Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Police appeal after Halstow Way robbery

Police are appealing for information into a reported robbery in Ashford where a bike was stolen from a teenage boy.

At around 9pm on Thursday 9 November 2017 the victim was cycling along Halstow Way when a car, described as being dark black or blue, pulled up alongside him.

It is alleged a man exited the vehicle holding a large knife. He is said to have demanded the bike and then rode off on it.

The car drove away towards Brookfield Road.

Descriptions of bike and suspect

The bicycle is a grey and green Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike. The word Specialized is in white letters.

The suspect has been described as being black, aged in his 20s and tall. He had a cut to his lip.

Call with information

Officers have carried out a number of enquires including house to house and reviewing CCTV in the area.

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289, quoting ZY/055271/17.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Kent Police 12 November 2017
https://www.kent.police.uk/news/appeals-(witnesses-and-missing-people)/1117/robbery-in-ashford/

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Discharge of condition 24

16/01167/COND/AS

Start of Consultation: 9 Nov 2017

Original Application

Case Ref Site Description of Works Posted on
16/01167/AS Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent Full planning application for a superstore (Use Class A1) with associated parking, substation, landscaping and access work. 10 August 2016

Conditions

  1. No development (except for the substation) shall commence until plans and particulars of a sustainable drainage system (including the details below) for the disposal of the site’s surface water have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The submitted system shall comprise retention or storage of the surface water on-site or within the immediate area in a way which is appropriate to the site’s location, topography, hydrogeology and hydrology.The submitted system shall be designed to
    1. avoid any increase in flood risk,
    2. avoid any adverse impact on water quality,
    3. achieve a reduction in the run-off rate in accordance with the Ashford Borough Council Sustainable Drainage SPD document, adopted October 2010.
    4. operate both during construction of the development and post-completion.

    The submitted details shall include identification of the proposed discharge points from the system, a timetable for provision of the system and arrangements for future maintenance (in particular the type and frequency of maintenance and responsibility for maintenance). The approved system shall be provided in accordance with the approved timetable. The approved system shall be maintained in accordance with the approved details and shall be retained in working order until such time as the development ceases to be in use. If the proposed surface water discharge point is to be the existing public sewer the applicant must provide written confirmation from Southern Water of their agreement to the proposals.

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Discharge of conditions: 25, 27 & 28

16/01167/CONC/AS

Start of Consultation: 9 Nov 2017

Original Application

Case Ref Site Description of Works Posted on
16/01167/AS Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent Full planning application for a superstore (Use Class A1) with associated parking, substation, landscaping and access work. 10 August 2016

Conditions

  1. Prior to the commencement of the development (except for the substation) a Code of Construction Practice shall be submitted to and approval in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The construction of the development shall then be carried out in accordance with the approved Code of Construction Practice and BS5228 Noise Vibration and Control on Construction and Open Sites and the Control of dust from construction sites (BRE DTi Feb 2003), unless previously agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.The code shall include,
    • An indicative programme for carrying out the works
    • Measures to minimise the production of dust on the site(s)
    • Measures to minimise the noise (including vibration) generated by the construction process to include the careful selection of plant and machinery and use of noise mitigation barrier(s)
    • Maximum noise levels expected 1 metre from the affected façade of any residential unit adjacent to the site(s)
    • Design and provision of site hoardings
    • Management of traffic visiting the site(s) including temporary parking or holding areas
    • Full details of the provision of off -road parking for all site operatives
    • Full details of measures to prevent the transfer of mud and extraneous material onto the public highway
    • Measures to manage the production of waste and to maximise the re-use of materials
    • Measures to minimise the potential for pollution of groundwater and surface water
    • The location and design of site office(s) and storage compounds
    • The location of temporary vehicle access points to the site(s) during the construction works
    • The arrangements for public consultation and liaison during the construction works, including a programme for community consultation/communication setting out how the developers intend to liaise with and keep members of the public informed about the development for the duration of the construction  period.
  1. No construction activities shall take place (except for the substation) until a dust management plan for the construction phase (in full compliance with the recommendations of the applicant’s Air Quality Report ref: AQA-19852-16-95) has been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority. Thereafter, the measures set out in the dust management plan shall be implemented in full for the subsequent full duration of construction works
    unless any variation has been agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
  2. No construction works shall take place (except for the substation) until a construction logistics plan for the construction phase (in full compliance with therecommendations of the applicant’s Air Quality Report ref: AQA-19852-16-95) has been submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority. Thereafter, the measures set out in the construction logistics plan shall be implemented in full for the subsequent full duration of construction works unless any variation has been agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

