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Sandgate News

Sandgate is a ward of Folkestone West county division, represented on Kent County Council by Lib Dem Tim Prater.

The Liberal Democrat Action Team including Parish Councillors Gary Fuller and Tim Prater are working for Sandgate throughout the year, and keep in touch regularly through Focus and through E-FOCUS direct via email too.

If you would like to receive a copy of Sandgate E-Focus (free!) in future, simply email your name and address to tim@shepwaylibdems.org.uk - we'll add you to the mailing list.

Sandgate News

Recent News about Sandgate from this website.

  • Fireworks
    Article: Oct 21, 2020

    At the online Folkestone and Hythe District Council (F&HDC) meeting tonight (21 October), Lib Dems Tim Prater and Gary Fuller successfully moved a motion on fireworks that recevied wide cross-Party backing.

    The motion sought to introduce measures to reduce the distress that fireworks cause to the elderly, children, pets and other animals, while also recognising the pleasure that fireworks bring to many. It also sought to ban the release of sky lanterns from F&HDC land.

  • Beer / lager [Stella Artois]
    Article: Oct 5, 2020
    In Update from the Folkestone and Hythe District Licencing Team

    I've been asked by a number of local residents and licencees what checking was being made of Covid-19 arrangements such as Track and Trace, distancing and 10pm closure in pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants locally.

    I received over the weekend the helpful update below on what the requirements being tested are, and what work is going on in those areas, and thought it would be useful to pass on!

  • Tim Prater in front of Sandgate Library and Parish Council Office
    Article: Sep 28, 2020

    Sandgate Parish Council are delighted to announce that Sandgate Library is now open for browsing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30-12.00, and that we will also continue to run the Click and Collect Service.

    We were delighted that Sandgate Library re-opened on 7th September for a Click and Collect and Home Library Service only. As of today, we can also allow users to browse and select their own books, although numbers in the library at any time will be necessarily limited.

    Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council, Tim Prater, said:

    "It's due to the dedicated work of our Clerk Gaye and volunteers that Sandgate was one of thirty three libraries across Kent to re-open, and the only library of our level. To be able to move, with Kent Libraries agreement, to a much more normal browsing service is, again, thanks to them.

    "It has been been announced that the 66 Kent libraries that had not yet reopened this year will now remain closed until at least April. That's a real blow to those areas, but our management of Sandgate Library has allowed us to dodge that fate.

    "So please, come along and visit our library once again. The team may be wearing masks but will definitely be smiling under them."

    Numbers in the library at any one time will be strictly limited and wearing of masks, except for those with medical exemptions, is required. Track and Trace details will also be taken, and there is a Covid-19 app check-in QR code to scan. Staff will also be wearing appropriate PPE.

    A Click-and-Collect loan service and Sandgate Home Library Service remains in place for those who want it or, because of age or disability, are unable to get to the library.

    To book these services, borrowers call on the dedicated phone number 07552 810271 or by email to Sandgate.Library@kent.gov.uk.

    Reading or listening choices can then be discussed with a member of staff, and arrangements made for a suitable time-slot when books will be available for collection or a Home Library Service delivery will take place.

    Please note that Click-and-Collect & Home Library Service loans are for a maximum of 6 items per occasion and, for the time being, will be limited to the stock held within Sandgate Library.

    In addition, there will be one WiFi area available at the front of the library, bookable via Netloan, but there will be no print facility for the present. Obviously, every effort will be made to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.

  • Standing water on development site
    Article: Sep 23, 2020

    A proposal to build 8 houses on a plot of land on Romney Avenue in Sandgate was given planning permission last night at Folkestone and Hythe's Development Control Committee.

    The proposal was opposed by ward Councillor Tim Prater after discussions with a number of local residents, who said that while he accepted it was better than a previously rejected application for the site, there were still too many questions that remained unanswered.

  • Napier Barracks, Folkestone
    Article: Sep 18, 2020

    Earlier this week, I co-signed letters alongside the Leader of Folkestone and Hythe District Council David Monk and Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins to both Chris Philp Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Home Secretary Priti Patel demanding answers on the Government decision to open a migrant site at Napier Barracks at Shorncliffe.

  • Napier Barracks, Folkestone
    Article: Sep 17, 2020
    In Remarks to Sandgate Parish Council Meeting, 15th September

    You may also have heard very recently that the Home Office contacted the District Council last Thursday afternoon (10th September) to explain they had plans, previously never mentioned or discussed, to house a migrant processing centre at Napier Barracks.

    I am incredulous that they can have failed to consult, or even notify of plans to open such a centre, and yet are planning on doing so on Monday 21st September.

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo (Folkestone and Hythe District Council logo)
    Article: Sep 15, 2020

    Chris Philp MP

    Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State,

    Home Office, 2 Marsham Street,

    London SW1P 4DF


    14th September, 2020

    Dear Minister

    We are writing to condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the manner in which Folkestone & Hythe District Council appears to have been disregarded in any decision-making to house asylum seekers at the Napier Barracks in Folkestone. To add insult to injury we have now been advised that the decision has been made and no-one has had the courtesy to advise the council and its members.

  • Tim Prater with a Seagull Proof Waste Sack
    Article: Jul 17, 2020

    Seagull proof sacks are now available to households in Sandgate (mainly the High Street / Esplanade areas and roads off) who have "purple bag" refuse collections. Stop the purple bags being pecked apart and waste pulled everywhere by putting your bags in the sack on collection days.

    Full details of how qualifiying households can apply for their (one!) free sack are at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/2020/07/17/seagull-proof-sacks-for-refuse-collections-now-available-in-sandgate/

  • Shorncliffe Road Crossing plan
    Article: Jul 1, 2020

    It has been confirmed that a proposed new crossing of Shorncliffe Road to make access from Sandgate and West Folkestone to Folkestone West Railway Station has got the go-ahead and will be built this summer. The plan went to consulation with residents earlier this year.

    Following consultation, the detailed plans have been slightly amended, moving the new crossing from one side of the Shorncliffe Road junction with Audley Road to the other, so that the crossing now is opposite St George's Church.

  • CPZ Consultation Notice
    Article: Jun 15, 2020

    Why is there a consultation on changing the current CPZ restrictions in Radnor Cliff and Radnor Cliff Crescent now?

    There were a number of fully justified complaints and reports from Radnor Cliff residents about the increasing congestion in Radnor Cliff. This was leading at weekends, and often during summer holidays too, to the road jamming, as with the road fully parked there is insufficient space for cars to get in and out and pass each other. This has led to jams, residents unable to access their homes, emergency vehicles being blocked, and even arguments in the street.

Sandgate Planning Updates

The most recent planning applications in Sandgate, powered by the Shepway District Council website.