Press Release: Lodge Hill Decision – Disgraceful Hypocrisy by Medway Council

Medway Green Party has accused Medway Council of hypocrisy in passing plans for housebuilding at Lodge Hill  and called on local people to contact the Secretary of State.

Medway Green Party members have expressed extreme disappointment in Medway Council’s decision to approve the plans for 5000 houses at Lodge Hill. The party is also highly critical of the conflict between this decision and previous arguments made in Medway Council’s campaign against an airport in the Hoo penisular.

Trish Marchant, parliamentary candidate for Gillingham and Rainham comments:

“Only last week, Medway Council Leader, Rodney Chambers, was celebrating the Council’s anti-airport campaign for stopping (in his own words) “mass destruction of habitat and wildlife that could never be replaced”.  How is this any different? The hypocrisy of Medway Council is disgraceful!”

The Lodge Hill site has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as it supports the UK’s largest nightingale population which could be destroyed if the development goes ahead.  Campaigners claim that overruling the SSSI would set a dangerous precedent for many other SSSI’s in the country.

Medway Green Party is urging local people to continue their support for the nightingales by contacting the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, who has overall responsibility for housing.

Clive Gregory, parliamentary candidate for Rochester and Strood says:

“So much for Medway Council putting local democracy first; these plans were opposed by the overwhelming majority of those consulted, a factor which Medway Council completely disregarded. There is still a chance to stop this unique site being destroyed, however, if we contact Eric Pickles, Secretary of State, who has the power to overrule this decision. Please ask Eric Pickles to call in this disastrous plan”.

RSPB are heading a campaign to contact the Secretary of State regarding the Lodge Hill decision, called “Ask Eric Pickles to Step In”.  This is available on the following website address: http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/381776-Lodge-Hill

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