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Fracking fears highlighted by Campaign for the Protection of Rural England amid concerns to county’s aquifer and water supplies

A far-reaching report on the potential dangers of fracking in Kent has been submitted to a Commons select committee. CPRE Kent (Campaign to Protect Rural England) claims the controversial practice could damage the aquifer which supplies nearly three-quarters of the county’s water. It outlined its fears to the environmental audit committee, which is carrying out an inquiry into the potential …

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John Gilbey retirement interview

Regrets, he’s had a few…..And while they may not be too few to mention, as Frank Sinatra famously sang, they are far outweighed by the achievements of Canterbury City Council leader John Gilbey. The 73-year-old Conservative, who has represented Blean Forest since 2003 and was elected leader in 2007, has announced he is not standing in next year’s election, instead …

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Brown-tail moth caterpillars

We need your help with this… It looks like the relatively mild winter has been kind to the brown-tail moth, and we’re already seeing their little tents popping up across the Downs. The brown-tail moth has always lived and nested on the Downs. Like all of us, it has good years and bad years. In good years, the moths will …

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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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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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