Herne and Broomfield Parish Council is extremely disappointed that Canterbury City Council has submitted its Local Plan to the inspector. Despite a large number of objections for our area, from both residents and the parish council, no significant changes have been made to the original plan. They have also totally ignored the legal view obtained by the parish council and other organisations, confirming our fears that the plan is not legally compliant. Canterbury City Council is intent on building large overbearing developments in the Canterbury District for the sole purpose of obtaining funding for the infrastructure required.
There has been little or no consideration of what the residents want or need in these areas. There are no guarantees these developments will be built and if one of these doesn’t go ahead, the whole plan for the infrastructure will fail. They have not produced an infrastructure delivery plan and much of the information required, to allow qualified responses to the plan, was produced after the closing date for submissions. The amount of traffic these developments are going to generate will cause gridlock in Sturry Road going into Canterbury to the detriment of all the residents from Sturry, Hersden, through Herne and Herne Bay. Herne and Broomfield Parish Council continues to work hard on behalf of its residents, committed to fight the development on Strode Farm.
Cllr Carol Davis, Herne and Broomfield Parish Council
Herne Bay Gazette, December 4th 2014