Monthly Update from our Chair

These monthly updates are also published in the Parish Magazine.

SEPTEMBER 2017

A briefer update this month.

There are currently two planning matters under consideration by the Parish Council:

  • Lenacre Hall Farm, Sandyhurst Lane

This larger one involves proposals (they have not reached the stage of a formal planning application yet) for something in the region of 80-90 houses on the land of Lenacre Hall Farm (at the back of Lenacre Street and Sandyhurst Lane). This site was not included in Ashford Borough Council’s draft Local Plan, and neither is it to be allocated in the Parish Neighbourhood Plan. We are expecting a Planning Application to be submitted probably in the autumn, which we will be looking at closely. We are aware of local opposition to the scheme and will be representing the views of residents in our response to the consultation.

  • Land north west of El Ashere, Wye Road, Kempes Corner

The smaller potential development involves building a cul-de-sac of six houses on land along the Wye Road, and this has reached the stage of a formal application (ref.17/00999/AS). This site had also been assessed by the Parish Council for land allocation in our emerging Neighbourhood Plan, and a decision had been made not to support this as a development site. At its meeting on 14 August the Parish Council decided to submit an objection to the Planning Application, setting out a series of reasons against, under the headings of: location; layout, proportion and design; drainage; amenities, services and transport.

Our thanks to Ashford Borough Council for prompt clearance of fly tipping at the turn of the footpath on Pilgrims Way to All Saints’ Church. This is appreciated.

Unfortunately health concerns have made it necessary for me to step down as Chair of the Parish Council for the time being. I will remain as a Parish Councillor. I am glad and grateful that Spencer Phillips has stepped in – thanks, Spencer.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Thursday 14th September at Goat Lees Community Hall at 7.30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 Carol Bunker – Chair of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council

 

AUGUST 2017

New public consultation on Ashford Borough Council’s MAIN CHANGES TO THE LOCAL PLAN 2030 runs from the 7 July to 31 August 2017

Last summer Ashford Borough Council (ABC) held a public consultation on their draft Local Plan 2030. As a result of the feedback they received and an increase by central government in the overall housing requirement to reflect new national population projections, ABC have published their Main Changes to the Local Plan 2030. This can be viewed on ABC’s website.

ABC are inviting feedback on the Main Changes not on the Local Plan as a whole. The overall requirement for housing in Ashford Borough has increased from c. 14,700 to c. 16,100, and the revised Local Plan shows how ABC intend to meet this demand.

There are no additional development sites in our parish. There is however an increase in the number of dwellings to be built at Eureka Park. This is one of ABC’s strategic sites. It is now proposed for an “indicative capacity of 375 dwellings” (an increase from 300) plus “20 hectares of commercial development”.

ABC will be holding a series of 11 exhibitions on the Main Changes in July and August at the following locations, the format is the same at each location so feel able to go to any of these:

  • Tenterden Town Hall 18/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
  • Hothfield Village Hall 21/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
  • High Halden Village Hall 25/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
  • Charing Village Hall 27/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
  • Hamstreet Sports Pavilion 31/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
  • Aldington Village Hall 03/08/2017 16:00 – 19:00
  • Park Mall, Ashford Town Centre 08/08/2017 12:00 – 14:00
  • Kingsnorth School Hall 09/08/2017 16:30 – 19:00
  • Wittersham Village Hall 10/08/2017 16:30 – 19:00
  • Farriers Arms, Mersham 15/08/2017 16:30 – 19:00
  • Challock Memorial Hall 16/08/2017 16:00 – 19:00

While not included in the revised Local Plan, there are 7 potential development sites in our parish that were submitted to ABC by the landowner. These are to be assessed by the Parish Council within the on-going work of our Neighbourhood Plan. Details of the sites can be found on the Neighbourhood Plan website at www.parishplan.uk/potential-sites where you can also post your comments. The sites are:

It is possible that planning applications may be submitted to ABC for some of these sites in the near future. The landowner of the Wye Road site recently made an application. I encourage all residents to be prepared to comment via the ABC website when a planning application emerges.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 14th August at the Iron Room, Boughton Lees at 7.30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Carol Bunker, Chair – Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council

 

JULY 2017

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) published its final recommendations for the warding arrangements for Ashford Borough Council on 13 June. Draft recommendations in February had proposed that all properties in the Sandyhurst Lane area currently in Boughton Aluph & Eastwell borough ward (except a few in part of Lenacre Street) should be moved into a new Goat Lees borough ward. Sandyhurst Lane and Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents’ Associations, together with other individual residents lobbied against this. The central argument was that moving residents from the Sandyhurst Lane/Lenacre Street area into a new “urban” ward would inappropriately separate them from this established rural community.

We are delighted to report that the Boundary Commission has accepted these arguments and moved the boundary so that all properties in this area (except 5 properties in Faversham Road) will be included in the Downs West ward. The following are extracts from the final recommendations:

Downs

40   We received a number of submissions suggesting that Sandyhurst Lane be included wholly in the Downs West ward. We have therefore made a small modification to the ward boundary between Downs West and Goat Lees to include the entirety of Sandyhurst Lane, Lenacre Street and Eastwell Grange in Downs West. Downs West will achieve good electoral equality by 2022. 

 Goat Lees and Kennington  …

46  The submissions we received strongly opposed the inclusion of part of Sandyhurst Lane, Lenacre Street and Eastwell Grange in the Goat Lees ward and cited good local evidence that supported its inclusion in a ward of a more rural than urban nature. We have therefore amended the boundary between Goat Lees and Downs West to include the whole of Sandyhurst Lane within the Downs West ward. 

47  We received one submission from a parish council that … suggested a minor change to the names of one of the wards, arguing that the name Boughton Aluph would better represent the various settlements at the north of the parish. We agree and have therefore amended the name of the parish ward from Boughton Lees to Boughton Aluph. 

Although the Parish Council argued for a different allocation of parish councillors across the Parish wards – 4 Goat Lees ward, 4 Boughton Aluph and Eastwell, the LGBCE have decided to reconfirm the previous recommendation of 6 for Goat Lees, 1 for Boughton Aluph and 1 for Eastwell.

We thank all those who contributed to this welcome result.

The interactive map on the LGBCE website shows the exact boundary:  www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/south-east/kent/ashford. Following a Parliamentary Order, the new arrangements will come into operation at the local elections on Thursday 2 May 2019.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Wednesday 12th July at Sandyacres Sports and Social Centre at 7.30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Carol Bunker, Chair – Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

JUNE 2017

Picking up from last month’s update I am pleased to say that the fly tipping waste adjacent to St Mary’s Churchyard, Eastwell has now been removed. Several residents were quick to report this incident to Ashford Borough Council only to receive disappointing responses that this was private land and the Council had no responsibility to remove fly tipping. However, a case could be made and our letter to the Council, supported by Borough Councillor, Larry Krause, led to the removal of the waste. Our thanks to Cllr Larry Krause and to Ashford Borough Council.

Following in a similar vein our thanks also go to John Faulkner and Ann Hardie for successfully leading litter picks in Sandyhurst Lane and Goat Lees, and Boughton Lees respectively. Photos of these events can be seen in the latest Tweets on the Parish Council website; our thanks to all the volunteers. Keeping to the theme of tidying up the parish the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents’ Association (prompted by John Faulkner) recently paid for signage in the parish to be cleaned. This resulted in the generous gift of a new Boughton Aluph sign at Kempes Corner from John Hobbs of Medash Signs Ltd. Our thanks to John Hobbs. On a last note on the tidying theme, I am pleased to report the final completion of work to resolve the longstanding leak at Pondfields, Sandyhurst Lane.

Moving on to welcome news of another form, the new BT cabinet on the village green at Boughton Aluph has finally put in an appearance. Poor broadband connectivity has long been a serious issue for local residents, especially for those working from home. There will be a further wait for the cabinet to be linked up but this in itself is a major step. Alan Vaughan, Chairman of the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents’ Association, has been the main driver in this.

