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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.

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Feb 20, 2019
    By Robert Bliss and Tim Prater

    We were both elected to Sandgate Parish Council in 2011, and have served as Councillors, and nominally "leaders" of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups on Sandgate Parish Council ever since.

    We are are both members and activists in our respective Parties, both been so for decades, and plan to remain so. We both see a strong role for Parties, especially our own Parties, in politics at District, County, National and European level, and have both served as Councillors at both District and County levels.

  • Princes Parade
    Article: Jan 27, 2019
    By Email update from Save Princes Parade Campaign

    The cabinet meeting at which the Princes Parade business case was to be discussed has been postponed.

    Here is the email from the council:

    "As you are aware, the report relating to the business case for Princes Parade was due to be discussed by Overview and Scrutiny on 29 January and Cabinet on 30 January but given the level of interest the item had generated, the Leader of the Council has suggested a separate meeting be held specifically to consider the report.

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: Jan 24, 2019
    By Kent County Council

    The planned closure of part of Horn Street, Cheriton, near Folkestone, will now be from Monday 28 January 2019, with estimated completion by 29 April 2019.

    The closure planned for Monday 21 January did not go ahead for operational reasons, and has been deferred until next Monday, 28 January. Apologies are given for any inconvenience caused by this change.

  • Sandgate Farmers Market advert
    Article: Jan 17, 2019

    Please lend your support to the first Sandgate Farmers Market of 2019!

    The market will be at the Chichester Hall, Sandgate High Street from 10-12.30 this Saturday 19th January.

    There's a free to enter draw and a chance to win a £10 voucher to spend at the market, and we will be recording a 10 minute piece for the Dominic King Show on Radio Kent. Please come along!

  • Sir John Moore Statue, Glasgow
    Article: Jan 7, 2019
    By Chris Shaw, Chairman of the Shorncliffe Trust

    The Chairman and Trustees send best wishes to you for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019 and invite you to join them at Sir John Moore's memorial on Sandgate Esplanade on Saturday, 19th January at 10.30am.

    The commemoration marks the 210th Anniversary of the Battle of Corunna and the death of Sir John Moore. Following the commemoration, you are invited to join us for refreshments at the Gurkha Visitor Centre, Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe, Folkestone CT20 3HJ. Our thanks are sent to Major Shuresh Thapa of the First Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles for his kind hospitality.

    Here is a brief update on our forthcoming activity:

    Join our 2019 Heritage Tour Programme
    Our guided heritage tour of The Somme on 16th March 2019 concentrates on the Arras area in France, which suffered huge casualties in WW1. We visit the Vimy Memorial and other places of interest include the Wellington Tunnels amongst a full day planned for you. Booking can be made here on our website

    On July 7th; our WWII tour takes in Dunkirk and its Beaches. Visiting the Forts, Museums and Memorials along the Northern French coast, close to the border with Belgium; our guide will provide a most informative and memorable day. Bookings can be made again through our website here

    Bookings for our 3-day tour to Normandy have now closed. If you wish to be placed on our reserve list, please email to register interest.

    The redevelopment of Shorncliffe Garrison continues and the first of the retained buildings, the Sir John Moore Library, is now on the market for sale. The Trust is looking at ways to secure funding and support for its purchase to enable the journey of education about Shorncliffe, its history and its people to continue. Details of how you can help through such things as our Friends Scheme, can be found here.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us regarding any aspect of our work or fundraising projects. We can only deliver our aspirations to create a Heritage and Education Centre at Shorncliffe and continue with our education programme with your continued support.

  • Article: Nov 1, 2018

    On Saturday 10th November in Mons, Belgium, the UK heritage Charity the Shorncliffe Trust will be starting a wholly unique commemorative journey, that sees two specially commissioned Lanterns bring the "Spirit" of all those Canadians and British soldiers back home to the UK and Canada.

    The "flame" from Mons, will be carried by representatives of the Trust to the St Symphorien Military Cemetery, where lanterns will be placed on the graves of the "First & Last" British and Canadian Soldiers who lay side by side.

  • Martello Tower 6 [Sandgate Escarpment] (Copyright Steve Popple and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.)
    Article: Sep 5, 2018
    By Sandgate Parish Council

    Sandgate Parish Council was advised yesterday (4th September) that the vendor of this site had sold the property to another buyer at a significantly higher price and was therefore withdrawing from the sale to the Parish Council. This is despite written commitments to cease marketing the site after the sale to the Parish Council had been confirmed.

  • Chichester Memorial Hall, Sandgate
    Article: Sep 3, 2018
    By Tim Prater on behalf of the Trustees of the Chichester Memorial Hall, Sandgate High Street

    Chichester Hall Works Update - September 2018

    Many thanks for your understanding during the recent works to the hall. We're pleased to say that things seem to be progressing well.

    The works to the left side of the hall are now complete and scaffolding removed. Those works included replacing and improving the guttering, rebuilding window sills, sealing around and repainting all upstairs windows and all upstairs woodwork and filling a multitude of cracks to the wall and render.

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: Aug 29, 2018

    To allow various telecoms cabling and ducting works to be safely carried out, Kent County Council has made an Order to temporarily prohibit parking on part of A259 Sandgate Esplanade, Sandgate, near Folkestone.

    Waiting and loading will be prohibited at all times on both sides of Sandgate Esplanade between the junctions with Castle Bay and Brewers Hill, to the extent indicated by No Waiting signs and cones placed on site.

  • Jerry Ridgway letter copy
    Article: Aug 20, 2018

    Over the last few days, I've been made aware of a leaflet being circulated to some areas of Sandgate by Jerry Ridgway questioning many points of the puchase of Sandgate Escarpment and Martello Towers 6 & 7. I know that Mr Ridgway has asked many of these questions to Sandgate Parish Council before, and had had responses, but it seems those have not reassured him - that is his right, despite a 6 to 1 majority (359 to 60) of those local residents who voted wanting the Council to buy the land and towers in the referendum held in May.

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