Chilham Square
Check out our whats on in the parish page to learn about events, run by village organisations and clubs in the next 90 days.
    Welcome to the Chilham Parish Council website. We hope you will learn something useful about what we are doing to improve the quality of life in our parish.  
    We recognise that many people in the parish dont understand what the parish council can and cannot do, so this website and the quarterly newsletters printed in the Parish News is our attempt to keep you better informed about what your parish council is doing on your behalf..  
    We welcome feedback, good or bad, so please use the form on the how are we doing page to let us have your views on the website or, for that matter, any issue that you think the parish council should be dealing with.  
    If you would like to receive emails keeping you in touch with updates to the information on this website then you can use the feedback form on the how are we doing page to let us know your email address.  
       
    PARISH COUNCIL VACANCIES  
    There are currently 3 vacancies on the parish council in order to bring the parish council up to its full strength of 9 members.  
    The parish council is seeking to fill these vacancies by co-opting members of the local community who would be prepared to represent the parish and help shape its future.  
    Council will interview applicants from 7pm prior to the July meeting (7th July in Chilham Village Hall).  
    Anyone wishing to be considered should contact the clerk using the feedback form on the how are we doing page.  
       
    UNAUDITED ANNUAL RETURN AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION  
    The annual return has been submitted to the external auditor and is publishjed on this website to meet statutory requirements.  
    The notice of public rights can be viewed by clicking here.  
    The unaudited return can be viewed by clicking here.  
       
    FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN THE PARISH  
    Parishioners and parish organisations are encouraged to take advantage of funding available from the parish council and the Ward Member Community Grant to support community projects.  
    The parish council has a fund currently in excess of £8k resulting from recycling monies generated in the past from the recycling centre in Taylors Hill car park and the Concurrent Functions Grant it receives from Ashford Borough Council. 3 types of grant are available.
1) Capital Grants: Applications for up to £1,000 will be considered for equipment and other items of a capital nature.
2) Revenue Grants: Applications for up to £1,000 will be considered to support recurring or extraordinary revenue expenditure.
3) Individual Parishioner Support: Applications for up to £250 will be considered to support individual parishioners where this will provide outstanding opportunities for deserving individuals.
 
    Contact the parish clerk using the feedback form on the how are we doing page for more information or to apply.  
    The Ward Member Community Grant fund for 2016/17 is £3k and can be used in support of a wide range of community activities.  
    For further information, the Ward Member's contact details can be obtained by clicking here.  
       
    PARISH COUNCIL INVITES PARISHIONERS TO PARISH QUESTION TIME  
    The parish council arranged two consultative forums under the heading Parish Question Time in Old Wives Lees village hall between 4pm and 7pm on Friday 18th March and in Chilham village hall between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 19th March to invite the views of all parishioners on the key challenges and opportunities facing the parish and the practical steps it can take to address them over the course of its 4 year term of office.  
    These events were informal drop in sessions providing an opportunity for you to come along and meet your new Parish Councillors, to learn more about the work of the Council and to influence its priorities at a time of significant challenges and opportunities for rural communities like ours. Light refreshments was also available.  
    The consultation was be publicised to all properties in the parish using a leaflet distributed by the Parish Distribution Network.  
    The leaflet explained the objectives to be achieved by the consultation, included a factsheet about the parish council and a questionnaire to collect parishioners views.  
    Parishioners were encouraged to attend one of the the exhibitions, find out more about the powers available to the parish council and then complete the questionnaire.  
    Any parishioner unable to attend the exhibitions was asked to complete the questionnaire and place it in collection boxes in Chilham Post Office or Chilham Shop by Wednesday 23rd March.  
    2 half day Exhibitions were arranged, one in Chilham Village Hall and the other in Old Wives Lees Village Hall at which the parish council's current use of powers and suggestions for future use were presented. This presentation was in the form of simple displays for each power. Councillors and the clerk were on hand to answer questions.  
    The final report, once approved by the parish council will be posted on the parish council website.  
       
