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Community

Hythe’s community is full of hard working groups, charities, businesses and organisations striving to make our town better for everyone.

Town Council Meetings

30
Jan
Plans and Works Meeting
6PM Oaklands, Stade Street
Plans and Works Meeting
16
Feb
Finance and General Purposes Meeting
6:30PM Oaklands, Stade Street
Finance and General Purposes Meeting
20
Feb
Plans and Works Meeting
6PM Oaklands, Stade Street
Plans and Works Meeting
23
Feb
Council Meeting
6:30PM Town Hall
Council Meeting
Notice of Vacancy – Hythe West Ward of Hythe Town Council Lorna Fraser

 

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
 

Election of Councillors to Hythe West Ward of Hythe Town Council

 Local Government Act 1972 (Sec. 87(2))

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

 

 that due to the disqualification of Lorna Fraser, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council. 

 In accordance with Section 89 of the Local Government Act 1972, no election can be requested for this vacancy as it has occurred within the 6 months of the councillor’s regular retirement date.*

 The Town Council may wish to fill this vacancy in the interim period by way of co-  option.

 Dated 21 December 2022

Julie Abbott

Clerk to Town Council

Hythe Town Council

Oaklands

1 Stade Street

Hythe

CT21 6BG

Notice of Vacancy – Hythe West Ward of Hythe Town Council Paul O’Connor

 

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

Election of Councillors to Hythe West Ward of Hythe Town Council

 Local Government Act 1972 (Sec. 87(2))

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

 

 that due to the disqualification of Paul O’Connor,  a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council. 

 In accordance with Section 89 of the Local Government Act 1972, no election can be requested for this vacancy as it has occurred within the 6 months of the councillor’s regular retirement date.*

 The Town Council may wish to fill this vacancy in the interim period by way of co-  option.

 Dated 21 December 2022

Julie Abbott

Clerk to Town Council

Hythe Town Council

Oaklands

1 Stade Street

Hythe

CT21 6BG

Winter-Water-Safety

Frozen water can pose great danger as we have sadly seen in Solihull this week.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK has published useful advice – such as keeping away from the edges of ponds and lakes – and we would encourage residents to read it: https://www.rlss.org.uk/winter-water-safety

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Hythe Town Council Offices Christmas and New Year Arrangements 2022

Hythe Town Council Offices Christmas and New Year Arrangements 2022

Mayor’s Hythe Civic Hero Award for their dedication and service to the town of Hythe.

Five members of the Hythe Environmental and Community Group, Chris Turnbull, Sue Turnbull, George Kirby, and  Heather Poore were awarded a Mayor’s Civic Hero Award each on behalf of the group, for organising monthly litter picks, gathering unwanted fruit and vegetables from local farms and distributing to local food banks, for planting trees and creating gardens.

Mayor Awards 15.12.22

Folkestone & Hythe District Council at Christmas

Residents are being reminded of changes to services provided by Folkestone & Hythe District Council over the festive period.

Opening hours

We will be closed from Saturday 24 December and reopen on Tuesday 3 January, but most council services can be accessed 24/7 by visiting folkestone-hythe.gov.uk.

Please call 01303 221888 if you need to contact us in an emergency outside of business hours.

Information about Hythe Swimming Pool’s opening hours can be found on the Christmas section of our website.


Waste collections

Meanwhile, waste crews will not be working on Boxing Day – meaning collections will take place 24 hours later than usual for a week.

Collections return to normal on Monday 2 January. Residents are encouraged to recycle as much as they possibly can – advice can be found on our website.

Your normal collection day Your revised collection day
Monday 26 December Tuesday 27 December
Tuesday 27 December Wednesday 28 December
Wednesday 28 December Thursday 29 December
Thursday 29 December Friday 30 December
Friday 30 December Saturday 31 December


Garden waste

Garden waste collections are taking their usual break for Christmas. The last collection will be on Friday 23 December and the service will resume on Monday 9 January.

Real Christmas tree recycling

If you are a garden waste customer you can leave your real Christmas tree next to your brown lidded bin when collections commence on Monday 9 January.

If you are not a garden waste customer, visit our website from Tuesday 3 January for more details about how to request a real Christmas tree collection.

Princes Parade Project Update

The Princes Parade scheme is due to progress once market conditions are more favourable.

Cabinet members considered options relating to the site in Hythe earlier today (14 December) after spending on the project was paused last month.

