Just in case you do not wish to wade through the whole 36 pages of the Conservative Manifesto to verify that the items which I have identified as Core Strategy policy are in fact contained in the Conservative manifesto. Here they all are:
188.8.131.52 Manston Airport
Your Conservative Council supports the expansion of Manston Airport subject to suitable environmental safeguards.
The TDC Scrutiny process will inform your Conservative Council’s Cabinet of areas to be included in a Night Flying Policy.
Infratil will be invited to resubmit a modified Night Flying Policy provided this can be supported by a robust economic justification for any change to current operating hours of 7am to 11pm. This will then go out to consultation with the public. That consultation will inform the Council’s decision regarding night flying.
The Conservative Group will propose a free (unwhipped) vote on the Policy, as we believe that public opinion should be paramount in this important issue when voted on by Members of the Council.
COMMENT: A vague description of airport expansion without mentioning 6 million passengers. The vote mentioned in the last sentence would benefit from more Independent Councillors.
184.108.40.206 Transport Links and Infrastructure
Securing commitment of sufficient funding to enable by 2014 the construction of Thanet
Parkway Station and a minimum reduction in rail journey time of two minutes.
COMMENT: A commitment to the station by 2014. Grant funding by KCC has already been applied for.
220.127.116.11 Marketing Thanet………………….
Thanet Thrives – supporting the establishment of more small and medium sized businesses, by making available the necessary land and facilitating the provision of modern efficient business units at realistic and affordable prices.
COMMENT: A vague reference which would allow the construction of China Gateway.
7500 NEW HOUSES
18.104.22.168.1 Providing housing opportunities and choice for the residents of Thanet
- Making sufficient land available through the development and planning process to meet the housing requirements for Thanet (6,000 homes between 2001-2016).
COMMENT: 6000 homes by 2016 becomes 7500 by 2026 in the Core Strategy.
So nothing NEW in the Conservative Manifesto then – All in “Shaping our Future” last year.