Local News

50 Years of FHOS

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.

Opposing planning application for Otterpool Quarry.

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.

Tourism Industry Boost Expected

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. . . 

Spring Find and Fix Blitz

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.

FHCA AGM 2011 – Departing Chairman's Address

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.

Broadband Meetings Capture Residents Views

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.

New Local Radio Launched

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.

A village united against waste plant proposal

Sellindge villagers presented their County Councillor, Susan Carey, with a petition against the plans for a waste plant at Otterpool Quarry opposite the popular Airport Cafe.

National School Offer Day

Conservative County Councillor for Folkestone North, Dick Pascoe, welcomed the news that there has been an increase in children receiving their first preference secondary school place from 80% to 83% and that more than 93% have been offered one of their four preferences.