Recent News

  • Ashford still top recycling authority in Kent

    Ashford Borough Council remains the top recycling council in Kent, according to the latest Defra league tables released this week. The council, once referred to as ‘England’s worst recycler’, posted a recycling rate of 53.1%, making it the 44th best recycling local authority in the country. Since the council launched the new-look recycling service in…

  • Christmas Recycling and Refuse Collections

    During the festive period, recycling and refuse collections may take place on different days so Ashford Borough Council is letting residents know about the changes. Check the calendar below – and read on for tips on how to recycle more this Christmas. Normal collections resume on Monday 16th January. All refuse and recycling should be…

  • Ashford bids for Dark Sky Designation

    Ambitious and creative plans for a unique International Dark Sky Designation have taken a step forward following endorsement from Ashford Borough Council at the December Cabinet meeting. Councillors welcomed and supported the approach from the Ashford Astronomical Society (AAS) and agreed the council should work with them to undertake a public consultation to enable an…

  • Ashford now in top 10% recycling councils in the country

    Ashford’s proud rise up the recycling league tables continues, as Ashford Borough Council has been named as the 34th best recycling local authority in England – meaning Ashford is in the top 10% recycling councils in the country, according to the Defra league tables released this week. The council, once referred to as ‘England’s worst…

  • Residents encouraged to recycle smart to make sure their bins are collected

    Portfolio holder for recycling, Cllr Clair Bell has urged residents to take extra care when putting items in their recycling bin following some waste loads being rejected. Rejected loads have an effect on Ashford’s recycling rates, costs taxpayers an additional £50 for every tonne rejected, and leaves residents confused when the crews are unable to…

  • Latest figures show visitor numbers up

    The latest figures from the 2013 Cambridge Economic Impact model have revealed that tourism remains strong and buoyant in Ashford.The borough is holding its own with the rest of the county after the results showed an overall increase in visitors up 7% to 4.1 million since 2011, when the model was last produced. There was…

  • Ashford and Tenterden Wine Trail

    An exciting new initiative was launched by Cllr Clair Bell at the 2015 National Tourism Symposium, organised by Visit Kent and the Tourism Society, which was held in Ashford on 1st June. In the presence of Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Tourism, a brand new wine trail, taking in Tenterden’s award-winning vineyards, was announced. The…

  • Ashford Hosts National Tourism Conference

    Kent has successfully hosted one of the most prestigious events for the UK tourism industry this year. The annual Tourism Symposium 2015 came to the county on Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June bringing more than 200 leading tourism professionals, decision makers, and journalists to The Garden of England. The event was hosted by Visit Kent, and…

  • Tourism Review reveals Ashford’s thriving visitor economy

    The 2013/2014 Tourism Review undertaken by the borough council’s Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Cllr Clair Bell, has revealed that Ashford has a thriving visitor economy. After an extensive and in depth consultation with key tourism organisations such as Visit Kent, Tourism South East and the Ashford and Tenterden Tourism Association, as well as a large…

  • Ashford named most improved recycler in the country

    Thanks to the efforts of local residents, Ashford Borough Council has been named as the most improved local authority for recycling in the latest Defra league tables.The council, once referred to as ‘England’s worst recycler’ posted a recycling rate in 2011/12, but recorded a 42% recycling rate in 2013/14, an improvement of 30% points.