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Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Draft Management Plan

 

Consultation Questionnaire

 

The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit are seeking your views on the Kent Downs AONB Draft Management Plan 2020 – 2025. Kent County Council (KCC) is hosting this consultation on their behalf.

 

What information do you need before completing the questionnaire?

We recommend that you read the Draft Management Plan (or sections relevant to your interests) and accompanying Draft Landscape Character Assessment (or sections relevant to your interests) before filling in this questionnaire. The Environment Report and Sustainability Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment are also available. All consultation material is available on KCC’s website kent.gov.uk/kentdownsaonb or in hard copy on request.

 

We recognise that the AONB Management Plan and accompanying Landscape Character Assessment are broad in the subjects and geography they cover so please do not feel obliged to answer all of the questions. We welcome your response to any or all of the matters they cover.

 

The Draft Plan was prepared before the Covid-19 pandemic and it will be vital we consider how the Management Plan responds to the crisis. This questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to tell us any key considerations you feel we should take into account.

 

This questionnaire can be completed on our website. Alternatively, you can fill in this Word version and return it via email to mail@kentdowns.org.uk or by post to Kent Downs AONB Unit, West Barn, Penstock Hall Farm, Canterbury Road, East Brabourne, Ashford, Kent TN25 5LL.

 

Please ensure your response reaches us by midnight 7th September 2020.

 

 

Alternative Formats: If you need this questionnaire or any of the consultation documents in an alternative format, please email alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk or call 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine which is monitored during office hours.

 

Privacy: Kent County Council collects and processes personal information in order to provide a range of public services. Kent County Council respects the privacy of individuals and endeavours to ensure personal information is collected fairly, lawfully, and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018. 

Section 1 – About You

Q1.  Are you responding on behalf of …? 

 

Please select the option from the list below that most closely represents how you will be responding to this consultation. 

Select one option only.

 

Yourself as an individual  

 

Yourself in your professional capacity

 

A representative of a local community group or residents’ association

X

On behalf of a Parish / Town / Borough / District Council in an official capacity

 

A Parish / District / County Councillor

 

An educational establishment, such as a school or college

 

On behalf of a business

 

On behalf of a charity, voluntary or community sector organisation (VCS)

 

Other

 

If ‘Other’, please specify:

 

Q1a. If you are responding in your professional capacity, please tell us what it is:

 

 

Q1b. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation (community group, resident association, council, educational establishment, business or any other organisation), please tell us the name of the organisation here:

Maidstone Borough Council

 

 

Q2.   Please tell us the first five characters of your postcode:

Please do not reveal your whole postcode. We use this to help us to analyse our data. It will not be used to identify who you are.

ME156

 

Section 2 – Kent Downs AONB Draft Management Plan

 

The Draft Management Plan is formed of 12 sections. You can provide feedback on all or as many of the sections as you like. If you would rather not provide feedback on any section, just move on to the next set of questions.

 

1.         The Kent Downs AONB                                         Page 4

2.         The Management of the Kent Downs AONB     Page 7

3.         Sustainable Development                                                 Page 9

4.         Landform and Landscape Character                   Page 13

5.         Biodiversity                                                               Page 16

6.         Farmed Landscape                                                             Page 19

7.         Woodlands and Trees                                             Page 22

8.         Historic and Cultural Heritage                               Page 25

9.         Heritage Coast                                                         Page 28

10.      Geology and Natural Resources                          Page 31

11.      Quality of Life and Vibrant Communities                        Page 34

12.      Access, Enjoyment and Understanding              Page 37

 

 


 

1. The Kent Downs AONB

A vision is a description of what an organisation would like to achieve or accomplish and is intended to serve as a guide for what action will be taken in the future.

 

The overarching ten-year vision for the Kent Downs AONB included in the Draft Management Plan 2020-25 is as follows:

 

“In 2030… the qualities and distinctive features of the Kent Downs AONB, the dramatic south-facing scarp, secluded dry valleys, network of tiny lanes, isolated farmsteads, churches and oasts, orchards, dramatic cliffs, the ancient woodlands and delicate chalk grassland along with the ancient, remote and tranquil qualities, are valued, secured and strengthened.

 

“The Kent Downs has become a landscape where rapid change supports the AONB’s distinctive features. Responses to development pressures and climate change have enhanced landscape character and what is valued by people about the landscape. The Kent Downs landscape is recognised and valued, enjoyed and cherished and its future conservation and enhancement is a certainty.

