The Parish Council set up a volunteer Steering Group to take the day to day lead on the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Members gave their time and expertise for free. No expenses were paid. The Steering Group met monthly or more often when needed.
Once the Regulation 14 draft Neighbourhood Plan had been produced and the Pre-Submission consultation was ready, the Steering Group was disbanded. Ongoing work was undertaken by a working group of Parish Councillors advised by Tony Fullwood MRTPI.
Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group members
|Though retired now, my working life was divided between education and work in Mental Health in the NHS. These experiences have left me feeling that where we live can have considerable impact on our opportunities in life, and on our health and wellbeing. So I think that the chance, in our community, to put together a Neighbourhood Plan is too good to miss. There are a lot of pressures encouraging development in the South East, but we can influence the way our parish might look in 2030. Some of the things I’d like to see are safe space for all, good design, protected green space, more high quality work opportunities in Eureka Park…etc! Co-opted to the Parish Council July 2015 to May 2019.
Chair of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council, October 2016 to August 2017.
|I trained as a teacher but decided to enter the world of sales after a year’s stint on a fishing trawler in Cornwall. Working in sales and sales management roles, mostly for multinational IT and Telecommunications companies (e.g. DEC, Cable & Wireless & Telecom Italia) until around 2000 when I moved into the SME world for various UK companies before recently joining the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. I am on the Committee of the Sandyhurst Lane Residents’ Association and have lived in Lenacre Street since 1987.
|I have lived in the parish for 28 years in Lenacre Street, Eastwell with my husband Bryan; we have two adult children who grew up in the parish. I hold a Masters degree in Biological Sciences and I am passionate about protecting our natural and cultural environment. I have a wide variety of interests across the arts and sciences, I am a keen photographer and have travelled widely. I have been involved in overseas educational initiatives as well as local ones, currently I am training to be a Citizens Advice Bureau advisor. Having recently retired from teaching (as Head of Science) I felt it was important to give something back to my local community.
Erica Lasparini OBE
|My career, to date, has been in the public and not for profit sectors. I was a director of the Millennium Commission, one of the Lottery good causes. A Chief Executive of a charity. I set up a Trust to fund community sports and arts projects across the UK as part of the legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. More recently, I led the development of a secure website for the Civil Service to encourage collaborative working within and between departments. I am a relative newcomer to the area, moving to Boughton Lees in 2013. Having found our forever home in a beautiful locale I want to make a contribution to the future of the community that has welcomed me, my husband Tom and our dog Finley. Co-opted to the Parish Council July 2015 to May 2019.
|My husband and I moved to Boughton Aluph in 1994 and have two children who both attended local schools in Wye and Ashford. I am a qualified accountant and have always worked in the Insurance sector, moving in 2010 from Accountancy to Risk Management. In late 2015 I took on a new role as Head of Compliance for an Insurance Company. This is my first foray into community matters since my children were small and I got involved to try to make difference to our community. I wanted to work with others to understand our local area, its issues and to ensure we got our voices heard which, in some small way, will help to improve our local environment for the benefit of all the residents.
|My wife and I moved to Eastwell over 24 years ago, as newlyweds and started our family. In 2003 we took the opportunity to live and work in Spain for a couple of years, settling back in to our original home in 2005 where we continued to raise our two wonderful children. I have always worked in a technical role and now have a local IT business specialising in providing IT services and support for small and medium sized businesses throughout the South East. One of my main hobbies is photography and I am always looking for that perfect picture. I also enjoy tennis and walking through the countryside. I’m passionate about keeping our green spaces green and open for everyone to enjoy.
The terms of reference for the Steering Group can be seen here.
The minutes of Steering Group meetings can be found here.
The Parish Council has retained professional planning advice from Tony Fullwood MRTPI of Tony Fullwood Associates, Chartered Town Planners.
Our thanks also go to the following individuals who were instrumental in the early stages of the project.
|Derek Anthony MBE
|| John Faulkner
|| Bob Morgan
And everyone that has taken the time to attend any of the public meetings about the Neighbourhood Plan or filled out a survey form.
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Our logo is by local artist Marion Lynn.
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