Another litter pick organised by Keep Ashford Clean is covered by local paper.
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The launch of South Ashford’s Community Council Campaign petition appeared in the Kentish Express
Our Press Release:
Forum petition requests formation of Community Council
Since its creation in 1974, Ashford Borough Council, in common with many Borough and District councils, has governed a larger area than its predecessors. While some of the local councils in town areas, e.g. Tenterden, and the parish councils in the rural areas, have continued to exist following reorganisation in the 1970s, other councils, such as the Urban District Councils, were subsumed into the larger Borough Council. As a result, 40% of the all voters in the Borough, about 2/3rds of voters in the urban area of Ashford, do not get the advantages of being represented by a local council.
Ashford Borough Council has started a Community Governance Review that could correct this anomaly.
South Ashford Community Forum has sent a petition to all of the households in the area it serves, requesting that Ashford Borough Council considers the creation of a Community Council to represent South Ashford. The Forum is asking that all voters in the area sign the petition, which can be returned in the supplied postage paid envelope.
If the petition is successful the Forum expects that the Borough Council will include the formation of a Community Council in draft proposals to be published as part of its Review. The Council will issue the proposals for public consultation later this year.
Community Councils are a great way to give residents a more powerful voice in the local area. Their role is to represent the community, provide services to meet local needs and improve the quality of life and community well-being.
- They are the first tier of local government in England. The Localism Act of 2011gives more authority and power to local government.
- The Councils are democratically and financially accountable to the community.
- They have the legal right to be informed about planning applications.
- Councils can help support groups in the area, through funding, providing somewhere to meet, or by publicity.
- Community Councils have a range of powers and can provide, maintain or contribute to services.
- Examples include: leisure centres, youth projects, bus shelters, car parks, community transport schemes, crime reduction measures (e.g. anti-social behaviour, CCTV), cycle paths, allotments, community safety schemes, street cleaning, street lighting and traffic calming.
More information is provided on the South Ashford Community Forum website www.southashfordcf.kentparishes.gov.uk
South Ashford Community Forum is an open forum set up to represent the views of people living and working in the non-parished area of South Ashford and to help communicate those views to Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council and other statutory organisations.
A litter pick on Watercress Fields made it into the local press.
The Hustings Events organised by Ashford’s Community Forums appear in the local press.
The Press release for the events:
Meet the Candidates
Ashford’s Community Forums are giving voters the opportunity to meet with candidates for the Borough Council elections. An event arranged by each of the Forums will be attended by Borough Council candidates for the Wards the Forum serves. All who live in these Wards are welcome to attend the meeting.
The wards covered, times, dates and venues of each of the meetings are listed below. More details of each event can be found on the respective Forum’s website where any changes will be advertised.
Kennington Community Forum
Bybrook, Kennington, Little Burton Farm, Bockhanger and Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Wards
at 18:45 on 31st March at St. Mary’s Community Centre
South Ashford Community Forum
Beaver, Norman and Victoria Wards
at 19:00 on 22nd April at Ashford International Sports and Social Club
Central Ashford Community Forum
Godinton, Stour, Bockhanger and Victoria Wards
at 19:30 on 28th April at Furley Hall
North Willesborough Community Forum
North Willesborough, Highfield and Aylesford Green Wards
at 19:00 on 29th April at Willesborough Baptist Church
Ashford’s Community Forums are open forums set up to represent the views of people living and working in the non-parished areas of Ashford and to help communicate those views to Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council and other statutory organisations. All who live or work in the Forum areas are welcome to attend the relevant Forum’s public meetings.
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