 

Ashford Oak’s pupils’ Smoke free school gates sign displayed

A design by Mary-Jane Hornes’ and Casey Cripps of Ashford Oaks Primary School, to encourage people not to smoke around school gates, has been made into signs and are currently displayed on the gates of Ashford Oaks, Beaver Green Primary and Willesborough Junior schools.

Smoking has been identified as a priority for both KCC Public Health and the Ashford Health and Wellbeing Boards. The council is committed to helping tackle this issue and these signs are part of wider educational initiatives designed to help both protect children’s wellbeing and to make Ashford a healthier borough.

Jane Marshall the pastoral team leader at Ashford Oaks said: “The girls are thrilled to see their designs on the school gates, it’s wonderful for them to see the culmination of all their hard work every time they come into the school.

“The process of designing the signs has really helped raise awareness amongst all the children about the dangers and risks associated with smoking. We have received a very positive reaction to the sign and believe that it will have an effect in reducing the amount of people smoking outside the school gates.”

Cllr Bradford, Portfolio Holder for Health, Parking and Community Safety, said: “We are delighted to see the signs on the school gates, and it’s even better to hear the positive impact the designing of the signs has had on the children. It’s fantastic news that the school is confident the signs will have an effect in reducing smoking outside the school gates as that’s what this initiative is all about, protecting children’s wellbeing and making Ashford a healthier place.”

If any other primary schools are interested in having a sign for their school gates they should contact envhealth@ashford.gov.uk

Ashford Borough Council 09 November 2017
https://www.ashford.gov.uk/whats-on/news/no-smoking-signs-make-first-appearance-9th-nov/

Extension lead sparks fire

We add advice from Electrical Safety First to an urgent safety warning issued by firefighters after an extension lead overheated, starting a house fire in Hamstreet, near Ashford last night (Tuesday, 7 November).

The blaze was discovered by a neighbour just before 8pm who heard the smoke alarms sounding and went into the house. The occupant was not home at the time so the neighbour attempted to put the fire out, taking in smoke in the process.

Three fire engines were sent to the end-of-terrace property and arrived to find smoke billowing from the rear of the house. They gave the neighbour oxygen therapy before handing him into the care of an-off duty paramedic for precautionary checks.

Ashford Watch Manager, Kevin Surridge said: “A breathing apparatus team found a coiled up extension reel that was run to a tumble drier in a first-floor rear bedroom, had sparked the blaze.”

Firefighters made sure the fire was completely out and cleared smoke and fumes from the property using a special fan.

Kevin added: “As the weather cools down, we start to use more electrical appliances around our homes, but my advice would be to only use them when you are there, never leave them running while you’re asleep or away from your home.”

With Christmas next month, homeowners will soon be thinking about decorating their homes with lights and are asked to please keep safety in mind – don’t overload sockets, use circuit breakers and make sure extension leads are fully unwound to prevent overheating.

Kevin ended: “Just because there might be space to plug in four appliances on an extension lead, it doesn’t mean it’s always safe to do so. Make sure your home and family are safe from the devastating effects of fire this winter by having working smoke alarms and testing them regularly.”

The fire damage was limited to the room of origin, but caused extensive heat and smoke damage to the first floor.