    PROPOSALS TO USE FUNDS AVAILABLE FROM THE BAGHAM PLACE DEVELOPMENT ?  
    The parish council has received 8 proposals for schemes to make use of the section 106 monies available due to the housing development underway at Bagham Place.  
    There were 6 proposals from the recreation ground. A 3G games area, drainage for the football pitch and play area improvement which can be viewed by clicking here, and a courtside facility, third court with mini tennis markings and a standalone court with mini tennis markings on behalf of the tennis club which can viewed by clicking here.  
    Little Owls Pre School submitted a proposal to improve its outdoor play area which can be viewed by clicking here  
    The parish council submitted a proposal to relay the wetpour at the Old Wives Lees play area which can be viewed by clicking here  
    The parish council has received the following clarification from officers at Ashford Borough Council (ABC) regarding the sums available, ie:  
   
 
CAPITAL
REVENUE
TOTAL
Play Provision
£25,960
£26,520
£52,480
Outdoor Sport
£63,560
£13,040
£76,600
Informal Open Space
£17,300
£13,000
£30,360
Total
£106,680
£52,560
£159,440
 
    The consultation board set up by the parish council to meet and discuss potential schemes agreed that all 8 schemes should be sent to ABC for an eligibility check and initial indications are that there are no problems.  
    All 8 scheme proposals have been included in the parish council community engagement culminating in exhibitions in Old Wives Lees and Chilham village halls on 18th and 19th March.  
    The parish council will agree assessment criteria in order to rank the schemes and the results of this ranking are expected to be disclosed at the Annual Parish Meeting on 21st April.  
    The parish council will now work with ABC to plan the next steps.  
       
    PARISH COUNCIL SETS PRECEPT FOR 2016/17  
    At its December meeting, Chilham Parish Council (CPC) approved a budget and precept proposal from its Resources Committee. The committee had proposed a three year budget forecast for the period April 2016 to March 2019. Each year assumed at least a break-even policy in a climate of continuing austerity programmes imposed by central government and their influence on parishioners and local authorities. The proposal was consistent with the following CPC decisions:-  
    a) Precept increase should be limited to inflation increase of 1% and lost grant revenue in respect of council tax support  
    b) CPC should provide funding to meet the cost of maintaining those services for which it has specific responsibility and at current levels  
    c) Current levels of support for wholly voluntary services should continue as previously  
    d) Funding for trading entities, even where they are provided through voluntary labour should be limited to affordable levels consistent with grant income received  
    For 2016/17, this means an annual precept of £26,384. An increase of £63 compared with 2015/16 as a result of an inflation provision of £263 offset by an increase in Council Tax Support grant of £200. With the Tax Base for the parish of Chilham increasing from £716.70 to £740.50, the effect on the Band D precept charge is a reduction of £1.10 from £36.73 to £35.63.  
       
    BYWAY AE429 PUBLIC INQUIRY FINDS AGAINST REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIONS  
    The Planning Inspectorate has published its decision to dismiss the application from the Trail Raiders Fellowship to upgrade Restricted Byways AE18 and AE429 to Byways Open to All Traffic following the public inquiry held on 24th November, 2015. These byways form part of the recently opened cycle path from Chartham to Wye.  
    The decision preserves the restriction preventing mechanically propelled vehicles (MPVs) using the byways.  
    The Inquiry had been well attended by parishioners and other interested parties, including representatives of Godmersham and Wye Parish Councils.  
    Following opening submissions from Kent County Council (which had adopted a neutral stance), the Applicants (the Trail Riders Fellowship) and the principal Objectors (Stour Valley Farms), Cllr Lulham spoke on behalf of Chilham, Godmersham and Wye Parish Councils in opposition to the proposal, as did Anthony Perrett from the Chilham Environmental Protection Society. Detailed submissions were then made by the legal representatives of the Trail Riders Fellowship and Stour Valley Farms before the Inquiry was formally closed.  
    An accompanied site visit had been undertaken by the Inspector on the morning of 25th November, which was attended by Cllr Caroline Spencer (Chairman of Godmersham Parish Council) on behalf of Chilham and Wye Parish Councils.  
    The Inspector retired to consider the evidence submitted by all parties and the decision was published on 7th January.  
       
