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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Powergen Developer at Forum meeting

Powergen site developmentQuinn Estates, the company proposing to develop the “Powergen” site will be presenting their proposals at South Ashford Community Forum’s next meeting.

The meeting will be
at 6:15pm
on Tuesday, 17th November
at South Ashford Baptist Church
Brookfield Road, Ashford, TN23 4EY View on Google Maps

The proposals are for 622 apartments and 28 houses on the site that comprises most of the undeveloped land either side of Victoria Way.

Quinn Estates have kindly provided South Ashford Community Forum with pdf copies of the display boards. We have posted links to the files below.

DoDemocracy-with-background-700x338Parliament Week

The meeting falls in Parliament Week. There will be a session on the theme of “Do Democracy”


December Newsletter – call for items

SA_TitleWe are planning another edition of the South Ashford news-sheet for distribution at the beginning of December. If you have any community news, information or events, relating to the Forum Area,, that you would like included please send details as soon as possible. The earlier we receive the information the more likely the item will be included, but the final date for any item is 13th November. We will list the date, title and venue (or web address for further information) for any community event. If you would like more information included we invite you to take an advert.

We are also seeking advertising to fund the news-sheet going forward. If you know of any businesses or organisations that would like to advertise, please ask them to contact us.

Following this edition, we are hoping to produce another edition in March.

This edition will be distributed to 4700 homes in the Forum area. We will endeavour to distribute it to as many businesses and organisations as is practical.

Victoria Park – Suggestions please!

Following his presentation to South Ashford Community Forum on 16th September, Chris Dixon of ABC is asking for suggestions to improve Victoria Park. The outline of the presentation is attached to the Minutes of the Meeting, available from our Minutes and Agendas page.


New Community News-sheet for South Ashford

South Ashford Cover ImageWe have published the first print edition of what we hope will become a regular news-sheet for South Ashford. We plan to publish quarterly. We have been fortunate to raise funding for distribution of this edition to every household in the area. To enable us to continue to
publish we will need to include advertisements. Future editions may be distributed through community organisations.

If you:

  • have news or features relating to the unparished areaof South Ashford for our next edition, or
    you are a local business or organisation that would be interested in advertising in South Ashford,

please contact us via our contact form

The news-sheet can be downloaded from our publications page or by clicking the image above

Summer Newsletter

In the July edition of ‘South Ashford’ we give ideas of how you can spend the long summer
days and keep your family active. Download it from our Publications page.

If you have any ideas for the next edition, which we hope to publish in September, please do contact us.

We would like to distribute printed copies of our Newsletter, but we will need adverts to fund the printing. If you know of local businesses that would be interested in advertising please put them in touch with us.

SACF Comments on KCC Division Boundaries

Following our post of 12 May 2015 we South Ashford Community Forum has reviewed the ‘Draft recommendations for the further electoral review of Kent County Council’. published by the Local Government Boundary Commision for England (LGBCE) . Although there is little change from the existing divisions that serve South Ashford we believe the boundaries could be improved.We have submitted our comments to the LGBCE. (more…)