Healthy Home Event This Saturday 12th March


This Saturday 12 March from 1.30 to 4.30pm Cliftonville West residents are invited to a community engagement event taking place at the Cliftonville Community Centre. The event is centred around promoting the services and support available within the ward for residents to access. Members of the TDC Housing team will be on hand to discuss any issues with landlords and there will be other advisory support from Southern Water, Best Energy Advice, ABC, Waste & Recycling etc. 11 new streets have been added to the Recycling scheme so come along and check if your road is in the list – (i will upload the list later)
FREE food and drink will be served throughout the event and ABC will be promoting our partnership, projects and waste forum.

Come along and have a chat and a coffee……



Festive Wine & Wisdom | AGM – 16th December 2015!

You are cordially invited to join us for:
ABC’s annual Festive Wine & Wisdom & AGM event!

6-7pm AGM There will be an overview of ABC’s activities in the last year and discuss plans for the forthcoming year…. then the new committee will be elected. (If you are interested in being on the committee then do email us with your interest.)

7- 9pm Wine and Wisdom
ABC’s fun annual Festive Quiz & Raffle with lots of fantastic prizes – Bring your own wine & nibbles (tea and coffee will be supplied)
£2 per head which all goes back in to funding future ABC Community projects. Teams should be maximum of 6 people.

Full event info here:

Planning Applications & The Cliftonville Development Plan

ABC gets lots of questions from residents about planning applications, and we talked a little about this at our meeting last night (2nd October 2015). The Cliftonville Development Plan (adopted in 2010) is a key document in relation to Cliftonville planning and contains planning policies that applications within the plan area should be measured against (in addition to district-wide policies). It also sets out the aims and aspirations for the area that these policies are intended to support. It is a very useful document if you are considering commenting on a planning application! We hope this post will be a useful resource for residents.

Here is the full document Cliftonville_Development_Plan_Document

This is the area covered

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National and regional policies are covered on pages 7-10. The actual planning policies start at page 17. They are:

CV1: One-bedroom flats 

Proposals to provide single bedroom flatted accommodation, bed-sits and non self-contained accommodation (houses in multiple occupation) within the DPD Plan area will not be permitted. This includes provision by way of conversion of existing buildings and by way of new build.

CV2: Retention of Family Housing 

Planning permission for the subdivision of properties, currently or last lawfully used as single-family accommodation, or by a single household, will not be permitted. Single family or single household accommodation may relate to a property with twoor more bedrooms but no maximum number is specified. Policy CV2 will apply where the current or last lawful use of a property falls within Class C3 of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended):

CLASS C3: DWELLINGHOUSES Use as a dwellinghouse (whether or not as a sole or main residence) a) by a single person or by people living together as a family, or b) by not more than six residents living together as a single household (including a household where care is provided for residents).

CV3: Provision of family housing in new development OR redevelopment

In new development or redevelopment flats of any size will not be permitted unless it can be clearly demonstrated that there are overriding design or townscape reasons for allowing such development and that no acceptable design solution can be found to accommodate individual family dwellings.

*For the purpose of this policy individual family dwellings are defined as houses/bungalows (excluding flats) with their own front door, a minimum of 2 bedrooms and with their own accessible and exclusive private amenity space at the rear of the property

CV4: Provision of Tourist Accommodation

Planning permission for new tourist accommodation will be granted if all of the following criteria can be met:

  • the new use would not cause significant detriment to the amenity of neighbouring properties through noise and disturbance;
  • the new use can accommodate the necessary parking requirement, without damage to the character of the local area, and without significantly reducing the availability of on-street parking to the detriment of existing residents;
  • front gardens will be retained, including soft landscaping to protect and enhance the street scene;
  • in considering applications for planning permission the council will consider the need to impose conditions or seek planning obligations to ensure that the property is available for short term use as tourist accommodation and is not used as a full time residence (other than by the owners, family and staff);
  • the proposal does not result in a loss of family homes (as defined under policy CV2);
  • the proposal is well designed and will provide a high standard of tourist accommodation;
  • there is no negative impact on biodiversity arising from the development and, where necessary, biodiversity enhancements are integral to the proposal
  • the proposal incorporates, where necessary, full and detailed mitigation measures to avoid and reduce disturbance to interest features of the internationally designated sites.

Event Invitation – ABC General Meeting 2nd October 2015


Date: 2nd October 2015 | Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm | Venue: Cliftonville Community Centre
This will be our last general meeting before the AGM in December! Please do come along and find out what ABC have been working on & tell us what you would like to see happening in Cliftonville! We are also aiming to feedback on the ideas residents submitted at the last general meeting. All welcome – please tell your friends and neighbours.


We are looking for residents who would like to be on the ABC Committee or Waste & Recycling Forum Working Group.
– Waste Forum meets every 2 weeks on a Tuesday 2pm-4pm
– ABC Committee meets once a month usually 4pm-6pm on a Wednesday

***SOCIAL MEDIA*** We are also looking for someone who would like to run the ABC Facebook, Twitter and WordPress site.
Send us a message or come along to find out more!

Join Us! ABC General Meeting / Wine & Wisdom – 31st July 2015

Please join us for our second general meeting and social event of 2015!

6pm – General Meeting

Open to all residents!

A chance to get updates on ABC activities, ask questions, talk to committee members, and meet other residents……
***ABC PRIORITIES*** We’ll be asking you to tell us what you think ABC should focus on for the coming months! All ideas welcome!

7pm – Wine & Wisdom
Fun general knowledge quiz, followed by a raffle!
£2 entry fee per person
Teams can be maximum of 6 people

RSVP here:

In Memory of Mo Walls…..

We recently received the very sad news that Mo Walls, Chairperson of Grotto Hill Area Street Scheme in Cliftonville, passed away on the 24th June in QEQM Hospital after a short illness.

This was a great shock to us all as Mo was a very well known and regarded supporter of the Community in Cliftonville West and was a great influence in the area.

Mo worked tirelessly to improve the area of Grotto Hill and be a spokeswoman for the residents in numerous meetings, both with Councillors and Officers of Thanet District Council as well as the Police and Cliftonville Task Force.

She organised Children’s Fun Days, Barbecues, OAP coffee mornings, Outings, Christmas Raffles, ran the under five area in the Cliftonville Games, Street Clean up days of bulky waste with the help of the Council refuse Department, and many other events. She also chaired the residents meetings for the last 13 years.

Mo will be sadly missed by all the Cliftonville Groups who worked with her over the years.

We send our condolences to Mo’s family at their sudden loss and to Marie her friend and supporter, always at her side.

– Gordon Road Area Street Scheme / Cliftonville Community Centre / A Better Cliftonville