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Sandgate Library CLOSED for the next few days [Update: Now Open!]

Over the weekend, Sandgate Library has sprung a leak, and it’s currently a bit wet!

Works are already in hand to sort and fix the cause of the problem (blocked drain to the flat roof above), and to then deal with the clean up required before we can reopen (cleaning carpets, checking electrics – that sort of thing).

We hope that won’t take too long, but expect it will be at least a couple of days and we will update as soon as we can.

In the meantime, the Library and Parish Office will be closed to visitors, but our Parish Clerk remains contactable at clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk 

Update 9/10/21: We’re pleased to say that after the flooding of last week, we’re now sorted, the Library reopened on Thursday and all is now well.

Sandgate Library is therefore open and looking forward to see you from 9.30am on Monday as usual!

https://sandgatepc.org.uk/library-opening-times/

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New Dates for FREE Kent Covid training

New Dates for FREE Kent Covid training

Over the coming months, it is important that COVID and infection control continues to remain a priority. 

Kent County Council has recently commissioned free COVID / infection safe training and advice. It’s available free for:

  • sole traders with a Unique Tax Reference;
  • small and microbusinesses registered via companies house;
  • charitable organisations registered via the Charity Commission;
  • not for profit organisations that operate in the KCC Local Authority area.

New Dates Available

After the success of the first round of Covid training sessions, a new series of free Kent Covid training sessions are now available to book. Each session lasts 3 hours are being held on 30th September, 4th October, 12th October, 30th October (all via Zoom) and 3rd November (Face to Face Training in Folkestone).

Courses assist eligible organisations to: 

  • Ensure a safe place of work. 
  • Ensure clean and safe equipment.
  • Provide clear information, training and instruction, and supervision on how to manage infection control including COVID-19. 
  • Complete robust infection control risk assessments.

Social Enterprise Kent (SEK) are delivering the training. With 30+ years training experience, SEK say “we are committed to providing clients with the best possible service. We have a Trust Pilot Score of 4.7/5. Our trainers are passionate about what they do. We will work hard to ensure you, your employees and customers stay safe.”

The course is being delivered free of charge to eligible small businesses and organisations on behalf of Kent County Council.

For more information and to book a free place, please visit https://sektraining.org.uk/training-courses/kcc-covid-19-safe-training

Course Syllabus

–          Legal regulations and responsibilities;

–          Risk factors for infection;

–          A look at the chain of infection and transmission;

–          How to reduce infection risks;

–          Why a risk assessment is essential;

–          How to complete a risk assessment.

Each organisation will need to complete and return their completed Risk Assessment (one risk assessment required per organisation) within 7 working days of their training session.

After receipt of your completed risk assessment, you will receive a COVID-19 Safe Advice and Training for Small and Micro Business, Sole Traders and Not for Profit Organisations pack. The pack contains your certification of training, a booklet of useful information which contains useful links to free resources and a selection of posters to help keep you, your staff and customers safe.

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Temporary Overnight Westbound Road Closures – B2064 Cheriton High Street, Folkestone – 27 September 2021 – 4 nights

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Overnight westbound closures of part of B2064 Cheriton High Street, Cheriton are planned from Monday 27 September 2021 for up to 4 nights, from 7.00 pm through until approximately 6.00 am each night. 

B2064 Cheriton High Street will be closed to westbound traffic (i.e. towards Cheriton Interchange) near the junction with the section of Cheriton High Street which leads to Horn Street.

An alternative route for traffic able to use motorways is via A2034 Cherry Garden Avenue and M20 to Cheriton Interchange.

A route for non-motorway traffic will be signposted on site.

~ Eastbound traffic is unaffected ~.

The closure is to allow works to be carried out to install a new telecoms mast.

The works have been timed to be carried out overnight, to reduce their impact.

The planned dates and duration may change for various reasons including, with any changes signposted on site and notified locally.

The most up to date information on these works, together with a map, can be found here: https://one.network/?tm=123387974

The Kent County Council Highway Helpline phone number is 03000 418181

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Could You Help Sandgate as a Volunteer Flood Warden?

Could You Help Sandgate as a Volunteer Flood Warden?

Flood Wardens are volunteers trained to help and prepare people in local communities that are at risk of flooding. They play an important role in the preparing a community flood plan and putting it in to practice. In Sandgate we would also ask you to meet the Parish Council annually to update us on the flood plan.

The commitment

  • Training takes just 2 hours to complete (training is currently online, with the next FREE courses on 6th October and 9th November from 7-9pm).
  • Flood Wardens meet a few times a year to test their flood plan.

The Role

  • Help local people prepare for flooding.
  • Provide a vital link between your community and the emergency responders.

What you’ll get

  • Comprehensive handbook.
  • Access to a whole host of resources.
  • Support from fellow Flood Wardens.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a substantial flood in Sandgate, but that’s no reason not to be prepared.

You would be making a real difference to your community, helping the ensure the safety of neighbours, for a few hours a year. From https://www.kentprepared.org.uk/flood-wardens the responsibilities of being a Flood Warden include:

Helping the community before, during and after a flood

…before

  • Identify problem areas within your community;
  • Identify vulnerable people and properties;
  • Write a community flood plan;
  • Monitor watercourses within the community;
  • Encourage sign up to free Flood Warnings.

…during

  • Communicate the risk of flooding within the community;
  • Help co-ordinate the community flood plan;
  • Heed emergency services advice at all times;
  • Share information from the Environment Agency and emergency services with residents;
  • Encourage residents to take action;
  • Collect flood event information.