 

“Strong, assertive leadership from the AONB partnership along with positive partnerships with key organisations, local people and land managers act together with wider publics to conserve, enhance, enjoy and promote a nationally and internationally recognised and valued landscape.”

 

Q3.        To what extent do you agree or disagree with the vision for the Kent Downs AONB in 2030

See page 3. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q3a.      Please provide any comments on the vision here:

Welcome the acknowledgement that change will inevitably occur in the AONB and that the AONB partnership shall seek to ensure that such change supports the AONB’s distinctive features.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Draft Management Plan identifies special components, characteristics and qualities of the Kent Downs AONB.

·         Dramatic landform and views; a distinctive landscape character

·         Biodiversity-rich habitats

·         Farmed landscape

·         Woodland and trees

·         A rich legacy of historic and cultural heritage

·         The Heritage Coasts

·         Geology and natural resources

·         Tranquillity and remoteness

 

Q4.        To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified what makes the area distinctive and special to you?

Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Q4a.      If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

We note that ‘vibrant communities’, ‘development pressures’ and ‘access, enjoyment and understanding’ which had previously been included in the special components, characteristics and qualities of the AONB have, in the main, been reclassified as ‘important social and economic components of the Kent Downs which are a key to its future conservation and enhancement’.  

 

As the communities that lie within the Kent Downs AONB form an important component of the AONB, and it is their histories that have shaped the cultural landscape we do not agree with the proposed new special components, characteristics and qualities identified in the Draft Management Plan (MP) as this will result in the relegation of the importance of the communities that live and work in the AONB.

 

 

 

 

The Draft Management Plan also identifies the social and economic components which are key to the future conservation and enhancement of the Kent Down AONB. See page 6.  

·         Vibrant communities

·         Access, enjoyment and understanding

 

Q5.        To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the key social and economic components?

Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Q5a.      If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

Whilst we welcome the reference made to communities within the AONB, it is important that they are not relegated in their significance to the AONB so that the future economic and social needs of communities can be met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2. The Management of the Kent Downs AONB

 

Our vision for the management of the Kent Downs AONB is as follows:

 

“In 2030… the Kent Downs AONB is widely recognised and greatly valued. It is a landscape cherished and held in the highest esteem by those who visit, live and work there and nearby and by those who influence its future. Residents and visitors know where the AONB is and they understand its character and qualities and support the purposes of its designation. The Kent Downs AONB partnership is acknowledged, supported, funded and equipped to be the main and an influential and effective advocate and champion for the AONB. A diverse range of individuals and organisations are delivering positive action on the ground and are collaboratively engaged in the partnership and management planning. The AONB partnership is engaging and open about the conservation and management of the AONB.”

 

Q6.        To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for the management of the Kent Downs AONB? 

See pages 9 – 18. Select one option only.


Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q6a.      Please provide any comments on our vision for the management of the Kent Downs AONB here:

 

 

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Q7.        To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for the management of the Kent Downs AONB?

See page 20.    Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

Q7a.      If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

We question the removal of the point about responsiveness to people, adaptivity and flexibility to change, which were included in previous iterations of the MP.  There is a need to balance conserving and enhancing the AONB with the economic and social wellbeing of the communities that are located within and on the edge of the AONB.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q8.        To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for management of the Kent Downs AONB?

See page 20. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q8a.      If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

We acknowledge the role that LPA’s have in supporting the implementation of the management plan and support principle MPP2.

 

Inclusion of technical and financial support from LPA’s is new and was not included in the previous MP.  Clarification is needed in respect to what form this technical and financial support will take.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Sustainable Development

 

Our vision for sustainable development is as follows:

 

“In 2030 … the principles of sustainable development are at the heart of the management of the Kent Downs. Change reinforces and enhances the characteristics, qualities and distinctiveness of the Kent Downs and benefits its communities and economy. While the surrounding urban areas have expanded considerably, innovative management techniques and policy approaches successfully address the pressure and opportunities presented by growth to the landscapes of the AONB.

 

“The impacts of climate change are being felt but the mitigation and adaptive responses taken are landscape led, effective and carefully chosen to enhance the characteristics, qualities and distinctiveness of the landscape rather than detracting from them. The natural capital and ecosystems service provision of the Kent Downs has been enhanced. Important areas of tranquillity have been identified, protected and expanded and provide ‘oases of calm’.”

 

Q9.        To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for sustainable development? 

