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Opening of J10a London facing slip roads

Highways England are pleased to announce that the London facing slip roads will be available for traffic on 20 December 2019. The availability of these slip roads will make junction 10a fully operational.

The construction of the London facing slip roads of junction 10a, involved building two new bridges to allow the new slip roads to span over the Aylesford stream. It also required the permanent closure of the existing Junction 10 coast facing slips to enable the new slips to safety join onto the M20.

The fully operational new junction 10a will:

  • Relieve congestion around the existing junction 10 and therefore will reduce queues forming on the slip road which often extend back onto the M20.
  • Improve safety; and
  • Will improve journeys and open the door for further inward economicinvestment for communities in the area which is also part of an international route widely used by freight and holiday traffic.

Earlier this year work was fast-tracked so that key sections of this new junction would be available for traffic by 31 October. As a result, the east facing slip roads at the new junction, as well as the new A2070 link road, were open at the end of October.

Next year work will involve landscaping and completion of the non-motorised user route, these works may require some localised traffic management to safely access the works.

Highways England hope this information is helpful; we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and we apologise for any inconvenience these works may have caused. However, if you have any questions please contact us by visiting our scheme webpage at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/M20J10a


Hotpoint and Indesit Washing Machine Recall

Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd has identified up to 500,000 Indesit and Hotpoint washing machines to be recalled and replaced in the UK.

Following discussions with the government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards, Whirlpool’s announcement relates to a fire risk from the door lock system on certain washing machine models.

If you have a washing machine from Hotpoint or Indesit:

1. unplug and do not use it
2. check if it’s a model with a known fault from the list below
3. if it is, contact the Whirlpool freephone hotline 0800 316 1442 or register on the Whirlpool website

At the time of posting the Whirlpool recall page was not responding. We understand that the phone hotline is also not operational.

List of model numbers:

FML 742P UK
WMAOD 743G UK
WMAOD 743P UK
WMAQB 721P UK.M
WMAQC 641P UK.M
WMAQC 741G UK
WMAQC 741P UK
WMAQC 741P UK.M
WMAQF 621G UK
WMAQF 621P UK
WMAQF 641 P UK.M
WMAQF 721G UK
WMAQF 721P UK.M
WMAQL 621G UK
WMBF 742G UK
WMBF 742K UK
WMBF 742P UK
WMBF 742P UK.M
WMEF 722 BC UK
WMEF 742 P UK
WMEUF 722P UK
WMEUF 743G UK
WMEUF 743P UK
WMFG 741P UK
WMFG 741P UK.M
WMFUG 742 P UK.M
WMFUG 742G UK
WMFUG 742P UK
WMFUG 842P UK.M
WMJLF 842P UK
WMJLL 742P UK
WMSAQG 621P UK
WMXTF 742G UK
WMXTF 742K UK
WMXTF 742P UK
WMXTF 742P UK.M
WMXTF 842P UK.M
WMYL 7151PS UK
XWA 81252X K UK
XWA 81252X W UK
XWD 71452X K UK

Read more about the Hotpoint/Indesit tumbledryer recall and find other recalls on the gov.uk product recall page

Register your appliances to ensure that you are notified of safety recalls.

Find links to lists of recalls for other products on our Acting on Product Safety post

Parliamentary Election Results

On Thursday 12 December, a vote was held for the parliamentary constituency of Ashford in the 2019 General Election. The candidates and the numbers of votes cast were:

Name of candidatePartyVotes
DE SANVIL, Susannah LouiseIndependent862
FARRELL, DaraLabour Party13,241
GEE-TURNER, Adrian JohnLiberal Democrats6,048
GREEN, Damian HowardThe Conservative Party37,270 Elected
ROSSI, MandyThe Green Party2,638


Electorate: 89,553

Turnout: 67.4%

Polling day

Make sure you vote on Thursday 12th December.

Your vote counts.

Your polling card gives your polling station but our map shows the polling stations for Beaver, Norman and Victoria Wards. Click on your Polling District to show the polling station.

You don’t need your polling card t vote but not having received one may indicate that you are not registered to vote.

