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"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity." - opening line of our constitution

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  • Article: Nov 17, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green

    Letter to the Kentish Gazette by Nick Eden-Green

    There's been a lot of words from some of your correspondents about how evil the private sector is and how much better things would be if the public sector took them over. A bit like Animal Farm where the slogan was 'two legs bad, four legs good'. George Orwell is still relevant some 70 years on.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green

    A number of the major housing developments in Canterbury'stragically flawed local plan have now been passed by the planning committee. Local residents have frequently argued against them with both passion and logic on their side but they have not been listened to by the majority of councillors who have voted these developments through.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green in Kentish Gazzette
    This article shows that successive Conservative governments have completely failed to tackle the housing crisis. Furthermore, government announcements to build more houses will merely mean local authorities having to grant planning permission on more and more sites with no guarantee that developers will actually build them. With 'affordable' homes costing over a quarter of a million none of this will address the needs of those who cannot afford a home.
  • Plastic bottles for recycling
    Article: Jul 16, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green in Kentish Gazette

    Submitted to the Kentish Gazette for publication by Nick Eden-Green - July 2018

    When I was a kid we didn't have much of a litter problem. Nobody bought bottled water when tap water was free. Soda pop - and later - beer and cider came in deposit bottles. Milk was in returnable glass bottles. Takeaways had barely been invented and sandwiches came in brown paper bags. Has western culture really advanced so far?

  • Focus Team members Cllr Charlotte MacCaul, James Flanagan, Mike Sole and Cllr Nick Eden-Green at the air quality monitoring unit at Military Road
    Article: Jul 15, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green

    Submitted to the Kentish Gazette and Canterbury Journal for publication by Nick Eden-Green - July 2018

    There has been much talk and little action about Canterbury's increasingly severe air pollution problem. We have been faced with growing numbers of diesel vehicles which new evidence shows are the main culprits. We will be faced with 11,000 more houses on the southern, eastern and western fringes of Canterbury, most of which will have cars and most will wish to use the ring road. This will mean far worse traffic jams. Remember, stationary or slow moving traffic is the most polluting.

  • Integrated Transport Hub
    Article: Jun 28, 2018

    The Canterbury Liberal Democrat Party today can reveal the draft new design as an alternative to the Conservative's multi-storey car park in Station Road West.

    Key features

    • Land on the north side of the station, currently disused or used for office space, is converted into parking.
    • The footbridge is extended to cross the siding on the north side of the station to allow pedestrian access. Ticket machines are available beside the north platform in a small new ticket hall.
    • The current ticket hall is extended to remove the bottleneck. Passengers enter and leave the platform through separate routes. The new building is designed sympathetically to its surroundings and architecturally evocative of Canterbury.
    • The area outside the ticket hall will be reserved for bikes and pedestrians. An extended bus stop that doesn't block traffic will take the place of the current taxi rank. Hopper buses will run frequently connecting the station with other locations in Canterbury including Canterbury East Station.
    • A bike hire facility and secure bike storage with CCTV will be relocated into the main area in front of the ticket hall making it more convenient and less prone to bike theft.
    • The passenger drop-off zone will be relocated to the main car park. As the ticket hall has been extended this will still be within a few metres of the building.
    • A larger taxi rank is relocated to the main car park, with the potential for additional taxi waiting in the north car park.
    • Additional trees will be planted all around to create a pleasant environment and help reduce air pollution.