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The big beast that does things very much its own way…

The big beast that does things very much its own way…

Thursday 28 July 2022

Much though we all love country life, it does have its moments… Normally chilled photographer Gordon Ridgewell reports: “I can’t even sit in the garden tonight, with the big beast making loads of noise and everything covered with dust.”   Read more >

Staycation with a Bicycle… back up north

Staycation with a Bicycle… back up north

Wednesday 6 October 2021

August 2021 Christine and David Knight look back on two special walks Apart from a couple of outings locally, the bikes didn’t clock up many miles in July as we spent more time walking some of the many Essex footpaths. Two of the walks were quite memorable. The first was a walk along the coast […] Read more >

Staycation with a Bicycle… Jaywick or bust!

Staycation with a Bicycle… Jaywick or bust!

Thursday 29 July 2021

June 2021 In their latest adventure in the saddle, Christine and David Knight took to Route 150… For people who don’t live by the sea, the Essex coast in all its diversity is always a special place to visit. From popular holiday resorts to lonely marshes, from the North Sea to tidal rivers and from […] Read more >

Staycation with a Bicycle… on to the Blackwater

Staycation with a Bicycle… on to the Blackwater

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Late May 2021 In the second of  her blogs, Christine Knight reports back from the remote Dengie peninsula, where she and husband David took their bikes in late spring. Having both been born and bred in Essex, there are not many tourist spots or towns that we haven’t visited over the years, but, being the […] Read more >

Staycation with a Bicycle

Staycation with a Bicycle

Thursday 1 July 2021

Christine Knight and husband David, CPRE Essex chairman, have dusted down the cobwebs and taken to their bicycles as they reacquaint themselves with the glories of the Essex countryside. Here, in the first of a series of articles or ‘blogs’, Christine tells how the couple ventured to the idyllic borderlands shared with Suffolk.    May […] Read more >

Is this house well designed?

Is this house well designed?

Thursday 11 March 2021

CPRE planner Richard Thompson asks whether a welcome policy aspiration risks becoming just another developer-led tick-box exercise Ask the public whether the above house is well designed and they are most likely to say yes, it is. Ask the same question to an architect, they are much more likely to dislike iti. So who is […] Read more >

We jingled, we didn’t mingle and we all had the most wonderful time!

We jingled, we didn’t mingle and we all had the most wonderful time!

Thursday 17 December 2020

David Knight, CPRE Essex chairman, joined some 500 others for the hugely successful Essex Farmers’ Drive-in Carol Service in Chelmsford Advertised as Jingling without the Mingling and held at Chelmsford City Racecourse on a chilly, grey and wet December afternoon, the brilliantly-organised Essex Farmers’ Drive-in Carol Service was an absolute pleasure. Led by Rev Canon Janet […] Read more >

Planning system should recognise – and compensate – efforts of those fighting for our countryside

Planning system should recognise – and compensate – efforts of those fighting for our countryside

Thursday 26 November 2020

David Knight, CPRE Essex chairman, calls for donations by land agents to charities when they win planning permission for development proposals. Perhaps such a scheme would make them think twice before making speculative applications… Since becoming chairman of CPRE Essex, one of the things that never fails to impress me is the dedication and professionalism […] Read more >

Goldsmith Street in Norwich: the way forward for Essex

Goldsmith Street in Norwich: the way forward for Essex

Monday 28 October 2019

David Knight, CPRE Essex chairman, reports from a visit to Norwich, where a new development convinced him things could be done so much better as we address the ever-present issue of housing In recent months, I have viewed endless new housing estates, consisting of faceless four- and five-bedroom detached box-like buildings, plonked in a field, […] Read more >

High Sheriff of Essex: why I’m targeting the menace of litter

High Sheriff of Essex: why I’m targeting the menace of litter

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Dr James Bettley, High Sheriff of Essex, has chosen to make litter one of the themes of his year in office. Here he writes for CPRE Essex on why he feels so strongly about the issue and tells how he has been joining volunteers across the county as they tackle a seemingly ever-present scourge. For […] Read more >

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