Small electrical Recycling this Saturday 27th January

Count down to the Recycling event in Aldington Village Hall on Saturday –  27th January.  We’ll be there from 10am – 4pm,. There will be bins to recycle small electrical items – anything portable counts as small, including TVs and vacuum cleaners. We will be collecting useable unwanted items for Pilgrims Hospice fund raising and running a Repair Cafe to help bring devices back into use.

Peter New will be attending to listen to any concerns and talk about Neighbourhood Watch. And – there will be coffee and cake on offer if you’d like to just join us for a chat.

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Happy New Year!

 

Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous 2024.  Like all before  it, there will no doubt be ups and downs and, as a parish, we will enjoy some moments and work through others. Now that the festivities are almost over, we will shortly publish a calendar of community events where we will be working closely with the Village Hall Committee.

The first Parish Council Meeting of 2024 is on Monday 8th January, starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

 

 

Mamma Mia! Open air cinema event Saturday 26th August

Mamma Mia film night

Calling all dancing queens and super troupers!

Join us for an unforgettable Outdoor Movie Night featuring the feel-good musical extravaganza, Mamma Mia! Sing along to ABBA’s timeless hits. Grab your deck chairs, bring some snacks. A magical musical night of nostalgia awaits!

Set up is from 7.00pm, film will start as the light dims. Bring your own picnic, snacks and drinks or treat yourself to something from our grill, bar or popcorn stall.

During the interval we will be holding a charity auction to raise funds for the Children’s Play Areas and we have some AMAZING ‘lots’ including a Champagne Cream Tea at Port Lympne including Park Entry! So dig deep and have a bid on one of our items. You could just grab yourself a bargain!

In addition we will be awarding prizes to the best ABBA/Mumma Mia dressed people!

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Annual Parish Meeting – Monday 22nd May

Join us on MondayAldington & Bonnington Annual Parish Meeting 22 May for the Annual Parish Meeting.  Your local representatives will be presenting summaries of their activities over the last year. With the Local Elections now over, this is your chance to meet your new parish councillors as well as hear from local organisations, Neighbourhood Watch and your Ashford Borough and Kent County Council representatives.

Our guest speaker will be Ali Body from Led by the Wild, whose education and conservation programmes are an inspiration.

We hope to see you there and are happy to take questions or suggestions. This Annual Parish Meeting marks the close of the last Electoral Period and the start of the new one, each Electoral Period covering four years.

 

 

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Response to solar consultation published

Following the Evolution Power statutory consultation events and the November Parish Council meeting, our response to the current Stone Street Green Solar proposal has been sent and can be found in the Planning section on Solar.

Over 50 members of the public attended the November Parish Council meeting to share their reaction to the proposal with Councillors.   The Parish Council response incorporates resident views that were brought to the meeting.

The project contact email: info@stonestreetgreensolar.co.uk  can be used to send feedback to Evolution Power, in whatever form you wish. Responses must be in by 11.59pm tomorrow, Tuesday 29th November.

This is the first of many stages for this application.

Stone Street Green Solar Statutory Consultation begins

As highlighted in the October Parish News, there are Public Information sessions regarding the proposed National Infrastructure Project, Stone Street Green Solar, in Aldington on 5th Nov ( 11.00am-3.00pm) and 8th Nov ( 8.00 – 9.30pm).

Your Parish Council will be present at both consultations and available to talk to.  We will be revising the Agenda for the next Parish Council Meeting, which is on Monday 14th November, to dedicate the meeting to this topic.  The meeting starts at 7.30pm and will be in the Village Hall.  Please feel free to join us at that meeting BEFORE responding to the Evolution Power Statutory Consultation.  While we do, as a community and individually, need to respond to this phase of consultation – please do not feel pressured to  rush to complete the questionnaire provided by Evolution Power – the deadline for responses is 29th November.

Documents, including the exhibition boards that will be displayed at the Information events on 5th November are now available on the developer website: www.stonestreetgreensolar.co.uk/Consultation  Do have a look to go pre-warned.

Also – be aware that Developer questionnaires can include leading questions, designed to provide data to validate their proposals.  Today, we checked that the project contact email: info@stonestreetgreensolar.co.uk  can be used to send feedback to the proposal as it currently stands, in whatever form you wish and without completing the questionnaire, though some of the questions may be ones that you’d like to answer.

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View across East Stour Valley and up to Aldington Ridge

EDF Solar Planning Application no: 22/00668/AS

Planning News; Appeal decision – Calleywell Lane

The Appeal to review Ashford Borough Council’s refusal of planning permission for  33 new dwellings at the top of Calleywell Lane was heard by the Planning Inspectorate on 8 March.  The virtual Hearing was attended by Ashford Borough Council Planning Officers, Cllr. Linda Harman and a resident. The Appeal has been dismissed and planning permission refused in a Decision issued on 28th July.

Platinum Jubilee Weekend

Lantern making, beacon lighting, children’s craft crown-making, music, dancing, picnics and games on the park – Platinum Jubilee Weekend in Aldington is full of things for families to enjoy.  Make a note to join us – but also, if you can spare some time to help, or can donate cake please email clerk@abpc.org.uk or call Linda on 07802 776779 to let us know.  All help welcome. All events better with cake!

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Stone Street Green Solar confirms public event dates

We have received confirmation of the first round of local information events from Evolution Power for the Stone Street Green Solar proposal.

Public events will be held as follows;

  • Sellindge Village Hall – Friday 8 April, 3pm – 7pm
  • Aldington Village Hall – Saturday 9 April, 11am – 3pm
  • Bilsington Village Hall – Tuesday 12 April, 1pm – 5pm
  • Mersham Sports Club – Wednesday 13 April, 2pm – 6pm