20 February 2020
Defibrillator awareness information
Further to our news item of 14 February (below) on the defibrillator awareness sessions to be hosted by Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council, an information sheet about the sessions may be viewed here and posters about the sessions may be viewed here (Iron Room, 28 February) and here (Goat Lees Community Hall, 17 April).
14 February 2020
Advance notice of closure of Sandyhurst Lane
Yet again, contractors for South East Water are planning to dig up Sandyhurst Lane and this will necessitate closure of the Lane to through traffic, in the region of number 148, from 12 to 16 March 2020. Local access to the remainder of Sandyhurst Lane will continue from either direction up to where the road is actually closed. The alternative route for through traffic is via A20 Maidstone Road, Drovers Roundabout, Fougeres Way, Junction 9 Interchange, A251 Trinity Road and Faversham Road back to Sandyhurst Lane.
The closure is to enable repair works to be carried out following earlier excavations, being carried out by Clancy Docwra working with South East Water. Due to the nature of these works, it will not be possible to re-open the road outside the working hours. There is a slight chance that the works may over-run for unforeseen reasons such as adverse weather conditions or engineering difficulties.
The South East Water 24-hour phone number is 0333 000 0247, website www.southeastwater.co.uk.
A copy of the Public Notice may be viewed here and the diversion route here.
The most up to date information on these works can be found here.
14 February 2020
Defibrillator awareness sessions
Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council are hosting Defibrillator Awareness Sessions:
Iron Room, Friday 28th February at 6 pm
Goat Lees Community Hall, Friday 17th April at 6.15 pm
Sessions are identical and last up to two hours.
Booking is essential: to book your (free) place contact the Parish Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07419 740559.
Further details on the BA&E Parish Council website here.
8 February 2020
Planning permission sought for extensions at Kingsland Grove, Kingsland Lane
A planning application has been made for the erection of single storey side and rear extensions at Kingsland Grove, Kingsland Lane. The closing date for comments is 1 March 2020. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 20/00163/AS).
4 February 2020
Advice on prevention of the spread of Coronavirus
Public Health England has published a website giving guidance on the prevention of the spread of coronavirus and what to do if you have returned from China in the last 14 days and feel unwell. The website may be viewed here.
30 January 2020
Permission sought to fell protected trees
An application has been made to fell three larch trees which are currently subject to a Tree Preservation Order at Crossways, Maidstone Road. Full details may be viewed here. (search for application number 20/00028/TP).
10 January 2020
Planning permission granted for extension at Mayfield, 31 Sandyhurst Lane
Planning permission was granted on 9 January 2020 for a single storey rear extension at Mayfield, 31 Sandyhurst Lane. Full details may be viewed here (search for case number 19/01522/AS).
8 January 2020
M20 barrier to be removed
The steel barrier on the London bound carriageway between junctions 9 and 8 of the M20 is to be removed.
Work will start on Monday 13 January at 10 pm, when the entire M20 between junctions 9 and 7 will be closed overnight until 6 am on Tuesday. Subsequently, the London bound carriageway only will be closed overnight for 16 nights.
This means until 30 January, presumably unless the work is completed more quickly.
2 January 2020
Advance notice of 10k run
The annual 10k run is scheduled to take place at 10.30 am on Sunday 2 February 2020.
As last year, the new organisers, Sporting Events UK, are holding the event based at the Towers School; it is no longer held at Sandyacres.
The published route (see here) shows that:
- the race will start and finish in Lenacre Street, near the junction with Sandyhurst Lane
- the whole of Lenacre Street and Kingsland Lane will be affected
- access to Westwell village will be restricted
- the race will NOT be routed along Sandyhurst Lane, but significant pedestrian traffic will be present
particularly between Faversham Road and Lenacre Street
Last year, official KCC road closure notices were effective between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm.
Details of the event on the organiser's website may be seen here.
15 December 2019
SLRA writes to Damian Green MP
The SLRA has written to Damian Green MP on the occasion of his re-election to represent the Ashford constituency in the House of Commons. The Chair of the SLRA takes the opportunity to remind Damian that one of the issues of concern to members remains the traffic noise of the M20 motorway and seeks his assistance in ensuring that Highways England deliver on their earlier statement that the M20 is due for resurfacing in 2021/22. The letter may be viewed here.
