Friday, 1 February 2013

Kingsmead Field campaign 2013 – key developments.

Sian Pettman describes in detail the following components of the campaign in 2013:

  • Legal Action
  • Fighting Fund
  • Support for Village Green Application
  • Public Meeting 7th February.

 “Dear Kingsmead Field supporters

Please find below an update on key developments in the Save Kingsmead Field Campaign. This email marks an important turning point in our campaign, and we would be most grateful if you could give it your attention.

1.         Legal Action

Over the last two months we have taken legal advice about possible grounds for a judicial review of the Executive decision to appropriate Kingsmead Field for housing.  On the basis of this advice, and after serious consideration, we have decided to initiate legal action against the decision.  A pre-action letter was sent by a solicitor to the Council last week alleging that they have acted unlawfully in the appropriation of the field and that they have failed to carry out an adequate, fair and open consultation with local residents.  Depending on the nature of the Council's response (due next week), further legal action is likely.

There is front-page coverage of these developments in this week's edition of the Canterbury Times, and an article on page 4 of this week's Gazette (see web link: http://kingsmeadfieldpress.blogspot.co.uk/)  


2.         Fighting Fund

In order to finance this legal action, we are launching a fighting fund.  Over £3,000 has already been spent on legal fees and printing costs.  We are extremely grateful to the individuals, groups and residents associations who have made donations to help cover these costs.  There is still a shortfall, and it is highly likely that we will have to raise considerably more in order to take the legal action further.

We are appealing to residents, local organisations and businesses for financial support.  If you are able to make a donation towards the fund, we would appreciate it very much.  We have set up a campaign committee.  Our treasurer is a local accountant and all donations will be carefully recorded.  At the close of the campaign, any funds remaining will be returned on a pro rata basis to all donors who have contributed £25 or over.

A charity account has been opened with the Nationwide, and donations may be made in person at any Nationwide branch, or by BACS transfer.

Alternatively, cheques may be sent payable to
'Save Kingsmead Field'
C/O 30 The Crescent
Canterbury, CT2 7AW

If you shop on-line, please consider signing up to Easy Fundraising:  http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/kingsmeadfield  This enables you to raise funds for the Save Kingsmead Field campaign while shopping, without any cost to yourself.  Hundreds of on-line retailers work with Easy Fundraising (eg Amazon, Boots, M&S, Sainsbury's, Waterstones) and will donate a percentage of your purchase price to our campaign.  See link above for more information.


3.         Support for Village Green application

Even if you completed a Village Green questionnaire last year, please do send an email of support for our Village Green application.  It only needs to be a few lines long, focussing on the value of the field to the local community as an area for informal recreation and sport.  It is helpful to mention all the ways in which you have used the field or seen others use it over the years.  We have been told by Kent County Council that these letters of support are important supplementary evidence for Village Green applications. 

Emails should be addressed to Melanie McNeir at Kent County Council (quoting the reference VGA 650 in the subject line) and sent to: Commons.villagegreens@kent.gov.uk


4.         Public Meeting, 7 February

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our public meeting on Thursday 7 February at 7pm in the Dominican Priory (St Peter's Lane, back of the Marlowe Theatre).  We will be providing more information on all the developments mentioned above.


Please continue to look at our website for frequent updates on the campaign: www.kingsmeadfield.blogspot.co.uk and also our Facebook Page: Save Kingsmead Field.

Best wishes

Sian

(on behalf of the Save Kingsmead Field Campaign)