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  • Kurt Stephens
    Article: Oct 26, 2016

    Cllr Kurt Stephens represented Sandgate Parish Council on Tuesday night at Shepway District Coiuncil's Development Control Committee, speaking against application Y16/0584/SH to convert the shop at 44 Sandgate High Street to residential accommodation.

    Despite around a 40 minute discussion on the application, in the end the Development Control Committee decided overrule Sandgate's objection and to allow the application by a majority of 8-2.

  • Green Spice Restaurant & LOAF cafe, Sandgate High Street
    Article: Oct 26, 2016

    Kent County Council / Shepway District Council are "consulting" on a series of new Disabled Parking bays across Shepway, including two in Sandgate and one in Cheriton.

    Although the bays have been installed following the request of a specific resident in each case, the bay is not for the applicant's exclusive use. Anyone with a valid badge will be able to park in a permanent disabled bay.

  • Beach Huts on Folkestone sea front
    Article: Oct 18, 2016

    The Creative Foundation is pleased to announce the dates of Folkestone Triennial 2017, which will return for its fourth edition and will be held over a nine week period from 2 September - 5 November 2017. Curated for the second time by Lewis Biggs, the Triennial in 2017 will take the title double edge.

  • Gary Fuller
    Article: Oct 13, 2016

    Below is the text of an email I sent to Shepway District Council today:

    I wish to make a Stage 1 formal complaint, under the Corporate Complaints Procedure, about the conduct of Shepway District Council and its Officers with regards to decision 16/051 and report C/16/51.

    The nature of my complaint is as follows:

  • Tim Prater
    Article: Oct 11, 2016
    In Emailed to Shepway District Council complaints@shepway.gov.uk

    Please accept this as a formal complaint on the process and decision made to fail to accept the call-in of the decision (officially dated 29th September) of the Cabinet Member for Transport on the Sandgate East Parking Zone. I understand that I should exhaust your complaints procedure before taking up my issue with the Local Government Ombudsman http://www.lgo.org.uk/make-a-complaint

  • World Mental Health Day
    Article: Oct 11, 2016

    Mental ill health affects everyone. Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and I'd encourage everyone who cares about mental health to sign the petition below.

    To quote the individual who set up the petition:

    "#itaffectsme wants to see Mental Health Education put on the National Curriculum. To arm our children with knowledge, understanding and compassion. 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness and 50% of those are established by age 14. We teach our children symptoms of chlamydia and gonorrhoea so why not depression, OCD and anxiety?"

  • Mouth gagged
    Article: Oct 10, 2016

    Today I'm sickened by the actions of Shepway Council having had written notificationthat they have refused even to accept the call-in of the decision of Cabinet Member Malcolm Dearden to impose a Sandgate CPZ for consideration by Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

    This is despite 96% of the 342 people who responded to the formal consultation objecting to the plan. The Overview and Scrutiny Committee could have reviewed the decision and made recommendations on either amending, abandoning or upholding the decsion. Even that level of oversight has been refused.

    Alistair Stewart writes that "there has been no 'call in' of the decision and I have asked for said decision to be implemented." We're told that will mean the CPZ will be imposed, and after residents have been notified and signs erected the new restrictions will come into force in early to mid November.

    Apparently somehow the three Conservative Councillors that told me (in writing, by email) on 5th October that they had called in it, didn't. In the wording of Chief Executive Alistair Stewart "The councillors you mention did consider whether to 'call in' the matter to Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and clearly looked at a significant amount of detail relating to the decision; however, they never pursued this to a formal 'call in'." At least one has told me that "they did not withdraw their call-in": was pressure put on one of the others to do so?

    We live in an area where the Council feels able and ready to impose objections 96% of people object to. And the Councillors and Officers we currently have have either allowed it, or are actively themselves ignoring the opinion of local residents. For example, two of the "champions" for this scheme are Conservative Cabinet members Malcolm Dearden and Rory Love. Rory is rumoured to be a District Councillor for Sandgate, but is rarely seen here and certainly doesn't live in the ward. Perhaps that's why he felt the scheme should go ahead despite 330 out of 342 respondents to the formal consultation objecting to the scheme: he'll rarely see it in practice...

  • Defibrillator in ex-phone box in Lydd
    Article: Oct 10, 2016

    Lib Dem Romney Marsh Campaigner Ted Last has strongly welcomed the installation of two new funded by Lydd Town Council.

    A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is an essential life saving step in the chain of survival in case of heart attack. There are many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn't be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.

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