FOLKESTONE & HYTHE DEVIOUS COUNCIL.

‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again’.

Referring to the three FHDC Otterpool Consultations, our beloved Council has never published the results as to whether local residents were for or against the urbanisation of our countryside with a 10,000 dwelling commuter town. Moreover, the fact that local Parish Councils told Leader Monk and his Cabinet that Otterpool wasn’t welcomed sent Mr. Monk into a near apoplectic rage.

We have recently learned that a Great Chart/Singleton (Ashford) Parish Councillor has been recruited by FHDC to engage with local Parish Councils to raise their concerns over the proposed Otterpool Park development. But why a Councillor based in Ashford?

Ian McC
Ian McClintock

Mr. McClintock states that he has had experience of dealing with issues surrounding the Chilmington Green development so thinks he can help us iron out any issues we may have with the proposed Otterpool Park development, or words to that effect.

Now, we know nothing about Mr. McClintock and feel sure that he is an upright, law abiding, honourable citizen with good intentions, which is more than could be said about certain Councillors here in Folkestone and Hythe.

Going on past performance of Leader Monk, one has to question the motivation of recruiting Mr. McClintock when we have already met with FHDC’s experts at previous consultations. Could it be that we have never engaged with them simply because we don’t need a commuter town, thereby not ticking the Otterpool Town engagement box to prove to any Planning Inspector that Residents are ‘on board’.

Forgive our cynicism, but could it be that Mr. McClintock is being used by our own Council to engage with a number of our own Parish Councils simply to state to a Planning Inspector that Parish Councillors are now engaging and shaping the proposed Otterpool Park Town, thereby being ‘Community led’ as per the criteria for a Garden town.

As Residents, we all have the right to know in which direction our elected leaders are taking us with regard to Otterpool. Please take the time to go along to your Parish meeting and make your views known.

Did we mention that Councillor McClintock was on the payroll of Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

S&DRA.

 

MASS RALLY- SPEAK OUT- 27th APRIL.

The Residents of Folkestone and Hythe have had enough of being ignored and gagged. It’s time to SPEAK OUT. Our concerns over environmental and social issues have fallen on deaf ears for too long.

A mass rally is being organised on the 27th April in Hythe. Meeting up in Douglas Avenue at 10.30 am. Guest speakers to be confirmed. More details to follow soon.

Ramping up towards the local election on the 2nd May, let’s show the incumbents what people power really means.

Spread the word and scribe in your diary now.

S&DRA

 

LAST CALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE..

Are you bamboozled by even the thought of responding to the District Councils Core Strategy Review (CSR) 2019……. DON’T BE.  If you still can’t see the point of it……THINK AGAIN. You will be commenting on the framework which will support developments like Otterpool New Town. No, you won’t get the opportunity to tell the District Councillors where to go or where to stick their support for mass development; you’ll have to wait until May, at the local elections, to do that.

Many of us have already given up on following protocol, commenting on various sections of the CSR document. If you’re pushed for time or find it confusing, simply email the Council.

HERE BE THE DETAILS;

CORE STRATEGY – HOW TO RESPOND

GOOD LUCK.

S&DRA.

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS.

On a previous post we advised Residents to email the FHDC planning department with their comments given that the consultation portal for the Core Strategy Review was difficult to navigate. We also requested that the 11th March deadline be extended.

The FHDC planning department have confirmed that they will accept emails and letters but have declined to extend the deadline. Here’s the proof as set out by David Whittington, Planning policy Team Leader.

‘I am afraid that the District Council is unable to extend the consultation period, however as you suggest, if any residents are having issues using Objective (the consultation portal) we are happy to accept their responses via email or letter.  I would suggest that residents submit their main points by 11th March.  If we receive any further correspondence after that date we will forward it to the Planning Inspectorate but it will be for the Inspector to decide whether to accept it’. 

No excuses: get those emails in. You have until 5pm 11th March.

S&DRA.

 

 

 

PUBLIC MEETING BEING ATTENDED BY SUPPORTERS OF MASSIVE DEVELOPMENTS.

Well. well, well. At least one of the Shepway 3 will be attending a public meeting on mass development in and around Sellindge.

