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On Saturday morning, 20th April, a small group of Creek Trust members were out in the sunshine with litter pickers gathering up the rubbish around the edge of the Creek Basin and along Front Brents.
A total of 20 bags were filled with assorted bottles, drink cans and other rubbish. Other items recovered included half a settee, one wellington boot, the front part of a bike, a motorcycle tyre, a 10 foot long clothes line pole and a large piece of corrugated iron roofing. The most exciting find in the mud was the illustrated map of Crab Island, which has been missing, from its stand by the footpath for some time. Members of the Creek Trust will clean the sign and then reinstate it for the benefit of all users of the Saxon Shore Way.
At Thursday’s planning meeting, a decision was deferred until councillors had conducted a visit to Standard Quay. See this film for reactions after the meeting, with thanks to Richard Fleury;
Anybody can attend and those who submitted comments will have received notice from Swale. However, to be effective, it is important that a limited number of informed representatives with prepared statements need to take the lead. It is also equally important to try to ensure that as many councillors as possible attend, especially those who are not from Faversham.
So, an email to all the Planning Committee members saying it’s important to make the effort to go and see the Quay, and visualise it, not just as it is now but how it was until two years ago, and can be again. Give a link to the The Quay film, and ask them to look at it, and at this website. Email addresses:
We regret to announce that our plans for a fund-raising production of Henry V have had to be postponed for the time being.
We were not able to secure funding at this stage to cover costs of hall hire, so it would not have been a viable project.
Anyone interested please contact the Director, Caroline Lamoon, on email@example.com and we will be in touch with you when we have firm dates.
Swale Council planners will decide the fate of Standard Quay on Thursday 11 April (7pm, Council Chamber).
The Planning Officer is recommending that the application for a Restaurant, Art Gallery and Function Room in the No1 Black Shed should be approved!
If plans for a restaurant (+97 parking places) are accepted, we will lose any chance to ever reinstate the historic boatyard at the Quay.
Only one person is allowed to speak, but public support at the meeting would be much appreciated, and if you have not yet written to Swale with your views, please do so now.
The ref no is SW/12/1523 AJS Case 01675
and emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can view the actual plans on www.ukplanning.com/swale
Standard Quay has been used for traditional maritime activities for centuries – not only loading and unloading vessels – but barge-building and repair, shipwrighting, rigging, sail-making, engineering, block-making, maintenance and training. All this ended very recently when the whole site was acquired by a property developer. And all this will be lost – on our watch.
Putting a restaurant and car-park into the historic maritime buildings will blight the whole site as far as barge maintenance is concerned.
Please do what you can to help preserve Faversham’s remarkable maritime heritage – by writing now.
Highway Improvements in Your Area
Brent Swing Bridge No.1277, Bridge Road, Faversham ~ Bridge Maintenance ~ Update
What are we planning to do?
We are carrying out maintenance repairs to the Brent Swing Bridge, deck supports (bearings), at the North/Brents end of the structure. These are a continuation of the works from just before Christmas.
Where will the works take place?
The bridge carries Bridge Road over Faversham Creek and is located 60m north of its junction with Conduit Street/North Lane.
Why do we want to do this work?
Inspections have identified a need for local repairs to the bearings to ensure the continued use of the bridge by traffic.
How will we carry out the work and how will it affect you?
Inspections and repairs for these works are being carried out from scaffolding underneath the bridge. A temporary small compound and storage area is located on the verge, immediately north of the bridge. The bridge is expected to remain open to pedestrians and traffic throughout.
Please respect our workers space and safety by driving carefully and slowly through any roadworks. Feedback from our workers shows that too many drivers go too fast through roadworks. Everyone is entitled to a safe workplace. Our men and women work next to moving traffic and risk injury every day.
When will the work start and how long will it take?
Erection of the scaffolding began on 26 March and it is anticipated that the work will be completed within 4 weeks.
How to contact us?
Kent County Council Highways 24 hour helpline – 08458 247 800 Project Ref: Brent Swing Bridge1277
WARNING – Beware Bogus Callers
Kent Highway Services do not allow works to be carried out on private properties. If anyone says they are working for Kent Highway Services or our specialist contractors and offer to carry out any work for cash they should be treated with caution and you are advised to contact Kent County Council Trading Standards on 0845 345 0210, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Westwell Leacon Railway Bridge No. 850
Please keep this in a safe place so you can refer to it if you need to contact us
whilst the works are being done – call us on 08458 247 800
Explore how Faversham grew at the head of a creek. Discover how the creek water helped industries to flourish. Find out how local boats, beer, bricks and gunpowder built Britain
The first item was the re-election of the committee and a new member standing as a replacement for our Chris Wright, who stood down due to his appointment as our new Chairman. His replacement is Bob Telford.
Jeremy Lamb reported on the work of the Consortium and its future priorities, and Anne Salmon reported on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan, which should result in a public consultation exhibition of the draft Plan this summer. The timetable for the referendum has been put back until 2014, to allow for the further public consultation.
Bob Berk gave a short talk on the history of the Creek Dredging, and a description of his and Eric Green’s homebuilt water injection [agitation] dredger.
Brian Caffarey gave a resume of the Creekside Path Project.
After a few questions, the meeting was peremptorily closed at 8.30pm.