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  • Article: Feb 19, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green in Kentish Gazette

    Canterbury District's controversial and much unloved Local Plan was published 6 months ago so perhaps it's time for a review. The Plan proposed 16,000 houses to be built almost entirely on greenfield land and concentrated onto the urban fringes of Canterbury. It was accompanied by a Transport Strategy that proposed over £100 million of expenditure with no clarity on where all the money was coming from. This strategy did nothing to address our biggest congestion and pollution problem - the ring road and the feeder roads to it - other than hoping for a 'modal shift' from driving to walking and cycling.

  • Stagecoach Bus
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    Lib Dem campaigners are celebrating the U-turn by Conservative councillors that threatened rural bus services, including the evening service of the Number 17, serving Barham, Kingston, Bishopsbourne and Bridge.

    Mike Sole said, "It has been a worrying few weeks since Kent County Council (KCC) announced that 74 essential bus routes were under threat. Local residents were shocked that they might lose the only evening bus through the Elham Valley. "As the official opposition on KCC the Liberal Democrats campaigned against these cuts forcing the Conservatives to think again. It beggars belief that they even thought about making these cuts in the first place. The council's own report said that this cuts would particularly affect the disabled, older people and carers."

  • An aerial view of the proposed car park from above the station
    Article: Feb 4, 2018

    Canterbury City Council are proceeding with their plans to spend over £9 million building a multi-storey car park in Station Road West. A planning application has been submitted which can be viewed on the council's web site - www.canterbury.gov.uk. The application reference number is 17/02915. Your Lib Dem councillors believe that this car park is completely unnecessary and an appalling waste of council tax payers' money. There is sufficient parking in Station Road West to cover forecast parking demand for the next 15 years.

  • Article: Dec 14, 2017

    Barton Ward residents recently received a leaflet claiming that their three Conservative councillors oppose unsuitable student halls in residential areas. Yet when locals attended the planning committee on 10th October that considered 21 units in Havelock Street, the Barton Councillors were nowhere to be seen.

  • Ida
    Article: Dec 13, 2017

    "The Conservatives running Kent County Council want to close the Riverside Children's Centre at Kingsmead in Canterbury" says Cllr Ida Linfield.

    "The centre provides on-site health visitor and midwifery clinics and is amongst among the busiest in Kent - with 1890 and 1024 visits each last year. It provides a vital service for local families."

  • Article: Dec 5, 2017

    From the recent political hot air you would think the government or the opposition are about to build a lot more houses. This is a complete con trick. No government of any political persuasion has built a single house for years. Nor has any local authority built more than the odd handful. Developers build houses not governments. The government may be pressing for a huge increase in housebuilding and I agree we need more housing to meet local needs. But that actually builds nothing.