August 2016

Easing Their Departure.

August 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Many staff either employed by Shepway District Council (SDC) or let go have received payments to ease their departure from previous jobs or for leaving SDC. According to the 2015/16 accounts and an Freedom of Information request, former Head of Housing, Land and Property Bob Porter (below) [Click to Read More]

Immigration, Housing and Xenophobia.

August 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

For some people, it’s Pavlovian: mention the housing crisis, and on they drone about how “Britain is full”; rents are high because asylum seekers are all given 6 -bedroom £1.85 million Georgian piles in Sandgate and elsewhere after being smuggled through Calais. But it is possible to [Click to Read More]

Some Home Truths

August 21, 2016 // 5 Comments

There are not enough houses in Shepway. Regardless of what anyone says. One can argue that 12,000 should not be built at Otterpool Park, but it is impossible to say that we do not need new housing stock, or vacant properties bought back into use. The 2011 census informs us 108,000 people live in [Click to Read More]

Tapped Up By Affinity Water.

August 11, 2016 // 2 Comments

If you’re living in Shepway you’ll have seen your water bills steadily rise since the supply was privatised in 1989. The companies you’ve been paying to have changed, but the bills have kept going up. The latest company to benefit from this is Affinity Water, which took over towards the end [Click to Read More]

Where there’s Muck, there’s Brass.

August 7, 2016 // 2 Comments

Shirley Jackson (not her real name) steps out from her ground floor flat and lets rip: problems with overflowing bins and seagulls, the lack of parking, development ruining the district, the non-explanation for replacing her boiler from the council. Our Public face then asks her about her view [Click to Read More]