Waste of tax­pay­ers’ money

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

HOLD­ING a poll is a waste of tax­pay­ers’ money, ac­cord­ing to the boss of Lydd Air­port. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Za­her Deir has crit­i­cised mem­bers of Lydd Air­port Ac­tion Group (LAAG) for or­ches­trat­ing the ref­er­en­dum. He said: “If th­ese peo­ple have their way the lo­cal coun­cils for Lydd and New Rom­ney will be forced to foot the cost of hold­ing th­ese polls. Th­ese au­thor­i­ties have not bud­geted for th­ese ref­er­en­dums so will they be forced to cut their spend­ing in other ar­eas, caus­ing in­con­ve­nience and even suf­fer­ing for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.” Mr Deir be­lieves that KCC and Shep­way coun­cil car­ried out suf­fi­cient pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion be­fore they de­vel­oped their struc­ture plans. He added: “Would KCC and SDC have in­cluded Lydd in their de­vel­op­ment plans if they thought that lo­cal com­mu­nity life would be ru­ined? “Both KCC and Shep­way have spent a lot of tax­pay­ers’ money on th­ese de­tailed plans. They wouldn’t waste their time, money and ef­fort on all this re­search if they had not taken all the is­sues into ac­count.” The air­port boss said that to be rep­re­sen­ta­tive, polls would also have to be held in all other parts of Shep­way, in­clud­ing Hythe and Folkestone, and he added: “We be­lieve that this ploy is an abuse of lo­cal democ­racy.”

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