See pages 23 – 26. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q9a.      Please provide any comments on our vision for sustainable development here:

 

Clarification is needed in respect to what ‘growth to the landscapes of the AONB’ means as it is not clear in this context whether it refers to the expansion of the landscape and designation, or expansion into the landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q10.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right guiding themes for sustainable development?

See pages 26 – 28. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q10a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q11.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right recurrent themes for sustainable development?

See pages 29 - 31.  Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q11a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q12.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for sustainable development?

See page 31. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q12a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

We would ask for clarification in respect to the meaning of ‘environmental net gain’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q13.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for sustainable development?

See page 32. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

Q13a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

Aim 6 refers to the setting and views in and out of the AONB to be conserved and enhanced.  Whilst important, the setting of the AONB is not part of the AONB and should not be subject to the same stringent requirements as the AONB itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q14.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for sustainable development?

See pages 33. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q14a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
4. Landform and Landscape Character

 

The section is informed by the accompanying Draft Landscape Character Assessment which details the identifying characteristics of the landscape of the Kent Downs AONB and makes landscape management recommendations on actions, investments and priorities to conserve and enhance the landscape. See Section 3 of this questionnaire on page 40 to answer the questions on the Landscape Character Assessment.

 

Our vision for landform and landscape character is as follows:

 

“In 2030… the rich diversity of landscape character and qualities distinctive to the Kent Downs are protected, enhanced and managed to the highest standards in a co-ordinated and continual programme. The special characteristics and qualities of the Kent Downs AONB are widely recognised, valued and strengthened and landscape character informs land and resource management, nature recovery plans, intended net gain and natural capital investments, responses to climate change and development decisions.”

 

Q15.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for landform and landscape character

See page 36.  Select one option only.


Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q15a.    Please provide any comments on our vision for landform and landscape character here:

 

Whilst this section is accompanied by the Draft Landscape Character Assessment we would like to see the methodology so that we can ensure that the assessments fit with our own suite of landscape character assessment evidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q16.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right landscape character types and areas within the Kent Downs AONB?

See pages 36 - 39. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q16a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

b. should include other incompatible land uses and associated ancillary structures, for example small scale agricultural activities such as alpaca, chicken and pig husbandry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q17.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for landform and landscape character?

See page 40. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q17a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

g. should consider landscape and visual appraisals and not just LVIAs as the level of assessment required depends on the type and scale of the land use changes in question.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q18.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for landform and landscape character?

See page 41. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q18a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

Again, ‘landscape net gain’ needs clarifying as a term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q19.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for landform and landscape character?

See pages 41. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q19a     If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

LLC4- should read as ‘enforcement action against’ as ‘prosecution’ is just one means of enforcement.

 

LLC5- is this a principle?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

5. Biodiversity

 

Our vision for biodiversity is as follows:

 

“By 2030… the distinctive wildlife habitats of the Kent Downs are understood better, enjoyed and celebrated and are in favourable, resilient condition with individual characteristic species flourishing. There is a far-sighted nature recovery plan being implemented for the Kent Downs, which recognises and responds to the substantial changes that will be experienced and is linked to a wider nature recovery network.  An approach to intended biodiversity net gain is understood and agreed and is achieving advances in biodiversity and habitats across the Kent Downs. There has been an increase in the extent and quality of key characteristic habitats and abundance of species of the Downs. People, policy and funding regimes recognise, value and support the importance of nature in the Kent Downs.”

 

Q20.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for biodiversity?

See pages 44 – 47. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q20a. Please provide any comments on our vision for biodiversity here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q21.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right special characteristics and qualities for biodiversity?

See pages 47 - 51. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q21a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q22.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for biodiversity?

See page 52. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q22a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q23.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for biodiversity?

See page 54. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q23a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q24.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for biodiversity?

See page 54. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q24a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Farmed Landscape

 

Our vision for farmed landscape is as follows:

 

“In 2030… the Kent Downs AONB is a place where agriculture takes and is appreciated for a pivotal role in the conservation of natural beauty and landscape qualities and character as well as wider. Sustainable farming is the predominant land-use of the AONB and the heritage of mixed farming is retained in a contemporary context, supports and enhances landscape character, nature and is an increasingly important part of the Kent Downs contribution to achieving net zero carbon emissions. There is a greater public understanding of the roles of farming and more opportunities to gain carefully managed access to farmed landscape and to understand farming systems. Despite the volatile context, a broad range of crops are sustainably produced and are suited to the increasing extremes of climate, local conditions and market forces as well as the landscape. Naturally diverse permanent grasslands are well managed by grazing and orchards, plats and hop gardens retain an important place in the landscape.  The flourishing number of vineyards are managed in a way that conserves the characteristics and qualities of the AONB. The high-quality products of the Kent Downs are commercially successful and high environmental quality is a market advantage.”

