Patrick Kinnersley and John Westmoreland and CPRE Oswestry
Patrick Kinnersley – Patrick devoted an immense amount of time, dedication and expertise to the campaign to stop the Westbury Bypass which would have been driven through some of the most treasured, beautiful, historically important and tranquil landscape in the region. He marshalled expert witnesses, briefed the press, gave interviews and carried out fundraising for the campaign. Patrick’s research enabled the campaign to have an evidence-based approach which was key to their success.
John Westmoreland – John was Secretary of CPRE Fylde since 2000 and completed first-rate work in the campaign against a proposed housing development next to Wesham Marsh, a designated Biological Heritage Site. He compiled a comprehensive, well-researched objection and then co-ordinated other interested groups to create a cohesive opposition to the development. John single-handedly produced a Landscape Character Assessment which set out in graphic detail what was at risk from the development. The District County Council has voted unanimously to oppose the planning application.
CPRE Oswestry – These volunteers have worked to forge and guide campaigns against four recent developments in the town which are threatening the small town. Their work has been underpinned by innovative technical analysis and has been highly effective. The Group have embraced positive messages, with promotions such as ‘Keep Our Town Special’ and ‘Love Oswestry’, and focused on what they want as a community as a whole. The four proposals are on hold, marking a significant achievement in an ongoing battle of a community led by CPRE against a descent into Clone Town status.