Key Issues for Chilham Parish, Kennington Community

The Parish of Chilham has 3 main areas:

Chilham, Shottenden, Old Wives Lees

I am on the Council to ensure Shottenden Residents have a strong voice, along with my colleague Steve, but I will of course also act on behalf of any resident in the Parish if they need help or support on any issues. The Parish Council currently has 2 representatives for Shottenden, 5 from Old Wives Lees and one from Chilham

Key areas that I feel are important in the Parish:

– ensuring all villages get a fair and proportionate share of 106 funds derived from development
– fighting for better broadband coverage
– Insisting on regular maintenance and management of footpaths, road signage and potholes
– Improving road drainage to reduce flood areas
– preserving the rural nature of our parish by limiting development in line with Ashford Borough Council’s own plan and National Planning Policy
– insisting the village boundaries are respected
– getting tough on those who flout planning rules
– Attacking flytipping


Kennington Community Council serves a large Community Area of almost 12000 residents. It has 12 Councillors – 3 representing each area of the Ward. I serve to represent predominantly, those residents in the Little Burton Farm and Conningbrook area, but will always take up any concerns of any resident and pass to my relevant colleague.

Keys areas that are important:

– Large development – S2 – 850 homes on the Willesborough Road
– Specualtive development – Gladman 750 homes
– Crime and anti-social behaviour in Bybrook, and Kennington as a whole
– How Kennington Community Council communicates with and listens to residents
– Provision of the new Bockhanger community centre
– the need for the local Community Council to deliver value for money as a newly formed Council.

The Council webpage can be found here: