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Tory KCC Gives Green Light to Destruction of “UK’s Rain Forest”

May 17, 2011 4:52 PM

The Conservative run Kent County Council has approved a major quarry extension at Oaken Wood, Barming which will totally destroy nearly 33 hectares of irreplaceable ancient woodland, the UK's most wildlife-rich habitat and our equivalent of rainforest.

The destruction that this development would cause is contrary to two government planning policies protecting ancient woodland:

Incredibly, the scheme also flies in the face of KCC's own Minerals and Waste Core Strategy which shows that current reserves of ragstone exceed those required in Government advice.

FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR WOODLAND HERITAGE:

Local Lib Dem Heath Ward Borough Councillor Bryan Vizzard and Jenni Sharpwith Lib Dem Leader Fran Wilson and Lib Dem Deputy Leader Tony Harwood.

Heath Ward Lib Dem Councillor Bryan Vizzard on hearing the news stated "Local people are not only appalled by the prospect of losing our precious local wildwood and green wedge but are extremely worried by the threat of years of disruption, disturbance, increased traffic levels and pollution as a consequence of this permission".

We strongly urge all local residents who are opposed to the destruction of ancient and irreplaceable Oaken Wood to follow the below link where you will have the oppertunity to voice your opinions by contacting both Eric Pickle Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and your Local MP in Maidstone and the Weald, Chatham and Aylesford & Tonbridge and Malling.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/campaigning/woodwatch/case-studies/Pages/oaken-sos.aspx

If you would like further detials on this and other issues regarding rural England the link below will take you to the Woodland trusts main page.

http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/Pages/default.aspx