News round-up

Some stories from the local papers:

6 January: EXCITING NEW ERA FOR CREEK COULD BEGIN
Major improvements are planned for the creekside, including a concerted campaign to open up a walkway round the creek, especially the closed section opposite the Weston works. 1

21 May: COUNCILLOR DENIES MOVES TO KILL CREEK COMMERCE
Councillor Mike Henderson is accused of killing creekside business by giving the lead on planning approval for more new homes. But he says: ‘Most developments near the creek will be mixed with a housing element because a waterside environment is attractive to people.’ 2

23 July: QUAY GREETING FOR HISTORIC DELIVERY BY CREEK
As a barge arrives to a gala reception at Swan Quay, one of those involved says: “Developers and local councillors appear to see the creek as no more than a muddy stream of no use to the town.” 3

5 March: FLOOD WORRY MEANS TOP FIRM STAYS PUT
Talking about land behind Standard Quay and Iron Wharf, a local businessman says: “I think very little concern has been given to the natural flood plain … the area has flooded several times since [the major flood of 1953]. These floods are often the result of tidal surges which breach the sea defences. No work has been done to improve sea defences since these floods and, indeed, the situation may well have worsened by the relatively recent improvements in sea defences elsewhere, notably the Thames Barrier.” 4

5 March: COUNCIL’S ATTITUDE IS UNDEMOCRATIC
A letter to the editor comments on Swale Borough Council discussing matters in secret: “Public opinion is not the enemy of democracy – it is the reason for it. If a matter is felt unable to stand up to public scrutiny and debate, it should be clear to any democratically elected representative that it is their duty to ensure that it is not pursued under a veil of secrecy.” 5

9 April: CREEKSIDE HOUSING PLAN RUNS INTO OPPOSITION
A planning consultant highlights the benefits of proposed housing development on the creekside, including “a public promenade beside the creek with some public parking. With access to the creekside, this would be an enhancing feature of the Saxon shoreway walk. The proposals would bring about many long-standing aims of the planning authority for regeneration and improvement of the creekside area.” 6

9 April: JOIN FIGHT TO SAVE CREEK FROM HOMES
A campaigner complains about Swale planning sub-committee, saying it seems to have accepted without question a report that is not in the public domain, which claims there is a clear demand for live-and-work accommodation in the town, and welcoming it as an enhancement of the creekside conservation area. 7

13 January: QUAY IS A KEY TO A NEW-LOOK CREEKSIDE
The Mayor of Faversham celebrates plans for the creek. “After years of talking about creek improvements, here is a chance to do something positive … the town will be grateful for what has been done for many years to come.” 8

1 1999
2 1997
3 1997
4 1997 (John Cleaver, MD of BMM Weston)
5 1997
6 1997 (Jeanne Taylor, on behalf of Belvedere Road development – whatever happened to that public promenade?)
7 1997
8 1999 (The Mayor was Cllr Chris Perkin).

August 2013: SAME OLD, SAME OLD
Time to start doing things differently?

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