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

Q&A with Tim Prater for Your Shepway

The Q&A below answers questions posed by Your Shepway newspaper ( by James Alexandre from the paper. And yes, Kurt Cobain really DID touch my hand (Reading Festival, 1992).

18 Jun 2009
Winning Here Diamond

Tim Prater Goes to Maidstone

It's now been just under a week since I was elected to Kent County Council for Folkestone West - polling day was Thursday and my result only announced around 6.30pm on Friday after a recount. In one of few gains from the Conservatives across the County, the Lib Dems overturned an over 1600 vote majority and I was elected with a massive majority of - er - 11 votes.

13 Jun 2009

Tim In Depth 2: Interviewed for Romney Marsh Times

In the second of a two part interview and the first of Romney Marsh Times' "Interviews of Note" series, Kyle Hill chats to Tim Prater, Folkestone West's newest county councillor about sitting on three councils, expenses and working in a minority. Read the part 2 of the interview at

11 Jun 2009

Tim In Depth 1: Interviewed for Romney Marsh Times

In the first of a two part interview and the first of Romney Marsh Times' "Interviews of Note" series, Kyle Hill chats to Tim Prater, Folkestone West's newest county councillor about the elections, Shepway and Kent roads. Read the part 1 of the interview at

11 Jun 2009

THANK YOU Folkestone West!

Wow - that was close, but we won! At around 6.30 on Friday, I was declared the new County Councillor for Folkestone West having beaten the sitting Conservative County Councillor (and leader of Shepway District Council!) by just 11 votes.

6 Jun 2009

Uphold the Constitution: Letter to District Auditor Andy Mack sent 14 May 2009

I am writing to ask for an investigation into the actions of Shepway Council, which last night knowingly breached its own constitution. The Monitoring Officer Jeremy Chambers and Chief Executive Alistair Stewart both accepted that an amendment to the constitution which was proposed (by the Leader of the Council) and passed was in breach of the procedures of the Constitution, but asserted that Council had the right to do so. I do not agree.

15 May 2009

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