There are four post boxes serving Sandyhurst Lane.
These are situated:
(1) at the Faversham Road junction with Sandyhurst Lane
(2) opposite Sandyacres
(3) opposite 136 Sandyhurst Lane (by the SLRA notice board)
(4) at the Hare and Hounds
Latest collection times are as follows:
(1) Faversham Road: Mon - Fri 9.00 am, Sat 7.00 am.
(2) opposite Sandyacres: Mon - Fri 5.15 pm, Sat 9.00 am.
(this is a "Priority Post Box" for completed Covid-19 test kits)
(3) opposite 136 Sandyhurst Lane: Mon - Fri 9.00 am, Sat 7.00 am.
(4) Hare and Hounds: Mon - Fri 5.00 pm, Sat 10.30 am.
All four of these post boxes are of limited slot size. Larger size post boxes are available in Faversham Road and in Warren View, Orchard Heights. The post box at Kennington Post Office, situated at the junction of Faversham Road and Upper Vicarage Road, has latest local collection times:
Mon - Fri 5.15 pm, Sat 12.15 pm.
A later collection, Mon - Fri 6.15 pm, Sat 12.45 pm is available at Ashford Delivery Office, Tannery Lane. There are no collections on Sundays or Bank Holidays.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Post Offices have revised times, subject to frequent change. Check https://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder
Please note that concessionary travel passes ("bus passes") are not valid before 9.30 am.
Bus service 10X operates between Ashford and Maidstone (Mon - Sun) and stops at the Maidstone Road (A20) end of Sandyhurst Lane (by the Hare and Hounds). The timetable for the 10X services may be found here.
Bus service 123 operates between Ashford and Biddenden (Mon - Fri) and stops at the Maidstone Road (A20) end of Sandyhurst Lane (by the Hare and Hounds). The timetable may be found here.
Post Office opening times are as follows:
Kennington: Mon - Fri 12.00 pm - 5.30 pm, Sat 9.00 am - 12.30 pm.
Hothfield: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 9.00 am - 1.00 pm & 2.00 pm - 5.30 pm, Tue 9.00 am - 1.00 pm, Sat 9.00 am -
Singleton: Mon - Sat 6.00 am - 10.00 pm, Sun 7.00 am - 10.00 pm. Beware! These are the times advertised
on the Post Office website but they are not always correct (eg visit at 6.15 pm on a Saturday found PO
The main Post Office in Ashford town centre is in W H Smith. It is open Mon 9.00 am - 5.30 pm,
Tue - Thu 9.00 am - 1.00 pm & 1.30 pm - 5.30pm, Fri 9.00 am - 5.30 pm, Sat 9.00am - 12.30pm.
Bus service 666 operates between Ashford and Faversham (Mon - Sat) and stops at the Faversham Road (A251) end of Sandyhurst Lane (by Eastwell Towers). Two weekday services also go to the William Harvey Hospital; otherwise it is necessary to change in Ashford. The timetable may be found here.
Water is supplied to residents in the SLRA area by South East Water Ltd.
For water emergencies, call 0333 000 0365.
Following a very dry winter, a hosepipe ban was introduced on 5 April 2012. Following a very wet spring, including the wettest June on record, the ban was lifted on 9 July 2012. There have been no hosepipe bans since then.
Waste and Recycling Centre
In addition to the weekly waste and recycling collections provided by Ashford Borough Council, there is a Household Waste & Recycling Centre operated by Kent County Council. This is located in Brunswick Road, Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, TN23 1EL (SatNav 51.148995°N, 0.851410°E).
There are charges for the disposal of certain types of "non-household" waste at this site. These are £4 per bag of soil, rubble or hardcore (maximum 5 bags/day) and £6 per bag or sheet of plasterboard. Asbestos disposal is free of charge.
Opening times are as follows:
Monday to Sunday: 8.30am – 3.45pm (during COVID-19)
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
For the latest information, check the KCC website here.
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Bus service 124 operates between Ashford and Egerton (Mon - Fri) on school days only and stops at the Maidstone Road (A20) end of Sandyhurst Lane (by the Hare and Hounds). There is 1 service per weekday. The timetable may be found here.
Residents living towards the Faversham Road end of Sandyhurst Lane have access to the Route B bus services running along Trinity Road (as well as the 666 route which stops at Eastwell Towers in Faversham Road):
Route B runs approximately every 12 minutes (during the daytime) Mondays to Saturdays, linking Kennington, the town centre, the rail station, Asda, Park Farm and Bridgefield. During the evenings and on Sundays, buses run approximately every 30 minutes. The timetable for route B may be found here.
The bus map for Ashford may be viwed here.
Residents have a choice of electricity supplier in the competitive market. However, all electricity in this area is delivered by the same company, UK Power Networks, who own and operate the local electricity network.
If you experience a power cut and wish to contact the network company, dial 105 free from any land line or mobile phone and you will be connected, in this area, to UK Power Networks.
Their alternative contact details are:
Tel: 0800 316 3105
Text: POWER and your postcode to 80876
You can also call 105 if you spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put you, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, call the emergency services too.
If you are dependent on medical equipment, have a disability, are elderly or have small children, you can ask to be on the Priority Services Register, which will result in you getting extra support during any power cuts.
For full details, click here and to register, click here.
Mains Gas Leaks
Residents have a choice of mains gas supplier in the competitive market. However, nearly all mains gas in this area is delivered by the same company, Southern Gas Networks, who own and operate the local gas network. A few properties are served by small independent gas network operators.
Should you experience a mains gas leak, please call the national gas emergency number: 0800 111 999.
Protecting the rural character of Sandyhurst Lane and the adjoining area
COVID-19 UPDATE: The KCC Waste & Recycling Centre is open for booked visits.
Book your slot(s) here up to 1 month in advance.
NB COVID-19 is affecting some local services.
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