Folkestone & Hythe COVID Omicron Business Grants – OHLG and ARG

This update is further to the government announcement on 21st December 2021 about further grant funding for businesses severely affected by the COVID Omicron variant.

This has resulted in two grant schemes now available to some Folkestone & Hythe businesses – the Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant (OHLG) for eligible businesses within the rating system (i.e.

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Make History – Save History with the Shorncliffe Trust

The Shorncliffe Trust are pleased to announce the launch their 2022 Fundraiser Campaign. Today’s launch date of 16th January is significant in the history of Shorncliffe being the anniversary of the death of Sir John Moore at the Battle of Corunna in 1809. Sir John is recognised as the father of the modern British Army and Shorncliffe its birthplace!

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Enbrook Stream: Pollution incidents

A number of times, but seemingly randomly, we have had reported pollution incidents in the Enbrook Stream, where the stream as it runs into Enbrook Park is discoloured and clearly has had some sort of discharge into it. The incidents are irregular, seemingly random, and have cleared quite quickly: often an hour later,

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Winter Hardship Help for Folkestone & Hythe Residents

Residents facing financial hardship this winter can now get support from Folkestone & Hythe District Council, if they qualify.

The council has been awarded funding from Kent County Council for the Household Support Fund (HSF), which is provided by the government and runs until 31 March 2022 (subject to fund availability).

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You’ve Lit Up Sandgate for Christmas 2021!

Thank you to all who have decorated houses and businesses again this year, bringing added colour, sparkle and light to roads across Sandgate.

We can only offer a few prizes, despite many being worthy, and our judging panel went out on Tuesday 22nd to make the all important decisions.

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Sandgate Library CLOSED for the next few days

Over the weekend, Sandgate Library has sprung a leak, and it’s currently a bit wet!

Works are already in hand to sort and fix the cause of the problem (blocked drain to the flat roof above), and to then deal with the clean up required before we can reopen (cleaning carpets,

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New Dates for FREE Kent Covid training

Over the coming months, it is important that COVID and infection control continues to remain a priority. 

Kent County Council has recently commissioned free COVID / infection safe training and advice. It’s available free for:

  • sole traders with a Unique Tax Reference;
  • small and microbusinesses registered via companies house;

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VACANCY – Deputy Parish Clerk / RFO

A vacancy has arisen for the post of Deputy Clerk / Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) at Sandgate Parish Council.

The Deputy Clerk will be providing support to the Parish Clerk and Librarian and is one of the main points of contact for Sandgate residents.

The position is for 10 hours per week,

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Stop Loan Sharks

Stop Loan Sharks

Have you or anyone you know:

  • Been offered a cash loan without paperwork?
  • Been threatened when you couldn’t pay?
  • Had your benefit or bank card taken from you?
  • Had a loan which keeps growing even though you are making payments?

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Home Office’s future use of Napier Barracks – update from Folkestone & Hythe District Council

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.

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Join the Library, Borrow a Book: Maybe Win a Prize!

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.

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Booking to visit a Kent Household Waste Recycling Centre Consultation

Kent County Council are currently consulting on the future use of a booking system for customers to access our Household Waste Recycling Centres (sometimes known as the ‘tip’).

They say: 

“Feedback since we started using the booking system suggests that many customers have found it convenient and useful but that some would still prefer to just ‘turn up and go’. 

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Sandgate Library’s Event Schedule from 6th September

We’re delighted to say that our library event schedule is returning from September 6th!

Clubs and events will restart from Monday September 6th 2021.

Baby Rhyme Time

Second Monday Of The Month
Book Club

1.30 – 3.30

Second & Fourth Tuesday
Knit And Knatter
10.00 – 12.00

Talk Time
2.00 – 3.00

Baby Rhyme Time
Session 1: 10.15 – 10.45
Session 2 : 11.00 – 11.30

All events must be booked in advance via the library email 

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Opportunity to comment on the draft Folkestone Town Centre Place Plan

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,

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Shorncliffe Trust 2021 Heritage Walking Tour programme

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.

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Folkestone graffiti tagger jailed for one year

A Folkestone graffiti tagger who cost his victims a total of £51,000 in damages has been jailed for a year.

