Saturday, 9 February 2008

Core Strategy rumbles on...

Letter to the Kent Messenger this week.

I was amazed to learn the the Lib Dems and Tories were equally responsible for the draft Core Strategy that proposed that the KIG site could be used for housing, as suggested by the Mayor, Tory Councillor Richard Ash in last week's KM. Sadly there seems to be no detailed voting record of the decisions made, but if what the Mayor suggests is true, then blame for the draft Core Strategy and the possible influence that this had on the KIG application must be shared equally between the Tories and the Lib Dems.

The Core Strategy has prompted letters from the Mayor, the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Tory Councillors, giving a fairly heavy weight and often inaccurate rebuttal of their influence in the KIG fiasco. The Lib Dems have pleaded that they need to keep their views on the application quiet to ensure that they can't be accused of prejudgement, but I am surprised that they have not commented on this fairly factual debate.

Stuart Jeffery
Maidstone Green Party

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