The Wildlife on the Creek by Bob Gomes Tomorrow 22nd July

Do Not Miss the Last Talk of the Summer

On Tuesday 22nd July, Tomorrow,

Bob Gomes will give the talk on the

Wildlife of the Creek

In the Fleur de Lys Hall, Gatefield Lane.

Usual format, Talk at 2.30 and Tea and cakes after, donations kindly accepted towards the costs of the hall etc.

 

Nautical Festival brings out the sun and the smiles

A few snaps of another glorious weekend, even with a little cooling rain.  Was it the sailors or the landlubbers who ran for cover…

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PICTURE THE CREEK

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2014 Faversham Nautical Festival July 12-13

Fav Nautical Fest 2014

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Faversham Creek & its Heritage 10th July

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The Draft Plan, the Alternative Plan, and the Town Council

Various options for the Swan Quay, Coach Depot and Oil Depot sites together with alternative strategies were recently excluded from the consultation draft of the Neighbourhood Plan. However an undertaking was given (both at a Steering Group meeting and a Faversham Town Council meeting) that alternative proposals would be sought as part of the consultation process.

The Brents Community Association and this Trust felt it was difficult for people to make informed and meaningful responses without knowing what the alternatives were, and the reasoning behind them. We also wanted to consult our membership (as we are required to do by the Steering Group’s Terms of Reference) before putting forward our own responses to the consultation.

We therefore decided to mount an exhibition for our members and for the public. It set out a different strategy together with alternative options alongside those in the draft Plan. BMM Weston joined us to consult on the company’s plans for redevelopment of its sites and regeneration of the Creek basin.

Throughout, we encouraged the public to engage with the Town Council’s consultation and complete the Questionnaire, partly through flyers that gave links to the Council’s website and details of the Council’s events.

With the help of an independent expert we developed a questionnaire survey which people were invited to complete before leaving our exhibition (copy attached). An online version is also available. As of 28th June, 840 people had attended the various exhibition sessions and just over half (450) had completed the survey.

Our survey analysis, to be carried out in accordance with independent professional advice, will not be completed until after the final exhibition session on 28 June; however the interim findings show some striking trends. In particular, the large majority (86%) of respondents favoured a regeneration strategy based on business, boats and community facilities, compared with under 2% in favour of a strategy focused on housing and footpaths. The remainder were uncertain or suggested various combinations.

This reflects previous consultations in 2012 and 2013, when the majority of people were clear that they did not want a plan for the Creek that prioritised waterfront housing.

What remains is for the Town Council to decide whether to reinstate our two organisations into the Steering Group, along with our evidence based mission to ensure that these findings are reflected in the Neighbourhood Plan, or whether to continue to reject alternatives to the current Draft Plan.

R. Telford

 

HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE QUESTIONNAIRE

THE DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE MUST BE COMPLETED BY MONDAY 30TH.

PLEASE PLEASE COMPLETE THIS, OR AS MUCH OF IT AS YOU CAN. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THE SUPPORTING INFORMATION SUCH AS THE EVIDENCE BASE.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THERE IS A GOOD RESPONSE TO THIS CONSULTATION AS THE LEVEL OF RESPONSE WILL BE TAKEN AS AN INDICATION OF INTEREST IN THE PLAN.

ALL THE INFORMATION AND THE QUESTIONNAIRE CAN BE FOUND HERE,

http://favershamcreekneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/consultation/