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: Carol Bunker
To see the minutes of Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council meetings, click here.
To see the monthly update from the Chair, click here.

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

The Parish Council met in the parish hall on Monday November 6.

Larry Krause (borough councillor) reported that the criteria for grants given by borough councillors
have changed, and Parish Councils are once again eligible to apply for these grants.

Matters Arising included an offer from the organisers of the Sidcup Motorcycle Rally to write to KCC
Highways in support of a reduction in the speed limit through the village.

Church green has been successfully registered as a village green. This does not confer ownership of
the green to the Parish Council, but it confirms responsibility for maintenance being with the Parish
Council (as at present). It is hoped that works to rectify the potholes on the hall access track can be
combined with the works by UK Power Networks to underground the power cable beside the playing
field (part of its project to underground cables in AONBs). The choice of a suitable variety of
Christmas tree to be planted on church green, and repairs to the electricity supply for the lights are in

The draft budget for the Parish Council for 2018-19 was presented and discussed. An amended budget
will be circulated, and the Precept set at the January meeting of the Parish Council.

The change to the parish boundary in 2019 will bring in more properties, there will therefore be more
dwellings paying the charge. The Parish Council will then have to decide whether to reduce the
charge payable by each property to raise the same amount, or maintain the charge per property and
use the additional income for improvement projects in the parish.

The parish had been asked to comment on the planning application for 89 dwellings at Lenacre Hall
Farm. It was agreed that the Parish Council would object on the grounds of prematurity, traffic
impact, non- compliance with the Local Plan, and environmental impact.

The proposal to site a container on the playing field for storage of Westwell Players and fete
materials was discussed. The container would be sympathetically painted and screened.

It was proposed that a letter of thanks be sent to the Borough Council and KCC on implementing the
experimental trial banning overnight parking by HGVs between Charing and Drovers roundabout.

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Tuesday, January 9 at 7pm in the parish hall. All
meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.

Planning meeting: The Parish Council meets in the parish hall on Wednesday, December 5 at 3pm to
discuss planning applications received. 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