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Friday, 31 March 2017


Dear Residents,

Our friends at Shepwayvox have confirmed something that we already knew. Is there anyone out there that still thinks that Council leader, David Monk has one honest bone in his body. 
Apart from his family and band of Cronies, we would like to hear from you - PLEASE. 
Moreover, is there any resident of Folkestone West that would actually put a cross against his name on the 4th May.

Cllr David Drury Monk's Lie About Otterpool Park.

On the 22nd June 2016, The Looker published an interview with Cllr David Drury Monk where he is quoted as saying about Otterpool Park :

'I am really excited by this proposal [Garden Village where up to 12,000 homes could be built], but there are some who think there has been a smokescreen around this. We bought Otterpool Manor Farm before Christmas (2015) as a strategic purchase. We had no plans for the site other than a tenanted farming operation to earn some income, but we had to take advantage of the Government's offer to help with future development.' This was a lie, by Cllr Monk and emails (as downloadable pdf's) below prove this beyond all reasonable doubt.


We at the Shepwayvox Team have never believed that there was no intention to develop the site. In fact SDC  Corporate Director's for Strategic Operations Susan Priest (pictured) expenses told another story; which supported our thinking that there always was a plan to develop the site at Otterpool.

Well now we can can confirm that development of the site was on their minds four days before they even bid for the land in November 2015.


Andy Jarrett, (pictured) Head of Strategic Development Projects at SDC was in communications with Savills about the purchase of the land at Otterpool Park asking them how much it would cost to purchase the land. He was informed that £3.5 million would not be enough and that an offer with the number 4 may well do the trick. Admittedly Andy did manage to bring the price to be paid to Savills down from 1.5% to 1.25%, so saving the tax payer some money.  So what do these communications show. Well you can read them below as we have added them as pdf's (at the end of the post)  which were all gained by our public face via Environmental Information Requests.


The area discussed was Otterpool, that is clear from the email chain and the request was all about Otterpool. So there you have it Cllr David Drury Monk's assertion that "We bought Otterpool Manor Farm before Christmas (2015) as a strategic purchase. We had no plans for the site other than a tenanted farming operation to earn some income," was a lie. Or is he saying the all SDC officers kept this information from him, even though he attended meetings where Andy Jarrett was present and discussed the ongoing purchase of the Otterpool Land.

Cllr David Dury Monk (pictured) will stand in the forthcoming KCC elections on May 4th 2017. This is a man who has clearly told a lie regarding  Otterpool Park. This is a man who has compromised his intergrity and honesty. Cllr Monk is a man who breaches confidences so we have been informed.  Is this the kind of man the electorate wish to be their representative at KCC? Only you can decide that come polling day, if you live in the Folkestone West Division.

The officers of Shepway District Council remember follow his instructions, so we lay no blame on them whatsoever. For they must follow the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet's instructions.

Here are the emails

Environmental Information Request Emails (2)

Environmental Information Request Emails (3)

Shepwayvox Team

Thursday, 30 March 2017


Dear Residents,

One of our long standing and respected residents has emailed us again to follow up on 'The worm is turning' post which we published a few weeks ago. These are his personal views and we should say, similar to the views of most residents that care to contact us. Here be the views of Richard Lofting:

 As a bit of a follow on from 'the worm is turning' and Councillor Cary's comments about how beautiful these new garden towns are, I would argue that the countryside is far more beautiful if nature and the farmers are left to get on with it.
            Listening to the housing minister the other day on Peston On Sunday (ITV) talking about housing issues within the green belt; he claimed that there would only be new housing development on green belt land, providing that all other avenues had been exhausted ie brown field sites etc. Ok, I know the land at Otterpool is not green belt, but have a look at any map of this area and the words 'Outstanding Area Of Natural Beauty' are invariably written almost slap bang on Otterpool! Has anyone asked whether all the brown field sites have been used in the the Dover, Folkestone and Ashford areas?
            This leads to another unanswered question; when it is discovered that the worlds largest lorry park is not viable as it may only be used once every two years or so, I can't see it being allowed that 250 acres of ugly concrete will be left standing, as I see it, once the first digger has scratched a line in the 250 acres of prime agricultural land it will have become 250 acres of brown field site! Perhaps I am a sceptic, but is this what the 12,000 houses are being built for? Houses on one side of the motorway and industrial complex on the other. Its all well and good Councillor Carey and Hollingsbee saying we need the housing etc. etc, I am no mathematician but that must equate to 20,000 jobs  or so that will be needed, or are they all going to commute to London every day? And what about the infrastructure required?

