Attractively located between Folkestone and Hythe, the coastal Kent village of Sandgate is worth much more than a passing visit. A few minutes' journey from both towns by car or bus - or an easy seafront walk or cycle ride - you'll find award winning beaches with long views over the English Channel, a high street famous for antiques and collectables, a wonderful selection of restaurants - eateries include traditional fish and chips, Mexican, tapas, traditional British restaurants and pub food - and cosy bars as well as small, independent shops.
Sandgate village also has fascinating history which embraces the times of Henry VIII, smugglers, the threat of invasion by Napoleon and vital military roles in two world wars. Social reformers and celebrities of literature and the arts have made their home in the village: from H G Wells to William Wilberforce, Hattie Jacques and many more.
The buildings of the village reflect this rich heritage with over one hundred and twenty Grade II listed properties including ancient monuments (Martello Towers), two conservation areas covering a large part of the parish combined with two miles of coast and steep wooded hills to provide an unique environment to visit, live and work in (with London less than an hour away by train from Folkestone).
The parish has over two miles of beach and the council is proud to hold the Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy group for meeting the highest standards of cleanliness for the last four years (2013-16). In 2016 Sandgate boasts the only beach in Shepway to hold the Seaside Award.
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 in appropriate development the council agreed a Village Design Statement which details captures the detail of that heritage and the planning principles which will be used to protect the environment. The statement has been adopted by the local authority to be used to assess local planning applications.
Sandgate Library is located at James Morris Court, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate (across the road from St Pauls Church).
Library opening hours are Monday to Saturday (excluding Wednesday) 9.30am to 1pm.
The Library is also the Sandgate Parish Council Office - opening hours 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday.