A Parish Councillor vacancy currently exists and the Parish Council has been advised by Ashford Borough Council that it may co-opt a new councillor. Applications are, therefore, invited and should be sent to the Parish Clerk at the above address by THURSDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2021
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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February 2018: Ashford Borough Council - Ashford Local Plan Examination
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.
You can also visit www.ashford.gov.uk/consult
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:
Biddenden's meeting to discuss the proposed sites is on the 26th June 15.30 - 19.00hrs at the Biddenden Village Hall
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Ashford Borough Citizens Advice Bureau
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.
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