We have responded to the latest Thenet parkway Consultation. Here is a summary of our response:
Q6: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the proposed look of the station and car park?
Strongly disagree. We are very concerned that the siting and massing of the station structure pays little or no regard to its rural setting and in particular to its proximity to the nearby St Augustine’s Cross.
The design is utilitarian and the proposed lift/stairway towers highly obtrusive on the local landscape. We would prefer a lighter and more modern glass design throughout and hope to see a marked improvement in both concept and materials proposed at the planning application stage.
So far no attention has been given to landscaping and here we very much support the views of Lewis White who has been in communication with your team about the need for a properly considered and detailed landscaping plan as part of the overall plan for the complex-- not just green wallpaper! The need for such a plan is critical when consideration is given to the car parking and road access arrangements given the extent of the land required to adequately serve the station.
Over the last several months the Executive Committee has been considering the current subscription rate of £8 per annum (single) and £12 per annum (joint). It has become clear that as the Society has become more active our basic running costs have increased to a point where we need to increase our subscription rates if we are to remain financially sound.
At the monthly executive committee meetings our treasurer provides a report of income and expenditure during the month and reports this against the budget for the year. By doing this we are able to maintain a close eye on our finances. As a result of this the Executive Committee, at a meeting on 2nd February 2017, decided to increase the subscription from 1st April 2017 to £12 (single) and £18 (joint).