About Us

Who Are We?

We are residents of Tenterden and District who care about the town and its future. We combine to present a united voice on matters that we feel are important to the town and the well being of its residents.

We are a registered charity No. 1121579.

We are strictly non-political. Our members come from all walks of life and include homeowners and tenants of all ages, with a wide variety of interests.

How Do We Operate?

The committee, elected by members at the AGM, meets ten times a year to consider matters raised by members, and our Planning Committee’s responses to current planning applications.

On major issues affecting the whole community we conduct ballots of our members, e.g. the future of West View Hospital, the Tesco store and the Ashford Borough Local Development Framework.

Our loyal and hard working team of distributors, collect voluntary donations, distribute documents and report members comments and suggestions back to the committee.

What Do We Do?

  • Listen to the views of our members
  • Take up their concerns on planning, local services and environmental issues
  • Produce a regular newsletter and an annual publication “The Resident”. These update our members on proposed changes, provide an opportunity to reflect on Tenterden’s historic past and explore ideas for promoting our community’s interests
  • Collaborate with other local organisations, e.g. through working parties, on matters of common interest to ensure our members interests are represented
  • Monitor all planning applications that are submitted to the Ashford Borough Council and comment where community interests are involved. We do not arbitrate on neighbour’s disputes, but we do offer guidance on sources of official advice and procedure
  • Propose measures that we believe will improve the quality of our environment and meet Tenterden and District’s community needs
  • Comment on the overall County and Borough-wide plans and other general planning issues especially where there may be implications for Tenterden
  • Hold a coffee morning each autumn to enable members and non-members to meet committee members informally to raise matters of individual concern
  • Hold an Annual General Meeting each Spring to report to members, elect officers and committee and hear an invited speaker on subjects of local interest

The Tenterden & District Residents’ Association Constitution can be downloaded here in Adobe PDF format (2.5Mb). This requires Adobe Acrobat Reader which is included on most modern computers but can also be downloaded here for free.