New Parish Council Chairman elected
At the Parish Council meeting on 14 August, Spencer Phillips was unanimously elected as the new Chairman of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council. Nigel Bunker was elected Vice Chair. See the full list of Parish Councillors here.
Public consultation on revised Local Plan 2030
Ashford Borough Council held a public consultation on the main changes to their draft Local Plan 2030 between 7 July and 31 August 2017. This was accompanied by a series of public exhibitions. The revised Local Plan has no new development sites in our parish. However, the planned residential development at Eureka Park has been increased from 300 new homes to “in the region of 375 dwellings”. Read the Parish Council’s response to the consultation.
Latest grants and charitable donations
- A grant of £1,050 to Goat Lees Primary School to purchase benches and a story chair for their new outdoor reading area.
- A £100 donation on behalf of our parish to the British Red Cross to support the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
- A pump-priming grant of £2,000 towards the construction of a detached toilet building in the grounds of the Grade I All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph.
£100 grants available to local groups
The Parish Council launched a new community grants scheme for 2017-18. We will make available 5 grants of £100 to community groups based in or with a connection to our parish for projects which will benefit our parish or its residents. To find out more, download an application pack and application form.
All Saints’ Church launches website
All Saints’ Church in Boughton Aluph has launched a website. Take a look at www.allsaintsba.org.uk.
Improved broadband service for Boughton Lees delayed
As part of Kent County Council’s Making Kent Quicker programme, in April BT installed a new broadband cabinet on the village green at Boughton Lees. BT Openreach engineers then discovered a problem with a section of duct running along A251 Faversham Road which has prevented them from running the fibre optic cable to the new cabinet. We understand that the additional cost to repair the section of collapsed duct (£60,000) has been approved. Now it is a matter of scheduling the work and obtaining the necessary permissions from KCC Highways for the roadworks. The duct repair work is expected to take approximately 4-5 weeks and this will be done in sections. The work got underway on 7 September. Once this is complete, we are told that it will take approximately 3-4 weeks work to “align the ordering process systems to recognise the new cabinet”.
In addition to bringing superfast broadband of 25Mbps+ to the village, the cabinet will help ease pressure on cabinet 14 located at Eastwell Towers which is currently oversubscribed.
Parish litter picks – help clean up our community
After a successful first litter pick in Sandyhurst Lane at Easter, litter picks have taken place in and around Boughton Aluph on 6 May, 15 July and 9 September. A big thank you to everyone who took part. If you would like to join a future litter pick or organise one in your area, please email the Parish Clerk.
UPDATE: Litter picks will now take place in Boughton Aluph on the second Saturday of the month between 10.00am and 11.00am. Everyone is welcome. Equipment and protective clothing will be provided. The next one takes place on Saturday 14 October. Meet outside The Flying Horse at 10.00am.
New ward to be created at Goat Lees
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its recommendations on the new electoral warding arrangements for Ashford Borough. There will be four more electoral wards and four more councillors in the Borough than there are now. This includes a new ward of Goat Lees around Trinity Road. From May 2019, our parish of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell will span two wards – Goat Lees and Downs West – and will be represented by two ward (or borough) councillors.
You can view the new ward boundaries at www.lgbce.org.uk.
Thefts from garages
We’re hearing reports of a spate of burglaries from garages on Freathy Lane, Goat Lees. Please be vigilant. If you see anything suspicious, please contact the Police.
Parish War Memorial listed by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
At the suggestion of residents, the Parish Council made an application to list our parish War Memorial which is on the village green at Boughton Lees. We have received notification that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has added Boughton Aluph and Eastwell War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The Memorial is now listed Grade II. Read more here.
CCTV installed to protect Boughton Lees Village Green and Cricket Pitch
After two more instances of vehicles causing damage to the village green and cricket pitch at Boughton Lees on 31 January and 3 February 2017, the Parish Council has been looking into measures to protect the Green. CCTV has been installed on a temporary free loan thanks to the generosity of the local businessman. Please remain vigilant. If you see or hear anything or have any information, please contact the Police.
Commemorative benches on Boughton Lees Village Green
The Parish Council has agreed a policy regarding the placement of memorial or commemorative benches on the village green at Boughton Lees. Read our policy here.
Traffic and road safety in Boughton Aluph
In response to concerns in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey, the Parish Council is looking at solutions to traffic and road safety problems in our parish so we can petition Kent County Council Highways with a traffic management plan based on the preferred option(s) of residents.
Thank you to everyone that took part in our consultation event held at the Iron Room on 5 November. You can find a copy of the presentation and questionnaire here together with a summary of the responses.
The Traffic Survey commissioned by the Parish Council in 2013/14 is available to view here.
Close to half of households take part in Neighbourhood Plan Survey
Parish Council is developing a Neighbourhood Plan for our parish. This is an exciting opportunity for residents to have a say in how our parish changes and grows. Visit our Neighbourhood Plan website at www.parishplan.uk and sign up for our newsletter.
The official notice from Ashford Borough Council approving the designated area for the Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Survey. We received 482 completed survey forms. Representing close to half of the households in our parish, this is well above the average response rate for surveys of this type. Your responses have been independently analysed and can be viewed here.
Financial Reports and Audits
The Parish Council’s Annual Return for the financial year ending 31st March 2016 has been signed off by independent auditors PKF Littlejohn LLP. A copy is available here.
Financial information for the Parish Council including audit reports can be found under the Parish Council menu item at the top of this page.
Response to Ashford Borough Council’s consultation on sites for Local Plan 2030
Read the Parish Council’s response to Ashford Borough Council’s consultation on site submissions for their Local Plan 2030 here.
If you have suggestions for items you would like to see on this website, please contact the Parish Clerk or your local Parish Councillor.