It was agreed all outstanding pre-commencement planning conditions will be satisfied and some material works carried out to ensure the permission is implemented.

This would allow the land to be ready for construction and for the tendering process for the main contracts to start once the economy has settled.

Leader Cllr David Monk said: “Building a leisure centre in 2022 has been made a lot more expensive by the uncertain economic conditions, exceptionally high inflationary pressures and rising energy costs caused by the war in Ukraine.

“These factors are not exclusive to the Princes Parade project. But what this decision does is reduce the immediate financial risks to the council while retaining the development value and community benefits of the project.”

The footpath south of The Sea View Bridge in Seabrook will remain open until works necessitate its closure. Hoardings on the boundary of the site will remain in place to keep the site secure.

As per the agreed remediation plans, air monitoring will be undertaken when any works necessitate excavation of the site.

Pick up after your pooch – or pay the price.

That is the message from Folkestone & Hythe District Council in its latest campaign designed to reduce dog fouling in the district.

Residents and visitors are being reminded of their responsibility to clean up after their four-legged friends. Failing to do so can lead to fines of up to £1,000.

The drive will see hotspot areas targeted with increased patrols, as well as new signage aimed at discouraging those who don’t clean up after their dog.

And even those without a canine can play their part by reporting dog fouling when they see it. It only takes a few minutes and enables the council to not only clean the area but monitor it moving forward.

Cllr Stuart Peall – Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste and Building Control – said: “We know most dog owners clean up after their pets, but there is an inconsiderate minority who cause problems for other people and animals.”

“It’s important that we all work together to tackle this issue. Reporting dog fouling when you see it means our enforcement team can take the necessary action.”

Leader Cllr David Monk added: “Dog fouling can also pose a health risk – it’s  unsightly and not nice for other residents or visitors to have to experience.”

“Remember, you can put bagged dog waste in a regular public bin. So there really is no excuse to leave mess behind.”

Residents can visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/dog-fouling to quickly and easily report dog fouling in the district.

 

 

 

Hythe Carols in the Park

Carols In The Park 2022

GREEN LIGHT FOR COST OF LIVING AND SKILLS PLAN

A £1million plan to help Folkestone & Hythe residents facing cost of living pressures and to improve skills and job prospects in the district has been approved.

The green light for the council’s investment plan for its share of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) was given by central government on Tuesday (5 December 2022).

The three-year funding programme enables the council to further work with local organisations – including the Rainbow Centre and the district’s three community hubs – to support residents in sustainable ways to feed their families and pay essential bills.

This support could include advice on cooking on small budgets, eating healthy foods and minimising energy use by batch cooking.

The funding will go towards assisting struggling households with practical help such as providing energy-saving devices or assistance with an unexpected and expensive cost, for example repairing or servicing a boiler.

The scheme will also support families by providing beds when children are sleeping on mattresses on the floor.

Upskilling the local workforce will be the focus in the third year of the funding programme. The council has been working with local businesses to identify in what areas they are unable to fill vacancies due to skills shortages.

Automation, for example, has resulted in jobs being lost. Funding will be targeted at reskilling including training in green technology such as installing ground source heat pumps and solar panels and improving skills in conservation and protecting natural landscapes.

Cllr David Wimble, Cabinet Member for the District Economy, said: “The approval of our investment plan for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund is very good news indeed. It will enable us to continue and strengthen the help we are providing for residents either directly or through our work with other agencies.”

Leader Cllr David Monk added: “The skills element of the funding is particularly exciting. We know that there are gaps between what our local businesses need and what our community can offer so this funding will help to bridge that gap by providing the necessary skills training.”

RESIDENTS URGED TO GET GREENER THIS CHRISTMAS

From ‘sleighing food waste’ to ‘being a wrap star’ Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s latest campaign will help residents to make this Christmas their greenest one yet.

The Greener Christmas campaign will showcase tips and tricks that can be used to make the festive season more environmentally friendly.

Cllr Lesley Whybrow, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said “Whether it’s not using glitter or trying your hand at the wrapping paper ‘scrunch test’ everyone can get involved with making these holidays kinder to the planet.’

“The small changes we can make during the festive season can have a big impact.”

Cllr Stuart Peall – Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Regulatory Services, Waste and Building Control – added: “We are bringing back our popular real Christmas tree recycling scheme, meaning residents can dispose of them easily in an eco-friendly way”

“I also encourage residents to double check the date of their waste collections over the festive period as there will be some changes.”

