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: firstname.lastname@example.org