Leisure Centre to go on The Green

Last night’s Hythe Town Council meeting decided 11- 4 that the leisure centre should go on The Green subject to some conditions proposed by Councillor Dearden including that it should be a 70 year lease for a peppercorn rent and that the rest of the open space on The Green be protected. The discussion about the planning application was deferred. Although we are relieved that the new facility won’t be built on PP, we do not regard this as a victory. It is totally unnecessary for Hythe to lose one of it’s open spaces like this when there is some free land at Nickoll’s Quarry which Shepway could use. And of course Shepway are still determined to submit a planning application to themselves for housing on PP so we must now prepare to fight that.