Vacancy on Sandgate Parish Council for Sandgate Village ward

If you are passionate about your local community, we need you. Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities they serve to put themselves forward.

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Carbon Action Plan for Sandgate

Sandgate Parish Council Environment Committee: Carbon Action Plan (March 2024)

The purpose of this document is to outline a Carbon Plan for the Parish of Sandgate. It follows the Carbon Literacy Course that Susan Claris attended on 4 December 2023 as part of the Parish and Town Councils Climate Action Day,

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Sandgate Beach Sea Water Bathing Quality Testing Report 2024

Because of concerns about the accuracy (and therefore reliability) of the data published by the EA and Southern Water on water quality for Sandgate beach at Granville Parade, the Parish Council decided in September 2023 to use an established independent testing laboratory to provide sea water testing kits to test the water at Granville Parade.

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Invitation to Tender: Ground Maintenance Services 2024-2028

Sandgate Parish Council wishes to select and appoint a suitable supplier for Sandgate Parish Grounds Maintenance Services and invites prospective suppliers to submit a Tender to meet the Council’s requirements.

The Contract is expected to start June 2024 and will continue for 4 years.

A copy of the specification can be found on the Kent Business Portal ( and search current opportunities for DN715008.

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Invitation to Tender: Handyperson Contract 2024-2028

Sandgate Parish Council wishes to select and appoint a suitable supplier for Sandgate Parish Handyperson Services and invites prospective suppliers to submit a Tender to meet the Council’s requirements.

The Contract is expected to start June 2024 and will continue for 4 years.

A copy of the specification can be found on the Kent Business Portal ( and search current opportunities for DN714994.

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The Sandgate Sea and Food Festival 2024

We are excited to confirm that The Sandgate Sea and Food Festival will return on August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th).

The 2024 event is still in its infancy. Exact details to be confirmed however the basic programme will be:

Saturday 24th August

  • Live music from 8-10pm
  • Free fireworks exhibition 9pm
  • Market stalls/food vendors from 7pm

Sunday 25th August

  • Live music from 10am-4pm
  • Market stalls from 10am-4pm


Any local business or organisation that wants to be part of the Granville Parade Seafront Market is welcome to apply!

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Folkestone & Hythe Christmas Waste Collections 2023

Residents are being encouraged to make a note of changes to household waste and recycling collections in Folkestone & Hythe over Christmas and the new year.

Waste crews will empty bins, generally, two days later than usual in the week commencing Monday 25 December 2023 and then one day later than usual during week of Monday 1 January 2024.

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Can You Join the Sandgate Kent 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. They note the details of those significantly in excess of the speed limit and pass those to the Police.

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Christmas Event In Sandgate – 1st December 2023

It’ll soon be looking a bit like Christmas…

On the afternoon and evening of Friday 1st December, please join us in Sandgate Valley and Village. Enjoy the Christmas lights, meet a special visitor, visit the craft market and hear a carol or two, and support local businesses many of who will be open until 7.30pm at least on Friday (and clearly our pubs,

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Sandgate Library Games Morning: Tuesdays starting 21st November

Sandgate Library is introducing a games morning every Tuesday morning 10 – 12 starting 21st November.

Come into our ‘Warm Space’ and enjoy playing a variety of games with friends old and new. 

We have a selection of games available in the Library including Cards, Pictionary, Chess etc but you are also welcome to bring along any of your favourite games from home.

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Work Begins to Protect Against Risks of Flooding

Beach management work that helps protect more than 3,000 homes and businesses along the coast from flooding is to start next week.

The latest round of biannual recycling and regrading of shingle between Fisherman’s Beach in Hythe through Sandgate to Folkestone Harbour begins on Monday (30 October) and will take up to eight weeks to complete.

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Deputy Parish Clerk / RFO VACANCY

Job Vacancy for Deputy Parish Clerk

A vacancy has arisen for the post of Deputy Parish 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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Report of the External Auditor 2023


“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.”

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Notice of Uncontested Election: Sandgate Village Ward 2023

Election of Parish Councillors for Sandgate Village Ward of Sandgate Parish Council on Thursday, 4 May 2023

I, S. Priest being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the person whose name or
names that appear below were duly elected as Parish Councillor without contest for Sandgate Village
Ward of Sandgate Parish Council.

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Bee survey in Sandgate

Following on from a talk given in February by Dr Nikki Gammans, from the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust, the Sandgate Environmental Action group (SEA) are setting up bee survey walks in the local area  to help the Trust with their vital surveying work. 

Nikki explained that as well as bee friendly gardening (Bumble Bee Conservation Trust Gardening Advice) Bee Walks were something positive we could do.

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Folkestone Rowing Club Hosts Rowing Championship

On the 16th of September 2023, Folkestone Rowing Club are hosting the 66th South Coast Championship. This prestigious event will bring 800 – 1,000 people together on the beach at Sandgate to take part in the most important regatta in the coastal rowing season.

The Championship, which includes races for young people and for adults,

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Kent County Council: Community Services Consultation

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a public consultation on its Community Services which runs until 26 March 2023.

The consultation proposes changes to the way we use our buildings to deliver some of our community services. We invite your feedback on our proposals as part of this consultation.

