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  • Martello Tower 6 [Sandgate Escarpment] (Copyright Steve Popple and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.)
    Article: Jul 6, 2015

    Shepway Council's Development Control Committee will be discussing the planning application to build five houses on Sandgate Escarpment (by Military Road) as an "enabling" development towards repairs to Sandgate Martello Towers 5 & 6 on Tuesday 14th July.

    The agenda and reports for the meeting are available online, and in the Officers report on the application is recommending approval of the application.

  • Apple Core (Photo courtesy http://www.free-photo-gallery.org/photos/red-apple-core/)
    Article: Jul 6, 2015

    Former Cambridge MP David Howarth and Liberal Democrat commentator Mark Pack have been taking a look at the evidence on what the Liberal Democrats need to do to recover from the May 2015 disaster.

    They've written a pamphlet setting out their solution, called "The 20% Strategy: Building a core vote for the Liberal Democrats", and, for what it's worth, I pretty much entirely agree with their analysis.

  • Conservative Tory Cuts
    Article: Jul 6, 2015

    Heartless welfare cuts could form the centrepiece of the Chancellor's emergency budget next week, senior Liberal Democrats have warned.

    It comes after reports earlier in the week revealed Tory plans to cut the Employment Support Allowance (ESA), which offers help to thousands of sick and disabled people.

  • European Union flag
    Article: Jul 3, 2015
    By Stephen Phillips

    This article was originally going to be called 'The Lunatic Right' in reaction to what appear to be the attempts of certain right wingers in the Conservative party to scupper the negotiations that Mr Cameron has initiated with our European partners.

    That would have been unfair, because those who do not want us to remain in the EU are probably well intentioned and principled people. It could be argued, however, that their current activities are likely - intentionally or otherwise - to make it increasingly difficult for our negotiators to secure a deal that is acceptable to the British electorate at the referendum that we are certainly going to have.

  • Lib Dem Leadership Election Ballot Paper [Tim Farron / Norman Lamb]
    Article: Jul 1, 2015
    By Rob Banks, Vice Chair Lewes Liberal Democrats

    As Lib Dems, we have a long and proud tradition of ensuring all members have a vote and a say in who the party leader will be and it has been great to hear that across the country hustings meetings for the leadership contest have been very well attended. A clear sign that our members are keen to press on with the fight-back

  • Street drain / double yellow lines / potholes
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    Sandgate Parish Councillor Tim Prater has reported potholes and subsidence around a drain gulley cover on Wilberforce Road, Sandgate to Kent Highways for repair.

    Tim said:

    "The width of Wilberforce Road at that point means that many vehicles drive over the drain cover, and the road surface is breaking up around it. A proper repair needs making before there is damage to a vehicle: it's already potentially a damaging hazard to bikes."

  • Sarah Smith with Charlie Elphicke MP and Target Ovarian Cancer
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    "I am shocked that so few women with ovarian cancer in our area are in clinical trials" said Sarah Smith, Lib Dem Candidate for Dover and Deal at the last General Election, at a House of Commons event to publicise new research findings from Target Ovarian Cancer.

    The research shows that Kent and Medway has one of the lowest percentages in the country of women with ovarian cancer surviving five years or more at 35%. Survival rates in many other areas of the country are around 10% higher.

  • Parking Permit Renewal Letter
    Article: Jun 29, 2015
    By Tim Prater

    Today I needed to renew my annual Shepway Residents Car Park permit (£52 a year - excellent value and a good idea, as I said in Council when they were introduced!).

    On checking the renewal letter however, it tells me that to pay by credit / debit card I needed to go to the Civic Centre.

    So, to the Cabinet Member for Customers and Digital Delivery at Shepway District Council - that's you Rory Love) - a question.