Sandgate Parish Council Full Annual Return 2021-2022

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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Thank you Sandgate for participating in The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing part you played in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on 2nd June, whether you were a Town Crier, Piper, Bugler/Cornet Player, Choir or a private or community Beacon Organiser, for without your involvement The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and its associated events would not have been the enormous success they were.

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Appeal following racist incidents in Folkestone

Witnesses are being sought following two incidents involving alleged racism in Folkestone.

It was reported that at around 5.30pm on Monday 20 June 2022, a man and a woman intervened after witnessing three men being racially abusive towards other people walking along The Leas. When challenged, the man was assaulted and his dog was kicked.

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Discretionary Council Tax Energy Rebate Scheme Launched to Support More Households

More households in the Folkestone & Hythe district could soon be eligible for a council tax energy rebate.

Folkestone and Hythe District Cabinet members have agreed on the criteria for a new discretionary scheme using £302,100 funding from the government.

To date, people living in properties in council tax bands A to D (and E if in receipt of Disability Band Reduction) are being given a one-off payment of £150 to help with the increasing cost of energy bills.

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Applications for Energy Rebate Scheme to Open

Folkestone & Hythe District Council has launched the next phase of the energy rebate scheme.

The government is providing a £150 rebate to council tax payers in bands A-D (and E if in receipt of disabled persons reduction) to help with rising energy costs. This is a one-off payment and will not have to be repaid.

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Sandgate’s Newest Feature: The Imperial Cannon

This afternoon, Sandgate Parish Council were delighted to welcome Sandgate’s newest feature, the Imperial Cannon, to its new permanent home by the Sir John Moore Memorial.

The “Imperial” cannon is a 1790 / 1800 cannon that has for many years been resident at the Hythe Imperial.

Little is known about the history of this particular cannon.

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Kent Connect to Support

The new Kent Connect to Support website will help people find accessible, easy to navigate, interactive information and advice on care and support, for them, a relative or a friend.  It can help people to look after themselves, stay independent and connect with their local community. 

The website contains useful information to help people find out:

  • what sort of support they may need and what’s available near them;

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Sandgate Parish Meeting 2022: Chairman’s Overview

Firstly, many thanks for coming to our first “in person” Parish Meeting since, unbelievably, 2019. For those that I haven’t met in person before, I’m Tim Prater, and I’ve had the honour of being the Chair of Sandgate Parish Council since May 2020. This is therefore my first Town Meeting in the Chair: please be gentle with me.

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Words and Music, a performance by Terry Waite CBE

“Words and Music”, a perfomance by Terry Waite CBE, will be presented on Thursday 9th June in St Paul’s Church Sandgate commencing at 7pm and forming part of the Church’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

Terry Waite will read selected passages from his book: Out of the Silence.

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St Paul’s Church Wall of Flowers

Since January, members of the congregation and Sandgate community have been knitting and crocheting flowers for an eye-catching display that will help promote the 200th anniversary of St Paul’s Church, celebrated with a week of events beginning on Sunday 5th June. 

The display is located on the wall beside the steps leading up to the church where so many have made the walk to services and other events before the road leading up to Saga was developed.

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Summer Beach Dog Ban restarts 1st May

Dog owners are being reminded of the seasonal restrictions restarting on nine of Folkestone & Hythe’s beaches from Sunday.

The district boasts 26 miles of sand and shingle beaches, so there are still plenty of choices for your four-legged friends along our coastline.

There is a beach dog ban on the following beaches between 1 May and 30 September each year to ensure everyone can enjoy the seaside,

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Sandgate Walking Tours 2022

Sandgate Parish Council are delighted that the Sandgate Walking Tours programme led by Tony Quarrington will be returning for its third year, and another 10 tours, in 2022.

The tours will run on Saturday mornings between 16th April and 14th September, departing at 11am from the Chichester Hall,

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Rescheduled Temporary Road Closure – Temporary Road Closure – Brambley Crescent, Sandgate – 14th March 2022 for 19 Days

Kent Highways Notice: Temporary Road Closure – Brambley Crescent, Sandgate – 14th March 2022 for 19 Days

It will be necessary to close part of Brambley Crescent, Sandgate, from 14th March 2022 with estimated completion by 1st April 2022.

Brambley Crescent, Sandgate, will be closed between the junction of Enbrook Valley and the side of Cedar Court,

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Solar Panels and Battery Storage Scheme Launched

Folkestone & Hythe District Council has teamed up with Kent County Council for Solar Together Kent, a group-buying initiative for solar panels and battery storage.

Residents looking to save on energy bills and reduce their carbon emissions are being invited to take part in the innovative new scheme.

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Temporary Road Closure: Cheriton Road & B2064 Cheriton High Street, Folkestone

Kent Highways road closure announcement. It will be necessary to close part of B2064 Cheriton Road between 20:00 and 05:00 on 28th February 2022. It will also be closed between 20:00 and 05:00 on 3rd March 2022, with estimated completion by 4th March. 

In addition, it is also necessary to close part of B2064 Cheriton High Street between 20:00 and 05:00 from 1st March 2022, 

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Queen’s Jubilee Street Party 2022 Applications

Kent County Council have released an application form for holding a Jubilee Street Party for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

This type of Road Closure ONLY applies to the following type of event: website

  • For residents/neighbours only
  • Small cul-de-sac and quiet estate roads
  • No selling is involved

The form is suitable for applications for road closures over the 2022 Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

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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 →