Welcome to the website for Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

Local protest group formed to campaign against housing development
 
Residents have set up the Lenacre Action Group to protest against the planning application to build 89 houses at Lenacre Hall Farm, Sandyhurst Lane.  You may have seen their banners or received one of their leaflets. The Group were featured in the Kentish Express on 16 November. Read the article. Find out more about their campaign here. Or search for Lenacre Action Group on Facebook. 
 
The Group are asking residents living within the vicinity of Lenacre Hall Farm, Sandyhurst Lane to complete a wildlife survey.

Major new housing developments in our parish

Two planning applications have been submitted to Ashford Borough Council for major new housing developments off Sandyhurst Lane:
 
  • a hybrid application for 89 dwellings at Lenacre Hall Farm (no. 17/01613/AS); and
  • an outline planning application for 18 dwellings at the former sandpit site (no. 17/01636/AS). 
The Parish Council is not a planning authority but we are consulted by Ashford Borough Council. Both planning applications were reviewed at our meeting on Monday 13 November. After discussion it was agreed that the Parish Council will lodge an objection to the development at Lenacre Hall Farm. We understand that, after canvassing their members, both local Residents’ Associations have submitted objections. While we have strong reservations about access to the sandpit site from Sandyhurst Lane, our decision was not to object to the development of this brownfield site. Read more in the latest Neighbourhood Plan newsletter.
 
If you have a view on either or these planning applications, either in support or against, we encourage you to post your comments on the Ashford Borough Council website. Search for the application number. It only takes a few minutes and your views really do count. 

Kempes Corner development referred to Planning Committee

A planning application for 3 detached houses fronting onto Wye Road at Kempes Corner was referred to Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 15 November. Parish Council lodged an objection to the application which can be viewed here. The recommendation of Council officers was that the development should be permitted. The Committee granted planning permission. 

Grants and charitable donations

  • A grant of £1,050 to Goat Lees Primary School to purchase benches and a story chair for their new outdoor reading area.
  • A £100 donation on behalf of our parish to the British Red Cross to support the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • A pump-priming grant of £2,000 towards the construction of a detached toilet building in the grounds of the Grade I All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph.

£100 grants available to local groups

The Parish Council launched a new community grants scheme for 2017-18. We will make available 5 grants of £100 to community groups based in or with a connection to our parish for projects which will benefit our parish or its residents. To find out more, download an application pack and application form.


Improved broadband service for Boughton Lees faces further delay

As part of Kent County Council’s Making Kent Quicker programme, in April BT installed a new broadband cabinet on the village green at Boughton Lees.  BT Openreach engineers then discovered a problem with a section of duct running alongside the A251 Faversham Road which prevented them from running the fibre optic cable to the new cabinet. The duct was abandoned in favour of fibre being run along telegraph poles. However, this scheme has also run into problems and has had to be abandoned. 

Kent County Council and BT Openreach are now exploring the possibility of bringing fibre to the cabinet in the village by an alternative route via Wye Road. This would run fibre from the A28 Canterbury Road at Kempes Corner using the existing “carrier poles” plus a few additional telegraph poles where there is currently a gap. A feasibility study is underway so we will know more shortly. 

This all means a further delay. The best estimate is that the work will be completed between the end of March and the end of June 2018.

In addition to bringing “superfast” broadband of 25Mbps+ to the village, the cabinet will help ease pressure on cabinet 14 located at Eastwell Towers which is currently oversubscribed. 

The new cabinet will improve the speeds of fibre connections but not ADSL. To benefit from the improved service, once the cabinet is connected, residents may need to review their broadband package with their internet service provider. 


Parish litter picks – help clean up our community

After a successful first litter pick in Sandyhurst Lane at Easter, litter picks have taken place in and around Boughton Aluph on 6 May, 15 July, 9 September and 14 October. A big thank you to everyone who took part. If you would like to join a future litter pick or organise one in your area, please email the Parish Clerk.

UPDATE: Litter picks will now take place in Boughton Aluph every second Saturday of the month between 11.00am and noon. Everyone is welcome. Equipment and protective clothing will be provided. Meet outside The Flying Horse at 11.00am. 