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Network Railcards and the 09:58 Folkestone West to St Pancras

Many train users locally have raised concerns about the recent Southeastern timetable change. This seemed to mean railcards (like Network Railcards) could no longer be used as before on the post peak trains to London, as the departure time from Folkestone Central and Folkestone West has changed from after 10 am to just before.

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English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) Bus Passes Bulk Renewals March 2023

Background: Kent County Council (KCC) manages the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (often also referred to as Older People’s Bus Passes) for Kent residents on behalf of central government. There are currently approximately 250,000 ENCTS pass-holders in Kent, who qualify either on the basis of age or disability.

Passes are issued for five years with an expiry date at the end of March,

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Beginner Computer Skills Training: New dates

Do you, or a friend or family member, need some help online?

Sometimes its hard to get the most basic starting point – I’ve got a tablet, but how do I use it to send email, or do banking?

In conjunction with Saga, Sandgate Parish Council are offering free basic computer skills and troubleshooting for the computer novice.

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Enbrook Stream Misconnections

Over the weekend our Chairman Tim Prater picked up on letters going out in the Enbrook Valley area to some houses regarding misconnections to the sewer, and requiring alterations.

We’ve been in touch with Southern Water this morning to get a clearer picture of the issue.

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Happy Christmas

As we approach Christmas, I just wanted to wish you all the best for a Happy Christmas and the New Year.

Despite the obvious and ongoing challenges, we will have seen Sandgate Library completely refurbished this year. The works have been funded from external grants, and made it much more welcoming and accessible to all (indeed,

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Beginner Computer Skills Training

Do you, or a friend or family member, need some help online?

Sometimes its hard to get the most basic starting point – I’ve got a tablet, but how do I use it to send email, or do banking?

In conjunction with Saga, Sandgate Parish Council are offering free basic computer skills and troubleshooting for the computer novice.

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Electoral Commission Guide on Voter ID for 2023 English Local Elections

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.

We know that some groups are more likely to experience barriers in preparing for this change and may need support to access photo ID.

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Otterpool Park – Local Planning Authority Update

The Local Planning Authority has received further information in relation to the Outline Planning Application for Otterpool Park and a minimum 30 day statutory consultation period will start today ending on January 9th 2023.

Further details of the amendments and information provided can be found on the dedicated Otterpool Park webpage below which is now live:

The further information consists of the following documents:

  • Amendments to the Development Specification
  • Amendments to the Strategic Design Principles
  • Habitat Regulations Assessment Stage 1 and Stage 2
  • Nutrient Neutrality Updated Report
  • Transport Response Report

As per our previous updates a Guide to the Outline Planning Application can be found at the link below:

Any person wishing to make representations about these updates and amendments can submit comments on-line using the above web address. 

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Cost of Living Support

Folkestone and Hythe residents worried about meeting the rising costs of living may be able to get support to help with everyday costs.

Depending on their circumstances residents could be eligible for schemes from Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Kent County Council or central government. There is also support available from local and national organisations and charities.

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Proposed New Folkestone and Hythe Constituency Boundaries

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is redrawing constituency boundaries in order to rebalance the number of electors represented by each MP, and a final consultation on proposed new constituencies is now open.

A new revised map of constituency proposals, which takes into account feedback sent in by the public on the initial proposals,

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Could You Help Sandgate as a Flood Warden?

A Flood Warden is a volunteer 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.

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Invitation to tender: Granville Parade block external redecoration

Sandgate Parish Council maintains the public toilet and kiosk block on Granville Parade. We are issuing this invitation to tender for the Granville Parade block external redecoration.

Granville Parade block External Redecoration Specification

To work in consultation with the kiosk operator and neighbours to minimise disruption to trading and operation of toilets.

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Folkestone and Hythe District Planning Matters – Have Your Say On Community Involvement

The way residents are consulted on local planning matters in the future is the subject of a new public consultation launched by Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

Comments on the updated Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) – a document which explains how people can get involved in decisions about plan-making and planning applications in the district – are now being sought.

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Sandgate Sustainability Action Group

The Sandgate Sustainability Action Group (a part of the Sandgate Society) were at several events over the summer such as the Sandgate Sale Safari and Sandgate Sea Festival and got lots of ideas from members of the community which they want to put into action. Some ideas are fairly simple and some will need more research and planning.

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Postponement of Sandgate Parish Council Meetings 13th September 2022

Please note the Sandgate Parish Council meetings (Full Council and Planning Committee) scheduled for this evening (13th September) have been postponed until 27th September due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Revised agendas will be issued for the 27th September meetings on 20th September.

The post Postponement of Sandgate Parish Council Meetings 13th September 2022 appeared first on Sandgate Parish Council.

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Proclamation Reading for Charles III for the Parish of Sandgate: Delivered Sunday 11th September, 4pm

We come together this afternoon following the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second. Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest reigning Monarch. But the basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession.

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Proclamation of the new King

Following the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second, a proclamation of the new King Charles III will be read across the country over the weekend of 10 and 11 September.

The proclamation of the new Sovereign is a very old tradition which can be traced back over many centuries.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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