Parish Council Contacts

These are the Members of High Halden Parish Council.

Please contact the Parish Clerk if you have any questions for the Parish Council.

Contact between the hours of 10.00am – 5pm Monday to Friday, out of hours by email.

On 10th September 2012 the Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct in accordance with the Localism Act 2011. The Localism Act 2011 and the Code of Conduct requires all Councillors to register and disclose any ‘Disclosable Pecuniary Interests’ with the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

Individual Councillors’ registered Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI)  can be viewed below.

Alan Pickering Alan Pickering 
Parish Councillor DPI
 Robert Taylor Robert Taylor
Parish Councillor DPI
  John Audsley
Chairman   DPI
  Sally Baldock

Marketing/Projects DPI

Marcia Mitchell Mrs Marcia Mitchell
Vice-chairman  DPI
  Janet Morgan
Environment, Highways    DPI
 Kelly Burlton Mrs Kelly Burlton
School Liaison, Chairman HHVEC  DPI
Alan Pickering Alan Pickering
Borough councillor  DPI
 Susan Wood Susan Wood
Clerk Tel  (01233 623902)

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    • Ben Pattenden on May 12, 2018 at 8:01 am
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    As you will be aware, construction on the old Kent Highways Depot development has begun,

    I’m concerned by the level of noise these building works are already creating for nearby residents.

    I understand that noise pollution from the development will be unavoidable but my question is, has there been any regulation put in place for when work on the development takes place?

    The last 2 Saturday’s we have been awoken by 8am and the noise is overhwelming throughout the day when spending time in our garden.

    Is work on the development allowed to take place at any time or are there timing restrictions in place? Is this being monitored? What policies have the developers presented to the council to consider this affect on local residents?

    • SHARON BARRADELL on May 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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    I have a question in relation to the ongoing works at the ex council depot at high halden and at number 24 Hookstead TN26 3NF, Reference to the bomb fires they keep lighting. They are lighting a new fire on a daily occurrence is this aloud? There is no consideration for neighbours if they want to put washing on the line or to sit in there own gardens.
    I look forward to your reply

    • Nicholas Babicz on April 15, 2018 at 8:12 pm
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    Good Evening

    My name is Nicholas Babicz and I was born and raised in High Halden. I now reside in Rolvenden with my wife and three children and my son plays for High Halden boys football team so we still have lots to do with the village.

    My reason for contacting you was that I run a gardening business and I noticed in the village that the grass was very high. This is a similar case in Tenterden and the surrounding villages and I am in contact with Tenterden Parish Council about undertaking grass cutting in the area. I am looking to build my business and wondered whether I could be of assistance to help High Halden and maintaining the grass areas and hedges for you. I see no reason why the grass would only need cutting every 2/3 weeks on average over the cutting season therefore saving costs.

    We have our own tools and insurance and would love the opportunity to assist you with keeping the village looking beautiful and tidy over the coming months.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kindest Regards


    1. Dear Mr Babicz

      Thank you for your email and comments.
      At the moment we are in a 1-year contract with Aspire (who should be cutting the grass in the village this week), but do please contact me again via the website in the autumn when the Parish Council will be discussing renewal of grounds maintenance contracts.

      Kind regards
      Sue Wood

    • Christopher Rose on June 19, 2017 at 7:58 am
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    Hello All,
    By emailing a question I have the opportunity to sign up for Notifications by email.
    Is this option available on the home page as it would make it easier for the those less able.

    thanks again for all that you all do on the Parish Council

    Christopher Rose

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Re your request, I’m not sure but will ask the webmaster.

      1. You can sign up on the Home Page – click on the ‘Subscribe’ box on the top right of the page. I hope this helps,

    • Joanna Palmer on January 30, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    To whom it may concern

    We live in the village in 1 of the 2011 local housing projects. I was just wondering if there was going to be anymore local needs houses being built in the village, as we are out growing our current 2 bedroom house after having 2 children a daughter who is 5 and a son who will be 2 in a couple of months. We want to stay in the village as my daughter attends the primary school and we don’t want to up route her as she seems very settled.
    I hope you can help.

    1. Thank you for your comments. As far as the Parish Council is aware at present there are no plans to build more ‘Local Needs Housing’, however any new developments will have a proportion of affordable homes. Sue Wood, Clerk

        • Joanna Palmer on February 5, 2017 at 9:39 pm
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        Do you know what is going on at the old council yard as we have heard they are ment to be building houses there?

