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  • Unemployment falls once again
    Article: Apr 16, 2014
    By Tim Prater

    I've brought together "claimant count" statistics for Folkestone & Hythe and Dover constituencies for 2014, 2013 & 2012 in the chart below.

    [Update 20 March 2014] To the end of 2013, I'd used the BBC website economy tracker at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10604117 but that source now seems to have disappeared. I have therefore changed to using the raw statistics from the ONS website monthly "Regional Labour Market: JSA01 - Claimant Count for Local and Unitary Authorities" releases. There were some marginal differences in figures (mainly percentage claimant counts rather than the number) between that and the BBC figures. For consistency I have updated the chart below to show the ONS figures for both Shepway and Dover back to the start of 2012.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    There seems to be more trouble for the Step Short Arch project. During construction works on site, BIG problems have been discovered with drains that the project was planning to use, with water from those drains not passing down the drains as expected by instead leaking out of the cliff face below the Leas.

  • Folkestone Harbour (Sebastian Maier)
    Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Southeastern are running a competition for keen photographers in the Folkestone area to showcase your work to mark the end of the project to redevelop Folkestone West station.

    They are offering local photographers the chance to have your work displayed in the refurbished station booking hall to coincide with its reopening this spring.

  • BBC One logo (Reproduced under licence from bbc.co.uk - © 2014 BBC)
    Article: Apr 3, 2014

    BBC One are looking for people who live in interested homes in Kent and would be happy to try a home swap holiday for a new TV series.

    They say:


    We are looking for people who want to try out a home swap holiday in Britain for a new BBC TV series.

    Enjoy a unique holiday experience in a stunning part of Britain…

  • scam
    Article: Mar 17, 2014

    Over the weekend a Folkestone resident received a scam inheritance letter from Mr Cai Xu.

    Mr Cai Xu claims to be a Business Relations Manager at the China CITIC Bank in Hong Kong. He claims a person with the same name as the resident died leaving no will and $16.4million US dollars.

    The letter suggests that the resident can claim the inheritance if he will split it with Mr Cai Xu. Do not respond to this letter. If you do the scammers will ask you to pay a fee before they can send the money. If you make payment the scammers will come up with an excuse why they can't send it to you. You will not receive the money and the scammers will continue to ask you for payment.

  • Article: Feb 28, 2014

    In November, Taylor Wimpey hosted a workshop and public consultation to give local people the chance to view and feedback on their proposals for a new residential development at the MOD Shorncliffe Garrison site.

    There will now be another opportunity for the public to view the proposals in more detail. There are two sessions: TODAY (28 February) 2pm - 7pm and TOMORROW (1 March) 10am - 1pm. The venue: Army Cadet Force Hut, Church Road, Shorncliffe.

  • Child's blanket
    Article: Feb 28, 2014
    By Kent Trading Standards Recall Notice

    As a precaution Asda are recalling the Little Tikes Cuddly Blanket with the code number 07C.08.13.075 on the sewing label.

    The fabric rings at each corner may detach and cause a choking hazard for small children.

    If you have purchased one of these items with the specific code you can return it to your nearest Asda store for a full refund. No receipt is required.

  • Sandgate Beach replenishment works (heavy plant moving shingle)
    Article: Feb 19, 2014

    Work on coastal flooding protection has started following the winter storms which have tested the sea defences of Folkestone and Hythe beaches.

    Heavy plant and machinery has been brought in to move some 180,000 tonnes of shingle between Folkestone coastal park and Fisherman's Beach at Hythe.

    Shepway council engineers say the beach was damaged by the loss of shingle following the battering of wind and waves in the storms but the sea defences did their job.

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