…after

  • Assist in the post-flood clear up if required;
  • Continue to act as a communication channel;
  • Collect post-flood data and photos;
  • Assist in the review of the community flood plan.

If you are interested in becoming a Flood Warden, please contact the Kent Resilience Team to organise a training session at krf@kent.fire-uk.org  or call 01622 212409.

To register for this training visit www.trybooking.com click buy tickets and search for ‘Kent Flood Warden Training’.

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VACANCY – Deputy Parish Clerk / RFO

Job Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen for the post of Deputy Clerk / Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) at Sandgate Parish Council.

The Deputy Clerk will be providing support to the Parish Clerk and Librarian and is one of the main points of contact for Sandgate residents.

The position is for 10 hours per week, plus evening meetings, and the salary: is £12.75 per hour with a voluntary pension scheme.

The successful candidate will be entitled to 21 days holiday plus bank holidays.

Duties include:

  • Attending Parish Council meetings;
  • Preparation of Agendas and Minutes;
  • All Financial matters including proparation fo financial statements for the Annual Audit;
  • Maintaining the Parish Council website;
  • Managing and interrogating the Parish CCTV;
  • Assisting the Parish Clerk/Librarian in running the parish library.

The ideal candidate will be a good communicator, with the ability to work on their own initiative or as part of the team.

If you are interested in this opportunity and wish to know more, please see the full job description below.

CVs to be sent to arrive not later than 12.00 noon on 8th October 2021. Please send them to clerk@sandgatepc.org.uk or by post to: The Parish Clerk, Sandgate Parish Council, James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3RR

References and Enhanced DBS will be required.

Job Description of Sandgate PC Deputy Clerk / RFO.

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Stop Loan Sharks

Stop Loan Sharks

Have you or anyone you know:

  • Been offered a cash loan without paperwork?
  • Been threatened when you couldn’t pay?
  • Had your benefit or bank card taken from you?
  • Had a loan which keeps growing even though you are making payments?

If you can answer yes to the above you may have been bitten by a Loan Shark.

For confidential help and advice contact the Illegal Money Lending Team: 0300 555 2222 (local call rate, including inclusive minutes from mobiles)

Email: reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk

Text: 07860022116

Web: www.stoploansharks.co.uk

These resources are available in Slovak & Czech, Bulgarian, Polish, Urdu, Russian, Lithuanian, Portugese and Albanian below.

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KCC FREE Covid-19 control advice and training for Businesses, Charities and Not-for-Profit

KCC FREE Covid-19 control advice and training for Businesses, Charities and Not-for-Profit

Now and during the coming months, it is important that COVID-19 and infection control continues to remain a priority. 

Kent County Council has recently commissioned a free COVID-19/infection safe training and advice service for sole traders with a Unique Tax Reference, small and microbusinesses registered via companies house, charitable organisations registered via the charity commission, and not for profit organisations that operate in the KCC Local Authority area.  

The free training sessions will last 3 hours, are being held on Zoom on 8, 14 and 18 September, and will aim to assist eligible organisations to: 

  • Ensure a safe place of work. 
  • Ensure clean and safe equipment.
  • Provide clear information, training and instruction, and supervision on how to manage infection control including COVID-19. 
  • Complete robust infection control risk assessments.

For more information and to book a free place, please visit https://sektraining.org.uk/training-courses/kcc-covid-19-safe-training

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Report of the External Auditor 2021

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“On the basis of our review of Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR), in our opinion the information in sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR is in accordance with Proper Practices and no other matters have come to our attention giving cause for concern that relevant legislation and regulatory requirement.”

“Other matters not affecting our opinion which we draw to the attention of the authority: none.”

The report of the external auditor is as shown above, and is also available to inspect from the Sandgate Parish Council office during opening hours.

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Home Office’s future use of Napier Barracks – update from Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Folkestone & Hythe District Council has been advised that the government is intending to extend its use of Napier Barracks to house those seeking asylum in the UK until September 2025.

Responding to this announcement Councillor Jenny Hollingsbee, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The council has not had any role in this decision as the government is using special planning regulations to extend the use on a temporary basis for another four years.

“We have not changed our initial view that Napier Barracks is not the right place so this is very disappointing news and not what we had been hoping to hear.  I have made it clear to the Home Office that if the use is to continue then it is our expectation that government will make further investment to improve facilities for those staying at the barracks.

“As a council we will continue to play an active role, alongside our partners, to monitor the use of the barracks. We have already held two online community meetings to enable questions from our residents to be answered and we shall continue in our role of holding to account both the Home Office and the operators who run the facility on its behalf.”

The statutory instrument which allows for Napier Barracks to continue being used to house asylum seekers can be read online.

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Folkestone & Hythe District Council Consultation: Have your say on proposed licensing policy

Residents and businesses have a chance to comment on a new licensing policy for the Folkestone & Hythe District until 27 October 2021.

Each licensing application is determined on its own merits but the council’s licensing policy provides guidance when evaluating these. The proposed updated version of the policy contains recommended opening hours as a guide.

This licensing policy is required to be refreshed every five years and the latest update will cover the period from 2021 – 2026.

Consultation on this licensing policy will be open for nine weeks after which time all feedback will be collated and considered and any amendments made to the document as appropriate. It is intended that this subsequent version of licensing policy will return to Planning and Licensing Committee and then full council in November 2021.

To view the draft of the Licensing Policy and find out how to comment please visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/consultations

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