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Don’t throw away your chance to vote YES for Community Councils

Have your say in Community GovernanceIn the next few days all voters in the unparished urban areas of Ashford will be receiving information from Ashford Borough Council regarding a proposed Community Council for their area and a ballot paper giving them the opportunity to vote for a Community Council

For more information:
Voters in South Ashford can attend the SACF meeting on Wednesday

Voters from all areas can meet the Community Forums at County Square on Saturday

Ashford Borough Council have an open evening
at the Civic Centre between 4pm and 8pm on 28th September.

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This opportunity is unlikely to be repeated in the next 10-15 years

http://www.ashfordcommunity.co.uk/

Existing use as HMO declared unlawful

Ashford Borough Council have declared the existing use of a South Ashford property as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) as unlawful. ABC have decided that the applicant’s claim that the property had been used as an HMO from before a change of regulations in 2010 is unproven.

The decision can be viewed on the ABC Planning site

Former site of Ashford Market, Elwick Road, Ashford, Kent – decided

Planning Application

Mixed use development comprising of restaurants and cafes (Class A3), a hotel (Class C1), leisure and assembly, including a cinema (Class D2), a car park, associated highway works, vehicle access, infrastructure, plant, car and cycle parking and landscaping (Phase 1).

15/01195/AS

Decided: Permit

This application is for Phase 1 of the development, Application Ref: 15/01282/AS, to which our post of 12 October 2015 refers.

Parcel Mule Scam

People are being targeted to become “Parcel Mules” as part of a reshipping scam, which results in them handling stolen goods and losing out financially.

Victims are predominantly recruited through job advertisements and dating websites. They are persuaded to have items delivered to their addresses, and to pay for postage before sending the items elsewhere. Victims are contacted through Freelancer websites and invited to become a “Freight Forwarder” as an employment opportunity. The work is advertised as processing packages and forwarding them to clients. (more…)

Windows 10 upgrade scams

If you have received an email with an attachment that claims to be the Windows 10 upgrade, or have received a call offering to help walk you through the Windows 10 upgrade, please do not open the attachment or follow their instructions.

Unfortunately, cybercriminals are trying to capitalize on the great momentum of Windows 10, with nefarious email, web, and phone scams directing our customers to install ransomware and other malware.

Windows 10 is a free upgrade offered by Microsoft which you can take advantage of by reserving your free copy online, or by visiting a Microsoft Store near you to secure free upgrade services.

Microsoft does not initiate calls to customers to assist with Windows 10 installation or technical support, nor do we send emails with installation files attached.  If you have been contacted by telephone or if you have received such emails with attached installation files, consider these fraudulent and do not share your personal information or open the attachment.

Read More on Microsoft Support

Register to Vote – Your Vote Matters

All properties receive an Electoral Registration Annual Enquiry Form once a year which lists who is currently registered.  Ashford Borough Council (ABC) use this process to make sure that their information is not out of date.  When you receive the form follow the instructions to make sure you remain on the register or are added. Do not wait for this form to register, you can use the online application site or by telephoning 01233 330402 if you need help registering.

For more information go to www.ashford.gov.uk/electoral-registration and www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk