Canterbury District Green Party

Monday, 7 May 2012

Chaucer Fields Update

Two dates for your diary:

1) There will be a debate on campus concerning the development plans for Chaucer Fields on Thursday, 10th May, 1pm–2pm, Eliot Lecture Theatre 2. Professor Keith Mander, Head of the Estates Department at the University of Kent and one of the co-architects of the proposal, will be putting forward his case. Speakers opposing the motion will include Professor of Philosophy Richard Norman and Professor of Environmental Social Science Chris Rootes.  For more information go to

2) Weather permitting, there will be a “picnic playstool” at the southern end of Dover Down Field on Sunday, 13th May,  from 12 noon until 3pm. For more information go to

Those of us wishing to protect Chaucer Fields and the Southern Slopes more generally now have an extra string to our bow. Gifted local musicians, including Richard Navarro and Brendan Power, have recorded a wonderful and moving track, "Concrete Lung", based on the well-known Joni Mitchell song "Big Yellow Taxi". It is hoped this will draw attention to the issue, and stress the consequences the misguided development proposals will have, especially for children and future generations of people living and/or working in Canterbury. Please take a moment to be one of the first to listen to, and watch, the track. It can be found at:

Please make a point of distributing this link amongst your friends, family, circles, etc: it surely deserves to "go viral"!

Also, if you haven’t already done it, get your written representation for the Village Green application done BEFORE 19th May – there are only a few days left now!

(The previous article on this subject can be found here.)