Ashford’s minority Labour group have joined in the criticism of the authority’s role in the Wye Park plan. Labour say that, like the Lib-Dems, they think the public weren’t informed early enough, and go on to add, ‘Understanding the confidentiality required, we are not happy that all the activity documented (in the Concordat) was taking place over such a long period without bringing all 43 ABC councillors into their confidence at a much earlier date than they did.’
Cllr Mick Hubert, leader of the Labour group, says that a Labour majority on the council would lead to ‘a positive approach seeking local and borough wide support through consultation’. But the project belongs in the regional development plan, he believes.
‘Bearing in mind the plan remains in draft form and that there is a lot more detail to be added and perhaps taken away, with discussions to be had followed by public consultation, we are of the opinion that it needs to remain in the blue print for the South East.’
Cllr Hubert: ‘Unjustified delay’
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Cllr Hubert’s letter to this website is printed in full here.
This is the considered response of the ABC Labour Group of councillors to questions on the Wye Concordat project contained in the e-mail you sent a couple of weeks ago.
- We only heard about the Concordat project for Wye at the same time as the rest of the public and feel we were not informed early enough.
- We are not happy with the full content of the KCC statement and in our view it seems unjustified in keeping the issue out of the public domain for so long.
- Bearing in mind the plan remains in draft form and that there is a lot more detail to be added and perhaps taken away, with discussions to be had followed by public consultation, we are of the opinion that it needs to remain in the blue print for the South East. If ratification is concluded by SEERA, the people of Wye and elsewhere will have the opportunity to influence the plan during the consultation process.
- If Labour were leading the administration there would obviously be a larger number of us with more views to form a policy towards the Wye Concordat but, we feel sure it would follow a positive approach seeking local and borough wide support through consultation and if agreed, ensuring it brought a balance of jobs and prosperity to both the village and Ashford.
Clearly there is a lot more work to be done covering practical detail including achieving a clearer understanding of the knock on effect it will have on the current community in the village of Wye and balance it against the effect on the community in the rest of Ashford.
Cllr Mick Hubert
Leader of the ABC Labour Group