- The November Newsletter is out
- Listen to Picture the Creek on Radio Kent
- Picture the Creek Exhibition in the Purifier 15/16 Nov
- Saturday was a fun day for the Trust
- Local Artists showing in the Purifier this weekend
- Remember Songs of Sailing and the Sea – Sat 1st Nov
- Where the Trust stands with the Plan now
- Songs of Sailing and the Sea – Sat 1st Nov
- Local Artists showing in the Purifier
- ORDNANCE WHARF AND THE CREEK NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
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Every morning this week, some participants to the Picture the Creek project will be talking to Julia George on BBC Radio Kent.
Julia George will interview each participant about a picture they submitted to the project, the story behind it, their own connections with Faversham Creek, why they decided to get involved with the exhibition, etc.
MONDAY at 10:30: Debbie Lawther & Josephine Harvatt
TUESDAY at 11:30: Jim Reid & Annick Martin
WEDNESDAY at 10:30: Anna Maria Bales & Lyn Powell
THURSDAY at 10:30: Ineke Beufels & Simon Reynolds
FRIDAY at 10:30: Anna Jameson & Mary Ransom
They will also put a copy of the pictures on so listeners can go online to see it:
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First we had a lunch to celebrate Sixers recent award, at which all the volunteers who have slaved on restoring the Purifier over the last thirty months, came to share. It is also recognised the other activities that Six has organised on behalf of the Trust. Many thanks Six.
Then in the evening we had the concert organised by Tony Cartwright as a fundraiser for the Trust; our sincerest thanks go to him and the musicians, shanty singers Swinging the Lead and our own nautical singer, songwriter Helen North. What a great evening that everyone enjoyed.
Dear Members and Friends,
CREEK NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – WHERE WE STAND NOW
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,