The Shepway 3; Councillors Monk, Carey and Hollingsbee who are supporting the decimation of our countryside, may, just may be turning up at a public meeting at Sellindge Village Hall on Thursday 7th March between 4 and 8 pm. This is after confirming that they would never attend a public meeting pertaining to Otterpool New Town. Council Leader Monk confirmed this at a meeting in Hythe of some 300 Residents, describing them as “Rent-a-mob”. Councillors Carey and Hollingsbee have repeatedly said on countless occasions that they would only meet a small group of individuals to discuss Otterpool for fear of hostility towards them. Here’s the evidence from the February Sellindge Newsletter: “We are also happy to meet with individuals to discuss Otterpool or indeed any other issues or concerns“. So what does that tell us about support for Otterpool Town from the masses?

MonkHollingsbee aloneCarey in White hat

Councillors Monk, Hollingsbee and Carey: Like minded supporters of ripping up our Countryside for unwanted and unneeded housing

This is all about the Core Strategy Review that is being played down by our District Council to the detriment of our rural way of life and countryside. Organised by Sellindge Parish Council, this is not a public meeting per se, but a ‘drop-in’ event which is welcomed by S&DRA, even though a little late in the day with the ‘cut off’ date being 11th March at 5pm.

We hope that you will all attend and make your views known to Sellindge Parish Council; and who knows, you may even meet one of the Shepway 3.

Don’t forget to take along your local resident ‘rent-a-mob’ friends.

Have we mentioned that the Shepway 3 are standing for re-election in early May. We may have, just once or twice.

Power to the people

S&DRA

 

 

 

 

 

ANGRY RESIDENTS CONCERNS JUSTIFIED

We have been bombarded by angry residents complaining that the Core Strategy Review has never been publicised by Folkestone & Hythe District Council. It’s true that there has, to our knowledge, been no meaningful consultation or presentation relating to the future of our area. Is the attempted sprawling urbanisation being pushed through under our radar? And why aren’t our Councillors representing the residents views. Moreover, the Cabinet Member for Communities is our very own Jennifer Hollingsbee. Is she a fraud? Is she and her Council colleagues operating to their own hidden agendas?

Hollingsbee laughing
Cllr. Hollingsbee.

We are publicising an email recently sent to FHDC by a local Parish Councillor, expressing parishioners concerns about the Core Strategy Review document. It is clear from this email that navigating your way round the various sections of the document is proving very difficult. We would urge you all who are finding similar problems to simply email your comments to planning.policy@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk with a covering note to place your comments in the appropriate section of the document. Here be the email:

Dear Sir or Madam,

CORE STRATEGY REVIEW 2019.

I am a Parish Councillor representing residents of Monks Horton.

I would respectfully ask for a time extension to commenting on the CSR document to address the following issues.

The Core Strategy Review document is confusing and very difficult to navigate for many of our residents, especially the elderly and non computer savvy. This is evidenced by the fact that only 2 people to date have made comments.

The one hour window is a distraction which doesn’t enable residents to fully consider the areas in which they wish to comment. It may be achievable by copying and pasting, but for many this is somewhat of a challenge.

Paucity of proper consultation prior to attempting to comment on the document is once again evidenced by only 2 comments on the site.

I believe that this Core Strategy Review is not sound due to the lack of information from other agencies; for example, the Water Resource Management Plan (WRMP19) from Affinity Water (AW) is still in its draft form and will not be ready to be published until the Spring of this year. Within that document, KCC, Kent Wildlife Trust and Natural England have made representations that have not been fully addressed by Affinity Water. At 20.19, concerns were raised by Natural England about desalination plants and the effects on the environment. This is AW’s response: We will provide further detail in terms of potential impacts and effects within the revised dWRMP’. This is clearly unacceptable, leaving people wishing to comment in limbo as to the outcome of just this one issue. There is also no reference to the Dungeness Power Station coming back on stream with its colossal water usage.

The cumulative effect of other districts housing developments has not been addressed or considered. This is outrageous, considering the NHS GP recruitment concerns for the East Kent area alongside other infrastructure issues.