Finally, an alert to a planning enquiry: KCC/SCO/AS/0100/2017 – Hegdale Quarry (between Challock and Badlesmere on the A251). The landfill site owner is exploring the possibility of using asbestos-contaminated waste to fill Hegdale Quarry. Our Clerk and a couple of our Parish Councillors have attended two public meetings organised by Challock Parish Council about this, and we have written to Kent County Council asking for our concerns to be examined in detail in the Environmental Impact Assessment.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on the 15th June at the Goat Lees Community Hall at 7.30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 Carol Bunker, Chair – Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

MAY 2017

A relatively brief report this month. There are two items of welcome news and one disappointing one.

The first piece of welcome news is that the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell War Memorial on the village green has been awarded listed building status. Two residents had drawn our attention to the possibility of listing items of historic interest through Historic England. Research was undertaken to present a case and we recently heard that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Boughton Aluph and Eastwell War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The memorial is now listed at Grade II.

You can follow the link below to download a copy of the advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision. The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England, and can be viewed here.

Work is also on-going to list an iron fingerpost at the juncture of Pilgrims Way and Church Road.

The second pleasing item concerns the Cricket Club`s consultation with residents of Boughton Aluph, which culminated in a public meeting in the Iron Room on Friday 7 April. The focus of the meeting was the plan for a new pavilion on the Village Green, and residents were able to hear a presentation from the Club, and to see design sketches and site options. The discussion which followed was notably thoughtful and constructive, and Club representatives undertook to take account of ideas and views expressed as they draw up their planning application.

Our final news is disappointing. A considerable amount of waste (it looks like a van load) containing potentially hazardous and toxic material has been dumped on the unmade-up car park adjoining St Mary`s Church, Eastwell. Given that a number of people have been involved in improving the churchyard this is an unfortunate set back. The fly tipping is the more unwelcome as the site attracts visits from many local residents and children, especially at a bank holiday weekend. We will keep you updated on our efforts to have this removed.

The next Parish Council Meeting will be on Monday 15th May in the Iron Room, Boughton Aluph. There will be an Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting at 8.15pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Carol Bunker, Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

MARCH 2017

Local residents and Cricket Club members were saddened that the Village Green in Boughton Aluph was damaged yet again on the nights of the 31 January and 3 February, on the second occasion more severely. While these events are distressing, there is a positive side as the attacks have drawn the community closer. Several residents attended our Parish Council meeting on 6 February and were helpful in offering their views on the best way to protect the Green from further vandalism. We have received a very generous offer from a Goat Lees businessman to install CCTV for six months for free. A local greenkeeper and turf supplier have also offered their services free of charge. We are also grateful for the support of the Police and their investigations are ongoing.

A longer term option for protecting the Green, supported by the Cricket Club, is to place wooden bollards around the edge of the playing pitch. We have asked residents for their views. We have had to make some last minute amendments to the Parish Council’s budget for 2017-18 in order to include an allocation to help to fund the protection of the Green. As a consequence, two other projects in Boughton Aluph will be deferred.

Other items of interest this month. Work continues on our Neighbourhood Plan and we will be making announcements about the potential development sites in the parish shortly. We are in contact with the head teacher of Goat Lees Primary School about how we might contribute to improving road safety for children and parents. A substantial branch which had fallen onto graves in St Mary’s Churchyard, Eastwell has finally been removed thanks to local volunteer Jim Saunders and his son. The Parish Council is about to sign a licence with the Cricket Club formalising arrangements for their tenure on the Green. This will help them to fundraise for a new pavilion. We met with the Chair and Secretary of Sandyhurst Lane Resident’s Association to discuss closer cooperation.

Finally, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Residents’ Association have suggested reinstating the annual parish litter pick. Three volunteers have already come forward. If you would like to take part please contact our Clerk, Michelle, at boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com. If we get sufficient volunteers, we look forward to this to taking place in April.

