Thanet has a CPRE district committee again.
Sixteen people were at Monkton nature reserve on Monday afternoon (October 23) to take part in the welcome – and long overdue – revival of a committee for the isle, the only CPRE district in the county not to have been regularly represented in recent years despite having some 60 members.
David Morrish, the newly-elected chairman, gave the reasons for looking to reinstate the committee, noting how the community’s approach to planning proposals had previously been “too disjointed and piecemeal”.
He said that parish and town councils had failed to represent their electorate’s views, citing the outline planning application at Salmestone as “a blatant example” of this.
Geoff Orton, who will be district secretary, told the meeting that almost three years ago a meeting in Pierremont Hall, Broadstairs, had been addressed by CPRE Kent director Hilary Newport and senior planner Brian Lloyd, expressing reservations about Thanet’s ability to cope with a then-target of some 12,000 new houses. Now, with new planning methodology in the pipeline, that figure was likely to be close to a staggering 24,000.
If ever Thanet needed a strong CPRE presence, it is clearly now!
Other officers to be voted in were Suzanne Brimm as vice-chair and Colin Bridge as treasurer, while Peter Lorenzo, Alan Gimes, Craig Solly, Mrs M Bawden, Bernard Clayson, Natasha Ransom, Beth Johnson and Sonya Smyth all agreed to stand on the committee, meaning CPRE Thanet had a healthy coverage across the isle.
Finally, it was agreed that in principle Thanet CPRE should aim to meet on the last Monday of every month and, to accommodate as many people as possible, at 6pm. This, of course, might be subject to change on occasion.
Thanet Countryside Trust, which owns Monkton nature reserve, was thanked for its hospitality.
The date of the next meeting, again at Monkton nature reserve, is Monday, November 27, at 6pm.
Friday, October 27, 2017