Flood Alert Upper River Stour

Flooding is possible – be prepared

River levels have risen as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding of roads and low lying land is expected to start around 08:00 today 27/12/2020. This is likely to take place in the following locations: River East Stour, the Aylesford stream and the River Great Stour. Further heavy rain will continue till around 09:00 before the weather will clear apart from a few scattered showers. Further rainfall is forecast late tonight and into Monday. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are patrolling catchments and clearing screens. The public are advised to keep clear of rivers and avoid driving in flood water as bow waves can cause property flooding. This message will be updated later this afternoon.

This information was last updated at 6:05am Sunday 27 December 2020

Flood alert – Prepare

  • prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents
  • check flood warnings

Monitor the river level feed from on our River Levels page

What to do before, after and during a flood:

Environment Agency:

Waterbrook traffic management

Plan of proposed route
Click to enlarge

Temporary traffic management plans announced for duration of Waterbrook inland border facility site operating at the same time as Sevington site; changes to A2070 orbital park roundabout include short ‘loop’ diversion for drivers leaving orbital park wishing to travel south-east toward Finberry, Romney Marsh and Kingsnorth.

The Department of Transport has announced plans to introduce a temporary traffic management scheme at the A2070 Orbital Park roundabout. The Waterbook inland border facility is likely to become operational for a maximum two month period starting 1 January 2021 at the same time as the partial operation of the facility at Sevington (where wet weather has delayed completion of works therefore requiring a period of dual running with functions split between the two sites).

The traffic management scheme, which will be in operation from 1 January as part of the approach to dual operation, consists of portable traffic signal controls on the A2070 westbound from the Orbital Park roundabout, and also Waterbrook Avenue, which is the access road into the Waterbrook site. The lights will manage HGV movements in and out of Waterbrook in the peak morning and afternoon periods.

All traffic on the Boulevard exiting Orbital Park will turn left onto the A2070 eastbound carriageway towards the M20 (even those motorists wishing to turn right at the roundabout to head westwards towards Kingsnorth on the A2070).Motorists wanting to head towards Kingsnorth will drive past the entrance to the Sevington Business Park before arriving at the A2070 Bad Munstereifel roundabout, where they can ‘loop’ around the roundabout before returning westbound along the A2070 back to the Orbital Park roundabout, through the traffic lights and westwards towards Kingsnorth.Motorists living on the Finberry housing development would use the same ‘loop’ because drivers will not be able to use the Orbital Park roundabout in order to turn around as they do now.

Emergency service vehicles travelling under a blue light will be still able to access the closed section of the Orbital Park roundabout.

Ashford Borough Council think it sensible for motorists to avoid this area if they can or allow extra time for their journey, particularly during the early period when the arrangements are bedding-in. They will raise with DfT the need to monitor and fine tune the working of the temporary arrangements, including making sure that those exiting Barrey Road are not unreasonable prejudiced by the scheme.

Christmas Recycling and Refuse Collections

A reminder that during the festive period your recycling and refuse collection days will be altered. Check out the Calendar below for the changes.

WeekNormal Collection DayRevised Collection Day
RecyclingMon 21 DecemberMon 21 December
Tue 22 DecemberTue 22 December
Wed 23 DecemberWed 23 December
Thu 24 DecemberThu 24 December
Fri 25 DecemberMon 28 December
RefuseMon 28 DecemberTue 29 December
Tue 29 DecemberWed 30 December
Wed 30 DecemberThu 31 December
Thu 31 DecemberSat 2 January
Fri 1 JanuaryMon 4 January
RecyclingMon 4 JanuaryTue 5 January
Tue 5 JanuaryWed 6 January
Wed 6 JanuaryThu 7 January
Thu 7 JanuaryFri 8 January
Fri 8 JanuarySat 9 January
Mon 11 JanuaryNormal Service resumes

There will be no garden waste collection over the Christmas period.

Side waste, ie textiles, small electricals or batteries still cannot be collected.

Stagecoach Christmas Service update

Stagecoach logo

With amended services running over the festive period, check Stagecoach Christmas timetables before you travel.

Please plan ahead as some services may be busier than normal and try to take the most direct route available.

