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Parish Council Meeting 8th January 2019 at 19.00

Posted by on Dec 12th, 2018 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Parish Council Meeting 8th January 2019 at 19.00

Open Forum – This is an opportunity for Parishioners to speak or ask questions. If you wish to speak, please contact the Parish Manager on 01233 502969 at least four days in advance of the meeting. Please give details of the subject you wish to raise.

Find a Voice – November 2018 Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 29th, 2018 in Community News | Comments Off on Find a Voice – November 2018 Newsletter

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Kingsnorth Green Development

Posted by on Nov 27th, 2018 in Latest News | Comments Off on Kingsnorth Green Development

Dear Resident,

KINGSNORTH GREEN DEVELOPMENT

Following the public interest shown on social media and the call for public protest meetings, and the establishment of a resident’s association, Kingsnorth Parish Council (KPC) would like to make residents aware of the process that has to be followed for any new large development.

Residents are rightly concerned their environment and how developments could affect their way of life.   The Kingsnorth Green site is a prime example.

As the overall population increases there is an obvious demand for more housing.

In Ashford Borough several years ago there was a request by the Council for suitable sites to be put forward for development.   One of the sites that came forward was the land now known as Kingsnorth Green.   The merits of the site were duly considered by the planners and members of the Council and the site was put into the evolving new Local Plan.  During the Pubic Examination earlier this year objectors had the opportunity to put their views across to the Inspector. KPC also held public meetings to keep residents informed.  The Inspectors have considered the principle of the development and found it to be sound. Thus the principle of development of this site is established.

On 14th November at the Planning Committee the developers, Jarvis/Pentland Homes, had their outline application on the agenda. There was substantial debate on the application at which KPC also submitted their views.  The Planning Committee voted to approve the motion and the application was passed.

The next step is for the developers to arrange for a master-planning exercise, which would address all aspects of the future development. To which key stakeholders would be able to take part. After this, planning applications would be submitted, which would include precise details of each element of the whole development.

The outline planning application, before the committee on 14th Nov, for up to 550 new dwellings, (which was a reduction on the original scheme for 750) showed that there would be four centres of housing, open spaces; highways improvements at Smithfield cross roads and Queen’s Head cross roads, as well as the internal network of roads and junctions.   All matters governing main roads would be subject to Kent highways agreement.

In the parish council’s submission to the planning committee we asked for a masterplan event for all key stakeholders that looked at how Chilmington Green, Kingsnorth Green and Court Lodge all linked together so we could see the cumulative effect of these large-scale developments and make sure that connectivity and protection of green spaces was achieved.

Our priority now is to make these developments the best they can be for existing and new residents and to review how we currently communicate with residents, engage them in the process and keep them informed.

The parish council website and Facebook page will be our main communication channel with regular posts on Keep Kingsnorth Rural, but the latter is a resident’s forum and was set up specifically for residents to post information and to provide a platform for communication between themselves.

I met with the then Housing Minister, Dominic Raab, with the chair of Shadoxhurst parish council and our local MP Damian Green, to share parishes concerns about housing numbers proposed in the villages in Ashford and in particular sites that were submitted after the closing date for the local plan as some developers argued that Ashford had not met its housing targets and we were politely but firmly told that the numbers were not negotiable.

This is not where any of us wanted to be, but we do have the opportunity now to help shape what is being proposed.

Alison Breese

Chair KPC

Download the Your Ashford app today!

Posted by on Nov 19th, 2018 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Download the Your Ashford app today!

If you’ve ever been out in the borough and spotted something that needs tidying up, you can now easily and conveniently report this via the Your Ashford app using your mobile device.

But that’s not all. You can also use the Your Ashford app to:

  • Report environmental issues (e.g. fly tipping, dog fouling, etc.)
  • Check recycling and refuse services
  • Report missed bin collections
  • Make payments online (e.g. Council Tax)
  • Find your local councillor
  • Contact the council (there is the option to create an account, so all correspondence will be in one place and both trackable and accessible 24/7).

The Your Ashford app can be downloaded now via Google Play (for those with Android phones) and via the App Store (for those with Apple phones).

And it goes without saying – if you’re out and about in the borough and spot something, don’t ignore it, report it!

You may also report using the ABC website at https://www.ashford.gov.uk/report/ and click on the red “REPORT IT” logo.

Find a Voice – October 2018 Newsletter

Posted by on Oct 31st, 2018 in Community News | Comments Off on Find a Voice – October 2018 Newsletter

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Cattle Grazing in Kingsnorth Conservation Area

Posted by on Oct 19th, 2018 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Cattle Grazing in Kingsnorth Conservation Area

Highland cattle will be moving to the Kingsnorth Conservation area (behind Furley Park School, bounded by Church Hill, Violet Way and Poppy Mead) on the 22nd October. There will be 5-7 cattle, mixture of steers (castrated males) and heifers. They all have impressive horns and have been grazing Ashford Warren, Singleton Community woodland and Hothfield, so are very used to people and their dogs. There will be an emergency number displayed, and the animals will be checked on a daily basis. The job of the cattle will be to eat down the growth of scrub and grass, encouraging (over time) a more diverse mix of wildflowers and their associated insects, birds and mammals.

SELAH Christmas Concert

Posted by on Oct 16th, 2018 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on SELAH Christmas Concert

Come and hear/sing-along to over 30 of your Christmas favourites

SELAH

Christmas Concert

Saturday 8th December 2018

7.00pm at Kingsnorth Church

  • Free entry 
  • Refreshments

Ladies Only Fashion Show Update

Posted by on Oct 5th, 2018 in Community News, Latest News | Comments Off on Ladies Only Fashion Show Update

Ladies,
We raised over £1,350.00 at our ‘Ladies Only Fashion Show’ in aid of Breast Cancer Care Kent and Headway East Kent.
 
Donations are still coming in and pledges of support, so we hope to reach our target of £2,000.00.
 
We still have some dresses to sell so watch this space for notifications of how, when and where.
 
A big “Thank You” to all of you who made donations of dresses / accessories and to all those involved in organising the event and volunteering on the night.
 

Find a Voice – September 2018 Newsletter

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Opus 32 Juke Box Concert

Posted by on Aug 10th, 2018 in Community News | Comments Off on Opus 32 Juke Box Concert

A Juke Box concert is a concert with a difference, Opus 32 (which includes Rhiannon Holmes and Fred Webb) have a list of 100 songs on the evening ranging from Show songs such as Bring Him Home from Les Misérables, through Gospel numbers, popular songs such as ‘Something Inside So Strong’ to folk and humorous numbers.

The audience get to choose which song they sing next, by voting and making a small donation to hear them perform a favourite!