Fracking debate tonight

CPRE Kent members will be attending the Fracking debate at Canterbury Christ Church University tonight November 19th).

Vice President Richard Knox-Johnston and Environment Group Chair Graham Warren will take part. Gerwyn Williams, chairman of Coastal Oil and Gas, and Nick Riley, a geologist and director of the consultancy Carboniferous Ltd, will speak in favour of fracking with five against.


Annual General Meeting – this Friday

21 November 2014, lunch 12.30pm, AGM 2.00pm, Lenham Community Centre, Groom Way, Lenham ME17 2QT.

Following the AGM business the Keynote Speaker will be Su Sayer (National Chair of CPRE)
followed by a panel discussion on development in Kent villages.

To view the agenda click here

The full accounts, the annual report and further information on nominees are available on request from the Branch Office.

To view a calendar of outings planned for 2015 click here.

Your Built Heritage

CPRE Kent is encouraging everyone in the county to take more notice of the quality and history of the buildings where they live. More than 30 people representing heritage and amenity associations from across Kent attended a workshop today (Thursday 13 November) to find out about getting involved in drawing up Local Lists.

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There are more listed buildings in Kent than in any other county, but there are many thousands more which are worth protecting from demolition or unsympathetic conversion.  At best, they might enjoy the protection of a conservation area, but most do not and their value may not even be recognised by the community.

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Gatwick Protest Meeting

22 November 2014, 2pm, Apple Tree Centre, Ifield Avenue, Crawley. RH11 0AF

CPRE Kent will be joining colleagues from CPRE Sussex and CPRE Surrey at a Gatwick Protest Meeting. This will be followed by a formal meeting of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign from 4pm.

Gatwick protest meeting flyer

We should be focusing on making the best use of the runway capacity we’ve got, and more environment-friendly transport strategies, not carving up the south east for more runways. We believe we should maximise the use of cross-Channel routes to France and ensure that flights are not crossing to the near continent half empty.

The Government should set Air Passenger Duty on planes, rather than individuals, as an incentive to airlines to only operate those services that are full. Better allocation of runway slots would provide all the additional passenger capacity needed and avoid untold damage to the countryside, including further loss of the little tranquility that remains in the South East of England.

Airport Expansion consultation opens

We should be focusing on making the best use of the runway capacity we’ve got, and more environment-friendly transport strategies, not carving up the south east for more runways. We believe we should maximise the use of cross-Channel routes to France and ensure that flights are not crossing to the near continent half empty.

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The Government should set Air Passenger Duty on planes, rather than individuals, as an incentive to airlines to only operate those services that are full. Better allocation of runway slots would provide all the additional passenger capacity needed and avoid untold damage to the countryside, including further loss of the little tranquility that remains in the South eaGatwick protest meeting flyerst of England.

We will be participating in a
public meeting at Gatwick on
November 22nd.

 


Civic Voice Convention

CPRE Kent took part in the Civic Voice Convention in Canterbury last weekend (24-25 October 2014).

Canterbury District Chairman Barrie Gore meets Gryff Rhys-Jones

Canterbury District Chairman Barrie Gore meets Gryff Rhys-Jones

The event was opened by Gryff Rhys-Jones, who visited the CPRE Kent stand and met members.

CPRE Kent Chairman Christine Drury said: “We were delighted to meet like-minded delegates from all over the country who share our passion for place and communities and would like to thank the Canterbury Society and Civic Voice for organising this brilliant occasion. It was also an opportunity to talk about the challenges to the context and setting of Canterbury that would arise if the emerging local plan is not improved.”

 

Have your say on Paramount Park

CPRE Kent is people to take part in the London Paramount consultations that run from 5th November until the 15th November at locations in Dartford, Greenhithe, Gravesend, Grays, Maidstone, Northfleet, and Swanscombe.

We broadly support the project for a major entertainment resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula, but want measures put in place to ensure it does not damage the local community.

For more details  click here.