Welcome to March's issue of Ashford Voice
We have lots of exciting news to share with you this month as well as a spring themed competition!!
In this month's issue, find out about the two new businesses which have joined the thriving Park Mall community, we've got details on how we’re protecting Ashford’s cemeteries by carrying out memorial inspections, and find out how we're praising local taxi drivers who gladly accept guide dogs in their vehicles. What's more, do you fancy winning £500? Simply sign up to receive your council tax bill by email to be entered into a prize draw!
We've also got details on the latest parking charges in Ashford and Tenterden following a minor increase in tariffs in council-run car parks - the first time in six years.
You may have noticed a sticker has been placed on your grey refuse bin - don't worry, we're simply encouraging residents to recycle more of their food waste by using their kitchen caddies! Did you know it’s not just leftovers from your meals you can place in your kitchen caddy but also tea/coffee grounds and bones from meat too?
Now we're stepping into spring and enjoying the warm, sunny spells, many of us will be spending more time in Ashford's beautiful parks and open green spaces. We've got news on how local volunteers and organisations have been giving up their time to litter pick around the borough as part of The Great British Spring Clean!
If you're a keen chef and enjoy cooking with seasonal produce then you'll be pleased to hear that we will be providing a tasty recipe each month using ingredients you can pick up from the Ashford Farmers' Market.
What better way to celebrate the start of spring than with a competition! We’re asking our readers to snap a seasonal spring time photo; this could be spring flowers in bloom, spring lambs and rabbits, or even a pretty spring scene. The winner will get £20 to spend in Made in Ashford! Email entries to email@example.com or post them on the Ashford Voice Facebook page.
As normal there's plenty of events in our What's On section; if there's an exciting event happening near you, make sure you let us know about it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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