Sunday, 10 October 2010

Letter to Press: Kennington North, Chilmington Green and the Expansion of Ashford.

Ashford Green Party is disappointed that the Kennington North Estate has reared it's ugly head again. it was made perfectly clear that the people of Kennington, Bybrook and Bockhanger do not want this development, as the Keep Chilmington Green Campaign has made clear that the majority of people in Ashford and the surrounding areas do not want any more building. The expansion of Ashford is being rejected, and Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council and the Government persist in ignoring us.

There are empty buildings and waste land that need redevelopment, there is infrastructure desperately needed, and there is climate change and peak oil to take into consideration. The future of Ashford must involve development in these areas, as well as in public transport and other services. It must not involve more mindless expansion or destruction of our countryside.

During our campaigns in town the only people reluctant to support our campaign, despite their sympathy, have been those from the construction trades, but a program of redevelopment and fortifying Ashford against the challenges of the future can be used to create jobs for these workers, helping them and Ashford as a whole through the recession.

More houses, more people and more cars will only make maters worse. Ashford Green Party will continue to oppose these developments, especially at the ballot boxes next May.

Steven Campkin
Ashford Green Party
37 Beecholme Drive
TN24 9AA ...Thinking Allowed?

Saturday, 9 October 2010



Kent Green Party is opposed to a cull of badgers. Steve Campkin, Kent Green Party’s Animal Rights Campaigner, explains why:

“Kent Green Party opposes the badger cull. We do not believe that it is ethical or practical to carry out a sustained 'removal' of an indiginous species over a minimum of 100km2. We believe that addressing cattle to cattle transmission and the development of a vaccine is the key. Bovine TB is spread because of intensive farming. The constant use of drugs leads to drug-resistant conditions. Animals, unlike humans, breed to a sustainable level. It is very likely a cull this year would lead to a population explosion next year.

“The best option is organic farming, where the animals are naturally healthy and happy, which would boost their immune systems so they are naturally resistant to bTB. An overall reduction in meat consumption would help. Interfering with Nature has caused this problem, and further interference will only make things worse.
“In more detail: the initial, very expensive (£50million) and comprehensive, field trial by The Independent Scientific Group on Badger TB chaired by Prof Bourne found that:

In summary, the ISG conclude that neither the proactive or reactive culling of badgers can be recommended as a means of controlling bTB in cattle. Culling causes badgers to move, spreading infection and undermining reductions in TB in cattle achieved in the area where culling has taken place. We understand that bTB is a condition of great concern to farmers and which also has welfare implications for cattle. However, the answer to its lies with better diets and welfare policies for cattle to improve their immune systems, not culling badgers.”


Steve Campkin, Animal Rights Campaigns Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY on 07964 867589. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. The assistance of Caroline Allen MA VetMB CertSAM MRCVS with this release is acknowledged.