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Village Green update: Changing the Law for the better

Yes, it’s still going on! It’s 2,770 days since I applied to register the Downs as a village green, and I think we’ve just made a big step forward. The previous administration at Canterbury City Council was dead set against the idea of a village green, and fought it tooth and nail. Following the local elections, we have a change …

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Field homes decision expected

The city council is poised to abandon plans to build homes on all of Canterbury’s Kingsmead Field. Members of the executive will meet next month when they are expected to ratify a proposal to allow 75% of the field to remain while the rest is built on. The council initially wanted to allow the whole field to be made available …

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Village green decision on hold

Kent County Council has decided to defer any decision about the Downs, pending the outcome of another court case. There is another village green application (near Whitby) that is known as the Barkas case – all these cases are named after the applicant, rather than the piece of land involved. As so often happens, this case pivots on the fine …

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Kingsmead Field sell-off is ‘simply illogical’

Campaigners are urging the city council to use its draft Local Plan consultation for a rethink of its plans to sell off a field. The Save the Kingsmead Field Campaign is battling to prevent houses being built on it and wants the authority to consider other sites for the projected 15,600 new homes which are needed for the Canterbiuy district …

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Village Green update

Many moons ago, we had the public inquiry. Some months later, we got the Inspector’s report – she recommended that about 85% of the Downs should be registered as a village green. We responded to her report saying that the 15% she had excluded was actually eligible for registration, due to subtle legal technicalities. Canterbury City Council responded to her …

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Open Spaces Society

OPEN SPACES SOCIETY NEWS RELEASE OPEN SPACES SOCIETY DELIGHTED THAT HERNE BAY DOWNS ARE SET TO BECOME A VILLAGE GREEN The Open Spaces Society is delighted that the Downs at Herne Bay in Kent are set to be registered as a village green. An inspector, appointed by Kent County Council, has recommended to the council that the land be registered. …

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Words, words, words

Out of curiosity, I took the hundreds of pages of documents that we have produced for the village green application and ran them through a neat little program called Wordle which picks out the commonest words and turns them into a “word cloud”. Here’s what I got.

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Great news! The Downs to be a Village Green

Following a long public inquiry that finished earlier this year, the Inspector appointed by Kent County Council has recommended that most of the Downs should officially be registered as a village green.

It's been a long haul - we submitted the application to register the Downs as a village green on 1st September 2009.

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The “never apologise, never explain” approach to democracy

Here’s a councillor who thinks he was elected to speak his mind. What do you think – did you vote for representation, or a brain dump? Battling Bay councillor Peter Vickery-Jones and campaigner Phil Rose have clashed over a campaign to get the Downs registered as a village green. At a recent council meeting, Mr Vickery-Jones blasted Mr Rose as …

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Crass criticism from stunning councillor

Yes, dear reader, I was there and this actually happened – Cllr Vickery-Jones scored a few notable firsts. He is the only person to have called the village green application “crass”, and he is the only person to have called me “pious”. He also suggested that as a “newcomer” I didn’t have the right to clutter things up with my pesky …

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