There’s great value travel for all! Kids go for just £1    with any adult ticket or concession pass and for travel after 6pm there’s our unlimited ‘eveningrider‘ ticket for just £3 on the Stagecoach Bus App.

This year will feel a bit different, but Stagecoacj are planning to run a variety of bus services on Boxing Day (subject to any local lock-down restrictions). Checkout the links to the Boxing Day bus timetables below.

Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 DecemberNormal school holiday service
Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve)Normal school holiday service but some early finishes -see below for more information
Friday 25 December (Christmas Day)No service
Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day) No buses on Ashford routes.
Sunday 27 DecemberNormal Sunday service
Monday 28 December Normal Bank Holiday (Sunday) service
Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 December Normal school holiday service
Thursday 31 December (New Years Eve) Normal school holiday service but early finishes- see below for more information.
Friday 1 January (New Year’s Day) No service
Saturday 2 January Normal Saturday service
Sunday 3 JanuaryNormal Sunday service
From Monday 4 January Normal school day service

Buses that finish early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve,

Route AD – The last bus is 20:55 from Bank Street.

Route B – The last bus is 20:45 from Kennington and 20:42 from Bridgefield.

Route C – The last bus will leave Ashford Int’l Rail Station at 21:06, from Lees Road at 21:25 and William Harvey Hospital at 21:31.

Route G – The 23:20 from Ashford Int’l Rail Station to Godinton Park will not run.

You must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’.

Stay safe when you travel

Remember, unless you’re exempt, you must wear a face covering throughout your journey. Please use contactless payment where you can, keep your distance from other passengers and take your litter with you.

Travelling is easier with the Stagecoach Bus App

Did you know we’ve added colour-coded buses to our live map in the app?
It’s great to help you find the quieter times to travel.

Download the app

Customer Help Hub Opening Times

Email Stagecoach at 
(Mon – Fri not including Bank Hols, 09:00-17:00)

Tweet them at @StagecoachSE
(Mon – Fri not including Bank Hols, 09:00-17:00)

Call us on 03456 00 22 99
(Mon – Fri not including Bank Hols, 10:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:00)

Follow them on Instagram @Proud2Serve_SE

You can reach the Stagecoach help hub team up to 3pm on Christmas Eve. They reopen on Tuesday 29 December until 3pm on Thursday 31 December then reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.

Need more information or have a question?
Click here for Stagecoach  Help & Contact   services. 

Stagecoach UK Bus

Kent in Tier 4

The whole of Kent is now under the new Tier 4 (Stay at Home) Coronavirus rules.

You must stay at home other than for specified reasons.

The restrictions apply throughout the the Christmas period.
You cannot participate in a Christmas Bubble.

Meeting Friends and FamilyWork and BusinessEducation
No household mixing, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spacesEveryone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open during term time. Registered childcare, other supervised activities for childcare purposes, and childcare bubbles permitted
ExerciseRetailPersonal Care
You can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household. Outdoor sport allowed but gatherings limit applies except for youth and disabled sport.Essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only open for click-and-collect and delivery.Closed
Bars, Pubs and RestaurantsIndoor LeisureEntertainment
Hospitality closed, aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.ClosedIndoor entertainment closed. Some outdoor attractions may remain open.
TravellingAccommodationOvernight Stays
You must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons. if you must travel, you should stay local, and reduce the number of journeys you make. You must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home. Residents in Tiers 1 — 3 should not enter ‘Fer 4 areas. Do not travel abroad if you live in a Tier 4 area unless an exemption applies.Closed (with limited exceptions)You must not stay overnight away from home. Limited exceptions apply.
Places of WorshipWeddings and Funerals
Open for private prayer and communal worship, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.Funerals of up to 30 people permitted
Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to six.
Weddings of up to six can continue in exceptional circumstances.
Residential CareClinically Extremely Vulnerable
You can visit relatives in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.The Clinically Extremely Vuinerable are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments.

Clairvoyant and Psychic Scams

Stop the Scammers

Our second post for Friends Against Scams’ Scamnesty Month, raising awareness of scams, focusses on Clairvoyant/Psychic scams.

