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14 July 2017 1 comment

Next Meeting of the Parish Council: Thursday 14th September 2017

Meeting of the Parish Council at 8.00 p.m. in Bromley Green Village Hall

Illegal fly-tipping – Hog Tub Lane (Byway AE563)

This building rubbish was dumped at the entrance of Hog-Tub Lane late Friday/early Saturday 28/29 July. If you have any information please contact the police.


If you see any fly-tipping please use the form on the ABC web site to report it – accessed via this link.

Ashford Local Plan

The local plan was published on Friday 7th July.  Parishioners will be able to make comments online on the Ashford Borough Council Website There are a number of exhibitions arranged in the borough – the nearest to our parish will be held at Hamstreet Sports Pavilion Mon 31st July 2017 16:00 – 19:00.

Here are links to information documents you can download:

‘Omission’ sites – Ruckinge

The two sites within the parish boundary (shown below) submitted to ABC for inclusion in the Ashford Local Plan have NOT been included in the document released for public consultation. However, there is no reason why they could not be reconsidered in the future.


Draft Ashford Local Plan – extract:

The planning status of Ruckinge parish is about to change, when the Ashford Local Plan is adopted – here is the key extract:

Policy HOU4 – Residential Development in the rural settlements
Minor residential development and infilling of a scale that can be easily integrated into the existing settlement will be acceptable within the confines of the following settlements:

Aldington, Appledore, Appledore Heath, Bethersden, Biddenden, Bilsington, Boughton Lees/Eastwell, Brabourne Lees/Smeeth, Brook, Challock, Charing, Charing Heath, Chilham, Crundale, Egerton, Egerton Forstal, Godmersham, Great Chart, Hamstreet, Hastingleigh, High Halden, Hothfield, Kenardington, Little Chart, Mersham, Molash, Newenden, Old Wives Lees, Pluckley, Pluckley Thorne, Pluckley Station, Rolvenden, Rolvenden Layne, Ruckinge, Shadoxhurst, Shottenden, Smarden, Stone in Oxney, Tenterden (including St Michaels) Warehorne, Westwell, Wittersham, Woodchurch and Wye.

Carters Field – Picnic Tables.

We are looking for a group of volunteers to become ‘Friends of Carters Field’ to manage and publicise the amenity for the enjoyment of all parishioners. If you are interested please email:

We have replaced the two picnic tables stolen last July.






Parish Speed Indicator Device (SID) Scheme

The Parish Council has decided with much reluctance to suspend the Speed Indicator Device (SID) initiative for our village. We cannot find an adequate location for the sighting of a device mounting pole on the Eastern approach to Ruckinge along the B2067 Hamstreet Road.

We have had several meetings with KCC Highways on this matter, resulting in their requirement for a Deed of Easement to be executed by identified landowner(s) to allow the pole to be installed on their land; the legal covenants contained therein have proved too onerous.

In a sense, we are victims of geography; there are so few suitable locations that meet KCC Highways criteria to install the device.

Comments from parishioners welcomed…..


Landscape and Village Protection Policy

A public meeting was held at Aldington Village Hall on 21st January to explore how development is shaping and changing the Saxon Shore area. The views of Aldington, Bonnington, Bilsington, Brabourne  Brook, Hastingleigh, Ruckinge, and Smeeth parishes were sought, to help Borough Councillors represent them.

The aim of the initiative is to help parishioners to identify ways in which the plan can be used to improve the perennial challenges faced by parishes, such as; speeding, parking and damage to rural roads.

Ruckinge Parish Council endorses the Landscape and Village Protection Policy and will be taking steps in the coming months to work with subject matter experts to develop a plan for the parish.

Borough Councillor: Jane Martin has produced a newsletter on ‘Saxon Shore Matters’ including the LVPP that parishioners should be aware of – you may download it here


Cherrytree Paddock, Bromley Green Road

Ashford Borough Council have received a revised planning application for change of use of land to use as a residential caravan site for one gypsy family with two caravans, including retention of hardstanding and erection of utility building.

Update 10th February : Part II of the Enforcement appeal hearing was held Tuesday 31st January 2017. We now await the outcome of the inspectors report. Click this link for the Enforcement hearing notice.

Click this link to view the refusal notice. For further information, contact Joanne Alexander on (01233) 330266.

Replacement Streetlight

A new streetlight has been installed outside the churchyard.


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