Residents can find out more about Christmas collection dates and the tree recycling scheme by visiting folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/christmas

Leader Cllr David Monk said: “This campaign provides an opportunity for us to all think about the ways we can reduce our carbon footprint this Christmas and make our district a greener place for all.”

Visit  folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/greener-christmas to find out more about the ‘Greener Christmas’ campaign.

Severe cold weather warning for Kent residents

Severe weather forecast for the South East this weekend could cause major health risks and residents are urged to follow simple steps to help vulnerable friends, families and neighbours.

A level three cold weather warning has been called for the region by the Met Office which triggers actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community organisations, to support vulnerable people who have health issues that increase their risk of harm.

The Met Office reports a 90% probability of severe cold weather in Southeast England from Wednesday 7 December to Monday 12 December. Very cold nights are expected with widespread frosts and daytime temperatures just above freezing. Wintry showers are likely to affect some coasts, bringing a risk of icy patches.

KCC Director for Public Health, Dr Anjan Ghosh said: “Cold weather can have impacts on anyone, but people with underlying health problems, such as older people and those who are frail, are at greater risk. Direct effects of winter weather include an increase in incidence of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory diseases such as influenza, falls, injuries and hypothermia.

“Every year, cold weather can lead to extra deaths and it is vital that during this prolonged period of severe weather, people act to keep themselves and their homes warm – even if this is just by heating the bedroom and living room. We’re also urging people to look after vulnerable family and neighbours, and to assist their local community. Taking measures to stay warm and work with others can make a life-changing difference.”

Nationally, there are thousands of excess winter deaths per year because of a drop in temperature.

Kate Langford, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Kent and Medway, said: “Staying warm during cold weather is really important and there are simple steps we can all take to help ourselves and vulnerable friends and family.

“Cold weather can make some health problems worse and some people may need extra help during the winter. Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling unwell.

“If you do need NHS help and you’re not sure where to go, visit www.stopthinkchoose.co.uk for a list of local services, including urgent treatment centres.”

Remember to get your flu and Covid-19 vaccines and the Covid-19 booster jab. Find out more about how and when to book flu vaccinations and Covid-19 vaccines.

More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth

There are tips below about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather, and you can find out more information at www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth

Keeping your home warm, efficient and safe:

Try to heat the rooms you use to at least 18°C if you can, as this reduces the risk to health of someone wearing suitable winter clothing.

  • Overnight, people who are 65 and over or who have pre-existing health conditions, may find bedroom temperatures of at least 18°C are good for their health; this may be less important if you are a healthy adult under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding.
  • If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep.
  • Get your heating system and cooking appliances checked and keep your home well ventilated.
  • If you have an electric blanket, use it as instructed and get it tested every three years. Never use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket.
  • Do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home; it is inefficient and there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which can kill.
  • If you are not on mains gas or electricity, make sure you have a good supply of heating oil, LPG or solid fuel so you do not run out in winter.

 

If you need to go out:

  • Wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
  • Make sure you are not caught out by snow and ice; stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with food supplies.
  • In periods of severe weather such as snow and ice, do not travel unless necessary. Get up-to-date traffic information at www.kenttraffic.info
  • People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment.

 

Look after yourself:

Sitting or sleeping in a cold room is not good for you and increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and breathing problems.

  • Keep your bedroom windows closed on a winter’s night; breathing cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
  • Exercise is good for you all year round and it can keep you warm in winter.
  • Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm. Try not to sit for more than an hour, get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day.
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm.  Thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good for maintaining body heat.
  • Wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips and falls. Make sure you have spare medication in case you are unable to go out.
  • Food is a vital source of energy and helps to keep your body warm so have plenty of hot food and drinks.
  • Aim to include five daily portions of fruit and vegetables. Tinned and frozen vegetables count towards your five a day.
  • Prepare for cold weather. Stock up on tinned and frozen foods, warm clothes and any medication so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.
  • Power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts. Find out if you meet the criteria and if so, sign up. Visit https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/household-gas-and-electricity-guide/extra-help-energy-services/priority-services-register-people-need for more information

Keep the warmth in by:

Fitting draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors.

  • Making sure you have loft insulation. And if you have cavity walls, make sure they are insulated too.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk and tuck behind radiators to help keep heat inside.
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains.

Get financial help:

There are grants, benefits and advice to help make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. It’s worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to before winter sets in.

More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth