Neighbourhood Plan – Now Adopted

Neighbourhood Plan Now Adopted

Ashford Borough Council has now adopted the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan 2016-31. It will now form part of the Borough’s Development Plan. A copy will be delivered by the Parish Council to every home in the parish in the coming weeks.


For further details on the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan click here.

Parish Assembly – 9 May 7PM

Tuesday 9th May 7pm – Pluckley Village Hall

Want to know what’s going on in YOUR village?

Come along to the Annual Parish Assembly and:

  • Meet your Parish Councillors and Borough Councillor
  • Hear what’s happened in 2016, and what’s planned for 2017
  • Find out more about village organisations, clubs and societies

……And enjoy a glass of wine or a soft drink

Surface Treatment Road Closures 2017 – Ashford Area

Surface Treatment Road Closures 2017 – Ashford Area


A programme of Surface Treatment of roads throughout Kent is due to start in the near future.


As a result, it will be necessary to close a number of roads to allow the works to be carried out safely.


This Bulletin gives details about the closures in the Ashford Area


All enquiries concerning this should be directed to the Road and Footway Asset Team, who are running the programme.


The roads that require closures are shown below, with the extent of the closure and alternative routes.


At the time this Bulletin is being issued, the dates of the closures are yet to be fully programmed


Once known, the planned dates of closures and other restrictions will be notified in advance of the works, and indicated by signage displayed on site 14 days before works are due to start.


Certain roads may require more than one closure

  • For patching works (if required)
  • For the actual surface treatment works
  • For the subsequent reinstatement of road markings and adjustment of iron works (road drain covers, manhole covers, etc) needed to suit the new surface.


Closures will generally be between the times 07:00 hours and 19:00 hours each day, but there may be exceptions to this to suit local requirements.


A temporary speed limit of 20 mph may be in place on certain roads for a period of about 7 days following the treatment.  Where this does apply, the 20 mph Speed Limit will be clearly indicated by relevant signs clearly displayed on site.


For those roads which are cul-de-sacs with no available diversion, every effort will be made to maintain access for residents, businesses and visitors, whenever it is safe to do so.


This programme is subject to weather and other factors which may cause changes at short notice.  Every effort will be made to keep as close as possible to the programmed dates that are notified, and any changes will be advised locally and signposted on site.


The roads affected, extent of closures and alternative routes are as follows, listed in alphabetical order of town or village.



Closed for its entire length

Alternative route via Roman Road and Calleywell Lane



Closed for its entire length

Alternative route via New Road Hill and B2067 Bonnington Road



Closure between Old Surrenden Manor Road and Forge Hill

Alternative route via Old Surrenden Manor Road, Kiln Lane, A28 Ashford Road and Forge Hill



Closed for its entire length

Alternative route via A28 Ashford Road, School Road, Church Hill and The Street



Closure between Wissenden Lane and Wissenden Green

Alternative route via Wissenden Lane and Wissenden Green



Closure between Wissenden Green and Pluckley Road

Alternative route via Wissenden Green, Wissenden Lane, Norton Lane and Pluckley Road



Closure between Vicarage Lane and Rose Lane

Alternative route via Lenham Forstal Road, Forstal Road, A20 Ashford Road / Maidstone Road, Charing Heath Road, Tile Lodge Road, Egerton Road and Church Hill



Closure between Fisher Street Road and Stumpers Road

Alternative route via Fishers Street Road, Reynolds Grove Road and Stumpers Road



Closure between Church Hill and Redbrook Street

Alternative route via Church Hill, A28 Ashford Road, Gascoigne Road and Martens Lane



Closure between Pluckley Road and Rushbrook

Alternative route via Surrenden Road, Malmains Road and Rushbrook



Closed for its entire length

Alternative route via Park Lane, Hunger Hatch Lane, Pluckley Road and Egerton Road



Closure between Bedlam Lane and Bell Lane

Alternative route via Bedlam Lane, Rosemary Lane and Bell Lane



Closure between White House Lane and Smarden Bell Road

Alternative route via White House Lane, Biddenden Road and Bell Lane and Smarden Bell Road



Closure between Calleywell Lane and Bower Road

Alternative route via Station Road, A20 Hythe Road, The Street, Church Road, Flood Street, Coopers Lane, Colliers Hill, Chequer Tree Farm Road, Frith Road, Roman Road and Calleywell Lane



Closure between Leigh Green Fruit Farm and Frenchay Farm

Alternative route via Appledore Road, B2067 Woodchurch Road, Brook Street, Appledore Road, Bench Hill, Woodchurch Road, School Road, B2080 Tenterden Road, Reading Street and Appledore Road



Closure between East Hill and William Judge Close

Alternative route as previous entry



Closure between A20 Maidstone Road and Westwell Lane

Alternative route A20 Maidstone Road and Westwell Lane A20



Closure between Wittersham Road to Dumbourne Lane

Alternative route via Wittersham Road, Maytham Road, High Street, Tenterden Road, Rolvenden Hill and Smallhythe Road



Closure between Plurenden Road and May Shaves

Alternative route via Brissenden Green Lane, Chequer Tree Lane, Martens Lane and Plurenden Road



Closure between Woodchurch Road to Bethersden Road

Alternative route via Bethersden Road and Plurenden Road



Closure between The Green and Lower Road

Alternative route via The Green and Lower Road


The closures are to enable Kent County Council to carry out a programme of carriageway Surface Treatment resurfacing works.


