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Local Plan: Developers’ cash should stay in town

I was angered and dismayed to find that the draft Local Plan explicitly stated that developers’ contributions (once called S106, now called CIL – Community Infrastructure Levy) would flow OUT of Herne Bay.

There was no mention of CIL money flowing out of Canterbury or Whitstable, and no mention of CIL money flowing IN to Herne Bay. So we were going to get screwed.

I decided to ask our beloved councillors what they thought. Only one of them answered. Cllr Peter Lee apparently has no idea how Herne Bay residents would feel about this, and will wait for the outcome of the consultation. Incredible. 


Councillors have
refused to back calls for cash raised from new housing estates planned for
Herne Bay to remain in the town.

At a meeting of the
town’s area members panel, made up of city and county councillors, campaigners
said contributions from developments included in the new local plan should be
spent on projects in Herne Bay. Local resident Ros McIntyre said:

“There are five
new estates planned for around Herne Bay but money from them is earmarked for a
crossing at Sturry and a relief road at Herne. Why has improvement money been
channelled from Herne Bay to Canterbury and why is there no provision for a
bridge at Blacksole?”

Phil Rose, from the
Friends of the Downs, asked councillors to raise their hands if they were
against the scheme to divert the money to other projects, adding:

“Money that
could and should remain in Herne Bay is already being earmarked for projects
out of our town.”

But West Bay
councillor Peter Lee said it was too early to have a view. He said:

“We haven’t had
any consultation yet and we don’t know what people’s views are. I am sure there
are plenty of people who use that road who will be all for it.”

Panel chairman
Gillian Reuby said the money would not all be spent on the road schemes – some
was for affordable housing and education contributions. She added:

“The infrastructure
isn’t at Canterbury, it is at Herne for a relief road and Sturry, the route
most people from Herne Bay will use to go to Canterbury.”

HB Times 30th May
2013

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