Next Parish Council meeting: 16th March, 7.30pm in Goat Lees Community Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Carol Bunker, Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

FEBRUARY 2017

We are pleased to let you know that Michelle Rumble is our new Parish Clerk. Three applicants were interviewed and it was a very strong field, but Michelle’s extensive experience in this role resulted in her appointment. So our last Parish Council meeting on 11th January saw us welcoming in Michelle and saying goodbye to Graham Jordan who has willingly and generously held this post from early summer 2016. Michelle can be contacted at boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com.

At this time of year on the Council we are looking to set our precept for the coming year. As the precept provides the bulk of our funding we thought it might be helpful to explain a little about it. The precept is the local parish council`s share of the council tax. Each year the Parish Council works out how much money is needed to cover its costs and the costs of the community projects it is involved in for the coming year. The precept demand then goes to Ashford Borough Council which collects the tax, and we receive money back from them. The good news this year is that we have agreed not to increase the precept for 2017-8 as we are in reasonable financial health and we want to keep a keen eye on costs. At the moment we are among the parish councils with the lowest precept demand. However, if we were involved in a major project for the community then, in the future, we might wish to increase the precept. Over the coming weeks we will be transferring budget information to our Parish Council website so you can see how your money is spent.

For the coming year we have a number of potential projects in hand, including a new, simple, wooden bus shelter for the Green at Boughton Lees, and a small grants project for community clubs and societies (more on this next month). We welcome ideas from residents, and would be particularly interested in thoughts for community-based sports activities for all, which might be based at Sandyacres, and not involve the use of a car. Please contact Michelle at boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com if you have ideas on this, or would like to join a small team to develop ideas.

Carol Bunker, Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

JANUARY 2017

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas.

Our thanks to all of you who sent in comments on the potential housing development sites. If you have not yet seen these, or would wish to add a comment, full details can be found on our Neighbourhood Plan website.

In response to your concerns in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey, the Parish Council is looking at improvements to traffic and road safety problems in our parish. We will then petition Kent County Council Highways with a traffic management plan based on the preferred option(s) of residents. Thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation event in Boughton Lees on 5 November. You can see the results and add your comments here. Next we will turn our attention to Sandyhurst Lane, Lenacre Street and Goat Lees. If you have a suggestion, please email the Parish Clerk.

This year the Parish Council will be considering making available a small number of grants of £100 to local groups for community projects which will benefit the parish and its residents. Watch this space for further information.

Next Parish Council meeting: 7.30 Wednesday 11th January 2017, at Sandyacres Community Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

We wish you all a very happy New Year and look forward to continuing to work on your behalf in 2017.

Carol Bunker, Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

DECEMBER 2016

Our thanks to all of you who sent in comments on the potential housing development sites. If you have not yet seen these, or would wish to add a comment, full details can be found on our Neighbourhood Plan website.

In response to your concerns in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey, the Parish Council is looking at improvements to traffic and road safety problems in our parish. We will then petition Kent County Council Highways with a traffic management plan based on the preferred option(s) of residents. Thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation event in Boughton Lees on 5 November. You can see the results and add your comments here. Next we will turn our attention to Sandyhurst Lane, Lenacre Street and Goat Lees. If you have a suggestion, please email the Parish Clerk.

We are seeking to recruit a new Parish Clerk to start as soon as possible in 2017 (please see advert on the home page – enquiries to boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com).

Next Parish Council meeting: 8th December, 7.30 at Goat Lees Community Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

We wish all residents a very happy Christmas.

Carol Bunker, Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

NOVEMBER 2016

Sadly for us, an unexpected opportunity to move closer to family in Tenterden has resulted in our recently elected Chairman, Ray Burrough, standing down from the Parish Council. To give continuity to our ongoing work with the Neighbourhood Plan I was elected as the new Chair at our meeting on October 12th. Completing the Plan is our main priority for the Council over the coming months. So a couple of comments on neighbourhood planning issues seem relevant.