 

Q25.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for farmed landscape?

See pages 57 – 61. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q25a.    Please provide any comments regarding our vision for farmed landscape here:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Q26.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right special characteristics and qualities for farmed landscape?

See page 66. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q26a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q27.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for farmed landscape?

See page 67. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q27a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q28.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for farmed landscape?

See page 68. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q28a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q29.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for farmed landscape?

See page 69. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q29a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Woodlands and Trees

 

Our vision for woodlands and trees is as follows:

“In 2030… the characteristic Kent Downs network of woodland and trees is greater in extent and is conserved and enhanced for its landscape, wildlife and historic value. Sustainably managed woodlands and trees are resilient to stressors such as pests, disease, visitor pressure and climate change, they provide inherent mitigation and adaption to that change. Buoyant markets for woodland products support the productive, sustainable management of trees and woodlands; high quality multi-functional management provides well-used places for leisure and recreation, health and wellbeing and are rich in characteristic wildlife.”

 

Q30.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for woodland and trees?

See pages 72 – 77. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q30a. Please provide any comments on the vision for woodland and trees here:

 

Whilst we strongly agree with the vision we would like to see consideration of hedgerows alongside trees and woodlands.

 

It would also be helpful to take a more detailed view on ‘wilding’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q31.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right special characteristics and qualities for woodlands and trees?

See page 77. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q31a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

Definition of ‘notable’ trees is needed. 

 

We would also like this to encompass groups of trees which have important amenity value (where the individual trees may or may not be in good condition or significant).

 

 

 

 

 

Q32.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for woodlands and trees?

See page 78. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q32a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

Other non- intensive activities can pose a threat to woodland trees (see answer to Q16a.).

 

Again the issue of ‘wilding’ needs clarification.

 

Definition of ‘specimen’ trees, particularly the distinction between ‘notable’ trees, and the need for consideration of groups of trees needed (see answer to Q31a. above).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q33.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims that support the sustainable management of woodlands and trees?

See page 79. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q33a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

7.3.1 The word ‘fine’ should be omitted and hedgerows added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q34.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles that support the sustainable management of woodlands and trees?

See page 80. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q34a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

Include mention of hedgerows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Historic and Cultural Heritage

 

Our vision for historic and cultural heritage is as follows:

 

“In 2034… the rich heritage of historic landscape, buildings, settlements and sites that characterise the Kent Downs’ historic and cultural fabric are maintained in favourable condition and are enhanced to reflect their local character and significance. The environmental performance of historic buildings is enhanced in a way that is sensitive to their character. They are understood and cherished by local people and visitors alike for their intrinsic value and for their important contribution to quality of life and rural economy. Vibrant and exciting artistic and cultural interpretation and celebration of the Kent Downs is supported and strong partnerships for the arts and cultural development in the Downs is in place and delivering extraordinary, contemporary work enjoyed by and inspiring wide and diverse publics.”

 

Q35.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for historic and cultural heritage?

See page 83. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q35a.    Please provide any comments on the vision for historic and cultural heritage here:

 

The vision for the historic environment is supported. As well as being understood and cherished, the Plan should encourage local people and visitors to actively participate in protecting and enhancing the heritage and cultural aspects of the landscape.

The vision for artistic and cultural interpretation and celebration should include the history of the landscape and its heritage. This would fit with Principle HCH5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q36.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right special characteristics and qualities for historic and cultural heritage?

See pages 83 - 89. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q36a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

More emphasis should be given to the importance of historic farmsteads, which are present across the landscape. This would align with Principle HCH6 and the Kent Downs Farmsteads Guidance. As well as being significant historic buildings, farm houses form the nucleus of groups of ancillary buildings and the managed land around them, and farmsteads and their settings are an essential aspect of the historic landscape.

 

The Plan could refer to the presence of valuable but non-designated 20th century defensive heritage which exists away from the coast, for example the numerous structures and features at Detling airfield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q37.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for historic and cultural heritage?

