Thank you to everybody who voted in the poll on Haine Road traffic, 74% wanting traffic calming. Following on from my last post tonight at a full meeting of Thanet Council residents presented their petition calling for traffic calming. Peter Smith the residents spokesman gave a superb exposition of all the problems residents have faced. Brilliantly about 25 people had come along to support Peter. Fitting in history, facts and hopes for the future he literally finished spot on 3 minutes as the bell went to mark that his time was up. As he walked back from the front he rightly got a massive round of applause.
I popped out to have a brief meeting with everybody present from Haine Road. I was able to advise them that Thanet Council is considering changing its planning vision to allow 400-600 houses to be built between Old Haine Road and New Haine Road as part of a plan to turn Westwood Cross into a small town in itself. The land which is mostly agricultural and rural and character at present is zoned to be light industrial.
I was at a briefing meeting earlier this week where officers were unable to fully explain their plans in detail. As we ran out of time we have scheduled a new meeting for councillors to be briefed. The plan then, is for Thanet Council in the autumn to go out for months of consultation with the community. That's good and how it should be. Plans being shared, councillors as elected representatives briefed and then time for local people to take a view on the proposals put forward. I'll be returning to this subject in the future.
UPDATE 24.7.09 For details of Council Leader Sandy Ezekiel's latest attempt to ride roughshod over rules and to ignore democratic procedures click here and here.