At last – the Riverside Path runs through the city

For around 40 years there has been talk of a Riverside Path through Canterbury, running from Chartham to Sturry, through the city centre.  The River Stour is an extremely beautiful river, and one which is currently in better environmental shape than it has been for many years. However, the river…

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What is proposed for the councils of East Kent?

Discussions are currently in progress about creating a single new council in East Kent, which would bring together Canterbury, Thanet, Dover and Shepway councils into one large mega-council.  Beneath the new mega-council there would be town councils and parish councils, so Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay could all get their…

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Action About Air Quality In The City

The Canterbury Society is very concerned about the poor quality of the air in our city.  We supported Cllr Alan Baldock’s proposal for a car free day and the Canterbury Area Member Panel in its request for a council-led Working Group about reducing car use.  We were grateful to Cllr…

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Paul Bennett:  Recent Discoveries In Canterbury And East Kent  

Talk at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15 March in the Friends Meeting House, the Friars Paul Bennett is Director of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and his talks always throw a vivid light on the history of our city.  He writes: ‘There are some really interesting projects in progress at the…

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A Car Free Day? How can we change travel patterns in Canterbury?

At the recent meeting of the Canterbury Area Member Panel Cllr Alan Baldock introduced the idea of a car free day.  The Canterbury Society supported this imaginative proposal, but suggested that we need to go further in persuading people to change their travel patterns. With 4000 homes to be built…

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Proposed Development at Thanington

During the week 28th November to 2nd December 2016 various members of the Canterbury Society Committee attended a series of public consultation workshops, organised by the Prince’s Foundation, to discuss proposals by Pentland for the development of its site in Thanington, comprising 750 houses initially, with the possibility of another 400…

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Pentland

Members of the Committee recently attended a four day public consultation, set up by the developer Pentland, and organised by the Prince’s Foundation, of the proposed new development at Thanington.  Very few local people attended, it is understood because they were extremely unhappy about  the whole concept of a development…

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New Year Bonus: free pass to National Trust properties

The Canterbury Society was a founder member of Civic Voice, the national body that brings together civic societies across the country. That means that members of the Society have access to some valuable perks, which have been negotiated for us by Civic Voice. One of these are the National Trust…

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The Strange Death of Municipal England by Tom Crewe

This article was published in the London Review of Books on 15 December. It seems important for anyone who would like to understand the changes which are taking place in Canterbury and the pressures which are facing our historic city. Tom Crewe is an historian and a journalist. He argues…

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The Mountfield Development in South Canterbury

Members of the Canterbury Society committee have worked very hard to challenge this development. Our actions have included commenting extensively on the proposals, engaging in discussion with the developers and speaking at the Planning Committee meeting. Our concerns focused on the quality and design of the proposed building, the unsatisfactory…

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