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.
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.
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.
There appears to be a spate of incidents recently and worryingly this includes residential houses and one business. Please be aware of your and your neighbours’ properties. Please check security lights and make sure doors and windows are locked at night or when you leave the house. Please also look at a new facility called Nextdoor.com here. It’s free to Pluckley residents and after only a few weeks we have over 70 members.
After the AGM which was held on 11th September, Pluckley Tennis Club is going from strength to strength. Club Days will be held at the tennis courts on the recreation ground every Saturday from 9am to 12 noon. Further information is available on the Pluckley Tennis Club page or please get in touch with Gavin Russell on 01233 820426 or by email to [email protected] A Facebook group for the new club has also been created. Click here to send a request to join the group.
Pluckley’s Neighbourhood Plan has now been approved by the Parish Council and formally submitted to Ashford Borough Council (ABC), with its supporting documents. ABC will now review the document and publish it for a six week consultation period. After that, they will decide whether it is ready to go to an independent examiner. Following that examination, it will come back to the parish for a public referendum.
Click here to see the Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents.
Pluckley Women’s Collective (PWC) was able to conjure up beautiful sunny weather for its August event, a family BBQ and picnic which was held on the recreation ground last Saturday. There was something for everyone including games and music and an ice cream van was in attendance. Pluckley residents were able to spend a thoroughly relaxing afternoon and enjoy delicious food courtesy of Gary Boodle, our local butcher and Helen Baird at Pluckley Farm Shop. A big thank you for their support and generosity.
Thanks are also due to the Parish Council for the loan of the Pavilion and the marquees, to Chris Housman for supplying the music, to Martin Chambers for providing an excellent BBQ and finally to the many helpers; ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs who came along on Saturday morning to help get everything ready. The biggest task was the erection of the marquees but helpers managed to follow orders at the right time so that much fun was had by all.
Finally thank you to everyone who came along and made the event such a success. Hopefully it will become an annual event.
For further information about Pluckley Women’s Collective and other forthcoming PWC events please click here.