New Parish Council Chairman elected

At the Parish Council meeting on 14 August, Spencer Phillips was unanimously elected as the new Chairman of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council. Nigel Bunker was elected Vice Chair. See the full list of Parish Councillors here.


Kent County Council budget consultation

Kent County Council are consulting on their draft budget strategy 2018-19. KCC plan to increase Council Tax by 3.99% (£41.84 per year for a band C property) to close a funding gap of £66 million. Views are invited by 3 December at www.kent.gov.uk/budgetconsultation


Public consultation on revised Local Plan 2030 

Ashford Borough Council held a public consultation on the main changes to their draft Local Plan 2030 between 7 July and 31 August 2017. This was accompanied by a series of public exhibitions. The revised Local Plan has no new development sites in our parish. However, the planned residential development at Eureka Park has been increased from 300 new homes to “in the region of 375 dwellings”. Read the Parish Council’s response to the consultation.

We understand that Ashford Borough Council expect to submit their Local Plan for examination by the end of the year.


All Saints’ Church launches website

All Saints’ Church in Boughton Aluph has launched a website. Take a look at www.allsaintsba.org.uk


New ward to be created at Goat Lees 

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its recommendations on the new electoral warding arrangements for Ashford Borough. There will be four more electoral wards and four more councillors in the Borough than there are now. This includes a new ward of Goat Lees around Trinity Road. From May 2019, our parish of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell will span two wards – Goat Lees and Downs West – and will be represented by two ward (or borough) councillors.

You can view the new ward boundaries at www.lgbce.org.uk. 


Attempted burglaries, Freathy Lane

We’re hearing reports of a spate of attempted burglaries at houses on Freathy Lane, Goat Lees. Please be vigilant. If you see anything suspicious, please contact the Police.


Parish War Memorial listed by Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

At the suggestion of residents, the Parish Council made an application to list our parish War Memorial which is on the village green at Boughton Lees. We have received notification that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has added Boughton Aluph and Eastwell War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The Memorial is now listed Grade II. Read more here.


CCTV installed to protect Boughton Lees Village Green and Cricket Pitch

After two more instances of vehicles causing damage to the village green and cricket pitch at Boughton Lees on 31 January and 3 February 2017, the Parish Council has been looking into measures to protect the Green. CCTV has been installed on a temporary free loan thanks to the generosity of the local businessman. Please remain vigilant. If you see or hear anything or have any information, please contact the Police.


Commemorative benches on Boughton Lees Village Green

The Parish Council has agreed a policy regarding the placement of memorial or commemorative benches on the village green at Boughton Lees. Read our policy here.


Traffic and road safety in Boughton Aluph

In response to concerns in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey, the Parish Council is looking at solutions to traffic and road safety problems in our parish so we can petition Kent County Council Highways with a traffic management plan based on the preferred option(s) of residents.

Thank you to everyone that took part in our consultation event held at the Iron Room on 5 November. You can find a copy of the presentation and questionnaire here together with a summary of the responses.

The Traffic Survey commissioned by the Parish Council in 2013/14 is available to view here.


Close to half of households take part in Neighbourhood Plan Survey

Parish Council is developing a Neighbourhood Plan for our parish. This is an exciting opportunity for residents to have a say in how our parish changes and grows. Visit our Neighbourhood Plan website at www.parishplan.uk and sign up for our newsletter. 

The official notice from Ashford Borough Council approving the designated area for the Neighbourhood Plan can be found here

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Survey. We received 482 completed survey forms. Representing close to half of the households in our parish, this is well above the average response rate for surveys of this type. Your responses have been independently analysed and can be viewed here


Financial Reports and Audits

The Parish Council’s Annual Return for the financial year ending 31st March 2016 has been signed off by independent auditors PKF Littlejohn LLP. A copy is available here

Financial information for the Parish Council including audit reports can be found under the Parish Council menu item at the top of this page.


Response to Ashford Borough Council’s consultation on sites for Local Plan 2030

Read the Parish Council’s response to Ashford Borough Council’s consultation on site submissions for their Local Plan 2030 here.


If you have suggestions for items you would like to see on this website, please contact the Parish Clerk or your local Parish Councillor.