Harbour Watch (WHW) represents the views of the people of Whitstable.
is the WHW Viewpoint?
WHW exists because the people of Whitstable met together
and formed a concensus on the development of the harbour. WHW reflects
this mandate in its Information Sheets, web site and public comment.
The WHW viewpoint is checked with the membership at public meetings
and any member can suggest changes which will be discussed by the Steering
Sheets, Posters and Strategy Paper:
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and fair quotation is granted. Wider use requires permission,
please contact Peter Banbury 01227 272818.
Principles of Operation
principles of operation for Whitstable Harbour Watch were published
for comment, suggestions incorporated and approved by the Members Meeting.
The WHW mandate for action comes from the huge support across Whitstable
and the surrounding area.
an individual, anyone can join Whitstable Harbour Watch, either as
a supporter or as a member of a WHW Action Group.
is no membership fee.
Steering Group is made up from representatives of the Action Groups.
activity will be ethical, polite and accurate.
has no political affiliation.
is a not for profit organisation.
Position on the South Quay Proposals
We reject all three proposals put forward as part of the public consultation
as being inappropriate for Whitstable and for the harbour.
We reject all three proposed developers due to lack of independent
and objective evidence available to enable a fair assessment to be made.
In general, we accept the principles described in Canterbury City
Council’s Tender Invitation Brief for the South Quay Development
(2006), with the exception of the assessment criteria.
We call for further stakeholder engagement to allow harbour users,
local residents, visitors and local interest groups to contribute to the
future decision making process.
We request that the results of the recent survey and all relevant
information about the future of the Harbour and Whitstable be published
and be discussed openly with the community.
We call for a fair and transparent decision making process which takes
due time to consider fully all the options available, the implications
of these options and considers the option of non-redevelopment.
Any proposal put forward must provide a positive contribution to the
resident, commercial and visitor communities over the medium and long
We know from feedback that letters from members of the
public to Councillors are effective. More letters were received about
the South Quay proposals than for almost any other issue in recent years.
Click here for a list of Councillors.
www.writetothem.com also provides list of influential
people to contact, if you enter your postcode.
Interest from newspapers, radio and TV has been strong.
Both the Whitstable Times and Whitstable Gazette have covered the developing
events in some detail. Radio Kent, KMFM, Invicta FM, ITV Meridian and
BBC SE have all broadcast interviews. The Independent has published
a report and KentTV has published a video report.
Off Our Harbour is the campaigning slogan of Whitstable Harbour Watch.
reminder that the people of Whitstable, through the Council and the
Harbour Board, own the Harbour.
agree that the Harbour Board is the right body to oversee the Harbour,
on behalf of the community.
the Harbour is so important to the whole character and economy of Whitstable,
that greater public participation in decision making is essential.