Kingsdown beach groyne trial 2018-19

Dover District Council have recently published plans for a trial involving the placement of temporary groynes at both ends of the permanent wooden groyne structures on Wellington Parade, with a view to improving the retention of shingle on the beach. The temporary groynes will be made with ‘geobags’; large bags filled with shingle.

The trial will run from initial placement in April-May 2018 through to the end of monthly monitoring in September2019. Beach recycling is planned for May-June and November 2018, also in May-June and September 2019.

A report at the end of the monitoring period will inform placement of two permanent rock groynes, which will be constructed in September 2019 subject to Marine Management Organisation (MMO) licence approval and local authority (Dover District Council) planning permission.

Newsletters for residents are scheduled for June and December 2018, and September 2019.

We hope to make further details of the plan available on the website before long.


The Spring 2018 progamme of talks held in the School are as follows:


March 27th - Chemical-Free Gardening

Talk by Maureen Rainey, DevelopmentOfficer of ther Kent Wildlife Trust

April 24th - Spring Into Spring - Headgerow Harvest

Talk by Lucia Stuart, forager and founder of The Wild Kitchen.

 May 13th - Garage Safari


Planning Outline - APP/X220/W/17/3183959 - 85 homes

A public enquiry will start at 10am on 13 March at the Dover District Council at Whitecliffs Business Park.  Please attend if you are able.  The intention to develop land within the boundary of Kingsdown has not gone away, and sets the precident for future developments.


Goodwin Sands SOS campaign - Update

Whilst on the surface it may appear that nothing much has been happening with the campaign, we have actually had an interesting few months.
The MoD is muddled, DEFRA is dithering and the Environment Agency is in denial: they consider that data collected from Deal Pier in 2006, is 'the best available information to have been used to model the likely impacts of the dredging'.  In contrast, Historic England is so aware of the year on year changes in the sand movement on the Goodwins that they have commissioned twogeophysical surveys of six designated wreck sites, each one year apart (2017 and 2018). 
We have been encouraged by the success of the Stop the Dumping in Whitsands Bay campaign in Devon and Kent's own Stop the Lorry Park in Stanford fight, which both won their cases at, or rather just prior to going to, a Judicial Review.  We remain determined to seek our own JR should the MMO grant the dredging licence.   Co-ordinators from both campaigns have given us invaluable advice to help prepare for this eventuality, which is very much appreciated.
Advisors from as far apart as Devon and Dundee continue to support us with their expertise and experience, clearly demonstrating that the fight to protect the Goodwin Sands  is not a case of NIMBYISM but is of national concern.   
We recently met Nigel Farage, our MEP, to ask his help in researching the EU funding for DWDR.  He was charming and helpful and more to the point, very astute: quickly assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the campaign.  As one would expect, he was rather cynical about the whole issue of EU funding! Fiona and Joanna also met international best selling author William Horwood who spent part of his childhood in Deal and is a staunch supporter of the campaign.  
Meanwhile, the MMO has completely gone to ground and the meeting promised four months ago with Trudi Wakelin, Head of Marine Licensing has still not materialised.    Perhaps they are all hoping we will get fed up and go away but in the words of Winston Churchill  we will 'never, never, never give up'.
Once again, thank you for your continued support for this important campaign and please don't forget to share this petition with your friends (and foes).

With best wishes,
Joanna, Fiona and Andy



First World War Walking Trails

An initiative to Commemorate 100 Years since World War 1 by creating 100 miles of walks around Kent

Click here to view local details off Walks around Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown including details of the official Launch of Walk 100- Kent wide event



Please add your name to the Marine Conservation campaign to reduce plastic waste in our seas, just click on the photo below:







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