Get out your red petticoats, now on Sat 10 November

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Demonstration at Knockholt Station by the Save The Green Belt Group

The demo has now been rescheduled for Saturday 10 November at 1pm.

In the meantime you can go online and sign an e-petition about the lack of consultation and the way SDC have conducted the draft local plan.
Type in Sevenoaks District Council ePetitions.  This will take you to the Petitions page.  Click on ePetitions received, scroll down and you are looking for the title
SDC to explain its failure to supply information. 

The press and TV are very interested. Sevenoaks Chronicle have an article about the march in its 1 November edition; view it online

Please come in costume if you can

E.S Nesbitt, wrote the ‘Railway Children’ while living in Halstead. The railway and near train disaster, featured prominently in the much loved story, happened on this very stretch of railway. In his story, disaster was averted by Roberta removing her petticoat and waving it. We intend to wave everything we can get our hands on to avert the tragedy of the loss of our GREEN BELT.

The Save the Green Belt group will be demonstrating at Knockholt Station against the proposed development of 1,958 dwellings, 800 of which would be on GREEN BELT LAND right opposite the station. The Victorian lord of the manor objected to the railways encroaching on his land. Knockholt Station is in Halstead and this is where the developers are threatening to build the vast development. Knockholt is a tiny station, a holt really, very similar to the station in Nesbitt’s time, with a very restricted service and capacity – just another reason to consider seriously the effects of a large increase in the number of commuters using the station and facilities of the village.

Halstead already has an agreed 450 house development at the out of use Fort Halstead with a proposal for a further 300. The countryside in and around the village is used by youth groups, horse riders, cyclists, walkers and lovers of the countryside. This will all change if we allow the urban sprawl from the London suburbs to take over our irreplaceable GREEN BELT.

From: Jean Peel, Secretary. HALSTEAD GREEN BELT FUTURE GROUP
Contact: 07841 768636,  e: jeanandchris17@gmail.com

Halstead Green Belt Future meeting tomorrow Wednesday 22 August at Halstead Village Hall

Halstead Green Belt Future meeting tomorrow Wednesday 22 August at Halstead Village Hall.  If you value our Green Belt, please write to object to this massive development on our doorstep. The meeting will tell you how…

Halstead Geen Belt letter writing

In addition Sevenoaks District Council have an open meeting at their offices 14.30 – 20.00 hours on 5 September before the consultation closes on 10 September.

Carole Sales, on behalf of Halstead Green Belt Future

Broke Hill Development on Green Belt Land

The Sevenoaks District Council Draft Local Plan has been published. As well as several brown field sites it includes the proposed Broke Hill Development on Green Belt Land.

There will be opportunities to speak to the planners from SDC at Halstead Pavilion for Open Consultations on

  • Monday 13 August 17.30-19.30
  • Thursday 16 August 10.00-14.00

On Wednesday 5th September 14.30-20.00, Sevenoaks District Council is holding a drop-in day for further consultation.

If you are unable to make these dates or you would like more support with letters and emails, please attend Halstead Green Belt Future Group’s Green Belt Support day on Wednesday 22 August in the village hall from 14.00-20.00. They will update you on progress and provide additional information. They would welcome any further professional and financial help to fight this.

They urge you to look on SDC website – Broke Hill New Draft Local Plan for further information on the proposed site with maps and reports.

Have your say! Your views need to be received by SDC no later than Monday 10 September 2018. You can email planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk or write to Planning Policy, Sevenoaks District Council, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG

Geoff Copus

Geoff Copus(from Orpington History Organisation Facebook page)

We were very sad to be informed that Geoffrey Copus passed away on 10 June at 88 years.

Geoff was a significant local historian and published author. His focus and expertise was on Orpington, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom. Geoff was an active member of many local history groups and the go-to person for queries on the aforementioned areas.

Geoff was a genuinely nice guy, he was old school nice. He was firm with his opinions but also very fair and open to discussion. Very much a family man, Geoff would always update you on how his family were and how they kept him active and young. Our thoughts go out to his wife Brenda and their family at this difficult time.

Rest in Peace Geoff, may all of your legacy local history work serve and assist others going forward for many years to come.

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I would add that Geoff helped me considerably in my research on Chelsfield Grange and he supported Sue Short in writing her book on Pratts Bottom. Geoff and I corresponded on local history matters over 15 years and he never failed to furnish interesting titbits. His favourite character was the nefarious and highly embarrassing “Archbishop” Mathewe who lived in PB because he ticked all of Geoff’s boxes as an unconventional churchman. Geoff and Brenda have been our friends for a long time and our thoughts are now with her and family.

Tony Lavelle, PB Webmaster.