13 December 2019
Lenacre Hall Farm planning appeal dismissed
The decision on the appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the development of 21 dwellings on land on Lenacre Hall Farm has been announced. The appeal has been dismissed. Full details are contained in the decision notice which may be viewed here.
13 December 2019
General election: Damian Green holds Ashford seat
In yesterday's general election, Damian Green (Con) held the Ashford seat for his seventh consecutive term since 1997. He secured a majority of 24,029, with 62.1% of the votes. The turnout was 67.1%.
In 2017 his majority was 17,478 with 59% of the votes and the turnout was 68.69%.
12 December 2019
A20 now open
The South East Water road works have now (6.30 pm) been completed and the road is open.
10 December 2019
A20 closure - update
A site inspection was carried out at 10.15 pm this evening.
The South East Water road works are now in progress. They are taking place not “outside” the Hare & Hounds, as stated in the earlier KCC notice, but diagonally opposite the Hare and Hounds. This means that the Maidstone bound carriageway of the A20 is closed between Orchard Heights and Potters Corner.
In practice this means that it is possible to:
Leave Sandyhurst Lane in any direction (left, right or straight across)
Enter Sandyhurst Lane from the Ashford-bound carriageway of the A20 (ie coming from Maidstone) or from Godinton Lane
It is NOT possible to:
Enter Sandyhurst Lane from the Maidstone-bound carriageway of the A20 (ie coming from Ashford)
It will therefore be necessary, when travelling from Ashford, to access Sandyhurst Lane from the Faversham Road end.
Regrettably, we have no information on any arrangements for bus services, but clearly they will be unable to run along the A20 from Orchard Heights to Potters Corner, so significant disruption is expected.
10 December 2019
A20 Emergency road closure
The A20 is to be CLOSED westbound at Potters Corner from 7 pm this evening for up to four days.
Emergency Road Closure - Maidstone Road , Ashford - 10 December 2019 (Ashford)
The notice below has been issued by Kent County Council.
It is not entirely clear how this will affect access to and from Sandyhurst Lane – presumably at the very least it will prevent a right turn from Sandyhurst Lane on to the A20 towards Maidstone. However, we will assess the situation visually later this evening and post a further bulletin at that time. The official closure notice may be viewed here.
It will be necessary to close Maidstone Road, Ashford from 10 December 2019 for up to 4 days.
The road will be closed outside Hare and Hounds Public House.
The alternative route is via Orchard Heights roundabout, A20 Maidstone Road, Simone Weil roundabout, A20 Fougeres Way, A20 Trinity Road, A251 Faversham Road, A251 Bucks Street, A252 Canterbury Road, A252 Charing Hill, A20 Maidstone Road.
It is planned that the road will be closed for the duration in a westbound direction only.
This closure will start at 19:00 hours.
This is to enable repairs to burst water main to be carried out by South East Water.
10 December 2019
Counter terrorism training
It has recently been decided by Counter Terrorism Policing to make available to the general public a free online training course in counter terrorism. Previously this was only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues, but it is now being made generally available to anyone who wishes to become a “CT Citizen”. It is especially useful for those working in or visiting crowded places.
Full details of the training course are here.
29 November 2019
BT telephone kiosk - gone
Further to our news item of 16 July 2019 (here), we can now report that the telephone kiosk at the junction of Sandyhurst Lane and Lenacre Street has finally been removed.
29 November 2019
Christmas & New Year Bin Collections
SLRA members who normally have their refuse, recycling, food and garden recycling bins collected on a Thursday will have the following arrangements over the Christmas and New Year period:
Recycling (green): Collection due on Thursday 26th December will take place on Saturday 28th December
Refuse (grey): Collection due on Thursday 2nd January will take place on Saturday 4th January
Recycling (green): Collection due on Thursday 9th January will take place on Friday 10th January
Normal Recycling, Refuse and Food collections will resume on Thursday 16th January.
Garden Recycling (brown): No collection on Thursday 2nd January. (The next collection after this will be 16th January)
The full schedule is shown here.
11 November 2019
Meet your Borough Councillor (Downs West ward)
Almost every member of the SLRA lives in the Downs West ward of Ashford Borough Council (all except a few members in Faversham Road). One of the parish councils in our area, Boughton Aluph & Eastwell, is providing an opportunity to meet the Downs West borough councillor, Larry Krause, at an event at the Flying Horse public house in Boughton Aluph on Wednesday 20th November 2019, 2pm to 3pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. A poster advertising the event is here.
This is a good opportunity to meet Larry in an informal atmosphere and to raise with him any issues you may wish to discuss. For those who may not be able to take advantage of this opportunity on a weekday, the parish council plans to hold another event next year at the weekend.
3 November 2019
For those with children who may now have the problem of disposing of a post-Halloween pumpkin, please note the following tweet today from Ashford Borough Council:
Don't forget you can leave your Halloween pumpkin on top of your food caddy. There will also be pumpkin drop off points at the below locations between the 31st October and 5th November:
Waitrose in Tenterden
Civic Centre by the rear door
Vicarage Lane Car Park
26 October 20119
Road closures tomorrow
Tomorrow, Sunday 27 October, will see the 5 and 10 mile races organised by the Ashford & District Road Running Club. The races will be based at the Towers School and the routes will involve closure from 10.00 am of the whole of Lenacre Street and the part of Sandyhurst Lane between the A251 Faversham Road and Sandyacres.
KCC has issued a road closure notice which may be viewed here. Full details of the event are on the Sporting Events UK website here.
22 October 2019
Possible Brexit impact on bin collections
Ashford Borough Council have announced that times for bin collections will be extended from the beginning of November, due to possible disruption as a consequence of Brexit.
Bins should be put out by 6 am, rather than 7 am as at present, and there is a possibility that food caddies will be collected separately.
The statement reads as follows:
“Due to potential disruptions over the next few months, we are extending our bin collection times from the beginning of November.
Bins will need to be presented no later than 6 am on the morning of collection, if it safe to do so you can leave your bin out the evening before.
Collections are also being extended to take place later in the day so if your bin is not collected at the usual time please leave it out and our crews will get to you as soon as they are able.
There is a possibility that food waste may be collected separately from your recycling and refuse bins so please leave your caddy out if it hasn’t been collected.
We thank you all in advance for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience caused."
18 October 2019
Planning appeal hearing date confirmed
The date and time of the appeal hearing for the development of 21 dwellings on land on Lenacre Hall Farm have been confirmed. The hearing will take place at 10.00 am on Tuesday 19 November 2019 at the Civic Centre.
The full text of the letter from Ashford Borough Council is as follows:
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 - PLANNING APPEAL
Proposal: The development of 21 new residential dwellings, access, drainage, car and cycle parking and landscaping.
Location: Land at Lenacre Hall Farm, Sandyhurst Lane, Boughton Aluph, Kent
Appellant: Millwood Designer Homes Limited
Duration: 1 days
With reference to the above appeal, the Planning Inspectorate has now confirmed that the appeal is being dealt with by way of an informal hearing which will start at 10.00am on 19 November 2019 at the Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL (location details enclosed and/or can be viewed on the application records on our website).
An Inspector has been appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions under paragraph 1(i) of Schedule 6 to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to determine this appeal.
As I indicated in my earlier letter, I have forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate and to the Appellants all comments that I have received from you or other people relating to the application for planning permission which has led to this appeal.
If you wish to see the Council's reasons for refusal of the application and the appellant's grounds of appeal, proofs of evidence, summaries and statement of common ground. These may be inspected online at:http://planning.ashford.gov.uk using the planning application search links inputting the following reference: 18/00413/AS or by enquiring at the Central Reception at the Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford.
Should you wish for any further information, please contact Alex Stafford on (01233) 330248.
You may attend the hearing if you wish and, at the discretion of the Inspector, take part in the discussion. The Planning Inspectorate have asked me to point out that a copy of the letter which sets out the final decision on the appeal and includes the Inspector' s reasons for reaching that decision, will only be sent to those who have previously asked for a copy of it.
Please note parking is available at Ashford Borough Council but it is now pay and display. There are designated disabled parking spaces in the Visitors Car Park at the rear of the Civic Centre and level access into the building. All parts of the building can be accessed by the disabled via lifts and non-fixed seating is available.
4 October 2019
SLRA submits response to planning appeal for land at Lenacre Hall Farm
The SLRA has submitted further objection comments to the appeal against the refusal of planning permission for 21 dwellings on land at Lenacre Hall Farm. The comments draw on a new survey of members and refer to changes which have occurred since the original application was submitted, including the adoption of the Ashford Local Plan 2030. The SLRA submission may be viewed here.
Please note that the date of the appeal hearing has been changed from 12 to 19 November 2019.
Protecting the rural character of Sandyhurst Lane and the adjoining area
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