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  • Controlled Parking (CPZ) Sign in Sandgate - 2 hours free parking
    Article: Dec 12, 2017
    By Tim Prater, Sandgate Parish Councillor in Email to Sandgate Councillors Rory Love and Jan Holben

    Hi Rory and Jan,

    I'm sure I'm not the first to do so, but I'm flagging up the paper on parking going to Cabinet this week. I'm asking you both to do what you can urgently to remove those sections with the largest impact on Sandgate: the proposal to make Wilberforce Road Car Park "permit only" and the proposal to double the cost of Residents CPZ permits over the next three years from £30 to £60.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Dec 7, 2017

    Members of the public remain banned from asking questions at Kent County Council meetings after out-of-touch Tories voted down a Liberal Democrat proposal.

    Twenty or more county councils including Kent's neighbours, East Sussex, Essex and Surrey, encourage the public to participate in meetings, as does Medway Council and all but one of the county's district councils. So what are the Conservatives so worried about?

  • Save Kent's Buses
    Article: Dec 5, 2017

    Please sign our petition to show you are opposed to these services being cut.

    Kent County Council are considering reducing the subsidies on 78 bus routes. The bus operators have warned that these services could be withdrawn if the subsidies are cut. You can find a list of buses that could be axed by clicking here.

  • Lib Dems Winning in by-elections November 2017
    Article: Dec 1, 2017

    The sweep of four victories on 30 November means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November.

    The Liberal Democrats won all four of the council by-elections that were held last night, gaining seats from the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP.

    The sweep of victories means that the Liberal Democrats have gained seven council seats in November, significantly more than any other party.

  • Stagecoach bus at Folkestone Bus Station (Image courtesy of https://twitter.com/cliftonwilton1/media)
    Article: Nov 28, 2017

    A report by Kent Live has exposed that bus services in Kent used by the elderly, the disabled and those who don't drive are set to have their funding slashed by 70 per cent, resulting in a loss of 74 services.

    Kent County Council has proposed an almost £4 million cut in their budget for 'socially necessary' bus services, which are not commercially viable but are subsidised by the council.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2017

    Statement by Liberal Democrat County Councillors Rob Bird, Ian Chittenden & Dan Daley

    The many Maidstone commuters who travel to London each day are incensed by the news that the new Thameslink service has once more been delayed, for a further year until December 2019.

    While other counties continue to benefit from new railways investment and are given priority, West Kent has once again shunted into a siding.

  • Taylor Wimpey notice to level WW1 training trenches
    Article: Nov 20, 2017
    In Email to Shepway Planning and Kent Heritage Conservation

    To: Shepway Planning and Kent Heritage Conservation

    I draw your urgent attention the the attached site notice in the Sandy Lane area of Sandgate / Hythe (know as the "Back Doors Training Area", notifying of works to "level the informal bike jumps and the jumps known as the Daggers Trails".

    It's my understanding that although they have been adapted and used in recent years as informal bike ramps they are in fact WW1 training trenches and other areas of significant military historical interest.

  • Antony Hook
    Article: Nov 14, 2017

    Kent Liberal Democrats are calling on the County Council to take a lead role in ensuring that crucial preparations are ready for Brexit in March 2019. Failure to put coordinated plans in place now could result in chaos on the county's road network after Brexit.

    The Government's refusal to provide information about their preparations for post Brexit road disruption in Kent is a cause for alarm and serious concern. If there really are plans in place, then these need to be shared with all key agencies as a matter of urgency.

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