Consultation

Review of KCC Funded Bus Services

Kent County CouncilIntroduction

Bus services across the UK were privatised in 1985.  Since then, many routes in Kent have been run by commercial bus companies, such as Arriva or Stagecoach.

But not all of Kent’s bus services are run on a purely commercial basis.  Kent County Council (KCC) currently spends £6.4 million subsidising some routes which, while not commercially viable, are considered important to the needs of the communities and passengers they serve.

What is being proposed

KCC have worked hard to protect these subsidies, but as central government funds have been reduced we’ve had to make savings.  They have already saved over £1million by working with bus operators to re-plan routes, renegotiating better contracts and through a greater use of Community Transport operators.  However, they still need to reduce our spending further in the next financial year.

To help them do this a series of changes have been identified for 17 subsidised services.  While KCC’s approach seeks to protect those bus services where the impact on passengers is greatest, they understand that any changes may have an adverse impact on existing bus passengers and they need you to tell them how the proposed changes may affect you. (more…)

Consultation on new lorry area

Proposals for a major new lorry area that would help improve Kent’s resilience when services across the English Channel are disrupted have been announced today.

Two potential sites near the M20 have been identified for the lorry area, along with four broad ways it could be used. Each option would help to prevent the need for the M20 to be closed when there is disruption to cross-channel services.

The consultation asks for views on the suitability of each proposed sites, and on how it should be operated.

Highways England and Andrew Jones MP 11 December 2015 (more…)

KFRS Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016/18

Kent Fire and Rescue LogoHelp Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s plan for the future

This is your chance to have your say about Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) plans to develop and improve their services, while still making essential savings by filling in our online Safety and Wellbeing Plan survey.

The consultation is open until 16 January 2016, and the outcomes will be presented to Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority at its meeting on 12 February 2016. You can read the Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016/18 and all the supporting documentation using the links on KFRS web page. (more…)

A28 Chart Road improvement scheme

Tank RoundaboutThe A28 is the main route serving the south and west side of Ashford. Improvements have already been made from the A28 ‘Tank’ roundabout up to and including its connection with the M20 at Junction 9.

Southwards from the ‘Tank’ roundabout over the railway to the ‘Matalan’ roundabout the A28 is a single carriageway that has poor alignment over the railway and has regular congestion and unreliable journey times.

A proposal to change the A28 between the ‘Tank’ and ‘Matalan’ roundabouts into 2 lanes each way is being looked at again following the award of Local Growth Funding from the Department of Transport to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. (more…)

Ashford Town Centre Conservation Area Review

Ashfored Borough CouncilAshford Borough Council (ABC) have appointed a consultant to undertake a review of the Conservation Area (CA) of Ashford Town Centre. This includes an updated appraisal of the CA which describes the history and character of the area as well as discussing enhancement opportunities in a new management plan. The document is in draft form and ABC would like the views of local residents on the content. You can view the draft appraisal and proposals through this online consultation, where you can make as many comments as you wish.

Public exhibition

ABC are also holding a public exhibition in St Mary’s Church Hall on Saturday 28th November from10am-1pm for residents and business owners to come along and view the documents in person. (more…)

Waiting Restrictions and Street Parking Places

Ashfored Borough CouncilNOTICE is hereby given that the KENT COUNTY COUNCIL acting as local traffic authority and in exercise of its powers under sections 1(1), 2(1) to (3), 3(2), 4(1) to (3), 32(1), 35(1), 45, 46, 49, 53 and 124 and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and of all other enabling powers, intends to make the above Order, the effect of which will be to amend The Kent County Council (Various Roads, Borough of Ashford) (Waiting Restrictions and Street Parking Places) Consolidation Order 2015′ (as amended), the
effect of which will be:
In the Town of Ashford (listing only the changes in South Ashford)

  • Beaver Lane: Introduction of Double Yellow Lines round the entrance to No’s 113 to 127 Beaver Lane.

This Order will also make administrative changes to certain parts of The Kent County Council (Various Roads, Borough of Ashford) (Waiting Restrictions and Street Parking Places) Consolidation Order 2015′ (as amended), which will not change the extent of any restrictions as they presently appear on the ground (listing only the changes in South Ashford).

  • Arlington: Administrative amendment to improve accuracy of description.
  • Bowens Field: Amendment to times of restriction to match on street signage.

A copy of the proposed Order and supporting documents may be inspected on line at www,ashford.gov.uk/parkingconsultation or in hard copy format at Ashford Gateway Plus, Church Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 1AS between 9am and 6pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am and 8pm Thursday, 9am and 6pm Friday and 9am and 5pm Saturday. A copy of the proposed Order will also be available at the main reception of Sessions House, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
Any objections or other representations relating to this Order must be made in writing to: Engineering Services, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL or by email to consultation@ashford.gov.uk. Any objection must specify the grounds on which it is made.

Objections or other representations to this Order should include return address details and quotereference “2015/Am7”, but must be received by no later than midnight on Thursday 10th December in order to be considered.

Barbara Cooper, Corporate Director; Growth, Environment and Transport; Kent County Council; County Hall; Maidstone; Kent ME14 1XQ

Dated Thursday 19th November 2015

 

Community Council ballot votes published

Have your say in Community GovernanceAshford Borough Council have announced the details of the ballot included in their Community Governance Review urban area consultation.

Of 9,220 eligible voters in South Ashford, 2,409 responded to the ballot, 2,398 were valid votes, 906 voted yes and 1,492 voted no.

The Council’s press release announcing the vote says: (more…)

Health Improvement Services Consultation

Kent County CouncilKent County Council is canvassing residents’ thoughts on a proposed new model for future public health improvement services that aims to assist them to live longer lives.

A consultation is underway to ensure that all KCC Public Health services are based around the needs of the person, encourage personal responsibility and, wherever appropriate, are delivered within integrated services. There will be a particular focus on the health inequalities within and between communities.

KCC Public Health Director Andrew Scott-Clark explains: “The way that Public Health currently commissions means that these services work independently and each has specific outcomes to achieve. For example; in the smoking services, success is measured by how many people have quit smoking. An individual may need to access a number of these services if they have more than one health behaviour that they wish to change. (more…)

Health Visiting and School Public Health Service Consultation

Kent County CouncilKent County Council (KCC) is seeking views on the proposed service delivery models for Health Visiting and the School Public Health Service.  Consultation responses will be used to improve services and ensure that they are designed around the needs of Kent residents. Residents are at the heart of what KCC do and how we deliver services.

KCC continues to actively engage all stakeholders, undertake ongoing service evaluation, research and focus group work to tailor all services to local needs. They value the opinion of all current, past and potential services users and want to create the opportunity for the wider public to shape service delivery in the future.

Kent County Council would like to hear your views on future models they have proposed to deliver services to children and young people, and which will best achieve the desired outcomes for the 0-19 population.

Consultation ends 14 December 2015

Kent County Council 2 November 2015

Ashford International Model Railway Excellence Centre

AIMRECimageThe Ashford International Model Railway Excellence Centre (AIMREC) has reported that the building designs for the planning application for their proposed building on the Klondike Works site, Newtown Road, have now been completed. Some of the AIMREC team will be holding a display in the Food Hall, at the Ashford Designer Outlet, on September 19–20, from 10.00 am–5 pm each day. This is to show local residents their proposal for the redevelopment. They will be pleased to meet local residents and discuss the project with them.

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