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  • Aston Mannerings with gridlocked traffic running through Capel-le-Ferne
    Article: Jul 25, 2016

    "Once again the woeful lack of traffic planning in Kent has been exposed." declares Aston Mannerings, Liberal Democrat and Capel-le-Ferne resident.

    The heightened French security checks and a lack of staff at Dover had huge knock-on effects for local residents over the weekend, as roads around Dover and Folkestone became gridlocked.Queuing to reach Dover check-in on the A20 took up to 16 hours at the worst times through Saturday and into Sunday. Alhough road routes are now clear running into Dover, Police are warning of repeat issues at busy times over the summer.

  • A pair of wedding rings (Jeff Belmonte. Licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.)
    Article: Jul 23, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have branded the Conservative's Flagship Married Couples Tax Allowance policy a 'pathetic failure' after figures revealed that only a fraction of eligible couples had bothered claiming the allowance.

    Only 330,000 people have taken advantage of the allowance, equivalent to 8% of those eligible. The Tories had believed over 4 million would take allowance. The Liberal Democrats also revealed that the Government had launched an advertising campaigning around the allowance in a desperate bid to increase take-up of the scheme.

  • General housing shot
    Article: Jul 22, 2016

    As reported in the Folkestone Herald, plans to build 41 new homes at the former Shepway Resource Centre on Military Road, Sandgate go to Shepway Development Control next week.

    Of the 41 homes, 6 houses will be built for sale at market values, and the remaining 35 flats and houses offered by Shepway District Council at affordable rents or shared ownership. Shepway Resource Centre was closed by Kent County Council some years ago, and the site has remained unused since.

  • Suzanne Fletcher, Chair of Liberal Democrats for Seekers of Sanctuary (LD4SOS)
    Article: Jul 22, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government for slipping out an announcement that Cedars pre-departure accommodation is to close. It raises the prospect of children once again being held in immigration detention centres - a practice ended by the Liberal Democrats in Government.

    Liberal Democrats in Coalition established the centre to end the detention of children, and the Conservatives have used the final day of the Parliamentary session to reverse the move. Prior to 2010, thousands of children were being detained in prison-like conditions. During Labour's last 5 years in government, over 7,000 innocent children were held in adult detention centres, sometimes for weeks and months at a time.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Jul 21, 2016

    East Kent College, fresh from taking over bits of the hopelessly failing K College, has ridden in on their proverbial white charger to save Canterbury College.

    Canterbury College has great potential. It's near the centre of a vibrant student City, and has had significant sums spent on redeveloping its crumbling site into a 21st Century campus. Leaving aside the fact that the architects seem to have erred towards a Legoland Prison look for the new buildings, it's got some great facilities, not to mention having one of the best Students' Unions in the country, and of course some brilliant teachers and support staff (I used to be one of them, so I may be a little biased).

  • The Chichester Memorial Hall, Sandgate High Street
    Article: Jul 21, 2016

    Sandgate Councillor Kurt Stephens has slammed Shepway Council for not working with Sandgate Parish Council to seek to keep Sandgate High Street as a "mainly commercial" area.

    In response to a recent objection from Sandgate Parish Council to the conversion of an existing High Street shop unit to a residential unit, Shepway's Planning Department commented that in area such as Sandgate High Street "there is no policy requirement to keep ground floors as retail or business uses."

  • Shepway District Council Sandgate Parking Consultation Notice on Granville Parade
    Article: Jul 21, 2016

    Over two months after the close of the official "consultation" on the proposed new parking controls on Granville Parade and Castle Road, Sandgate, no decision on the proposals has been published by Shepway Council.

    Shepway received hundreds of objections to the proposals to ban parking for longer than 2 hours in those areas (between 8am-8pm every day of the year) to anyone not resident in those roads.

  • Water running down road due to mains leak
    Article: Jul 18, 2016

    The Sandgate Lib Dem team have reported a fast flowing mains leak from the Undercliff in Sandgate, and are questioning why almost two days after Affinity Water received and acknowledged the first reports, the water is still flowing.

    The leak developed on The Undercliff on Saturday, and was reported by a number of people to Affinity Water during the day. After reporting via Twitter, Tim Prater was told by Affinity Water at 6pm on Saturday "this has been reported a few times today and logged with our Community Team."