The Parish Council
Sandgate Parish Council is one of over 9,000 parish and town councils in England forming the tier of local government closest to the people. All council meetings are open to the public – for details see the Parish Council tab.
Parish and town councils are local authorities with a number of statutory duties and wide powers, should they decide to use them and they may, with agreement of the district or county council, exercise certain functions normally carried out by those councils.
Sandgate Parish Council directly manages the local library, the sea front public conveniences and kiosk; two village greens, a war memorial and Sandgate Park in Military Road. The council also takes an active part in enhancing other public spaces in the village with for example history sign boards, flags and lights at Christmas.
The Parish Council is a consultee for planning applications in the village – a role it takes particularly seriously given the rich and attractive heritage of the built and natural environment.
To protect this special identity from inappropriate development the council agreed a Sandgate Design Statement, in collaboration with the Sandgate Society, which details captures the detail of that heritage and the planning principles which will be used to protect the environment.
The statement was first adopted by the District Council to be used to assess local planning applications in 2013, and a revised and updated version was adopted by Folkestone and Hythe District Council in early 2020.