In the interim, given the complexity of the CSR document, we will advise residents to email you before the cut off date of 11th March and respectfully ask that you direct the comments in the the appropriate section of the document.

As time is of the essence, I look forward to your speedy response.

Kind regards,

Leslie Barratt. Vice Chairman. Monks Horton Parish Meeting.

Please be courteous and constructive in your comments.

S&DRA

ACT NOW- BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

If ever there was a time to take action to preserve our rural way of life and countryside, it is now.

You have only until the 10th March to let an independent planning inspector know your thoughts on the Folkestone & Hythe District Council (FHDC) Core Strategy. This is a framework which will support the development of areas such as Otterpool New Town.

You may have already seen the flyer but if you haven’t, please click on the links below to be shocked as to the extent of the decimation of our countryside that FHDC have planned for us all.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ACT  –  IT’S NOT A DONE DEAL   DON’T LEAVE IT TO OTHERS  –  ALL OF YOUR COMMENTS CARRY WEIGHT. 

FHDC 2019 ZONING A4r (2)

SDRA Core Strategy Flyer TEXTONLY

SDRA Core Strategy Flyer COMPLETE

Please don’t be fazed by the complexity of the document: it’s purposely produced that way to deter us from commenting. Don’t be dissuaded from replicating your comments across the document; we are not planners or council officials, we are not expected to dot the i’s or cross the t’s. Please be courteous, constructive and if you have a skill within certain areas, make your comments technical, backing it up with sound evidence.

YOUR VOICE MATTERS – MAKE IT COUNT.

 

S&DRA

 

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGY DENIED

For many of us, Archaeology is a fascinating subject that tells us where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and to some extent, give direction to our future.

Last year’s archaeological digs in and around our communities unearthed an enormous amount of artifacts and even revealed a Roman Villa at Newingreen. Last October we were treated to a presentation by Kate Clover, Senior Archaeological Consultant at Arcadis about the areas archaeological importance, but the presentation was held in a small venue in the middle of Ashford.

It was never advertised thereby denying local people the chance to discover the archaeological finds of the Otterpool area. Please view the past links here:

https://wordpress.com/post/slurry.org.uk/1315

https://wordpress.com/post/slurry.org.uk/1323

Despite several attempts to arrange another presentation last year in Lympne, another email was sent last week in a last ditch attempt to arrange a presentation before the Otterpool Planning application is set before the Independent Inspector. Here’s the reply from Kate Clover:|

“I have had several requests to come to Lympne and give a talk about the archaeology of Otterpool and I understand why people are keen for this to happen. The focus is currently on preparing the planning application, and more detailed information regarding heritage (and other elements) will accompany the submission and will be publicly available. We will be holding some consultation events immediately after the submission has taken place which we would welcome your attendance at.

We will then schedule a heritage presentation once the formal consultation events have been completed and I will let you know when this is happening. I won’t be able to do separate presentations for each group/town, it will be one presentation that will be open invitation to all groups. We have not planned where this will be yet, but clearly Lympne would be an obvious choice”.

This is an example of sheer dominance over the local population by a small number of individuals set to profit (with much of the profit being transferred to an offshore domicile), from the ruination of our rural area. How can this be right?

Now, let’s not start venting our anger at Kate Clover; Kate is an employee of Arcadis, carrying out her work as set out by her employer, Arcadis. It is clear that Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC), Cozumel Estates and Arcadis are setting the agenda here to keep us all in the dark, playing down the historical significance of the area to build an unneeded 12,000 dwelling town, sliding the archaeological importance under the radar of the Planning Inspector.

If you would like to be enlightened about the local archaeology before it’s buried forever, please contact the following to demand your right to be informed:

Rebecca Kearney. Senior Development Manager. Arcadis

rebecca.kearney@arcadis.com

07990 088 321

Whilst you are contacting Rebecca Kearney, please copy in the following:

David Monk, Leader, FHDC.

Home address: 
23 Minter Avenue
Densole
Kent
CT18 7DS

Phone:  01303 891001email: 

david.monk@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

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Jenny Hollingsbee. FHDC Deputy Leader and cabinet Member for Communities.

