News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Thursday, September 16, 2004

ATC Wreath laying ceremony

Yesterday evening saw a good turnout for the annual ATC wreath laying ceremony at the memorial on the Leas. The service was well-conducted by the local Curate, with Flt-Lt Hyde and the Deputy Mayor Cllr Bunting laying wreaths to mark local men who served in the RAF during the Second World War

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Victory for Folkestone Invicta

Folkestone Invicta enjoyed a well deserved 2-0 home victory over local Kent rivals Tonbridge Angels last night. The result propelled Invicta to the top half of the Ryman Premier. The scorers were Simon Glover and Adam Flanagan. The results bode well for Saturday's home fixture against Wealdstone, and for the FA Cup Qualifier away to Raynes Park Vale in a couple of weeks' time.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

A new home

The next full meeting of the Town Council has been called for Thursday 9 September, at 6pm and will be held in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre. We will be discussing a move to temporary premises in Church Street, and the appointment of a consultant to help with setting up the council and finding a permanent Town Clerk.

The meeting is open to the public and you are more than welcome to attend.

Lottery Grants

Today I attended an all day meeting with the Big Lottery Fund and Awards For All lottery programmes. Shepway has been earmarked as an area which has been underfunded by the lottery, so the funding boards are looking at projects to fund in the Folkestone and Dover areas. There is more than £1 million available.

Folkestone Town Council will be discussing the matter at the next Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting, later this month. If you have any projects which need funds, please let me know...

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Policing Cheriton

This evening I attended a public meeting about policing in Cheriton & Morehall. The meeting was packed, appartently with the highest attendence seen in any such meeting in Kent. Local residents raised concerns over a lack of visible policing, anti-social behaviour, noise pollution and parking.

It was confirmed at the meeting that Kent County Council had agreed to provide a Community Warden to act as a bobby on the beat in Cheriton. Kent Police have also applied once again for funding for a Community Support Officer, to join the new local street policing team.

I was particularly please to see these steps being taken, as I had lobbied Kent County Council to provide a warden for Cheriton as my first action after being elected in June. I will be working with other town councillors for Cheriton and Morehall to help co-ordinate the various crime reduction bodies in the future.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Blog launched

Following the creation of Folkestone Town Council in June and my election to represent Morehall, I have decided to create a blog as part of my efforts to be accessible to the local electorate.

Over the coming weeks I also hope to launch a newsletter and to work with my fellow councillors representing Cheriton & Morehall to provide regular surgeries for the local community.