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My comments not in praise of Tories!

April 7, 2017 4:39 PM

Martin VyeMartin Vye responds to the Conservatives attempt to quote him in their KCC election manifesto...

I note from Off the Record by Paul Francis (Gazette, March 30) that the Conservative manifesto includes a quote from me saying "the KCC Education Department is operating at the very best I have ever seen".

It is an accurate quote - but I want to make it clear that it does not amount to endorsing the Conservative county election manifesto.

It is a matter of record that schools in Kent have raised levels of attainment of children and young people in their charge substantially over the past few years. This is down to the dedicated hard work of head teachers and other staff, despite the pressures and stress upon them. It is also down to the effective work of the KCC school Improvement team, led by the director of education.

But let's make it clear these are not the Conservative's officers. They are employed by the council which is made up of five parties, and they are accountabel to councillors of all parties. our present director was appointed by a cross-party panel.

Let's not pretend that the substantial improvement in school peformance was single-handedly achieved by the Tories.

On the other hand the debacle of the worst planning decision in the history of Canterbury is down to the Conservatives. KCC Highways should have told the city council there was no was the traffic from the building of 4,000 homes could be accomodated on Canterbury's roads.

I cannot imagine Highways officers did not know that. But a decision not to object to the Mountfield Park development was taken, and there was no opportunity for county councillors to question the decision.

The only reasonable conclusion is that a political decision was taken by senior Conservatives on the county council to support the Conservative-run city coucil at any cost.