After a long wait, the dates for the Public Inquiry in relation to the Chaucer Fields/Southern Slopes Village Green Application (VGA) to Kent County Council (KCC) has been announced! This has taken a long time, because KCC have been processing a large number of Village Green Applications from across the county with very limited resources, and because there was a legal dispute to resolve in advance over the appropriate timeframe of the Inquiry
More information on timing and process is provided below, courtesy of the Save Chaucer Fields group (see Blogroll). Their text is slightly abbreviated and edited here. This Blog is interspersed with some photographs taken on the fields recently, which try to capture a little of the autumnal beauty of the fields, trees and hedges there at this time of year.
Please read their update carefully. If you live locally, we hope you will be able to show your support by attending some of the Public Inquiry sessions in 3-4 months time.
All best Chaucer Fielder
Update from Save Chaucer Fields group
A date has been set for the [Kent County Council] Village Green Application Public Inquiry. There had been a delay in setting a date for the Inquiry, [most recently] due to pre-arranged commitments from both ourselves and The University. But now dates have been determined. It will start on Monday 23rd February 2015 and last for 5 days. It will then adjourn and resume on Monday 16th March and last for up to 5 days as necessary….
….. in the coming weeks SCF will concentrate on preparing strong evidence [for the relevant time period, 1991 – 2011] to put before the Inquiry. A suitable venue will be agreed in due course, details of which will be publicised.
It’s a Public Inquiry, open to all. We hope that supporters of this lengthy campaign will find some time to attend during the hearing, and demonstrate to The Inspector that local people are interested in seeing Chaucer Fields protected for future generations.