            I am probably sticking my head above the parapet, but I am sure there is a grand master plan that ordinary mortals are not privy too, does anyone remember the penny on the rates when the converter station in Sellindge was opposed - fat lot of good that was! And I understand that workers at the generating board knew it was going to be built in Sellindge in around 1965. Perhaps this is why our local Councillors are so hell bent on going against local opinion. Perhaps they are after some sort of gong for services to the local area or dare I say it backhanders from the developers!

Richard Lofting.

Richard: Our message to you and all of our residents that share your views is this:
At present, Susan Carey is our Elham Valley Councillor. She supports mass development within our communities. Come the 4th May, get out there and vote for the candidate that will support you. At present, the tail is wagging the dog. Let's reverse the trend and start making our servants work for us.




Dear Residents,

How much longer can all of this go on ? We all know that Councillor David Monk doesn't represent the decent people of Shepway. We all know that he twists the words of honest Parish Councillors for his own self interests. Is there anyone out there that would still vote for this individual on the 4th May. If you live in Folkestone West and have the right to vote, for heavens sake DO NOT VOTE FOR HIM.

Here's what our friends at Shepwayvox have to say about the (so called) Leader of Shepway District Council:

Cllr "Dodgy David" Monk & A Planning Application. You Decide.

On Febuary 28th 2017 at the civic centre Cllrs met to vote on planning issues. One of the planning applications to be decided upon that evening was   Y16/0623/SH: Little Densole Farm, Canterbury Road, Densole, where 12 holiday lodges along with a tennis court etc are to be sited in an Area Of Outstanding Natuaral Beauty (AONB); which was second item on the agenda.  Little Densole Farm and the land where the lodges (pictured below) are to be sited are owned by Mr & Mrs Westgarth


Planning Application Y16/0623/SH  is for the siting of 12 holiday lodges, and erection of a reception building and a store building, together with formation of a fishing lake, a car park area, tennis courts, a children's play area, and a putting green, to create a tourism site (pictured above).

Monk 2Mr & Mrs Westgarth own a company called MILLDOWN ASSOCIATES LIMITED; who have a legally outstanding mortgage on 23 Minter Avenue Densole according to Companies House. Now 23 Minter Avenue Densole (see No 4 – Land) is the home address given by Cllr David Drury Monk  (pictured) the leader of Shepway District Council. So the owners of Cllr Monk's home, according to Companies house apply for planning permission and low and behold they get it.

Cllr David Godfrey (pictured below) spoke in support of the planning application and Cllr Dick Pascoe (pictured below) basically told the planning officers to overturn their reccomendation to refuse.  As we said Planning permission was granted, but then is that any surprise to you, when the Westgarth's own Cllr Monk's home according to Companies House, which as we said, has an outstanding mortgage on it.

Councillor David Godfrey  Councillor Dick Pascoe

Did Cllrs Pascoe & Godfrey know about the mortgage and the connection between Cllr Monk and Mr & Mrs Westgarth?  What do you think?

Under Shepway District Council's code of conduct, Cllrs must act in conformity with the  Seven Principles of Public Life.  One of these principles is Integrity – that 'Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefit for themselves, their family or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interest and relationships'

Has Cllr Monk compromised his intergrity?

