Queenborough Harbour Marina Reinstated after Consultation

After a public consultation and 70 Objections to the complete removal of the original Marina plan in favour of more houses, SBC reconsidered and reinstated an option for a Marina;

  • 􏱊  the majority of respondents wanted the adoption of the Alternative Marina Creek Plan by Messers Orpin, MacDonald and Bell; and
  • 􏱊  in the light of this, it is proposed that the Masterplan Addendum is altered to show the area to the south of the Creek as safeguarded for future Creekside leisure, commercial and open space uses. This leaves open the possibility of the Alternative Marina Creek Plan being implemented once the promoters gain funding for their scheme

Just shows what can be achieved by pushing back…

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MSBA Spring Conference Sat 7th March

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“Kingfisher” Launched Today

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The 14 foot traditionally made 2 man punt “Kingfisher” was launched on Stonebridge pond today . She will be used by volunteers for collecting weed and rubbish from the waterways of the old gunpowder works.

She was built by local, long term unemployed people as part of a course run by The Creek Learning Project in partnership with the Brents Community Association to help local unemployed people gain the confidence to get into work or volunteering. The programme was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and under the expert guidance of Alan Thorne of The Purifier Yacht and Dinghy Co. the participants learnt team and boat building skills.

Constructed at the Purifier Building, the punt was made specifically to donate to The Friends and some course members have shown an interest in volunteering to use her.

Project Manager Brenda Chester said “Everyone enjoyed six weeks of training, advice and support”.

Fern Alder, Chair of The Friends of Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond, said “ I would like to say a big thank you, on behalf of the whole group, for the truly beautiful and very useful punt that has been made for us to use when we are clearing Stonebridge Pond.

We are thrilled to have had such wonderful support from staff and students of The Creek Learning Project who have all worked so hard with Alan Thorne in the Purifier building to create our new punt. “

Sixer’s Birthday

Reproduced from the Comment, what a wonderful tribute…

A tribute to Brian “Sixer” Boorman, long time member and supporter of the Faversham Creek Trust, seaman, sailor aboard “Eye of the Wind” and many other vessels, spanning a lifetime of 70 years. In celebration of his 70th birthday on February 21st, here’s to you Sixer . . . . .

With an eye to the wind, strong hand on the wheel, for many a mile
Sixer would steal the ocean before him on ships big and small,
in vessels with squares, gaff or Marconi, Sixer was always there
for it all.

He has many tales of seagoing adventure on the miles he has
traveled on oceans frothing with foam, and for decades to come
this old salt will continue, with a twinkle of eye, his humor and wit,
sailing all kinds of vessels, no matter the weather, for he’s a true
seaman, to be envied by all.

So on this day of his birth, the 21st of February, a native of
the good city of Faversham, Kent, we salute this proud man of
many endeavours, come fair or foul weather, at sea or on land.

May the wind at your back bring you miles of fair travel,
wherever you roam on the oceans of blue, and may the
fair winds of good fortune always smile upon you, guiding
you safely o’er the miles that you roam.

With everlasting devotion and admiration, from your good friends,
David D. Murray and Diana Hui-kuan Tsai, Orange County, California, USA

Do you remember the Eye of the Wind

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The Trust and friends have invited a group of people who have memories of the fitting out of the Eye of the Wind, in Faversham in 1973 for an evening of reminiscence about the Eye of the Wind: The Faversham Years, on Saturday February 21st.

The evening will consist of  a three part film showing;  The History of Eye of the Wind,  The Restoration in Faversham, the Departure from Faversham 
 Party and the Beginning of the Voyage to Australia

David Beavan, skipper for the Leila Trust 
 will talk about the the Continuing Relevance of Tall Ships in the modern world – they are just starting a project to take 400 people from Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth to sea, possibly leading to apprenticeships or training for the offshore windfarms. An inspiring role for a Tall Ships Trust. They have also offered a berth to an unemployed or otherwise disadvantaged person from Faversham. Watch this space!

The invitations for this event were limited by the capacity of the Fleur Hall, but the hope is to use the evening to start to gather more information about relatively recent history in the Creek. The Eye of the Wind restoration was a big event which has not really been documented in Faversham’s records and the Trust would like to start to gather up more memories, not only of the Eye but of other events on the Creek.

If you have any memories, photos or other mementos of the time the Eye was here in the 1970s or of any other interesting restorations or other events in the last fifty years or so, please let us know. We are hoping to run another Eye of the Wind evening later in the year in a larger venue and hope to be able to run others along the same lines, sharing and recording living memories.

Westbrook Stream & Stonebridge Pond Litter Clear & Punt Launch this Sunday

Friends of the Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond, Faversham

The Westbrook Stream is a historic watercourse in the heart of Faversham. Like many rivers and streams it suffers from problems including litter, management issues and invasive species.

The Friends of the Westbrook have a vision to improve the stream and the paths that line it as an important green space for the community and biodiversity. To achieve this vision, we need your support. We are organising a:

Westbrook Stream & Stonebridge Pond Litter Clear & Punt Launch

Sunday, 22nd February, 11am – 1pm

If you can come along on the day, please:

- join us at 11am at the duck feeding area by Stonebridge Pond

- hear a short welcome, briefing and collect equipment

- see the launch of the new punt and take part in a litter pick and vegetation clear, either in or out of the stream/pond

Bring strong gloves (waterproof if possible ), wellington boots or waders and secateurs, rakes, loppers, nets , wheelbarrow etc if you have them. Please name any equipment you bring.

