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Nick slams MP over Planning hypocrisy

June 16, 2014
Controversial building at Ecclesbourne Glen, which has been opposed by nearly 400 people

Controversial building at Ecclesbourne Glen, which has been opposed by nearly 400 people

Nick Perry, the Liberal Democrat candidate for MP in Hastings & Rye has criticised Amber Rudd’s recently launched 2020 Vision for planning and the environment.

Mrs Rudd had spoken in favour of linking the Country Park with Combe Valley, and criticised the local planning department for recent gaffes.

Mr Perry said, ‘I am pleased that Amber seems to have had a ‘Road to Damascus’ experience, and is now willing to champion our local environment and sustainable transport.

‘We have disagreed about environmental issues in the past, most notably about the controversial Link Road, however her recent comments are, in my opinion, nothing short of breathtaking hypocrisy.

‘Let’s not forget that Amber and her Conservative councillor colleagues have totally failed to protect the hoped-for Greenway linear park through our town centre.

‘Whilst the local paper has been hailing the Station Plaza student accommodation plan as an unmitigated boon, Labour and Tory councillors have agreed a planning application which will grossly disfigure the Greenway that we all hoped for. The Greenway could have been a wonderful cornerstone for the sustainable transport plan that Amber has now started to talk about.

‘I am afraid that due to her short-sighted approach to issues such as the Greenway, Amber’s 2020 Vision can only now be delivered by laser treatment.’

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