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 Anne Belworthy / Latest News / / 0 Comments
Most of the conservative candidates for Herne Bay are city councillors already. The content of their current leaflet does expose the quality of their knowledge and campaigning abilities! The leaflet that is going out across Herne Bay on their behalf lists three priorities that they have for Herne Bay, two out of three are provided by Kent County Council. They list a new hospital for Canterbury – health & social care comes under KCC. Also a new grammar school – again only KCC could provide this with the department of education agreement. This leaves just one aspiration that we could benefit from – future developments (?) – not described. It is indeed misleading and dishonest of them to make people think that District councillors can provide schools and hospitals.
When I have challenged Cllr Cook, via social media about the statements they are making, his poor excuse was that when he became both a county and city councillor he promised that he would do all that he could to make both councils work well together(?!) He is currently arguing that the aspiration of the town is to have a new Canterbury hospital and grammar school so that is why conservative candidates are giving support to both.
By Anne Belworthy / Homes for EveryoneHousingLatest News / / 0 Comments

Whitstable tory councillor Neil Baker, used the pages of the Herne Bay Gazette to criticise Herne Bay Labour for not stating clearly that we would campaign nationally for rent controls on private houses and flats. This we clearly state now along with our plan to build 2000 new council homes over 10 years; to launch an ethical lettings agency; ensure 30% of new homes are affordable; and speed up repairs through a dedicated team across the district.


In Herne Bay we have a high level of privately rented poor housing; much of this is in Heron Ward which covers roughly the centre area of the town. This ward was deemed to be highly deprived by the previous NHS Health & Social Care committee following surveys carried out.  This has been confirmed by the Citizens Advice Bureau particularly because of the level of poor and disabled people.


This ward is represented on the District Council by three tory councillors; one of them is also a county councillor. Yet we hear nothing about this and during the present term of office they, along with the other five tory councillors in Herne Bay, have overseen the building of highly priced private houses across Herne Bay, and not one council house; agreed the closure of our City Council office and failed to support any campaign to keep the job centre here open. All policies that ignore the fact that there are nearly three thousand people on the district housing waiting list, and these closures, along with the proposed reduced hours of our library, affect the poorer people of Herne Bay considerably.


Whilst the conservatives are eager to criticise the local Labour Party for supporting our district manifesto containing a programme of fresh ideas to transform our town for the benefit of everyone;  and we have explained our policies in a series of leaflets delivered across Herne Bay, we have seen very little information from the local tories on their plans, except for their  support for the building of a new grammar school on the coast which will take £20 million of tax payers money, at a time when the majority of the schools our children attend  are seeing the biggest cuts to education carried out by this conservative government, since the second world war. They fail to explain that education is within the province of the County Council and not the district one, which is the election we are presently campaigning for. They have failed to stand up for Herne Bay and gone along with all the vanity projects in Canterbury that have wasted millions of pounds of our council tax payers money, and clearly nothing on their horizon for Herne Bay will change.

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