See page 89. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q37a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

The text refers to scheduled and unscheduled historic environment. It would be more accurate to refer to designated and non-designated heritage assets, as this would encompass both buildings and archaeology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q38.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for historic and cultural heritage?

See page 90. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q38a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

Aim 1 should also refer to buildings and structures, for example farmsteads or churches that may not be within a defined village settlement.

Aim 5 should refer to conservation rather than restoration in order to be consistent with aim 4 and wider historic environment policy.

Aim 5 could include a desire to promote traditional skills training and education, which would then support Aim 5 which requires skilled workers to be employed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q39.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for historical and cultural heritage?

See page 90. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q39a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

Principle HCH6 should also refer to other relevant conservation management plans, which might include those for conservation areas, registered parks and gardens, or archaeological sites.

 

The application of design policies in relevant neighbourhood plans is pursued though the functions of the LPA and therefore it is not necessary for this to be duplicated in HCH6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

9. Heritage Coast

 

Our vision for the Heritage Coast is as follows:

“In 2030… the special place that the White Cliffs of Dover have in the hearts and minds of millions of people is justified by the reality experienced on the ground. Collaborative effort continues to transform the management of the coasts which meets the needs of the landscape, natural and historic environment and communities, while supporting the sustainable regeneration of the coastal economy including the coastal towns.”

 

Q40.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for the heritage coast?

See pages 93 – 97. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q40a. Please provide any comments on the vision for the heritage coast here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q41.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right special characteristics and qualities for the heritage coast?

See page 97. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Q41a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q42.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for the heritage coast?

See page 98. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q42a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q43.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for the heritage coast?

See page 99. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q43a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q44.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for the heritage coast?

See page 99. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q44a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

10. Geology and Natural Resources

 

Our vision for geology and natural resources is as follows:

“In 2030… great care is taken to conserve and manage the natural resources of the Kent Downs particularly soil, air, ground and river water. New and innovative ways to both reduce resource use and enhance the existing natural capital have been adopted which support landscape character and qualities, the economy and communities. The need to conserve and enhance natural beauty means mineral resource mining occurs away from the AONB, except in exceptional circumstances, and worked out quarry sites have been restored to enhance local landscape character.”

 

Q45.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for geology and natural resources?

See pages 102 – 105. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q45a.    Please provide any comments on the vision for geology and natural resources here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q46.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right special characteristics and qualities for geology and natural resources?

See page 105 - 106. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q46a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q47.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for geology and natural resources?

See pages 107 - 108. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q47a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

There is an opportunity to reference the symbiotic relationship that can exist between flood reduction measures and landscape enhancement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q48.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for geology and natural resources?

See page 108. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q48a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q49.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for geology and natural resources?

See page 108. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q49a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


11. Quality of Life and Vibrant Communities

 

Our vision for quality of life and vibrant communities is as follows:

 

“In 2030… a diversity of people and communities are central to the conservation, enhancement and enjoyment of the Kent Downs; they value this special place and feel welcome to enjoy, experience and benefit from the AONB. People and communities have a strong, positive influence over change through being engaged and active participants. Communities’ work and voluntary activity marries social and economic well-being with landscape conservation and enhancement. Individuals and organisations choose to buy goods and services that in themselves benefit the Kent Downs landscape and economy.

 

“The health and well-being benefits of contact with nature and beauty have become central to the purposes and management of the landscape and the Kent Downs partnership.”

 

Q50.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for quality of life and vibrant communities?

See pages 111 – 116. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q50a.    Please provide any comments on the vision for quality of life and vibrant communities here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q51.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for quality of life and vibrant communities?

See page 116 - 118. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q51a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q52.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for quality of life and vibrant communities?

See page 118. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q52a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q53.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for quality of life and vibrant communities?

See page 118. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q53a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

12. Access, Enjoyment and Understanding

 

Our vision for access, enjoyment and understanding is as follows:

 

“In 2030… the Kent Downs AONB is a place of natural beauty with opportunity and access for all people; they feel welcome to participate in quiet recreation for health, relaxation, enjoyment and for cultural and artistic expression.

 

“Improved management ensures that the Public Rights of Way and much of the highway network is safe, quiet and convenient for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and public transport is an attractive option to reach and enjoy the landscape. Maintenance of the Public Rights of Way and highway network is sympathetic to biodiversity and landscape character.

 

“The Kent Downs AONB is recognised, valued and celebrated by residents, visitors and by those who simply delight in the fact that it is there.”

