Griff Rhys Jones: Talk on The Future of our Towns and Cities

6.30 pm on Monday 3rd September
in the Templeman Lecture Theatre
in the Templeman Library, University of Kent.
Free public lecture. All welcome


Griff Rhys Jones is well-known for his concern about the quality of our towns and cities, particularly historic cities such as Canterbury – and for the amusing and engaging style in which he presents his ideas. The event is jointly organised by the Canterbury Society and the University of Kent in its Distinguished Speaker series.

In this talk he will share his concerns about the process by which the planning system has handed control of the way our cities are being developed to the construction industry and discuss what this means for the future of our towns and cities. He will argue that those who say ‘Not in My Back Yard!’ to poor quality development may be protecting our cities for the enjoyment of future generations.

Griff is a writer, actor, comedian and television presenter and is also the President of Civic Voice, the national body for civic societies such as the Canterbury Society. He came to Canterbury in 2014 to launch the Vision for the Future of our City, so he is aware of the changes taking place in our city, as well as across the country. His comments on towns and cities now and in the future are sure to be thought-provoking as well as entertaining.

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