West Kent Green Party (1) is standing Dr Hazel Dawe in the Tunbridge Wells East by election. Dr Dawe was Green Party Candidate for Tunbridge Wells in the last General Election. She is Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party and a frequent contributor to local radio, TV and newspapers. Hazel Dawe says:
“Currently, the number of empty homes in the Tunbridge Wells area stands at about 1383. This is an absolutely extraordinary figure. It means that the issue of empty homes has been neglected by the Council for far too long. In making a submission to the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council consultation on empty homes (2), I drew attention to the need to make use of other empty properties for housing: long-term empty shops and offices, derelict buildings and sites in industrial estates. I would also like to see progressive re-zoning of all out of town retail park vacant sites for housing instead.
“In addition, Parish councils should be actively encouraged to identify empty properties and sites to meet rural housing demand; Housing Associations should be invited to consider empty properties as opportunities to help the Council meet the demand for social housing in the Borough.
“No one wants, and residents should not be obliged to accept, new home building on greenfield sites when large amounts of empty properties and sites are available within the Borough(3).”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Dr Hazel Dawe, Campaigns Officer of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or 079444 71083. Contact address as above. See Hazel’s blog at http://hazeldawe.blogspot.co.uk/
See also West Kent Green Party news and views at www.westkent.greenparty.org Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Monthly free ezine KENT GREEN NEWS available for subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
1. 1. One of Kent Green Party’s 10 branches.
2. 2. http://www2.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/pdf/Empty%20Homes%20Policy%202012-2017%20consultation%20draft.pdf
3. Kent Green Party is very critical about the concerted policies of Kent County Council and the district councils in Kent concerning housing. See our submission on this topic Review of Kent Housing Group Report: at http://www.kentgreenparty.org/publications.php