Welcome to the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Residents Association blog

Here we’ll keep a bit of a record of Village “happenings”

 Let us have your village related stories for inclusion in our “blog”.

 

Resident Association Committee Members:

Derek Anthony Chairman

Elspeth Watt

Robert Oliver

Norma Devereese

Caroline Archer

Hugh Davies

Frank Avery

John Faulkner

George Watt – Observer

Alan Vaughan

We would like to warmly encourage and welcome new members to the committee.  We are keen to attract new members to represent your community; we could do with toddlers, primary school children, teenagers!! Please feel free to contact us if you would like to join us or to create or promote your activity or interests to your wider community..!!

 

This blog is yours..!!

With your help we can share your views and aspirations within your community for your community.  The blog can be used to share information on events, resources, clubs, local Parish and Council business, Village achievements, endeavour to capture collective bargaining and purchasing power, for example ‘oil’. Work towards improved neighbourhood watch schemes, campaign on road safety, and archive newsletters, useful contacts, and a ‘Village Welcome Pack’… all this as well as providing a conduit to essential links, see are link’ tab for facilities and local businesses.

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Family Fun Annual Village Cricket March 27th July 12:00pm

This year the annual Village Cricket Match will be held on the Green at Boughton Lees on Sunday , starting at 12.00 p.m. and will be run jointly by the Iron Room Management Committee and the Cricket Club.

For those of you who haven’t taken part before, this is intended to be a fun afternoon for the whole village and the game is open to children under 13 years of age, their families and other villagers. All equipment will be provided, but experience and ability aren’t essential requirements! We’ll work out the format of the game depending on the mix and number of players, and if there are enough we may be able to run two shorter games. I expect to use a soft ball to make the game more suitable for the youngest players and so that we don’t use up a lot of time donning mountains of protective gear.

As usual, there will be a barbecue and raffle and we hope that a lunchtime start means we won’t have to worry about fading light or falling temperatures – with luck players and spectators may even enjoy some summer sunshine!

So if you’re interested in playing, please sign up asap on the poster on the Notice Board outside the Cricket Pavilion, or let me know direct, so that we can get an idea of numbers. If you simply want a pleasant afternoon on the Green, do come along as a spectator.

Regards.

Simon.

Simon Richardson
BECC U-15 Bluebirds Team Manager
01233 503000
07724114126

Saturday 17th May 2014 7:00 pm All Saints Church

The Society of Recorder Players
Kent Branch in concert

Musical Director: Marion Scott
with interlude performances by young recorder players from Lady Joanna Thornhill’s Primary School and guest soloists, including flute, bassoon and oboe.

at All Saints Church, Boughton Aluph

Saturday 17th May 2014 7:00 pm

The programme includes a wide variety of music from early to modern.
Further information available from:

Diane Van Wyk: 01233 629320

Free entry – donations welcome.

Refreshments available

The proceeds of the concert will be divided between SRP and All Saints Church.
The SRP Kent Branch, Registered Charity: England & Wales 282751, Scotland SC038422

ABC comment before the 2 May on Neighbourhood plan area for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell

Dear All,

I am forwarding this alert to you all it was generated by one of our committee members – Norma Devereese to her contacts in the Sandyhurst Lane Residents Association, so please forgive me if there is some duplication, but this is such an important topic for all in the area. 

Hopefully you will be aware of the many housing development applications that have been submitted to Ashford BC for consideration to be included in their local plan for 2030.

In an effort to try & maintain some control of what is approved for our local area, the Parish Council has applied to Ashford BC for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell to be designated a Neighbourhood Area. A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. A Neighbourhood Plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific types of development.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some local documents, such as Parish Plans, Community Plans and Village Design Statements.

In essence:
Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan cannot be used to prevent development it can:
Decide where and what type of development should happen in the neighbourhood
Include policies, e.g. regarding design standards, that take precedence over existing policies

Ashford BC have a responsibility to publish the consultation but unless you manage to see a poster, review their website or find it in a local press release you are unlikely to be aware of anything.

This is an important opportunity for you to engage in the process generally and I would urge you to take a look at the attached link and respond before the end of the consultation period, 2nd May. Following which, they will make the decision on whether to grant neighbourhood status to the parish.

https://haveyoursay.ashford.gov.uk/consult.ti/BAE_Neighbourhood_Area/consultationHome or you can also e-mail your comments to:
planningpolicy@ashford.gov.uk, or even write to them at the Civic Centre at Tannery Lane, whichever method you use, please do comment before 2nd May.

Kind regards

Elspeth Watt
Secretary BA&ERA

Official Launch: Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Iron Room 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th June 2014.

BOUGHTON ALUPH AND EASTWELL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION.NH Watch

 

       Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

 

 

We are delighted to announce the official launch of our Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. You are cordially invited to a meeting at the

 

A presentation will be made on behalf of the regional co-ordinator of Neighbourhood Watch explaining fully what is involved and there will be a question and answer session to make sure that you are fully informed.

 

Please bear in mind that there are three phases to the scheme:

 

Firstly to receive information from the local Police about local incidents, which may be useful in protecting you and your property.

 

Second, to provide you with a communication channel which will advise all other residents about something which has concerned you. This is, in no way a substitute for a 999 or 101 call, but, in the event of a serious problem does enable you to spread the word quickly – which may in turn help find witnesses etc.  It also allows other residents to be informed about minor items such as scams, uninvited salesmen etc. which would not normally be reported to the Police.

 

Thirdly, there is a social dimension to the scheme, looking out for elderly residents, persons who live alone, the disabled – anti social behaviour including, for example prohibited vehicles still using Wye Road. These are subjects which can be discussed in greater detail but which enables the scheme to broaden its base considerably.

 

At the end of the meeting we also plan to update you on the proposal to create a Neighbourhood Plan and our team will be available to answer any of your questions. Looking forward to seeing you on

17th June 7.30pm

Why we need a Neighbourhood Plan..

Why we need a Neighbourhood Plan

Central Government’s National Policy Framework says local authorities need to look 15 years ahead and plan for their likely housing and employment requirements.   In connection with this the Parish Council had formally asked ABC  for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell to be  designated as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’, which when granted will allow us a greater say in planning decisions that affect our area.  The  Council has this application logged on their website to accept public comments before the cut off date in early May.  A sub-committee has been established by the Parish Council, which has members of our association on it,  which will work closely with other residents to try to ensure that local views and opinions are adequately reflected in relation to necessary future developments whilst retaining the character of the area.  

 

The Kentish Express for the week ending 11th April published lists of submissions received so far from local landowners.  Whilst these are expressions of interest only, and perhaps many will not progress further to a planning stage, there are some that have the potential to impact directly or indirectly on this area.  The proposals for parts of Kennington, Sandyhurst Lane and Westwell have substantial numbers of houses and if only a few get the go ahead the could cause a significant increased in pressures on roads, water supply, schools and medical facilities.

 

We will shortly be circulating a questionnaire asking residents what they like about living in Boughton Aluph and Eastwell and what they feel about future developments.  This will provide a vital opportunity to engage with the process that will which form part of Ashford’s plans up to 2030,  ensuring that the views of both the rural and urban parts of the borough are taken into account, we urge you to get involved.   Some development has to occur but it needs to be appropriate.

Secretary BA&ERA

 

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