Faversham Creek campaigners are calling on supporters to attend a public local engagement meeting at at Faversham’s Alexander Centre at 7pm on Tuesday 15th March in at attempt to persuade planners not to swamp the town with new developments.
‘Come to the meeting and make sure the planners understand that developers are not wanted,’ says campaign spokesperson Sue Cooper of Standard Quay.
‘Faversham has the skills itself to regenerate the creek as has been amply shown at Standard Quay. It is no coincidence that during the past 20 years the only part of Faversham Creek that has seen regeneration, new employment creation and substantial silt removal is Standard Quay. We just need Swale to stand up to the developers.’
A petition to save maritime jobs and skills at the threatened boatyard at Standard Quay has already attracted local, national and international support with 1,200 signatures.
Supporters are now preparing to voice their concerns at Swale Borough Council’s Local Engagement Forum at Faversham’s Alexander Centre at 7pm on Tuesday.
‘It is time to say no more,’ says Sue Cooper.
Campaigners fear Faversham is in danger of being ‘sold down the river’ by a council hungry for developers’ cash. They fear pleas to save skilled jobs at the town’s last working traditional boatyard are being ignored, while Swale seeks ‘developer contributions’ towards plans likely to kill off creekside industry.
Cooper argues the council is looking to raise money through ‘developer contributions’ or ‘local infrastructure levies’, which she says are unlikely to benefit the town even half as much as the£500,000 the campaign says was generated on the Quay in the past year, and won’t replace the tourism and other spin-offs, such as photographs, postcards and paintings depicting Standard Quay that are sold all over the world.
The plans won’t regenerate the Creek she says, but will lead to ‘real mud and nails employment’ being lost to the town.
For more information, see www.standardquay.com
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