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

Can you help Sandgate Speed Watch?

Sandgate residents and Sandgate Parish Councillors are working with local PSCO Mark Wilson on special "Speedwatch" sessions in Sandgate to alert drivers to their speed. The Speedwatch teams use a speed indicator device jointly owned with Folkestone Town Council which displays the speed of approaching vehicles. Sessions last around 2 hours, and volunteers to run the sessions are needed - full training can be given.

3 Nov 2009

Join Award Winner Dhan Gurung in Maidstone on Friday

Kent County Council's BME (Black and minority ethnic) Achievement Awards are being presented at Kent County Council offices in Maidstone, Sessions House, Lecture Theatre this Friday, 30th October from 2-3.15pm (coffee available from 1.30).

27 Oct 2009

Sandgate Hill Sign Success

Folkestone County Councillors Tim Prater and Rolund Tolputt have gained agreement from Kent County Council for an interactive "slow down" sign on Sandgate Hill on the approach to the junction with Coolinge Lane.

9 Oct 2009

Who'd be a Social Worker?

Having been to an excellent (and very well attended by Councillors from all Parties) briefing session on Safeguarding Children at Kent County Council today, I have even more respect for those who have to do the difficult, and often harrowing, job of helping to safeguard children - within Kent and elsewhere. There was a lot to digest and think about, but one set of figures stood out.

9 Oct 2009
Sandgate and Folkestone West County Councillor Tim Prater and Sandgate Parish Councillor Ann Rimmer by the newly installed pay and display machine at Sandgate's Castle Road Car Park

Shepway Council Misled Sandgate on Car Park Income

Tim Prater has slammed Shepway Council Leader Robert Bliss for misleading local residents on the income being raised through the recently imposed charges on Castle Road Car Park in Sandgate. In an article in the Folkestone Herald on 8th October, an article featuring Cllr Bliss describes the introduction of charges at Sandgate's Castle Hill Car park as a "success" with "takings averaging £700 a week".

8 Oct 2009

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