A LABOUR COUNCIL WILL
work with our communities to map local transport needs now and plan how to provide a transport system that works, and is accessible to all, for the short and long term.
Start trials of affordable and accessible “hopper bus” services linking Canterbury East and Canterbury West stations, via the city centre and St Dunstan’s, within one year.
Immediately work with KCC to draw-up a hub-based, integrated transport system for the district to include a publicly-owned bus system at the service of all residents.
Do everything in our legal power to cancel the unnecessary Station Road West multi-story car park project and earmark its £9 million budget for future transport integration projects.
Complete and promote walking and cycling routes across the city, interlinking them with established long-distance cycle paths to London, Dover and Whitstable.
Take full advantage of government grants and other funding to maximise the number of electric vehicle charging points across the district.
- Develop plans to electrify our buses, notably the Triangle route between Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury.
- Consult on a new proposal for the Labour Councillor-initiated Whitstable Park and Ride site and deliver the project as soon as possible.
- Consult with our local communities in Herne Bay, Whitstable and Canterbury on how traffic should be managed and public transport provided.
- Lead consultation and research with existing charities, communities and organisations, into fully accessible ‘drop on and off’ community transport schemes for rural areas.
Ovalgate - the plot thickens
Here is the full text of my speech to yesterday’s meeting of the Regeneration and Property Committee (I had to cut it down on delivery). Shamefully, the committee decided against any action on the Chief Executive’s report, riding roughshod over the clearly expressed desire of the people of Whitstable Gorrell, its Councillors and ex-Councillors. The upside is that the town is united in its horror that such an iconic site should have been sold for
Labour councillor speaks out over Oval development
I’ve decided to post my speech in support of the petition to review the Council’s decision to sell the Oval. The response of the committee was mixed with some hostility but many councillors were prepared to listen to the people of Whitstable speaking in favour of a review. The good news is, the petition wasn’t thrown out. The bad news is that the decision isn’t going through a full review but the committee will analyse
Questions on the Ladesfield Refugee Centre development
At a meeting with other Councillors for Whitstable yesterday, I put a number of questions to KCC representatives Philip Segurola, Director of Specialist Children’s Services and Peter Oakford, Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services. We were given answers to some of our questions and here they are. I’ll let you know as other answers are provided.
1) Why is Kent, through KCC, responsible for these boys?
Asylum seekers are screened for age initially at the border by
Plan to house refugee children in former Whitstable care home
This is my letter to the Times and Gazette from Monday.
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Labour opposed the closure of the Ladesfield Care Home in Vulcan Close and has campaigned to have it reopened. The building, however, currently stands empty and is in clear need of repair. I consider its use as a temporary shelter for refugees under 18 as a sensible and