Monday, 28 July 2014

28 July 2014: Fracking in Kent will meet with stiff opposition from the Greens

Kent Greens have reacted with dismay at today's news that more fracking licences are to be granted. Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party has called for energy security to be met by renewables and has vowed to step up opposition to any fracking in Kent. The Green Party is the only party opposed to fracking.

Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party: "The Government is charging headlong into environmental disaster. The evidence from fracking sites across the globe demonstrates just how bad this technology is and to claim that it will be different in the UK is frankly ridiculous.

"The government has acknowledged that fracking won't reduce our fuel bills and if we want energy security then we need to be tapping into the huge amount of renewable potential that this country has.

"This summer, global temperatures are breaking records once again. Climate change is the greatest threat to mankind so we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground where they belong rather than increasing extraction.

"We will be watching closely where the licences are to be granted and stepping up our opposition to any fracking here in Kent."

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Notes: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28513036

Sunday, 6 July 2014

7th July 2014: KCC support removal of Maidstone's only cycle lane across the River Medway as supermaket plan is passed

Maidstone Greens have slammed the decision by the Planning Inspector to allow a new supermarket on St Peters Street in Maidstone and have strongly criticised KCC for supporting the removal of the only cycle lane across the river. The Planning Inspector has upheld the appeal for the supermarket which will see a 54% increase in traffic in the area as well as significant loss of pavements used by school children and the loss of the cycle lane.

In allowing the supermarket to go ahead, the Planning Inspector stated that KCC gave "no highways or transportation objection to the application" to the supermarket plan on St Peters Street.

Stuart Jeffery: "I was shocked to learn that KCC did not object to turning the only cycle path across the River Medway in Maidstone into yet another lane for cars to use. Cyclist have a tough time in Maidstone already but we will soon be unable to cycle from one side of the town to the other without using an extremely busy and dangerous road.

"I also cannot understand how KCC did not object to plan which will increase traffic by 54% in a known area of congestion, that would see the removal of the only cycle lane across the river and that would see the pavement which is used by thousands of children to access to the local schools cut in half."

"Either KCC failed to understand the implications of the plan or they failed to assess the plan properly. In a short time cyclists, wheelchair users and pedestrians will be severely disadvantaged in Maidstone."