Monday, 28 September 2009

Make Kennet Meadows a Trust

Many of you may well have visited the Theale Area, Berkshire at one point or another, You may well visit during Summer to hear Nightingales or perhaps you twitched the Laughing Gull, whatever the case the area needs our help.

During the last 30 or so years the Kennet area has come under constant threat from building or business plans despite being on a flood plain, it has a rich diversity of wildlife and is an extremely important area for wintering ducks and during Summer the declining Nightingale. A petition has been started to secure the area and make it a trust to protect it for the future. It's takes minutes to complete the petition and could help save the area from further development, to sign the petition click on the link below.

Make Kennet Meadows a Trust

Kennet Meadows lies between Reading and the M4. It is beautiful and sometimes magic, the flood-plain of the River Kennet, a haven for wild-life – one of the best nightingale sites in England, it is enjoyed by nature-lovers, anglers, boat people, ramblers, cyclists, and by many local residents as a quiet peaceful place within easy reach of their homes.

Every five years or so, starting in the early 1980’s, Kennet Meadows has been under threat, whether from gravel companies or from builders. The latest, from a consortium led by Prudential’s property arm, PRUPIM, who wanted to build 7500 houses there, suffered a major setback when, following yet another campaign for local people, the Department for Communities and Local Government took it out of the South-East Plan because of the flood risk it posed to the area and to central Reading.

This petition, following a resolution from veteran Kennet Meadows campaigner Pete Ruhemann to Reading Borough Council, which received all-party support, seeks to end the threats to Kennet Meadows by putting the area into a Trust to be managed for the benefit of local people. Please give it your support. This is a dream whose time has surely come.

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