Please be sure to book your ticket by Monday 19th November to guarantee your place.
“Planning for Drought – Is Kent in Crisis?”
Don’t let economic recovery be washed down the drain !
Whatever your views on our Government’s “growth agenda” and their drive to ‘develop
ourselves out of recession’, there is no doubt that for this to happen we must have a sound
foundation to work from.
And this includes a sound infrastructure, around which to build. A comprehensive
infrastructure for reliable and sustainable forms of transport, energy, and significantly,
water supply. This is a principle tenet of our new National Planning Policy Framework.
Unfortunately, the reality of a reliable water supply into the future is still a long way off,
particularly here in Kent. Other segments of our national infrastructure are within our
means to control; water resources are not. Changing and erratic weather patterns over
recent years suggest that the risk of droughts is likely to increase. Placing greater stress
on the water environment. Placing greater stress on our water resources. Placing greater
stress on our ambitions for growth.
So what is to be done ?
CPRE Protect Kent don’t have the answers – yet – but are aiming to develop some.
Through an all-inclusive and comprehensive seminar scheduled for 26th November.
Which is why we are inviting you to our November Conference “Planning for Drought –
Is Kent In Crisis ?” If you are a planner, involved with the planning system, a developer,
or have an interest in development in our county, this is a ‘must attend’ event for you.
This promises to be a very informative and productive event, with 8 speakers from key
organisations in the water and environment sector, including a keynote speech from
Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Our full-day conference will be held on Monday 26th November at the Kent County
Showground, Detling, in the Clive Emson building. Tickets can be booked at
http://planningfordrought.eventbrite.co.uk . The take-up of places is progressing well,
and we would recommend you book yours as soon as possible.
Ticket prices are £60 for CPRE Members, £75 for non-members. We hope you will understand
that, as a registered charity fully dependent on the generosity of our members and supporters
for income, we do need to ensure we cover our costs in staging this event. If you do find that
the cost of a place will prohibit your attendance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 01233 714540.
09:30 a.m. Registration – Coffee and biscuits
10:00 Welcome and Introduction – Richard Knox-Johnston
10:10 Keynote Speech – Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
(Natural Environment and Fisheries), Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
10:40 Trevor Bishop – Environment Agency
11:05 Meyrick Gough – Southern Water
11:30 Graham Warren – CPRE Protect Kent
11:55 Question time for am speakers
12:30 p.m. Buffet lunch and discussion sessions
14:00 Dr Andrew Clark – National Farmers’ Union
14:25 Richard Frost – Shepherd Neame
14:50 Andrew Wickham and Alan Turner – Kent County Council
15:20 Question time for pm speakers
15:50 p.m. Summary and close – Richard Knox-Johnston
Question Time(s): These will be held as a ‘panel session’ chaired by Richard Knox-Johnston, where
delegates will be invited to pose their questions to a collective panel of the morning’s or afternoon’s speakers.
Lunchtime Sessions: These will be facilitated ‘round-table’ informal discussions on topics drawn from
the speakers’ presentations.
We hope to see you there !