University Expansion Plans
- What students would like universities to spend less money on, national study.
- CPRE letter to UKC regarding air pollution caused by traffic
- Canterbury City Council Higher Ed. feedback request
- Local Councillor KM response to UKC plan
- Eastbridge hospital Covenants recalled
- Early Wins for Uni at Blean
- Green campus at expense of green fields
- City’s character before profit
- Uni Creative Arts & Girne American Uni
- Canterbury only caters for students
- Unsuitability of Tyler Hill Road for development
- Wincheap HMOs and the city’s dependence on universities.
- Universities in unique position to “put back” into Canterbury
- CCC’s Higher Education Impact Review
- Canterbury housing stock
- Higher Education & Quality of Life juxtaposed in the Canterbury District Plan (Draft)
- “Silicon Valley”, with a cricket pitch
- Blean Parish Council’s initial reaction to UKC masterplan
- Canterbury need not rely on University
- UKC’s Economic Impact report 2014
Firstly I am so grateful that the campaign group “University Challenged” has been formed and that they are challenging the plan re the proposed University of Kent Campus development. This plan seeks to undertake by far the biggest development ever in the Blean area (and indeed makes the Gladman one- see “Battle fro Blean…” seem like child’s play in comparison, not only in terms of size and impact but in content- Gladman at least wants housing, the university wants car parks, concrete and business clusters! (Gladman also leafleted the whole area.)
My husband and I live in the midst of the area, (much of which is a “Conservation Area” or agricultural land incidentally) that the University proposes to destroy by concreting over and turning into several “park and ride” venues. Further we were only made aware of the plans when the posters were put up by the campaign group. We did not receive any leaflets , nor indeed were we notified of any exhibitions.It is a disgrace. Whilst it is presented as a long term plan, many of us feel that we have a responsibility to preserve such a beautiful area for future generations to enjoy as we are able to enjoy.
I find it both astonishing and concerning that the University states that “several hundred leaflets were put in the Tyler Kiln Pub” in an article in the Kentish Gazette last week. This pub is on a main road in the Tyler Hill Area- at least a ten minute walk from the area that could be most affected, and personally I do not know anyone who frequents this particular establishment (or indeed any other pub in this day and age). In any event I would be interested to know why the university chose to put leaflets in a pub AND in particular this one ?
I also find the whole plan quite bewildering in that- if my memory serves me correctly – I seem to recall that when this land was sold to the University by Eastbridge Hospital Trust circa 2006 we were informed that there were covenants in place that would ensure that it remained in agricultural use “in perpetuity.”
Finally I note in the article “Battle for Blean…” that our Ward councillor Ben Fitter-Harding refers to the Gladman proposal as “development of the worst kind” If this is his view on this proposed development I would dearly love to know what he thinks of these university plans!-the same to the” power of 10 million”?! May we have his comments?