‘Snowdrop’
Swan Lane
Sellindge, Ashford
TN25 6EB

Phone:  01303 812066

Mobile:  07887 918458

Bus. phone:  01797 364593

Bus. email:  jenny.hollingsbee@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk

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Reuben Brothers – Cozumel estates.

Email: contact@reubros.com

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Kate Clover, Senior Archaeological Consultant, Arcadis.

kate.clover@arcadis.com

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S&DRA

 

OTTERPOOL TOWN AND REFUGEES

There are times when national issues spill over into local issues, with media outlet coverage filling our screens alongside radio air time; the migrant crisis is one that we can not ignore any longer in relation to Otterpool Town. The issues of overcrowding and a lack of infrastructure are well documented, but here we pull no punches, giving due consideration to HM Government documents and respected news outlets.

Since the announcement by Shepway District Council to build a 12,000 dwelling new town, there isn’t a week that goes by where local residents ask whether or not a proportion of the Town is to accommodate migrants. The fact of the matter is that we simply don’t know.

The United Kingdom has always had a long tradition of welcoming both law abiding migrants and people in need of help: refugees, fleeing with their families in fear of persecution or even losing their lives, whether due to war or tyrannical dictators. In that respect, we should be proud of showing friendship and compassion to genuine refugees, encouraging them to assimilate into our culture and way of life, showing deference to their own religion, whatever it may be. In return, we expect the same.

The recent reports of dinghies on beaches spanning from Dungeness to Deal, highlights the illegality of peoples entering the United Kingdom. More often than not, stowaways on lorries seem to be the preferred access route in. In other reports, migrants walking through the channel tunnel have been spotted with some losing their lives.

Image result for migrant dinghy

Any life lost is a tragedy regardless of race or religion. The fact that migrants have come from countries that are not war torn or ruled by an evil despotic dictator, but are simply cultural backwaters, traversing safe countries, choosing not to claim asylum in those safe countries, indicates that these people are economic migrants, giving real cause for concern among local residents.

Image result for migrant boats channel

Moreover, illegal traffickers, even Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), are putting migrants lives at risk by assisting them in their quest to come to the UK.

Stories of migrants tenanted in lavish homes, being given cars and luxury goods, on the back of the UK taxpayer are tabloid headlines that can usually never be proven. The task of researching and getting to grips with the state benefits received by asylum seekers is somewhat labyrinthian, but a simple UK Government document setting out the benefits given to asylum seekers, whether they be genuine or not, is shown here: https://www.gov.uk/asylum-support/what-youll-get

Affordable housing is an issue that constantly rears its head, with the majority of young families within our district desperately struggling to meet high rents with little chance of saving a deposit to purchase a home to call their own. Another concern of many residents is the claim that our Government is building homes for migrants, taking priority over our own indigenous population. Our research has uncovered a document from Reuters New Agency whereby on the 8th January, 2019  Serco and Mears were awarded contracts totalling 2.9 billion pounds from the British Government to provide accommodation and support for migrants  purporting to be asylum seekers. The document goes on to state that a total of 4 billion pounds will be spent on this type of construction, with 1.9 billion being awarded to Serco, headed by Rupert Soames, whose brother is Sir Nicholas Soames, Conservative Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex, whose political interests, among many, is International relations. Please click on the link to read the document: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-serco-group-contract/serco-mears-win-2-9-billion-refugee-housing-contracts-in-britain-idUKKCN1P216Z

 

We have only touched upon the migrant issue here to dispel any rumour, hearsay or myths surrounding the migrant issue locally.  We will leave others to debate the national issues surrounding the migrant crisis, hoping that the issue isn’t weaponised any further than it already is by political groups for their own ends, whatever political group or bodies they may be.

Should you wish to contact your Member of Parliament Damian Collins, the leader of Folkestone and Hythe District Council David Monk or Rupert Soames of Serco to enquire about any points relating to our post, here’s a list below.

Damian Collins MP. House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7072. Email: damian.collins.mp@parliament.uk

David Monk, 23 Minter Avenue, Densole, Kent, CT18 7DS.  01303 891001. Email:  david.monk@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk.