'Everything is negotiable, including my integrity.'

 Another of these principles is Honesty which states:

"Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest."

Has Cllr Monk compromised his honesty?

It may well appear to a reasonable person that Cllr David Drury Monk, has let his intergrity and his honesty slip somewhat. This is a man who will stand in the forthcoming KCC elections on May 4th 2017. Is this a man who should even be allowed to stand, when the evidence before you clearly indicates he may have breached two of the principles of Public Life. Would any reasonable person now think that there is not just one Dodgy Dave  in the Tory party but two? We'll leave you to decide that.

Shepwayvox Team

Wednesday, 29 March 2017


Dear Residents,

Our Association has been notified by Shepway District Council of a spate of fly posting in and around our communities informing residents of a Demonstration/Rally against the over development of our areas. 
Despite our Association instructing residents, via email (19.11.16) to observe the SDC protocol when displaying posters, it appears that there are members within our communities that, for one reason or another haven't read the said email. However, it is understandable that the level of anger and opposition to the proposed New town, Lorry Park and Princes Parade has led to a disregard of SDC rules as outlined by Ms Jyotsna Leney in documentation set out below.
We would respectfully ask the perpetrator to remove the posters within 3 days to bring us all in line with the Shepway ruling.
If you are in any doubt as to what the rules are, please contact Jyotsna at SDC. We're sure that she would supply you with the relevant information. Her email address is set out below.

Dear Sir,

The Council has been notified of fly-posting in the district area promoting a "Rally to Protect our Countryside" for Saturday 22nd April 2017.
 This is illegal and I attach a letter asking for these fly posts to be removed within 3 days of the date of the attached letter.
 A hard copy of this letter and attachments will follow in the post (recorded delivery).

Kind Regards 

Ms Jyotsna Leney 
Community Services Manager
Shepway District Council
Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue,
Folkestone, Kent,
CT20 2QY
T: 01303 853460 M:07966 874174 Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

 P Please consider the environment before printing this email


Dear Sir,

The Council has recently been notified of fly-posting in the district area promoting a "Rally to Protect our Countryside" for Saturday 22nd April 2017 (copy attached). 
Locations of the Flyposting include:

Post at Palm Tree Way, Lyminge
Post at the end of Mayfield Road where it joins Station Road in Lyminge
Post adjacent to the postbox/telephone box in Swan Lane by Greenfield
Swan Lane, Sellindge (above post box attached to column)
Swan Lane Sellindge – telegraph pole
Woodland Road, Lyminge – telegraph pole

A selection of photographs are attached.

Kent County Council Highways have also been informed of the land being fly-posted.
Fly-posting is a crime. Any person who displays an advertisement in contravention of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 ("COA Regulations") is guilty of a criminal offence and will be liable on summary conviction to a fine.
 The Council operates a zero-tolerance policy approach to fly-posting, generally regarded as any advertising material displayed on private and/or public property without the consent of the owner that does not meet the requirements of the COA Regulations. 

There are many problems associated with fly posting, including:

·         Fly posting is an illegal activity which is not only unsightly, but also gives an impression of neglect and can attract other forms of vandalism and anti-social behaviour leading to the decline of an area.
·         It creates litter which spoils the clean and green environment the Council is seeking to maintain. 
·         It can obscure important traffic signs or create an obstruction to pedestrians and/or motorists.
·       It is a very cheap form of advertising which puts those who advertise legally at an unfair disadvantage.
It is a drain on local authority resources and an unwelcome expense for other landowners who are required to remove the advertisements from their property.
·         It can cause injury if a placard or heavier-type sign dislodges from its fixings.

As the Local Planning Authority, Shepway District Council is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the advertisement control system. Those wishing to advertise should always contact the Council's Planning Team for advice.

