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Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson have Yalding garden city scheme all wrong, says council leader

20 January 2014
by Alan Smith

Yalding no garden city required

Yalding: no garden city required

Residents in Yalding can rest easy.

They are not about to have a new garden city plonked on their doorstep.

The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian have been running a series of articles featuring a spat between Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson over alleged secret Government plans to create two garden cities in the South East.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has also waded into the row, but denied any knowledge of such a scheme.

The Telegraph has speculated that the two proposed cities are “most likely” to be Yalding and Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire.

Council leader Chris Garland

Council leader Chris Garland

But development plans are drawn up by the local planning authorities and not by the Government.

Council Leader Cllr Chris Garland (Con), said: “Maidstone Borough Council has not approached the Government.

"The borough council has never considered, and, as far as I am concerned, will never consider, a garden city at Yalding.”

The news will come as a victory for common sense for Yalding residents still drying out from recent floods.


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