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Development: Ashford seeking help to build new community at Chilmington Green

Contributed by editor on Jul 12, 2017 - 04:05 PM

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Ashford council wants to create a vibrant new community at Chilmington Green and is asking for your help. 

 



Ashford Borough Council and its community partners are seeking views from the local community on how they should be educated about what’s happening, engaged in the building of a new community and empowered to create a vibrant place to live at Chilmington Green.



A public consultation event is being held on Wednesday 19th July at Singleton Environment Centre, Wesley School Road, TN23 5LW between 4.30 and 7pm, where the public can give ideas on the best tools and ways to engage and inform everyone and provide feedback on an emerging draft community development strategy.

The Chilmington Green development will see 5,750 new homes created for the borough over a period of over twenty years. Planning permission was granted early in 2017 with early works on site already underway.

Chilmington Green will be a place where high quality is apparent both in the build of the new homes and surrounding facilities, but also in the opportunities for local people to play an active role in creating and sustaining their community.

A Community Management Organisation (CMO) will be created which will be gifted community facilities such as play spaces, community centres and open space. It will manage these facilities on behalf of Chilmington residents and play a key role in driving forward community action.

In order to support the creation of this new community, a draft community development strategy 2017-2019 has been created by Ashford Borough Council and its community partners. The Chilmington Green draft community development strategy identifies ways to:

- Educate everyone about what’s happening in the area and the impact on you
- Engage people in the design of places, spaces and activity
- Empower residents to make decisions and lead

Cllr Mike Bennett, portfolio holder for culture, said: “This strategy sets out a framework for the delivery of community engagement projects and activities. It is ambitious and regards the involvement of the residents as central to success.

“The Council and its partners welcome the views of local people on the strategy and so we are hoping many people will come along and talk to the people involved, hear more about the proposals and comment on them.”

At the event on the 19th July residents will also be able to learn more about the A28 Chart Road Improvement Scheme by Kent County Council.

If anyone can’t join us at the event they can still complete the survey online, which closes on 16th August. For more information about the draft community development strategy and take part in the consultation visit www.ashford.gov.uk/chilmington-green-introduction

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