Traffic/road safety consultation event: In total, you flagged 9,030 specific concerns on different roads in our parish in our Neighbourhood Plan Survey. The Parish Council is considering what traffic management solutions will resolve the issues. To start, we are working with the Residents Association on a community event in Boughton Lees on the morning of Saturday 5th November in the Iron Room. Look out for a leaflet coming through your door. We will need your participation to bring about change.

Potential housing development sites: our October newsletter gave details of 7 potential sites in our parish including two sites which have only come forward recently. If you don’t receive our newsletter, full details can be found on our website at www.parishplan.uk/potential-sites where you can also sign up to receive future issues.

There has been some misunderstanding about the sites which I would like to clarify here. These sites are NOT being put forward by the Parish Council for possible development: it is the landowners or their agents. In drawing up our Neighbourhood Plan, we are required to assess the suitability of each site to meet any local needs identified by residents.

Next Parish council meeting: November 14th, 7.30pm in the Iron Room. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Carol Bunker, Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

AUGUST 2016

After ten years as a councillor and four as chairman Jason Matthews has resigned as chairman. The parish council thanks Jason for his leadership and endeavour over the years and feels certain that many members of the our parish have reason to be grateful to him. The parish council wishes him well in his now extra spare time but is pleased to say he will continue as a councillor.

My first public duty of the new chairman was to present Vic Lilley with his Kent Association of Local Council’s Community Award for his custodianship of the cricket wicket and village green at Boughton Lees for the last thirty years which true dedication has produced despite vandalism a most excellent cricket wicket. It should also be mentioned that Vic played 875 games for Boughton and Eastwell Cricket Club and took 696 wickets. The club chairman Johnnie Brooks was in attendance at the presentation on the green.

The Parish Council is seeking ideas for projects that it might undertake for the benefit of the parish community,accordingly please give the matter some thought and if you have a suggestion then please contact our parish clerk at Boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com.

The Traffic Management Solutions presentation that took place last year is to be re-presented at a venue in Boughton Lees having regard to the concern of residents in that area to the traffic problems of Wye Road,The Green and A.251. The last presentation was poorly attended as a result KCC Highways are not receptive to its results,please therefore attend the new presentation to see the proposed solutions to the traffic problems and express your views.

The Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group who have been working tirelessly on your behalf with the required work leading to a Neighbourhood Plan recently presented the survey results by way of exhibition at The Iron Room, Sandyacres and Goat Lees Parish Hall.The attendances were 32,22 and 32 respectively,a most disappointing total having regard to the effort involved especially when one considers that there are four non parish councillor members of the steering group who are giving up hours of their spare time. Please try to attend Neighbourhood Plan exhibitions as it adds weight to our eventual plan.

The sites submitted for potential development as a result of the Ashford Borough Council Call for Sites are now being assessed by members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to include site visits.

The Parish Council has made representations to Ashford Borough Council in relation to the draft Local Plan being an objection to the 700 home site in Kennington and the 300 home site at Eureka both on the grounds of increased traffic together with the alarming precedent to be set by the Kennington site it being largely on Grade I agricultural land. In relation to the Eureka site the objection is mitigated by the recognised need for affordable housing in the parish as the parish council suggest this site could satisfy the apparent need as evidenced by the Neighbourhood Plan Survey result. The Parish Council has also indicated that it wishes to be present with a right of audience at the examination of the Local Plan by the Inspector.

Ray Burrough, Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

JUNE 2016

New Chairman

By the time you read this Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council will have elected a new Chairman. After 4 years, Jason Matthews has stepped down as Chair. He will remain a member of the Council. Parish Councillors, past and present, and local community leaders have paid tribute to Jason for his hard work on behalf of parish residents.

Neighbourhood Plan Survey

There was good response to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. Thank you to everyone who took part.

