The Sandgate Business Forum keeps members and others up to date with events, news and information that affects Sandgate. From information about forthcoming events and how to get involved, to business scams to be aware of, significant road works and more – including news from our members.
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Now and during the coming months, it is important that COVID-19 and infection control continues to remain a priority.
Kent County Council has recently commissioned a free COVID-19/infection safe training and advice service for sole traders with a Unique Tax Reference, small and microbusinesses registered via companies house,
“On the basis of our review of Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR), in our opinion the information in sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR is in accordance with Proper Practices and no other matters have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirement.”
Folkestone & Hythe District Council has been advised that the government is intending to extend its use of Napier Barracks to house those seeking asylum in the UK until September 2025.
Responding to this announcement Councillor Jenny Hollingsbee, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The council has not had any role in this decision as the government is using special planning regulations to extend the use on a temporary basis for another four years.
Residents and businesses have a chance to comment on a new licensing policy for the Folkestone & Hythe District until 27 October 2021.
Each licensing application is determined on its own merits but the council’s licensing policy provides guidance when evaluating these. The proposed updated version of the policy contains recommended opening hours as a guide.
We’re really proud that Sandgate Library is the only “Parish run” library in Kent.
To celebrate, as part of the Sandgate Sea and Food Festival, we are having an Open Day this Sunday (29th August) from 10am-2pm.Anybody who either joins Sandgate Library on Sunday (its free – just turn up with a couple of forms of ID) or borrows a book (or more!) from the Library will be entered into a prize draw.
Final feedback on the actions and priorities included in Folkestone town centre’s draft Place Plan is being sought from residents and businesses.
The Place Plan sets the direction for a sustainable and vibrant future for Folkestone Town Centre. Folkestone & Hythe District Council commissioned this work to ensure we can create the best future for Folkestone town centre and for all those who live in,
Weekday overnight closures of part of A2034 Cherry Garden Avenue, Folkestone are planned from Tuesday 31 August 2021 to the night of Wednesday 8 September 2021 inclusive, between 8.00 pm and approximately 5.00 am each night.
A2034 Cherry Garden Avenue will be closed between A259 Churchill Avenue Roundabout and the junction with Sutton Close,
St Paul’s Church would like to invite you to a special service on Saturday 24th July. Visitors will be asked to write down the names of those who are no longer with us including the many who have died during the pandemic, and to give thanks to all who have worked tirelessly to keep our community safe.
The Shorncliffe Trust are pleased to announce new dates in our 2021 Heritage Walking Tour programme. Find out more about history on your doorstep by joining us for a 90 minute guided tour of the former military training land and learn more about its hidden heritage assets. Shorncliffe; birthplace of the modern British Army under Sir John Moore.
From Saturday 1 May the annual seasonal dog restrictions will come into force and dogs will be banned from certain beaches across the district until 30 September. Ahead of this, Folkestone & Hythe District Council is urging dog owners to be responsible this summer and enjoy beaches considerately.
Nine stretches of beach have a summer beach ban however,
It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Zoe Varian passed away on Sunday 25th April. It was her wish to be in her own bedroom and surrounded by her family and for her it was a peaceful end with Nick at her side after a short but courageous fight.
An emergency scheme run by Folkestone & Hythe District Council to help those on their own and those who are vulnerable has again been recognised for providing the highest standards of customer service.
Lifeline365, which provides a range of services for use in the home and also for those working outdoors or enjoying sporting activities alone,
In normal times, Sandgate Parish Council would have joined with local authorities across the country in opening a formal book of condelence for people to sign to pay their respects to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday.
However Government guidance issued today (11 April) makes it clear that we should not do so at this time,
The Government is seeking views on the use of the current arrangements which have allowed local authorities to hold meetings remotely during the pandemic. They are inviting views from the public, elected members and officers.
If you wish to give your views you can do so using the link below –
Sandgate Library reopened for Click-and-Collect then browsing services in September, becoming one of the first libraries in Kent to do so post the first Covid lockdowns. Sandgate Library has continued to run Click-and-Collect services since November. We are delighted to announce that, assuming the current Government Covid re-opening schedule not change,
Have you or a family member had Covid-19? Are you still experiencing symptoms or has it taken longer than expected to recover?
NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group is working with hospitals, GPs and other professionals providing support and care to people suffering from the long-term health effects of a Covid-19 infection.
