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Month Two – Our district council blog

July 5, 2019

Our second month as district councillors has been as busy as the first but quite different. The highlight was of course getting the motionpassed at full council to withdraw the planning application for Princes Parade and build the leisure centre at Martello Lakes. Unfortunately it seems that this is not binding on cabinet. We...
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Hythe Town Council declares a Climate Emergency

July 5, 2019

Hythe Town Council has declared a Climate and Ecological Emergency and will work to make its activities carbon neutral by 2025. The declaration was agreed at a full council meeting on Thursday evening (4 July). A sub-committee of the council will now draw up an action plan, using a framework provided by the Carbon...
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Hythe Town Council objects to Otterpool

June 25, 2019

Hythe Town Council has lodged an objection to the planning application for 8,500 new homes at Otterpool. A working group comprising Green Party councillors, Jenni Hawkins, Jim Martin and Martin Whybrow, and Lib Dem, Tim Prater, drafted the response. This was voted on at a full council meeting on Monday 24th June and was...
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Green Party chair for Overview & Scrutiny

June 19, 2019

The Green Party, alongside the other opposition groups on Folkestone & Hythe District Council, are doing what was promised – holding the council firmly to account. Last night, our own Cllr Rebecca Shoob was appointed chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee with Labour’s Councillor Michelle Dorrell as vice-chair. Having an opposition member as...
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FHDC and biodiversity – our councillors are on the case

June 8, 2019

This week, four of our Green district councillors, Rebecca Shoob, John Wing, Doug Wade and Georgina Treloar, met with Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s Assistant Director for Environmental and Corporate Assets, the Engineering and Buildings Manager, and the Horticultural Manager to get a better picture of where the council is at in terms of...
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The importance of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

June 8, 2019

Dr Stephen Scoffham from Canterbury Christ Church University explains why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are so aligned with Green Party policies. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) are a common plan to address some of the most pressing problems facing the world today. They were agreed in 2015 after...
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First impressions of a councillor

May 31, 2019

Lesley Whybrow, one of our six newly elected Green Party councillors on Folkestone & Hythe District Council, writes: The first couple of weeks were extremely busy trying to get to grips with the way the council works including the 374 page constitution. We held talks with the newly elected Labour and Lib Dem councillors...
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KCC’s hopeless response to our Climate Emergency

May 25, 2019

On Thursday at full council at Kent County Council, our Green Party councillor, Martin Whybrow, brought a motion demanding the council declared a Climate Emergency and set a carbon neutral target of 2030 for all of its activities, aligning its policies and setting an action plan to achieve this. In his opening speech, he...
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Climate Emergency call at Kent County Council

May 19, 2019

Kent Greens will be joining Extinction Rebellion groups from across Kent on Thursday 23rd May as Green KCC councillor, Martin Whybrow, calls on Kent County Council to declare a climate emergency at the Full Council meeting. The demonstration commences at 9am outside County Hall where protestors will be creating a ‘Garden of England’ as...
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Following on from District… Town Council success!

May 4, 2019

Following on from the Green successes at District level, congratulations to all our new Green councillors on Hythe Town Council: Penny Graham, Sandy McConnell and Doug Wade in Hythe North; Jenni Hawkins (below, left) in Hythe East; Jim Martin and Martin Whybrow in Hythe South. All six of our candidates swept in with huge...
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