Parish Clerk: Alison Swannick, 18 Lime Trees, Staplehurst TN12 0SS - Email: Tel: 07783 223450

Parish News

Christmas Bin Collection dates

Christmas Holiday recycling

Parish Update

03 11 21 - Parish Update

Obiturary - Cllr Eileen Cansdale

Obiturary - Cllr Eileen Cansdale

Notice of Vacancy - John Montgomery

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of John Montgomery, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council

Closure of High Weald Academy, Cranbrook

Closure of High Weald Academy Listening Period Exercise

04 08 21 Update for Parishioners - Proposed Gladman Development

This matter was discussed at the Biddenden Parish Council (BPC) meeting on Tuesday August 3rd. The meeting was attended by Councilor Neil Bell as well as a number of parishioners who had been keen to discuss the proposals and the impact they felt it would have on the village. BPC voted unanimously at the meeting to object to the proposed development and committed to offer another opportunity for Parishioners to collectively discuss it in more detail.

Gladman Proposal for 50 New Houses in Biddenden - Meeting 11 Aug 2021


Biddenden Residents are therefore invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday 11 August 2021 at 7.00 pm to put forward their views, express any concerns in relation to this planning application.

Under Covid-19 regulations there is a maximum number of people able to attend and social distancing will be maintained. Due to this, please could you let me know if you are able to attend by emailing me at

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that due to the resignation of Chris Friend, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

Slow broadband? UK Gigabit Voucher Launch

Announced on 19 March as part of the wider £5bn "Project Gigabit" programme, the UK Gigabit Broadband Voucher will provide micro grants of up to £1,500 for households and £3,500 for businesses in the hardest to reach rural areas (with current speeds of less than 100Mbps) to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections when part of a group scheme.

Speed Limit Changes

Proposed speed limit changes in Biddenden and local area.

Biddenden Parish Highways Improvement Plan

A) Let us have your opinions as soon as you can via the attached PDF


B) Open our online form for you to let us know your thoughts. We need to know what is important to you!

Vision Zero: The Road Safety Strategy for Kent 2020 - 2026

We are consulting on our draft five year Road Safety Strategy for Kent and our 30 year vision. Our ambitious 'Vision Zero' aims for zero, or as close as possible, fatalities on Kent's roads each year by 2050.

To achieve Vision Zero, we propose adopting the 'Safe Systems' approach, which is rooted in the belief that every traffic death reflects a failure in the system, and that none are acceptable. Safe Systems puts the human being at its core, accepting that even the most conscientious person may make a mistake at some point. The goal of Safe Systems is to ensure that these mistakes do not lead to a crash or, if a crash does occur, it is sufficiently controlled to not cause a death or a life-changing injury. The success of this strategy will depend on engagement with Kent's communities to work together towards safer roads, towns and villages. We need your views to ensure our proposals meet the needs and expectations of Kent's residents, businesses and communities.

PCSO Report on Crime

September - October Crime Report.

Biddenden Transport

Our volunteers can take you do the doctor, dentist, hospital, optician or collect prescriptions for you.


Learn about drones and what is expected of you if you're flying them.

Cutting back vegetation

Hedges and over-hanging trees and bushes need cutting back.

KCC reopening of Waste and Recycling Centres

KCC reopening of Waste and Recycling Centres as from Friday, May 15, but by appointment only. Please read the attached document carefully.

Can you help others?

In partnership with Ashford Volunteer Centre, we are keen to support as many volunteer groups and individuals as possible in order to create strong community spirit and help one another through these difficult times.


How to donate. How to get help.

Useful information and contacts for COVID-19

Benenden Hospital site development

An exhibition will be held in Benenden Village Hall on 17 February from 4.00 - 7.00 pm regarding the proposed new development on the Benenden Hospital Site.

Knife Crime - Training to Protect your Child

Join Us! A series of dates for a free session.

Cheeselands Improvement Questionnaire

Your Parish Council would like to invite your support to improve the Cheeselands Field. This community green space is in the heart of the village yet close to the countryside. It could become part of the network of footpaths around the village.

Maintenance and upgrade of infrastructure at Ashford Station

Protection of Livestock

"Worrying" livestock is a crime under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

Parish and community council elections in England and Wales

Biddenden Election Agents

Biddenden Parish Uncontested

Biddenden Parish


Local Councils; what do they do?

Village Confines 2019

In October 2018, Ashford Borough Council (ABC) wrote to the Parish Council to advise that it would be commencing an exercise to identify "village confines" across the borough. Please examine the proposed changes in the attached PDF.

Junction Reconfiguration High St Biddenden

Kent County Council (KCC) put forward a proposal to make alterations to the existing road layout and install a T-junction which included changing a section of Tenterden Road from carriageway into an extension of the existing green.

The Ashford app - Download it now!

If you've ever been out in the borough and spotted something that needs tidying up, you can now easily and conveniently report this via the Your Ashford app using your mobile device.

It also does far more. Download now from Google play (Android) or the App Store (iPhone).

Ashford Local Plan 2030 - Changes

The proposed Main Modifications to the Ashford Local Plan 2030 as well as the Sustainability Appraisal Addendum will be available for public consultation from the 13th September until 5pm on the 26th October 2018.

We have posted you copies of the consultation documents. If you wish to view the documents or any of the accompanying background documents online, they are available on our consultation portal where you can also upload any comments.

Applications to the Community Project Fund

Applications are invited from village organisations to the Parish Council's Community Project Fund before 31st October

Report a Crime Online

Rather quicker than calling 101 why not report a crime onine?

Volunteer Support Warden

Would you like to be a volunteer support warden? Find out what it's about. Your parish needs you.

