially on their land - to be more commercial than the Council. If they had remained as partners, it is likely over the long term they would have made MUCH more profit, and sought that the value of their land was maximised - that's what property developers do.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Sandgate Farmer's Market

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