Local Green Space Victory / Town Green Application / Public Right of Way

LOCAL GREEN SPACE COUNCIL DECISION

At a General Meeting of the council on Thursday 24th April 2014, councillors agreed almost unanimously to grant a large section of Whitstable beach Local Green Space designation. The vote called for West Beach, from the caravan park at Island Wall to the Harbour, to be designated a Local Green Space.

This means West Beach would be listed in CCC’s local plan as Local Green Space which would preserve the rights of access for all and make development on it unlikely. The proposal was approved at a meeting of the full council after a passionate speech from Ashley Clark. It was seconded by Tankerton councillor Jeanne Harrison, who said it was a fitting legacy of the hard work of WBC co-ordinator Nick Dewhirst, who died last year.

The beach will now be included as green space in the council’s local plan, a blueprint for development across the district.

See Local Green Space page.

TOWN GREEN & PROW APPLICATION

The Whitstable Beach Campaign, supported by the Whitstable Society, is applying to make an area of Whitstable Beach a Town Green.  If we succeed the beach will be preserved and protected as land on which the inhabitants of Whitstable can enjoy lawful sports and past-times.

We intend to submit evidence forms collected in support of the application for a Town Green.  The WBC has also made a separate application to add to the definitive map a Public Right of Way (a public footpath) which runs along the top of the beach from Reeves Beach to the Sportsman Public House in Seasalter.

In these evidence forms we are asking users of the beach to distinguish, if they can, between their recreational use of the beach in general, and their use of the claimed right of way as a footpath.   To complete evidence forms it is necessary to live within the Whitstable Parish boundary (see map below).

More information about the Town Green Application and the PROW can be found on the What We Do page.

If you are interested in supporting the campaign and would like to complete a questionnaire, or to receive e-mail updates on our activities please contact the Whitstable Beach Campaign using the form on the Contact page.

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