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Saved: How an English Village Fought for Its Future... and Won Paperback – 7 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (7 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905886764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905886760
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 776,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a revelatory account of how the power and instant communication facilities of the internet can change the face of modern democracy." Best of British "David Hewson writes thrillers. Saved is a real life thriller, exposing the sham of "local democracy". A must for all those wanting to save their countryside and communities from the concrete mixers and the planning fixers." -- Robin Page, Countryside writer and broadcaster

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'Saved' recounts the relative short but very intense struggle between a small community in rural Kent and the seemingly mighty forces of a major academic institute, aided and encouraged by both local borough and county representatives and their paid officials. The battlefield was a large chunk of an Area Of Outstanding Beauty adjoining the village of Wye which Imperial College London owns and wanted to develop with commercial units and housing.

This book tells of the spirited resistance, which was spearheaded by a website called 'save-wye' set up and run by journalist, Justin Williams and author David Hewson, which successfully brought about the demise of the ambitions to pour concrete over some of the most beautiful protected countryside in the South of England.

The reader is also given a rare insight into the behind the scenes machinations of local politics,unelected quangos and myriad of local government officers all combining in an attempt slip a major development under the radar of public scrutiny.

This book is invaluable for any community, rural or otherwise, whose way of life and environment is being threatened by seemingly overwhelming fire-power and resources.

David Hewson's book is extremely well written and holds your interest throughout.
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I read this book when I was away travelling, recently. It's a fascinating account of village life, and how seemingly immovable institutions can be affected by a concerted gathering of committed people.

David's journalistic style is concise and pacey. Definitely recommended.
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Easy and fascinating read. A must read for anyone who is not convinced about KCC's "exciting" developments following the run down, buy out for £1, and rapid closure of the famous Manston Airport in Kent.
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Most interesting review of how a vilage fought off a powerful university college in order to preserve its rural ambience. The motives of the university appear to have been quite remarkably greedy and underhand. It shows how the little people can get the better of the bullies - using the internet was the key to success in this case.
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An eye opening & shocking account of devious deals in local government and the education sector and the drastic methods that it was necessary to employ to save a historic Kent village from devastating development. A compelling read and useful information for other rural communities faced with overwhelming development proposals.
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I was recommended to read this book by our local parish councillor as we are going through our own little planning war in our village which just so happens to be near wye.

What an amazing insight into the planning process (or lack of it) .... It's given me plenty of food for thought and a lot of motivation.

Thanks to David and Justin for protecting the beautiful village of wye. I hope I am just as successful in protecting the one where I live!
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