Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Elwick Place development exhibition

The proposals for the comprehensive redevelopment of the derelict Elwick Place site, adjacent to shared space in the heart of Ashford town centre, are due to go on public display later this month. These initial proposals, from the leading UK developer Stanhope, represent in excess of £75 million of private investment into Ashford, and include –

  • A multi-screen Cinema
  • A family hotel to support the borough’s growing tourist economy
  • Restaurant space to attract high quality dining experiences
  • Homes, including private apartments, rental and retirement properties
  • Attractive public space and landscaping

The plans, which have been designed by Guy Hollaway Architects, will be presented to the public for the first time at a public exhibition at Unit 16A in County Square Shopping Centre, adjacent to the site. The dates are as follows

  • Thursday 30 July: 10am – 3pm
  • Friday 31 July: 3pm – 8pm (attendees are advised to enter via the Tufton St entrance after 7pm)

Be mail #scamaware

Protect your friends & relatives from courier scams. Criminal callers pose as banks & send couriers to pick up your bank card

Mail scams cause misery. Never send money to someone you don’t know

Watch out for fake lottery letters. If you didn’t enter, you haven’t won!

Report all scam mail to Royal Mail – email scam.mail@royalmail.com

The Mailing Preference Service is free and may help reduce unsolicited mail. Visit www.mpsonline.org.uk or call 0845 703 4599

Summer Newsletter

In the July edition of ‘South Ashford’ we give ideas of how you can spend the long summer
days and keep your family active. Download it from our Publications page.

If you have any ideas for the next edition, which we hope to publish in September, please do contact us.

We would like to distribute printed copies of our Newsletter, but we will need adverts to fund the printing. If you know of local businesses that would be interested in advertising please put them in touch with us.

English and Maths courses for parents and carers

Free English and Maths courses for parents and carers are being offered at Children’s Centres in Ashford. The courses are 16 weeks long, informal, open to all levels of learners and will look at how English or Maths are taught at school and how parents/carers can prepare to help them with their homework. There is also the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification. (more…)

Bogus window cleaner targets South Ashford

Sector-Logo-KentPoliceResidents in an Ashford neighbourhood are being warned after a man posing as a window cleaner stole cash from a house.

The man called at a number of addresses in the Cygnet Way area on the afternoon of Friday 10 July offering to clean windows.

One household took up his offer and after he had been invited in to fetch some water to clean the windows, they noticed a purse was missing from their living room. By the time they noticed the purse had gone, the man had left the area. (more…)

Phone #scamaware

Phone scams typically involve fraudsters deceiving people into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff, or a representative of another trusted agency, such as a government department.

Usually the fraudster will convince an individual that they have been a victim of fraud, and will ask for personal and financial information in order to gain access to their account.
Beware giving bank details (more…)