Category: Folkestone

France has finally moved to end the disgrace of the Calais Jungle

On Monday morning this week the French authorities started to clear the south side of the camp of temporary shelters, known as the Calais Jungle. People living in the camp are being encouraged to take up accommodation from the French authorities, and priority is being given to children and women. France is also offering refugees […]

Our border arrangements with France work massively in our favour

This week the former Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency, Rob Whiteman, warned that Kent could receive an additional 50,000 asylum seekers a year if Britain were to leave the European Union. His comments came after the Prime Minister stated that outside of the EU, there was a real risk that France would cancel […]

Southeastern need to step up to the plate: by investing in more rolling stock and properly compensating Folkestone commuters for disrupted services

Last week I met with David Statham the Managing Director of Southeastern trains to discuss the disruption to services caused by the closure of the Folkestone to Dover line. This line will be out of action for many months until work is completed to rebuild the seawall and viaduct carrying the railway. The consequences of […]

Folkestone based Green Kordofan are using sport to rebuild communities in South Sudan

On Friday last week I was delighted to be able to help present a large number of football kits, donated by the charity Kit Aid, to support the Folkestone based organisation, Green Kordofan. Green Kordofan was started in 2011 by Raga Gibreel, and champions sport for development to support the people of South Kordofan, who […]

Why the Stanford West site is our best option for ending Operation Stack

Over the last week I have been in contact with many people across the District regarding the proposed lorry parking scheme for the M20 motorway near to Stanford. Given the massive disturbance caused by Operation Stack last summer, there are many people who say we should get on and build the lorry park straightaway, whilst […]

Southeastern Season ticket holders affected by Dover-Folkestone disruptions will receive a discount

The damage done to the Folkestone to Dover railway line, caused by the erosion of the sea wall along the coastal stretch of the track, would appear to be far worse than was originally thought. It is important that the maintenance is carried out as swiftly as possible, working as they have to within the […]

This Christmas our thoughts are with Syria

At Christmas, as we gather around the crib for the nativity service we are asked, like the shepherds and wise men over 2,000 years ago, to follow the bright star to Bethlehem. Yet, throughout 2015, the eyes of the world appear to have been fixed just over 100 miles further east, to Syria and the […]

Why I favour the Stanford West lorry park site

The consultation on the long term solution for Operation Stack has now begun and will close on 25th January 2016. You can find out more about the detailed plans here: . It is important that everyone has there say. Thanks to the £250million funding that we have secured from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, […]

Pent Valley School is falling further and further behind. Radical steps are required

We have seen massive steps forward in education in our area over the last ten years. There are more opportunities now for young people to reach their full potential through education than ever before. The Folkestone School for Girls and the Harvey Grammar, continue to get excellent results, but we have also seen fantastic strides […]

We've finally found a solution to Operation Stack; a breakthrough in Syria comes next

George Osborne used his statement in the House of Commons last week, setting out the government’s spending review, to announce that he had allocated £250million towards preventing the chaos caused by Operation Stack. This is great news for Kent, and I am pleased that the Chancellor listened to our campaign for government funding to build […]

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