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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.
if a candidate has requested not to make their home address public, the relevant electoral area in which their home address is situated (or the country if their address is outside the UK) will be provided.
Nomination papers for this election may be obtained from the Returning Officer at Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2QY on any weekday between 10am and 4pm (excluding bank holidays).
Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer,
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.
Kent County Council intends to make an Order the effect of which is to temporarily close Public Footpath HF8 for its entire length between Public Footpaths HF59 & HF69 and Public Footpath HF56 for 75m around the southeast of Martello Tower No.6 from the 03 April 2023.
The paths will be closed for a maximum of six months,
The Elections Act 2022 and related regulations enforced a requirement for electors that vote at a polling station to provide a form of accepted, photographic ID that must be verified by the staff before being given a ballot paper to vote.
This became the law for all elections in England from Thursday,
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,
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.
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,
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,
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.
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:
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.
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,
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.
If you would like some help getting started, or improving, your computer skills, then come along to our drop-in session and speak with your local Digital Engagement Officer who can help you learn more about using your device and the internet.
We’ve been doing something *very* special to Sandgate Library…
Over the last month, the library has had a lot of improvements. A new accessible toilet has been built, and the front door access improved for wheelchairs and buggies. We’ve added new storage and changed the lighting to be more energy efficient and less hard on the eyes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandgate Library will be temporarily closing for refurbishment work. The library will be closed from Monday 5 September 2022 for 3 weeks, re-opening on Monday 26 September.
Alternative local libraries include Hythe Library, Cheriton Library and Folkestone Library. We also have a number of mobile library stops in the local area including Golden Valley (Digby Road) and Seabrook (Seabrook Court).
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.
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.
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.
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;
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.
Sandgate Parish Council currently holds a long lease for the public library and parish office premises in Sandgate High Street. We are issuing this invitation to tender for internal building works to the library.
Improvement of access to the building for all is important to the Parish Council.
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!
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,
Folkestone & Hythe District Council is giving residents and businesses an early festive gift.
Charges in all Folkestone & Hythe District Council pay and display car parks and on-street bays across the district will be waived on the three Saturdays ahead of Santa’s arrival to help support the local economy and shoppers to buy fantastic presents.
Now and during the coming months, it is important that COVID-19 and infection control continues to remain a priority.
Kent County Council has recently commissioned a free COVID-19/infection safe training and advice service for sole traders with a Unique Tax Reference, small and microbusinesses registered via companies house,
“On the basis of our review of Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR), in our opinion the information in sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR is in accordance with Proper Practices and no other matters have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirement.”
Folkestone & Hythe District Council has been advised that the government is intending to extend its use of Napier Barracks to house those seeking asylum in the UK until September 2025.
Responding to this announcement Councillor Jenny Hollingsbee, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The council has not had any role in this decision as the government is using special planning regulations to extend the use on a temporary basis for another four years.
Residents and businesses have a chance to comment on a new licensing policy for the Folkestone & Hythe District until 27 October 2021.
Each licensing application is determined on its own merits but the council’s licensing policy provides guidance when evaluating these. The proposed updated version of the policy contains recommended opening hours as a guide.
We’re really proud that Sandgate Library is the only “Parish run” library in Kent.
To celebrate, as part of the Sandgate Sea and Food Festival, we are having an Open Day this Sunday (29th August) from 10am-2pm.Anybody who either joins Sandgate Library on Sunday (its free – just turn up with a couple of forms of ID) or borrows a book (or more!) from the Library will be entered into a prize draw.
Final feedback on the actions and priorities included in Folkestone town centre’s draft Place Plan is being sought from residents and businesses.
The Place Plan sets the direction for a sustainable and vibrant future for Folkestone Town Centre. Folkestone & Hythe District Council commissioned this work to ensure we can create the best future for Folkestone town centre and for all those who live in,
St Paul’s Church would like to invite you to a special service on Saturday 24th July. Visitors will be asked to write down the names of those who are no longer with us including the many who have died during the pandemic, and to give thanks to all who have worked tirelessly to keep our community safe.
The Shorncliffe Trust are pleased to announce new dates in our 2021 Heritage Walking Tour programme. Find out more about history on your doorstep by joining us for a 90 minute guided tour of the former military training land and learn more about its hidden heritage assets. Shorncliffe; birthplace of the modern British Army under Sir John Moore.
From Saturday 1 May the annual seasonal dog restrictions will come into force and dogs will be banned from certain beaches across the district until 30 September. Ahead of this, Folkestone & Hythe District Council is urging dog owners to be responsible this summer and enjoy beaches considerately.
Nine stretches of beach have a summer beach ban however,
It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Zoe Varian passed away on Sunday 25th April. It was her wish to be in her own bedroom and surrounded by her family and for her it was a peaceful end with Nick at her side after a short but courageous fight.
An emergency scheme run by Folkestone & Hythe District Council to help those on their own and those who are vulnerable has again been recognised for providing the highest standards of customer service.
Lifeline365, which provides a range of services for use in the home and also for those working outdoors or enjoying sporting activities alone,
In normal times, Sandgate Parish Council would have joined with local authorities across the country in opening a formal book of condelence for people to sign to pay their respects to Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday.
However Government guidance issued today (11 April) makes it clear that we should not do so at this time,
The Government is seeking views on the use of the current arrangements which have allowed local authorities to hold meetings remotely during the pandemic. They are inviting views from the public, elected members and officers.
If you wish to give your views you can do so using the link below –
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