It’s at this time of year that we tend to assail you with news of what a busy year it’s been for CPRE Kent. Well, of course it has been a hectic year and there is precious little sign of things slowing down any time soon. We are, as ever, involved in any number of battles and campaigns in the effort to keep Kent a county in which it is fit to live. However, this is a time of good cheer, so this year we won’t dwell on that. Instead, we’ll just point to a couple of victories from 2019 – one local (although with a far wider context) and the other on a national level – and leave you to enjoy what will hopefully be a lovely, peaceful Christmas and happy New Year. The Court of Appeal verdict on Pond Farm, Newington, confirmed the refusal of a Gladman Developments scheme for up to 330 homes and an ‘Extra Care’ facility at the site but, arguably more significantly, stressed the importance of air quality in planning decisions. The impact of this success should be felt far and wide. Nationally, we saw a victory over the ill-begotten bid to fast-track planning in relation to fracking applications through Permitted Development Rights, which had been intended originally for such matters as household conservatories and patios. So, you see we can turn some things around. We won’t win every battle, but we can win some. And if CPRE Kent and our allies aren’t around to fight them, who will be? Happy Christmas and thank you all for your support of CPRE Kent! PS: As a special treat, we’ve included some shots from the CPRE Kent Christmas lunch.
Did you know you can get eco-friendly brown masking tape? Don’t feel ashamed if the answer to this taxing question is no, you didn’t. We’re sure you’re not alone. Either way, the rather splendid news is that, yes, you can get this must-have festive accessory – and we can help you in your quest. Eco-friendly brown masking tape is just one item that could help your Christmas be the greenest ever. White-paper snowflake decorations, eco crackers and recycled wrapping paper can all contribute to a healthy green glow on you and yours over this most wonderful time of the year. And, of course, an eco-friendly lifestyle is not just for Christmas! A whole range of goodies are available that will make both fantastic gifts for your loved ones and life very much finer for our natural neighbours. These include bug hotels, bee-bombs (native wildflower seed-balls) and fake wasp-nests (that’s fake nests, not creatures masquerading as wasps, and just to be clear, they help deter wasps and hornets from building nests nearby rather than encourage them… but all in a nature-friendly fashion). We’re sure you must be solely tempted to buy some, if not all, of these delectable treats – and, as it’s Christmas, we’ve made it easy for you! All you need to do is click on the links below. Just one thing we’d like to ask in return: please do buy through Amazon Smile and raise a little money for CPRE Kent. Just in case you don’t know how to do this, you need to register with Amazon Smile. And that, dear friends, takes just a couple of seconds. See here