Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Fill the hole in Ashford’s Democracy

Ashford parishes mapWe want to improve democratic representation in South Ashford

All towns and villages in the Borough including the newer developments of Park Farm and Singleton, but not the urban areas of Ashford, are represented by Local Councils. We want to bring the same level of representation to South Ashford

We want to strengthen the identity of South Ashford by putting it on the local government map.

South Ashford does not exist. It has no boundaries, no legal personality, and no status in the eyes of the Government. We want put our community on the local government map by creating a statutory body to represent the South Ashford.

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KCC consult on streetlighting options

KCC LogoKent County Council has recently secured funding to convert all of its street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.

As the new LED / CMS technology is more flexible, they have the opportunity to review the way that they provide street lighting. They want to hear your views on the options for street lighting across the county. Your responses will be used to inform the Council Members’ decision making process for a new street lighting policy.

They would like to know which of the following options you would prefer:

  • Part-night lighting – the current level of service
  • All-night lighting

Along with these options they are also seeking your views on the dimming of street lights when roads are less busy.

http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/streetlighting/consultationHome

Call a chimney sweep not a firefighter!

Chimney Safety InfographicIt can be comforting to curl up in front of a warm, cosy, crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. But, before you light yours for the first time this year, it’s vital you make sure it’s in good working order and fit for the winter or you could be putting your family and home at risk.

Between 2010 and 2014, Kent Fire and Rescue Service tackled almost 1,350 chimney fires in Kent and Medway. One of the main causes is not having your chimney swept regularly. Dirty chimneys can cause fires which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people.

We know how busy life gets and that it’s all too easy to forget the important things in life. Sign up to our clean sweep alert and you can rely on Kent Fire and Rescue Service to send you a friendly reminder to get your chimney swept and inspected as well as useful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Do you use an open fire, wood or log burning stove, Aga or other ‘real flame’ appliance in your home. Follow our top tips to help avoid a fire and keep your family and home safe: (more…)

Health checks and advice at Ashford event

Ashford CCGFree NHS health checks and healthy living advice will be on offer at an event in Ashford later this month.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust will be carrying out the checks, which test lung function, blood pressure, pulse and cholesterol levels, on Wednesday 23 September between noon and 2pm.

They will also be offering advice on staying healthy, being active and stopping smoking at ‘the green’, opposite Trinity House, Upper Pemberton, Ashford.

Health checks are for people aged 40 to 74 and will determine whether you are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, kidney disease or diabetes in the future.

Find out more by visiting www.kenthealthandwellbeing.nhs.uk

Don’t throw away your chance to vote YES for Community Councils

Have your say in Community GovernanceIn the next few days all voters in the unparished urban areas of Ashford will be receiving information from Ashford Borough Council regarding a proposed Community Council for their area and a ballot paper giving them the opportunity to vote for a Community Council

For more information:
Voters in South Ashford can attend the SACF meeting on Wednesday

Voters from all areas can meet the Community Forums at County Square on Saturday

Ashford Borough Council have an open evening
at the Civic Centre between 4pm and 8pm on 28th September.

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This opportunity is unlikely to be repeated in the next 10-15 years

http://www.ashfordcommunity.co.uk/

Existing use as HMO declared unlawful

Ashford Borough Council have declared the existing use of a South Ashford property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) as unlawful. ABC have decided that the applicant’s claim that the property had been used as an HMO from before a change of regulations in 2010 is unproven.

The decision can be viewed on the ABC Planning site