Dear Residents,

A little breezy, but overall, the weather was kind to us last Sunday, with a turnout of around 250 local residents and friends, taking part in the Great Hythe Walk.

The event organiser’s, the Sellindge & District Residents Association, representing the Otterpool group, made it a day to remember for all Residents from every corner of Shepway and beyond.  The fact that the event was only advertised on our website and Social Media, demonstrates the power of  the internet, which we intend to exploit in the months and years ahead.  Our membership is growing daily, promoting transparency on the issues that face us all, here in Shepway.

Struggling against the wind, our speakers were in attendance updating us on recent events:

The coming together was both heartening and encouraging on all fronts, from the organiser’s team, made up from all four groups. Walking and talking together, our Residents showed grit and determination against the loss of democracy in our part of East Kent.

A massive thank you to all who took part, raising in excess of £1,700. This will be distributed among the four groups; Lorry Park, Otterpool, Fisherman’s Beach and Princes Parade, funding banners, posters, flyers, expert and legal advice. It could well be that funding a Judicial Review is in the offing which will require in excess of £30,000. Digging deeper and working harder is a scenario which we are all prepared for in the coming months.

It wouldn’t have gone unnoticed that Kate Chesterman walked the walk on stilts, (or should that be stilted the Stilt) alongside our new recruit, Paul, who collected almost £100 in his bucket. WELL DONE KATE AND PAUL – Stars of the day.

Kate and Paul

It’s these events that bring ‘thinking’ people together to make a stand against SDC who are intent on destroying our communities.

Congratulations to Michael, Carol, Alison, Steve and Joan who won the five prizes on offer in our free raffle. Well done you.

More events are planed in the New Year. In the meantime, S&DRA and our associates will be working hard behind the scenes to keep our District a decent place to live and work. Please look out for announcements very soon.

Many thanks for all your support.


HYTHE WALK, 10.30 am 29th October, 2017.

The Hythe Sponsored walk is taking place on Sunday, 29th October and is a chance for ALL Shepway residents to participate in, whether they be from the main groups of SOS Kent -Lorry Park, Fishermans Beach Association, Save Princes Parade, No Otterpool Town or any other action group across our region.  This is a gathering of like minded people who are sick and tired of being bullied by our rotten Council and its glorious Leader, David Monk. Although the route is about 5 miles, we don’t expect everyone to walk the full the distance. Stop off for a coffee just a few hundred yards from the start and wait for us to return; the choice is yours. But what this event is really about, is raising funds to challenge the lies and hidden agendas that are now common place within SDC. There’s a free raffle with great prizes to all who the pay the minimum sponsorship fee of £5.00. Click here to download and print your sponsorship form.            Various speakers will be present to end the day, so bring your family, friends and neighbours. In a wheelchair, mobility scooter? No problem. The route is wheel friendly with not an incline in sight. Enjoy the beauty and open vista of Princes Parade alongside our open coast line. Bring your banners, whistles, flutes and drums. Let’s band together and walk the walk, along our promenade.

We plan to have a great day with all of our friends. See you all on the 29th, 10.30am.


Dear Residents,

An update from last Saturday’s demonstration:

Fisherman’s Beach Protest against more development, Saturday 12th August

“The demonstration against further development on Fisherman’s Beach was supported by well over 100 Hythe residents and many others from outside the area. All 250 leaflets urging people to write to Ben Geering, Chief Planning Officer, objecting to the proposed additional apartment block were taken up, half of them by people visiting the Beach and filling the seating outside Griggs and tucking into a meal.

When we explained what all the fuss was about people were very angry to think that the despoliation of the Beach was planned to go further and even more so when we told them of SDC’s continuing pressure to get rid of the Fishermen.

A copy of the leaflet appears below and we urge you to write asap to Ben Geering objecting in the strongest possible terms to the additional apartment block – eg ‘What the hell do you think you are doing to our Beach and the Fishermen!’

Any one reading this and visiting the Beach should take a look at our Association Noticeboard which stands next to the large Fishermans Hut immediately opposite the main Lifeboat House containing Griggs Fish Shop.

Finally a big thankyou to all of you who turned up on Saturday – and don’t forget to write to Ben Geering!

David Plumstead

‘The Fisherman’s Beach Association’

We ask you to support our campaign as reported on Pages 2 & 18 of this week’s Folkestone and Hythe KM Express by writing as soon as possible to SDC Chief planning Officer Ben Geering at Shepway District Council, Civic Centre, Folkestone CT20 2QY objecting in the strongest terms to Application: Y17/0654/SH ‘for the ‘erection of three storey apartment block with undercroft parking.’ 

Thank you, 

David Plumstead. Fishermans Beach Association & Shepway Environment and Community Network