Council Activity

Sandyhurst Lane Residents' Association covers an area which is currently represented in local Government by three different wards of Ashford Borough Council (Bockhanger, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell and Downs West), partially by two Parish Councils (Boughton Aluph & Eastwell and Westwell) and by a single division of Kent County Council (Ashford Rural West).

Following SLRA campaigns, on 2 May 2019, the Borough representation will change to a single ward (Downs West), except for a few properties in Faversham Road, which will be in Goat Lees ward. From that date, all properties in the SLRA area will also be in either Westwell parish or Boughton Aluph & Eastwell parish.

This page is intended to provide residents with news and information about the activities of their local government bodies and the elected representatives are invited to provide updates on relevant council activities for their constituents in the SLRA area.

See our page MPs & Councillors to check in which ward/parish council/division you are represented, and by whom.

Kent County Council

To see the minutes of Kent County Council meetings, click here.
For other KCC Committees, click here.

Ashford Borough Council

To see the minutes of Ashford Borough Council meetings, click here.
For other ABC Committees, click here.

Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council
Chair: Spencer Phillips
To see the minutes of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council meetings, click here.
To see the monthly update from the Chair, click here.
The agenda for the meeting on 11 April 2018 is here.

Westwell Parish Council
Chair: Christine Drury
To see the minutes of Westwell Parish Council meetings, click here.

At the parish council meeting in the parish hall on Monday July 2 Larry Krause (borough councillor)
gave a report. He is in discussions with the borough council on the costs of removing unauthorised
encampments. These are borne by the landowner, including parish councils where the land is owned
by the PC, but Mr Krause thought this unfair - costs of removal on borough council-owned land are
met from council tax receipts and thus paid by all council-tax payers. Payments by PCs would be
from money raised by the precept and therefore only paid by residents of the parish.

Local Plan: The inquiry was held during May and June and the inspectors' guidance notes found that
the plan as submitted by the borough council was acceptable subject to a number of changes, which
included removal of some of the proposed sites from the plan and changes to others. For the parish
this means that the sites at Hothfield Mill and Tutt Hill and the gypsy and traveller site for five
pitches in Watery
Lane behind the existing temporary pitch, will be deleted from the plan.

Four planning applications were discussed. Two were supported, comments made on the third and it
was agreed that a site visit was needed for the fourth. The application for 18 dwellings on the
sandpit, Sandyhurst Lane, has been withdrawn.

Requests for donations from two charities were turned down, the parish council's policy for such
requests being that donations from public money should not be made unless there is a direct link to
the parish.

The parish council will submit a response to the consultation on Operation Stack, given its impact on
the parish. Councillors will attend seminars on The Big Conversation - Rural Transport, to discuss rural
transport options with KCC.

Reports from representatives to other organisations were given and the meeting closed after any
other business, which included a warning to road users that extra care should be taken because of
increased farm traffic. The next will be held on Monday, September 3 in the parish hall. All meetings
are open to the public.

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Sandyhurst Lane
Residents Association

Protecting the rural character of Sandyhurst Lane and the adjoining area