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CANTERBURY CITY COUNCIL CHIEF GUILTY OF DOUBLE STANDARDS OVER NEED FOR HOMES

22 October 2018

PRESS RELEASE

 

In a week where Council chief Simon Cook blasted the MOD for failing to let the Council occupy vacant homes, he has frittered away over £130,000 and risks £thousands more on a power struggle with the Secretary of State.

 

 

Chris Crook, on behalf of Hollamby Estates said:

 

“The Council agreed at public inquiry that homes should be built at Lower Herne Village. The Secretary of State decided weeks ago to approve the application for 800 homes (including nearly 260 ‘affordable’ properties – many for social rent), but Canterbury City Council has, at the last minute tried to block or at best delay the new homes.”

 

“We have agreed to hand over land for the new relief road – at no cost – to contribute over £9m to local infrastructure and, as agreed with Kent County Council – provide a new primary school. Why the Council are gambling more public money trying to hold this up – while complaining about 30 MOD homes is outrageous.”

 

ENDS

 

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Andy Martin: andy.martin@marengocomms.com        07812 019 630