Sandgate Sea Front

Welcome to Sandgate Parish Council

Attractively located between Folkestone and Hythe, the coastal Kent village of Sandgate is a great place to live or visit. A few minutes’ journey from both towns by car or bus – or an easy seafront walk or cycle ride – you’ll find award winning beaches with long views over the English Channel.

William Wilberforce Plaque

Sandgate’s High Street has an array of shops offering antiques and collectables and gifts, and is a great place to eat, drink and meet – eateries include cafes and coffee shops, traditional fish and chips, Thai, Indian, pizza and burgers, traditional British restaurants and pub food – and cosy bars and micropubs as well as small, independent shops.

Sandgate also has fascinating history which embraces the times of Henry VIII, smugglers, the threat of invasion by Napoleon and vital military roles in two world wars.

Social reformers and celebrities of literature and the arts have made their home in the village: from H G Wells to William Wilberforce, Hattie Jacques and many more.

The buildings of the village reflect this rich heritage with over one hundred and twenty Grade II listed properties including ancient monuments (Martello Towers and Sandgate Castle).

Tim Prater with SeasideAward flag

Conservation areas cover a large part of the parish, which combines two miles of coast and steep wooded hills to provide an unique environment to visit, live and work. London is less than an hour away by train from nearby Folkestone West station on HS1.

The parish has over two miles of beach. Sandgate and the council are proud our beach has held the Seaside Award for meeting the highest standards of cleanliness for the last eight years (2013-20).

In 2020 Sandgate boasts the only beach in Folkestone & Hythe to hold the Seaside Award.

The Parish Council

Sandgate Parish Council is one of over 9,000 parish and town councils in England forming the tier of local government closest to the people. All council meetings are open to the public.

Parish and town councils are local authorities with a number of statutory duties and wide powers. They may, with agreement of the district or county council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils.

HG Wells Memorial Beach on Sandgate Village Green

Sandgate Parish Council directly manages the local library, the sea front public conveniences and kiosk; two village greens, a war memorial, Sandgate Park in Military Road and Enbrook Valley Park in Fremantle Road.

The council also takes an active part in enhancing other public spaces in the village with for example summer planting, history sign boards, flags and lights at Christmas.

The Parish Council is a consultee for planning applications in the village. To protect this special identity from inappropriate development the council has agreed and updated a Village Design Statement which captures the detail of that heritage and the planning principles which will be used to protect the environment. The statement has been adopted by the local authority to be used to assess local planning applications.

Sandgate Library is located at James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate (across the road from St Pauls Church).

Library opening hours are:

  • Monday, Friday and Saturday – 9.30am to 1pm.
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 9.30am to 5pm.
  • Wednesday and Sunday – Closed.

The Library is also the Sandgate Parish Council Office – opening hours 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday.