Congratulations to our new Civic Champion

Congratulations to Richard Norman, who was this week presented with the award for Canterbury Civic Champion for 2017. The Award was presented on Tuesday by Ptolemy Dean, President of the Canterbury Society, at the AGM of the Society. Jan Pahl, Chair of the Canterbury Society, said, ‘The judges chose Richard…

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Annual Report 2016-17

Some of the current issues with which the Canterbury Society is concerned  The Local Plan Last week we heard that the Local Plan has been approved by the Planning Inspectorate. Members of the Canterbury Society committee have worked hard on the Plan, commenting extensively on the draft and speaking at…

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Canterbury Society AGM… and a PRIZE!

7.30 pm on Tuesday 27 June at the Friends’ Meeting House This evening will be the AGM of the Canterbury Society. As well as the talk from Ptolemy Dean, the evening will also be the occasion for the presentation of the Canterbury Society Civic Champion Award for 2017.  Who will…

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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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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 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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New Canterbury Heritage and Design Champion

For about a year now the Canterbury Society has been advocating the appointment of a Heritage Champion for the city and last week the City Council appointed Cllr Robert Thomas to be the Heritage Champion for the Canterbury district. Robert has already said that he hopes to be a conduit…

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