Sandgate Parish Council are delighted that the Sandgate Walking Tour programme led by Tony Quarrington will be returning for 10 tours in 2021.
The tours will run on Saturday mornings between 1 May and 18th September, departing at 11am from the Chichester Hall. Pre-booking for the 2 hour tour is essential: call Tony on 07738 624522 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year many dates were fully booked well in advance.
There is a vacancy for a Sandgate Parish Councillor following the death of Robert Bliss last year. As an election was called, the by-election for the Sandgate Village ward position will take place on Thursday 6th May.
To put yourself forward for an election you must complete a nomination form.
Beacons is an outdoor performance planned for December 2021. It is about the connections within our ecosystem and our dependence on each other (people, places, and creatures). It will involve a treasure hunt across the whole borough in November and December, leading to a magical sound and light performance on Sunny Sands beach on theContinue reading →
All community organisations operating in Folkestone & Hythe District are invited to join the 7th in a series of networking events in partnership with Red Zebra: F&HDC Zoom Community Networking Forum ‘Staying Connected‘. Thursday 25th February 2021, Start 11.30am If you are interested in this topic and / or looking to make links with other organisationsContinue reading →
Overnight closures of part of B2063 Risborough Lane, Cheriton, near Folkestone are planned for the nights of Wednesday 10 March to Saturday 13 March 2021 inclusive, from 8.00 pm through until approximately 5.00 am each night. B2063 Risborough Lane will be closed between the junctions with B2064 Cheriton High Street and Church Road, to theContinue reading →
Kent County Council want to work more closely with the public, people we support and our partners to develop Kent County Council’s upcoming Adult Social Care Strategy. If you’re interested in the future of social care or have had a recent experience of accessing support in Kent, please get involved to share your views atContinue reading →
Although Sandgate Parish Council is happy to try to help with sorting out issues in Sandgate, often we are not the ones who can actually get the problem sorted. In those instances, we need to pass it onto other agencies or Councils, such as Kent Police, Kent County Council and Folkestone and Hythe District Council.Continue reading →
On January 19th, Sandgate Parish Council unanimously agreed its budget for 2021/22. As the minutes from the Parish Council meeting show: “The draft budget and proposed Precept of £80,625 were considered following the recommendation of Resources Committee. The budget proposed a 2% increase (on Band D Council Tax, an increase of 84p a year onContinue reading →
Folkestone Town Centre Place Plan development This is a message for services and charities who support residents of Folkestone and who are interested in being part of the stakeholder group for the development of Folkestone Town Centre. We Made That have been commissioned to engage with stakeholders in the development of the plans. For moreContinue reading →
Sandgate Parish Council are delighted to have completed the installation of the Sandgate CCTV system. The system covers much of the length of Sandgate High Street, Castle Road Car Park, Golden Valley Shopping Centre and Sandgate Park. The multi-camera recording system has been funded from a variety of sources including grants from the F&HDC HighContinue reading →
The 13 councils of Kent are working in partnership to tackle flytipping and waste crime. Flytipping is a crime with serious consequences and serious penalties. There should be no excuses for flytipping, with residents and businesses aware of their responsibilities when disposing of waste following last year’s campaign around illegal waste carriers. Flytipping is dealtContinue reading →
During this COVID-19 pandemic, limited contact with the outside world may make you or someone you know feel unsafe but Kent Police’s specialist teams are still here to help 24/7, in the same way they always do. Kent Police will respond to your call and can arrest anyone committingoffences against you. In an emergency dialContinue reading →
The government’s Test and Trace Payment scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021. This means that if you live in the district of Folkestone & Hythe and you have received a notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate you may be entitled to a payment of £500. To qualify for this payment youContinue reading →
More functions are to be added to “MyAccount” on the Folkestone and Hythe District council website this week – making things simpler for residents and business owners when contacting the council. It’s a great time to join the thousands of people who’ve already signed up to the online system, and enjoyed easier and quicker interactionsContinue reading →
A landowner who allowed his property to be used as a fly-tipping site is facing a bill of more than £3,000. Tolulope Lassey – of Thames Street in London – repeatedly failed to clean up and secure the unoccupied site on Bradstone Avenue, Folkestone, despite being ordered to do so in the form of aContinue reading →
The £16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund is open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, to help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open. Applications for the Youth Covid-19 SupportContinue reading →