Housing Development Updates

Development Update 31 Oct 2017

Business Rate Relief Consultation

Pay business rates in Biddenden? This might be helpful.

Ashford Borough Council Draft Local Plan

February 2018: Ashford Borough Council - Ashford Local Plan Examination

Local Plan 2030 - Main Changes

Ashford Borough Council is currently consulting on a number of "Main Changes" to the draft Local Plan for the borough, which sets out the land that needs to be provided in the borough to accommodate new homes and jobs up to 2030. The consultation runs from 7th July to 31st August 2017. The changes include new and amended housing site allocations.

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Planning Objection - App No: 17/00258/AS

Full information in respect of the proposed Biddenden development to ensure that parishioners can make an informed choice.

Simon Cole, Planning Policy Manager at Ashford Borough Council, said that Ashford Borough Council would need full information from the BPC by **mid December (12/12/16: We understand that this date has been extended slightly) . If this deadline were not met then there would be no community benefit linked to a section 106 agreement for this development:

The Biddenden questionnaire results

Planning News (continued)

Latest planning & development news Issue 30 // October 2O16

Latest planning & development news Issue 29 // April 2O16

Power Cut?

Just call 105 to find out what's happening even if you don't know who supplies your power!

UK Power Networks' Priority Services Register

Learn more: A "Priority Services Register" to identify vulnerable people quickly in the event of a power cut.

The Ashford Local Plan

Proposals for the Ashford Area Local plan

The Ashford Local Plan - Biddenden specific detail

Ashford Local Plan: Information about North Street Biddenden and Priory Wood proposed sites

Biddenden's meeting to discuss the proposed sites is on the 26th June 15.30 - 19.00hrs at the Biddenden Village Hall

New Email & Internet Scams

There are some dangerous new email and computer scams of which you should be aware. Here is some information to watch out for from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

The ransome demand email

The "Good Citizen Award" scam

Bogus websites selling cheap electrical goods

NEW: Consumer Rights Act 2015

The Consumer Rights Act came into force on 1st October 2015. The law is now clearer and easier to understand, meaning that consumers can buy and businesses can sell with confidence..

Watch Out! A new parcel delivery scam!

Don't get caught out. Don't hand over your credit card details for re-delivery.

Kent Police has produced a helpful leaflet on.

"Shutting the Gate on Rural Crime"

Rural News 138

Essential Information on Funding for all local groups

Report a pot hole

Bad pot hole in the road? Report it to the Highways Dept. on their online map.

Council Tax Support - Review

Ashford Borough Council has to review its council tax support scheme that it introduced in April 2013. Council tax support has meant that some people have had to pay something towards their council tax for the first time.


COMMUNITY-LED PLAN 2013 - formal adoption was discussed by the recent BPC September 2013 meeting

Visit the Kent Police website

Kent Police to see the locations, dates and times for when the Police Contact points are in or near your area. Some locations, dates and times have recently been changed so please have a look for up-to-date details.

Rural News

Essential information on funding, training, events and much more for local councils, community halls and other groups!

Rural Local Needs Housing Guidance Notes

Information for the Council, Parish Councils/Parish Meetings, Housing Associations and Applicants

Free Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation

Click for further information.

News in Kent April 2014

Parish News for March.

Hedges on Roads and Paths

Spring time Hedges and Borders - Your obligations

Ashford Borough CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Newsletter Spring 2013

Benefits are changing

Universal Credits

Not got a bank account? You'll need one!

Welfare reform is coming - are you prepared?

Information from Ashford Borough Council

Council Tax Benefit

the changes...

Advice Services Transition Fund

The Big Lottery Fund and the Cabinet Office have launched a new £65 million grants programme; the Advice Services Transition Fund.

Grants of between £50,000 and £350,000 are available for local not-for-profit providers of advice services to continue to give vital help to people and communities in the areas of welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment.

Non-emergency Police phone number 101

Call 101: The new non-emergency Police phone number

Chalara dieback of Ash (Chalara fraxinea)

For further information in respect of reporting cases of Ash Dieback disease please visit the Forestry Commission's website here.

Informatiion specific to Kent in respect to Ash Dieback disease.

Information about Bonfires

Planning a bonfire? Find out more here.

Rogue Telephone Calls purporting to be from the CAB

Trading Standards Alert: members of the public are being telephoned by someone pretending to be from CAB and offering debt advice. Citizens Advice never call a member of the public without them having first contacted the CAB and giving permission for a call back.

Members of the public are reminded that they should never give personal details, banking information or other data to anyone who cold calls them. They are also reminded that the Citizens Advice Bureau do not charge a fee for the advice they give.

Di Sandy
Ashford Borough Citizens Advice Bureau

No Golf on the Gordon Jones Playing Field

A large number of golf balls have recently been found on the Gordon Jones Playing Field, tennis courts and bowling green. No golf or golf practice is allowed on the Gordon Jones Playing Field as it is an area heavily used by dog walkers and children. Golf presents serious health and safety issues because of the possibility of personal injury to others using the area. If you wish to practice or play golf, please visit either a local golf course or golf practice facility.


Red dog waste bins are provided around the Gordon Jones Playing Field and Millennium Field area. Most people make good use of these bins but a few do not. Please do not allow your dog to defecate in public areas without clearing up afterwards and disposing of it in the red bins provided. Bags are available, free of charge, from the Post Office.

Please note that if you do not pick up your dog waste, then you may find yourself picking up a fine instead.

Localism Act received Royal Assent on 15 November 2011

This is a key piece of legislation which gives greater recognition and more power to local councils.

A plain English guide to the Localism Act.


Any Freedom of Information requests for the BPC should now utilize this new form: Click here for further information...

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