Question one from
Given that Canterbury City Council is planning
to build some 11,000 houses on the Eastern, Southern and Western
flanks of the City, why is there still no comprehensive plan to
deal with the resultant traffic and pollution on the ring road?
Response by the
The joint Kent County Council and Canterbury
City Council Transport Strategy (2017) set out the approach to
dealing with the predicted additional demand to travel and proposed
measures and targets to mitigate this.
The Air Quality Action Plan (2018) set out
measures and targets to deal with matters in regard to air
As the Highway Authority, the responsibility
for tackling traffic congestion and the resultant air pollution
rested with Kent County Council but Canterbury City Council used
its influence wherever possible as well as providing direct
investment to help in a number of areas.
Examples of the sustainable transport
initiatives and projects that the council was currently delivering
were given as follows:
Operating and subsidising over two thousand Park & Ride spaces
with plans to expand at Wincheap
Investment in ANPR technology in our car parks that will provide
real time data to reduce driver time searching for spaces
Helping to progress road infrastructure schemes which will relieve
ring road congestion such as the Wincheap off-slip and an eastern by-pass
Investment in new cycle routes such as the Canterbury riverside
link between Asda and Vauxhall Avenue and extension to the Crab
& Winkle Way in Whitstable
Investment in pedestrian areas in the city such as Best Lane/Friars
and St Georges Street
Establishment of a Sustainable Transport Forum to help develop
future transport ideas
Part of a Quality Bus Partnership, contributing an annual
investment in new bus shelters
A ‘Park & Pedal’ initiative that allows people to
park for free at Wincheap Park and Ride
(and in the near future at Sturry Park
and Ride) and cycle to work
Installation of a first phase of electric vehicle charge points (9
double on-street and 3 off-street) using green energy from
Vantenfall’s off-shore wind
Plans to introduce a car club and cycle hire scheme
Question two from
“At Full Council on 14/2/19 you spoke
against the Labour Group proposal to fund an Affordable Homes Team
tasked with finding sites to build Council homes on. You stated
that such a team in effect already exists and that there are a
number of plans in the pipeline to build Council homes in the
District but that you were unable to provide specific details of
10 weeks on from that meeting can you please
specify in detail to this Full Council the sites that have been
identified since the beginning of this calendar year, the number of
council homes to be built and the projected commencement and
completion dates of those building programmes?”
Response by the
Initially, the quickest and easiest way to get
more council homes was to buy former
council properties on the open market. It required minimal
resources and could start immediately. In the three years from
2015/2016 to 2017/18, we brought 47 properties for just under
In the short term the council was undertaking
to do the following –
Complete remodelling of Parham Road.
Implement planning permissions that we already have for the former
site of the Sturry Road Social Club (10
bungalows) and 64 Warwick Road (8 flats).
Implement the findings of an LGA-funded study by consultants for 19
plots, which should produce 52 flats and houses at an estimated
cost of £8.3 million by undertaking more detailed financial
viability studies and applications for planning permission.
Delivery was expected in 2012-22.
In the medium term (5-15 year) the council was
seeking to buy groups of properties designed to our specifications
from developers on Local Plan sites, which would also encourage
developers to bring sites forward.
In the long term (10 to 15 years onward) the
council would seek to regenerate obsolete or unpopular HRA assets,
increasing density and introducing market tenures to
cross-subsidise council homes. These projects would be complex,
requiring considerable consultation and community engagement.
Buying properties sold under ‘right to buy’, either by
agreement or compulsory purchase would have to be factored into the
financial viability modelling.
question by Councillor Warley
How many potential homes had been since the
start of the year?
Response by the
Sites for around 300 potential homes had been
identified since January 2019.