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Town Council News

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Mike Bennett: ABC portfolio holder for planning and development


The Pavilion is now available to hire for all sorts of events and activities.





The council is seeking to appoint two part-time officers to join a small team serving the councillors and residents. The positions offer a varied workload with a very active council at a time when many changes are taking place in the town.

Accounts Clerk – the successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining the accounts and budgets for the council and will prepare annual returns and reports for the council in collaboration with the Town Clerk. A book-keeping or accounting background is essential, as is a good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel. The starting salary will be £9.55 per hour (£18,376 p.a. pro rata). There will be a cross-over with general administration duties.

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist – computer literacy and an approachable personality are the requirements for this role which will attract £9.20 per hour (£17,714 p.a. pro rata).

Attendance will occasionally be required outside office hours. Both positions will be for 18 hours per week although additional hours may be available in the future. An increase on the starting salaries quoted above will be considered for additional experience or expertise.

In the first instance please forward a CV and covering letter to: The Town Clerk, Tenterden Town Council, Town Hall, 24 High Street, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6AN or by e-mail to Closing date for applications is Friday 24th February and employment will begin week commencing 27th March 2017.




The Public Consultation

Following a competitive tender process, Lipton Group (a trading name of Leslie Lipton Ltd) was hired as an independent consultation specialist to ascertain the communities hopes, dreams and fears for how the Tent1 money should be spent. The original remit was extended as the consultation began as it became clear the community wanted to discuss other things.

Having monitored the process, the council has accepted the attached final report in that they believe it has been professionally and independently created, and does represent the views of the community as collected over three months and through face to face and digital means. The council also accepts the suggestions and recommendations made by the consultants as being logical assumptions that have been tested in front of the community.

However, it should be understood that acceptance of the report does not necessarily imply the council shares all the views or will follow all recommendations. The final decision and responsibility for controlling expenditure remains with the council.

The report’s findings will kick-start a number of exciting projects and inform future priorities for the town.

The Results

New and improved facilities are on the way. The Town Council will spend in excess of £3 million on a range of projects which will play a big role in the town’s regeneration. This will be supplemented by outside grant funding and targeted funds (Section 106) from developers of housing schemes around the town.

The first project to be tackled will be the re-ordering of Tenterden recreation ground and provision of a skate park and additional facilities on the land.

The scope of the report extends to extra projects outside the council’s remit, and therefore information will be shared with the Leisure Centre, St Mildred’s Church and other partners in order to collaborate to maximise additional external grant funding and give a cohesive approach to projects within the town.

The full report is available here. The supporting demographic information also appears here.

Town Clerk Phil Burgess said: “This is a great opportunity for the Town Council to undertake projects, safe in the knowledge that we have the full support from the local community. Thank you to everyone involved in the process so far for their hard work and effort on behalf of the town. We urge residents to set aside some time to read the report and find out more details about the new and improved facilities that are on the table. There are exciting times ahead for the town.”




Ashford Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan for the borough. The plan sets out the land that needs to be provided in the borough to accommodate new homes and jobs up to 2030. It also includes the policies that will be used to help decide planning applications. The Local Plan to 2030 aims to make sure that future development within Ashford is well planned, helping to create great places and strong communities and provides a consistent approach to planning across the whole borough. The new Local Plan will allocate sites for development as well as establishing planning policies and guidance to ensure local development is built in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. It will address housing, employment, retail, leisure, transport, community infrastructure and environmental issues such as adapting to climate change and ensuring high quality design. The general principle of the Local Plan is to encourage growth within the economy of Ashford to provide homes, employment, retail floor space and infrastructure such as community facilities and green spaces. Whilst growth in the economy is important, the plan also seeks to protect Ashford’s valued assets such as heritage, leisure, nature and open spaces.

The eight-week consultation period runs from 15th June until 10th August and can be accessed at During this period a series of exhibitions and events will be held that will enable local residents to ask questions and find out more about the draft Plan. For more information visit

Government planning policy is clear that a Local Plan housing target should be principally informed by a thorough and objective Strategic Housing Market Assessment, which the council commissioned in 2014 and was subsequently updated in 2015. This work has led to the proposal in the draft plan of about 12,200 homes being delivered in the borough between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2030 through a combination of committed schemes, proposed allocations and windfall developments. This represents a very significant reduction in the amount of new sites needing to be allocated for development than was faced in the preparation of the Core Strategy.

