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New Chairman elected at CPRE Gloucestershire 2016 AGM

Thursday, 05 May 2016 19:16

AGM at Stowell Park.  Charlie Watson - left; Mike Mackey - third from the left at the back; Jonathon Porritt - second from the right AGM at Stowell Park. Charlie Watson - left; Mike Mackey - third from the left at the back; Jonathon Porritt - second from the right

 

5 May 2016

At its 2016 AGM held on 4th May at Stowell Park, Mike Mackey was elected as the new Branch Chair of CPRE Gloucestershire, taking over from Charlie Watson.  The keynote speech was given by Jonathon Porritt.

The Gloucestershire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) held its Annual General Meeting at Stowell Park, near Northleach, on Wednesday this week.  The meeting was attended by an unprecedented number of members and friends with over 170 people enjoying the beautiful gardens in the sun at Stowell Park and listening to the keynote speaker environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.

The meeting was chaired by the Branch’s President Dame Janet Trotter and those members present were delighted to elect Mike Mackey as the new Branch Chair.  Mike will take over the role from Charlie Watson who has worked tirelessly and expertly as Branch Chair for the past five years.  Mike has been a member of CPRE for a number of years and is currently Chairman of CPRE’s Forest of Dean District. He will bring a wealth of experience and CPRE Gloucestershire is looking forward to another busy year under his direction as Chair.

The keynote speech this year was given by Jonathon Porritt who co-founded Forum for the future and was a former Director of Friends of the Earth.  He did not shy away from controversial subjects such as the referendum on membership of the EU, sustainable energy from wind farms, solar power or the Severn Barrage (he was in favour).

Jonathon believes that what CPRE is doing in its defence of the planning system over the past two years is ‘practically unique’.  Against a background where the planning system continues to be weakened in this country CPRE, both nationally and locally, has been campaigning vigorously to ensure the planning system is fit for purpose.  In doing so it has commissioned numerous independent research projects most recently on the loss of Green Belt to housing and employment sites.  

CPRE will continue with its campaigning as there appears to be little change in the Government’s intentions for the planning system.

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