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  • Taylor Wimpey notice to level WW1 training trenches
    Article: Nov 20, 2017
    In Email to Shepway Planning and Kent Heritage Conservation

    To: Shepway Planning and Kent Heritage Conservation

    I draw your urgent attention the the attached site notice in the Sandy Lane area of Sandgate / Hythe (know as the "Back Doors Training Area", notifying of works to "level the informal bike jumps and the jumps known as the Daggers Trails".

    It's my understanding that although they have been adapted and used in recent years as informal bike ramps they are in fact WW1 training trenches and other areas of significant military historical interest.

  • Roadworks sign
    Article: Nov 3, 2017

    Having asked KCC why there are not currently traffic lights on Sandgate Esplanade whilst roadworks (including installation of a new crossing!) are in progress, they've confirmed they will be in place from Monday 6th November.

    They say:

    "there are two possible methods of traffic management that can be used whilst constructing this project. The current system using priority boards is working, however, some commuters are not always reading the signs causing two vehicles to come together resulting in the vehicle driving towards Sandgate having to mount the kerb.

  • Shingle on Sandgate Sea Wall / Esplanade / walkway
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    A number of local residents have mentioned that since Storm Brian, the stretch of the Sandgate beach path from Varne Court to the junction with the Riviera (and the stretch by Coastguard cottages where the path meets Sandgate Explanade) is covered with shingle, making it hazardous for walkers and cyclists.

  • Planning notices, sllotape and cable ties removed from Sandgate High Street streetlights / lamp posts
    Article: Nov 1, 2017

    If a person, or a business, walked down a Shepway street and attached signs to streetlamps and other posts on a regular basis, and didn't take them away again soon afterwards, they could well be prosecuted for flyposting.

    When Shepway District Council have notices put up near to developments requiring planning permission, they are attached to streetlamps and other posts, and are rarely removed after the notice period expires. They are left to rot, and the tape and ties used often damage and deface the posts they are attached to. Double standards anyone?

  • Sandgate Beach replenishment works (heavy plant moving shingle)
    Article: Oct 25, 2017

    Twice a year beach replensighment works take place in the stretch of coast from Folkestone to Hythe, effectively moving the beach back every six months from where the sea and tide have tried to move it! The works are an important part of the sea flood defence works locally, protecting local properties from potential flooding from the sea in particularly high winds and tides.

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