Where the Trust stands with the Plan now

Dear Members and Friends,


Thank you to all who came to the Town Council Meeting on Monday 13th last week. You’ll know that our councillors voted to approve the Creek Neighbourhood Plan with some final amendments. So is the new Plan is better than the old one? Briefly:

1. The Plan now acknowledges the central role of the Creek, something we have always advocated; in principle at least, all planning applications must have regard for the function of the Creek as a working waterway.

2. Criteria for planning permission are now based on the size and shape of the buildings as well as the land use, and in particular, the views between neighbouring buildings must conform to an overall framework. This is intended to rule out a continuous façade along the waterfront and give better protection against schemes that would harm the creekside landscape.

But we are concerned that the principles are not reflected in the policies for individual sites such as Standard Quay, Swan Quay and Ordnance Wharf. At Ordnance Wharf, the criteria require that any proposal takes into account the scale and use of the Purifier building: the two sites shouldn’t be regarded independently. But the Plan still allows housing, which we believe is damaging to the Purifier project and the development of the basin generally as a marine hub and recreational resource.

What happens now? Swale Borough Council will undertake a final stage of consultation over the next six weeks before submitting the Plan to the government inspectorate. We shall continue to press for changes, for example, (a) no housing on Ordnance Wharf and (b) better protection for Swan Quay and Standard Quay. We call on the Borough Councillors to have the courage of their convictions and deliver what we all want to see by strengthening the site policies accordingly. If they support the residents, we will support them in return.

You can help by writing to the Leader, Cllr Andrew Bowles, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT.  To be considered as a response to the consultation, all correspondence should be sent within the six week consultation period, from the 7th November till 19th December.

Our colleagues in the Creek Trust and the Brents Community Association have worked hard on the Plan and I want to offer special thanks to three people who for many months have stood in the firing line and under a great deal of pressure defended the Creek and the interests of local residents. They are Sue Akhurst, Brenda Chester, and Hilary Whelan.

With best wishes,

Chris Wright


Songs of Sailing and the Sea – Sat 1st Nov


Local Artists showing in the Purifier


Faversham Creek Trust is really delighted to host a show by ‘Diversi’, a group of local artists, as part of the East Kent Artists Open Studios 2014.

The Trust’s Purifier Building at Morrisons on the creekside will be open each Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5pm for all three weekends starting 18/19 October through till 1/2 November.

The artists are Susanna Rosti Rossini, Siobhan Timoney and Kim Barnicott from Faversham, Pat Wilson Smith from Canterbury, and Laurie Harpum and Deborah Pugh from Sheppey. All the works will be for sale.

Griselda Mussett from the Trust said ‘It’s great seeing the Purifier Building being used by the community like this and we hope lots of people will call in to see the show.’





Many of you will know that at the meeting last Tuesday, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group signed off the final draft of the Creek Neighbourhood Plan. It is better than the original but there are some flaws, the most crucial being that residential development on Ordnance Wharf is still permitted.

Ordnance Wharf stands at the focal point of the Creek Basin where the centre of the marine hub will be when the bridge opens. A residential element would contribute little to the housing shortage and would severely hamper the Purifier project. The Council’s consultant appears to believe that housing, a community centre, and shipbuilding can all be accommodated on one small site, and seems not to recognise that a designation that permits housing will raise the commercial value of the land to a level that effectively prices out all other uses.

So as it stands, the Plan puts much of the work carried out by volunteers on the project, together with the contributions of well-wishers throughout the Town, at risk. Would it not be better if the Council supported their efforts? What would it cost them to amend the designation for one site?

The Mayor has called an Extraordinary Meeting of the Town Council to approve the Plan. It will take place at 7 pm on Monday 13 October at the Queen Elizabeth grammar School. I know we all have other things to do, but this time the whole Town Council will be involved, and they can’t be wholly insensitive to the implications of what is being proposed.

The meeting will also consider the question of an opening bridge, which could unlock the potential of the Basin and increase the flow of private investment into the project. We don’t know what the Mayor is going to propose and it could be vital.

It is important that as many people as possible attend this meeting, to ensure that the Town Council understand that the issues are important to a broad cross-section of the residents of Faversham, regardless of their particular views.

Chris Wright  –  Chairman Faversham Creek Trust

Extraordinary Town Council Mtg at QE Monday 13th 7pm

This meeting is an Extraordinary meeting of the Faversham Town Council, at

the QE School, not the Guildhall

To consider the minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group meetings held on 25 September and 7 October and its recommendations for the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan (minutes of 25 September attached; draft Plan and minutes of 7 October to follow).

To consider the future of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

To consider the Creek Bridge.

The revised Draft Plan is on the previous post.

Tuesday’s Neighbourhood Plan Public Meeting at QE School

The venue for the NP meeting is now at the QE School.

The following revised documents are available for review, and will be discussed at that meeting.

7 October 2014 Agenda





English Heritage Award for the Purifier



Always good for volunteers to be recognised

for what they have achieved

Angel Heritage