Section: Kent

Everything with a Kent-based theme

New Constituency Proposed for Kent

Charlotte Lebon

This new constituency of Weald Central … includes several of the wards from the east of Tunbridge Wells, and more from the west of Ashford. Ashford also loses some north western wards to Maidstone, but gains two large rural wards in the North Downs area. The largest town in the proposed new constituency is Tenterden (pop 8,000) larger than Cranbrook (pop 7,000). Personally, from childhood affection for this part of the Weald, I think the proposed new constituency makes sense.


GUSTON Inland Border Facility July News

Charlotte Mbali

Natalie Elphicke MP, our DDC leader and our KCC leader, have released a press statement dated 2 July regarding the Inland Border Facility on the White Cliffs. This promotes a Win-Win for Dover, stating that they have achieved the necessity for two key border sites at Dover. The press release omits the information that DEFRA has withdrawn from our site, and that only a quarter of the area will now actually be used. The DfT has spent millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money purchasing this vast piece of agricultural land in Guston and they now find themselves needing to do so again.


Independent and sustainable: Moving from Town to Village

Jane Sheridan
View of North Downs

As I write, I’m sitting at my desk in the other bedroom, twin to the first, watching a pair of buzzards cartwheeling in the sky. The North Downs are gentle hills, the ridges defined often by trees, the valleys a place for lazy cows chewing the cud. It is peaceful, never dull, always changing.

No Trams in Kent – How Long Must We Go On Waiting?

Nicholas Kerr
Modern Tram

While urban areas across the country have been reintroducing tramways, as well as other forms of light rail, Kent has shown little sign of interest. But not none! For my idle grazing among the pages of the World Wide Web revealed two separate and unrelated schemes for tram systems in the county.

Untreated Wastewater At Margate

Rob Yates

On Sunday 27 June following heavy rainfall, Southern Water’s Beach Buoy website recorded a discharge from the Margate waste water pumping station. This according to Southern Water was a “Combined Sewer outfall (CSO) release through the sea outfalls which is commonplace after a rain event”. Southern Water has a permit to release screened waste (removing solids) mixed with large amounts of water during a CSO and this is released either 600 m or 2 km out to sea.

Twin Town: From Margate to Les Mureaux

Karen Askew

A trip across the Channel to France seemed amazing. I had seen tantalising glimpses of France from Dover on a clear day. Why wouldn’t you want to go and visit your nearest neighbours?