The AGM… you should have been there!


Our president, Graham Clarke, was, as ever, in good form as he got the meeting under way…

If you didn’t go, you missed a treat!
We are of course talking about our AGM, held at Lenham Community Centre on Friday (November 17) and which pulled in 71 members.
CPRE Kent president Graham Clarke got things off to a humorous start and treated us to a rendition of his poem Night Shift, highlighting the joys of finding good tradesmen.
Treasurer Michael Moore confirmed that we were looking after our finances well despite the costs of our activities in court fighting for the county’s countryside.
It’s been an incredibly busy year for CPRE Kent, as you know, and director Hilary Newport gave a detailed report on the past 12 months.
She told the audience how our work fell into three broad categories: housing, infrastructure and the planning system, which increasingly is becoming unfit for purpose.
Guest speaker was Helen Whately, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent. After giving an address with three main topics – Operation Stack, the proposed Cleve Hill solar farm and housing – she took questions from the floor on subjects as varied as Maidstone Borough Council’s “awful plan”, some  implications of leaving the EU and the failure of the planning system (spot a theme here?).
Finally, honorary officers were elected, a general Q&A on CPRE Kent’s work was held and ploughman’s lunches were eaten. It had been a good day.

  • It is intended to publish the AGM minutes on this website in due course.

Friday, November 20, 2017






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