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Have your say on Kent County Council’s proposed 2018/19 budget

To balance KCC’s budget for 2018/19 it has to find an estimated £66m of savings in response to additional spending demands and reduced government grant. Their consultation includes plans for £56m of savings with a further £9m yet to be identified.

KCC would really welcome your comments on these plans as well as suggestions as to where you think savings can and should be made.

Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter said in a recent press interview that “the consequences for next year’s budget are really very significant”

KCC plans to increase Council Tax by the amount permitted under the referendum principles, including the additional social care levy.  The estimated increase for 2018-19 is 3.99% (£41.84 per year for a band C property.) This will increase KCC’s share of the Council Tax bill for a band C property to £1,089.68 in 2018/19.

Since 2011-12 KCC has saved £589m in response to the financial challenge.

Please visit Kent County Council’s website to have your say on their proposals to fix the 2018/19 budget gap and tell them your priorities.

Proposed leisure centre and mixed use development at Princes Parade, Hythe

Proposals have been brought forward for the development of housing, a recreation centre, public open space and ancillary commercial uses at Princes Parade, Hythe.

At its meeting of 10th October 2017, Hythe Town Council’s Plans and Works committee vote was tied with four in favour and four against. The chairman used his casting vote to support the application. The meeting was at the Town Hall in the High Street, Hythe, and the public gallery was packed with residents who wanted to listen to the debate.

Meanwhile, all residents are entitled to view and comment on the proposal on Shepway District Council‘s website. Click on ‘Search for an application’ and type ‘Y17/1042/SH’ into the search box. 

If you would prefer to see the plans in print form, then please visit the Hythe Town Council offices in Oaklands. You can find the opening hours and address here.

Armed Forces Day

Celebrations in Hythe on June 24 marked the ninth annual Armed Forces Day. Read more here

The Great Get Together

On Sunday 18th June 2017 at Oaklands Park Bandstand, Stade Street, Hythe, hundreds of Hythe residents enjoyed picnics, sunshine, free music and the company of family, friends and neighbours. More here:

St Leonard’s Church

The largest and best-preserved collection of ancient human bones and skulls in Britain can be found in the parish church in Hythe. The collection consists of shelves in four arched bays that contain 1,022 skulls in total, and a single stack of bones and skulls measuring 7.5m in length, 1.8m in width and just over 1.8m in height.

BBC South East showed a brief clip about the collection in its bulletin of 14th June 2017 which you can see by clicking here or to find out more about the crypt at St Leonard’s click here.

New PCSO for Hythe

Kent Police has appointed PCSO Lewis Bennett as its new police community support officer for Hythe. Lewis has already met many business owners and residents, and is looking forward to his new role. Lewis replaces PCSO Josh Carle, who will shortly start his training to become a police officer.

 Online Scams

More money was lost to online scams last year than ever before. Read more here

New town mayor elected

At the annual council meeting on 11th May 2017, Cllr Paul Peacock was elected as the town mayor of Hythe for the municipal year 2017/2018. Read more here

 John Schoner MBE

On 17th February 2017, former Hythe councillor and town mayor John Schoner was awarded an MBE for services to Hythe. Read more here

Painting ownership returned to Hythe

A historic oil painting of the view of Hythe town and surrounding area looking out to sea, has been returned to the ownership of Hythe Town Council. Read more here

 Cyber security

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, Kent Police’s cyber crime unit has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days. Read more here