Festival needs your fountain of knowledge

The Create Festival will this year celebrate the 174th birthday of Mr George Harper, who donated the Hubert Fountain to Ashford. However, festival organisers are keen to know more about the man who bestowed it to the town’s people back in 1912.

Does anyone have any old photographs of him? Is anyone distantly related to him, or does anyone know someone who is?

If you have any interesting stories to tell please email: and the best responses will form part of the proceedings on 23rd July and be shared with local media.

For more information refer to the event on our Calendar

Warmer, cheaper, local Energy

I attended workshop today run by Community Energy South – Warmer, cheaper, local Energy. A workshop on how it can be done.

Very briefly, the discussion started with the Big Energy Saving Network and how trained Energy Champions are helping the elderly and vulnerable switch tariffs and get energy saving upgrades to their homes.

Anybody who has not switched energy supplier or tariff within the last two years is paying an average of 20% more than they should.


Community Council for South Ashford

South Ashford Community Forum (SACF) have submitted a proposal to Ashford Borough Council) for creation of a local council for South Ashford. The proposal, submitted in response to a consultation being undertaken by the Borough Council as part of a Community Governance Review is available from the Forum’s website:

The Borough Council will consider SACF’s proposal alongside others received, then publish their draft recommendations in August 2015 for further consultation.

Land at former Concorde House, Austin Road, Ashford, Kent – decided

Planning Application


Erection of 4 x 2 bed houses and 10 x 3 bed houses with associated parking on existing commercial site. Provision of commercial parking

Decided: Permit

Discharge of Conditions:

14/01515/CONA/AS Conditions 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 27 posted on 29 March 2017

14/01515/CONB/AS Conditions 9, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23 &; 26 posted on 06 May 2017

Dementia Awareness Week

Do you suffer from Dementia, have a friend or relative that suffers from dementia, support somebody who suffers from dementia? There is a wide range of support for dementia sufferers and their carers. The agencies that provide support are working together more than ever to provide a holistic approach to dementia care.

Are you able to give your time to help those with dementia? Schemes such as Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friends and Carers’ Support’s Dementia Visitors Scheme provide training for those providing help and support for those with dementia. (more…)