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 tonyquarrington@msn.com

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 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 →

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 →

Sandgate Library: Still Open for Click and Collect

Although we were delighted to reopen the Library in September with a phased reopening, moving from click and collect up to full browsing (with limits), the implementation of Lockdown 2 pushed us back to click and collect services only. Given the announcement of Tier 3 Covid restrictions for Kent, at present Sandgate Library has toContinue 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 →

Kent Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Campaign: Knock and Check

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 →

Funding Your Group

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 →

Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19

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 →

Will You Join the Sandgate Speedwatch Volunteer Team?

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 →

District Council Virtual Meeting to Address Napier Barracks Questions

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 →

Sandgate Parish Council Email Newsletter: Markets, Libraries, and Tours!

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 →

What’s in the Name?

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 Library to reopen in September

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 →

Watching and Speaking at Online Sandgate Parish Council Meetings

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 →

Paying Respects to Robert Bliss

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 of Vacancy

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 →

Robert Bliss 1936 – 2020

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 →

Sandgate Parish Council Annual Return 2019-20

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, deeds, contracts, bills,Continue reading →

Seagull Proof Sacks for Refuse Collections: Now Available in Sandgate

Seagulls and bin bags don’t mix. Well, perhaps they do. Too well. For the seagull. Following an approach by Sandgate Parish Council, Folkestone and Hythe District Council have agreed to make available ‘seagull proof’ bags for households in Sandgate that have a purple sack rubbish collection (ie no wheely bin). This will help prevent yourContinue reading →

SPC Caretaker Services for June 2020 to April 2024

Sandgate Parish Council is inviting applications for the services of a caretaker at Sandgate Park (the recreation ground), to include the following: To check leaf fall and clear where necessary To litter pick and dispose of in litter bins To check notice board for out-of-date notices and post new notices as required To clean notice […]

Tim Prater Elected as Parish Council Chairman 2020-21

At Sandgate Parish Council’s Online Annual Council Meeting last night, Tim Prater was elected as Chairman and Robert Bliss was elected as Deputy Chairman for 2020/21. Tim said: “I’m hugely honoured to have been elected as Chairman of Sandgate Parish Council. I can only promise to do my best. “Clearly we are living in the […]

Sandgate Library: Ongoing Closure

Sandgate Library is currently closed due to COVID, in common with every other Library on Kent. Although it was suggested libraries may start to reopen this week, there is no current guidance that they should do so in England,. We aim to reopen as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so, […]

Sandgate VE Day 75: Never Forgotten

We will never forget those that have died to protect this country, at home or overseas, in the past or recent weeks. You are all heroes. On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, for those from Sandgate that gave their lives in the Second World War that we may live free, we give special thanks. […]

The Riviera, Sandgate: Pedestrian and Cycle Access

We’ve been asked by a number of local residents recently if it is allowed to walk or cycle down “The Riviera” which leads from Castle Road to the seafront and a portion of which is private. We have asked the Highways Authority Kent County Council for a definitive statement, and they say: “The road itself […]

Sandgate Sea and Food Festival 2020: Cancelled

From the Sandgate Sea and Food Festival Committee: We have taken the tough decision to cancel the Sandgate Sea Festival 2020, owing to uncertainty around the Coronavirus Pandemic. We tried to hold out for as long as possible, but it does not look likely that we will be able to make any commitments this summer […]

Sandgate Park

Although Sandgate Park remains open for exercise (although please maintain your distance from other users), on 23rd March the Government required the closure of: Enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar. Our children’s playground, games pitches, zip wire, adult play equipment and petanque court are therefore CLOSED […]

Coronavirus/COVID-19 – Scammers active in Kent!

