Public Rights of Inspection
Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance & Accountability return. Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2021
Welcome to Hythe Town Council
Hythe, the Head Cinque Port, is set on the beautiful Kent coast where the quiet charm of many of the Cinque Port towns belies their important and sometimes violent role in the development of the nation’s seafaring and naval traditions.
Some survive as working ports. Indeed, Dover is a major international transport hub, others, like Hastings, maintain their historic role as centres of inshore fishing. New Romney, Winchelsea and Tenterden, in particular, have been stranded well inland by the retreating sea.
It is sometimes hard to believe that all were once amongst the most significant ports in England but by the 21st century, most of the Cinque Port towns have diversified well beyond their seafaring origins, but all repay the visitor with fascinating glimpses of their colourful past and its continuing influence upon the local, regional and national identity.
A New Strategic Plan for Hythe
The last business plan for Hythe was drawn up in 1997, and it has been reviewed and renewed every five years since. The business plan was formed following a consultation exercise undertaken in 1997 by Hythe Town Council called “Hythe 1997: An Appraisal”. The business plan has not been completely renewed for over 20 years, so it is time to give Hythe an update and modern plan.
The survey, carried out in 1997, had responses from 2.649 households in Hythe, stating that 5,334 people participated. The survey contained 131 questions and was conducted by post. The “Hythe 1997 – An Appraisal” was published by John Pearson the Mayor of Hythe in August 1997. The results informed the business plan, then the business plan determined spending. In recent years, spending plans have been drawn up by Councillors based on their impression of what local people would like. The Councillors have used their local knowledge alone to draw up these spending plans. The opinion from the people of Hythe has not been formally sought since 1997.
To enable us to agree a business plan, we need to agree a strategic direction or strategic plan for Hythe, which will inform the business plan and the subsequent revisions. So, for example if, strategically, we agree to spend more money on landscaping and gardening, then the business plan needs to account for that strategic intention.
To allow us to agree a strategic plan, we need to canvass the opinions held by the people of Hythe. To canvass your opinions and form an agreed strategic plan we need to complete three steps:
- Gather a large amount of data to give us a quantitative analysis.
- Consult with people at meetings to gather detailed opinions and ideas, this will give us a qualitive analysis.
- Prepare a “draft strategic plan” and consult again.
Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and the National Lockdown, we cannot carry out the face-to-face consultation at present.
All we can therefore do at the moment is Step 1: ‘Gather a large amount of data to give us a quantitative analysis’, and this is our current focus.
To allow us to gather the people of Hythe’s opinions, we have composed an electronic survey, which we would be grateful if as many people as possible could complete. (Please follow the link directly below)
When the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and we can meet in a traditional manner, we will gather qualitive data face to face via meetings and consultations. Currently, Step 1, the electronic survey, will be our main focus.
Hythe Town Councillors
It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday that the death toll from COVID-19 has now exceeded 100,000. Behind this chilling statistic are people, human beings, who loved and were beloved.
Staff and Councillors at Hythe Town Council would like to extend warm and compassionate condolences to all in our community who have lost family and friends at this time and to those who are experiencing all manner of other deep and painful losses during this period.
When possible, we are committed to remembering them in a befitting manner.
HANDS – FACE – SPACE – FRESH AIR
There are three Folkestone & Hythe District community hubs that have been set up to support our community and to provide assistance to those who need it for things such as food and medicine deliveries. Any queries around main District Council services or other issues should be directed to the main FHDC helpline:
01303 761116 Covidemail@example.com
Please also check FHDC website for other information:
Folkestone Community Hub: 01303 316186 or email Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org
Hythe Community Hub: 01303 269602 or email Covidemail@example.com
Romney Marsh Community Hub: 01797 208590 or email Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org
The following links below provide more information on Hythe and surrounding areas;
Information regarding the confirmed case in Kent can be found at KCC Coronavirus Confirmed Case
Where the countryside meets the sea…
Hythe is a picturesque market town on the south coast of Kent nestled between the Romney Marsh and the North Downs. The quiet charm of the town belies its turbulent history as one of the most significant ports in England, providing men and ships to the Royal Fleet.
The Royal Military Canal, built as a defence against the threat of invasion from Napoleon, is now a tranquil stretch of water providing fishing, boating, cycle paths, and places to picnic.
So whether you’re visiting on holiday or just looking for a great day out, Hythe has something to offer – from steam-powered train rides to beach barbeques, free concerts to food festivals and horrible histories to tea and tiffin.