    HIGH SPEED BROADBAND FROM VFAST MADE POSSIBLE BY THE KCC COMMUNITY BROADBAND GRANT  
    The Parish Council is pleased to be able to confirm its continued working relationship with vFast for the provision of wireless broadband services for the benefit of the parish  
    The parish council primarily made its decision to select Vfast on the following :- physical and structural impact on the parish; overall parish coverage; versatile financial packages; system speeds; implementation timescale; localised technical support; ability to accommodate local business.  
    While high speed broadband from VFast is available to properties within direct sight of the Boughton mast, extra infrastructure can extend this service to the remaining properties in the parish that are not within direct sight.  
       
    INDEPENDENT REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS - COUNCIL DECIDES ACTION TO BE TAKEN  
    At its August and September meetings, the parish council considered the recommendations from the Independent Review Report published in February 2015 and made the following decisions:  
    R2 (Grievance Policy) - CPC should seek KALC/ABC advice re: model grievance policies for future consideration and/or adoption.
R3 (Need to Know Policy) - CPC should consider the Policy Guide obtained from Hoey Ainscough Associates, with reference to its existing Need to Know Policy, and adopt a revised policy based on this review by the end of the year.
R4 (Agendas) - CPC should require, with immediate effect and where practical and appropriate to do so, that all agenda items be accompanied by a short paper identifying the issue(s) for consideration and the options available to the Council. These papers should be made publicly available with the agenda at least one week prior to Parish Council meetings.
R5 (Borough Councillor) - No further action re: Borough Councillor. A quarterly or bi-annual invitation to the County Councillor should be made.
R6 and 7 (Parish Councillor Training) - CPC should consider the KALC Template Training Policy and Plan with a view to the adoption of its own Policy by the end of the year.
R8 (Working Together) - CPC should, over the next year, commence a programme of evidence gathering and community engagement with a view to developing a strategic vision and priorities document for adoption by the end of 2016. It was agreed that a 5 to 10 page document was required setting out the key objectives for the 4 year council term.
R9&R10 (Community Engagement and Strategic Plan) - CPC will arrange consultative forums in Chilham and Old Wives Lees, early in 2016, to invite the views of all parishioners on the key challenges and opportunities facing the Parish and the practical steps the Council can take to address them over the course of its current term of office. This exercise will form the basis of the Council's a strategic priorities statement, which will be published ahead of the Annual Parish Meeting in April.
R11&R12 (Best Practice and Quality Status) - The Parish Council Clerk and Chairman will identify those local Councils that have achieved Quality Parish Council status and engage with them to share best practice, with a view to being in a position to achieve all elements of the Foundation award except that regarding the clerks professional development by March 2016 anticipating that opportunities will become available to enable the clerk to meet the professional development requirements by the end of 2016.
 
       
    PARISH COUNCIL CONSULTED RE STATION CAR PARK MANAGEMENT PROPOSALS  
    At its meeting in August 2012, ABC planning committee approved the application submitted by Stour Valley Estates (SVE) for a 40 dwelling development on the Old Sawmills site at Chilham. At the same meeting, ABC determined that the application for the development of a car park facility on land owned by SVE should be approved. It further agreed that a management scheme for the car park should be approved and in place prior to the sale of any properties at the Sawmills site.  
    In March 2014, ABC approved a scheme proposed by SVE which identified an annual charge of £430 p.a. for each of 10 available spaces let to subscribing individuals. A further 5 spaces would be provided free of charge on a daily basis by prior arrangement. A Management Company has been established to manage and oversee the whole operation.  
    Click here for more details on the approved management scheme.  
    The parish council has argued the case that it believed all 15 spaces would be provided free of charge for a period of 99 years subject to ABC not levying Business Rates. Those councillors who attended the ABC planning committee in August 2012 came away from that meeting believing that free parking had been secured. However, this is not reflected in the approved minutes of that meeting and ABC have contested that such an agreement would not be legally enforceable.  
    A point has now been reached where ABC has approved a scheme which clearly does not have the support of CPC. In an attempt to ensure a positive outcome for the parish, two councillors met the developer’s agent in December 2014 to understand future plans in respect of the management scheme and provide feedback on the management plan and current usage of parking spaces. At this meeting SVE confirmed their plans to implement the approved scheme but agreed to review its costings with a view to reducing the annual charge.  
    A further meeting was held in October and as a result the parish council has raised concerns with ABC via Boro Councillor Dehnel regarding the enforcement of the planning condition relating to the car park management scheme.  
       
    ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - 730PM ON 16TH APRIL  
    25 people attended the Annual Parish Meeting in Chilham Village Hall on Thursday 16th April. Parish Council chair Ali Ralph gave his annual report highlighting key matters addressed by the parish council during the past year. He also thanked a number of individuals and groups for their contribution to parish life.
Vice chair Derrick Kennett thanked those parishioners who had helped out with the Xmas celebrations and reported on progress made with the new village sign at the junction with Felborough Close and the installation of a new noticeboard in the Felborough bus shelter.
Kent County Councillor Andrew Wickham and Borough Councillor Doug Marriott also gave their reports covering issues concerning the county and borough councils.
Reports were also heard from PCSO Chris Ellingham, Chilhams Future Delivery Board, Chilham Recreation Ground Trust, Chilham Village Hall, Neighbourhood Watch and the Community Choir.
While attendees were enjoying refreshments provided by the parish council, there was a unanimous vote of thanks and appreciation for the contribution Alistair Ralph and Derrick Kennett had given to the parish, each having given their time to serve on the parish council for 16 years.
There was special appreciation for Alistair for enduring 3 very difficult years as chairman. .
 
       
    ABC LOCAL PLAN FOR 2030 - WORKSHOP HELD ON 3 SITES SHORTLISTED IN CHILHAM  
    23 parishioners attended a workshop on 11th February in Chilham village hall hosted by the parish council and facilitated by officers from Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to consider the 3 sites shortlisted sites in the parish of Chilham.  
    The 3 sites shortlisted were:-
DN2-Land at Harvest House, Branch Road;
DN12-Land between Bagham Lane and Felborough Close;
DN13-Land between Bagham Road, Arden Grange & recreation ground.
 
    ABC have provided an outcome statement summarising the conclusions drawn from the workshop. These conclusions will supplement the outcome from last years questionnaires which was strongly against housing development on these sites, and will be included in the remaining assessments to be carried out by ABC before it finalises its Local Plan to 2030.  
    The parish council had invited those parishioners who, at the meeting in St Marys Church on 7th May 2014, had volunteered to attend a workshop on sites in the parish.  
    ABC had previously written a letter to the parish council advising that 3 of the original 10 sites have been shortlisted with the qualification “However, these 'shortlisted' sites are not proposed to be a definitive list of Local Plan site allocations at this stage. The final list of proposed site allocations to be included in the new Local Plan will not be determined until 2015 as we still have a number of assessments to apply to the remaining sites.”  
    Latest news and background to the parish council local consultation regarding sites in the parish of Chilham submitted to ABC can be found on the Sites Submissions page by clicking here.  
       
    PARISH COUNCIL FUNDED WAR MEMORIAL REFURBISHMENT COMPLETED  
    The parish council has been successful in securing grant funding from the War Memorials Trust and KCC Member Community Fund through Cllr Andrew Wickham, in order to refurbish the war memorial in St Mary’s churchyard.
Discussions have been completed with the PCC and diocese representatives to ensure that the work is compliant with their requirements and approval to carry out the refurbishment has been obtained.
The work has now been completed in commemoration of the outbreak of WW1.
 
       
    OLD SAWMILLS SITE NAME DECIDED - ITS BAGHAM PLACE  
    During September 2013, ABC consulted the parish council on an application to name the site Old Sawmills Place.
The parish council requested an extension to the one month statutory consultation period for the street name application to allow a full consultation with the local community and a parish council response at the November meeting but only a one week extension had been granted moving the deadline to 17th October. The council agreed that this extension did not allow sufficient time for a full consultation with the community.
The clerk had already publicised the opportunity for locals to contribute suggestions in Parish News and had also emailed over 70 parish contacts advising them of the proposed name of "Old Sawmills Place" and asking for comments and 10 contacts had responded.
At its October 2013 meeting, the parish council agreed to base its response based upon this feedback and decided to suggest an alternative name of "Bagham Place" as the site had a stronger historical link with the name Bagham and this name has been accepted by ABC and the Developer.
 
