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  • Ross Clark
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats are opposing plans for "Otterpool Park", a 12,000 home commuter town being proposed by Shepway District Council.

    The town, near Westenhanger station and junction 11 of the M20, is being proposed on land currently occupuied by Folkestone Racecourse and farmland recently purchased by the District Council as an "investment". As proposed, Otterpool Park would be larger than nearby Hythe.

  • Electricity (power) socket
    Article: Feb 22, 2017

    UK Power Networks have issued advice on what to do if you suffer a power cut in tomorrow's potential storm, or at any other time.

    You will be able to find regular updates at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and www.twitter.com/ukpowernetworks throughout this period.

    Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

  • Providence Inne, Sandgate
    Article: Feb 22, 2017

    Liberal drinks will take place next week. To find out more, see the post on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cllrgaryfuller/posts/10154808845517534.

  • Ross Clark
    Article: Feb 10, 2017
    By Ross Clark, Chairman, Shepway Lib Dems in Message to Members Feb 2017

    I'm really keen that the Shepway Lib Dems have a regular schedule of events - social, fundraising and political - throughout the year. It's great to meet up with members, and while I'm sure not every event will appeal to every member, we'd like to see a good mix of different opportunities.

    As you'll know, our whole local party is run, managed and funded entirely through voluntary help. There are no paid staff (OK - there are no staff!), and there is no council, government, business or union money to fund our leaflets and campaigning. This means we're entirely free to work for local people not vested interests, but does mean that what we want to see happen, we need to make happen ourselves.

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Feb 9, 2017

    At the County Council Budget Debate on Thursday, 9th February the Liberal Democrat Group will be asking for an in depth investigation into the costs incurred by the Coroners service in Kent. Although KCC meets the costs of the Coroners Service, they have no control over them.

    A report to councillors in December showed that Kent Coroners carry out an average of 48 post Mortems out of every 100 cases reported to them, compared to a national average of 38 per hundred. The highest number of post mortems are carried out in north east Kent where 55 in every 100 deaths are investigated by post mortem. There are also widely varying waiting times for inquests to take place from 15 weeks in north west Kent to 40 weeks in north east Kent.

  • Manston Airport (By James Stewart from England (P6280015) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Due to public demand, extra seats have been made available for this meeting. An excellent line up of speakers will detail the business opportunities at Manston as an Aviation hub. The meeting will be chaired by David Foley, CEO of Thanet Chamber of Commerce.

    This technical meeting, supported by groups fighting to save the airport, will take place in the Winter Gardens (Queens Hall) Margate, from 10 am till 2 pm on Saturday 4 February 2017. It will be a platform for relevant subject experts to explain how Manston Aviation Hub could generate a viable business and revenue streams for Manston from cargo handling, aircraft recycling, pilot training and private flying, and a spaceport. Leader of Thanet Council Chris Wells, will answer questions and give details on the future of the Airport site - should be interesting!

  • Iwade Lorry
    Article: Jan 30, 2017
    By Brian Mortimer

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for local authorities to have powers to compel all lorry drivers who use satnavs to use commercial models following a fresh catalogue of chaos on the nation's roads.

    Kent residents are fed up with large lorries clogging up villages and town centres, getting stuck on tight medieval bridges or in residential streets, or thundering down narrow country lanes.

  • Streetlight Column
    Article: Jan 30, 2017
    By Rob Bird

    The conversion of Kent's streetlights to LEDs appears to be going well and feedback from residents on the new lights has generally been very positive. Unfortunately, Kent Highways continue to be let down by other contractors that fail to do jobs properly and on time.

    At last Thursday's County Council meeting Rob Bird put the following question to Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport:

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