THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR HIGH TIDES TODAY AND TOMORROW –
Gale force winds and large waves are expected on the whole of the east coast of England later on Thursday 5 December and through Friday 6 December, when spring tide levels will still be high. Where these combine with a large positive surge, significant coastal flooding, such as flooding of properties and parts of communities, could result.
A large positive surge is expected at locations on the east coast of Kent on both early Friday morning and Friday afternoon high tides.
Medway Internal Drainage Board says: “A high tide plus winds of up to 60mph at roughly02:17 and 14:45 on Friday could mean that seawalls might be overtopped through the Medway valley (Halling, Wouldham, Cuxton), the entire south side of the Isle of Sheppey, the south side of the Swale in particular Sittingbourne Creek and Faversham Creek through to Whitstable/Seasalter. Oare marshes was also mentioned.
The worst case for Friday’s tide could be only 100mm less than the 1953 flood level.”
The Thames Barrier may be closed to protect the Thames, in which case the effect on the some parts of the North Kent Coast may be compounded.
Regeneration Plan for Faversham Creek Basin
Since 2011 the Faversham Creek Trust has been working towards a regeneration plan that focuses on the upper part of Faversham Creek above the Brents Swing Bridge. The plan was first submitted to the Local Plan forum of the Creek Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group in November 2012. What appears here is a brief overview, revised for submission to the Faversham Town Council in November 2013.
We believe there is a unique opportunity for change in the centre of this historic town with significant economic and social benefits for residents and visitors alike. Our plan is based on the creation of a viable maritime economic facility, with workshops, moorings and a training school to serve the existing fleet of traditional vessels in the Thames Estuary.
The plan will be a team effort, with combined effort from several stakeholders including a charitable trust, a community association, identified private investors, and local and regional authorities.
The key elements
1. The regeneration of Ordnance Wharf as a single-storey marine workshop with office and community centre with access from Flood Lane, in conformity with the current local plan, the existing conservation area, and the plan now under preparation by the Brents Community Association. A potential purchaser has been confirmed subject to Ordnance Wharf not being re- zoned for housing. Implementation mid-2015.
2. The existing restored Purifier Building to be a training centre for students and apprentices to be run in conjunction with the Ordnance Wharf workshop. The five year plan envisages 18 students with an eventual capacity for 36 students per year. Implementation late 2015. There are also two specialist workshop units and a room for community activities.
3. The restoration of the BMM Weston Creek frontage outside the existing car park with the co- operation of the owner, on a long lease in exchange for the restoration cost. The resulting wharf (with back filling of the slipped frontage from the waterside) will provide moorings for up to ten sailing barges and smacks and a green amenity space along the current footpath. A private company will meet the cost of the operation to commence when the KCC has replaced the current swing bridge.
4. The replacement of the existing swing bridge by a new, opening bridge – by Kent County Council as a collaborative project in partnership with the Borough Council and the Town Council.
5. The repair or replacement of the sluice gates by Medway Ports and their subsequent management and dredging by the Faversham Creek Trust under licence by the authority.
The Lifting Bridge opening at High Tide for an awaiting barge, with another waiting to come out.
These objectives are in line with feedback received from the May 2012 Creek Neighbourhood Plan exhibition and the June 2013 exhibition, and also with feedback from the Urban Initiatives consultation in 2009. They conform to Neighbourhood Plan objectives 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 13, 15.
The benefits arising from the regeneration are:
- Economic: the generation of new business turnover in marine workshops, training school and mooring fees, with a total annual value of £425,000 excluding indirect benefits.
- Job creation: the plan will create at least 50 new jobs including students and apprentices, but excluding tourism spin-off related employment in the town.
- Social: the regeneration of the Creek basin would remove an eyesore from the centre of the town. It replaces a derelict and unsafe area adjoining a public footpath by a safe waterfront and public space with a view over barges and the town skyline. The repaired or replaced sluice gates would permit water retention in the basin and therefore a safe water area for community activities, sea scouts and sail training not normally available in a tidal creek.
- Heritage: the plan as a whole provides a significant location in the Purifier Building and Ordnance Wharf workshops for a living maritime heritage centre where schoolchildren and visitors to the town can see shipwrights at work and engage with Faversham’s history.
- Visitor numbers: the annual number of visitors to Faversham (15,000 in 2011) would rise by at least 25% as a consequence of a revitalised basin. The experience of Maldon with its smaller resident population but a fleet of ten Thames Barges and 30,000 visitors supports this contention.
We envisage that construction could begin in 2015, preceded by a planning application in 2014. The continued commitment of the KCC to a working bridge to the basin and confirmation of the existing zoning are key conditions to the success of the plan.
Board of Trustees, Faversham Creek Trust - 25 November 2013
Posted in Apprentices, Creek Basin Gates, Creek Bridge, Faversham Creek, Faversham Creek Basin, Faversham Creek Economy, Faversham Creek Trust, Faversham Town Council, Gates Sluices, Neighbourhood Plan, Ordnance Wharf, Purifier Building, Shipwrights, Thames Barges
Application Ref; SW/13/1243/[1244 for listed building consent]
Change of use from office to wine bar on ground floor and staff accommodation on first floor….
This is the start of conversion of these historic buildings into residential accommodation.
The opportunity to comment closes tomorrow Thursday 7th 5pm.
Details may be seen on; http://www.ukplanning.com/swale – you should be able to comment here but if not then Email;
email@example.com Ref; SW/13/1243AJS Case 01675
We need a few volunteers to help develop the Faversham Creek Business Potential report which the Trust has decided to undertake. This is seen as an important but missing piece of the evidence necessary for the Neighbourhood Plan.
You may have had some prior experience in gathering and analysing information, or in writing reports, and should feel confident that you can contribute to a team effort; you also need to have enough time available to do research; collecting and collating data, for instance. Previous business and/or marine experience is valuable but not essential. Local knowledge of and contacts with businesses would be useful.
This important and urgent project is being headed up by Ian Ludlow. If you think that you can contribute in any way then please contact Ian at; firstname.lastname@example.org
There is much debate going around at present, about the state of the Neighbourhood Plan, some of it constructive, and some less so.
To be clear, this Trust’s position is as it has always been; that is to be a part of the process, now as a member of the Steering Group, to work to ensure the best possible outcome for the Creek, the people of the Town, and for the Trust’s particular interest in the Basin.
We will reproduce other people’s published considered views, and resulting comments, where we believe that they add value to debate, on the understanding that they should not necessarily be taken as reflecting the Trusts views, especially as to detail or criticism of the process or the organisations associated with it. Personal views are always acknowledged with the name of the correspondent. In future, the Trust’s views in editorials will be signed by the Editor.
This Trust will continue to work towards the regeneration of the Creek Basin for Employment purposes even when that declared interest results in it being excluded from discussion in the Steering Group. That is standard procedure in the formal council environment. You would expect a landowner to also be excluded on certain issues, were they on the Steering Group, which has been considered.
We look forward to the reconvened Town Council meeting next Monday, when the Land Uses for Sites and Streetscape Requirements proposals will be discussed; we appreciate and intend to take full advantage of the additional public question time given by the Mayor for this one item. Until then we ask that members of this Trust, and others, take a considered position and do nothing to alienate our friends and encourage our detractors.
The re-convened Town Council meeting to discuss the Land Uses recommendations by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is set as below.
The Alexander Centre will accommodate 250 people; this is your opportunity, again, to show your interest in this issue.
You will notice that the Mayor will allow 30 minutes for registered electors to put questions to the council, before the meeting begins.
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