The Role of AFRA
Please note: the information here is a “work in progress” which was agreed as the right approach for AFRA, as at June 2020.
Over time, we would expect further discussion and debate to introduce some adjustments to the wording, without detracting from the core purpose of AFRA.
This is a natural and welcome process, which is part and parcel of development for any consultative and collaborative group.
AFRA is committed to making constructive contributions to help improve the experience of living and working in Folkestone and Hythe.
We are not aligned with any political party or grouping and our focus is on non-political community action.
Mission statement and working principles
- AFRA provides a collective voice for resident and community associations in Folkestone. We care deeply about good governance of our town and community cohesion, prosperity and jobs, especially for younger people.
- We will campaign on a range of issues in order to enhance the quality of life and the environment in our town. We aim to preserve and enhanceFolkestone’s architecture and urban environment, its green spaces, and to combat litter, graffiti and night-time disturbance.
- We believe in people power, because people power works. We believe in civic responsibility taking precedence over the expectation that someone else will take actions needed to improve the environment of OUR town.
AFRA Membership and composition
AFRA is intended to be a shared platform for representatives of Folkestone Residents’ and Community Associations
We also welcome links with community organisations and groups.
We will seek to become a diverse yet representative group of local people with a shared sense of civic pride and community spirit.
- To provide an online forum and a focus for those who love Folkestone
- To help to give people a voice on issues which matter.
- To take issues of concern to both the Council and the local business community, whose decisions have a major impact on life in our town.
- To call for public meetings and lobby key decision-makers on major issues affecting Folkestone.
- To maintain a good working relationship with the local press
- To work with local amenity groups, shops and traders, the police and national organizations like Civic Voice and English Heritage
- To jointly review planning applications and help formulate responses to consultations on the future of or for Folkestone.
- To encourage and sometimes to organise community action and hands-on activities like litter picks, graffiti cleaning