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  • 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…

  • Universal Credit rollout

      I understand that residents who are due to receive universal credit in Saxon Shore have been assigned to Folkestone and are needing to travel there to sort out their paperwork. This is an error from DWP and Ashford Borough Council have confirmed last night that anyone who wishes to transfer back to Ashford to…

  • Government Inspector Examination of the Local Plan

    The local plan was examined by the Government Inspectorate during April- June. I made 3 resperesentations in person to speak on behalf of Saxon Shore, and also sent written representations prior to the examination begin. Whilst we await the full Inspector report, summary findings have been reported and can be found on the Council website.…

  • The Big Traffic Conversation

        The Consultation into the future of local transport services in Kents rural areas has begun.  Have your say by attending one of the meetings, and completing the consultation questionnaire. https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/big-conversation    

  • The Ashford Local Plan

      I represented the ward at the Ashford Local Plan at 3 sessions. I argued that Poilcy HOU3a is not fit for purpose in its current form as it treats small villages and hamlets inexactly the same way for the purposes of residential development as a large village and Ashford town itself- wholyy inappropriate and…

  • Local Needs Housing Planning Application 16/01828/AS Land to the rear of Ragstone Hollow,Aldington

    The Planning application for 4 local needs bungalows has been approved for Aldington. I welcome this development as it utilises and improves a brownfield site of Council owned garages that are no longer needed, due to the sale of Council houses through right to buy. These homes will deliver for local people and will be…