Apart from John Humphrys giving our Member of Parliament, Damian Collins a grilling on Radio 4's Today programme this morning on the subject of fake news, the Metro has this to say:
We were more than pleased to accept an invitation as guest speakers at the local Labour party meeting at the Stade Court Hotel in Hythe today to update members on the proposed Otterpool Park New Town situation. Also in attendance was Lesley Whybrow speaking on behalf of the Save Princes Parade group.
The turnout was great, culminating with questions from the floor.
There can be no shadow of a doubt that the common theme that runs through the whole of Shepway is no matter what political persuasion residents are, we are all singing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to our rotten Council in terms of lack of transparency and lack of consultation when it comes to developments across Shepway.
Last year we formed alliances with various like minded groups in the Shepway area, going from strength to strength in terms of people power. At last our message is getting out there:
If you're a Shepway Councillor, irrespective of your political allegiance, and you push against our views, choosing not to represent us, towing the line of your party, your days are numbered.
Information sharing is the key to building our numbers. Today, we hope that our message has hit a chord with 750 Labour party members and look forward to further engaging with them, and others, in terms of realising democracy across our communities.
Finally we would like to thank Aaron Roche, Vice Chair (membership) Folkestone and Hythe Constituency Labour Party, for inviting us along to listen to what we're about and look forward to meeting up, in whatever form, in the very near future.
Les Barratt. Co Chairman, S&DRA.
As you may be aware there will be Kent County Council elections on May 4th this year. These elections won't have a direct impact on Princes Parade as that is a Shepway District Council issue but we believe that several Shepway DC councillors and cabinet members (including David Monk) will be standing for election on May 4th. (Susan Carey who is a Shepway cabinet member is already a KCC councillor and will no doubt be standing for re election.). Save Princes Parade is not political and we aren't going to tell you who to vote for but do we really want to give these people more power after what they are trying to do to Princes Parade? If you are not registered to vote you can register here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. We need better and more transparent decision making at all levels of local government.
In response to yesterdays announcement by KCC for multiple lorry parks across our motorway networks, SOS Kent have issued the following statement:
SOS Kent agrees that we need more overnight lorry parking, but not just here in Shepway. It is needed all over Kent and indeed, beyond. We have been campaigning for smaller lorry parks across the whole road network in the South East as just one of the 'smarter solutions' to any rare need for Op Stack, than destroying 250 acres of countryside.
Properly managed, these multiple smaller lorry parking areas will not only help with Stack, but greatly help the daily/nightly problem of overnight lorry parking. So this announcement from KCC sounds encouraging and we look forward to hearing more detail.
We understand that plans to extend existing and develop smaller new lorry parks in the area have all been put on hold pending the outcome of the monster (3,600) lorry park proposed by Highways England. But with a judicial review pending, that could take months or years. Meanwhile, EVERY NIGHT trucks are being allowed to park dangerously, often chewing up verges, dumping rubbish and human excrement, refrigerated units keeping local residents awake and generally causing a nuisance and damaging the environment.
Having more overnight lorry parking spaces is one thing – and would be fine if they were to be used. Whilst the lorry parks do often fill up, HGVs (usually foreign) can still be seen parked on motorways and illegally elsewhere, even when there is still space in lorry parks nearby. They simply DO NOT WANT TO PAY TO PARK. Also, HGV drivers often want to park as close as possible to their Channel crossing point. So there is clearly the need to clamp down on illegally parked lorries right now. Urgent discussions and decisions need to be made about if, when, where and for how long lorries can be permitted to park in 'legal' free parking spaces such as lay-bys and residential streets.
The government could better use their £250m allocated for the proposed monster lorry park at Stanford by:
Let's hope the lorry parking penny is finally dropping at KCC. It is never too late for them, SDC and our own MP to start doing the right thing.
SOS Kent, Stanford.
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