SACF leaves Streetlife

South Ashford Community Forum has removed its page from the social network, ‘Streetlife’, as a result of Steetlife closing and migrating its membership to the network ‘Next Door’.

Next Door requires members to provide a street address and displays this information to other members of the network. We consider this to be a breach of members privacy.

Stagecoach Bus App available!

Stagecoach logoEverything you love about – in your pocket.

Stagecoach’s mobile App has all you need in one place – journey planning, live bus information in real time  and mobile bus tickets.

Now it’s even easier to find your nearest bus stop and plan your journey using your phone.

Here’s how the App makes bus travel even easier:

  • What’s nearby?  Set your location using your phone’s GPS to find the right buses, stops and routes for wherever you are.
  • Where do you want to go?  Use the journey planner to get from A to B with ease, including ticket options, walking directions and disruption updates.
  • Check live bus times so you know exactly when it will arrive, and once on the bus, follow your journey so you know exactly when to get off the bus.
  • Save your favourite buses, journeys and stops for even easier journey planning.
  • Say goodbye to paper tickets with mobile day tickets straight to your phone (only available in some areas at the moment). No need to worry about change – pay safely and securely using your card or PayPal and your tickets will be ready to use instantly on your phone. Simply activate your ticket when you’re ready to board and show it to the driver.

The Stagecoach Bus App is available free on the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android). Click the  buttons below  to download, or search Stagecoach Bus  on the App Store or Google Play store.
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Community Council Campaign – Close-out letter

The following letter has been sent to all residents in the unparished area of South Ashford:


Dear Resident

Early in December of last year, Ashford Borough Council completed a review of how local communities in Ashford are represented and governed. If you are a registered voter living in South Ashford you would have had the opportunity to vote in the ballot on whether or not you wanted a Community Council for South Ashford. Voters in the other unparished areas of Ashford also voted on whether they wanted a Community Council in their areas. In South Ashford, of 9,220 voters, 906 voted for a Community Council and 1,492 voted against. Although the Council stated that the results of the ballot were non-binding they have decided not to create a Community Council for South Ashford.

For sixteen years South Ashford Community Forum has been representing the views of people living and working in the unparished area of South Ashford and helping to communicate those views to Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council and other statutory organisations. Following the decision of the Council we will continue to provide that representation and will be redoubling our efforts to ensure that we are representative of as many of those who live and work in South Ashford as possible. To do this we need to hear your views and invite you to our next meeting. (more…)

Public invited to CCG engagement day

Ashford CCGPatients and members of the public are invited to help shape a new public and patient engagement strategy for NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The CCG’s draft one year plan and five-year vision will be shared and there will be the opportunity to discuss how the CCG can work with patients and the public more closely.

The event is being held at the Singleton Environment Centre, Wesley School Road, Ashford, TN23 5LW, on Wednesday 30 March. Coffee from 9am, starting 9.30am to 4.30pm.

The invitation is open to patients, voluntary sector organisations, patient participation groups, parish councillors or any interested member of the community.

For further information or to register to attend, please email or phone 03000 424815 or fill in an invitation

NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group 9 February 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016

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Play your part for a better internet!

Today is Safer Internet Day!

Safer Internet Day 2016 is taking place today, on the 9th February, with the theme Play your part for a better internet!

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees over a thousand organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. (more…)

Alternatives to TPS, Bogus TPS & scams

The hand holds telephone receiver above the phoneThe Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is warning against responding to commercial alternatives to TPS and bogus and scam TPS calls.

TPS is the only official UK ‘do not call’ register for opting out of live telesales calls. The TPS register is established and supported by legislation. Organisations which want to make live telesales calls in the UK are legally required to screen their sales lists against the TPS list. It is FREE to sign up to the TPS register. (more…)