  The Kent County Council Highway Helpline phone number is 03000 418181 – please ask for the Road and Footway Asset Team

For details of roadworks, please see

Road Closure – Leacon Road, Ashford – 10th April 2017

Urgent Road Closure – Leacon Road, Ashford – 10th April 2017

Kent County Council gives notice that Leacon Road; Ashford will be closed to eastbound traffic, from 10 April 2017 for up to 4 days.

The road will be closed eastbound only, between the junctions with B2229 Brookfield Road and Beaver Lane (cul-de-sac).

The alternative route for eastbound traffic is via B2229 Brookfield Road, Beaver Lane, Norman Road, A2042 Romney Marsh Road, Avenue Jacques Faucheux, and Victoria Road to Leacon Lane.

Westbound traffic is unaffected.

The closure is necessary to enable UK Power Networks to carry out urgent electrical works.

This Notice applies when the relevant signs and barriers are on site, and is valid for a period of no more than 5 days. – Pluckley’s community network

Pluckley’s private community network

Please take a look at this and consider signing up.  It was launched in September 2016.  It covers crime and safety, lost and found, recommendations as well as a calendar of events. All members are able to add items or comment.

You must verify your address to join Nextdoor Pluckley.  This means that this network contains only Pluckley residents and is a real community asset.

It was launched for Pluckley in October 2016 and we have (in January 2018) almost 400 members which represents 58% of the village.

With our neighbouring villages (Egerton, Bethersden, Smarden, Charing, Hothfield, and Little Chart) we have over  2000 members.

For instructions on how to sign-up as well as details of apps for smartphone and tablets,

  • for the Apple iPhone app click here
  • for the Android app click here.

Take part and invite new neighbours

If you are already a member, then please do your best to get your neighbours on board.  Simply click on the ‘INVITE’ button (circled in the image below) and follow the instructions.

Any questions, submit the contact form here and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Quiz Night

May 13th

Village Hall Quiz Night

For further information please contact [email protected]net

Pluckley Brickworks PC Meeting

The formal application for the Pluckley Brickworks development will be considered at the PC meeting, Tuesday 4th April at 7.30 PM in the Village hall. Diagrams of the development will be available to view.

Full details are also available on the Ashford planning website here:

Temporary Road Closures – Egerton Road, Charing 3-12 April

Off-peak closures of part of Egerton Road, Charing, near Ashford are planned from Monday 3rd April 2017, with estimated completion by 12th April 2017.

Egerton Road will be closed between the junctions with Church Hill and Tile Lodge Road, with no through access.

Access to the remainder of Egerton Road continues from either direction up to where the road is closed.

The alternative route is via Vicarage Lane, Church Hill, Lenham Heath Road, Lenham Forstal Road, Forstal Road, A20 Ashford Road / Maidstone Road, Charing Heath Road, Tile Lodge Road and Wind Hill Lane

Closures are between 9.30 am and approximately 3.30 pm each day.

The closures are to enable cabling works in connection with the installation of broadband to be carried out by Morrison Utility Services, working with Openreach.

The works have been timed to be carried out during the school holidays to reduce their impact

There is a possibility that the works may over-run for various reasons including adverse weather conditions or unforeseen engineering difficulties.

 The Kent County Council Highway Helpline phone number is 03000 418181

For details of roadworks, please see

Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum 9th March – Result

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum – Pluckley votes Yes.

Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan Declaration of Results

In the referendum yesterday, 88.2% of residents voted in support of the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan being used to help Ashford BC make decisions on future planning applications. It will now go before Ashford’s full council to be adopted.


Information Statement for Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan

Parish Councillor Vacancy – Co-option



Notice of Casual vacancy to be filled by co-option.

The Returning Officer at the office of the Borough Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors has not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

The council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve provided they are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before the day of the election, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may be apply.

  • They are registered as a local government elector for the parish
  • They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish
  • Their principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish
  • They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km of it

They must also be 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election.

Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a councillor need to be submitted to the Clerk of the council within 21 days of the date of this notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays).

The closing date for the written submission interest is 3rd March 2017 and following that date the council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

Date 2nd February 2017


Caroline Levett, Clerk to Pluckley Parish Council

Email : [email protected]

Address :9 Ashenden, Smarden, Kent, TN27 8RT