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  • One in a Million! A Truly Committed Councillor Marion B Martin

    I want to pay tribute to Cllr Marion B Martin, my Mother, who stood down in May after an amazing commitment of almost 40 years serving the Community of Kennington, In Ashford, Kent. Marion began her life as a Councillor in 1976 when the Borough Council as it now is, did not exist, and on…

  • Kennington – Lets make a stink!

    The Water Treatment Works just off Canterbury Road, Kennington have created foul smelling odours for years. Cllr Marion Martin, who stood down in May 2019, worked tirelessley to seek a resolution. Public meetings were held to hear resident issues and to offer Southern Water an opportunity to remedy the issue; Resident visits to the site…

  • SOS Postboxes ! Saved thanks to YOU!

    It is excellent news that- after your representations and letters to the Parish Council- it has been overwhelmingly approved to retain the telephone boxes in both Shottenden and Old Wives Less. Thank you so very much for taking the time to write in and support the cause to keep them!!! BT have given Parish Councils…

  • Shottenden removed from Planning Policy HOU3a Old Wives Lees Remains

    In June last year the Government Inspectorate reviewed the Ashford Local Plan to 2030 over a period of 3 months. I spoke at 3 of the hearings, and together with Cllr Doug Mariott and Jane Mariott, challenged the inclusion of Shottenden, Crundale, Bilsington, Ruckinge, Godmersham into policy HOU3a. Policy HOU3a – Residential windfall development within…

  • Council disregarding own policies to build indiscriminately in rural areas

    It has been a great concern to me, that almost before the ink was dry on the so called “village confines exercise”, that Ashford Borough Council began disregarding the outcomes and defined areas agreed by residents and the Council. The exercise, encouraged Parish Councils and Residents to define the red line which would represent the…

  • Ashford local Plan and the Village Confines exercise

    The Ashford Local Plan Policy HOU3a, HOU5 and the Village Confines Exercise. This will be adopted by Ashford Borough Council at the February Full Council. . There has just been a Village Confines consultation- this was aimed at creating clear maps defining the borders of villages, so that policies HOU3a and HOU5 can be administered.…

  • Otterpool Garden City update January 2019

    The latest updates by Folkestone & Hythe District Council have just been posted and can be seen via the below link: https://www.otterpoolpark.org/news/ The Garden City comes to within a very short distance of the Saxon Shore boundary and will be accessed by the rural road network through our villages, so it is important that residents…

  • Boundary changes to Saxon Shore and may 2019 Elections.

    The Boundary Commission has done its required review. Due to population shifts and changes, Saxon Shore will now be split into 2 separate wards. Saxon Shore will now consist of : Aldington, Bonnington, Bilsington, Upper and Lower Ruckinge. The new ward of Bircholt will consist of: Brabourne, Brook, Smeeth, Hastingleigh There will be Borough Council…

  • Brexit

    The Brexit debate and the referendum, have created much devision and rancour. After 22 years living in Europe, I instinctively knew that Europe needed to change but that it was not ready for change. I believe that seeking the necessary change would have been easier from within – with a seat at the table. I…

  • Local homes for local people

    The current planning system is woefully inadaquete at delivering a steady supply of “affordable” homes for those who need them. Currently an affordable element is only required on a development of 10 or more properties. In rural areas such as Saxon Shore, where developments larger than 10 homes is often inappropriate and damaging to the…