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Monday, 26 June 2017


Dear Residents,

Could a SDC representative ever be accused of being a Liar? Strong language indeed and one that our Association would be very reluctant to use unless we had strong and convincing evidence.

Are our SDC representatives so blase or complacent about accurately describing events or other SDC representatives positions in their vain attempt to promote the Otterpool New Town that they will stop at nothing to see our beautiful countryside concreted over.

Well, there have been countless occasions when certain SDC Councillors have, shall we say, been economical with the truth, and we don't have to look back very far for our latest example. 

Less than a week ago, on the 22nd June, one of the Otterpool Town Community engagements was held at Lympne Village Hall. Best described as lively, the presentation was well attended with genuine concerns being raised relating to an over population of this part of East Kent.
During the presentation, the Deputy Leader, Councillor Hollingsbee crept in and took a seat to the rear of the hall. 
Councillor Hollingsbee

A local Resident asked Councillor Hollingsbee her views on certain aspects of the development. Reluctant to speak, Councillor Hollingsbee eventually took to her feet and swiftly avoided the point made preferring to tell us how marvelously Susan Carey had achieved a bigger majority in the County elections, campaigning on the Otterpool Town development. 

Councillor Susan Carey

News to us Councillor Hollingsbee, because there was not one mention of Otterpool Town on her campaign literature (see our post: 8.5.17. Cunning Indeed. Wow, What a Cunning Stunt), unless she was thinking, of course, about the spoof literature that we provided for her, but sadly wasn't taken up by Ms Carey as it reflected a more accurate description of her position. 

So, did Councillor Hollingsbee make a faux pas or did she tell a lie? On this one occasion, we could excuse her mistake. Couldn't we? Well, Couldn't we.

Hang on a minute. Councillor Hollingsbee then went on to say that Damian Collins MP, increased his majority campaigning on the very same issue: Otterpool New Town. Did he? 

Damian Collins MP.

The campaign literature that came through our doors had no mention of Otterpool New Town on it. So Councillor Hollingsbee got it wrong again. Could we forgive her again on her massive faux pas? We think not. 

So, did Councillor Hollingsbee purposely tell a lie to convince us all that the overwhelming majority of Shepway Residents would like to see an urban sprawl in their Rural Communities. 

We'll leave you all to decide that.



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