News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Six set for Executive Selection on Friday

Six candidates will be put forward for consideration by the Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Executive on Friday. All 6 have been drawn from the A List, their names can be found at Conservative Home. Chris Heaton-Harris has since been selected as the PPC for Daventry, so has been replaced on the list by the first reserve, who is also an A-Lister.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Beachborough Road

Following on from my campaign to improve the safety of the junction of Beachborough Road, Cheriton Road and Cherry Garden Avenue, featured in the Folkestone Herald, the Town Council has now backed my concerns unanamously. A further letter to Kent Highways, from the Planning Committee (which has delegated powers over transport issues) has been agreed upon. I await their response.

County Councillor Roland Tolputt has kindly offered to take up the issue with officers at County Hall. He continues to work tirelessly for the town, and is a credit to both the people who elected him and, of course, the Conservative Party who selected him!

Coolinge House

Two further applications for redevelopment at Coolinge House have been received this week. Folkestone Town Council will be discussing our response on Thursday. The proposals certainly represent an improvement, but are they good enough?

Restoration of Coolinge House:
Y06/0794/SH

11 new homes in the grounds of Coolinge House:
Y06/0795/SH

Selecting a new Michael Howard!

I suspect that we will never be able to find another Michael, as much as we would like too! However, the process of selecting his successor is continuing apace. I understand that there were 45 applicants for the candidacy, which has been whittled down to 20 by senior members of the Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Association. The list is said to include local councillor Susan Carey, and A Listers Julie Rook (Deal Councillor and purveyor of fine meats) and Priti Patel, amongst others.

Proposed Primary School Merger

Kent County Council is proposing to merge Morehall Primary School with Harcourt Primary School, on the site of Morehall Primary in Chart Road. At present, Harcourt is a single form entry school and Morehall is a 2 form entry school.

Parental protests are being led by the Governing Bodies of the two schools, with the support of Michael Howard, local Conservative MP. I too, along with other councillors, voiced some of my concerns at a recent public consultation meeting, and will be writing to confirm my objections. Folkestone Town Council will also be discussing the issue on 13th July.

It seems to make little sense to merge the schools, when the LEA's figures show that the Morehall buildings are not large enough to take the combined total of students. The propsal will require temporary mobile classrooms at the school, so demolishing the purpose-built Harcourt cannot be justified. These will supplement the existing temporary classrooms, which have been in place since 1976! In addition, Chart Road and Surrenden Road are unable to cope with the current traffic - more traffic is not an option.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Happy Tax Freedom Day!

Up until this point of the year, we have all been working to pay for Gordon Brown's over inflated public sector. Hundreds of Thousands of extra pen pushes, countless extra layers of bureaucracy in "Regional Assemblies" and such like. This year, Tax Freedom Day falls a full ten days later than it did under the last Conservative administration. In return we have a health service on its knees, police and immigration services which are "not fit for purpose" according the the Home Secretary, and an education system which can't even provide a final grade to university students.