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

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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:



March Parish News

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:

March Parish News

Citizens Award

Citizenship Award 2020

Winner of Citizenship Award 2020

This year’s Citizenship Award was presented to Kathy Embleton-Smith.

A university lecturer, her research for over 30 years focused largely on livelihoods and rural development in parts of East Africa and India. It was a short step to apply this technique locally and away from work she is closely involved with St Mary’s Church, Brabourne.

A quote from her nomination: “She is a tower of strength and reliability ….. and is always so kind and thoughtful….. She has the energy and enthusiasm to encourage others and is a real example of someone who values and encourages community life.

Kathy was delighted to receive the award and expressed her thanks as follows:

Thank you to everyone who put my name forward for this year’s Annual Citizenship Award. I was truly astonished to receive an email from Sue Wood informing me that I had been chosen. I simply couldn’t believe it as to my knowledge, I’m not a particularly special citizen (and this is not said with any false modesty). I do enjoy supporting Brabourne Church, not least because it is a lovely building and has been a place of worship since before the 12th century. In my view it would be a tragic loss to let that tradition slip through our collective fingers. Apart from working to keep Brabourne Church up and running, I do very little.

At the Parish Council meeting when the award was presented, Mike was kind enough to comment on the book that Christine Gurr and I wrote – together with an enormous amount of community help. You may remember it – Archives & Anecdotes (2013). I can say with all honesty that collecting the information for the book from about 170 local people was one of the highlights of my life. In few other circumstances could I ever have been so nosey about people’s lives – and be allowed to get away with it. It was such privilege and such fun meeting so many people – all with very different stories to tell. Were it not for so much willing public participation I would never have had the opportunity to understand, in depth, the ties of community which have developed over generations and which  have underpinned life in our villages. My receiving this award is thus a consequence of the generosity of spirit of so many others, and they are the one’s who must share in it.

 Again, thank you very much for the Award with which I am delighted, not least because it is given in memory of Chris Goodall who remains a model of citizenship to us all.