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A Christmas Quiz!

December 22, 2016 12:01 PM
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A Christmas Quiz from Nick Eden-Green

The decision to build 4000 houses in south Canterbury was made by Conservative councillors largely from the coast and the villages. Before the planning meeting a tour of the site was arranged. I asked if we could be shown how cars, buses and cyclists would get around. This was refused. As a result I don't think those councillors understood the implications. How many of the public do either?

So here's a Christmas quiz:

  • The bus station is at capacity. How will it cope with extra buses?
  • How will cyclists get safely to the city centre or Canterbury West station?
  • How many people will walk the 3 miles from the site to the station?
  • Will there be a bus service to the station?
  • As right turns will be banned at the New and Old Dover road traffic lights how will ambulances, patients, staff, visitors and hospital supply lorries get quickly to the hospital?
  • How will residents get to their homes in the Nunnery Fields/Oxford Road area by car or by bike?
  • How will the ring road cope? If improvements are to be made what are they? Where will the money come from?
  • How will the fast bus link be fast with one way working at the Two Doves PH, an awkward turn at the Old Dover Road lights, the pedestrian crossing outside the police station and the Riding Gate roundabout traffic jam?
  • Will the bus services be affordable once the short term subsidy is removed?
  • Government cuts mean the council won't be able to subsidise them so will they be withdrawn?

I couldn't get answers to these questions so I voted against the scheme but I'll offer a bottle of Christmas bubbly to anyone with logical, costed, viable and above all sensible solutions.

Cllr Nick Eden-Green

Lib Dem Wincheap Ward

PS I'll let you know in the New Year how many bottles I give away!

Update: In early January Nick said: As a bit of fun I offered a bottle of Christmas bubbly to anyone who could answer a little quiz about how to deal with the resultant traffic and pollution.

Not one single answer. No councillor who voted for it nor any officer can explain how we will sort out the traffic. At least this meant I had a thoroughly enjoyable New Year with friends drinking the bottles I had intended to award to any winners.

Mountfield Park will lead to gridlock, worsening pollution and the strangulation of our single most important economic asset: the historic city.

The quiz might have been a bit of fun but the future for our beautiful city isn't funny at all.