Sunday, 24 January 2010

GREENS CHALLENGE THE 'BLUE BLIGHT' OF THE CONSERVATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD

Kent Green Party has been challenged by two Conservative MPs in West Kent over its opposition to the widening of the A21, a road project involving the removal of valuable farmland and ancient woodland. Kent Green Party responds with an investigation showing Conservative commitments to damage Kent’s environment in every part of the County. Steve Dawe explains:

“Conservative MPs Greg Clark and Sir John Stanley have criticised the Green Party for wanting to protect Kent’s environment from the widening of the A21(1). This is not an isolated case of Conservatives defending attacks on the environment. This is happening in every district in Kent:

ASHFORD: promotion of a lorry park on a greenfield site at Aldington;
CANTERBURY: council has just refused to sign up to the 10/10 campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
DARTFORD: council supports another road crossing of the Thames, with serious implications for traffic in Dartford and Gravesham;
DOVER: council supports Port expansion and massive housing expansion which will add to serious air pollution in the Dover area;
GRAVESHAM: see Dartford;
MAIDSTONE: council supports housing expansion of the town on to greenfield sites, well above local demand for housing;
MEDWAY: council proposed to wreck an area of woodland at the Paddock for a new bus station, but has been forced to modify proposals after strong public objections;
SHEPWAY: council is seeking a Dungeness C nuclear power station, despite the extreme long term costs of nuclear waste, high labour costs and long lead times for new build;
SEVENOAKS: council has been slow to respond to public concern about heavy goods vehicle movements through the town;
SWALE: council supports extension of Kent Science Park on to greenfield land;
THANET: council supports further expansion of Manston airport and the huge China Gateway warehousing project;
TONBRIDGE AND MALLING: council has prevented progress on pedestrianisation of the High Street for decades, despite obvious congestion and air pollution.
TUNBRIDGE WELLS: council favours Park and Ride, despite evidence from Canterbury that such schemes create new areas of traffic congestion and air pollution.” ends

FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, on 01732 355185 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Published and promoted for Kent Green Party by H.Dawe at 27, Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF

Notes:
1. See West Kent edition, Kent on Sunday 24th January 2010; Kent Green Party press release on A21 at www.kentgreenparty.org and Kent Green Party submission on A21 on the same site, under Publications.

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