On Wednesday 3 June 2020 at around 7.30am, Jordan Piper sprayed graffiti on two fence panels belonging to a guest house in Cheriton Road. CCTV captured the incident and it was shared on social media.

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Sandgate Parish Council Annual Return 2020-21

Sandgate Parish Council is defined as a “smaller authority” for the purposes of publication of its annual accounts and statements.

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 require that:

1. The accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books,

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Sandgate Beach Gets Seaside Award for NINTH Year Running

Sandgate beach has been named as one of country’s best beaches by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy – for the NINTH year running!

Sandgate’s award places it amongst the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean,

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Cheriton, Sandgate & Hythe East Division of Kent County Council: Declaration of Results

Election of councillors to Kent County Council for the Cheriton, Sandgate & Hythe East division on Thursday 6 May 2021

Description (if any)
Number of votes cast

BINGHAM Paul Richard
Labour Party

LOVE Rory Cassian
The Conservative Party Candidate

Liberal Democrats

Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts

Turnout: 34.95%


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Dog Owners Reminded of Responsibilities Ahead of Summer

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,

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Check Your Waste Calendar for Changes

Some residents may experience a change to their bin day and/or week from Monday 10 May – while all residents could have their waste collected at a different time of day.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Veolia are working together to make collections more streamlined and reliable.

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In Memory of Zoe Varian

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.

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A Vital Lifeline for Local Residents

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,

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Book of Condolence Online

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,

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Consultation on Local Authority remote meetings

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 –

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Sandgate Library to Re-open for Browsing from 12th April

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,

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Help improve services for people with Long-Covid

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.

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Free Business Webinar: Reopen and Trade Safely

Join representatives from Kent County Council Trading Standards, Environmental Health, KRF Enforcement, Kent & Medway Growth Hub and South East Water on Friday 9th April from 1-2pm.

This is an opportunity to ask the experts about the guidelines for re-opening your business. After short introductions, we’ll move straight into a Q&A where the panel will answer your questions about:

  • Businesses that can and can’t open.

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Sandgate Walking Tours 2021

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

Last year many dates were fully booked well in advance.

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Increase of dog thefts in Kent

There are reports from Kent Police on the increase of dog theft or attempted thefts in Kent over the past week.

Cases have increased by 33% in the South East since 2018 – with 163 incidents reported within the last year. Demand for dogs have skyrocketed in lockdown and prices have soared as a result.

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Community Networking Event on Zoom

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 →

Reporting Problems in Sandgate

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 →

Sandgate Parish Council Budget and Precept 2021-22

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 →

F&HDC Community Group & Charity Update Feb 2021

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 CCTV System Commissioned and Live

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 →

Flytipping Duty of Care

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 →

Whoever you are, there is no excuse for domestic abuse

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 →

Test And Trace Payment Scheme Extended

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 →

New Features add to F&HDC “MyAccount” Service

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 →

Flytippers in Folkestone & Hythe Prosecuted and Fined

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 →

Funding to Support Youth Groups

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 →

Financial support for businesses during lockdown

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 →

Civic Centre site in Folkestone to be used for Covid Vaccinations

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 →

Sandgate Library: STILL at your service

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 →

Coronavirus vaccine scams warning

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 →

The Diary of a Community Garden Aged One and Three-Quarters

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 →

Covid-19 GP Vaccination Centre Confirmed

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 This location does not offer a drop-in vaccination service. All vaccinations are arranged in advanceContinue reading →

Light Up Sandgate for Christmas 2020

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 →

A Christmas Message from Sandgate Parish Council

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 →

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

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 →

Stronger Kent Communities: 2021 Training Course and FREE Coaching for Community Groups and Organisations

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 →

Folkestone & Hythe Over Fifties Forum

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 →

Supporting Shepway Foodbank This Christmas

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 →

Sandgate Parish Council and Sandgate Library Christmas Closures 2020

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 →

KCC Media Statement Regarding Kent ‘Tier 3’ Announcement

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 →

Report of the External Auditor 2020

“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 →

Scammer claiming to be Age UK

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 →

Could You Help Sandgate as a Volunteer Flood Warden?

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 →

New Local COVID Business Grant and Support Schemes Launched

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 →

Light Up Sandgate for Christmas

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 →