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  • 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.
  • Article: Jun 27, 2018
    Two groups of Lib Dems from Canterbury & Coastal have submitted motions to the national party and are waiting to hear if they will be accepted for debate at the conference in Brighton.
    A motion, "Every Child Counts", proposes the "restoration of Child Benefit to the centre of our child support system" through a weekly £5 increase and a "pause in the nation-wide roll out of Universal Credit". Monica Eden-Green and Maggs Mackechnie proposed and seconded this motion.
  • Canterbury West Train Station ()
    Article: May 29, 2018

    The proposed multi-storey car park for Canterbury Road West is an economic, environmental and cultural albatross.

    The Liberal Democrat party understands the need for commuter parking, but we say it cannot come at the expense of air quality - which already exceeds permitted levels in the area. It cannot come at the expense of traffic chaos and it cannot come at the expense of other more environmentally-friendly forms of transport. A better alternative for Canterbury is needed.

  • Barrat's Jaguar Showroom
    Article: May 24, 2018

    The scheme to redevelop the Barrett's show room on the corner of St Peter's Street and Pound Lane will be considered by the Council's Planning Committee on Tuesday, 29th May.

    The plans are for 120 student flats and four office units with associated facilities. The site is within the Canterbury City Conservation Area. It will be a car-free development, and the students will not be eligible for residents' on-street or off-street parking permits.