It will be necessary to close Granville Road East, Sandgate from 18th January 2021 for up to 8 days. The road will be closed outside 9 Granville Road East. The one-way system on Granville Road East has been suspended to allow access. The alternative route is via Sandgate High Street and Parade Road. This isContinue reading →
Financial support is still available for eligible businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place. There are three schemes being administered by Folkestone & Hythe District Council on behalf of central government during the third national lockdown: Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Closed Business Lockdown Payment Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Cllr David Monk,Continue reading →
The Civic Centre site in Folkestone is due to be used as a vaccination centre against COVID. Residents will be invited to get the vaccine when it is their turn and advised where they should attend to get their jab. The Folkestone & Hythe District Council owned site is going to be part of theContinue reading →
Despite the national lockdown, Sandgate Library continues to offer a limited book “Select and Collect” pick up service. Folkestone, Cheriton & Wood Avenue Libraries are at present all closed but it is possible for library members of any Kent library to make use of the Select and Collect service at Sandgate Library. Sandgate Library isContinue reading →
Action Fraud has received reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for the vaccine. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to inputContinue reading →
Since the launch of the Sandgate Community Garden in Saga’s Enbrook Park in May 2019, founder member and driving force Leonie Wootton has written a weekly diary on the progress made, and works “to do” for the garden. With Leonie’s agreement, we’ve created a Sandgate Community Garden page with a full archive of all ofContinue reading →
Folkestone Civic Centre has been confirmed as the Covid-19 Vaccination Centre for Folkestone and Sandgate’s The New Surgery, Guildhall Street Surgery, Sandgate Road Surgery & Manor Clinic. Vaccinations will start week commencing 11 January. There is more information at http://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine This location does not offer a drop-in vaccination service. All vaccinations are arranged in advanceContinue reading →
Thank you to all those local businesses and residents that have taken the time to add a little more sparkle to Sandgate this Christmas! Our judging panel visited every road in Sandgate on 18th February, and saw hundreds of fantastic decorations. However, in their completely subjective opinion, they awarded prizes too: The Dog House andContinue reading →
I’ve been blown away by our community in 2020. Families shopping for neighbours, people volunteering at Community Hubs, collecting for charity, bringing a little light into people’s life. Local businesses that have adapted so fast to find new ways to survive and serve. It takes pressure to make diamonds. There’s been such huge pressure, andContinue reading →
In under 3 weeks time on March 21st, households across Sandgate will be asked to take part in Census 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exceptionContinue reading →
Interim Stronger Kent Communities CEO, Claire Haffenden, is running the below fundraising sessions. Marketing sessions are run by a variety of Kent-based professionals. Fundraising SKC Introduction to Grant Making Trusts: Aimed at beginners; this interactive webinar will introduce you to the theory behind writing a good funding application. Thursday 21 January. £15. Book your place:Continue reading →
The December 2020 Folkestone & Hythe Over Fifties Forum newsletter is below. Membership is free: the group meets (virtually) every few months and is an opportunity to hear from interesting speakers and provide feedback on a range of issues. “The Over 50’s Forum are committed to sending the quarterly newsletter to all members by emailContinue reading →
As a part of “Light Up Sandgate for Christmas”, two local pubs had kindly volunteered to be a drop-off point for Sandgate donations to the Shepway Foodbank in December. Sadly, Tier 3 restrictions have rather ended that plan – at minimum for another ten days, However, the Foodbank, and those that need its help, isContinue reading →
The Sandgate Parish Council Office will be closed from Christmas Eve (24/12/2020) to New Years Day (01/01/2021) inclusive. The office will reopen as usual from 4th January 2021. Emails and calls left in that time will be responded to as soon as possible on or after 4th January. Sandgate Library will be closed from 24/12/2020 –Continue reading →
Following the easing of national restrictions on 2nd December, all of Kent and Medway will have restrictions at the ‘Very High Tier 3 Level’. The Government’s decisions on tiers have been made by ministers based on recommendations by government scientists and medics, taking into account: Infection rates in all age groups and in particular amongContinue reading →
“On the basis of our review of Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR), in our opinion the information in sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR is in accordance with Proper Practices and no other matters have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation andContinue reading →
