Ashford Borough Council

Celebrating funding success!

Ashford Borough Council has been awarded more than £3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to revitalise Victoria Park.

The funding, thanks to National Lottery players, means the council can deliver its exciting plans to redevelop and restore one of Ashford’s oldest and most-loved green spaces, working with the local community, volunteer groups and the Friends of Victoria Park.

Proposals include a new children’s play area, improvements to the river, improved lighting across the park, and a new community hub building with café, and new toilets. The iconic Grade II Listed Hubert Fountain and the surrounding piazza area will also be restored and repaired.

The council will be employing four new members of staff to manage the project, including a parks officer who will be based on site. There will also be opportunities for the community to get involved with volunteering roles as part of the project.

Almost £1.9 million will be spent on repairs and conservation of the historical aspects of the park, and another £1 million has been earmarked for new building work including access paths, signage, bridges, and dipping platforms.

Friends of Victoria Park have welcomed the success and will be exhibiting some details of the proposals at Create and Mr. Harper’s Birthday Party this weekend.

Ashford Borough Council
https://news.ashford.gov.uk/news/celebrating-funding-success/

Election results

We now have the full results for the Borough Council Wards representing South Ashford.

Candidate Party / GroupNumber of Votes*
Beaver Ward
SUDDARDS, Lynda JuneLabour Party480Elected
WARD, AlexanderLabour Party 437Elected
TAYLOR, Thomas NormanUK Independence Party283
HODGKINSON, Amanda GeorginaConservative Party 238
PIZZEY, Maria AnnGreen Party237
DOBSON, Robert CharlesConservative Party183
Electorate: 4589Ballot Papers Issued: 1107Turnout: 24.12%
Norman Ward
WEBB, Jennifer AnneConservative Party205 Elected
JONES, Dylan AlexanderLabour Party187
BURGESS, Neil RobertUK Independence Party130
ARNOLD, Albert StephenGreen Party78
Electorate: 2077Ballot Papers Issued: 602Turnout: 28.8%
Victoria Ward
FARRELL, DaraLabour Party 484Elected
SUDDARDS, John CharlesLabour Party378 Elected
ADBY, Jeremy PaulConservative Party290
SMALL, JonathanGreen Party278
MBALI, Valerie CharlotteLiberal Democrats274
BRIDGER, Matthew JamesConservative Party248
TAYLOR, Ann MarieUK Independence Party193
STEWART, Peter AlexanderUK Independence Party186
Electorate: 4376Ballot Papers Issued: 1259 Turnout: 28.77%

Make up of Council

Conservative Party26
Ashford Independent11
Labour Party7
The Green Party2
Independent1
Size of Council47

Poplars planning application

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) have submitted a planning application to demolish 14 flats and 3 houses at the Poplars at the junction of Beaver Lane and Beaver Road and replace them with 31 apartments for independent living older tenants.

The proposed development follows the rebuilding of Farrow Court, nearby, Danemoor in Tenterden and the proposed rebuild of East Stour Court in Mabledon Avenue as part of an ABC strategy to modernise and increase their sheltered housing stock.

The new apartments will be for affordable rent to tenants aged 50 or above.

The ABC Planning case reference is 19/00516/AS
https://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=112217

One week to Register to Vote

Your vote matters - don't lose it

You must have registered to vote by 12 April to vote in the Borough Council elections on 2nd May.

If you are not registered you can register online to vote in a matter of minutes. You will need to give your name, address and National Insurance number. If you do not have your National Insurance number you can still apply to register you will be asked to provide more information.

Register on-line at gov.uk/register-to-vote

You can contact the Electoral Services Office for Ashford by phone,
01233 330402, if you want to discuss any issues around your registration or, to view the current electoral register, call into their office at after first telephoning for an appointment.
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
Ashford
Kent TN23 1PL .

Please note they will not discuss your registration with anyone else including family members. If you have made an application it may take several days for us to process especially at busy periods; there is no need to reapply.

Postal and Proxy Voting

If you are not able to get to your polling station on the day of the election you may wish to apply to vote by post or proxy. For more information on postal and proxy voting, or to download an application form, please see your vote matters.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for these elections is 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019.

If you have a postal vote you cannot vote in person at the polling station, you must use your postal vote.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for these elections is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

If you are given a proxy vote and your proxy is not able to attend your polling station on election day then your proxy can make a separate application to vote as proxy by post but please note the deadline for your proxy to apply to vote by post is 5pm on Monday 15 April 2019.

There is also an emergency proxy facility for cases where there is a medical emergency or if you are suddenly called away for your employment. The medical emergency or employment reason must have occurred after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications has passed.

Your application will need to be signed by someone else to support your application. Only certain people can sign as a supporter and details are included with the application form.

Borough Council Election Candidates

The following candidates have been nominated for election to the Ashford Borough Council Wards in South Ashford.