       
    PARISH COUNCIL TAKES RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP TAYLORS HILL TOILETS OPEN FROM APRIL 2013  
    The parish council agreed to the transfer of responsibility of the toilets (including the freehold) from Ashford Borough Council (ABC) following the mandate it received from the local community in the recent leaflet consultation, ie that Chilham Parish Council should keep the toilets open and accept that Band D council tax in the parish of Chilham could increase by £12 per annum per household for the 2013/14 tax year. (A Band D increase of £12 would mean increases ranging from around £8 for Band A up to around £24 for Band H).  
    Following a reduction in its grant from Central Government, ABC undertook a major budget and spending review in 2011. One of the decisions taken at the end of that process related to public conveniences.  
    It decided that from April 2013, a number of public conveniences in rural areas should transfer to local parish council management. One of those affected is located in Taylor’s Hill Car Park, Chilham. For ABC, this would save money and if the facility was to continue to be available, costs would transfer to Chilham Parish Council. Having accepted the responsibility, the Parish Council received a one–off cash allocation and agreed to retain the facility for a minimum period of three years.  
       
    CHILHAM SQUARE PROJECT MOVES FORWARD WITH IMPROVED GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS  
    In February 2012, parish councillors, Chilhams Future Delivery Board (CFDB) and ABC met to consider the way forward, funding opportunities and the future role of CFDB.  
    The notes of the meeting were subsequently approved and in accordance with the resolutions agreed, the CFDB offer for future governance was formally accepted at the April parish council meeting. As a result, there are now 3 parish councillors who are directors of CFDB.  
    CFDB were asked to continue their funding search and contact KCC regarding contractors to implement option2 - the scheme with most community support at the open meeting in November 2010.  
    Earlier, in July 2011, cllrs had met with CFDB to cover the following items:  
    1) what has been done since the open meeting in November 2010  
    2) what are the proposed next steps  
    3) what is the continued purpose of CFDB  
    A further meeting with CFDB was held in November 2011 before the meeting with ABC was finally agreed.  
    In January 2011, CFDB had produced the final deliverable from their community engagement exercise – a technical design brief based upon Option2 (the scheme that achieved most community support ) and since then have been looking into future funding and developing a plan for the remainder of the project.  
    In a complementary initiative by the parish council to identify what could be funded by public money, County Councillor Andrew Wickham’s Members Highway Fund proposals that included improved signage at both the main entrances to the Square (ie bottom of Taylors Hill and along the Avenue) and a change of priority to direct traffic into the car park rather than up Taylors Hill have been implemented.  
       
 
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING AGENDAS AND MINUTES
Meeting agendas are published on noticeboards at least 3 clear days prior to each monthly meeting. These meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. The agenda and supporting papers are also posted to this website, as are the draft minutes after they have been cleared for publication a week or so after the meeting.
Agendas and minutes can be viewed and downloaded from the our documents page. In the Document Class selection box, just select Class4 - How we make our decisions and click on the Find documents button and you will get a list of agendas and minutes, then click on the document you want and it will open up in a new window
 
PARISH COUNCIL SURGERY HELD BEFORE EACH MONTHLY MEETING
The clerk and parish council chair Paul Lulham arrive 30mins prior to parish council meetings (ie at 7pm) so that parishioners can come along to raise and discuss any issues or concerns they would like the parish council to take up on their behalf.
This is intended to complement existing methods of contacting the parish council, eg. using the clerks phone or email address or the feedback form on the how are we doing page.
 
OPEN FORUMS CAN BE REQUESTED PRIOR TO A PARISH COUNCIL MEETING TO BRING A MATTER TO ITS ATTENTION
If parishioners wish to bring a matter to the attention of the council they can either contact one of the councillors or they can contact the clerk and request that the matter be included on the agenda or discussed in an Open Forum before the council meeting starts.
 
