Protection in Practice

  • Since 1972, the Society has been watching over the area and opposing plans for inappropriate development and loss of amenities. The society has also taken positive action to improve the area and ensure its potential is recognised.
  • The importance of the area continues to grow with all tiers of local, regional and national government with a growing number of sites of special importance to the natural environment, landscape importance and agriculture. The majority of the Thames and Medway coastline and marshes enjoy international recognition and protection but despite this there have continued to be pressures for large-scale development.
  • In 1972 the Society was one of very few voices concerned at the development of a major oil refinery on the Cliffe marshes.
  • The Society was one of the first to call for a regional park in the area to further recognise its importance and provide an enhanced framework for what development is and is not suitable in the area.
  • The Society petitioned the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bill to restrict heavy construction lorries in our country lanes and called for the line to be in a tunnel in the Cobham area.
  • When there were plans to dump London's waste on the Stoke Saltings, the Society successfully opposed it.
  • In 2002 it was the first organisation to organise public meetings and responses to the government's airport strategy consultation. A major international airport (over twice the size of Heathrow) on the Cliffe, Cooling, High Halstow marshes which would demolish the villages of Allhallows and St. Mary's Hoo (and much of High Halstow and Stoke) was suggested as a 'viable option'. It also helped to kick-start the local campaign with funding and support to the 'NoAirport@Cliffe' action group. Working with others a robust case against the airport was submitted.

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