Election News 2023

Elections 2023

The link below contains all the Statements of Persons Nominated for Borough Wards and Parishes and the Notice of Uncontested Elections for the Parishes without a poll.



There is a new legal requirement for voters at the polling station from 04 May 2023.

If a voter does not have valid ID, they can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) at the Borough Council website, in person at the Civic offices or by post.  Details are enclosed in the leaflet.

Message from Chris Denyer, Vicar for Brabourne

Following the sad news today of the death of our Queen, I just wanted to let Parish Councils and Parish Meetings know that churches in Brabourne, Mersham, Monks Horton, Sellindge, Smeeth and Stowting are open each day with a book of condolence and place for any floral tributes to be placed, and of course a place of prayer and reflection. This may be a point to which the Parish Council/Meeting might wish to direct the community to pay their respects, as well as to seek a space to reflect in this period of mourning.

If we can offer any further support or guidance, please do get in touch.

There will be a time of prayer at 5pm in Smeeth church on Friday and live on our Facebook page, as well as a special service on 18th September in addition to marking in prayer in our planned Sunday service. Bells will be rung on Friday at noon at Brabourne and to announce the new monarch at 4pm on Saturday.

with thoughts and prayers for our community at this difficult time


Reverend Chris Denyer
Vicar of The Stour Downs


Joint Area Dean for the Ashford Deanery

01303 470791

parish mobile: 07526688826


The Rectory

Church Road


TN25 6SA


Please note my usual day off is Saturday

Street Light

Brabourne Street Lights

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) has carried out a study on the borough’s street lights to determine which of these are ‘safety critical’, with a view to removing those that are not in that category. The motivation behind this action is both cost saving and also environmental.

Both Brabourne and Smeeth Parish Councils have been informed that although most will remain, a number of our street lights are considered not to make our parishes safer and as a result ABC will no longer operate and maintain them.

Please see below the map and a list where each of these street lights are.

In some cases, if you and the Parish Council feel it would be safer if the streetlights were kept, we will be given the opportunity to ‘adopt’ any of these street lights – which means that the Parish Council will be required to pay their running and maintenance costs, and potentially pay for the older ones to be replaced when they reach the end of their life.

The Parish Council would like to hear from you, our local residents, whether the removal of any of the street lights identified by ABC causes you concern and if so, why. There is then the opportunity to adopt none, some or all of the street lights. We can then take your opinions into consideration when making a decision.

The Council appreciates that there may be different views – some residents may be keen for them to be removed to prevent light coming in to their homes at night, others may prefer to keep the local areas lit when it is dark.

Your comments will have a direct impact on any decision the Parish Council makes, and so please do let your Council know your views. Please provide these to the email addresses below by latest 02 November 2021.


In your reply please note the number of the street lamp you are commenting on, so we can pull together responses for each one.


Brabourne Street lights list

Parish News – March 2021

This month’s issue of the magazine was not printed or distributed because of COVID-19, but can be downloaded by clicking on the link:


Parish News – February 2021

This month’s issue of the magazine was not printed or distributed because of COVID-19, but can be downloaded by clicking on the link: