Dear Residents,

Our friends at Shepwayvox have posted an alarming item that all Shepway residents should be taking very seriously. Moreover, the situation will, have no doubt about it, become worse, a lot worse given the fact that 20,000 more houses are planned by Shepway District Council; 8,000 homes for local people and 12,000 as an unwanted New Town, increasing the Shepway population by 41%.

With an already failing infrastructure and no new hospitals in the pipeline, can we bury our heads in the sand and hope for the best? The future looks extremely bleak, not only for us, but also for our children and grandchildren.

A giant rally is being planned for this coming April by S&DRA, (exact time and venue to be announced). It’s time to stop the rot in local government.


Transparency – not in the SDC vocabulary

Dear Residents,

It appears that Cllr Monk, Leader of Shepway Council is up to his old tricks again. If you thought about going along to the ‘Otterpool’ Cabinet meeting on the 7th March you may be faced with a firmly locked door to the public gallery. An eagle eyed local resident has contacted SDC with the email set out below:


Dear Mr Chambers

I can see from SDC’s website the meeting of the Cabinet regarding Otterpool will be behind closed doors.


I understand SDC will use LGA 1972 section 100A(3), and Paragraph 3 Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the LGA 1972

How are SDC allowed to use these sections of law when

Paragraph 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 states:

“9. Information is not exempt information if it relates to “proposed development” for which the local planning authority may grant itself planning permission pursuant to regulation 3 of the Town and Country Planning General Regulations 1992.”

What legal precedent, if any, is SDC granting themselves permission to discuss these matters which relate to the proposed development of Otterpool Park, when Para 9 states very clearly that SDC Cabinet meeting behind closed doors relating to otterpool on the agenda cannot do this.

I look forward to your reply.


We await a reply from Jeremy Chambers, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact him yourselves at:


Wow, look at how much we all raised!

Dear Residents,

If you came along to the Barn Dance last night, we’re sure that you would agree that it was a night to remember; a resounding success.

With well over 300 people in attendance, there was something for everyone. It was great to see families and young children taking part in the dancing; with the dance floor heaving there was little room to spare.

The event was organised by SOS Kent with team leaders, Sharon and Alison breaking records for the amount raised to fight off the lorry park. Wait for it………………………..£7,000 raised…..Yes. £7,000. How was it achieved?: Ticket sales, raffles, Auction and the goodwill of local people donating prizes and auction lots, coupled with sheer hard work of all involved. It really was unbelievable.

There will be other events planned in the near future looking to raise even more money to keep our land free from the immediate threat of concrete, tarmac and intense pollution.


We will be supporting our friends at SOS Kent to strengthen our alliance and looking further afield to get even more groups on board.



The bigger picture

Dear Residents,
We are constantly receiving emails from Shepway residents, but here’s an email from a Deal resident looking at the bigger picture from the perspective of the health and well-being for us all across Kent. Please take the time to read:
As a former resident of the Shepway area I am concerned, though not surprised, by the mounting threats to the quality of life and environment of the Folkestone/Hythe area.
The proposed Otterpool ‘garden village’, waste incinerators, a huge lorry park adjacent to the M20 are all causes for concern for anyone with the wellbeing of the area in mind.
I would like to be added to your mailing list please. I would like to be involved when I can with helping to preserve the rural nature of the area.
As a Deal resident and someone involved in the transport industry I feel that increased pressure on transport infrastructure in the M20 catchment area, increased pressure on rail connections to East Kent, combined with the effects of Ebbsfleet garden city on the M2 will impact not just Shepway residents but the entire East Kent population.
                                                      Yours sincerely

A like-minded councillor

Dear Residents,

Councillor Zerny contacted us today to ask if we were interested in signing a petition to give local residents a say in house building programmes in our area. We checked out how many residents have already signed the petition in Folkestone and Hythe and to our amazement it was only 7. Why only 7 ? Either way, we all know about it now and we reckon we can easily get the total up to 700 and more, a lot, lot more.

Please click here to have your say.


The results are in – new town engagement

Dear Residents,

On the 8th, 9th and 10th December, a ‘Community Engagement’ was set up to inform local residents of the Otterpool Park New Town development that Shepway District Council would like to foist upon us. We believe that this so called ‘Community Engagement’ is little more than a charade – a tick-a-box venture to go through the process of  humouring or placating residents in SDC’s quest to destroy our rural communities. 
Let us not forget that this ‘New Town’ has never been part of any local plan, core strategy or any other planning consideration. 
We have been told by Deputy Leader, Jenny Hollingsbee, how the great silent majority are greatly in favour of this planned metropolis and how wonderful it will be for everyone in the area. 
On the above dates, S&DRA attended the ‘Community Engagements’ and simply asked attendees whether they were against, in favour or neutral on the development.
Out of 151 residents questioned, 10 were neutral (needing more information) 2 were in favour and 139 were against the proposed development.
According to DCLG, part of the criteria for the development of a new town is to have local support. So, did Shepway District Council garner opinion from local residents before they presented their ‘Expression of Interest’ to DCLG (Central Government)? They certainly knew the opinions of 27 Parish Councillors on the 7th June 2016 who told Mr. Monk and Susan Priest that they thought it was a bad idea to build a New town.
And who was presenting the ‘Community Engagement’? An independent or neutral body I hear you say. Well err, No: Cozumel Estates. Who are they? you ask. Cozumel Estates is owned by the Reuben Brothers. And who are the Reuben Brothers? They are the bedfellows of Shepway District Council. They are also owners of the Folkestone Race course, pushing for (along with SDC) the development of the New Town.
Your Councillors, Your Council, Fit for purpose? – We’ll let you decide.

Otterpool in private eye

Dear Residents,

It appears that opposition to the proposed 12,000 dwelling housing estate that Shepway DC are calling Otterpool Park New Town has attracted the attention of a journal that pulls no punches: PRIVATE EYE. Regular readers of Private Eye will be familiar with the Rotten Boroughs section, so will come as no surprise that Shepway DC are appropriately placed.

Shepwayvox has just issued this.