Name of
Candidate
Home Address Description
Beaver Ward
DOBSON
Rob
30 Pittlesden, Tenterden,
Kent, TN30 6HJ
Conservative Party
Candidate
HODGKINSON
Amanda Georgina
Flat 4 Oakleigh House,
Watercress Lane, Ashford,
Kent, TN23 5EL
Conservative Party
Candidate
PIZZEY
Maria Ann
24 Lynsted Close, Ashford,
Kent, TN23 5RZ
Green Party
SUDDARDS
Lyn
35 Queen Street, Ashford,
TN23 1RF
Labour Party
TAYLOR
Thomas Norman
Festival Cottage, Colt Estate,
Pluckley Road,
Bethersden, TN26 3DD
UK Independence
Party
WARD
Alexander
94 Sir Bernard Paget Avenue,
Ashford, TN23 3RY
Labour Party
Norman Ward
ARNOLD
Al
(Address in Ashford) Green Party
BURGESS
Neil Robert
73 Hillbrow Lane,
Ashford, TN23 4XW
UK Independence
Party (UKIP)
JONES
Dylan Alexander
40 Copperfield Close,
Kennington, Ashford,
Kent, TN24 9RJ
Labour Party
WEBB
Jenny
7 Upper Denmark Road,
Ashford, TN23 7TZ
Conservative Party
Candidate
Victoria Ward
ADBY
Jeremy Paul
14 Church Yard,
Ashford, Kent, TN23 1QG
Conservative Party
Candidate
BRIDGER
Matthew James
(Address in Ashford) Conservative Party
Candidate
FARRELL
Dara
38 Luddenham Close,
Ashford, Kent, TN23 5SE
Labour Party
MBALI
Charlotte
23 Western Avenue,
Ashford, TN23 1LY
Liberal Democrats
SMALL
Jonathan
57 Weavers Way,
Singleton Farm,
Ashford, Kent, TN23 5DY
Green Party
STEWART
Peter Alexander
Childrens Farm Bungalow,
Norton Lane, St Michaels,
Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6TB
UK Independence
Party (UKIP)
SUDDARDS
Charles
35 Queen Street, Ashford,
Kent, TN23 1RF
Labour Party
TAYLOR
Ann Marie
The Festival, Colt Estate,
Pluckley Road,
Bethersden, TN26 3DP
UK Independence
Party (UKIP)

Where candidate election statements have been provided, they can be accessed by clicking on the candidate’s name. Some of these statements are on the candidate’s or party’s website. Candidate’s representing the same party in any ward may provide common statement.

We would be pleased to post the statements for any of the candidates listed. Candidates should contact us to arrange for statements to be posted.

Voters should remember that Ashford Borough Council’s principal services are housing, leisure and recreation, environmental health, waste collection, planning applications, strategic planning.

Op Brock in place next week

From next week, Operation Brock will be available as a tool for managing disruption in Kent. Operation Brock queues lorries bound for mainland Europe on the coastbound M20 and uses a contraflow on the London-bound carriageway to enable other traffic to travel in both directions.

Under the new arrangements, in addition to the M20 contraflow lorries can be routed to Manston Airfield and, if needed, the M26 motorway can be closed and used to queue HGVs too.

The M20 contraflow is planned to be in place by 6am on Monday 25 March, and there will be roadworks on the M20 and M26 over the weekend and into next week as the final preparations and adjustments are made.

Drivers are advised that sections of the M20 will be closed this weekend for the final work to take place, signed diversions will be in place. From Monday drivers will need to follow the different layout on the M20 from just north of Junction 8 (for Leeds) to Junction 9 (Ashford).

The M20 will be closed overnight (8pm – 6am) each night until Monday morning between Junction 7 (for Maidstone) and Junction 9. Overnight closures may also be required on this section next week if there is remaining work to complete. For the preparations for the M26, there will also be overnight closures on the weekends of the 23 and 30 March.

What is Operation Brock?

Operation Brock is a set of measures to keep the M20 open in both directions between junctions 8 and 9 in the event of disruption to services across the English Channel, by using different holding areas.

The queuing system only applies to lorries heading to mainland Europe from Kent. All other drivers should check conditions before setting out and, if they’re crossing the channel, check with their service operator for updates.

Phase 1 – In the event of excessive disruption to services across the English Channel, improved holding capacity in the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel, as well as on the A20 approach to the port (Dover TAP), would be used.
Phase 2 – If phase 1 capacity is reached, we will start queuing Europe bound lorries that are 7.5 tonnes and over on the coast bound section of the M20 between junction 8 and 9 with cars and other vehicles using a contraflow on the London-bound carriageway.
Phase 3 – If phase 2 becomes full, lorries heading for Port of Dover will be directed to Manston Airfield, while the M20 is used to hold traffic for Eurotunnel. Traffic lights on the A256 after Manston Airfield will help to manage traffic arriving at the port.
Phase 4 – If the M20 holding area and Manston becomes full, the M26 could be used to hold additional lorries heading for Eurotunnel.

Highways England: Operation Brock: ready for action 22 March 2019
www.gov.uk/government/news/operation-brock-ready-for-action
Highways England: Operation Brock
highwaysengland.co.uk/OperationBrock/

For information on driving when operation Brock is in place refer to the Highways England page about Operation Brock highwaysengland.co.uk/OperationBrock/

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