News from Tim Prater

Tim is honoured and delighted to have been elected as:

  • Folkestone and Hythe District Councillor (Liberal Democrats) for Sandgate & West Folkestone;
  • Sandgate Parish Councillor (Independent) for Sandgate Village;
  • Folkestone Town Councillor (Liberal Democrats) for Folkestone Harvey West;
  • Hythe Town Councillor (Liberal Democrats) for Hythe East.

In May 2023 Tim was re-elected to all the above seats for four more years. At the District Council AGM on 24th May 2023, he became Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance.

Previously, Tim has served on Folkestone Town Councillor for Cheriton from 2006-2011, and Shepway District Councillor for Cheriton from 2007-2011, Kent County Councillor for Folkestone West from 2009-2013. He has sat on Sandgate Parish Council for Sandgate Village since 2011.

Contact Tim by email to, call 07956 276118 or write to 98a Sandgate High Street, Folkestone CT20 3BY. As a District Councillor he runs monthly surgeries at the 1st Sandgate Farmers and Makers Market of every month at the Chichester Hall, 70 Sandgate High Street from 11am-12.30pm. No appointment needed: just turn up.

Tim Prater
Tim Prater

National Primary School Offer Day

There has been a rise in the number of children applying for a Kent primary school place compared to a year ago. 14,920 applications for school places were received by the January closing date - an increase of 190.

23 Mar 2010

Friendfeed: How to get my website to update Twitter automatically

I'm regularly asked how to get a website to update Twitter. Prater Raines are currently working on a new version of our Lib Dem Foci website service that will make this much simpler for our users of that service, but it's already possible using a very helpful application called

22 Mar 2010

Prater and Dean Push for Fuller Disclosure of Kent County Council Expenditure

Liberal Democrat County Councillors Tim Prater and Trudy Dean have submitted a motion to the next full Kent County Council meeting calling for all items of revenue expenditure by the Council above £1,000 to be published. The proposals mirror the actions of the Greater London Authority, who took a similar step after Mayor Boris Johnson was elected.

17 Mar 2010
Saturn 5 launch carrying Apollo 13 [Photo credit: NASA. Scan by Kipp Teague]

Sandgate Society Event: Apollo13 remembered

On March 17th at 7.30pm, Reg Turnill will be at the Chichester Memorial Hall, Sandgate, giving an account of how Apollo 13 was crippled by an explosion on the way to the moon in 1970, as told by the BBC correspondent who was there as the excitement unfolded.

15 Mar 2010