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Ashford Local Plan – Help shape our Local Plan to 2030

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Ashford Local Plan – Help shape our Local Plan to 2030

Ashford Local Plan – Help shape our Local Plan to 2030

‘Main Changes’ consultation. Ashford Borough Council is currently consulting on a number of ‘Main Changes’ to the draft Local Plan for the borough, which sets out the land that needs to be provided in the borough to accommodate new homes and jobs up to 2030.

Adoption of Telephone Boxes

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Adoption of Telephone Boxes

Adoption of Telephone Boxes

Kingsnorth Parish Council has been given the opportunity to adopt 3 telephone boxes in the Parish which are being de-commissioned by BT. One is a traditional red kiosk in Steeds Lane opposite Stumble Lane, the other 2 are glass, one outside Queens Head public house the other opposite Stubbs Cross Post Office. The Parish Council is looking for suggestions from the local community for use of these boxes. Ideas could cover:-

  • Defibrillator
  • Library/book exchange
  • Local information point – maps, footpaths, local businesses etc.

Occasional/Short term uses :-

  • Mini art gallery
  • Seasonal plant/seedling exchange
  • Donation point for foodbank

Please contact the Parish Office with your suggestions via the contact page here

Play Area Vandalism at Moat Park Friday 19th May

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Play Area Vandalism at Moat Park Friday 19th May

Once again our children’s play equipment has been vandalised with an arson attack on a climbing apparatus in Moat Park which is situated at the junction of Bluebell Road and Sheepfold Lane, Park Farm, the apparatus was located on the eastern side of the moat.

The incident occurred on Friday 19 May 2017 between 2100 – 2230 hours. You will be pleased to know that the police have a witness who took the registration number of a car seen speeding away from the scene. Any further information leading to the arrest of the culprits would be grateful received and should be reported to the police on Tel: 101 and quote Crime Ref: ZY/20370/17.

Please protect our community from Anti-Social Behaviour by reporting ALL incidents, no matter how small by using the REPORT IT function on the Ashford Borough Council Website: http://www.ashford.gov.uk/report and / or by phone to the Police on 101.

Bridgefield Park Planning Approved

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Bridgefield Park Planning Approved

Bridgefield Park Planning Approved

Ashford Borough Council Cultural Projects team is delighted that the council’s planning committee has accepted and agreed on the park proposed at Bridgefield. The aim is to have the park available for all ages opened during the course of this year. Further details on the park will follow once a contractor to carry out the works has been agreed.

For Bridgefield Phase 2 Residents

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on For Bridgefield Phase 2 Residents

If you have a maintenance contract with Chamonix you might like to know they are holding an open meeting at the Kingsnorth Primary School, on Wednesday 15th March 18:30-19:30.

This is to inform you in case you didn’t receive the letter through the post.

Bridgefield Update / Councillor Vacancy

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Bridgefield Update / Councillor Vacancy

Dear Residents,

In a recent article in the Kentish Express a resident at Bridgefield incorrectly implied that Bridgefield residents do not have any direct representation on the Parish Council.

Bridgefield falls within the village ward so have the same level of representation as any other resident within that ward & two current members of the Parish Council live in Bridgefield and a former member of the Parish Council lives in Bridgefield.

Bridgefield also has a Borough and County Council representative as well as a local MP.

Topics relating to Bridgefield have dominated discussions at the Parish Council’s annual forums and unlike other parts of the Parish residents have received newsletters, surveys and updates on plans for Bridgefield.

Clearly for some residents this is not enough but as Parish Councillors are volunteers, 9 members representing over 11,500 residents and we have to work within our means.

We still have a vacancy in the Brisley Farm Ward but as no one has come forward to take on this role this places additional pressure on the other Members.

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk, Len Bunn, for further details.

Parish Councils are an arm of Local Government and there is a requirement for Parish Councils to provide allotments for residents where there is an identified need. Kingsnorth Parish Council has an allotment waiting list so they are duty bound to identify suitable sites to meet this demand.

Sites across the Parish have been identified and dismissed for a variety of reasons but we continue to identify and evaluate opportunities as and when they arise and Bridgefield is one such opportunity.

Best regards

Alison

Chairman Kingsnorth Parish Council

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

Today (23 November 2016) NHS, social care and public health leaders in Kent and Medway launch our draft Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) that sets out how we think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come.

