Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

Action Fraud 7 January 2019

Photography Competition

Submit your best photos of Victoria Park and/ or Singleton Lake to win the opportunity to have your photo in an exhibition.

The deadline is 31st March 2019 and a maximum of four entries per person can be entered, two photos from Victoria Park and two from Singleton Lake.

There are four groups:

There are four groups:

  • 11 and under,
  • 12-16,
  • 17 and over and
  • ‘professional’ or photography club members

Email entries to fosl.photocomp@gmail.com

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road – decided

Discharge of condition 4 (Materials)

16/01157/CONG/AS

Decided: Permit

Original Application

Case RefSiteDescription of WorksPosted on
16/01157/ASFormer Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road, Ashford, KentFull planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.10 August 2016

Conditions

LAND FORMING PHASE A1 TO NORTH OF VICTORIA ROAD (BREWERY/SHOP/BAR/RESTAURANT – B2/A1/A3/A4)
Materials
  1. Prior to installation written details including source/ manufacturer, and samples of bricks, tiles, slats, mesh/corrugated metal and cladding materials (including jointing of panels) to be used externally shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the development of land forming Phase A1 shall be carried out using the approved external materials. The details shall be supplied as appropriate on a materials board.

Bombardier Transportation Ltd, Beaver Lane, TN23 4TX

Development of a light maintenance depot including the demolition of existing structures, the provision of a two storey 500sq.m workers accommodation block, 36 parking spaces and associated works for the movement in, and stabling of, railway rolling stock and associated equipment at the former Bombardier Depot, Chart Leacon

18/01842/AS

Start of Consultation: 2 Jan 2019, End of Consultation: 26 Jan 2019

Related Application

18/00003/EIA/AS Screening Opinion : Proposed reinstatement of a railway siding facility for the movement in, and stabling of, rail cars and associated equipment  Posted on 11 August 2018

Road Closures – Arlington

Kent County Council gives notice that Arlington, Ashford will be dosed to through traffic, on or after Wednesday 2 January 2019 for up to 3 days.

Arlington will be closed in various phases along its length. Access to the remainder of Arlington continues from either direction up to where the road is closed at any time. Access to the various side-roads will be maintained from one or other direction as signposted on site.

It is planned that the road will be dosed between 07:30 hours and
16:30 hours each day.

The closures are to enable Kent County Council to carry out urgent
essential carriageway repairs.

This Notice applies when the relevant signs and barriers are on site
and is valid for a period of no more than 5 days.

Council services over Christmas

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