Author Archives: Faversham Creek Trust

TS Royalist to visit Queenborough Tuesday 11 April

TS Royalist to visit Queenborough

The famous tall ship, TS Royalist, will be coming to Queenborough Harbour on Tuesday 11 April at approximately 4.00pm. This will be their second visit. Well worth coming to have a look.

The new sail training vessel entered service with The Marine Society and Sea Cadets in 2015.

Sea Cadets Open Day at TS Hazard Saturday 15th April

The Creek Trust is very pleased to support the Sea Cadets Open Day on Sat 15 April. 

Visit them at the TS Hazard on the Town Quay, or go aboard SB Repertor on her moorings at Faversham Reach, and also at the Purifier Building in Morrisons car park.

Learn about what the Sea Cadets do for young people; how they give opportunities to learn to sail in dinghies and in fully rigged ships like the TS Royalist above. They learn to canoe and windsurf, to rock climb, mountain biking and more. Above all to meet others and have fun in teams often travelling to interesting new places.

You are also most welcome to see what they get up to by visiting our Purifier Building in Morrisons Car Park (open from 10-4) where Ottar, see below, the Anglo-Saxon boat will be on display.

The more people come along and get involved in these activities, especially young people, the more we will see the revival of the Creek as an active place – so do come, bring your friends, it will be a lot of fun, for landlubbers and mariners alike, of all ages!

Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan, this Trust’s View

The Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan goes to referendum on 4th May, after the Judicial Review in January dismissed objections lodged by a riparian [creekside] owner. The revised Plan now rules out housing on Swan Quay.

Like all democratic processes, the result is a compromise; however we believe the Plan offers the best hope for controlling development of Creekside land, and paves the way for restoration of the whole creek as a destination waterway.

We would encourage local residents to vote YES to accept it.

This would also satisfy Swale Borough Council’s main condition for releasing £200,000 towards the Swing Bridge. According to KCC’s plans, the bridge will be installed over next winter, to be complete by Spring 2018. We thank Cabinet Member Mark Dance and the rest of the team for the work they have put in driving this pivotal project forward.

The Plan may be read in full here;

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Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Thursday May 4th

If you want to read the Plan Document it is here;

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Volunteers needed for the SB Cambria Saturday 8th April

Please help the Cambria Trust to clear the decks of the iconic sailing barge Cambria next weekend

Saturday the 8th of April from 10.00 am..

We are preparing for the 2017 sailing season and really need all the help we can get! It’s a fun day out and you’ll really enjoy it. I can pick you up from ROCHESTER station..just a short train journey from London. Come along and help us keep the Cambria sailing. I promise…you’ll get a sail! With ME!! LOL.

Message me or Dave Brooks on FB.  

See you Saturday.

http://www.cambriatrust.org.uk

Grand Garden Sale in Memory of Hilary Whelan and Chris Berry

Hilary was a special friend of this Trust. She sadly died within a year of her husband Chris Berry, so we are very pleased to help this sale of their things at Creek House. Please do come along so that the house can be cleared in a way that we can all have something to remind us of her.

Development plans submitted for the old Oil Depot

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This view does not show their true scale but these houses are a full 4 storeys high. You can just see the existing adjacent block to the right which is 3 storey. There is a provision for pontoon moorings in front of the right hand block that is set back.

However, there does not appear to be continuity of the walkway from the adjacent property, as specified in the Neighbourhood Plan, to allow continuous public access along the waterfront, potentially creating the same unhappy and contentious situation as exists on the opposite bank along the front of Faversham Reach and Waterside.

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The Neighbourhood Plan, soon to go to referendum, does provide for development on this site, but it is a shame that the developer has resorted to cramming in as many units as possible, which, when added to the existing and planned adjacent developments, exacerbates the crowding in of the Creek, continuing to treat it as a Street. As usual, it is all about maximising the returns for the developer with little concern for the sustainable future of the Creek which the Neighbourhood Plan is supposed to protect.

This plan should be viewed in the context of the developer’s original vision for the adjacent development of Standard Quay.

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You can see the original plans for the development of Standard Quay here;

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Had a plan been prepared for the combined sites, both in the same ownership, it may have been possible to create a more relaxed, integrated and attractive development, truly adding value to their waterside location rather than simply exploiting it. Adding rows of pseudo warehouse style blocks, which never existed this way on the creekside, in the first place, and failing to acknowledge the presence, style and scale of the Black Sheds, and ancient buildings behind, for instance, is a missed opportunity to create an environment with real architectural merit.

The planning application with all the details can be viewed here;

16/508709/FULL | Erection of 10no. dwellings with associated parking and landscaping. | Former Oil Depot Abbey Wharf Standard Quay Faversham Kent ME13 7BS.