    • George Eaton on October 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm
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    Ref: Ashford_PPS _DC1

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I am writing to you reference to High Halden Playing Field and the Ashford Borough Council Playing Pitch Strategy (PPS).

    Ashford Borough Council have commissioned 4 global, a technical sports consultancy firm (, to assist in undertaking the Sports and Playing Pitch Strategy for the area. This strategy will help the council protect and enhance the quality of playing pitches over the next 10 – 15 years. If you would like more information on Playing Pitch Strategies, please follow this link: What is a Playing Pitch Strategy?

    The key role of the PPS is to examine the current quantity and quality of Rugby, Football, Cricket and Hockey playing pitches in the area (including Astroturf pitches). This analysis is undertaken with full cooperation and support of the major National Governing Bodies (NGB’s), namely the Football Association, Rugby Football Union, England Cricket Board, England Hockey.

    In order to carry out this supply and demand analysis 4 global are required to visit and undertake an assessment of all Rugby, Football, Hockey and Astroturf pitches in the area.

    By request of the NGB’s, inspections must take place during the respective seasons of each sport. This email refers only to sites with rugby, football or astroturf pitches. If your site does not have any of these pitches, then please reply to this email informing us.

    Under Sport England guidance, all pitches, regardless of their ownership type or availability to the community are required to be covered by the strategy. This includes pitches held in private or educational hands or those generally unavailable for community use. The guidance also mandates that these visits should be undertaken alongside someone with knowledge of the site. These individuals can be anyone with knowledge of the pitch and how it is maintained

    The program of site assessments is required to run to a very tight schedule (helping to minimize the cost of the project to the council). As a result we have had to assign visitation slots to each site assessment. The visit should take no longer than 20-30 minutes.

    The assessment slot assigned to Gordon Jones Playing Field is Wednesday the 4th of November at 16:00.

    As well as assessing the pitch and ancillary facilities (changing rooms etc.) The assessor will also ask for details of the ownership, maintenance regime, availability of community hire and any issues/ development plans that are in place for the pitches.

    Please confirm by email if you, or someone with suitable knowledge will be able to meet our site assessor at the proposed time. If you are unable to confirm this immediately for any reason, please confirm receipt of this email so we do not follow up this message and cause you inconvenience.

    If you believe that another person will be better placed to handle our query, then it would be greatly appreciated if you could provide the details of an alternative contact or forward this message on to them.

    Should you wish to check the credentials of this project then please feel free to contact Ben Moyle at or via telephone on: 01233 330 475.

    The support of local volunteers and or persons involved with the maintenance, management and provision of sports pitches is absolutely vital to the success of PPS projects. 4 global, on behalf of Sport England, the respective NGBs and the Council would like to extend our thanks to clubs, schools and other organisations that help to support this strategy by making representatives available for the site assessments.

    If you have any questions please contact our Research Specialist Richard on 07816686191 or via email at

    Kind regards,

    George Eaton

    Research Consultant – 4globa

  1. We have been asked to join in a project to obtain a grant for the replacement of a People Carrier for the Tenterden & District Day Centre. There is a flyer available which could be displayed on your village notice board but I am unable to attach it unless I have a separate email address where I could send it. If you could let me have an email address, I will attach the flyer.

    A grant of up to £25,000 is available from The One Family Foundation for this project – but we need your votes to win!


    Project objectives
    The Day Centre has been invited by the One Family Foundation to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to buy a new people carrier.

    This is needed to replace an old, inefficient minibus and will provide a better service for the 135 members, many of whom could not attend without this transport. For them the Centre provides social interaction and reduces isolation, as well as much needed personal care.

    The new vehicle would be a nine seat Citroen Dispatch Combi, which is;
    • Smaller than the present (no longer viable) minibus
    • Easier to manoeuvre in small spaces, such as villages, and at the surgery.
    • More economical for small numbers of passengers
    • Much less expensive to run
    It would also be used to collect items given to the charity shop. The cost is in the region of £16,000.

    The project, together with some 70 others, is included in the list provided by the Foundation on their web site, on which supporters are invited to vote. The four projects with the greatest number of votes get a grant. We are therefore asking all our supporters, and their contacts, to vote for this project, titled People Carrier for the Tenterden and District Day Centre.

    To vote, please:
    • Go to :
    • Select Community Awards
    • Scroll down to Nominated Projects
    • Under Filter nominated projects enter Tenterden
    • Select VOTE

    You will then need to REGISTER, according to the instructions , after which your vote will be accepted.

    We need all the votes we can get! Please vote for this project. The closing date is at noon on 28th June 2015.

    Thank you.

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