For some months Cllr Rory Love, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Strategic Services, has been working on the new waste and recycling contract - Shepway is now seen as a leading council for our groundbreaking new contract!
Councillor Miss Susan Carey, Chairman of the Council writes about her recent visit with the Follkestone & Hythe Orchestra on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary on her blog to provide a record of her time in office.
Local Conservatives have expressed their disappontment at the recent decision to grant planning permission for a Waste Treatment Plant at Otterpool Quarry in Sellindge. Despite a three year campaign against the proposal by Countrystyle Ltd and an impassioned speech by County Councillor Susan Carey permission was granted by 14 votes to 3.
Damian Collins MP says "The Olympics will also bring a great many visitors to the area. It has been estimated that one in four people who travel to the games from Europe will come through Kent and we can expect hotels and guest accommodation to sell out. This will be good news for local businesses. . .
Conservative County Councillor Roland Tolputt welcomed the extra funding from the Coalition Government for a new 'Find and Fix' programme to tackle the damage caused to our roads by last winter's exceptional bad weather.
To quote a phrase: We Are All In This Together. Recognise as much and it really will be a case of Ever Onwards and Upwards for the Association. I wish my successor every good fortune – indeed, I hope he makes a fortune for the Association – and he knows that he will have my backing all the way.
Cllr Alan Clifton Holt Cabinet Member for Customer Contact chaired the meetings and outlined to residents some of the benefits to be gained by bringing faster Broadband to Shepway - particularly in the more isolated rural parts of the district.
A new local radio station for Folkestone is being set up at the Folkestone Academy. The main sponsor is the Roger De Haan trust but Shepway Council Member Dick Pascoe (Member for Park Ward) has also been able to financially support them with KCC grants.