CATHAS SEAT COMPLETED ON CYCLEWAY BETWEEN CHARTHAM AND GODMERSHAM
A local project to instal a seat offering stunning views of the Stour Valley and Chilham Castle on the new cycle path has recently been completed. The Cathas seat website has more details.
 
CLARIFICATION OF STATUS OF PLANS FOR SOLAR PARK IN OLD WIVES LEES
The parish council is aware that ABC have received an enquiry with regard to a solar park in farmland at Old Wives Lees. The basis of this enquiry was to establish whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIA) was required for such a development and ABC have confirmed that an EIA would be required.
ABC have also advised the parish council that if and when a formal application is received for the proposed solar park, then it and any neighbours of the land on which the solar park is to be situated would be consulted.
 
ASHFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL RECYCLING AND WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE
Ashford's waste collection service lets you recycle more materials, including cardboard, Tetra Pak and plastics, and introduce a new weekly food waste collection. All of this helps the council – and its residents – save money and protect the environment.
The service is run in partnership with Swale Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council.
What will they collect:
Food Waste – Weekly: Raw and cooked meat and fish, all dairy products, fruit and veg, bread and pulses, tea and coffee, rice, pasta, leftovers, oils, butter, fats.
Recycling – Fortnightly: Cardboard, paper, magazines, plastic bottles, plastic food containers, yoghurt pots, Tetra Pak food and drink cartons, food tins, drink cans, foil, glass, aerosols, textiles.
Household Waste – Fortnightly: Cling film, polystyrene, crisp packets, sanitary products, nappies, cat litter.
For more information check out the Waste and Recycling page on the ABC website.
There is also a garden recycling collection service as part of the overall recycling and waste service.
Details of the service, including an FAQ section, and a form for people to register for this service can be found at this link .
 
HEALTHWATCH KENT - FREE INFORMATION SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR ALL
Healthwatch Kent is the new, independent consumer champion for health and social care users and is helping people find the health and social care services that are right for them. Everything that Healthwatch Kent does will bring the voice and influence of local people to the development and delivery of local services. A coordinated and unified voice is a stronger voice for children, young people and adults who use Kent’s health and social care services. For further details, click here .
 
OWL Green and Latin Field protected as a QE2 Field In Trust
The parish council has been successful in nominating OWL Green and Latin Field as QE2 fields to celebrate the Queens jubilee.
QE2 Fields in Trust is the only independent UK-wide charity dedicated to protecting and improving outdoor spaces for sport, play and recreation and OWL Green and Latin Field have been added to its list of protected outdoor spaces. Membership provides a campaigning voice for lobbying government for greater statutory protection of outdoor spaces across the UK. As members, the parish coumcil will also benefit from a range of special offers such as discounts on outdoor equipment and services for playgrounds, parks, sports and recreational spaces.
 
Ashford Voice
Keep in touch with what’s happening in Ashford with Ashford Voice magazine. Subscribe for free and get instant access to the latest news from the council, what’s on in the borough, fun features, and fantastic pictures.
 
Chilham Parish
Check out the self funding locally run Chilham Parish website to find out loads of useful and interesting information and anecdotes about the parish and its local history.
 
Enjoy Chilham
Check out the Enjoy Chilham website for more information on Chilham and its local businesses.
 
Chilham's Future
Check out the Chilham's Future Delivery Board website to find out what they are doing to revitalise Chilham Square.
 
Chilham Village Hall
Check out the Chilham Village Hall website to find out the facilities available and how to book.
 
Old Wives Lees Village Hall
Check out the Old Wives Lees Village Hall website to find out the facilities available following the recent refurbishment and how to book.
 
Chilham Sports Centre
Check out the Chilham Sports Centre website to find out the facilities available and how to book.
 
Chilham School
Check out the Chilham St Marys CofE Primary School website to find out their latest news and useful information for prospective parents.
 
Chilham Nursing Association
The object of this charity is to relieve in cases of need, persons resident in the parishes of Chilham, Godmersham, Challock and Molash who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped or infirm ... provided that neither the National Health Service nor the Social Services is not bound by statute to meet such assistance.
If you are aware of any person who could benefit from this charity, please contact Rev Paul Ratcliffe on 01227 738720.
 
