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

Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum 9th March

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum – Pluckley votes Yes.

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

Temporary Road Closure – Charing Heath Road & Egerton Road, Charing – from 15 February 2017

Temporary Road Closures – Charing Heath Road & Egerton Road, Charing, Ashford – from 15 February 2017
It will be necessary to close sections of Charing Heath Road and Egerton Road, Charing, near Ashford, from 15th February 2017 onwards, as shown below.
Road Closed Sign  CHARING HEATH ROAD, CHARING will be closed between the junctions with Wind Hill Lane and Hook Lane
calendar_icon[1]  Closure from Wednesday 15 February 2017 with estimated completion by 23 February
Road Closed Sign  EGERTON ROAD, CHARING will be closed between the junctions with Tile Lodge Road and Wind Hill Lane
calendar_icon[1]  Closure from 24 February 2017 for up to 3 days
  The alternative route for both closures is via Tile Lodge Road, Charing Heath Road, A20 Maidstone Road and Hook Lane
  Access to the remainder of each road continues from either direction up to where the road is actually closed, but there will be no through access during the works.
clock-icon[1]  Due to the nature of these works, it will not be possible to re-open either road outside the working hours.
calendar[1]  The timing of the phases is approximate and may possibly be affected by weather and ground conditions.  Any changes to dates will be notified to local residents and signposted on site.
  The closures are to enable poling and cabling works to be carried out in connection with the installation of broadband on behalf of Openreach.
clock-icon[1]  Due to the nature of these works, it will not be possible to re-open the roads outside the working hours.
Calendar-Planning-photo[1]  It is possible that the works may over-run for such reasons as adverse weather conditions or unforeseen engineering difficulties.
  The Kent County Council Highway Helpline phone number is 03000 418181

Pluckley Brickworks Site

The developers who secured outline planning permission to build 25 homes on the Brickworks site have advised the Parish Council today that they will be commencing work Monday 23 January. This will involve site clearance and cutting back along the frontage. To secure the site, they will be installing hoarding along the frontage and asking cars not to park there.

Parish Councillor Vacancy





that due to the resignation of Paul Smith, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 24 January, 2017 (14 days* after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent , TN23 1PL by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 28 March, 2017.


Clerk to the Parish Council

Ms C Levett

9 Ashenden




TN27 8RT


Stanford Bridge Broadband

This message is intended for those residents whom live in the Stanford Bridge Area of Pluckley and are connected to the Bethersden BT exchange / cabinet.
Discussions with BT Openreach, initially revealed that residents who reside in this area were unlikely to see any increase in broadband speed (following the Bethersden cabinet upgrade) due to distances from homes to the cabinet.  Thus we would have to contend with the unacceptable 1 – 3mb broadband we currently experience.  However to those concerned, I have EXCITING NEWS!
Following correspondence with the Chief Engineer at BT Openreach, it appears that the nearby telephone mast has Fibre cabling to it and that this can be used to offer Ultrafast (up to 300mb) Fibre direct to the 16 or so homes in the area.  This would be possible via a Community Funded Scheme, the cost (following a desk based survey) being described as in the region of £10 – 15k.
If you live in this area, are fed up with poor internet speeds and would be willing to help fund such a project, then please get in touch.  Once all responses are in, I will feed the information back to BT Openreach to proceed with the formal quote.

Gavin Russell

Superfast broadband is here…

The long awaited upgrade has now been completed for the whole village.

All four cabinets are now connected and you  should be able to contact your internet service provide (ISP) and place an order for the new service.

UK Power Networks’ Priority Register

UK Power Networks’ Priority Register

For information on how to register please click on the Attachment : UK Power Networks Priority Register which aims to identify vulnerable people in the event of a power cut and assist with any help.

Carols Around the Christmas Tree

Carols Around the Tree

Friday 2nd December 5pm

Resident of the Year

The search is now on for Pluckley’s Resident-of the Year 2016. This award is made to a villager who has undertaken an outstanding contribution to the life of the village over the past year. If you would like to nominate someone to be recognised in this way please email our Parish Clerk, Caroline Levett, at [email protected] or write to her at 9 Ashenden, Smarden, Kent TN27 8RT saying why you think he or she deserves the award this year. Nominations close at the end of November, and the Parish Council will decide on the winner at its meeting on 13th December.