To answer any questions from Councillors under
Rule 10 of the Council Procedure Rules.
(Note: There is a time limit of one minute for
asking a question and three minutes for its answer, with
supplementary questions being allowed, with a total of 30 minutes
for all questions).
The following questions had been received at
the time of agenda publication.
Question 1 from Councillor Sole
“An increasing numbers of lorries are
parking up overnight in unofficial lay-bys and roadsides. They are
damaging the roads and verges, blocking rights of way and leaving
Please may I have an update on the proposals
with Swale Borough Council for the construction of a lorry park
that would provide much needed facilities for drivers and aid
enforcement so that local residents might know how much longer they
will have put up with this?”
Question 2 from Councillor Sole
“At the last Council meeting on 18 July
I asked the leader of the council what the City Council was doing
to help find a new home for Canterbury City Football Club that was
in a sustainable location and not in an Area of Outstanding Natural
I was happy to take at face value his
response, and I quote, “I have met with the chairman of the
football club and we have talked about their plans and aspirations.
There is much commercial and sensitive information that I cannot
bring forward now but he confirmed that he is happy with the
discussions that he has had.”
In early August, a press release was issued,
by the City Council, quoting the football club chairman as saying
“we are grateful for the Council’s support as we
continue to work with Quinn Estates on a revised planning proposal
for Highland Court.”
I want to see a thriving and successful
football club in the city, but in the right location. A council
that has now committed to take action on a climate emergency by
reducing CO2 emissions, should be seeking to locate the club in an
area where it is easily accessible from the main population centre,
reducing private vehicle journeys, and not on a farm in the middle
of the countryside.
I subsequently questioned Cllr Thomas, who
incidentally was the only councillor not to vote against the
previous planning application to bring the club to Highland Court
in Bekesbourne, on whether the city council, in light of this press
release, was still looking at alternative locations.
He replied, “The question that will get
asked is why are we doing all this work now to find another
solution when they have a potential solution. Especially on the
backdrop of EKH, bins, £5m savings target etc”
Councillor Thomas also commented that
“Sport and leisure is a permitted activity in the AONB and
that it is the football clubs first choice for their
Not only is it the club’s first choice,
but after years of inaction by the council it is their only choice,
but that doesn’t make it the right ...
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