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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.

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Sandgate News

Recent News about Sandgate from this website.

  • CCTV cameras (Hustvedt [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])
    Article: Nov 8, 2019
    By Sandgate Parish Council News Release

    Sandgate Parish Council is in discussions with various partners, including the Sandgate Society and District Councillors, to seek funding to install CCTV in three key locations:

    ● Sandgate High Street
    ● The Golden Valley shops
    ● Sandgate Park

    CCTV is being investigated following a number of incidents of vandalism in Sandgate Park, a number of attempted break-ins to businesses in Sandgate High Street and damage to cars in the High Street and surrounding areas.

  • 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.

  • D. P. I.
    Article: Sep 24, 2019

    It is important that all Councillors follow the rules regarding declaring their Pecuniary Interests for the councils they sit on.

    By doing so, it allows the public, councillors and officers to be clear if the decisions they are taking part in are likely to have more impact on them than others in their area. So for example, you would expect a Councillor to leave the room and not speak or vote on a planning appliation next to a property they own or live in for example, as the impact would be potentially disproprtionately felt by them which may impact their view.

  • Lower Leas Coastal Park Sign
    Article: Aug 5, 2019

    The Lower Leas Park is one of the gems of Folkestone - stretching from Radnor Cliff in Sandgate to the Leas Lift in Folkestone, the park is multi-award winning, well loved by locals and visitors alike and a great place to spend time.

    However, like all great attractions, its important that the park lives in harmony with its neighbours, and some of the success of the park has had a negative impact of neighbours over recent years.

  • Article: Jul 30, 2019

    Folkestone and Hythe District Councillors have up to £3,000 per Councillor they can agree as ward grants during the course of a year.

    The forms and guidance notes to make an application to a Councillor are at:

    District Councillor Ward Grant Application Form and Guidance Notes 2019-20 [PDF]

    District Councillor Ward Grant Application Form and Guidance Notes 2019-20 [Word]

  • Bin bag with waste scattered by street bin
    Article: Jul 25, 2019

    I've seen, and had reported, a few examples recently of bin emptying where the bin bags are left by waste bins for subsequent collection, which are then attacked and ripped open (by seagulls, mainly). Thanks for the reports (you know who you are!).

    I've chased this with the Contracts Manager at F&H Council, who has today said:

  • Broken Park Bench and Table
    Article: Jul 12, 2019

    It takes a special kind of malicious idiot to vandalise a bench in a park. It stops other people using it, could see someone get hurt, and of course leads to a repair that will cost them, their neighbours, family and friends and everyone else tax money to repair it.

    And, it seems, Sandgate Park has been visited by that idiot.

  • Sandgate Street Waste Bin with Dog Waste Sticker
    Article: Jul 9, 2019

    I today requested Folkestone and Hythe District Council if they could reprint and replace the faded and mainly damaged "Dog Waste" stickers on bins across the area with new stickers.

    When they quickly and helpfully agreed to do so this afternoon *if* I could find the previous wording and dimensions, I'm not totally sure they expected my level of research quite so quickly...

  • Doug Wade and Tim Prater
    Article: Jul 1, 2019

    Always an honour to attend the Canada Day parade to Shorncliffe Cemetery and watch the children place flowers on the graves. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the start of the event, it felt even more special to lay the wreath on behalf of Sandgate Parish Council.

    The Mayor of Folkestone led the procession, which also included the Mayor of Hythe Doug Wade, myself as Vice Chairman of Sandgate and Ann Berry the chairman of Folkestone and Hythe District Council, alongside many others including Military "top brass", Cadets, Councillors, and representatives from Canada.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Jun 27, 2019

    In summating the motion to Save Princes Parade and reply to the debate on Wednedsday 26th June, I said something like the below (you need to react to what other people say, so it's a bit fluid!).

    You can (for a limited period) see the speech as delivered on the webcast at https://folkestone-hythe.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/418553/start_time/8720000?force_language_code=en_GB

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