Tomorrow is a momentous day in the history of east Kent. A select few members of Ashford Borough Council will finally get the chance to pass an opinion on Imperial College’s plans to bury Wye in a swathe of new development that would destroy the area’s rural outlook forever and set worrying precedents for the protected status of countryside throughout the UK.
They can vote to allow the Imperial plan into the council’s local development framework. Or they can listen to the pleas of residents, conservation organisations and a growing number of environmental groups and make Imperial’s plans effectively unworkable, either by leaving it out altogether or imposing conditions that make the massive redevelopment of the area impractical.
Rather than give ABC more reasons to turn its back on Ashford, we thought we’d show you some reasons why the Wye Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty deserves to be saved from the bulldozer, for everyone, not just those who live there. You’ll need just five minutes, a broadband connection and the latest free Quicktime multimedia plugin to view the small movie above.
Downloadable high quality Quicktime version (Right click and save to your own computer — 32 mb).