Hot on the heels of the previous post where Natural England have recognised that the area should be designated as a SSSI, it is important to remember that this in no way means that the London Resort Development will not go through.
The final decision on the development will be made by the Secretary of State and it is vital that we continue to work towards protecting the area. With that in mind, what can you do to help the campaign to Save Swanscombe Marshes and peninsular?
There are lots of ways you can get involved.
- Join campaigning groups on social media (Facebook, Twitter etc) Save Swanscombe Peninsula being an excellent start.
- Follow our updates, and those of the central RSPB Community
- Follow the updates from Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust and CPRE Kent Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Kent.
- Share with as many people as you can, it doesn’t matter where in the UK they live, they can still sign the Petitions and help to fight the development.
- Probably the most important thing you can do is spend five minutes registering as an “Interested Party”.
To become an “Interested Party” is easy and it will only take five minutes, most importantly, it will make sure that your voice is heard in this important battle to save the site. The more people who do this, the more impact we will have.
Buglife have given some excellent advice on how to proceed and although it might sound intimidating or complicated, you are able to submit a representation without any obligation to engage with it further. Full details can be found on the Buglife link here. They recommend you keep to a maximum of 500 words, and there are examples of what you can consider including in your comments – but don’t forget to keep it personal to you.
You have until Wednesday 31st March to speak up for the amazing wildlife at Swanscombe.