SACF May 2016 Meeting

The next meeting of South Ashford Community Forum will take place

  • at 6:30 pm
  • on 18th May 2016
  • at South Ashford Baptist Church
    Brookfield Road, TN23 4EY

The Agenda can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page.

Representatives of of U+I Group, will attend this meeting to give an update and answer questions on ‘Victoria Way‘ and Powergen Site developments. The meeting time has been set at 6:30pm to allow the development proposals to be displayed before the formal start at 7:00pm.

The current proposals for the ‘Victoria Way‘ development can be downloaded from the dedicated website Our comments on the proposals can be viewed from the Publications page.

The planning application for the Powergen Site can be viewed on the Ashford Borough Council planning application search, using Case No. 15/01671/AS. Our comments on the Application can be viewed from the Publications page of the South Ashford website.

An Electoral Review of Ashford is in progress. Ashford Borough Council has proposed that the number councillors is increased. We will discuss what this could mean for South Ashford.

SACF Meetings 2016

South Ashford Community Forum have provisionally booked speakers for their next three meetings:

  • 18th May 201618:30 – Arlene Van Bosch, U+I, Victoria Way and Powergen Sites
  • 13th July 2016 – 19:00 – Daniel Carter, Principal Policy Planner, Ashford Borough Council; Ashford Borough Local Plan 2030
  • 21st September – 19:00 – Chris Dixon, Ashford Borough Council; Victoria Park and Watercress Fields Masterplan

and although a speaker is yet to be selected the final meeting will include:

  • 16th November – 19:00 – Parliament Week

All meetings are held at South Ashford Baptist Church, Brookfield Road, TN23 4EY.

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South Ashford Community Forum Meeting

A copy of the Draft Victoria Park Masterplan will be available to view before the start of this meeting
This meeting is open to those from outside of the SACF Area who have an interest in Victoria Park

Please join us

at 7:00 pm
on Wednesday 9th March
at South Ashford Baptist Church
Brookfield Road TN23 4EY

All who live or work in the unparished area of South Ashford are welcome

Agenda includes:

  • Police Report
  • Victoria Park
  • Council Tax
  • M20 Junction 10A

Full Agenda available from the Minutes and Agendas page

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…)

SACF January 2016 Meeting

The first meeting of South Ashford Community Forum in 2016 will be held

  • at 7:00 pm
  • on 13th January 2016
  • at South Ashford Baptist Church
    (Brookfield Road, Ashford, TN23 4QW)

We are pleased that Stephanie Karpetas, of Sustainability Connections, will be speaking about Community Energy and the Big Energy Saving Network

Please download:

  • the Agenda for the meeting
  • and the Minutes of the meeting of 17th November 2015

from the Minutes and Agendas page.

December News-sheet published

South Ashford December News-sheetThe December 2015 edition of the ‘South Ashford’ news-sheet has been published and is currently being delivered to 4,700 residential addresses in South Ashford.

This edition includes an update on the Campaign for Community Councils, advice on treating yourself for winter illnesses, information on how to save on your energy bills and details of proposals for development of the ‘Powergen site’ and other sites in and around South Ashford.

A copy of the News-sheet can be downloaded from the Publications page on this site or by clicking on the image on the right.

Community Council ballot outcome

Even though we are aware that, as stated in the original literature sent to residents, the results of the ballot (for and against) are non-binding on the Council and are one part of the consultation process, we are disappointed with the voting, .

Whilst we appreciate that the Borough Council were trying to maintain neutrality, they could have been more informative regarding the precept. Many people saw the top figure quoted of £88 pa and assumed that the Community Council precepts could be similar. The Council’s literature didn’t indicate why Tenterden’s precept is so large and hence not likely to be representative of the urban areas. This fuelled ill informed statements made against the creation of Community Councils. The situation was not helped by the minimal coverage in the local press, despite this potentially being the biggest change in local governance, in the Borough, since 1974.

If the Borough Council do not create a Community Council for South Ashford, South Ashford Community Forum will continue do its best to represent the views of the residents and will seek increased support from the Borough Council to enable us to do this more effectively.

South Ashford Community Forum 9th November 2015

Kentish Express 12 November 2015

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