Green party

Greens give black mark to white horse

8 May 2003

Plans to carve a "Millennium Landmark" into a protected environment have been quashed thanks to the actions of a Green Party councillor in Flintshire.

A white horse was due to be carved into Cheriton Hill, a chalk hillside above Folkstone in Kent - but a determined complaint by veteran Green Party councillor Klaus Armstrong-Braun has thwarted the "Millenium Blot."

Cllr Armstrong-Braun got involved because of his wealth of experience of using EU law to thwart environmental destruction. The site is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its orchid-rich grasslands, but protests from English Nature to halt the development had been overturned by Stephen Byers.

Cllr Armstrong-Braun said today "I'm delighted that the European Commission has upheld my complaint. If the white horse had been carved into the landscape it would have contravened article 6.3 of the European Habitat Directive.

"The European Commission sent me a letter informing me that Cheriton Hill has been awarded the status of a site of community importance, and thus creating a 'Millennium Landmark' upon it would be illegal. It would have been a Millennium Blot.

"I am astonished that the Green Party was the only party to protest, considering the effects it would have on local wildlife."