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After considerable thought the Canterbury Liberal Democrats have decided not to field a candidate at the forthcoming Gorrell Ward by-election. Wherever possible we want Lib Dem voters to be able to vote for a Lib Dem candidate. However, the unfair nature of the “first past the post” system frequently leads to unrepresentative results, failing to […]
Canterbury City Council is failing woefully on its affordable homes target. Residents have an expectation that when developments of more than 11 homes are built, at least 30% should be affordable, yet performance targets produced by the council show that in 2019/20 only 12.26% were affordable. Cllr Mike Sole said, “This is a shocking revelation. […]
The first Regeneration Committee since March, and only the fourth since the beginning of 2020, saw an agenda packed with controversial items. You can read the agenda and draft minutes here. The Lib Dem Representatives on the committee were Alex Ricketts (Blean Forest) and Mike Sole (Nailbourne). Before the meeting began we were informed that […]
Liberal Democrat Councillors deplore the plans to withdraw all financial support from the Whitstable Oyster Festival and from the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival. This follows the removal of funding for the Canterbury Festival a few years previously. At the Community Committee on Wednesday 22 September Conservative Councillors voted to remove all funding from these […]
Some shocking figures have been released from Kent County Council (KCC) about the backlog of work on Public Rights of Way. The average number of days to resolve a fault has now increased to over a month, but this average masks some significant delays. Cllr Mike Sole (Lib Dem Canterbury South) said “I recently chased […]
It looks as if Ben Fitter-Harding and Canterbury City Council are about to embark on another great mistake. Consider a few home truths: Comparing Canterbury with Ghent is just plain daft. Ghent has a population some 6 times greater than Canterbury. If you want to make comparisons try Hereford, Salisbury or Perth. The current Local […]
I recently spoke at the Canterbury Council Planning Committee against application CA/21/00490 to change the use of the estate agent at 88 Rough Common Road from commercial to residential. I’m pleased to say that the application was rejected, with a recommendation to advertise the site for commercial use for two years. Why on earth would […]