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  • Unemployment falls once again
    Article: Sep 18, 2014
    By Tim Prater

    I've brought together "claimant count" statistics for Shepway and Dover Local Authorities for 2014, 2013 & 2012 in the chart below.

    [Update 18 September 2014] To the end of 2013, I'd used the BBC website economy tracker at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10604117 but that source now seems to have disappeared. I have therefore changed to using the raw statistics from the ONS website monthly "Regional Labour Market: JSA01 - Claimant Count for Local and Unitary Authorities" releases. There were some marginal differences in figures (mainly percentage claimant counts rather than the number) between that and the BBC figures. For consistency I have updated the chart below to show the ONS figures for both Shepway and Dover back to the start of 2012.

  • Shepway Lib Dems - Central By-Election 2014
    Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Tom McNeice and the Shepway Lib Dem Team would like to thank everyone who voted in the by-election in Harvey Central Ward last Thursday.

    In a hard fought race UKIP managed to elect their first and only District Councillor onto Shepway District Council, amid a low turnout and a huge swing away from the Conservatives to both UKIP and the Lib Dems (who came third on around 20% of the vote). Labour, the Greens and TUSC also stood candidates, coming 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

  • Shepway Lib Dems - Central By-Election 2014
    Article: Sep 4, 2014

    Shepway Lib Dems were delighted to welcome Lib Dem Presidential hopeful Liz Lynne as an extra member of the Harvey Central by-election team today.

    Liz joined the team to help speak to voters about the by-election and encourage them to support former Mayor Tom McNeice in his bid to be elected District Councillor for Harvey Central ward. The by-election was called after the resignation of Conservative Councillor David Johnson.

  • Bus Rally at Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Poster
    Article: Sep 1, 2014
    By Monthly Events Update from www.discoverfolkestone.co.uk
    • until November 2nd - Folkestone Triennial, various locations
    • until May 8th 2015 - Your Country Calls exhibition, Folkestone Town Hall, Guildhall Street
    • Wednesday 3rd - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Saturday 6th - Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, Leas Cliff Hall
    • Sunday 7th - Bus Rally Day, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
    • Wednesday 10th - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Wednesday 10th-Saturday 13th - Sailor Beware! Tower Theatre, North Road
    • Thursday 11th - Jazz night with The Andy Mclean Band, The Grand, The Leas
    • Friday 12th - The Great Misto Victorian Magic Show, The Grand, The Leas
    • Saturday 13th - The Big Sleep Out, St Mary's Primary School
    • Monday 15th - Battle of Britain Day, Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne
    • Wednesday 17th - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Thursday 18th - WW1 Battle Bus on display, Folkestone Town Hall, Guildhall Street
    • Wednesday 24th - Triennial walking-tour, Quarterhouse, Tontine Street
    • Friday 26th - ARTMART, Sandgate Road Precinct
    • Saturday 27th - Comedy night, Mercure Hythe Imperial Hotel
    • Saturday 27th - Military Wives Showtime Spectacular, Leas Cliff Hall
    • Sunday 28th - Wedding Show, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Hythe
    • Sunday 28th - Folkestone Rotary Half-Marathon, The Grand, The Leas
  • Broken Flower Pot
    Article: Sep 1, 2014

    Local Councillor Gary Fuller spotted and reported vandalism along a stretch of Sandgate High Street this morning whilst walking to work. A number of pot plants had been shattered and a hanging basket had been yanked down. Gary has reported the incident to Kent Police.

    Commenting, Gary said:

    "It's a real shame to see such wanton acts of vandalism in the Village: people have made a real effort to make the High Street look good, and then that gets spoiled in a moment.

  • Port of Dover (Photo by Tom Corser www.tomcorser.com. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales (UK) Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/uk/deed.en_GB)
    Article: Aug 27, 2014

    "It's exciting news that Dover Harbour Board is cracking on with recruiting its first community director. And it is right that our democratically elected representatives will sit on the interview panel.

    "But there are five important ingredients they must not overlook if the public is to have confidence in the appointment." warns Liberal Democrat Dover and Deal MP candidate Sarah Smith.

  • Tom McNeice and Lynne Beaumont Cleaning up Folkestone
    Petition: Aug 22, 2014

    With thousands of visitors set to come and visit Folkestone for its popular Triennial Festival, Lib Dem by-election candidate Tom McNeice has launched an emergency petition to call on Conservative run Shepway Council to deep clean the town centre.

    Tom says:

    "With the Triennial starting at the end of the month there is little time to get our town looking at its best.

  • WW1 motor buses
    Article: Aug 18, 2014

    The London Transport Museum will be bringing a genuine WW1 battle bus to Folkestone Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone on 18th September. The bus will be parked outside the Town Hall for the morning.

    General public will be able to get on board between 10.00-10.30 and 12.40-14.00 and speak to museum staff. No bookings needed. No charge.