- The Newsletter August 2014
- Visiting Yachts at Town Quay
- The Wildlife on the Creek by Bob Gomes Tomorrow 22nd July
- Nautical Festival brings out the sun and the smiles
- PICTURE THE CREEK
- 2014 Faversham Nautical Festival July 12-13
- Faversham Creek & its Heritage 10th July
- The Draft Plan, the Alternative Plan, and the Town Council
- HAVE YOU COMPLETED THE QUESTIONNAIRE
- Next Tuesdays Talk – Dr Pat Reid, Archaeologist
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Several large yachts have found their way up to Faversham Town Quay recently. Given that Faversham is one of the best kept secrets in the boating world, imagine what it could be like if the Port of Faversham was promoted as a destination by water.
A few snaps of another glorious weekend, even with a little cooling rain. Was it the sailors or the landlubbers who ran for cover…
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,
We must point out that a claim made in a report in the Faversham News (12 June), about the removal of the Brents Community Association and the Faversham Creek Trust from the Neighbourhood Plan steering group, is misleading.
The report says that Nigel Kay, who chairs the steering group, wanted a meeting with the chairmen of both groups, Christopher Wright and Angela Simmons, but that Professor Wright refused. This implies that he was unwilling to discuss the matter. In fact what Professor Wright wanted was an open discussion there and then, with an explanation of the grounds for excluding the groups, rather than a closed meeting on some future date.
Mr Kay refused to allow further discussion at the steering group meeting, and proposed a private meeting, but not until the end of the month (since he said it would require the presence of the Town Clerk, Jackie Westlake, who is on holiday).
The BCA and the Creek Trust felt that the matter could not be left on hold, so Professor Wright invited Mr Kay to meet informally with himself and Mrs Simmons at an earlier date. After several exchanges of emails, Mr Kay notified Professor Wright that he and Councillor John Coulter would be available for a meeting at the Mayor’s Parlour at 8pm on 10 June, and the meeting accordingly took place.
The Town Council’s Creek Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has prepared a draft Plan for Faversham Creek. Residents are now being asked to comment on the contents. We are invited to fill in a questionnaire, and the responses will determine the fate of all the key sites along the waterfront. At present the Plan is essentially to allow the building of houses at all the key sites which up to now have been classified as industrial.
We don’t believe this qualifies as ‘regeneration’. Waterfront housing is luxury housing that does not meet local needs, and it doesn’t take many houses to make other uses impossible. The Plan needs a clearer vision about what the Creek is for: there are alternatives that we believe are more productive, and which build on the Town’s maritime heritage to enhance local skills, training for young shipwrights, industry, employment, tourism, leisure and recreation.
You can find out more at our exhibition in the Alexander Centre tomorrow Saturday (31 May) and also at the Purifier Building every Saturday morning in June.
Whether people agree or disagree, we believe that it is vital that everyone has their say. It will determine the future of the area and once decided, there will be no going back. If you have access to the internet you can fill in the questionnaire on-line at http://www.favershamcreekneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/consultation/ as well as review the Plan and the Evidence Base.
Otherwise you can get a paper copy at (a) the West Faversham Community Centre between 4 and 8 pm on Friday 30 May (b) the Steering Group’s Exhibition in the Assembly Room, Preston Street between 1.30 and 5.30 pm on Saturday 7 June, and (c) at other events advertised in the leaflet recently distributed by the Town Council, or from the Town Clerk at the Alexander Centre.
The questionnaire is 18 pages long, but don’t despair.. Apart from filling in your name and address at the beginning, you might like to focus on
Question 2: Do you support the Plan as drafted?
Question 3, which is about the ‘balance between commercial and residential’ (note there is no reference to amenity or leisure and you may want to comment on this)
Question 4, which is about the need for an opening bridge
Questions 15 to 24, which are about the specific sites, the core of the Plan.
You should also take the opportunity to visit the Drop-In events and Exhibition organised by the Town Council, at various sites around the town over the next few weeks, at which you will be able to talk to members of the Steering Group.
The deadline for submission of completed questionnaires is 30 June, so there is plenty of time to look at the proposals and think about your responses. Do please come to see us if you are concerned about any of these issues, or need more details. You can also contact us through this website.
This post is published on behalf of the Brents Community Association & the Faversham Creek Trust
A revised set of Articles of Association and a new set of By-Laws were adopted by the Board of Trustee/Directors on the 18th March. The revisions to the Articles are minor and technical.
The new By-Laws formally establish the different classes of membership of the Trust, the duration of membership and the determination of membership fees.
These may be viewed under MORE PAGES.
SIX at the HCA Awards……
with thanks to Michael Maloney.
The Neighbourhood Plan steering group will consider the first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan at a meeting on TUESDAY 25 MARCH, at 7:00pm in the Guildhall.
When completed, this will be the “pre-submission” draft, which is scheduled to go out to public consultation in the early summer.
The document which the steering group will be reviewing is in two sections, which can be seen on the Neighbourhood Plan website: general policies and individual sites. (The finished version will have photographs and maps which are not yet available, and there will be a second document containing background information for reference.)
The red/green colours in the document indicate where alternative options have been proposed, or text which might or might not be included. It will be for the steering group to decide whether a choice of options will be included in the draft that goes out to consultation.
A Talk by Dr Paul Wilkinson on the archaeology of the Creek
Tuesday 25 March 2.30 – 4.30
Fleur Hall, behind Faversham Society in Gatefield Lane
Tea and cake too!
Also learn more about the Creek and its future, and give us your ideas?