Dear Residents,

A little breezy, but overall, the weather was kind to us last Sunday, with a turnout of around 250 local residents and friends, taking part in the Great Hythe Walk.

The event organiser’s, the Sellindge & District Residents Association, representing the Otterpool group, made it a day to remember for all Residents from every corner of Shepway and beyond.  The fact that the event was only advertised on our website and Social Media, demonstrates the power of  the internet, which we intend to exploit in the months and years ahead.  Our membership is growing daily, promoting transparency on the issues that face us all, here in Shepway.

Struggling against the wind, our speakers were in attendance updating us on recent events:

The coming together was both heartening and encouraging on all fronts, from the organiser’s team, made up from all four groups. Walking and talking together, our Residents showed grit and determination against the loss of democracy in our part of East Kent.

A massive thank you to all who took part, raising in excess of £1,700. This will be distributed among the four groups; Lorry Park, Otterpool, Fisherman’s Beach and Princes Parade, funding banners, posters, flyers, expert and legal advice. It could well be that funding a Judicial Review is in the offing which will require in excess of £30,000. Digging deeper and working harder is a scenario which we are all prepared for in the coming months.

It wouldn’t have gone unnoticed that Kate Chesterman walked the walk on stilts, (or should that be stilted the Stilt) alongside our new recruit, Paul, who collected almost £100 in his bucket. WELL DONE KATE AND PAUL – Stars of the day.

Kate and Paul

It’s these events that bring ‘thinking’ people together to make a stand against SDC who are intent on destroying our communities.

Congratulations to Michael, Carol, Alison, Steve and Joan who won the five prizes on offer in our free raffle. Well done you.

More events are planed in the New Year. In the meantime, S&DRA and our associates will be working hard behind the scenes to keep our District a decent place to live and work. Please look out for announcements very soon.

Many thanks for all your support.


HYTHE WALK, 10.30 am 29th October, 2017.

The Hythe Sponsored walk is taking place on Sunday, 29th October and is a chance for ALL Shepway residents to participate in, whether they be from the main groups of SOS Kent -Lorry Park, Fishermans Beach Association, Save Princes Parade, No Otterpool Town or any other action group across our region.  This is a gathering of like minded people who are sick and tired of being bullied by our rotten Council and its glorious Leader, David Monk. Although the route is about 5 miles, we don’t expect everyone to walk the full the distance. Stop off for a coffee just a few hundred yards from the start and wait for us to return; the choice is yours. But what this event is really about, is raising funds to challenge the lies and hidden agendas that are now common place within SDC. There’s a free raffle with great prizes to all who the pay the minimum sponsorship fee of £5.00. Click here to download and print your sponsorship form.            Various speakers will be present to end the day, so bring your family, friends and neighbours. In a wheelchair, mobility scooter? No problem. The route is wheel friendly with not an incline in sight. Enjoy the beauty and open vista of Princes Parade alongside our open coast line. Bring your banners, whistles, flutes and drums. Let’s band together and walk the walk, along our promenade.

We plan to have a great day with all of our friends. See you all on the 29th, 10.30am.

Princes Parade update

Dear Residents,

Our friends in Hythe are spreading the word on the following:

Dear Friends of Prince’s Parade,
Update, Membership and Donations


The planning application to move Prince’s Parade, develop at least 150 luxury beachside appartments, a leisure centre and car park, is now imminent, indeed we think that Shepway have already submitted it, but it could not be validated by Shepway Planning Department because Shepway had not paid the correct fee! So the “phoney war” is over and we must now begin to deal with the specifics of the planning application. I will keep you fully updated once Shepway manage to submit the forms correctly, validate their own planning application and it moves into the public realm.

Until now, we have run the Save Princes Parade Group on an informal basis. However, with the imminent submission of the planning application as well as the Examination in Public of the local plan due at the end of the year we feel that now is the time to formalise the group with a constitution and definitive member list. This will give us a mandate to represent the group at meetings and also allow us to raise funds for legal action should that become necessary.
There is no fee to become a member (although pledges towards the cost of legal action would be very welcome.)
You can read the constitution here:
If you would like to become a member please sign up flowing this link:

By signing up as a member you are confirming that you support our aims and are willing to abide by the constitution. You are also agreeing that we can contact you by email. You can cancel your membership at any time by emailing:
Thank you for signing the petition No Development on Prince’s Parade, can you help spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends?

Jim Martin

Where are our SDC representatives?

Dear Residents, 
We have just been copied in with an email sent from Les Barratt, Vice Chair of Monks Horton Parish to Amandeep Khroud at SDC.
On reading, we found this to be both unbelievable and outrageous. Where are our representatives? All towing the same line? Unfortunately we won’t have a chance to vote for a change in our District Councillors until 2019, but we will all be voting in the forthcoming County election on the 4th May in the Shepway Wards. Change MUST come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Dear Ms Khroud,

I refer to your email dated 15th Feb 2017 to Mr. Ashley Tanton which reads:
The report being considered on 7th March is a key decision because it “is likely to be significant in terms of its effect on communities living or working in an area comprising two or more wards in the councils area.”
Please would you explain to me, if the effects on communities are so significant, why are those residents within those communities not being included in any debate, or discussion on the 7th March. 
As you are Head of Democratic Services and Law, I would like you to explain to me, in detail, what your definition of ‘Democratic Services’ actually means.
I look forward to your response in the morning (6th March 2017).
Les Barratt. Vice Chair, Monks Horton Parish Meeting.