If there is evidence or a witness for a case of fly-posting, the Council can investigate and prosecute offenders. As the fly-posting has identified the person who displayed it or caused it to be displayed, you are requested to remove the fly-posting advertising the "Rally to Protect our Countryside" within 3 days of the date of this letter, ensuring you do not display posters this way or encourage others to do so.
If the fly-posting is not removed, the Council will exercise its powers to remove or obliterate the advertisements and can seek to recover the costs that we have reasonably incurred in doing so.
Where possible, the Council fully supports the promotion of activities and events, which enrich the lives of local communities across the district. However, we are always mindful to ensure this is undertaken consistently and lawfully. 

Yours sincerely

Jyotsna Leney

Community Services Manager

Tuesday, 28 March 2017


Dear Residents,
Please take the time to read this in full. It was sent to a resident who signed the petition, Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built (click to view the link)
The Government has responded to the petition you signed – "Give communities back the right to decide where houses are built.".
Government responded:
Local communities are not forced to accept large housing developments. Communities are consulted throughout the Local Plan process and on individual planning applications.
The National Planning Policy Framework strongly encourages all local planning authorities to get up-to-date Local Plans in place as soon as possible, in consultation with the local community. Up-to-date Local Plans ensure that communities get the right development, in the right place, at the right time, reflecting the principles of sustainable development. Through the White Paper we are ensuring that every part of the country produces, maintains and implements an up-to-date plan, yet with the flexibility for local areas to decide how to plan in a way that best meets their needs. 
A wide section of the community should be proactively engaged so that Local Plans, as far as possible, reflect a collective vision and a set of agreed priorities for the sustainable development of the area, including those contained in any neighbourhood plans that have been made.
The Framework recognises the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside. That is why our proposals are focussed on development in built up areas.
We are also absolutely clear that Green Belt must be protected and that there are other areas that local authorities must pursue first, such as brownfield land and taking steps to increase density on urban sites. The Government is committed to maximising the use of brownfield land and has already embarked on an ambitious programme to bring brownfield land back into use. 
We believe that developers should mitigate the impacts of development. This is vital to make it acceptable to the local community and to addresses the cumulative impact of development in an area. Both the Community Infrastructure Levy and Section 106 agreements can be used by local planning authorities to help fund supporting infrastructure and address the cumulative demand that development places on infrastructure. Through the White Paper, the Government announced that it will examine the options for reforming the existing system of developer contributions to see how this can be simplified, with further announcements at Autumn Budget 2017.
The £2.3billion Housing Infrastructure Fund will deliver up to 100,000 new homes by putting in the right infrastructure, in the right place, at the right time. We expect the fund to be able to deliver a variety of types of infrastructure necessary to unlock housing growth in high demand areas.
There is nothing automatic about grants of planning permission where there is not yet an up-to-date Local Plan. It is still up to local decision-makers to interpret and apply national policy to local circumstances, alongside the views of the local community. Applications should not be approved if the adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits; or if specific policies in the Framework indicate that development should be restricted.
Communities are also able to make representations on individual planning applications and in response to most appeals by the applicant against a local authority decision. Interested parties can raise all the issues that concern them during the planning process, in the knowledge that the decision maker will take their views into account, along with other material considerations, in reaching a decision. 
We therefore do not believe a right of appeal against the grant of planning permission for communities is necessary. It is considered that communities already have plenty of opportunity to have their say on local planning issues, and it would be wrong for them to be able to delay a development at the last minute, through a community right of appeal, when any issues they would raise at that point could have been raised and should have been considered during the earlier planning application process. 
Department for Communities and Local Government
The sentiment expressed in this response from Government is that local communities should be consulted on proposed developments that affect area(s) where residents live. Moreover, one of the conditions of 'expressing (from Shepway District Council) an interest' to central Government for the building of a new town is that local communities should be supportive.
So, did Shepway District Council tell a great untruth about local support when 'expressing an interest' to build a new town? In a local survey we found that only 2 people out of 151 actually thought that a new town development would be a good idea. On the 7th June 2016, 27 local Parish Councillors expressed to the Leader of SDC, David Monk, that building a new town was a bad idea.
Despite residents opprobrium, SDC are still determined to start work on building 12,000 houses (outside of the Local Plan) in 2020. We have other ideas. It's clear that the biggest supporters of the new town development, apart from the Reuben (offshore BVI) Brothers, are David Monk, Jenny Hollingsbee and Susan Carey (pictured below)
We would like to start sending a message to these 3 individuals (that purport to represent us), and the message will be sent on the 4th May 2017 when Susan Carey will be standing to be re-elected in the Elham Valley District, County Council Election. We wouldn't have the temerity to indicate where you should place your cross on the voting paper, but we are openly encouraging our residents not to support a candidate; Ms Susan Carey, who has turned her back on the overwhelming majority of residents for reasons best known to herself. 
Other candidates are available. (details will follow very soon)

