Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

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…)

Be Doorstep #scamaware

Doorstep scams are still a big problem (13% of all scams) & often target vulnerable members of public – help them stay safe & #scamaware.

Want to avoid cold callers on your doorstep? Get a sticker for your front door from your local Trading Standards or police force

Never buy electricity from someone who knocks at the door. Electricity is not sold in this way by companies.

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

The Mailing Preference Service is free and may help reduce unsolicited mail. Visit 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.