Sittingbourne News has run a separate double-page spread on the Kent day of action to protest against building on grade 1 agricultural land.  The report includes pictures of the demonstration on Lynsted's ancient 'Coffin Path' - featuring a coffin filled with local fruit and veg to symbolise the death threat to North Kent's famous Fruit Belt. 

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An article in Faversham News this week reports on the county-wide "Save Kent's Green Spaces" action day last Sunday.  Around 30 protest groups gathered across Kent to demonstrate their anger at the loss of precious green spaces as a result of excessive housebuilding.

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Around 50 residents of Lynsted (a parish of just 478 households) turned out on Sunday 28 November in support of the Save Kent’s Green Spaces action day.  Thirty groups across Kent gathered on the same day to protest against development on prime agricultural land in the county.

The event organisers have identified in excess of 12,000 acres of green space in Kent that are under threat - although the figure is believed to be far higher as county-wide data is not collated.

The Lynsted protestors met on the ancient ‘Coffin Path’ that leads from the London Road to Lynsted church.  

“Development on Grade 1 agricultural land in this area would sound the death knell for North Kent’s famous Fruit Belt - hence the wicker coffin stuffed with local fruit and vegetables,” commented Julien Speed, chairman of Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council.

The group then marched along the Coffin Path and up the London Road to join another protest in Teynham.

Lynsted is threatened with a housing uplift of 60% and a bypass that, in a survey conducted by the Parish Council, 95% of residents oppose.
 
A group of concerned residents in Lynsted and Teynham has launched a new website drawing attention to the Swale Local Plan.  It contains helpful advice on how to respond to the Regulation 18 consultation and highlights some of the points you might wish to consider.
 
You can visit the website here:
 
 

The November issue of our newsletter has been published and is being delivered to every household in the Parish.  It is devoted to the new "issues and preferred options" Regulation 18 consultation which was launched by Swale Borough Council at the end of October.

The newsletter explains the current status of the Swale Local Plan and gives advice on how to make your views known, as well as highlighting the areas that most affect Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish.

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We have responded to the Swale Borough Local Plan Regulation 18 consultation.  The 20-page letter expresses our concerns surrounding the process being followed and the five options being presented, including the 'preferred option'. 
 
Residents have until 29 November to submit their own comments.  
 
We encourage everyone to do so, because the Local Plan - once adopted - will determine development in Swale to 2038.
 
You can find out more about the Local Plan at www.swale.gov.uk/lpc
 
 

The developer seeking to build initially ten, but ultimately up to fifty houses on land East of Lynsted Lane has submitted a Road Safety Audit.

The Parish Council's view is that the recommendations in the report will not lessen the negative impact of this proposed development on road safety, congestion and air pollution.

We have submitted our comments to the Swale Borough Council planning portal.

Read here