A Statement from the Liberal Democrat Councillor Group Like many residents, we have been concerned by the recent reports in Private Eye about the role of previous councillors in the allocation of a site in the Draft Local Plan. The allegations have now been shared in the local press and social media groups. At present, […]
The draft local plan is based on a fundamentally false premise which makes it meaningless. The most controversial aspect of the plan relates to housing numbers and their location. This, in turn, drives the twin problems of traffic congestion and pollution. The 2020 consultation produced no single positive option but the ‘least worst’, on which […]
You may be aware that Canterbury City Council has published its draft local plan, the document that sets the framework for everything the council does until 2045. The Canterbury City Council Liberal Democrat Councillors wholeheartedly reject this plan, both on the basis of its content and the way in which it has been created and […]
It is now clear that Brexit isn’t working. Many of the promises and fraudulent claims made by the Leave campaign have proved to be worthless. Exports to Europe have shrunk by £20 billion (about 11%), with farmers and fishermen facing particular hardship None of the promised major trade deals around the world have yet materialised […]
Liberal Democrats are furious that the Canterbury Conservatives are stifling democratic debate by excluding cross party discussion on council motions. Lib Dem leader, Cllr Michael Dixey said “Under the new cabinet systems, motions are being automatically referred to the exclusive six members of the Tory cabinet, who systematically take turns to read prepared speeches in […]
In a very unusual annual meeting on Canterbury City Council on 18 May, opposition councillors inflicted a humiliating defeat on Council Leader Ben Fitter-Harding. As the ruling Conservative group enters what we fervently hope will be its last year in power, the leader had hoped to reinstall Cllr Pat Todd for his fifth, and second […]
The City Council press release on the Local Plan confirms that this is being worked on by officers in secret. This has been going on for months. No councillors are involved in the process. No members of the public, residents’ associations or parish councils are involved at all. The current Local Plan was put together […]
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