 

Q54.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with our vision for access, enjoyment and understanding?

See pages 121 – 128. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q54a.    Please provide any comments on the vision for access, enjoyment and understanding here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Q55.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right main issues, opportunities and threats for access, enjoyment and understanding?

See page 128. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q55a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q56.      To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right aims for access, enjoyment and understanding?

See page 130. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 


Q56a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q57.     To what extent do you agree or disagree that we have identified the right principles for access, enjoyment and understanding?

See page 130. Select one option only.

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

Q57a.    If you have answered ‘tend to disagree’ or ‘strongly disagree’, please tell us why here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Section 3 – Draft Landscape Character Assessment

 

The Draft Landscape Character Assessment (which is made up of 13 individual documents) outlines the identifying characteristics of the landscape of the Kent Downs AONB and makes landscape management recommendations on actions, investments and priorities to conserve and enhance the landscape. These recommendations inform the Draft Management Plan.

 

Q58.      To what extent do you agree or disagree with the landscape management recommendations in the draft Landscape Character Assessment?

Select one option in each row.

Chalk Downs

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

LCA 1A West Kent Downs

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCA 1B Mid Kent Downs

 

 

X

 

 

 

LCA 1C East Kent Downs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalk Scarps and Vales

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

LCA 2A Kemsing Scarp and Vale

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCA 2B Hollingbourne Scarp and Vale

 

 

 

X

 

 

LCA 2C Postling Scarp and Vale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalk Cliffs and Coast

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

LCA 3A White Cliffs Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Select one option in each row.

River Valleys

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

LCA 4A Darent Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCA 4B Medway Valley

 

X

 

 

 

 

LCA 4C Stour Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greensand

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

 

LCA 5A Sevenoaks Greensand Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

LCA 5B Lympne Greensand Escarpment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low Weald

Strongly agree

Tend to agree

Neither agree nor disagree

Tend to disagree

Strongly disagree

Unsure

LCA 6C Low Weald Eden Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q58a.    Please provide any comments on the landscape management recommendations here:  Please be as specific as is possible in your answers and provide evidence if appropriate.

 

 

LCA 2B Suggests that large scale development outside the AONB will have an adverse effect on the AONB.  We disagree with this and consider that it should be rephrased to make it clear that, so long as suitable design and appropriate edge treatments can be secured to mitigate potential harm to the landscape character of the AONB, then appropriate large-scale development in the setting of the AONB could be acceptable in landscape impact terms..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Section 4 – Supporting Assessments

 

Q59.      We have completed an Environment Report and Sustainability Assessment on the Draft Management Plan.

 

If you have any comments on this assessment, please provide them here:

The Environment Report and Sustainability Assessment is available at kent.gov.uk/kentdownsaonb or in hard copy on request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To help ensure that we are meeting our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 we have undertaken an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIAs) for the draft Management Plan.

An EqIA is a tool to assess the impact any proposals would have on the protected characteristics: age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, race, religion, and carer’s responsibilities. The EqIA is available at kent.gov.uk/kentdownsaonb or in hard copy on request.

 

Q60.      We welcome your views on our equality analysis and if you think there is anything else we should consider relating to equality and diversity. Please provide any comments here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Section 5 – Additional Information

 

Q61.    The Draft Management Plan was prepared before the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be important to consider how the Management Plan should respond to the crisis. Please provide any key considerations you think we should take into account here:

If your comments directly relate to a specific section of the Draft Management Plan, please include the name of the section with your comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q62.      If you have any examples of landscape enhancement, biodiversity, or access improvement projects in your local area, please provide details here:

If you wish to discuss, please contact mail@kentdowns.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q63.      How did you find out about this consultation? 

Select all that apply 

 

Received an email from Kent County Council

X

Received an email from Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit

 

Received an email from another organisation or contact

 

From a friend or relative

 

Newspaper

 

Social Media (Facebook or Twitter)

 

Kent.gov.uk website

 

Other

 

If other, please specify:

 

 

 

Q64.      Finally, do you any other comments to make about our Draft Management Plan? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kent Downs AONB Citizen’s Panel and Newsletter

The Kent Downs AONB is considering establishing a Citizen’s Panel. Members would be asked for their feedback on a range of issues to help the AONB better understand residents’ views and provide the right information to help people enjoy the landscape.

