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Representatives from the Green Party, Independent Group, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Swale Independents met last week to sign an historic agreement to form a five-way coalition to collectively run Swale Borough Council.
The Conservatives have lost control of Swale Borough Council after losing half of their councillors including former council leader Andrew Bowles in what can only be described as a ‘Bloodbath’ for the local Conservative party.
More trouble for the local Conservatives as prospective candidate Lee Burgess who is standing in Woodstock is suspended from the Conservative party.
In today’s Sittingbourne News Extra the local Conservative party have claimed, that in order to meet government housing targets, the council is supporting the development of a garden community between Bapchild and Kent Science Park.
Fellow conservative Cllr James Hunt certainly believes so, stating in an open letter on his thoughts about the garden communities’ proposals that “I am not at this stage able to rule out specific sites and if the council did there could be legal challenges.”
Each year Sittingbourne in Bloom invites Sittingbourne primary schools to submit designs for the summer bedding to be planted in the bed in the central reservation of St. Michael’s Road near the East Street roundabout.
A couple who’ve spent the last 25 years tirelessly raising money for Kent Air Ambulance have won in the Outstanding Achievement category at the Volunteer Swale Awards.
Residents firmly reject councils garden town proposals and an overwhelming majority favour Faversham as the preferred location for future housing development. However, planners are recommending that councillors ignore the views of the local community and agree to carry on regardless.
Local young people’s dreams of having a purpose-built space to skate are almost a reality, as contractors begin work on a new multi-use skatepark in Sittingbourne.
Cllr Andrew Bowles leader of Swale Borough Council has been suspended from the Conservative party after he controversially retweeted a post supporting far-right activist Tommy Robinson.