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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.

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Sandgate News

Recent News about Sandgate from this website.

  • 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.

  • Dog - Terrier mixed-breed (Chris Barber / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Terrier_mixed-breed_dog.jpg)
    Article: Jun 5, 2020

    In amongst the works at the Lower Leas Coastal Park tthis week, a large number of new signs have been put up, some moved, some recycled and some new.

    In this process, a couple of signs that said that Dogs were not allowed in the Park ended up on display.

    This issue was spotted by a few eagle eyed residents who reported to me.

  • Parking Zone Signs
    Article: Jun 5, 2020

    As part of a host of changes in motion to try to address issues being caused to Radnor Cliff and Radnor Cliff Crescent residents by the access to the Lower Leas Coastal Park, it has been agreed to consult those residents on a change to the on-street parking rules in that area.

    With the parking charges in the Lower Sandgate Road West Car park being increased to try to push users to the cheaper and less disruptive Coastal Park car park at the Folkestone end of the park (accessed via Marine Parade) some park users have been parking in Radnor Cliff to avoid the charges, adding to the horrendous weekend congestion in that area. The CPZ changes would remove free visitors parking in Radnor Cliff and Radnor Cliff Crescent to combat that problem.

  • Lower Leas Coastal Park Sign
    Article: Jun 1, 2020

    We all know that the position in the Lower Leas Park this weekend (and in previous weekends) has not been acceptable, and was not sustainable.

    I've been pushing Council Officers and the Leader for radical action, and I was promised an update today. I'm really pleased to say I've had that response from Head of Paid service Susan Priest tonight, and it really is a big step forward, with a massive increase in bin capacity, the banning of BBQs, closing of the Coastal Park Car Park (accessed from Radnor Cliff) overnight and a number of other measures.

    Susan says

    "I'm pleased to confirm that this evening the Council have agreed the following measures:

    * Six additional bins - each with a 1110 litre * capacity - will be installed tomorrow in the Coastal Park;

    - Barbecuing will be banned in the Coastal Park with immediate effect. We will let the public know through changed signage at the Coastal Park and through our usual communications channels including the media, website and social media. BBQ pods will be removed;

    - We will refresh the double yellow lines along Radnor Cliff Road;

    - We will install a lockable barrier on the Coastal Park car park and close this overnight from 8pm - 8am. We are finding that many groups are staying in the Coastal Park until 11pm so we hope that this will discourage them from staying late into the evening;

    - We are considering changing the maximum stay in the Coastal Park from all day (potentially to a maximum of 4 hours) to discourage people from all-day stays. This will be subject to us consulting / securing various permissions etc.;

    - Additional signage is being prepared. We are exploring the use of large electronic signage located at various points in the district / access points to the park areas;

    - We have put an alert on our webpage for the Coastal Park warning people that the park is experiencing high levels of visitors and as such they might find social distancing impossible;

    - We are also increasing the amount of enforcement and advisory officers to give a higher visual presence, while redeploying staff to park keeper roles to ensure we have more resources to maintain the park at this incredibly busy time. We will be issuing on the spot £100 fines for people that breach our PSPO; and

    -We will continue to work with the Police to ensure that there is a joint enforcement presence in the park.

    "We hope that these measures, which will be implemented swiftly, will improve the situation and we will continue to monitor the situation."There should be a letter in the next few days explaining these changes delivered to all doors in the most affected areas (specially Radnor Cliff area).

    We need to have a discussion with Radnor Cliff residents about the parking restrictions in their road: if we get overnight car park closures and reduced hours then that will help solve one issue, but no-one wants to see more visitor cars pushed into Radnor Cliff, day or night. We need to look at how that can be avoided. I've already asked for more detail on that, but its clear what we currently have does not work in the summer.

    There is going to have to be some tuning of some of these changes to get them right I'm sure, and we'll have to see some really concerted Social Media, signage and more to immediately see a drop in numbers driving from elsewhere. However, I think these are big moves, being offered in good faith, and should make a real difference. I've been pushing hard for changes, and I'm really pleased to have had a positive response.

    * that's 6 pretty big bins - bigger than any others currently in the Park!

  • Sandgate Chain of Office
    Article: May 19, 2020
    By Tim Prater in Opening Remarks on Election as Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council

    I'm hugely honoured to have been elected as Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council. Thank you all for your support: I can only promise to do my best.

    Since the formation of the Parish Council in 2004, there have been four Chairman - Joy MacMillan, Jonathan Greenwall, Geoffrey Boot and Robert Bliss.

    Robert has been Chairman since 2011 and served longer than all other Chairmen combined. We've known each other since I stood in my first election in the area to Kent County Council in 2005 against him. He won. We've evened up that score since then, and become, possibly unexpectedly for both of us, good friends. I'm really honoured to be taking over from him as Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council.

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