Rupert Soames. Email: rupert.soames@serco.com 01256 745900. https://www.serco.com

On reflection, it is clear that our generosity and tolerance is being perceived as weakness by others from outside of these shores; it would be a grave mistake to conflate the two. It would also be a grave mistake for our own District Council to ignore the evolving rancor and opprobrium among residents against a Stasi style Cabal operating within the Civic Centre.

No doubt there will many comments forthcoming to this website. That’s what free speech and democracy is all about. And let’s not forget, that dissent is not a crime (yet). Your views are always appreciated.

May your God go with you.

S&DRA

 

 

 

THE LUNATICS ARE STILL RUNNING THE ASYLUM

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, you all would have heard about the Manston Lorry Park dry run, experiment, call it what you will, debacle. Apparently, Government requested 150 lorries to run from Manston Airport to Dover but only 89 turned up. It must have been an exceptional money making day, work-wise for the industry because the 61 truckers that stayed away (obviously making more money) were missing out on £550 for simply driving about on relatively uncongested local roads. Why were the roads empty? It was so well advertised that other drivers stayed well away, fearing that traffic jams would surely ensue. As it happens, the roads were relatively empty.

Hailed as a complete farce by ‘thinking’ people and the majority of politicians (yes – politicians) for various reason which we will come onto in a moment, but there was one local minor politician that endorsed the views of certain individuals that described the day as a great success. We know it’s difficult to believe, or is it?

Here she be:

Carey in White hat
Susan Carey. Conservative Councillor

Yes, our beloved Susan; supporter of the 3,600 vehicle Stanford West Lorry park that would have decimated the lives of hundreds of villagers. Did we mention that dear Susan is up for election in May in the North Downs West ward (that includes Stanford). Moving on:

Manston is a completely unsuitable location as the road network in that part of Kent is not geared up to accommodating hundreds of HGVs, yet the Government is spending £12,000 each day to keep it available when it should be investing in multiple parking facilities together with ‘smart’ signage across the whole of the UK motorway network.

Taxpayers money is being squandered by inept and frankly moronic Government officials who are clueless about the logistics involved here. We need secure lorry parks, not more sticking plasters and punitive measures: it’s not rocket science; look across to France with their parking facilities, on-site restaurants and service areas. Moreover, the opening of more ports would ease congestion at Dover and the Channel Tunnel. Why hasn’t it been instigated?

So why was Tuesdays ‘dry run’ a farce? Each day almost 6000 lorries head towards Dover to cross the channel. In the summer of 2015, 9000 lorries were stacked on the M20; a far superior route to the roads to and from Manston. We have already calculated that a single lorry park would make the road network around Stanford et environs even more congested if this crazy scheme had come to fruition. For example, junction 11 would be closed due to the 2km rule of having two slip roads within the motorway route. We also calculated that even if Highways England could fill the biggest lorry park in the world at Stanford, there would still be 5,400 lorries stacked on the M20.

WHEN WILL THE IDIOTS IN GOVERNMENT EVER LEARN.

Our very own MP Damian Collins is still banging on about building a single lorry park. Mr. Collins. Are you completely stupid?

collins open shirt
Damian Collins MP.

Let’s not forget that the idea of a lorry park was pre-referendum and was only meant to be a lorry holding area for when operation stack was called due to inclement weather, striking ferrymen and migrant incursion. It was never meant to be a customs area or anything related to Brexit. Our Government has had two and a half years to put in place lorry parks throughout the UK. Instead they have already wasted £15,000,000 on consultants fees at Stanford, £12,000 per day to keep Manston open and a one off payment of £48.950.00 to send a few lorries along a few local roads, which included two removal lorries and a dust cart.

Any ideas what we could use those three vehicles for?

To end a much lighter note, Monsieur Jean-Marc Puissesseau, Port of Calais Chief has stated that incoming lorries will not be impeded entering France after 29th March 2019.

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/port-of-calais-chief-slams-chris-grayling-as-disrespectful-over-ferries-debacle_uk_5c35d352e4b0dbd06601ee83

There, it took a French man to cut to the chase and shame our spineless political class.

Keep on truckin.

S&DRA.