Category: Folkestone

Operation Stack: what I'm pressing the government for ahead of the Autumn Statement

In two weeks time the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne will present his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons. This speech will set out the government’s spending commitments and the budgets for the different departments. Last week I led a delegation of 12 MPs from Kent to see the Chancellor to urge him […]

There has to be tougher sanctions on those who break into the Channel Tunnel illegally

The large numbers of migrants in the Calais ‘jungle’ camp have been causing major disturbances to services through the Channel Tunnel in recent days. This has involved hundreds of migrants charging the perimeter fencing and gaining access to the tracks; actions that not only endanger their lives, but those of other people as well. This […]

Government award recognises how far Folkestone has come in just a few years

Last week Folkestone was hailed by the government as one of the ‘rising stars’ of town centre regeneration in England because of the “great strides made in improving their local high street”. It was one of ten runners up from across the country in the Great British High Streets competition, which is not bad going. […]

Folkestone Saints Basketball Club visited by Sports Minister

On Friday last week, I was delighted to welcome back to Folkestone, Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Sport, who went to school in the town. We visited the Folkestone Sports Centre and the Three Hills Sports complex on Cheriton Road. The Shepway Sports Trust also gave a presentation on their work across the district to improve the rates […]

The newly unveiled statue in the Garden of Remembrance reflects the valuable role the Gurkhas play in our armed forces and local community

Folkestone's Gurkha memorial statue was unveiled by Joanna Lumley on Sunday in glorious autumn sunshine, with Sujata Koirala, the First Lady of Nepal and leader of the Nepali Congress, also amongst a number of distinguished guests. The statue which stands in the town's Garden of Remembrance was sculpted by Rebecca Hawkins who was also present […]

Big improvements to Kent's roads and Folkestone's newest attraction

We have seen a big improvement to Kent’s roads over the last ten days since the lifting of the Operation Stack restrictions. This is mainly a result of the improved situation in Calais where there have been far fewer disturbances to the services through the Channel Tunnel, or from the Port of Calais, than in […]

The failure to find alternatives to Operation Stack is unacceptable

On Monday evening I spoke with the Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP, to express to him the huge frustration that everyone in Kent feels at the on-going gridlock caused by Operation Stack. He agreed with me that the current situation is completely unacceptable, and that new methods for managing the traffic to and from the […]

The French government must be forced to stop the chaos at Calais

The current strike by French ferry workers at Calais is arguably the worst in living memory. It has forced the closure of the Port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel and caused chaos on the roads of Kent, as lorries bound for the continent have been stacked for days on the county’s motorways, waiting for […]

The situation in Calais should shame the French authorities

The Prime Minister has this morning met with the Home Secretary and the Transport Secretary to discuss the situation in Calais to ensure that everything possible is being done to address the problems caused. Yesterday has to be one of the worst days we have seen in terms of disruption at the Channel Tunnel, caused […]

Major investment in local infrastructure and clamping down on nuisance lorry drivers

Last Friday I was the guest of Tim Waggott, the Folkestone resident who is Chief Executive of the Port of Dover, to visit the Harbour board and to see their plans for the future. It was great to see the port busy, and running smoothly, processing as it does five million vehicles and thirteen million […]

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