A work in progress, it focuses on improving:

  • prevention of ill-health
  • local care – giving better access to care and support in people’s own communities
  • hospital care
  • mental health care.

To find out more, please read the attached summary document, Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway, which sets out more about what we want to achieve and our areas of focus. The full draft plan, a set of frequently asked questions, and a glossary are on all the CCG websites. Over coming months, the websites will also have information about engagement events and other ways that people can make their voices heard.

There is a survey for the public – Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan survey

www.ashfordccg.nhs.uk Ashford, Tenterden and rural area

www.canterburycoastalccg.nhs.uk Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay, Sandwich and Ash, Whitstable

www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk the boroughs of Dartford and Gravesham and the northern part of Sevenoaks district including Swanley town

www.medwayccg.nhs.uk Medway Council area

www.southkentcoastccg.nhs.uk Deal, Dover and the district of Shepway, including Folkestone and Romney Marsh

www.swaleccg.nhs.uk Sittingbourne, Sheppey and surrounding villages

www.thanetccg.nhs.uk the district of Thanet

www.westkentccg.nhs.uk the boroughs of Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells, and the southern part of Sevenoaks district.

Design proposals for Bridgefield Park – Questionnaire

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Design proposals for Bridgefield Park – Questionnaire

Design proposals for Bridgefield Park – Questionnaire

Please view or download the design proposals for Bridgefield Park here;
To view, click here.

To download:

We want to know what you think of them and would be very grateful if you could fill out the short questionnaire below. Alternatively download a paper copy of the questionnaire, complete it and send it to Bethany Gale, BDP, 16 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4LJ;



Questions:

If you are interested in getting involved in the project moving forward please let us know your name and email address below. Your details will not be passed to any third party and your answers will be treated in confidence.

Name (required)


First Name

Last Name

Email Address (required)

1. Please tell us your thoughts on the overall layout and character areas

2. Please tell us your thoughts on the proposed functions and activities

3. Do you have any other general comments?

4. Are you interested either now, or in the future, being involved in a community garden or having a place to grow food?

We want to hear views from people of all ages – please could you fill out the boxes below?

Age:

Gender:

MaleFemale

Postcode

Bridgefield Recreation Area Update

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Bridgefield Recreation Area Update

Bridgefield Recreation Area Update
Ashford Borough Council has appointed the landscape architects BDP to undertake the master planning, design and delivery of the recreation area at Bridgefield. They will be arranging a series of consultation events which we will promote on our website and Face book page. See Latest News for full information.

Dear Residents,

Ashford Borough Council has appointed the landscape architects BDP to undertake the master planning, design and delivery of the recreation area at Bridgefield. They will be arranging a series of consultation events which we will promote on our website and Face book page.

A copy of their draft proposal (produced last year by Ashford Borough Council which BDP are using as a starting point to gain the communities views) is attached in the PDF document.

In preparation for this phase of the project the parish council invited residents to join a focus group and produced a list of frequently asked questions with answers to help set the scene.

Attached are the question and answers and the summary of responses from the focus group

For background information a copy of an earlier briefing to residents is also attached.

To meet the deadline of the recreation area be open for use by the end of next summer a lot has to be done now so please check in for updates on dates and events.

Regards,

Alison

Update: 30/11/2016

It was stated in the Kentish Express on the 24th November 2016 that the proposed Park at Bridgefield would be building a community building in the park and would be having a naming competition and further consultations. Ashford Borough Council have written to the newspaper, to be included in the 1st December 2016 edition, the actual up to date facts and that is that the park will not include a community building. The Kentish Express newspaper in fact referred to a report released in 2013.

BDP the Consultants and Project Management Company have now submitted, on behalf of Ashford Borough Council, a planning application which will now be considered at the February 2017 Committee to ensure that the works can be completed on time. The application is including the infrastructure (a bridge, paths…) and play areas for all ages and abilities.

The consultation, carried out by BDP, showed the majority of residents were in favour of the proposed features and it is hoped that the park will be open at some point in the summer 2017. The application can now be viewed on ABC’s planning portal and any comments regarding this application should be forwarded to BDP & ABC.

The Parish Council are working closely with the council on this work and will update this page in due course.