Chilham United Charities
These charities are for the benefit of any needy person in the parish of Chilham - including Old Wives Lees and Shottenden.
Anyone aware of a person living in the parish who could benefit should contact Rev Paul Ratcliffe on 01227 738720.
 
Wealden Wheels
Following promising usage of this scheme since 2009, the parish council decided to fund extending membership for another year – at the last count 22 groups and families have enrolled to use this service and average usage is 2 bookings per month.
They operate 3 vehicles:
1) a 15-seater custom-built Vauxhall Movano, with a tail lift for wheelchair access and removable seats that allows transport for up to 3 wheelchair-bound passengers or folded wheelchairs
2) a 9-seater Ford Tourneo, again with removable seats for additional space
3) a 7-seater Volkswagen Caddy, with disabled access via a rear ramp. This vehicle is owned by East Kent Strokes and is managed by Wealden Wheels on their behalf. It is available for hire to all members.
For more details contact Wealden Wheels on 01233 840000.
 
Kent Probation - Community Payback
In any week the community payback scheme carries out nearly 6,000 hours of unpaid and supervised work for the community across Kent as offenders pay back for the crimes they have committed.
Community Payback projects range from litter removal to clearing dense under growth, and environmental projects through repairing and redecorating community centres or removing graffiti. Offenders usually work as part of a team, monitored by a supervisor, and will work all day with short breaks, although there are some opportunities for individual placements.
Local people and community groups are encouraged to help with the selection of projects that will help make their community a better place to live. The scheme looks for projects or jobs, not normally carried out by paid workers, which combine both hard work and learning skills.
To be considered your project must meet the following criteria:
a) It must benefit the local community
b) It must not take paid work away from others
c) No one must make a profit from the work
d) It must be challenging and demanding
e) It must be worthwhile and constructive
Offenders must be seen to be putting something back into the community.
Anyone can nominate a project, so, if you are an individual, member of a club, community group, faith group or voluntary organisation and have a project that fits the criteria above please call Kent's Community Payback Resource Hub on 03000 473100.
 
Public Transport Journey Planner
Travelling by public transport to our from London and the Southeast - then check out the Traveline website to plan your trip using buses coaches trains or undergound.
 
Severe weather train service updates
Dont freeze waiting for a train service that has been cancelled due to the bad weather - checkout the National Rail website to get live travel updates.
 
Kent Landscape Information System
Want to find out more about the countryside around us - then check out the Kent Landscape Information System website and get details of access to the local countryside, its landscape and its character. There a loads options you can select. It can even show you the parish boundary.
 
WhatsOn Listing
Want to find out more about village events and clubs, then check out our whats on in the parish page.
Our community events committee have put this together. The aim is to promote any event in the parish so if you want your event included please contact the clerk using the feedback form on our how are we doing page.
The Whats On listing will also be posted on village noticeboards at the start of each month.
 
Fly Posters
Unofficial posters are becoming an increasing problem in the parish especially when they are positioned on dangerous junctions and could distract drivers and result in accidents.
The parish council supports local businesses and their use of appropriate advertising. Removing illegal signs is a matter for Kent Highways and the parish council has no powers to remove signs itself.
The role of the parish council is to encourage advertisers to understand and act within the law and also encourage the appropriate authority to act when necessary. The booklet Outdoor Advertisements And Signs - Guide For Advertisers is recommended reading.
If you see a badly positioned or unofficial poster please contact the clerk or better still contact the Ashford Borough Council Planning Enquiries team and they will be able to take the necessary action.
 
Roadworks
Delays due to roadworks dont have to take you by surprise and delay your journey...
Kent Highways have a regular piece in Kent On Sunday providing travel advice and details of planned roadworks and you can also find more information on their website.
You can also register with the Elgin system to receive email alerts of roadworks within a specified distance from your chosen post code.
 
Traffic News
You can get up to date traffic information on the BBC Kent traffic web page. Another way of preventing unforeseen delays to your journey ...
 
 
  Chilham Parish Council - serving Chilham, Old Wives Lees and Shottenden