Scammers and criminals are already looking for opportunities to scam people as a result of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. Happily, there are many more stories of kindness and generosity but we want to make people aware of the scams as they emerge – which they seem to be on a daily basis. Kent Trading […]

Library Closure from Friday 20th March

Kent Libraries have informed Sandgate Parish Council that all their libraries will close from Friday, so we will be closing Sandgate Library from 1pm on Friday. We will of course re-open as soon as we are advised we can do so. The Parish Clerks will continue to work their usual hours and the email (clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk) […]

Sandgate Parish Council and COVID-19

Further the recent Government updates / press conferences, the Parish Council continues to receive updated information on the response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the response from various organisations. We’ll aim to keep this page up to date with that information and links, both local and national, over the coming days. [Last updated: 23/3/2020 at […]

Keeping Sandgate Tidy: Seagull Proof Sacks

Seagulls and bin bags don’t mix. Well, perhaps they do. Too well. For the seagull. Following an approach by Sandgate Parish Council, Folkestone and Hythe District Council have agreed to make available ‘seagull proof’ bags for residents in Sandgate that have a purple sack rubbish collection (ie no wheely bin). This will help prevent your […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) March Update

Despite just 39 reported cases of Coronavirus in the UK to date (10am, 3/3/2020), Kent County Council and other agencies are asking us to publish details on where to find more information on Coronavirus (COVID-19). The most authoritative source nationally is the NHS website. If you think you, or a friend or relative, might have symptoms, […]

Proposed Increase in Parking Hours at Lower Sandgate Road West Car Park, Sandgate

FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL THE DISTRICT OF FOLKESTONE & HYTHE (OFF‑STREET PARKING PLACES) CONSOLIDATION ORDER 2019 (Amendment 1) ORDER 2020 NOTICE OF PROPOSALS Notice is hereby given that FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DISTRICT COUNCIL proposes the above Order under sections 32, 35 and 35c of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”), having obtained […]

Fake text messages targeting parents

Action Fraud and others are reporting a scam by text where criminals are sending out distressing messages. How this scam works: Victims receive a text message from a loved-one which says they are in hospital The only way that they can make contact is via text message Victims are asked to purchase mobile phone top-up […]

Trick or Treat?

With the Halloween season fast approaching, some people look forward to and welcome “Trick or Treaters”, and some really do not. For those who don’t feel comfortable with answering the door to Trick and Treaters, you can print and display the poster below. If you are not able to print this poster they are available […]

Sandgate in Bloom 2019: Encore!

Big congratulations to Jackie’s “Encore” on Sandgate High Street for winning the inaugural “Sandgate in Bloom” competition this year.
Jackie is pictured receiving her certificate and prize from Sandgate Chairman Robert Bli…

Sandgate Parish Council Deputy Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer

Sandgate Parish Council is a thriving and innovative parish council providing a range of services including a branch library, a large park, a refreshment kiosk and public toilets, as well as the usual public amenities of flower displays and events. The Parish Council is seeking to appoint a Deputy Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer. The […]

Sandgate in Bloom 2019: The Results!

Sandgate Parish Council have launched a “Sandgate in Bloom” competition, seeking to acknowledge those businesses that are doing so much to brighten our village during the summer with their floral displays. A guest “mystery shopper” was around the village and Golden Valley last week, and the results of the 2019 jury are now in! And, […]

Notice of review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations

Folkestone & Hythe District Council is conducting a review of the polling districts, polling places and polling stations that fall in the Folkestone & Hythe Parliamentary constituency. In accordance with The Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006, the Acting Returning Officer will be invited to make a statement on the […]

Sandgate Beach: Dog Free

Sandgate Beach is a dog-free zone from Sandgate Castle to the Seabrook BP (formerly Murco) garage at the far end of the Esplanade from 1st May and 30 September every year. Outside these areas (from Sandgate Castle to Mermaid’s Beach, and the length of Princes Parade) dogs are welcome on the beach, although it remains […]

The “Solarium”: cleared and ready for Sun!

A number of local residents had raised with us that the “Solarium” area (by the Sir John Moore statue / start of Sandgate Esplanade) was full of shingle and inaccessible. We’ve raised this with Folkestone and Hythe District Council, and are delighted to say that they have now cleared the area and is pictured today, […]

Sandgate Parish Council Annual Return 2018-19

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, deeds, contracts, bills, […]

Sandgate Bathing Water Quality: Excellent

After the most recent tests a week ago, Sandgate Beach bathing water quality still remains excellent.
We have a page on this site that includes the most recent results from the regular Environment Agency testing. Samples are taken weekly between May 1s…