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2019 Manifesto

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  • Article: Feb 6, 2019

    I'm aware that this article is full of statistics and figures- but no apologies for that, as I believe this is a really important subject for us all.

    Last Friday the final version of the Kent & Medway Stroke Review was presented to a scrutiny committee at KCC before it goes to a meeting of the JCCG on February 14th for them to make a final decision. The plan is to set up Hyper Acute Stroke Units (HASUs) where all stroke patients will be treated. But these units don't just cover people in Kent and Medway but will also treat all stroke patients from the London Borough of Bexley and from East Sussex as well.

  • Article: Jan 1, 2019

    Canterbury City Council hasn't built a single council house for seven years. According to the council's own figures the number of new affordable* homes becoming available each year is less than 90 - well below the council's target of 240.

    At the same time around 2,500 individuals and families are stuck on the waiting list for housing, many in unsuitable or temporary accommodation. The human cost of the situation is felt particularly keenly at Christmas when families sharing one-bedroom flats and people housed miles away from friends and family struggle to enjoy what should be the most wonderful time of year.

  • Article: Dec 28, 2018
    By Mike Sole

    Local residents were shocked to hear that their garden waste was not going to be collected for the next three months.

    This announcement was made at short notice, without warning, leaving many residents baffled and concerned about full bins that would not be emptied and gardening yet to be done.

    Whilst council leader Simon Cook initially defended the cut in service, Lib Dem campaigner for Nailbourne Ward, Mike Sole, raised concerns about the way the decision was communicated. "Whilst there may be valid reasons for reducing the number of collections throughout the winter months, to do so without adequate warning was not good enough. The city council have already bailed out Serco once this year and to let them off collections, only to do work that they should be doing anyway is not acceptable"

    Following pressure from local residents, the city council have agreed to to reinstate one more collection in January.

    Mike Sole added, "I am delighted that the city council have performed a partial u-turn and listened to residents. With other local Conservative councils now charging additional fees for green waste collection I hope that this reduced service isn't the thin end of the wedge. Collecting from residents is much more environmentally friendly than asking people to drive into Canterbury to the Household recycling centre with their garden waste, which creates many more journeys."