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Scams Awareness Campaign

Check if something might be a scam

A scam is a type of fraud in which someone steals your money or information. 
You can be scammed online, in person, over the phone, or through the post. 
Scams can be difficult to recognise, but there are things you can look out for.

Recognising a scam

It might be a scam if:

  • it seems too good to be true – for example, a holiday that’s significantly cheaper than you’d expect it to be
  • someone you don’t know contacts you unexpectedly
  • you suspect you’re not dealing with a real company – for example, if there’s no postal address
  • you’ve been asked to transfer money quickly
  • you’ve been asked to pay in an unusual way – for example, by vouchers or wire transfer
  • you’ve been asked to give away personal information like passwords or PINs

If you think you’ve paid too much for something

Paying more for something than you think it’s worth isn’t the same as being scammed. Usually, a scam will involve theft or fraud.

You have other rights if you think you’ve overpaid.

If you think you’ve spotted a scam

If you’ve given away money or information because of a scam, there are things you should do. Check what to do if you’ve been scammed.

If you haven’t been scammed but you’ve seen something you think is a scam, you should report it. Find out how to report a scam.

If you’re not sure if something is a scam, contact Citizens Advice consumer service. They’ll give you advice about what might be a scam and the steps you should take if you’ve been scammed.

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Mattress scam alert

A Kent resident was recently scammed by a criminal selling mattresses from a van in Edenbridge (South Ashford has seen reports of mattresses being sold from a van in Ashford)

At best these mattresses will contain a very basic spring unit with a polyester fibre pad or a layer of cheap foam over it, all covered in a cheap outer covering material. They almost certainly haven’t undergone testing though they may display the small blue, white and black label with an image of a cigarette and match flame.

At worst, the mattress may contain an old, used spring unit along with dirty fillings. Some of the worst cases are where the rogue trader has simply placed an old mattress inside a brand-new cover! 

Kent County Council Public Protection

Homeplus site exhibition

A Better Choice for Property Ltd., the property investment company owned by Ashford Borough Council, has announced an exhibition of proposals for development of the site of the Homeplus home furnishings store in Beaver Road.

The site was purchased by A Better Choice fot Property earlier this year from Southern Housing Group. Although Southern Housing had commissioned outline designs for development of the site, no planning
application for the proposals had been published.

Thursday 16th May 2019
3pm – 8pm
The Stour Centre, Station Approach, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1ET

A Better Choice for Property Development Ltd invites you To attend a public exhibition event in relation to a proposed high quality mixed use (residential and commercial) development on the former B&Q (now Home Plus) site in Beaver Road.

The public exhibilion provides an informal opportunity for the local community to learn more about this development and to provide feedback to the team.

A model of the initial scheme for the site will be on display and representatives from A Better Choice for Property Development Ltd as well as members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Email: info@dhaplanning.co.uk

Consultation: Organs excluded from the opt-out organ donation

Opt-out organ donation: organs and tissues excluded from the new system

Department of Health and Social Care

Opened: 29 April 2019
Closes: 22 July 2019

This consultation is to ask you if the government is excluding the right organs and tissues from opt-out organ donation. We would like you to answer five questions about what you think should happen.

The government recently passed a law to change the rules for organ donation in England from 2020. The law introduced a system commonly called “opt-out” or “deemed consent”.

From 2020, everyone in England over the age of 18 will be considered to be in favour of donating their organs and tissue after death unless they:

  • have said they do not want to donate (opted out)
  • have appointed someone to decide for them after death
  • are in an excluded group

When the law was passing through Parliament, the government agreed that the law would only apply to routine transplants, and not novel or rare transplants.

The government proposes that novel or rare transplants will still require express consent. This means you or someone representing you must explicitly give permission for your organs or tissues to be donated for novel or rare transplants. Such transplants also cover what is called Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP). This is when tissues, cells and genes are manipulated in a laboratory for treatment of a disease or injury. Some of the tissues and cells come from deceased donors.

This consultation is to ask you if the government is excluding the right organs and tissues. They would like you to answer five questions about what you think should happen.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/opt-out-organ-donation-organs-and-tissues-excluded-from-the-new-system

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
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