The major proposed sites allocations are at Court Lodge Farm (950 homes), Land east of Willesborough Road, Kennington (700 homes), Land at Eureka Park (400 homes) and land south of Kingsnorth (420 homes). In addition, further extensions to the existing residential areas at Park Farm and Finberry are proposed as well as the consolidation of the Waterbrook site as a mixed residential/employment site together with an enlarged truck stop.

In parallel with the new Local Plan, a draft Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule has also been produced. The CIL aims to provide a more consistent approach to determining financial contributions from developers of new developments towards local strategic infrastructure provision.  The existing process of securing contributions through legal agreements (‘s106’) will continue but be scaled back to provide mainly for local or ‘onsite’ infrastructure provision and affordable housing. The council will progress the CIL charging schedule alongside the development of an Infrastructure Delivery Plan to support the Local Plan 2030.

Cllr Mike Bennett, portfolio holder for planning and development, said: “The Local Plan is an important document which will have an effect on everyone so it’s vital the whole community, from residents and businesses to community groups and other stakeholders contribute. This is a draft plan - we need views from all interested parties to help make any changes needed. We want the whole community to engage in the preparation of the Local Plan so we can shape our future together.”

schedule of meetings



The schedule of meetings for 2016-2017 can be read here. Please note that contrary to the change in timings previously advertised, Planning Committee meetings will be held at 7pm, or following Town Council meetings where applicable, rather than the earlier time of 6pm. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend any or all meetings, and a part of the meeting is always dedicated to representations by members of the public. For some helpful notes on participating in meetings, please click here.




You can now listen to Council and Committee meetings live, as they happen! Visit the Meetings page for a link to the player. Past meetings are also stored so that you can listen to them later in case you’ve missed them. A schedule of meetings can be found here.




Following many months of refurbishment by Town Council staff and specialist contractors, the Pavilion (on Tenterden Recreation Ground) is now available to hire for all sorts of events and activities. If you were familiar with the building as it was, you are in for a big surprise when you see it! Please contact us for more information or to arrange a viewing. It is our hope that it will become a real asset to the community, and will be used by as many community groups as possible.




Following the decision by Ashford Borough Council to cease provision of free dog waste bags, Tenterden Town Council has prepared some information about responsible dog ownership. You can read it here.




You can find Kent Police on Facebook at, or contact them using Twitter @kentpoliceash.




The NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group invites you to visit its website at to get involved in how healthcare services are delivered in the region.




You can now park in the Bridewell Lane car park on Sundays and Bank Holidays free of charge. Please be aware that the same parking restrictions as the rest of the week will now be in force on the south side of the High Street on Sundays, with the aim of improving the flow of traffic.

Getting in Touch with the Town Council



From 2014 the Town Clerk’s office is open to the public from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday, and may be contacted by email at, by telephone on 01580 762271, by fax on 01580 765647, or you can visit the Contact page on this website. All Council and Committee meetings are open for the public to attend, and subject to informing the Town Clerk by midday on the day of the meeting, a three minute speech may be presented at meetings.

As well as contacting us via this website, you can find us on Facebook and on Twitter. We are always pleased to receive questions, comments and feedback from the public.



Residents and visitors to Tenterden are reminded that there are restrictions in force on the high street on Friday mornings, meaning that one should check the signs carefully when parking.

Short and long stay public car parks are located on Recreation Ground Road, Station Road and Bridewell Lane. Vehicles may be parked in the bays at either side of the High Street for up to one hour.

Skate Park


The Youth Forum have come up with a detailed plan for a new Skate Park in Tenterden. The Town Council welcomes their passion and initiative and has in turn committed itself to helping this project to develop.

Youth forum


Tenterden Town Council has initiated the Youth Forum to increase opportunities for young people to become involved with the local community and to promote their involvement in democracy. The increased level of communication will ensure that young people feel that their opinions and contributions are valued.

East Cross Play area Town Hall balcony and flags Tenterden Recreation Tenterden sports field










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