We received 482 completed survey forms. This is well above the average response rate for surveys of this type and represents close to half of the households in our parish. The results of the survey are being independently analysed and will be available to view at 3 community events in July and on our website. The dates of the events are:

  • Saturday 23 July, 11.00am to 1.00pm – The Iron Room, Boughton Lees 
  • Sunday 24 July, 11.00am to 1.00pm – Sandyacres Sports & Social Club, Sandyhurst Lane
  • Saturday 30 July, 11.00am to 1.00pm – Goat Lees Community Hall

In addition to providing the evidence base to underpin our Neighbourhood Plan, the survey results will provide a valuable source of residents’ views to inform the future strategy of the Parish Council.

For further information visit www.parishplan.uk.

Parish Clerk

The Parish Council is recruiting for a new Parish Clerk. If you are interested in the role, please email boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com for further information.

Date of Next Meeting of the Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday 16 June at 7.30pm at the Goat Lees Community Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

 

MAY 2016

Chairman’s Report

I gave my final Chairman’s Report at the Annual Parish Meeting on 13 April as, after 4 years, I shall be stepping down as Chair of the Parish Council in May. A copy of my report is available on the Parish Council’s website and noticeboards.

Village Green, Boughton Lees

The title for the Village Green has been transferred to the Parish Council. This will allow us to grant a 30 year lease to the Cricket Club. This, in turn, will enable the Club to advance their plans for a new pavilion.

Neighbourhood Plan Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. At time of writing, the final number of responses is not yet known. Details will appear here shortly and on our Neighbourhood Plan websiteThe results of the survey will be independently analysed and will be available to view at 3 community events to be held in July.

New Parish Councillor Appointed

I am delighted to tell you that Ivor Grove of Sandyhurst Lane has been co-opted to the Parish Council.

Parish Clerk

Martin Hopkins will shortly be stepping down as our Parish Clerk. We are grateful to Martin for his excellent work and wish him well for the future. We will be recruiting for a new Parish Clerk. If you are interested in the role, please email boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com for further information.

Asset of Community Value

Ashford Borough Council has approved the Parish Council’s nomination to list The Flying Horse at Boughton Lees as an asset of value to the community.

Date of Next Meeting of the Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 16 May at 7.30pm at the Iron Room, Boughton Lees.  A new Parish Council Chair and Vice Chair will be appointed at the meeting.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

 

APRIL 2016

Neighbourhood Plan Survey

By now you will have received your copy of the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. Our volunteers have delivered copies to every home and business in our parish. They will return to collect your completed survey after 17 April.

Please fill in the survey and encourage family, friends and neighbours to do the same. We want responses from all ages. Extra copies can be downloaded at www.parishplan.uk/questionnaire or telephone 01233 332602. It will save us time and money if you are able to complete the survey online at www.parishplan.uk/2030.

We have all heard of plans to builds thousands of new homes in Ashford and to attract new businesses. We have the chance to influence future development in our area and your opinion counts. Tell us how you think our community should change and grow over the next 15 years. The more responses we get the better we will be able to make our Neighbourhood Plan deliver the sort of future development that residents want and need.

As a legal document our Neighbourhood Plan will carry real weight in planning decisions. Developers and local planning authority planners will have to take notice of it. But we can only make this happen with your input and support.

The results of the survey will be independently analysed. You will be able to see the results at community workshops to be held in May/June.

Traffic in Boughton Lees

The Parish Council will be holding a public consultation event for residents to give their views on possible solutions to local traffic problems in and around Boughton Lees. Details of the event will appear here and on the Parish Council website.

Annual Parish Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Wednesday 13 April at 7.30pm at the Sandyacres, Sandyhurst Lane.  Please come along to hear my report on the Parish Council’s activities over the past year and our future plans.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

 

MARCH 2016

Neighbourhood Plan

Please keep an eye out for the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire which will be delivered to every home in the parish this month. The answers you give will shape future development in our area to 2030. Find out more at www.parishplan.uk.

We are recruiting a team of volunteers to deliver questionnaires in their street. If you can help, please email info@parishplan.uk. The questionnaire will also be available on our website. It will save us time and money if you are able to complete it online.

