Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

SACF registered as Parliament Week Partner

Parliament Week - Do democracySouth Ashford Community Forum has registered as a Parliament Week Partner.

Parliament Week 2015 runs from 16th – 22nd November and is a programme of events and activities that connects people with Parliament and democracy in the UK.

The Forum’s Parliament Week meeting on 17th November will include a discussion on Local Councils and the opportunity they provide for all who live in the Community to be involved in decisions on local matters.

Elwick Square developers commence planning process

Having presented their proposals to the public at the end of last week, the developers for the Elwick Square development, in Ashford’s Town Centre, have submitted an application for “Screening Opinion” on the requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment . This is the first stage of the formal Planning process for a large development.

The application has been included in our Planning Notices

A website has been set up for the development at

Elwick Square, Elwick Road, Ashford, Kent

Planning Application

Proposed mixed use development (screening opinion)


This is an application asking the council whether or not any future planning application needs to include an Environmental Impact Assessment when/if it is submitted or the scope of any future assessment. It is not a planning application and the planning merits of the proposal will not be considered.

The decision of the council is limited by the requirements of the EIA Regulations. The parish council and local residents are not consulted on EIA applications but will be if a planning application is made in the future.

More information is available on the EIA page on the Ashford Borough Council web site.

Decided: EIA not required

Record Breakers – Summer Reading Challenge

Free summer fun for families!

The Summer Reading Challenge for children starts in all Kent libraries on Saturday 11 July.

The Challenge, organised by The Reading Agency charity and your local library, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read 6 books during the long summer break.

Children will collect stickers for reading whichever library books they choose. When they read 6 books they will receive a fantastic medal and certificate. (more…)

Victims of Crime Survey – have your say

Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, is inviting victims and witnesses of crime in Kent to have their say.

The Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner has created a short survey designed to find out what victims and witnesses’ experiences of the criminal justice system have been. The survey is anonymous and will only take a couple of minutes to complete. (more…)