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Noticeboard, Wittersham Parish Council

You will be aware that a new Waste & Recycling Contract will start on 24th March 2024.  Three  of our Dog Waste Bins, purchased by the Parish Council, have been removed by Ashford Borough Council as they will no longer empty these.  They have not been replaced where there is a normal Litter Bin nearby as dog waste can be put in any bin including your own wheelie bin at home and this they ask you to do.  Where there isn't a Litter Bin nearby they will replace the Dog Waste Bin with a new Litter Bin. As you probably also know Wittersham is part of the Wittersham Cluster Caretaker Scheme (this includes Stone-cum-Ebony, Kenardington & Warehorne) and has a contract with the Borough Council to empty all Dog Waste & Litter Bins on a weekly basis and has done so since 2012.  Therefore the Parish Council will be purchasing two new Dog Waste Bins to replace the two removed from The Street, especially as the Borough Council will not be replacing the one near the Church as there isn't room for a normal Litter Bin.

Transport for the South East wants YOUR views about future transport needs


Transport for the South East (TfSE), the Sub-national Transport Body for the south

east of England, is asking people to take part in their ‘Your Voices’ survey and

submit views on the future transport needs of the region.


People are being asked to take part in the online survey where there are questions

about transport-related issues such as accessibility and affordability.

Participants can also share their experiences regarding congestion, noise pollution,

air quality, road safety, public transport, personal safety, and walking and cycling



The ‘Your Voices’ survey can be found online at until Sunday, 2 June



A special podcast has been produced that explains in further detail why TfSE needs

the views of people across the south east and how those views will help shape the

future work of TfSE. The podcast can be listened to online at and is also

available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify by searching for ‘The TfSE Podcast.’

Councillor Keith Glazier, Chair of TfSE, said: “We want to hear the views and

experiences of those in the region when it comes to all things transport related.

One of our roles is to speak to government about the priorities they should consider

when improving transport connectivity locally. To do this effectively, we need to

hear from as many people as possible across the south east.”

The south east is defined as Bracknell Forest, Reading, Windsor & Maidenhead,

Slough, West Berkshire, Wokingham, Kent, Medway, Hampshire, Portsmouth,

Southampton, Isle of Wight, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, and Brighton & Hove.

Message from Ashford Borough Council

Public asked for their views on Borough Plan
At our April Cabinet meeting members approved a report proposing that the draft Borough
Plan now be subject to a public consultation to further inform its development before being
adopted later this year.
This Plan sets out Ashford Borough Council’s priorities over the next four years as we face the
dual challenges of climate and economy and strive to bring people and organisations together
to achieve our vision: To make Ashford a place where people, business and nature can
collectively thrive.
Three pillars support this vision and form the priorities against which progress will be
Planet - Working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and creating places for nature
will be at the heart of everything we do.
• People - Listening and serving the Ashford community is our philosophy; we will make
best use of available resources to build an equitable and fair society.
• Place - We are planning for the future of our community and to make Ashford a place
people are pleased to call home and love to visit.

Consultation to date
From October 2023 to February 2024, there has been ongoing discussion with Cabinet
Members and Management Team to shape the content of the Borough Plan and its objectives.
An all-member consultation ran in February 2024, contributing to the further refinement of the
draft Borough Plan. A presentation to Corporate Management Team (officers in a management
position) will encourage staff to be familiar with the draft Borough Plan and to promote the
consultation to external partners through existing meetings and forums.

Now residents can have their say
The consultation went live on our website on Friday 10 May and is in place for six weeks -
We now look forward to hearing the views of residents and stakeholders in the borough to
further inform the Plan before it is presented for adoption by Cabinet later this year.

Cllr Noel Ovenden
Leader - Ashford Borough Council