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Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Land rear of 1 to 5, between 5 and 6 and south east of 20, Ellingham Industrial Centre, Ellingham Way – decided

Erection of 3 new light industrial units and associated works and alterations to vehicular access way to car park area and formation of additional parking bay.

Discharge condition 7, 8


Decided: Permit

Original Application

14/01376/AS Erection of 3 new light industrial units and associated works and alterations to vehicular access way to car park area and formation of additional parking bays


  1. Prior to works commencing on site, details of parking for site personnel as well as details of loading and turning areas for construction traffic shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and thereafter shall be provided and retained throughout the development. The approved parking, loading and turning areas shall be provided prior to the commencement of development. Reason: To ensure provision of adequate parking, loading and turning facilities for vehicles in the interests of highway safety and to protect the amenities of local residents in accordance with policy.
  2. Prior to the commencement of development, details of facilities, by which vehicles will have their wheels, chassis and bodywork effectively cleaned and washed free of mud and similar substances at the application site, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved facilities shall then be provided prior to the works commencing on site and thereafter shall be maintained in an effective working condition and used before vehicles exit the site and enter onto the adopted highway for the duration of the construction works.

Planning application submitted for Elwick Square

Developer Stanhope has submitted a planning application for the mixed use development of Elwick Square comprising restaurants and cafes, a hotel, leisure and assembly, including a cinema, a car park, associated highway works, vehicle access, infrastructure, plant, car and cycle parking and landscaping.

This application is for Phase 1 of the development and does not include the residential element.

The application can be viewed on the ABC Planning site Members of the public have until 4th October to comment on the application.

KCC Sensory Strategy

Sensory ServicesKent County Council has spent some time asking sight impaired, deaf and deafblind people, their families and carers and professionals working in a variety of organisations what services and support they should provide in the future. As a result they have produced a draft Sensory Strategy for Kent. The Strategy sets out a vision and plan for services for sensory impaired people over the next three years, 2016-19.

They are now keen to check that the Draft Strategy accurately reflects what they have been told. They invite you to read the Draft Strategy and then complete a short questionnaire, giving your feedback.

Kent County Council

Kent County Council phone scam

KCC LogoKent County Council (KCC) have received a number of reports of scam phone calls from people claiming to be from KCC. The caller asks if you have contacted the NHS about a recent accident you, or a member of your family has had.

The telephone number used to make these calls is 03000 41 40 00, which was a telephone number for KCC. Please be aware that the calls are not being made by Kent County Council, this number is being replicated by caller ID spoofing equipment as part of a scam or hoax and is no longer in use.

KCC are concerned that residents may be asked for payment or information such as bank details.

If you receive one of these scam telephone calls please report it to Kent Trading Standards or telephone the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.

Kent County Council 22nd September 2015

New Community News-sheet for South Ashford

South Ashford Cover ImageWe have published the first print edition of what we hope will become a regular news-sheet for South Ashford. We plan to publish quarterly. We have been fortunate to raise funding for distribution of this edition to every household in the area. To enable us to continue to
publish we will need to include advertisements. Future editions may be distributed through community organisations.

If you:

  • have news or features relating to the unparished areaof South Ashford for our next edition, or
    you are a local business or organisation that would be interested in advertising in South Ashford,

please contact us via our contact form

The news-sheet can be downloaded from our publications page or by clicking the image above

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.

Yes_check.svgVote Yes for a Community Council

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.

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…)