Bridgefield Q&A

Q) Why have the original plans for the recreation area changed?
A) The ground conditions were not suitable for football and the funding insufficient to cover the costs of a fit for purpose community building.


Q) What has the funding allocated to the recreation area been used for?
A) The multi-use games area (MUGA) has been constructed on the playing fields in the centre of Kingsnorth village adjacent to Kingsnorth School as the ground conditions were suitable and the facilities used by the school during term time which will provide an income stream to help cover the costs of the ongoing management and maintenance of the facility.

Access to this facility, including from Bridgefield, will be enhanced by improved footpaths connecting existing footpaths and bridle paths which are funded from another budget.
The remaining funding will be spent on the recreation area.

A community building will be constructed at Finberry which is close to Bridgefield and will have better infrastructure but no Bridgefield funding will be spent on this as this is part of the Finberry development.


Q) Why has it taken so long to develop the recreation area?
A) Funding for the area is provided by the developer by way of section 106 funding. This is paid when the development reaches a defined occupation level; due to the recession development was put on hold which delayed this process.

The original proposals date back to when the planning application for the whole estate was approved which is prior to the soil conditions being surveyed and costs of construction known in more detail.

Each development is progressed in isolation as there can be a long delay in a scheme being approved and then developed out. Taking time out to reflect on connectivity between new and existing facilities is important to ensure we get an even and balanced spread of community infrastructure that is sustainable.

The original 106 agreement was renegotiated and following a consultation exercise with residents and local school children a proposal to develop more informal recreation facilities developed.


Q) Why are the original plans for the Recreation Area still shown on the plans in the sales office?
A) Until planning approval has been granted for a revised scheme the original proposal is all they can show even though the 106 agreement has been changed.


Q) Why is Kingsnorth Parish Council involved in the consultation process?
A) Parish councils are the first tier of local government and are the representative forum for local residents in the area and will automatically be consulted on planning and the provision of community facilities.

Also the presumption is that KPC will take over the ongoing management and maintenance of the recreation area, funded by the parish precept, which is paid for by all residents of Kingsnorth parish. It is important therefore that the facilities proposed represent value for money and meet the needs of a new and evolving community and complement and enhance existing facilities across the Parish.


Q) When did the consultation process start and what was the outcome.
A) ABC held a consultation event back in 2012.


Q) What happens next?
A) ABC have pulled together all the ideas from the consultation exercise, the wish list from the Parish Council , undertaken environmental surveys, tested soil condition and consulted with key agencies like Highways and the Environment Agency and put together some ideas based on what is practical and sustainable.

The precise location of these elements could vary but their initial position represents the best use of the site in terms of access and soil condition.

To ensure the management and maintenance of the site is sustainable ABC have identified potential community groups, e.g. Scouts and Brownies, that could have a base on the site and share in its upkeep.

As there are few trees on the site a community orchard has been proposed which would include traditional heritage trees, similar to the orchard planted behind the Church. ABC have also included a community garden so that young people in particular can learn more about where food comes from and provide an opportunity for residents to socialise and learn from one another.

Another suggestion is a “trim trail” around the site which may allow year-round access to the site.

The Parish council has requested the inclusion of some allotments, linked to the community garden as there is a waiting list in the parish for allotments. Unfortunately the s106 monies cannot be used for allotments but alternative funding sources may be available.

All these facilities have been grouped together so they can share the required infrastructure and the appropriate security and access arrangements put in place.
The site is 9.3 hectares, 24.75 acres and can comfortably accommodate a range of activities.