Revised collections

Revised recycling and refuse collection dates for Christmas and the New Year

Normal collection day Revised collection day
RecyclingMon 23 DecNo Change
Tues 24 Dec No Change
Wed 25 DecFri 27 Dec
Thurs 26 DecSat 28 Dec
Fri 27 DecMon 30 Dec
RefuseMon 30 DecTues 31 Dec
Tue 31 DecThurs 2 Jan
Wed 1 JanFri 3 Jan
Thurs 2 JanSat 4 Jan
Fri 3 Jan Mon 6 Jan
RecyclingMon 6 Jan Tues 7 Jan
Tues 7 Jan Wed 8 Jan
Wed 8 JanThurs 9 Jan
Thurs 9 JanFri 10 Jan
Fri 10 Jan Sat 11 Jan

Normal service will resume Monday 13 Jan 2020

Homeplus site application

A planning application has been submitted for the site of the Homeplus Store at the junction of Beaver Road and Avenue Jacques Faucheux. The application follows a consultation event at the Stour Centre in May.

The proposal for 214 apartments, 9 townhouses, 3 commercial units plus a rooftop restaurant have been submitted by A Better Choice for Property Development Ltd, Ashford Borough Council’s property investment vehicle.

The application, case reference 19/01597/AS, can be examined on the Ashford Borough Council planning website: https://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=113996

Election Candidates

The names of candidates for the Ashford Constituency in the parliamentary election to be held on 12 December 2019 were announced yesterday.

Make sure you are registered to vote.

Name of candidateDescription (if any)
DE SANVIL, Susannah LouiseIndependent
FARRELL, DaraLabour Party
GEE-TURNER, Adrian JohnLiberal Democrats – To stop Brexit
GREEN, Damian HowardThe Conservative Party Candidate
ROSSI, MandyThe Green Party

https://www.ashford.gov.uk/councillors-meetings-and-elections/elections-and-electoral-registration/elections/statement-of-persons-nominated-and-notice-of-poll-parliamentary-election-2019/

Register to vote by 26 November

The deadline to register to vote in the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December is 26 November.

How to register to vote

Registering to vote online is the easiest and quickest way.

It only takes five minutes, and all you need is your national insurance number.

If you’re unable to register online, you can apply by post. Download a form .

You only need to register once, unless you change your address, name or nationality.

If you do change address, name or nationality, you need to register to vote again.

Who can register to vote

To register to vote, you must be:

You have to be a 16 to register to vote.

You can’t vote until you’re 18 years old.

Eligible countries

Qualifying Commonwealth citizens

European Union countries

Other situations

You can also register to vote if:

Check if you’re already registered to vote

If you are registered to vote, you will be on the electoral register. We don’t hold the electoral register, so can’t tell you if you are registered to vote.

You need to contact the electoral services team at your local council to check if you’re on the register.

If you need help registering, or want to return your postal or proxy form, contact the electoral services team at:

Ashford Borough Council
Electoral Registration Officer
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
Ashford
TN23 1PL

Illuminites Ashford

Ashford’s Winter Forest

Friday 6th December From 3pm-8pm
Saturday 7th December From 12pm-8pm
Ashford Town Centre

Come and experience Ashford’s enchanting Winter Forest—a trail of illuminated trees around the town centre. The trees are Ashford-themed, showcasing our rich history, famous landmarks, and illustrious residents for a striking installation that evokes a wintery woodland walk.

On display for two nights only, catch it while you can!

Glow International

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th December
4.30pm, 5.30pm And 6.30pm
International House
Dover Place • TN23 1HU

A 5-minute digital mapping projection on the side of International House, celebrating Ashford’s rich heritage and history with a festive twist. Watch in wonder as the building transforms before your eyes, falling away and reappearing in a kaleidoscope of imagery.

Coachworks will have food and drink, and a small market of local traders.

Carnival of the Baubles

14th December
5.30pm
Elwick Place, Bank Street and the Lower High Street

Starting at Elwick Place, this beautiful procession of giant illuminated baubles will make its way up Bank Street to the Lower High Street. Featuring processional bands, live dance and a giant mechanical puppet, this exciting winter carnival is not to be missed!

Keep your eyes peeled for the illuminated baubles as they pop up in shop windows in the weeks leading up to the event!


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