Sunday, 28 August 2016
Friday, 26 August 2016
|Dear Friends and Residents,|
Please help in our appeal:
Monday, 22 August 2016
This is Councillor and Leader of SDC, David Monk
Saturday, 13 August 2016
12th August 2106.
Dear Councillor Monk,
My name is Leslie Barratt. I am Vice Chairman of Monks Horton Parish Meeting and reflect the views of Monks Horton residents on all issues. The issue in question here is the Shepway District Councils' proposal to build a new town of 12,000 dwellings in and around the villages of Westenhanger, Lympne, Newingreen and Sellindge.
You will recall that you invited me along with our Parish Chairman to attend a 'Parish Councillors meeting' on the 7th June 2016. You will also recall the general negative response that you received from all 27 Parish Councillors in attendance towards the development of a New Town which you are calling 'Otterpool Park'.
At that meeting I listened intently to all comments from across the chamber and finally raised my hand to speak. I politely asked if, through the chair, we could have a show of hands of how many Parish Councillors thought it would be a good idea to build a Garden Town as proposed by your Council. You flatly refused. I asked again. You flatly refused. You then raised your voice as if to dismiss my request. My initial thought was 'where is the democracy here'? I then raised my voice and put the question to the 27 Parish Councillors in the chamber: 'Can we have a show of hands please: Who here, thinks it's a good idea to build a New Town in Otterpool'. Not one hand was raised. I recall you remained vocal after the vote was taken. You certainly appeared disgruntled.
I now refer to your recent interview on the 8th August alongside David Plumstead on Radio Kent.
I was astonished to hear you refer to me as an 'anti campaigner' whatever that is? To be honest, you sounded somewhat muddled: I believe you meant to say that I was a campaigner. If that is what you meant, then you are quite correct; I do campaign for the people of Monks Horton. As a democratically elected Parish Councillor, I campaign on their behalf, as do the other democratically elected Parish Councillors that were present.
You then stated, on BBC radio, that I asked the 27 Parish Councillors at the 7th June meeting 'Who is against the proposal' (to build a new town).
I believe that when you said 'Who is against the proposal' on Radio Kent, you knew it to be untrue. You deliberately misled the people of Shepway, using a BBC radio station to broadcast that across Kent.
In an effort to deceive the electorate into thinking that there is a high level support for the proposed Otterpool Town you have only confirmed to the listeners that you are not fit to hold any position of public office. Moreover, your plea for residents to contact you is disingenuous. We have evidence that you never returned your calls or emails to those that have tried to contact you.
Mr. Monk; from conversations I have had with residents over the years, it is clear that your standing in the district could at best be described as 'waning'. From the conversations I have had with residents in the past four days I am sure that there would be thousands of Shepway residents requesting that you now consider your position.
I look forward to your reply at your earliest convenience.
Vice Chair, Monks Horton Parish Meeting.
We will now clearly state that the official S&DRA posters and banners depicting our contact details were handed out to dozens of local residents to post in and around Sellindge with the proviso that they be placed in a public area and strictly within current regulations.
Friday, 12 August 2016
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Monday, 8 August 2016
If you tuned in to Radio Kent this morning and heard the 'head to head' with David Monk and David Plumstead, we would suspect that your blood pressure has hit an all time high.
Firstly, Councillor Monk invited residents to contact him to discuss the Otterpool Town Housing Estate. We've already tried that but he NEVER returns residents calls or emails. We then heard how he has been in consultation, but only with a few businesses in the area on developing commercial area's within the housing estate.
He then told us that he met with local Parish Councilors but wouldn't elaborate further. David Plumstead then clearly stated how a vote was taken, by a local Parish Councillor at that meeting to establish the level of support for the Otterpool Town housing estate: There was, and still isn't any support for the housing development (see below).
David Monk then had the temerity to brand that Parish Councillor as an 'anti campaigner'. It's clear at this stage that Councillor Monk is becoming even more muddled. So, does that mean that the Parish Councillor in question isn't a campaigner or is a campaigner? Perhaps Councillor Monk's definition of a campaigner (or anti campaigner) is a representative of a Parish or Community who is actually fighting their corner; something that local Councillors have most definitely lost sight of.
For the sake of residents who have joined us after the 'post' date of DEMOCRACY IN SHEPWAY IS DEAD, 23rd July 2016, we have copied it here for your attention. We did notice that David Plumstead made a mistake when estimating that there were 350 people taking part in the demonstration. We're sorry David, you're way out. There were at least 750 angry, outraged people marching through Hythe High Street with others joining along the way.
If you are outraged by the high handed attitude of Shepway District Council please ask your friends and family to join our database at email@example.com
Shepway District Council would like to leave residents, as they have always done, 'in the dark'. We have other plans: Through our website and the strong coalition with other groups in the area, we are now building a real force to have our voices heard. - Let's keep up the momentum.
Bless you all for turning out in such numbers at the weekend.
Friday, 5 August 2016
Thursday, 4 August 2016
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