If you have any concerns about keeping yourself or a friend or relative safe, get in touch with Kent Fire and Rescue Service by email or phone.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service 8 November 2017
www.kent.fire-uk.org/news/news-releases/november-2017/extension-lead-sparks-fire-in-hamstreet-home/

Electrical Safety First Advice regarding extension leads and heaters

Extensions and cables

The more wall sockets you have in your home the less you will need an extension cable or adapter. However, many portable electrical items like lamps and radios are supplied with relatively short cables. So sometimes it is unavoidable not to have to use one, but beware of the following dangers.

  • Damaged cable, due to leads being walked over, continually bent at the same point or stored badly.
  • You can trip or fall over taut, over-stretched cable.
  • Leads on power tools frequently become tangled, leading to one of the conductors eventually failing – this could cause danger.
  • Overuse of multi-way adapters or adapter blocks, which increases the risk of fire

An extension lead should only be used when it is not possible to reach a wall socket with the equipment cable. When the use of an extension cable is unavoidable – follow these simple suggestions:

  • Only use an extension lead which was bought ready-assembled.
  • We recommend that no extension lead be more than 15 metres long.
  • Only use extension leads fitted with suitably insulated connectors and plugs. (Never join two lengths of flexible cable by twisting the bare ends of wires together.)
  • Position an extension lead carefully to prevent any risk of damage.
  • If the cable has to cross a pathway, cover it with a rubber protector strip.
  • Always check that leads, plugs and sockets are undamaged.
  • Always check the extension lead plug contains the correctly rated fuse for the equipment being used.
  • If using a cable drum extension lead, it should be completely unwound to avoid overheating.
  • For general use, 2-core extension leads should not be used.

www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/around-the-home/extensions-and-leads/

Electric heaters

  • Never leave portable heaters unattended
  • Never leave them on whilst sleeping
  • Ensure that they are positioned well away from anything which could knock them over
  • Ensure they are at least a metre away from any combustible materials, such as paper or curtains
  • Never buy second hand halogen heaters
  • Never power a halogen heater from an extension lead – these can easily be overloaded and cause fires
  • Regularly inspect your heater for damage. If it’s damaged, don’t use it

www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2014/11/playing-with-fire-consumers-are-risking-lives-by-using-portable-heaters-incorrectly/

Former Powergen site, Victoria Road

Single storey roof top extensions to Blocks 5A and 5B as approved under planning application 17/01091/AS – providing 14 residential units and associated communal roof terraces

17/01674/AS

Start of Consultation: 7 Nov 2017, End of Consultation: 1 Dec 2017

Original Applications

Case Ref Site Description of Works Posted on
17/01091/AS Former Powergen site, Victoria Road Reserved Matters application for appearance and landscaping 21 Jul 2017
15/01671/AS Former Powergen site, Victoria Road Hybrid application for five plots comprising:

  1. Full and detailed application for plots 1 and 2 comprising: erection of 400 dwellings, a retail kiosk/cafe unit (Use class A1/A3) and associated parking, public surface car park, plant and storage; together with landscaping and access works.
  2. Outline application with appearance and landscaping reserved with parameters for plots 3, 4 and 5 comprising:  demolition of existing buildings/structures and erection of up to 260 dwellings, associated parking, plant and storage together with landscaping and access works.
 16 January 2016

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Retrospective non-material minor amendment to planning permission 16/01167/AS for the relocation of the substation and installation of electrical kiosk with associated landscaping.

16/01167/AMND/AS

Original Application

Case Ref Site Description of Works Posted on
16/01167/AS Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent Full planning application for a superstore (Use Class A1) with associated parking, substation, landscaping and access work. 10 August 2016

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Non-material minor amendment to planning permission 16/01157/AS for the removal of electrical substation from the application site boundary and retrospective installation of an electrical kiosk with associated landscaping

16/01157/AMND/AS

Original Application

Case Ref Site Description of Works Posted on
16/01157/AS Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works. 10 August 2016