Parish Clerk: Katrina Hoyle, Smarden Charter Hall, TN27 8NF - Email: Tel: 01233 770680

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Annual Parish Meeting Monday 25th April

Come and join us! 7pm at the Charter Hall
Official notice

Road Closure Advance Warning

Advance warning of road closure from the 25th April to the 6th May. Please use the image below to see the specifics. There will be three way traffic lights.
Road Map of closure

How do you fancy joining me on the Parish Council?

I am one of eight volunteer councillors who serves on our Parish Council however, we have a vacancy to take us to our full strength of nine. We are all so passionate about our village and try to make it the very best we can. From getting involved in exciting projects such as developing the Youth Club building for today’s young people and for those still young at heart, playing a part in various village events to keeping our green spaces fit for an everyday jubilee! We have our say on shaping our village for the future and we would really welcome your input with this. No previous experience is necessary. Just a love for our village. We meet once a month at 7pm on the second Monday of the month. There is also an optional Planning Meeting for those councillors interested in planning which is on the fourth Monday of the month. We are supported by Kat, our fabulous Parish Clerk who takes care of all the administration. Our Borough Councillor, Ken Mulholland is always on hand for advice and guidance. If you would like to join us please email the Clerk on or drop in and see her at The Charter Hall on Monday mornings until 12 or 9am - 5pm on Wednesdays. Telephone: 01233 770680 during these times

Notice of Casual Vacancy

Notice is hereby given under Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that a vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the Smarden Parish Council, arising from the resignation of Mr James Aylott on Thursday 3rd February 2022. The Parish Council thank James for his hard work during his time at the Council and wish him well for the future

Official Objection to Application : 22/00044/AS

As requested, please find below the official response Smarden Parish Council have submitted to Ashford Brough Council regarding the proposal for the 5g Mast.
Submitted 9th February 2022

Announcement of an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council

This is to announce an Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council is being held on Monday 7th February at the Charter Hall Please be aware, the majority if this meeting is a closed session and the public are unable to attend.

Bin Collection Dates

Christmas Bin Collection Dates 2021

Village Meeting Monday 15th November 2021

Smarden Parish Council are hosting an informal meeting to get to know your council and express your views on current topics. Come and join us for drinks and nibbles from 7.30 p.m at the Smarden Charter Hall with the meeting to officially start at 8.00 p.m. Topic to be covered: Chairman’s Welcome Playground Update Replacement of the Tennis Court (MUGA) Youth Building Discussion Meet your council Queen’s Jubilee Q and A Section

October Parish Calendar

The October Parish Calendar is now available on our website For more information on any of the activities, please check our "Who's Who" section or contact the Clerk: If you have an event or organisation you wish to include, please also email the Clerk.
Parish Calendar October

Planning Applicants on Bethersden Road

Smarden Parish Council has received a number of residents’ enquiries about two recently submitted planning applications on Bethersden Road. The Parish Council will be discussing these applications at our next Parish Council meeting on Monday 13th September at 7pm in the Charter Hall. Parishioners are welcome to attend. If any residents feel that they would like to submit their own comments, either for or against these applications, they may do so via the Ashford Borough Council Planning Portal.

Parish Council News - August 2021

The Parish Council are pleased to announce their new email addresses. All members of the Parish Council have new email addresses, which follow the same format as the old ones, except finish, so first ( The Parish Council are also launching a new website, having taken your comments on board. This is due to launch 1st September at The broken Gateway leading into Smarden is scheduled to be fixed on 19th August. The pond inside Beult Meadow is due to be fenced off to improve safety and tidy up the area. The hedge next to the playground is scheduled to be fenced in the next week or so. Further announcements will be made as to the timings but please be aware that end of the Minnis and possibly the Playground may need to be briefly closed to ensure safety. Fencing of the ditch by the Sports Pavilion and the pond on Cornes Meadow is also planned. Playground Our annual safety inspection took place in July, so please be mindful we will need to shut the playground while essential maintenance is carried out. Further update on this to follow. This includes the skate park. The skate park is in need of further improvements, which will require serious investment from the Parish Council. Is this facility of value to the community, or would you like to see something else there instead? Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Smarden Parish Council discussed holding a village event to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As advised, on Sunday 5th June 2022 it is hoped for a “Big Lunch” to be held on the Minnis. We are asking for any groups or organisations to please get involved as we hope to make it a really fabulous event! Footpaths There have been continued concerns around footpaths being overgrown and impassable. If you are responsible for a footpath, please ensure it is clear. You can report overgrown footpaths at

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