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

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For other ABC Committees, click here.

Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council
Chair: Spencer Phillips
To see the agendas and 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 St Mary's Church on Monday March 4. The meeting began with the Open
Session which gives residents present the opportunity to raise matters of concern with councillors, but
nothing was raised.

Larry Krause (borough councillor) was at the meeting and reported that his grant to the Westwell Players
had been approved; works to the A20 and M20 are part of Operation Brock (the traffic management
scheme that has superseded Operation Stack); the Local Plan has been ratified by ABC; Westwell
Parish Council was formally thanked by Gerry Clarkson (ABC Leader) for its input into the recent village
confines exercise.

The Minutes of the January meeting were approved. Matters Arising included: the container for storage
of the Players' effects has been emptied and arrangements are being- made for its relocation to the
playing field; at the next meeting of the Joint Transportation Board there will be discussion on making the
lorry parking trial permanent.

Planning: Applications for works at Crouchers Manor were discussed and supported. Work on the next
Local Plan will begin in June/July. After the May local elections, consideration will be given to producing a
Neighbourhood Plan by the new Parish
Council. Apta Pots move to the Oakover site: work has begun on the site to clear the vegetation. The
Parish Council's submission on the village confines exercise was ratified.

Finance: The Financial report was approved. Lloyds Bank has paid compensation to the Parish Council
following its complaint under GDPR re loss of data. Village traffic speeds survey: The results of the
survey indicated that traffic was, in the main, driving according to the road conditions and did not support
the case for a reduction in the speed limit. Concerns were expressed for users of 'shared space', i.e. for
pedestrians and horse riders, where there is no footway; it was acknowledged that perception of speed
is different for pedestrians.

Parish Council elections: take place, May 2. Tom Lawrence stated that he will not be standing again and
was thanked for his efforts on behalf of the parish during his 25yr tenure, including several years as
Chairman. Anyone wishing to stand can obtain a nomination form from the Clerk (Sue Wood) and it must
be returned to Civic Centre between March 22 and 4pm April 3.
Undergrounding of power lines near the playing field: The previous proposals have
been updated; the pole transformer on the playing field will be removed and the new installation will be
near the field gate on the new access road. The updated wayleave agreement was signed.

Reports were given by councillors, and included damage to a bridge-in Watery Lane. Highways was
thanked for its repair works along the A20.
The Green Team will visit the parish on April 15 and will carry out works in the cemetery and churchyard.

The meeting concluded after Any Other Business and discussion of the Good Citizen Award. Next
meeting May 14 in the parish hall.

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Sandyhurst Lane
Residents Association

Protecting the rural character of Sandyhurst Lane and the adjoining area