Parish Precept

A Parish Council gets its funding by receiving a small amount of the local Council Tax, known as the Parish Precept. The Parish Council has set the Precept for 2016-17 at £26,280. An increase of £6,000 on the current year. With additional grants, the Parish Council’s total income for 2016-2017 will be £28,330 to spend on local projects.

Traffic Consultation

The Parish Council will be holding further public consultation on local traffic problems. Earlier meetings were not well attended so please do not miss this second opportunity to share your views.

Mobile Library

Kent County Council is consulting on changes to its mobile library service. This includes a scaling back of the service at Boughton Aluph from weekly to fortnightly visits. Submit your views on the KCC website.

Asset of Community Value

This month, we expect a decision from Ashford Borough Council on the application to list The Flying Horse, Boughton Lees as an asset of value to the community.

Next Meeting of Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday 10 March at 7.30pm at the Community Hall, Goat Lees.  Members of the public are welcome.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

 

JANUARY 2016

2016 is here and our parish has an exciting year ahead of us. Most notably, it will be a crucial twelve months for our Neighbourhood Plan.

Your ongoing input and support is vital to the success of this project. A questionnaire will go to all households in March. This will be followed up with a series of workshops open to all residents to discuss the findings. We will then prepare a draft Plan document for consultation.

It will also be year of collaboration. We will want to learn from the experiences of our neighbours at Wye who are coming to the end of the Neighbourhood Planning process. We will also use this opportunity to strengthen links and explore new opportunities with all of our adjacent parishes.

We will continue to work hard on behalf of all residents.

On behalf of the Parish Council, I wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

Next meeting of the Parish Council

The first meeting of the Parish Council in 2016 will take place on Wednesday 20 January at 7.30pm at Sandyacres, Sandyhurst Lane.  Members of the public are welcome.

 

DECEMBER 2015

Neighbourhood Plan

A summary of the feedback that you gave us at our community consultation events is now available on our website.  Please take a look.

Winston Michael has stepped down from the Steering Group. We thank him for his contribution and welcome Erica Lasparini as the new Chair.

Volunteer

If you would like to get involved in this exciting project for the benefit of our community, please email info@parishplan.uk.

Road Safety

The Parish Council has agreed to purchase speed indicator signs for Trinity Road, Goat Lees. Speeding was a major concern of residents in the Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

We also considered a proposal to mark a pedestrian lane on a section of Wye Road at Boughton Lees without pavements and have asked that local residents be consulted and a risk assessment from KCC Highways.

Asset of Community Value

At the request of local residents, the Parish Council will make an application to Ashford Borough Council to list The Flying Horse, Boughton Lees as an asset of value to the community.

This new scheme allows communities to protect buildings and open spaces which further the social well-being or interests of the local community. If you have a nomination, please email boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com.

Next Meeting of Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm at the Community Hall, Goat Lees.  Members of the public are welcome.

And Finally

On behalf of the Parish Council, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

 

NOVEMBER 2015

Village Green, Boughton Lees

The process is underway to transfer the title for the Village Green to the Parish Council from Fields in Trust. This will enable the Cricket Club to proceed with their plans for a new pavilion.

Neighbourhood Plan

Thank you to the 236 residents from across the parish who took part in our four community consultation events. You took up our challenge and provided over 1,000 comments which we are reviewing. Your input and support is vital to the success of this important project.

If you were unable to attend an event, you can share your views at www.parishplan.uk.

Website

We are working to improve our website. If you have any suggestions for further additions, please email boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com.

Neighbourhood Watch

The Parish Council has agreed to fund the purchase of nine Neighbourhood Watch street signs

The local scheme, which launched on 1 October, is run by members of the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents’ Association.

Next meeting of Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 9 November at 7.30pm at the Iron Room, Boughton Lees.  Members of the public are welcome.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

 

OCTOBER 2015

Neighbourhood Plan

This month I want to focus on the Neighbourhood Plan which will shape the development in our community until 2030.

Community consultation

By the time you read this our consultation events will have taken place. Thank you to everyone that took part. Your support is vital to the success of this project. If you were unable to attend, you can share your views at www.parishplan.uk.