Have you received post out of the blue telling you that you need to purchase a ‘lucky’ charm for protection?

Have you received post saying wonderful things have been seen in your future – all you need to make it come true is to send money or purchase an item?

If you or loved ones receive letters, emails, phone calls like this or are told this face to face, be warned it is a scam.

Find out more about Scams

ARE YOU or someone you know, inundated with scam mail? Tempted to respond to it? Keen to help track down the criminals behind scams and help put a stop to their activities?

IF YES to any of the above then why not become a Scam Marshal for National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team.

To get advice or report a scam contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline or telephone 0808 223 1133
Report a Scam

Kent County Council Public Protection

Lottery/prize draw scams

Friends Against Scams are running a Scamnesty Month to raise awareness of scams. This week they are focussing on Lotteries and prize Draws.

Lottery/prize draw scams say you’ve won a large amount of money. They may tell you to keep it a secret & pressure you to respond quickly.

If you or loved ones receive letters like this, be warned it is a scam.

Read how to protect yourself from Lottery/prize draw scams

Find out more about Scams

ARE YOU or someone you know, inundated with scam mail? Tempted to respond to it? Keen to help track down the criminals behind scams and help put a stop to their activities?

IF YES to any of the above then why not become a Scam Marshal for National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team.

To get advice or report a scam contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline or telephone 0808 223 1133
Report a Scam

Homeplus application deferred again.

Members of Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee have again, this evening, deferred making a decision on a proposal to redevelop the Homeplus site at the junction of Beaver Road and Avenue Jacques Faucheux.

The application was originally considered by the Committee on 17th June 2020 when the Committee voted to defer a decision ‘for Officers to seek clarification and scheme amendments as necessary from the applicant to deal with … … improvements to the overall quality of design across the whole site based on Members’ comments on design issues …’

The application was due to be considered again on 16th September but was withdrawn from the agenda to address Habitat Regulations matters – believed to relate to the potential impact arising from excessive nutrients from waste water discharges on wetland sites at Stodmarsh.

At this evening’s Committee Meeting the Committee again deferred the application because they considered that the applicants had not fully addressed the issues raised at the June meeting.

Members also expressed concern that all developer’s Section 106 obligations would be deferred as the development did not meet nationally set viability limits.

Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Consultation

Kent County Council, Kent and Medway CCG

Kent’s Strategy for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2021-2024

Opened: 02 December 2020
Closes: 04 February 2021

Kent County Council and the NHS in Kent and Medway are keen to hear your views and opinions about their new special educational needs and disabilities strategy for children and young people in Kent.

The strategy sets out our ambitions to make sure that all children in Kent have equal access to support and education that meets their unique needs and that they and their families are supported to live their best life.

It also explains how we will shape our services for children and their families in a way that improves wellbeing, resilience and learning in our communities.

The strategy has been prepared jointly by Kent County Council and the NHS in partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, Kent PACT and other key stakeholders.

We recommend you read the draft Strategy before completing the questionnaire using the link at the bottom of the post.

Consultation Documents

Supporting Documents


Kent County Council

ABC Consult on new homes in Harper Road

Ashford Borough Council

Harper Road Development

Open: 26 November 2020
Closes: 15 January 2021

Ashford Borough Council are consulting on a proposal to demolish 24 council owned garages in Harper Road and construct 4 houses.

The Council are holding an online consultation in place of a consultation event at a local public venue due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Following the consultation the Council will consider comments received and where possible adapt the proposals before they are submitted as a full planning application.

The proposal is for four x 2-bedroom houses. The intention is that they will be allocated to people on ABC’s housing waiting list needing social and affordable rental homes. ABC aim to set affordable rent levels on these homes that are around 60-80% of market rent levels in the area. This is to ensure the homes are genuinely affordable to those who are housed in them. These levels will be within the Local Housing Allowance.

ABC anticipate, that subject to obtaining the relevant planning permissions, work would begin on site within a year and that the build time will be around eight months.

The video below explains the development.

Further information and the opportunity to take part in the consultation can found on the ABC Consultation portal at

South Ashford Community Forum would be prepared to host an online resident’s meeting. Please contact us if you would like to attend such a meeting.