A must read!

Dear Residents,

A hard hitting letter supported by five major groups representing the majority of local residents opinions has been published in the KM, Folkestone & Hythe today. Commenting on the letter, one of our Co Chairman, Les Barratt said: 

‘One has to ask; what has made the author of this letter put pen to paper and moreover, be supported by so many groups including a local Parish Meeting. The level of misinformation and great untruths streaming from Shepway District Council is now at unprecedented levels. There is now a momentum of opprobrium from constituents across Shepway to the cavalier attitude of Leader David Monk and his Council in the manner that he’s driving the SDC juggernaut through local democracy. It has to stop’.

There can be no doubt that whatever political persuasion you are, local issues are of paramount importance and taking precedence over any political tag. 

We have said it before; We are all Shepway Residents and will be encouraging all Shepway Residents to be pulling together to rid the Civic Centre of the Monk bandwagon.


Here be the letter:

Distrust in Shepway District Council’s fitness for purpose


We the undersigned wish to protest in the strongest terms about the behaviour of Shepway District Council and the majority of its councillors and call for an immediate suspension of all major planning decisions.  Our distrust in their fitness for purpose and competence is based on the following:


  • The on-going Kent police investigation (case number ZY/035502/14) into the alleged giving of undisclosed gifts to Shepway District Councillors by the former MD of Lydd Airport ahead of the Council’s determination of Lydd Airport’s planning application in March 2010.


  • The Council’s failure to present credible arguments to illustrate how having two New Towns on the M20 on successive motorway junctions  – Ashford on Junction 9 and 10 and Otterpool Park and a proposed lorry park on junction 11 – could be sustainable in terms of jobs, infrastructure and the wider impact on the environment.


  • Councillors’ failure to represent their constituents in arguing for proportionality in housing /development matters.  This region of Kent has “done its bit” largely through the Ashford growth centre.  While councillors have a duty to ensure that government policy is implemented at their district level, they equally have a duty to represent and deliver the views of their constituents to their council and to government, particularly when their constituents have been pressured to breaking point.  In Shepway no such representation takes place.


  • The Council’s failure to inform residents that the proposed 12,000 house Otterpool Park new town will be in addition to the 8,000 homes the Council is already committed to provide in the period 2006-2026 and explain why the new town is not put forward to help reduce pressure for new housing in other areas particularly the AONB and Romney Marsh. A tally of 20,000 homes amounts to another Folkestone being imposed on Shepway.  Under a Labour government Shepway District Council argued it could not support more than 5100 houses over the same 20 year period because it was unsustainable.


  • The failure of the Council to reveal its dealings with the Reuben Brothers/Aldersgate Investments (owners of the now defunct Folkestone racecourse) over Otterpool Park and delineate why it is now acceptable to build a new town which includes the racecourse when the planning Inspector in June 2013 stated that 820 houses on the racecourse would conflict with the Local Plan’s overall spatial strategy.


  • The failure of the Council to provide sufficient information to enable residents to provide meaningful responses to the housing site allocations set out in the recent Places and Policies Local Plan, Preferred Options consultation.  By not providing information about the number of dwellings which have been built since 2006 it conveyed the impression that all new housing sites put forward in the consultation document were required to meet the District’s target of 8000 new dwellings in the period 2006-2026, when clearly this is not the case.  Shepway is already making good progress in meeting its housing targets, particularly on Romney Marsh.  The new housing sites proposed for this area will result in the Marsh contributing very substantially more than its designated share of the total.


  • The council’s willingness to acquiesce to developers’ pleas to reduce affordable housing allocations on new housing estates.


  • The lack of transparency in relation to the Council’s attempt to develop Princes Parade and the churn in consultants employed- pointing to the Council manoeuvring to get the answer it wants.


The list could go on. The behaviour exemplifies the Council’s routinely dismissive and cavalier attitudes to the safeguards implicit in the regulations intended to control the planning process and limit the adverse environmental and social impact of development on established communities, open countryside and farmland.


We are told we live in a post truth society – but we are not prepared to accept this standard. The incompetence, maladministration and outright duplicity being applied by Shepway District Council (SDC) in the conduct of our civic affairs exceed the level which the majority of residents are prepared to tolerate.



Jim Martin, Lesley Whybrow:  Save Prince’s Parade

Louise Barton, Mark Skilbeck: Lydd Airport Action Group

Donald Broad: Monks Horton Parish Meeting

Les Barratt, Bob Edden: Sellindge & District Residents Association

Dr Belinda Stott, Julian Goldsmith: South Cheriton Action Group