Recent News

  • My Letter to the Leader

    I recently wrote to the Leader of the Council to request clarity what improvements have been recently made to rural areas. “at the AGM on Friday, you promoted the fact that ABC are doing a lot for all the rural areas. I was surprised as my ward and most other rural areas have not seen…

  • Affordable Housing -what the Government and Council offer

    Enclosed are some slides showing all the different packaged=s that are currently on offer for affordable housing

  • Planning applications and the core strategy

    I wanted to clarify the difference with regard to Planning applications that come forward as part of the Ashford Core Plan, and planning applications that are placed independently and are not in the core plan- these are known as “windfall” applications. Windfall applications are assessed differently than core plan sites as they can only be…

  • Saxon Shore DIG

    The first DIG meeting was held and we now have teams working on the submission for the whole ward. Some Parishes have already submitted their views via their Parish Councils and this working group will integrate these submissions into the report. The group will be examining the current 7 sites that are being considered in…

  • Otterpool Park

    Shepway District Council have established a website so that residents of the entire area surrounding the development can keep up to date you can access it by clicking the link here:http://www.otterpoolpark.org/ Shepway are keen to involve Saxon Shore residents in the consultation and I have secured argeement that we will play an active role in…

  • Saxon Shore DIG and the planning information day.

    After a very successful Saxon Shore Planning information workshop, I wanted to thank Ashford Borough Council & Shepway district Council officers for taking the time to support Saxon Shore in being more informed. The Saxon Shore DIG – Development & Infrastructure Group will be a group of residents who have volunteered to prepare the area…

  • Useful planning websites

    There are a nuber of links below that are useful when looking to respond to planning applications, or understand the planning process: All residents are eigibke to sign up for free to receive plannig alerts from their area- you will receive an alert directly to your mail box n a daily basis, and can therefore…

  • Newsletter January 2017

    Dear Residents, Happy New Year! There are many positive things afoot in 2017 that I wanted to update you on. There will be a Saxon Shore planning open dayOn Saturday 21ST January 2017 in Aldington Village Hall 10am -2pm All residents of Saxon Shore and neighbouring areas are welcome to join us to get up…

  • Facebook- Saxon Shore Matters

    My social media links provide a realtime way of communicating with residents- hearing their concerns, being alerted to issues that need action, and gaging the feeling on important matters. I post there sometimes daily and so use that forum far more for communication than this blog. If you are a Saxon Shore resident you can…

  • 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…