Welcome to the website for Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

First parish litter picks a great success

After a successful litter pick in Sandyhurst Lane at Easter, a second litter pick took place in and around Boughton Aluph on the morning of Saturday 6 May. Thank you to everyone who took part. If you would like to take part in future litter picks, please email the Parish Clerk.

Five Church Walk, Bank Holiday Monday 1 May

Congratulations to the organisers and everyone who braved the changeable weather to take part in this popular annual charitable event, www.fivechurchwalk.co.uk. See you all again next year!

Improved broadband service coming to Boughton Lees

A new BT broadband cabinet has been installed on the village green at Boughton Lees. This has been funded by Kent County Council’s Making Kent Quicker programme. We are awaiting a date from the KCC project officer when the new cabinet will become operational.  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.

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.

£100 community grants available

The Parish Council has launched a 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.

Tina Cobourn appointed Parish Clerk

We are delighted to welcome Tina Cobourn as the new Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council. Contact Tina on boughtoneastwellclerk@gmail.com.

New electoral ward of Goat Lees proposed 

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is undertaking an electoral review of Ashford Borough Council and recently published its draft recommendations for consultation. The Commission proposes that there 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. If the draft recommendations are accepted, 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 LGBCE draft recommendations and new ward boundaries at www.lgbce.org.uk. Read the Parish Council’s submission to the LGBCE here.

CCTV installed to protect 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, 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.

Carol Bunker elected Chair of Parish Council

On the 12th October 2016 Carol Bunker was elected the new Chair of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council. Carol has been a resident of Boughton Aluph for nearly 30 years. Ken Newman remains Vice Chairman. See the full list of Parish Councillors 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 Tina Cobourn, our Parish Clerk or your local Parish Councillor.