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.
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.
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.