The Parish Council is monitoring government guidelines as the situation develops with regards to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and have taken the decision to cancel/postpone all face to face meetings with immediate effect until further notice.
This is not a decision that the Parish Council has taken lightly but is necessary to ensure the safety of councillors and residents.
Monthly Parish Council meetings will be held virtually via Zoom for the foreseeable future and if anybody wishes to “attend” the meeting, please contact the Clerk who will be able to provide you with more details.
Play areas and adult gym equipment are now open in line with government advice but please ensure that you observe the following guidelines issued by the government:
- Adhere to social distancing
- Sanitise your hands before, during, and after using the play park, especially after touching play equipment and the access gates
- Wipe down adult exercise equipment after use
- Wash your hands thoroughly when you get home
- If the play area is busy, please wait or come back at another time
- No food or drink, and please take your litter home with you
All play and adult gym equipment is cleaned on a weekly basis to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 but this will not eliminate the risk completely. Users of the play and adult gym equipment do so at their own risk.
History of the Parish
The Civil Parish of Chartham, Kent is situated 3 miles from Canterbury and 11 miles from Ashford, within the District of Canterbury City Council. The population at the 2001 census was 4941.
Chartham is a large Parish covering 25 square kilometres. Only about 5 square kilometres are built up, the remainder being farmland and woodland, much of which adjoins the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The parish consists of five separate settlements:
THE ‘VILLAGE’ – an area developed near the river centred around the 13th century church of St. Mary, The Green and Rattington Street, spreading out to Parish Road and Bolts Hill.
SHALMSFORD STREET – on the western edge of the parish comprising of two sections. The lower end, from the River Stour to Bolts Hill, is the older, original settlement and the upper section and the roads off are mainly comprised of post World War II developments.
MYSTOLE -near the boundary with Chilham and developed around the original 16th century grand mansion with its farms and parkland.
CHARTHAM HATCH – a hilltop settlement approximately one mile to the north of the centre of Chartham and separated from it by the busy A28 Ashford Road.
ST AUGUSTINE’S – the newest and largest development, consisting of 500 homes, built on the site of the former St. Augustine’s Hospital.
Houses are of mixed age and style – early manor houses, Tudor, Victorian, pre-war and post-war semi-detached, bungalows, and modern executive. Many of the older buildings are classified as “Listed”.
Over the years three housing estates have developed at the top of Shalmsford Street, Rentain Road and The Hyde, at Bolts Hill.