On 20 March 2002 Ashford Borough Council’s Executive Committee agreed to establish community forums in the urban areas of Ashford. The aim being to give town centre residents a structure within which they could formally express their views and ideas on important issues, and take forward community projects benefiting their area.
There are five urban community forums :
Newtown and South Willesborough
Each has its own steering group/ trustees and holds public meetings open to individuals living and working within its geographic boundaries (see map). Whilst independent of Ashford Borough Council, each Forum is supported by a different council officer.
Trustees (Committee Members) meet at most once per month but keep in touch between meetings by e mail in order to respond to the many planning applications in the area promptly. Public meetings are held occasionally.