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Farmers café relaunch can be a win-win for everyone

Farmers café relaunch can be a win-win for everyone

Wednesday 13 February 2019

For some of us, the life of a farmer must seem close to idyllic (even if we acknowledge the amount of hard work it entails). However, there are a worrying number of people in the agricultural world who are prone to loneliness and, sometimes, resultant depression and other mental-health issues. Think about it: a day […] Read more >

Spare a thought for your property

Spare a thought for your property

Monday 14 January 2019

David Knight, chairman of CPRE Essex, urges us to consider the appearance of our homes if we’re considering an extension   New Year’s resolutions abound at this time of year. Could it be to move house, or maybe extend your existing one? Political uncertainty probably favours the latter option. So, if you take that route, spare […] Read more >

Campaign through design

Campaign through design

Monday 7 January 2019

This is the third blog that Ben Nourse, a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, is sharing with CPRE Essex.    Artificial countryside We must remember that an experience in the English countryside is not an experience with nature. The Domesday Book […] Read more >

There are other options to the car – perhaps our authorities might like to consider them

There are other options to the car – perhaps our authorities might like to consider them

Wednesday 19 December 2018

The Lower Thames Crossing between Kent and Essex would destroy swathes of countryside on both sides of the river. This piece by Alex Hills, chairman of Dartford and Gravesham CPRE, relates to transport systems in north-west Kent, but the principles of his argument are just as pertinent in south Essex   Since the 1950s, successive governments […] Read more >

We’ve got the power… the future for energy use in this country

We’ve got the power… the future for energy use in this country

Monday 3 December 2018

Fresh from a UK Power Networks roadshow, David Knight, CPRE Essex chairman, offers his thoughts on how our energy needs are being tackled. Early this month I visited a roadshow hosted by UK Power Networks. This organisation owns and maintain electricity cables and lines across London, the South East and the East of England, “making […] Read more >

The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

The Lower Thames Crossing… a helping hand for a serial killer?

Wednesday 28 November 2018

With the prospect of the Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent threatening swathes of countryside on both sides of the river, Alex Hills, chairman of Gravesham CPRE, offers his view on government roads policy while also asking if we’re all doing our bit to tackle air pollution By continuing to build poorly planned new […] Read more >

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

Red, white and grey… a standardised national landscape

Wednesday 21 November 2018

This is the second blog that Ben Nourse, a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, is sharing with CPRE Essex.    In 1955, Ian Nairn famously coined the phrase ‘subtopia’, a term referring to the suburban monotonisation of English landscapes. Architectural critic […] Read more >

How green is our Brexit?

How green is our Brexit?

Wednesday 31 October 2018

So what’s the future for our natural heritage once this country has departed the EU? CPRE environment expert Graham Warren considers the options… The natural environment barely got a mention in the pre-Brexit referendum barrage of half-truths and ‘alternative facts’ and would, even now, struggle to make the top 10 of the government’s shopping list. […] Read more >

Development disparity

Development disparity

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Those of you at this month’s AGM would have heard a short talk entitled Towards a New Rural in which Ben Nourse confronted the issue of the huge numbers of new homes being foisted on Essex by central government. Ben is a graduate researcher working with the Cambridge Design Research Studio and studying to become a […] Read more >