Otford Adventures Project is launched

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Otford Adventures is pleased to announce that their community-based project, located at Oxenhill Shaw & Meadow, will go live on Friday 28 May. The idea behind the scheme, led by a group of Otford residents, is to encourage families to enjoy the natural beauty of the village by promoting local trails, events and challenges. 

To start the journey we have created a beautifully illustrated map that can be downloaded.  In addition, a specially printed A3 version is available from the following venues: Yvonne’s (Telston Lane – open daily) – High Street – Pond View Cafe/Denise Thompson Designer Florist (Monday – Saturday) and Hall & Co. (Tuesday – Saturday) and Ibbett Mosely, The Parade (Monday – Saturday). We are asking people to make a voluntary contribution of £2 to the Otford Society to help fund future Otford Adventures.

More about Otford Adventures

Diary Date – Saturday June 26 at 10.00am – “The little rabbit who was afraid of everything”. A free walking event lasting approximately one hour and  suitable for children aged 3 – 7 years. If you’d like your child to join the walk, please email otfordadventures@otfordsociety.org.uk as soon as possible to secure a place as numbers will be strictly limited.

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Photo competition deadline extended

To coincide with the launch of our Oxenhill Shaw & Meadow project on May 26th, the theme for our next Photography Competition has been amended to reflect this exciting new venture.

Otford Adventures has produced a beautifully illustrated map of the site that you will be able to download.

The closing date has also been extended to Saturday 31 July.

Full details & Entry Form

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Postponement of enquiry into foot level crossing

Due to the non-compliance of their on-site notices, the Planning Inspectorate has had to postpone the scheduled ‘Virtual Inquiry’ set for 4th May 2021. Any representation you may have made to the Inspector will remain on file and be assessed whenever the event resumes.

Campaigners opposing the Network Rail proposals continue their statement:

However, it is very worrying that the Inspector has recommended that the Inquiry continues to remain ‘online’ despite the fact that it cannot reconvene until at least the 9th August 2021 when all current covid restrictions will have been removed. 

Purely digital access to proceedings will heavily favour Network Rail whose breadth of technology will not be matched by local residents, some of whom will be excluded and disenfranchised by lack of equipment, or familiarity with the new technology.

This is patently unfair, and we are petitioning to have a bona fide Public Inquiry that is open to all and held at a local venue… a view shared by our M.P. Laura Trott who states “I sees no reason whatsoever (subject to lockdown restrictions being re-imposed) why the hearing cannot take place in public, rather than virtually, and will make this view very clear to the planning inspectorate’.

If you feel that the Inquiry should be held in public please email Yvonne Oddy at   yvonne.oddy@planninginspectorate.gov.uk   to let the Inspectorate know your views.

Read more about the campaign.

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