High Halstow Parish Council
Contact details: Roxana Brammer - Clerk 01474 871 269 firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood Plan meeting to include ideas on objecting to land development at Walnut Tree Farm in Britannia Road
We have organised a public meeting for Tuesday 16 January starting at 8.00 p.m. to discuss the way forward for development in High Halstow. Please inform all friends and neighbours. We need to be able to discuss this thoroughly together. Any future development will affect us all.
If possible, please print out the attached notice for your own reference and one for your neighbour as they may not have access to the internet.
If everyone could inform at least 2 people to attend and contribute their opinions and for those 2 people to inform 2 people etc. etc. this should in theory give us a good attendance from villagers and then everyone in the village will know what is going on.
Our aim is not to leave any stone unturned.
We will then not only be able to share ideas for our future plans for High Halstow, but this would show commitment to our views - either way - on the future of our village.
Tuesday 16 January at 8.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall High Halstow
Summary of High Halstow
The parish of High Halstow lies on the north side of the Hoo Peninsula. Its landscape encompasses areas of marsh and farmland. Unlike other parishes on the peninsula more strongly affected by the he industrialization of the Thames and Medway region during the 19th and 20th centuries, its character remains predominantly rural, with a number of dispersed farmsteads. The largest settlement remains the historic village of High Halstow, which until the mid 20th century was a modestly sized community, similar in character to neighbouring villages, but which thereafter experienced considerable growth. Settlement has also occurred along the A228 in a ribbon-like pattern with origins in two clusters of farmsteads, known as Sharnal Street and Fenn Street, and a similar alignment has also developed along Clinch Street, to the west of the village. Although land was acquired for military use in the 20th century, no major facility was situated here and defensive structures and earthworks constructed during both world wars have left few visible remains. This Historic Area Assessment provides an overview of the historical development and architectural character of the administrative parish, which is coterminous with the island. It forms a component of the larger Hoo Peninsula Historic Landscape Project.
The village remained small until after the Second World War, comprising the church, a school, two shops, a pub, a wheelwright's shop, and an undertaker's, with the village being served by a single policeman. Eventually some of the older houses were demolished and replaced. Churchill Place was developed and in the area behind the church, formerly known as the Square, several modern bungalows replaced five thatched cottages. From 1952 more homes were built in the village to house Isle of Grain oil refinery employees.