We have received reports of a resident in Ashford being targeted by a Scammer claiming to be Age UK. WHAT HAPPENS You get a telephone call from someone saying they are Age UK – They ask you questions including the name of your Doctors Surgery and any medication you take. WHAT TO DO This isContinue reading →
Flood Wardens are volunteers trained to help and prepare people in local communities that are at risk of flooding. They play an important role in the preparing a community flood plan and putting it in to practice. In Sandgate we would also ask you to meet the Parish Council annually to update us on the flood plan. The commitmentContinue reading →
The application process for two Folkestone & Hythe COVID grants schemes to support businesses during the current national lockdown period have been launched on Friday 13th November: one for businesses in business rated premises forced to close by the current lockdown rules, and a second for those outside those criteria but still being harmed. FolkestoneContinue reading →
For many years, businesses in Sandgate have made an amazing Festive effort for Christmas. After a pretty drab 2020, let’s bring some sparkle and festive cheer to the whole community and light up our windows and outside our homes and businesses this December. Follow the “Light Up Sandgate” Facebook Page for more information, news andContinue reading →
Kent Community Foundation is asking the people of Kent and Medway to help them save lives this winter. Each year there are around 1600 avoidable winter deaths across the county. We want your help to reduce this number and are asking the people of Kent to check on their elderly neighbours during the colder monthsContinue reading →
Wednesday 25 November 2020, 10am-1pm, Via Zoom. FREE training! This training session is funded by Folkestone and Hythe District Council. If you previously attended the training with the same name at St Mary’s Bay Village Hall last year, this training will cover the same information but has been updated to also include information about fundingContinue reading →
Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. Be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research. There are a number of vaccines being identified, but only large-scale studies can give researchers the information needed aboutContinue reading →
Kent Speedwatch is a volunteer scheme to monitor and display the speed of passing traffic on selected roads. A group of 3 people use a roadside speed indicator device to monitor and display the speed of approaching traffic, and note the details of those significantly in excess of the speed limit. It acts as aContinue reading →
A virtual community engagement meeting is to be held to answer residents’ questions regarding the use of Napier Barracks as an assessment and dispersal facility for asylum seekers. Folkestone & Hythe District Council (F&HDC) is organising the online event, which will be streamed live on YouTube this Friday (25 September) at 3pm. The Home OfficeContinue reading →
The latest edition of the new Sandgate Parish Council email newsletter is out now. Much of the content is below (as much as I could cut and paste!) but the most reliable way of getting your own copy fresh ‘n warm to your email inbox each time is to subscribe for free at https://sandgatepc.org.uk/email-updates-and-newsletters/ ThereContinue reading →
Sandgate Parish Council is considering renaming Enbook Valley Park to highlight its value as a community asset. We can easily leave it as it is but perhaps you have a much better name! The council are asking for any nominations for a new name to be put to a community vote in the Autumn. ToContinue reading →
Sandgate Parish Council is delighted to announce that Sandgate Library will be re-opening on 7th September. This is the result of discussions with Kent County Council and reflects the unique status of the library, which will be re-opening well in advance of similarly-sized libraries in the district. At reopening, Sandgate Library’s opening hours will beContinue reading →
Until April 2020, no Councils met online for full Council or Committee meetings – they simply weren’t legally allowed to do so. When new legislation to allow Councils to meet online in response to Covid-19 was put in place in April 2020 (currently to expire in May 2021) then Councils had to learn how toContinue reading →
The funeral of Robert Bliss will take place on Tuesday 1st September. Sadly, due to the ongoing Covid restrictions, the ceremony is limited to 30 invited guests only. However, Robert’s cortege will be pass along Sandgate High Street and Esplanade from Folkestone towards Hythe just after 11.15am on Tuesday 1st September for those that wouldContinue reading →
Notice is hereby given that a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. If by 3 September 2020 a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to: The Returning OfficerFolkestone & Hythe District CouncilCivic CentreCastle Hill AvenueFolkestoneKent CT20 2QY by TEN electors for the ElectoralContinue reading →
It is with huge sadness that Sandgate Parish Council learned of the sudden death of our friend and Vice-Chairman Robert Bliss on Monday. Robert was Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council from 2011 until May this year, serving longer than all other Chairmen of the Parish combined. Robert also served as District Councillor for Sandgate fromContinue reading →