Here’s your latest Kent Voice… read it online!

Click on the front page above to read Kent Voice, Spring-Summer 2019

The Spring-Summer 2019 edition of Kent Voice has a varied range of articles for your delectation.
Barrie Gore has vacated the chairman’s seat at Canterbury CPRE and has some whether views, whether you live in the cathedral city or not.
John Wotton, on the other hand, has taken up his position as chairman of the county branch. We have an enlightening interview with him.
There’s also the second part of Geoff Meaden’s study of humankind’s assault on the environment; here he considers approaches to reversing the destructive trend.
Dick Bate, meanwhile, delivers what might just be the best analysis of our country’s shambolic planning system you will ever read.
There is, of course, also a whole lot more for you to get stuck into. Enjoy!

Monday, May 13, 2019




Our director speaks on county radio about the menace of flytipping

A curse that blights too much of our countryside (pic Brenda Hedley)

Hilary Newport, CPRE Kent director, spoke at some length on a recent BBC Radio Kent discussion on the ever-ugly and ever-present problem of flytipping in the county.
The proposal by the county council to charge for disposal of builders’ waste at tips is also covered.
Click on the black bar above to listen to the feature.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The new-look Kent Voice is out now… and you can read it here

The Autumn-Winter 2018 edition of Kent Voice has a wholly new look. See what you think (and let us know)

The latest edition of Kent Voice is out and has a completely new look, so we’d love to know what you think of it (you can email your thoughts to
Items include features on the loss of our wildlife, the potential environmental impact of Brexit and the grim reality of the vast solar farm planned for the North Kent Marshes.
It is also time to bid farewell to Christine Drury, who ends her five-year stint as CPRE Kent chair next month; she shares some reflections and thoughts with us.
Otherwise, Local Plans, stag beetles, news from across the county and a whole lot more are in there for your delectation, so read the Autumn-Winter edition of Kent Voice here

Monday, October 29, 2018

CPRE Kent features in BBC TV feature on building in Green Belt

Hilary Newport, CPRE Kent director: ‘The line that we must not cross’

The BBC cameras were at CPRE Kent headquarters in Charing last week for a piece on the seemingly never-ending story of potential housebuilding in the Green Belt.
Reporter Briohny Williams, complete with cameraman, visited Queen’s Head House to speak with CPRE Kent director Hilary Newport as the Sunday Politics South East team put together a short film on a perennially thorny subject.
Filming took place both in the office and in the nearby churchyard as Hilary put the CPRE view that releasing land for development in the Green Belt was a non-starter.
It was “the line that we must not cross,” she said.
Other participants in the Green Belt feature were Alison Thompson, of the English Rural Housing Association; Richard Blyth, of the Royal Town Planning Institute; Tory MP Crispin Blunt, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the London Metropolitan Green Belt; Green MP Caroline Lucas; and, back in the studio, Medway Labour councillor Tristan Osborne and Dartford Tory MP Gareth Johnson.
To watch the piece, which begins 52 minutes into the show, click here

Monday, May 14, 2018