By Tom Mellish / Latest News / / 0 Comments

With over 2,400 people on the Tory council’s housing needs list we need new housing. The Beltinge development will not answer that demand. The average house in the Herne Bay area costs £353,400 ( The average wage in Herne Bay is a little over £27,600 per annum. The average Herne Bay resident will not be buying on the new estate even at an ‘affordable’ price.

This development also shows no understanding of the impact it will have on Beltinge and its community.

The development

Beltinge Village is a residential area centred on shops and the memorial hall on Reculver Road. We are not nimbies but this development is too big. There’s been no consideration for the impact its construction will have on the area nor the development itself when finished.

Heavy construction lorries coming off and on the A299 each day will be using roads that have not changed in over 100 years or more. They will squeeze on to narrow unsuitable road bridges at Sweetbridge and Blacksole, difficult to navigate at the best of times.

KCC’s answer to avoid congestion Blacksole Bridge by putting in a mini roundabout is laughable.

Access to the site by massive construction lorries will be down Reculver Road turning right in to Osborne Gardens a quiet narrow residential road with double parking.

Exiting construction traffic will directed down Sweetbridge’s narrow roads and in to the path of children from Reculver Church Primary School.

The answer to providing proper and convenient access to and from the site is for additional roads and bridges over the railway line to the rear of the site. Proper investment must be found and not done on the cheap at the expense of Beltinge residents.

Environmental impact

Environmental impact assessments of the site have been done. But we need assessment for noise and air pollution on the access roads – and the surrounding area. This must be done before any development begins. Assessments are needed on the use of heavy haulage lorries on our badly maintained roads and on the culverts which feed Bishopstone Glen, already subject to erosion.

Medical Support

As well as an impact on the local surgery there will also be an impact on the minor injuries’ unit at the Queen Victoria memorial Hospital.

With an acute shortage of GPs, and difficulties in recruiting nursing staff, there are no proposals to ensure appropriate medical support for the area.

There are so many more unanswered questions about this development and how it will affect the lives of residents. They need answering now.

If elected Christine Wheeldon and I, who both live in Beltinge, will work and campaign with residents and campaign groups to get the answers Beltinge people need so they can decide what happens to their village not FTSE 100 property developers.



By Canterbury Labour Party / Housing / 0 Comments

After consistent pressure from the Labour Party and campaigners, the government have announced that they will abolish section 21 – a notice served by landlords to evict tenants without good reason. Though this shows incredible progress for renters rights, we still have much further to go. This is why a Labour council in Canterbury will establish an ethical letting agency to extend further support for those that are renting.


So often, adverts for rental properties bare the sign ‘No DSS’ (Department for Social Security). Though DSS doesn’t exist anymore, in practice, it means that landlords will not house tenants in receipt of housing and disability benefit. This is why an ethical letting agency would establish a collection of landlords that would not disadvantage potential tenants. Last year, an investigation by the BBC found that many landlords are more likely to rent to people with pets than people on state benefits. This shocking discovery necessitates why we need to stand with renters and against the discrimination they face.


Nationally, the Labour Party has promised to bring in legislation that will ban letting agency fees and Jeremy Corbyn himself has supported the work of ACORN – the renters union – in their campaigns. Locally, the establishment of an ethical letting agency will follow suit, by supporting all renters find appropriate properties and breaking down the barriers of discrimination that they currently face. Despite the fact that renting is growing increasingly common, with home ownership figures down, renters are still facing exploitation by rogue landlords, poor housing conditions and high costs.


This ethical letting agency would ensure that tenants were not being ripped off by landlords who are only prepared to line their pockets, whilst properties fall into disrepair. It would prevent tenants from paying extortionate costs for little gain and would only support advertise for landlords who not discriminate against those in receipt of any state benefit. This is why it is clear that a Canterbury City Council led by the Labour Party is the only option for renters locally.