Emerging themes

We will now assess the feedback you have given us to determine what the emerging themes are.  I will report back on these in the Parish Magazine and our website. Based on what you have told us, we will move to the next phase of consultation.

Questionnaire

A questionnaire will go to every household in the parish early next year.  The results of the survey will form a key part of the evidence base for the Neighbourhood Plan.

Volunteer

If you are interested in getting involved in this exciting project for the benefit of our area, please email info@parishplan.uk.

Keep up to date

Finally, I encourage you to sign up for our monthly email updates. Enter your details on our website. Connect to us on Twitter and Facebook.

Next meeting of Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Wednesday 7 October at 7.30pm at Sandyacres, Sandyhurst Lane.  Members of the public are welcome.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

New Parish Councillors appointed

I am delighted to tell you that the Parish Council has co-opted three new members.  The Parish Councillors for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell are:

  • Jason Matthews (Chair), Sandyhurst Lane
  • Carol Bunker, Boughton Lees
  • Ray Burrough, Goat Lees
  • Erica Lasparini OBE, Boughton Lees
  • Steve MacGregor, Sandyhurst Lane
  • Ken Newman, Sandyhurst Lane
  • Spencer Phillips, Eastwell

Our Parish Clerk is Martin Hopkins. Martin can be contacted at boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday 10 September at 7.30pm in the Goat Lees Community Hall.  Members of the public are encouraged to attend our meetings.

Neighbourhood Plan

Our consultation events on the Neighbourhood Plan will take place this month. Please spare an hour of your time to come along to one of the drop in events to find out how the Neighbourhood Plan will give residents control over the way in which our area develops and to have your say about what should feature in the Plan. Everyone is welcome. Find out more at www.parishplan.uk.

  • Thursday 17 September, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Goat Lees Primary School
  • Friday 18 September, 7.00pm – 9.00pm, Goat Lees Community Hall
  • Saturday 19 September, 11.00am – 2.00pm, Iron Room, Boughton Lees
  • Sunday 27 September, 11.00am – 4.00pm, Sandyacres, Sandyhurst Lane

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman

 

AUGUST 2015

Creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Boughton Aluph, Eastwell & Goat Lees

From the outset I have been an enthusiastic supporter of the value of our parish creating its own Neighbourhood Plan. This process gives us, the communities of Goat Lees, Sandyhurst Lane and Lenacre Street and those in and around Boughton Aluph, the opportunity to come together to help shape and guide the future development and land use in our parish over the next fifteen years. This is not just about the future but preserving and protecting what we value from the past. We have so much to be proud of.

The Parish Council have set up a project steering group comprising local volunteers to take forward the day to day work on the Neighbourhood Plan but the project cannot succeed without the support and input of whole community. We need you to tell us what you think should be covered in our Neighbourhood Plan. Our first consultation events will take place in September. They are drop in events so you can call in at a time to suit you. Everyone is welcome so please help us to spread the word.  We want your opinions. This is your chance to make your voice heard.

  • Thursday 17 September, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, at Goat Lees Primary School
  • Friday 18 September, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, at Goat Lees Community Hall
  • Saturday 19 September, 11.00am to 2.00pm, at the Iron Room, Boughton Aluph
  • Sunday 27 September, 11.00am to 4.00pm, at Sandyacres, Sandyhurst Lane

Please also visit our new website, www.parishplan.uk. As well as useful background information, it will show our progress at every stage. You can add your comments to the website and I hope, over time, it will host some lively public debates. We are also on Twitter and Facebook.

Preparing a Neighbourhood Plan is a significant piece of work.  We have made a good start but we will need more volunteers to help get us across the finishing line. We want to draw on the wealth of talent out there in our community. Whatever skills you have or free time you can give, we’d love to have you on our team. By harnessing the wealth of talent within our community, I believe we can produce a Neighbourhood Plan of which we can all be proud and, in doing so, build a strong community spirit and sense of neighbourliness and togetherness throughout our parish.

Jason Matthews, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council Chairman