SAVE OUR COMMUNITY FROM
30 YEARS OF DEVASTATION
QUARRY PROPOSAL UPDATE
11 May 2020
We do hope this update finds you, your family and loved ones healthy and well at this difficult time.
Ryarsh Protection Group (RPG) wish to share the latest update on the next stage of the process regarding Kent County Council Minerals Sites Plan – the Public Inspector has delivered his report. We are pleased to confirm the Inspector broadly supports the Plan put forward by Kent County Council (KCC) which EXCLUDES the M8 Ryarsh, West Malling Site. The next stage of the process is for the minor modifications requested by the Inspector and the Plan itself to be submitted for acceptance by KCC, timing for this is estimated October 2020 onwards due to Covid-19.
Be assured the RPG will continue to monitor proceedings closely over the coming months. We are in this for the long haul, for and on behalf of the community and will do everything possible to ‘save green space’ which has become even more valuable to all of us over the past few weeks since lockdown commenced.
Our village and the surrounding communities have resolutely rejected all attempts to extract minerals from the M8 site and the RPG will continue to uphold those views and any attempts to circumvent the current status - we know we can rely on the collective spirit of our residents and supporters as we move forward.
Everyone in the area is exceptionally proud of this wonderful and thriving community and together we will protect it for future generations.
Together, we’re facing a truly unprecedented situation. Our hearts go out to everyone who's been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. We wish all our residents, supporters, and their loved ones well at this challenging time. There are many local community groups and WhatsApp groups already helping, but if anyone needs anything, we can help spread the word. If you feel we can assist in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
BENEFITS OF NATURE
“Having more green space (parks, trees, forests, gardens and fields) in your local environment is linked with better overall health”
– Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Feel Better In 5
It’s wonderful to see a growing number of residents using the local footpaths for their daily exercise, and being able to enjoy the wonderful countryside.
Top tip - April 2020
Currently we recommend taking a walk to see The Roughetts ancient woodland and the beautiful bluebells out in bloom there. It won’t be long before they are dormant again so see them while you can! Please remember that bluebells are a protected species so please don’t pick them.
Of course, please do remember to follow government guidance and continue to adhere to social distancing rules.
Share your photos
Our aim is to shine a bright light on our beautiful countryside and community at this time of the year, especially to help those who cannot venture outdoors in the present circumstances. Also, to remember the very many people in flats or accommodation without access to gardens, we’d love it if you can share your photos. Whether they're from your daily exercise, something you've snapped on a walk, cycle or a run, or a view from your home. You can share your photos with us on our Facebook or Twitter, or tag us in your photos on Instagram!
Stay healthy, stay safe and stay positive.
JANUARY 2020 UPDATE
Kent Mineral Sites Plan – Consultation, Representation Response
You may have received an additional communication from Kent County Council (KCC) concerning a further Consultation.
RPG would like to advise the following.
RYARSH LOTTO: THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Professional advice costs money, so we launched the Ryarsh Lotto to raise funds to continue this important campaign.
The winning tickets are:
1st Prize - Holiday: no.1806
2nd Prize - £1000 cash: no.1903
3rd Prize - £500 cash: no.1252
The Ryarsh Protection Group will be contacting the winners.
Well done to the lucky winners & thank you all once again for your support!
The Ryarsh Protection Group (RPG) is an action group working alongside Ryarsh Parish Council and surrounding communities, comprising local residents from Ryarsh. We formed this group after attending the Parish Council meeting on 8th January 2018.
We are here to help you, your family and our community with local issues. Our priority currently is to continue with the objection campaign to the proposed ‘West Malling Sandpit’ / Ryarsh Quarry and to save and protect our community.
The RPG supports Ryarsh and surrounding communities including Addington, Birling, Leybourne, Trottiscliffe, Snodland and West Malling, with currently 3,615 supporters.
Information will be posted on a regular basis so please visit this website frequently and follow us on social media.
AMANDA, WEST MALLING
Have not lived in the area long, but am very concerned about the expansion of the quarry as well as other proposals around the West Malling area. Glad to support.
I much appreciate the effort put in by the group to mobilise support and would like to make a small contribution towards the costs.
LEYBOURNE CHASE RESIDENT
Thank you for everything you are doing, if you hadn’t told us about this, we would never have known about the proposed quarry.
Appreciate all the hard work you are doing to preserve the beautiful countryside around our villages.