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  • Antony Hook and East Kent Coast Lib Dem members
    Article: May 18, 2016

    Issues raised by the upcoming referendum on UK participation in the European Union were discussed at a meeting sponsored by East Kent Coast Liberal Democrats in Sandwich last Thursday (12 May).

    Lib Dem members and interested local citizens gathered at Sneller House to exchange views with Antony Hook, Chair of the Europe Referendum Campaign in the region.

  • Shepway District Council Sandgate Parking Consultation Notice on Granville Parade
    Article: May 11, 2016
    By Tim Prater in Objection to Sandgate CPZ Parking proposals emailed to traffic.orders@shepway.gov.uk

    I am writing to oppose the proposed revised parking and waiting restrictions in the 'Sandgate East Parking Zone'. My detailed reasons to do so are below.

    I am a resident of Sandgate, who both lives near to (but outside) the proposed parking zone and owns an office on Sandgate High Street from where my business is run. The proposed changes will significantly negatively impact on me both personally and professionally, as well as friends and neighbours locally.

  • Kurt Stephens
    Article: May 11, 2016

    Kurt Stephens was co-opted to Sandgate Parish Council at its Annual Parish Council Meeting last night, filling the vacancy left by Leo Griggs who resigned the Council in April.

    Kurt, who is a local resident and also works for local seamstress and tailoring business Acula Creations, has been working with the Council as the Business Forum representative for much of the last year.

  • Shepway District Council Sandgate Parking Consultation Notice on Granville Parade
    Article: Apr 26, 2016

    Shepway District Council have started a consultation on proposals to introduce a Residents Parking Permit scheme in Castle Road, Granville Parade, Granville Road East, Granville Parade West, Lachlan Way, Lister Way and Parade Road.

    They are proposing to limit parking in these roads to two hours for non-permit holders. This restriction will be in place 8am-8pm EVERY day of the year including weekends and bank holidays. Only residents and businesses based in the roads named above will be able to get permits.

  • Brighton Conference Centre
    Article: Apr 21, 2016
    By Andrew Wiseman, Chair of the Liberal Democrats' Federal Conference Committee

    Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2016 registration is now open. We're going to Brighton between 17th-20th September to discuss politics, meet new friends and learn new skills.

    For the first time we're offering everyone a Super Early Bird registration rate of just £60 if you book within the week (making it cheaper to attend as a regular member than in the last 6 years!). Click here to register your place now.

  • Make Votes Matter
    Article: Apr 21, 2016
    By Make Votes Matter

    On Saturday 7th May - the anniversary of the election of the most unrepresentative Parliament since women won the vote - Make Votes Matter is holding the Demo for Democracy outside Parliament. Baroness Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats, will speak alongside figures from across the political spectrum, united by the common cause of fair representation for all voters.

  • Ashford William Harvey Hospital entrance (© Copyright Julian P Guffogg http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/25219 and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
    Article: Apr 19, 2016

    Local Liberal Democrat Lynne Beaumont has called for stronger action to protect NHS staff after figures were released that show a shocking amount of violence against staff.

    The figures released after a parliamentary question show that East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust has seen 116 cases of violence in the last year.

  • Baroness Olly Grender
    Article: Apr 18, 2016

    The Government has agreed a Liberal Democrat amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which protects vulnerable tenants from being wrongly evicted.

    Under the Housing & Planning Bill, landlords get faster access to a property if they believe the tenant has abandoned it.

    The successful amendment requires a landlord to get in touch with a third party such as a charity, local authority or individual who has helped to pay the tenant's deposit. If the landlord gets a response that the tenant has not abandoned the property they can't change the locks and reclaim it.