When we conserve our built heritage and our natural and cultural environment we are shaping the future and determining what will be there for our children. When we fail then something of our history is lost. We are aware that things can rarely be preserved exactly as they are, conservation is about finding and developing new and appropriate uses for what we have inherited from our forebears and – and this is critical – working to ensure that these things that we have worked to conserve will be valued by those who will inherit them. Only what is valued by the next generation will be conserved, and they will have to should the responsibility of evolving its use to ensure that their children value it too.
We have conserved the Fleur, formally one of our town's many public houses, and the buildings either side of it, much of our building is listed. We have found space to conserve the Georgian shop front, originally from the market place, which travelled to the USA and back and which is now in our garden.
More recently we have contributed to replanting the flower beds where West Street crosses South Road and had repainted the advert on the house wall in Gatefield Lane. Later in 2019, we shall be insetting a stone at the bottom of Preston Street to strengthen Faversham’s sense of place.
Our Planning Committee meets monthly to review planning applications and where necessary to speak up for the maintenance and conservation of our heritage.