Concerned residents at meeting over Finglesham Fields

Residents concerned about a proposed new development known as Finglesham Fields attended a meeting with me this week. Campaigners are fighting plans for 3,750 homes along with schools, shops, restaurants, a doctors' surgery and a new Dover to Deal dual carriageway. Residents turned up in force on Thursday (May 23) at his constituency office at The Strand, Walmer.

I listened carefully to what they had to say. They were clear that brownfield sites like the old Tilmanstone Salads and the Betteshanger Colliery sites should be built on first and that our green fields should be protected. I will be taking this up with the developer and the council.

Everyone knows I believe we should build on brownfield first. That we should be steadfast in protecting the environment and slow to bulldoze green fields.I have long been concerned about the death trap Dover to Deal road – which is far too congested and dangerous. There is a strong case for a new road to the North End of Deal. Yet I do not believe that means we need to bulldoze green fields.

The project, still in its infancy, has been presented to Dover District Council's forward planning department. It will be examined by DDC to determine if it is suitable for inclusion in the Local Plan, which will be decided in the autumn.