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


Dear Residents and KCC Election Candidates,

Our Association is offering candidates for the forthcoming County election the chance to be seen and heard on our website. As an apolitical group we are inviting all candidates to send us a 3 minute (no longer) video stating their position on local issues; namely the proposed Otterpool Park New Town, the Lorry Park, Princes Parade and other smaller developments across Shepway, A brief profile would also be helpful for all of our voters. 

In addition, we would ask candidates to submit, in 250 words or less, the same in script.

The timescale is critical, with a deadline date of Friday, 7th April.

We suspect that many candidates are not signed up to our database, so would therefore ask friends, families and colleagues to spread the word to all candidates to contact us.

We will also be inviting candidates to speak at our Giant Rally on the 22nd April

Once again, the deadline date for this will be 7th April.

Please spread the word on social media, ensuring that our prospective representatives have the opportunity to reach out to the Shepway electorate.

We look forward to hearing from you all very soon.


Monday, 20 March 2017


Dear Residents,
For your information:
The new boundaries for the KCC elections on the 4th May are set out below
  • Cheriton, Sandgate & Hythe East: This division includes the parished area of Cheriton, the parishes of Saltwood and Sandgate and the eastern part of the parish of Hythe.
  • Elham Valley: This division includes the parishes of Acrise, Elham, Elmsted, Hawkinge, Lyminge, Monks Horton, Newington, Paddlesworth, Postling, Sellindge, Stanford, Stelling Minnis, Stowting and Swingfield.
  • Folkestone East: This division includes the parished areas of East Folkestone around the Canterbury and Dover roads and East Cliff.
  • Folkestone West: This division includes the parished areas of West Folkestone and Morehall.
  • Hythe West: This division includes the western part of Hythe parish and the parishes of Dymchurch and Lympne.
  • Romney Marsh: This division includes the parishes of Brenzett, Brookland, Burmarsh, Ivychurch, Lydd, New Romney, Newchurch, Old Romney, Snargate and St Mary in the Marsh.

Sunday, 19 March 2017


Dear Residents,

A post from our friends at Shepwayvox. Please be aware that this document will increase your blood pressure and probably cause sleep deprivation.


Otterpool Park Update

Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd , formerly Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd are the Masterplanning and Project Management Team chosen to bring together the masterplan for Otterpool Park where Shepway District Council will build up to 12,000 along with Cozumel Estates Ltd.

Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd  (see page 3) is a subsidiary of Arcadis Consulting Europe Limited, who in turn are owned by Arcadis NV (a Dutch company). Arcadis have many subisidaries around the world.

In this sense Arcadis are no different from any other multinational company. They employee Transfer Pricing Specialists again like many other multinationals. However Professor Prem Sikka has said that "the biggest tax avoidance scheme of all, is known as "transfer pricing". The name of the game is to shift profits to low tax jurisdictions and avoid taxes in countries where corporations have substantial trading operations."

