The reaction on social media to the upcoming vote on the Local Plan has mostly been of one of strong opposition to the plan as it currently exists.
The local plan has been described as deeply flawed. Chris Wells faces a rebellion from UKIP councillors which threatens to topple his leadership and possibly UKIP control of the council.
Local plan so flawed anyone voting it through on whatever terms promised will be doing Thanet no favours …
— Linda James #FBPE (@Linja) January 18, 2018
Crucial vote on Thanets local plan on Thursday. We have campaigned for 3 years to ensure that Thanet Council listens to it's community. The Local Plan in its current form has not done that. I would support any Councillors who would reject this Local Plan #thanet
— Birchington Local (@Birchlocalplan) January 16, 2018
The Thanet Draft Local Plan is flawed in so many ways. It must be rejected. So to all Thanet Councillors of whatever Party, do the right thing ,reject it.
— margaret sole (@mags180) January 18, 2018
Manston, a bone of contention
The biggest bone of contention is the removal of aviation only use from the airport. Many enthusiastic UKIP councillors joined the party in defence of the airport. As such, this policy shift has been contentious.
"The issue has divided councillors who are due to vote on the Local Plan with many, including those in the UKIP administration, said to be considering rejecting it because of the axing of the aviation only status for the airport site."
— Isle of Thanet News (@IsleThanetNews) January 17, 2018
Thanet Local Plan is unsound on many counts and needs to be examined by an independent inspector … TDC want to rush decision on the LP through to avoid the formal process of Government intervention that has already commenced ..
— Fanny Fokker (@FannyFokker) January 16, 2018
Very little support
I have been able to find almost no support expressed for the Local Plan. It is deeply unpopular.
We need the local plan! Forget the airport and vote for Thanet and not for Manston!
— James Eaton (@James_eatonuk) January 18, 2018
One thing is for sure. The vote will determine far more than just the local plan. It may also determine the future leadership of the council.
Thursday's vote will reveal if UKIP-led #Thanet District Council has done enough to receive supporting votes for the draft Local Plan from all 56 elected councillors.
— David Parsons (@da_parsons) January 16, 2018