Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

When it’s safe to be cool

Published on KCC Media Hub: 29 June 2015

While many of us will simply be pleased that the long, wet winter is far behind us, it is important to be prepared for sustained hot weather.

Heatwave Alerts, such as the one in place at the moment – known as a level 2 – are triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have significant effect on health.

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Reporting concern for welfare of a horse

The British Horse Society (BHS) and their dedicated network of 200 volunteer Welfare Officers work hard to promote the prevention of neglect, cruelty and harm to horses.

BHS Welfare Officers provide support, advice and education to horse owners to try and remedy problems before they become too serious. In more serious cases they work with partner organisations to reach the best possible resolution for the horses and people involved.

For more information please refer to the BHS website

Throughout the UK, horses are managed and kept in many different ways. Sometimes we may not agree with the way in which a horse is kept but if its needs are being met and the horse is not suffering, then it is unlikely that any action can be taken. Please see the BHS page, What is a Welfare Concern?, for some of the reasons that horses should be reported to them.

This post will also appear on our Local Information/Emergencies page for future reference

Oak Tree Road/Little Knoll

Update from ABC website issued 16.00 19th Jun:

Work has continued on site all day to make the structure safe in Oak Tree Road.

Following an assessment by building surveyors from the Ashford Borough Council’s building control team on Wednesday, most of the first floor was found to be unstable and all of the properties have suffered fire and/or water damage. As a priority, removal of the dangerous parts of the structure began yesterday morning and good progress has been made with the controlled removal of those parts. It is anticipated that the structural work will be completed today but work to clear the surrounding rubble and debris will continue into tomorrow (Saturday 20 June 2015). (more…)

Oak Tree Road/Little Knoll

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) officers remain on site alongside representatives from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following Monday’s incident. Yesterday the emergency services handed the site over to the HSE and they are continuing their investigation.

When this is complete they will then hand the site over to ABCl, which we hope will be by tomorrow morning. Due to the significant structural, fire and water damage the site remains a dangerous location and will continue to be cordoned off to the public. (more…)