GoogleStarbucksFacebookAppleEbay and Amazon have all used "transfer pricing" and other schemes to reduce their tax bill here in the UK. It is clear that Arcadis engage in transfer pricing as well, as the job advertisements they place make clear. And they have enough subsidaries across the world to take advantage of "transfer pricing". Everything these companies are doing is legal. It's avoidance and not evasion.


In the tender document it is clear that Arcadis Consulting UK Ltd signed a deal with SDC and Cozumel Estates Ltd. The Arcadis – contract (1) went live on the 4th August 2016 (page 4) and was signed by Jeremy Chambers (see page 10) Corporate Director of Strategic Operations. What these contracts shows (at page 9) was that SDC were already working in partnership with Cozumel Estates Ltd before they signed their collaboration agreement on the 8th Septemeber 2016.

Also what becomes visible for the first time, is the address given by Cozumel Estates Limited at Page 9 of the contract and that address is Patton, Moreno & Asvat (BVI) Ltd, 2nd floor O'Neal Marketing Associates Building, PO Box 3174, Wickham's Cay II, Road Town, Tortola,  VG1110 British Virgin Islands.

The address where Cozumel is registred shows up in the Panama Papers as does a known director Alexander Bushaev of Cozumel Estates Limited, who appears in the Bahama Leaks three times and signed the Initial collaboration agreemnt – (see page 35) for and on behalf of Cozumel Estates Ltd on the 8th Septemeber 2016.


Anyway moving on swiftly, thehousing minister, Gavin "3 kettles" Barwell (pictured far right), has told the world's housebuilders that if they cannot find enough land on which to build new homes they can "come and see me" and he will try to help. Gavin "3 Kettles" Barwell MP was the minister who gave the green light to Otterpool on Nov 11th. Anyway we are a bit confused by Gavin "3 Kettles" Barwell statement as there already exists 886,000 plots of land to build on in the UK, and that is not including the option agreements the companies below may have signed.

3 kettles.jpeg


Land owned (acres)

Current land bank(plots)

Strategic land bank(plots)

Notes on land





17,500 acres/ ~218,750 plots

Sum of subsidiaries: umbrella org = 8,523 acres, plus Persimmon Midlands, NE, NW, South Coast, SW, Wessex, W Mids, Wales, Yorks

Taylor Wimpey




Sum of Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd (main landholder) & other subsidiaries: Taylor Wimpey Holdings Ltd and Taylor Wimpey Developments Ltd.

Barratt Group




Sum of Barratt South Wales Ltd, Barratt Manchester Ltd and Barratt East Midlands Ltd













Berkeley Group




Sum of Berkeley Strategic Land Limited, Berkley Seventy-Six Limited, Berkeley Homes (Southern) Limited, Berkeley Homes (Oxford & Chiltern) Limited, Berkeley Homes (Fleet) Limited and Berkeley Homes (Eastern) Limited

Galliford Try




Sum of Galliford Homes Limited and Galliford Southern Limited

Crest Nicholson




Sum of Crest Nicholson Operations Ltd and Crest Nicholson (Eastern) Limited


No record




41,578 acres

404,040 plots

481,910 plots

Grand total: 885,950 plots

So why then do we need to free up more land to build on when the companies above have land banked so much and according to Shelter, who have exposed that the top ten housing developers are sitting on enough plots of land for almost a million homes. Why does anyone need to go and see him when they could talk to anyone one of the ten above and buy some land from them which they have banked?

Surely Gavin "3 Kettles" Barwell MP should instruct the above companies to build on these plots first.

David Monk1

Finally, SDC have released some new information regarding Otterpool Park as a Question & Answers booklets see →  Shepway_Otterpool_QAs or look on the Otterpool Timeline on SDC's website (March 2017) and has been signed off by Cll David Monk Leader, Shepway District Council (pictured). If you have questions you can always write to:,

as they have stated they are welcoming questions by you the public of Shepway.

There are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts. We do not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities included in this blog post have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly unless found so by a court of law.

Shepwayvox Team


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