Otterpool Park Update: £53 million Spent To Provide Monk His Own Private Fishing Lake & Development Is In The Wrong Location
Monk gets his own private fishing lake. The Council have spent £51 million so far, and not a single house has been built. And a transport report concludes Otterpool is being built in the wrong location.
Cllr David Drury Monk (pictured), Leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council is using the small lake at the centre of the Folkestone racecourse to do a spot of fishing, and allowing his mates to tag along. Afterwards they withdraw to Westenhanger Castle for a beer or two after a hard day on the lake.
As we understand, the general public do NOT have the right to use the lake at present, so Cllr Monk is using his privilege of being leader of the Council to allow himself and his friends the right to fish the lake.
Members of the team have witnessed the building of a pontoon which will be placed on the lake to allow better access for fishing. We wonder who might be paying for this?
Surely, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander? The public ought to have the right of access to fish the lake (pictured above) too. The council could easily set up via it’s website a way to purchase a day license to fish the lake.
Moving on, the racecourse is currently undergoing archaeological excavation with many trenches currently open, but nothing of importance has been found yet.
I’ll be up there with my rods tomorrow
Much has been put on upgrading Westenhanger to an HS1 station. The logical view would be that this would enable workers either to commute out, or, less likely as the employment doesn’t exist, to commute in. It raises the further question that, if a high speed link to London exists, what companies are sensibly going to invest in Otterpool Park, either as employers, retailers or as providers of leisure and entertainment facilities? This would seem to threaten not only the Council view of Otterpool Park, but also their vision of Folkestone as an events town, as they set out in their Strategic Plan. It would seem that the much vaunted High Street will not be dissimilar to Hythe, i.e. Barbers, Charity Shops and Coffee shops, with perhaps Nail Bars and Vape Shops in addition.
To be fair. There are few opportunities to build locally which are close to transport and employment. The fact that the high speed link is nearby is a bonus
Risborough, Park Farm, Gas Works sites – sufficient for local needs and close to exciting HS service. Otterpool Park is not to meet local needs but to bring people in from elsewhere, that is what the Council Strategic Plan sets out.
Good to see some proper journalism for local people.
It’s a real shame media companies such as KM Group (now owned by Illife) don’t actually cover this sort of thing…..but then I guess they’re in hock to the corporate money that keeps them alive. Sad really.
Just get someone with a high powered lens to get a photo of the greedy councillor and his chums fishing and get it out in the papers .
Let the masses see what he is up to