Feedback from the Bridgefield Residents Focus Group re Recreation Area 2016

  • Why have the original plans for the Recreation area changed?
  • Why are the original plans still being shown in the sales office?
  • Why has funding allocated to the recreation area been spent elsewhere e.g. The Multi Use Games Area on the Kingsnorth Playing Field?
  • How much did this cost and how much is left in the budget?
  • Bridgefield need its own community building from which activities can take place, what are the options based on the funding available?
  • Where does the funding come from and are there limitations on what it can be spent on?
  • What was the outcome of the consultation process undertaken by Ashford Borough Council in 2012?
  • What is the size of the whole site?
  • What limitations on usage are there based on soil conditions and site orientation/access?
  • Is the site suitable for an informal kick about area?
  • The site is in a semi-rural location which needs to be maintained yet accessible how is that best achieved?
  • What age group will the facilities be targeted at?
  • Will the area be zoned for different usage?
  • Why does the Parish Council want to provide allotments and a community garden on part of the site?
  • Who will maintain the area once developed ?
  • Should the existing play area compliment the proposed new recreation area as soil conditions are different?
  • When will works commence and be finished?
  • When and what format will the consultation process take?
  • Was funding for the recreation area linked to all the phases of the Bridgefield development and if so how can residents from each phase participate in the consultation process?
  • Connectivity between existing and proposed facilities in the parish need to be improved as Bridgefield is out on a limb at present.
  • Can improvements be made to existing play area as part of this process?

Downloads


Introducing Aspire Landscape Management

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Introducing Aspire Landscape Management

From October Ashford Borough Council will be bringing the responsibility for grounds maintenance across the borough back in-house.

The new service, called Aspire Landscape Management, will cover the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the Council including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.

The service is also working with Kent County Council (KCC) Highway Services on areas of work that we can perform in order to maintain quality standards. Until now, this work was undertaken by Landscape Services, but from this autumn it will come under the responsibility of ABC.

This initiative is a key part of delivering the adopted Land Management Improvement Plan, which aims to make the borough a pleasant and enjoyable place to live, work, visit and enjoy.

Enhance Ashford’s overall appearance and attractiveness and raise civic pride and make the borough more attractive for residents, visitors and businesses.

Improving borough presentation

The new in-house service will give us greater flexibility as we will be able to move resources where they are needed most, with an ability to be more fluid with changing priorities. It will also be more cost effective.

This links to Priority 4 of the Corporate Plan – Attractive Ashford where the council’s aspiration is to achieve an environment that creates higher standards of public space design, alongside improved standards of presentation of key green spaces.

The Land Management Improvement Plan therefore aims to tackle these issues, with one of the key components being the in-house grounds maintenance service.

Our vision

“To provide a high quality, responsive and flexible grounds maintenance service to the residents of Ashford, offering a proactive and best value solution for the maintenance of the borough’s green spaces.”

The new depot

Since receiving planning approval from the council in July, Gallagher Properties have been redeveloping the former Rimmel factory site at Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, which has been derelict for nearly a decade after it was destroyed by fire.

The plans for the site include the Aspire grounds maintenance depot, a ready-mix concrete plant and 70,000ft2 of industrial warehouse units. Overall the development is expected to create at least two hundred jobs.

Contact details

To find out more or to report an issue please contact Aspire Landscape Management on:

Email: info@aspirelandscapemanagement.co.uk
Telephone: 01233 331111
Address: Aspire Landscape Management, Carlton Business Park, Carlton Road, Ashford, TN23 1EF.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the service cover? The new service will cover the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the Council including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.

How can I establish who owns the land? As a general rule of thumb, grass verges along the road side are owned by Kent Highway Services, in most cases they commission Ashford Borough Council to maintain them. High speed roads over 60 miles per hour tend to be the responsibility of Highways England, who also maintain them.

Will you be able to maintain privately owned land too? Only if we receive permission from the land owner to do so and to access their land. It is important to note there are large areas of land which the council does not own and therefore we are not able to maintain these areas.

Where land is not being maintained and falls out of the responsibility of Ashford Borough Council, will you use enforcement plans to force the owners to comply? The enforcing authority is Kent Highway Services who receive reports via their website.

Why have you brought this in-house? The council has looked at various options, including outsourcing, an in-house service, creating a trading company or via a joint venture. An in-house service is considered the best approach as it supports the need to deliver the best combination of control, quality, flexibly and affordability.

So we can expect to see standards improve straight away? Actually no, the changes won’t be seen overnight. In fact the impact is not likely to be really seen until spring/summer next year. The focus for the team over the next few months will be trimming down the landscaping to manageable levels. Some areas may therefore appear a little bear and/or brown during the winter months.

How can I report land or areas which need attention? Please contact via the means above.

Where did you come up with the name? We wanted a name which was engaging and meaningful. This links to Priority 4 in the Council’s Corporate Plan matches the aspirations of members to improve the presentation of the borough. The name and branding was created in-house.