 

If you are interested in learning more, please visit https://bit.ly/3cpYPnq

 

Visit our website KentDowns.org.uk and join our email list via https://bit.ly/2Lg7Bsb to stay up to date with news and events in the Kent Downs Areas Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Section 6 - More About You

 

We want to make sure that everyone is treated fairly and equally, and that no one gets left out. That's why we are asking you these questions. We won't share the information you give us with anyone else. We’ll use it only to help us make decisions and improve our services.

If you would rather not answer any of these questions, you don’t have to.

It is not necessary to answer these questions if you are responding on behalf of an organisation.

 

Q65. Are you......? Select one option only.

 

Male

 

Female

 

I prefer not to say

 

Q66. Is your Gender the same as your birth? Select one option only

 

Yes

 

No

 

I prefer not to say

 

 

Q67. Which of these age groups applies to you? Select one option only.

 

 

  0-15

 

  25-34

 

  50-59

 

  65-74

 

  85 + over

 

  16-24

 

  35-49

 

  60-64

 

  75-84

 

I prefer not to say

 



Q68. To which of these ethnic groups do you feel you belong?

Select one option only.  

 

White English

 

Mixed White & Black Caribbean

 

White Scottish

 

Mixed White & Black African

 

White Welsh

 

Mixed White & Asian

 

White Northern Irish

 

Mixed Other*

 

White Irish

 

Black or Black British Caribbean

 

White Gypsy/Roma

 

Black or Black British African

 

White Irish Traveller

 

Black or Black British Other*

 

White Other*

 

Arab

 

Asian or Asian British Indian

 

Chinese

 

Asian or Asian British Pakistani

 

I prefer not to say

 

Asian or Asian British Bangladeshi

 

 

 

Asian or Asian British Other*

 

 

 

(Source: 2011 Census)

 

 

*Other Ethnic Group - If your ethnic group is not specified on the list, please describe it here

 

 

 

 

A Carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Both children and adults can be carers.

Q69. Are you a Carer? Select one option only.

 

Yes

 

No

 

I prefer not to say

 

 

 

The Equality Act 2010 describes a person as disabled if they have a longstanding physical or mental condition that has lasted, or is likely to last, at least 12 months; and this condition has a substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. People with some conditions (cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS, for example), are considered to be disabled from the point that they are diagnosed.

Q70. Do you consider yourself to be disabled as set out in the Equality Act 2010?

Select one option only.

 

   

  Yes

 

  No

 

  I prefer not to say

 

 

Question 70a. If you answered ‘Yes’ above, please tell us the type of impairment that applies:

You may have more than one type of impairment, so please tick all that apply. If none of these applies to you, please select ‘Other’, and give brief details of the impairment you have.

 

 

  Physical impairment

 

  Sensory impairment (hearing, sight or both)

 

  Longstanding illness or health condition, or epilepsy

 

  Mental health condition

 

  Learning disability

 

  I prefer not to say

 

Other

 

If you selected Other, please specify:

 

 


 

Q71. Do you regard yourself as belonging to a particular religion or belief? 

Select one option only.

 

   

  Yes

 

  No

 

  I prefer not to say

 

Q71a. If you answered ‘Yes’ above, which of the following applies to you?    Select one option only.

 

Christian

 

Buddhist

 

Hindu

 

Jewish

 

Muslim

 

Sikh

 

Other

 

I prefer not to say

 

If you selected Other, please specify:

 

 

Q72. Are you…? Select one option only.

 

Heterosexual/Straight

 

Bi/Bisexual

 

Gay woman/Lesbian

 

Gay man

 

Other

 

I prefer not to say    

 

If you selected Other, please specify:

 



 

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·         Object to how we are using your information

·         Stop us using your information in certain ways

 

We will always seek to comply with your request however we may be required to hold or use your information to comply with legal duties. Please note: your request may delay or prevent us delivering a service to you.

For further information about your rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the guidance from the UK Information Commissioners Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

If you would like to exercise a right, please contact the Information Resilience and Transparency Team at data.protection@kent.gov.uk.

Keeping your personal information secure

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

Who to Contact

Please contact the Information Resilience and Transparency Team at data.protection@kent.gov.uk to exercise any of your rights, or if you have a complaint about why your information has been collected, how it has been used or how long we have kept it for.

You can contact our Data Protection Officer, Benjamin Watts, at dpo@kent.gov.uk. Or write to Data Protection Officer, Kent County Council, Sessions House, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ.

The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/concerns or telephone 03031 231113.

For further information visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/about-the-website/privacy-statement