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Another dose of foot in mouth syndrome

August 31, 2019 9:33 AM

What an extraordinary admission by Anna Firth of the failure of the Conservatives, both locally and nationally, when she calls for new roads and high speed trains. In short, why hasn't her Conservative government and her council built them?

If she had been in Canterbury when the local plan was voted through by the Conservatives she would have noted that they refused to consider a southern bypass for Canterbury. She should also remember it was her government that insisted we should build 16,000 more houses in the district without proper infrastructure.

Only the Lib Dems on the city council voted against the disastrous local plan. Only the Lib Dems advocated a garden city approach with councils in East Kent cooperating to build one or more new settlements with proper road and community infrastructure. This would have drawn down central government funding to as has happened at Ebbsfleet. Ebbsfleet is building 1000 fewer houses than Canterbury council and despite having a brand new high speed station, the M2 and M25 and even the river as potential transport routes, they have been given £530m for infrastructure improvements. Canterbury district plans more houses than Ebbsfleet and hasn't got a penny.

Yes, this was her government and her local council.

And then to plead for more high speed trains on the day her government announces it may cancel HS2 does seem like a further dose of foot in mouth syndrome.

by Dr Peter Old

Published in the Gazzette on 29th August 2019