We look forward to seeing you! Thank you very much.

WE ARE SUPPORTED BY MEDWAY AND SWALE ESTUARY PARTNERSHIP, SWALE BOROUGH COUNCIL AND THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY.

Find us on Facebook at Friends of the Westbrook, Faversham

Our Response to the Swale Plan Consultation

Bearing Fruits – Faversham Creek Trust Representation PDF

Here are some extracted paragraphs….…….

As there is much in this Plan that was not included in the previous consultation version, we wish to make comments beyond the limitations specified for this stage of the consultation, and outside the strictures of the consultation portal.

The section of the plan which we are most concerned about is 6.8.8 and following, The Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan (FCNP). In its earlier consultation version in 2012, Bearing Fruits contained only a short reference to the then unwritten FCNP, and therefore this is the first opportunity to comment on this part of Bearing Fruits 2031.

We would like to remind you of the display box in Section 2, Taking a Journey Through Swale, entitled What’s in a Crest? Most of the nine points are relevant to Faversham, but two have a specific relevance to the importance of Faversham Creek:

Waves to signify ports, boat building and ancillary trades and, of course, The Swale.

Red lion/blue ship shows Faversham’s link to the Cinque Ports.

The FCNP seriously fails to address the importance of these specific points to the future of Faversham. 

Statement 7 – Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan Vision

The Plan as it stands cannot deliver this vision, as it does nothing for the regeneration of the town; it focuses almost entirely on housing, with very little said about developing business, maritime or tourism uses.

6.8.10 – This paragraph relates to flood risk. Paragraph 4.3.100 also comments on the “challenge of climate change, flooding and coastal change … Around the developed areas of Faversham Creek, a flexible response to the issue of flood risk will be necessary to enable regeneration to take place.”

Firstly, the Faversham Creek Trust is horrified by the phrase “flexible response to the issue of flood risk”………….

The FCNP does not comply with Policy NP1 in the following ways.

It does not comply with the first sentencepriority will be given to the regeneration of Faversham Creek by retaining maritime activities (including the retention and improvement of wharves and moorings, including for large craft)”. We fully support this policy, and would like to see much greater focus given to it within FCNP.

It does not specify thecomplementary redevelopment opportunities for workshops/ business uses”. Although some mention is made of these, there is nothing specific in it which enables the FCNP to comply with this sentence.

Policy 2 – it does notprovide for the restoration of and enhancement of the settings of listed and other important historic buildings”. In fact, it recommends the removal of at least one important historic building on Swan Quay, and the proposed density and size of development on this small site would do nothing to enhance the settings of the listed and important buildings on Swan Quay and Town Quay.

Policy 3 – It does little to protect open space and nature conservation interests…………..

Conclusion

The letter from English Heritage in response to the recent consultation on the FCNP makes clear the wide gulf between what could be done for the Creek area, and what the FCNP proposes should be done. This letter should alert SBC to the fact that very few statutory consultees responded to the earlier consultation stage of the FCNP, in May – June 2014. The reason given by English Heritage for their late response was that they had no record of receiving an invitation to respond to the previous consultation. It is quite possible that other statutory consultees also have no record of their invitation, perhaps because it was not sent to the appropriate person within the organisation. We believe that SBC should re-consult those organisations who have not responded, taking care to discover the correct person to approach.

In view of the responses which have been forthcoming for each stage of the consultation of the FCNP, and in particular the one from English Heritage, we feel there is a considerable risk that the FCNP will not be approved as it stands by the Independent Examiner. Even if it is passed to go to referendum, there is doubt whether it would pass a referendum.

In the event that the FCNP is not approved, what contingency plan does SBC have? Will Policy NP1 be used to determine planning applications, and what power will it provide SBC Planners to “retain maritime activities (including the retention and improvement of wharves and moorings, including for larger craft)”? Will the policy AAP2, which we understand is a “saved” policy, be relevant still? Will the policies outlined elsewhere in this plan be extended to cover the Creek area? There are many discrepancies between Policy NP1 and the FCNP as it now stands.

The Faversham Creek Trust would like to re-state that it supports Bearing Fruits 2031 in general, with the caveat that we endorse all the comments made by the Brents Community Association in their submission. However, we have grave concerns about the section of the Plan relating to the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan, which we regard as a seriously flawed document, which does not represent the wishes and views of a significant number of people in Faversham. Many of them took the time to attend our Exhibition “Making the Creek Work for Faversham”, which we ran concurrently with the Faversham Town Council statutory consultation in May and June 2014. Over 840 people attended and over 460 completed our questionnaire.

We believe that this part of the Bearing Fruits 2031 is, in many ways, an improvement on the FCNP as it appears to place greater importance on maritime activities, but it may be ineffective in implementation terms without the FCNP, and SBC Planners may find it difficult to deal with planning applications if the FCNP is not ratified.