Category: News from the Borough

  • Village and Landscape protection policy

    Aldington & Bonnington have been followed by Smeeth and Brabourne in collating and creating a vital piece of policy to protect these beautifulrural areas. We have named these documents the Village and Landscape protection Policy and have submitted these to Ashford Borough Council for adoption into the new core plan. This is a major step…

  • Closure of Public toilets in Ashford town centre

    A decision has been taken to close the public toilets initially in the Vicarage Lane car park and later, in New rents. Those in Victoria park will not close. This decision concerns me as it is a decision that I consider badly thought through. The reasons given for the closure are that these toilets are…

  • meeting regarding speeding on our rural roads

    Last Friday myself, officers and a council colleague, met with KCC officers to discuss the way forward on seeking solutions to the issue of speeding, poor road maintenance, and the funding of tools to help in traffic and speed reduction. The meeting was very helpful and productive as KCC were able to clearly layout what…

  • Taking care of our rural roads

    I recently had the enclosed article published in the local press. It was aimed at creating debate by provoking discussion on an issue that lies at the heart of rural living- it worked! The responses from residents and local Parishes, including those not in my ward, has been overwhelming. However, my words were only the…

  • The EU debate – head or heart the decision will be final

    It is a tribute to David Cameron and the Conservative Party that we are at all having a referendum, and a chance to have our say on Britain’s future. Promised by DC prior to the election, and enshrined in the Party 2015 election manifesto, we should celebrate the fact that the Conservatives are sticking to…

  • Budget 2016/17

    The Ashford Borough Council Budget 2016/17 can be viewed by clicking on the following link: http://www.ashford.gov.uk/budgeting-accounts

  • Council Tax

    The budget for the 16/17 financial year has been agreed both at ABC and KCC and with considerable cuts to government grant it has been a challenging time. As a Council, we are committed to delivering value for money services, whilst Honouring our promise to keep our portion of your Council tax the lowest in…

  • In the Hotseat

    My interview with Aldington Parish Council

  • Public consultation to launch on M20 junction 10a proposals

    M20 J10a proposals Highways England has announced that a consultation will be launched on Thursday 14 January on proposals to build a new junction on the M20 near Ashford. A new junction is proposed approximately 700 metres east of the existing junction 10 near Ashford in Kent. The new junction will use two bridges and…

  • Your views sought on our draft budget

    Following the December cabinet meeting the council has formally proposed a draft budget. The budget will be considered by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee as part of the democratic process and, ultimately, will be considered by full council in February 2016. However, there is now an opportunity for residents to express their views. The…