Welcome to Guston Parish Council’s website
Homes England public exhibition – Connaught Barracks main site
Homes England is proposing up to 300 new homes on the former Connaught Barracks main site in Dover. A public exhibition on the masterplan proposals is being held at the Dover Discovery Centre, Market Square, Dover, on:
Saturday, 19 January, 12pm – 4pm
Monday, 21 January, 2pm – 6pm
The proposals follow on from the grant of outline planning permission for 64 units at the Officers’ Mess site.
The new development is set to enhance the rich heritage context of Fort Burgoyne and Dover Castle, and incorporate a landscape setting that is sensitive to the neighbouring Kent Downs AONB. Dover Road will also be diverted, taking the route through the scheme leading to a new junction on Castle Hill Road (A258).
Security Marking Events In Dover District
If you’ve had a new bike for Christmas, or want to protect your laptop, mobile phone or other valuables, why not pop along to meet Community Safety Partnership officers for advice on preventing theft, and free security marking at a series of events.
Free security marking for bikes and valuables will take place at:
- Saturday 12 Jan – Burgoyne Heights Community Centre, Dover (12 noon-2pm)
- Monday 14 Jan – Aylesham Market Square (12 noon-2pm)
- Tuesday 15 Jan – Linwood Youth Hub in Deal (12 noon-2pm)
- Wednesday 16 Jan – Stembrook Car Park in Dover (12 noon-2pm)
- Thursday 17 Jan – Community Hub, Belgrave Road, Dover (5pm-7pm).
The events are being organised by the Dover District Community Safety Partnership as part of our ongoing work to keep communities safe and reduce the risk of theft. Simply bring your items along and we will security mark them for you for free.
Security marking your valuables could help deter thieves, as well as make items easier for the police to identify and return to you if they are lost or stolen.
For more crime prevention advice and news, please see the Kent Police website, or for information on community safety, please see the community safety pages.
Burgoyne Heights – New Bus Shelter
BROADBAND – LATEST NEWS
Good news! – Everyone in Guston that has been migrated to the new cabinet can now order service. Individuals will need to contact their service providers to request an updated service – this is likely to be a new contract. Households will NOT AUTOMATICALLY receive an improved connection/service without contacting their provider.
Community Transport Service
No Bus service when you need one?
Try the new Community Transport Service !
This service has been launched by DDC and TCTA and will collect you from and drop you at your chosen destinations.
Annual Membership from £20.00 – Members Return Fares from £3.50
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Temporary Road Closure – Dover Road, Guston, Dover – from 6 August 2018
It will be necessary to close part of Dover Road, Guston, near Dover, planned from Monday 6 August 2018 for an estimated period of up to 2 weeks.
Dover Road will be closed in various locations, to the extent indicated by signs and barriers on site.
The alternative route for any through traffic is via Connaught Road and Old Charlton Road.
The closure is to allow Morrison Utility Services to carry out various telecoms cabling works, working with Openreach
Due to the nature of these works, it will not be possible to re-open the road outside the working hours.
The works have been timed to be carried out during the school holidays, to reduce their impact
There is a chance that the works may over-run for such reasons as adverse weather conditions or unforeseen engineering difficulties.
The Kent County Council Highway Helpline phone number is 03000 418181
Dover District Council Responds To Operation Stack Consultation
Have Your Say On Plans For New Development On William Muge/Snelgrove Site in Dover
A certificate has been awarded to Parish Councillor Deborah Colam by Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) Community Awards Scheme 2018. Deborah has shown determination in overseeing the refurbishment of Guston Village Hall. She has secured grant funding, chased estimates and led the Trustees to a position where this project is almost complete
The award was approved and authorised by the High Sheriff of Kent and the Chairman of Kent County. It was presented by Cllr. Keith Gowland on behalf of KALC.
BEWARE – THIEVES ARE OPERATING IN GUSTON AND THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES
Vehicles are being targeted – please ensure that all your vehicles are securely locked. All tools should be locked in outbuildings, sheds or garages. Please be vigilant and report anything suspicious via police numbers
A certificate has been awarded to Parish Councillor Keith Gowland by Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) Community Awards Scheme 2017, for commitment to serving the Communities of Guston and Whitfield for many years.
The award was approved and authorised by the High Sheriff of Kent and the Chairman of Kent County Council.
This prestigious award takes into account the history of work and achievements by the nominated candidate, in recognising what has been accomplished to improve the quality of life for the communities of Guston and Whitfield.
Keith Gowland has served his two Parishes tirelessly over the years, not forgetting he chairs and serves on other committees, within the Dover District Council area.
County Councillor Geoffrey Lymer said ” Over the past ten or more years I have had the good fortune to work with Keith regularly. He continually gains my admiration and respect with his dedication, loyalty and commitment. A personable character who is ideally suited to his rôle of serving Guston and Whitfield community.”
PARISH COUNCIL VACANCY
Due to the resignation of Cllr. Morecroft there is now a vacancy on the Parish Council. Please use the above link for further details.
This site is intended to be a community information hub. We provide links to information about the Parish Council and how it functions, including Minutes of meetings. Additionally there are links to other useful bodies under ‘Useful Links‘ section.
Village Hall Latest
Work is underway again! Keep your eye on the progress!
Please feel free to let us know what you think of the site and pass on any suggestions or articles you would like included. We are particularly keen to have copies of any photographs of Guston and the Parish, especially Burgoyne Heights.
Items that may be of particular interest to you are:
Important local information
Articles of general interest about Guston and its history.
Recent Parish Council Meeting Minutes
St Martin Of Tours Church, Guston
Queen’s Garden Party
24th May 2016
Cllr. Tracey Creed BEM and Mr Nathan Creed attended the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Fabulous treat and well deserved!
Latest news and updates
Work is now progressing fast on this project. As you will have seen the solar panels have been installed on the roof and work is now underway inside.
The pictures below show the new flooring being laid along with insulation. Scott Morecroft has been working hard to maintain the momentum and liasing with both DDC and contractors to keep the work on track.
The new windows and doors have been ordered. The height of the windows in the rear room will be dropped so when the new suspended ceiling goes in we are only heating to the new lower height and not all the way to the ceiling. John Adams, another Guston resident is supplying the new beams for the windows that need dropping.
The old floors have been ripped up and currently being replaced back to joists and plates, there was evidence of woodworm, so the decision was made to strip the floors right back to plates (These are the timbers which the joists sit on) and install new damp course under the plates which was not evident under the old floor. Most of the materials have been or currently being delivered for the floors and these have been paid for.
The electrician will get started asap. Before the floor covering goes down his cables can be laid under the floor which goes with pipes for the plumber to fix whilst the floors are exposed.
Once the flooring is secure all the exterior walls will be battened and put 50mm insulation between the battens up to ceiling height which will insulate all the walls as there is no cavity. Timber has been ordered for this. Once the walls are insulated and the electrician has done his first fix the main halls can have plasterboard applied and then there will be a blank canvas on which to work. The suspended ceilings will have insulation laid across them which means then we have in theory an insulated box which should be cheaper to heat and run which is when the solar panels begin their work.
Latest Guston News
Three heritage projects in the Dover district secured a total of £93,400 from the Coastal Revival Fund which is designed to help communities to start the work to bring back into use historic buildings. Included in this is Fort Burgoyne.
Please use this link to access further information