Thanet open spaces win reprieve from sale

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Thanet District Council in Kent has resolved not to sell off the Chine at the Western Undercliff in Ramsgate, and to reconsider the other proposed asset disposals.

The Chine is an immensely important site, for public enjoyment and for wildlife. We are thrilled that Thanet District Council has recognised its public value and resolved to keep it.

Thanet’s open spaces are of special value because the district has so few green spaces. According to the district council’s 2006 plan, Thanet has less than half the acreage of green space per head of population recommended by the then English Nature. It is vital that Thanet should retain its current open spaces, for the recreation, enjoyment and health of its citizens.

The council’s new, enlightened attitude is most welcome, and we hope that in reviewing its assets it will resolve to remove all open spaces from the asset-disposal list. They are too precious to lose.

Meanwhile, local campaigners Westbrook Against Selling Promenade Site (WASPS) are claiming village green status for land at Westbrook Promenade, and their application is due to be heard by Kent County Council shortly.

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