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Meet Our New Office Manager

A very warm welcome to Emily Martin, our newest recruit to the Colin Batt Removals Team. She takes over the removals Office Manager role, running the day to day operations and administration from our site in Ashford, Kent. Emily will most likely be the first person you speak to when you call the office to discuss your house or piano move. Please give her a nice friendly welcome next time you ring.

Office Manager

Removals Office Manager in Training!

Emily graduated University in 2011 with a degree in Business and English from Canterbury Christ Church University. Since graduating Emily has primarily worked in customer facing roles, whether this may be dealing with the general consumer or corporate clients. This education and business background means she is perfectly placed to take over as our removals office manager.

Emily has a good understanding of how to adapt and attend to each customer’s unique moving needs. She is all too aware that even the best laid plans do not always go as intended, be that a change in the completion date or delayed exchange. It is how we handle these situations, by working through these issues with you, that set us apart from the competition.

Customer Service is Key

Emily is passionate about delivering customer service and nothing but the best will do. This aligns with our company motto “Where Service is Key”.  Emily is determined that the whole team do all they can to achieve the best service for each customer. Emily knows that it takes more than just moving belongings carefully from one house to another to deliver good service. It takes a positive attitude, good communication and a drive to go that extra mile to really achieve excellent and memorable service.

Emily joins a great team and will be a real asset to Colin Batt Removals as our office manager. Her unique skills, experience and great customer service will help us all deliver you a superior and stress-free removal experience, from the first phone call to the last box moved.  Welcome Emily, we look forward to working with you.

Thinking of Moving Home to Wye?

Thinking of moving home? Have you checked out Wye in Kent or the surrounding villages? Wye is a great medieval village on the outskirts of Ashford in the fold of the picturesque North Downs. In 2013 Wye was voted the third best place to live in the country by the Sunday Times and you may have seen the village in the TV series Perfect Village.

The village cum town is quintessentially British, with a farmers market twice a month. At Christmas you can also enjoy a street party and in the summer take walks along the Devils Kneading Trough.

Wye History

Medieval Wye-Moving to KentWye has been an important crossing in Kent for centuries lying on the Pilgrims’ Way. The Romans built a settlement at the fording point of the River Stour on their road between Canterbury and Hastings. The village grew a meeting point and resting place for the weary medieval travellers. Since then the village has grown and now the travellers are mainly commuters.

Wye Properties

Like many of the villages in Kent, Wye boasts some beautiful houses, check out the medieval houses on Bridge Street. In fact in Wye you can find almost any type of property you fancy, from Georgian to 60s.

Transport Links

The train station allows you to get to Canterbury in 15 min and Ashford in a mere 6 min away, you can also reach London by train in 90min. By road Canterbury is only 12 miles away with the coast, Maidstone and London easily accessible from the M2 and M20.

Wye Schools

If you are looking for a primary school Lady Joanna Thornhill’s is graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted as is Challock Primary School, which is only a few miles away. For secondary schools Highworth (Girls) in Ashford and Canterbury’s Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys  and Barton Court Grammar are all also graded as ‘outstanding’.

Activities

Enjoy a walk along the North Downs and enjoy the views from the Devil’s Kneeding Trough or the Wye Chalk Crown. Further afield you have some great golf courses in Ashford or check out Chart Hills Golf Club in Biddenden. After all of this you might want to refresh yourself with a meal or a drink in the Tickled Trout or the New Flying Horse Inn. Wye Church - Moving to Kent

Thinking of Moving to Maidstone?

Maidstone has much to offer being situated in the heart of Kent and only a stones throw from London as well as the coast. It is surrounded by some of the most picturesque villages in the South-East, without the hustle and bustle of some other commuter cities.

MaidstoneMaidstone is the administrative centre of Kent but surprisingly only has a population of 140,000 people. Sought-after areas of the town include Loose and Mote Park and there are several popular villages nearby such as Bearsted and Aylesford. The River Medway provides a beautiful back drop for the town which still has some wonderfully historic parts.

Maidstone House Prices

House prices in Maidstone have risen by 5.96% in the last year, according to Zoopla, with the average price paid for all properties being £282,904. This makes Maidstone really good value when you compare it to other commuter areas such as Surrey. For instance, the average price for a detached property in Maidstone is £446,433 whereas in Surrey the cost is £812,407.

One of Maidstone’s main draws for home buyers is education, with great schooling in and around the town. Several schools have an Ofsted grading of outstanding, including St Michael’s Church of England Infant School, Valley Park School and Maidstone Grammar School for Boys and Girls. Check out all the school reports at http://dashboard.ofsted.gov.uk

MaidstoneCulturally the town benefits from a plethora of attractions. You can catch a play at the Hazlitt theatre, explore over 600,000 objects at the Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, all for free, or enjoy nature at its finest in the 450 acres of parkland at Mote Park. If retail therapy is more your thing check out Fremiln Walk and The Mall Maidstone, Maidstone is ranked in the top 5 shopping centres in the South-East for shopping yields.

Great Value Commuter Town

When you need to roam further afield, London can be reached by train in under an hour, or even 35 minutes if you’re prepared to drive to nearby Stroud. The M20 also gives easy access to London, including Gatwick and Heathrow which are 45 and 65 miles away respectively.

Maidstone has considerable appeal with its proximity to London, great schools and culture. If you’re considering moving house the value that Maidstone offers is considerable. Thinking of moving to maidstone? Why wouldn’t you.

Five Kent Towns in Top 50 Best Places to Live in UK: Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford, Maidstone and Tonbridge

Five of Kent’s towns have been ranked in the top 50 best places to live in Britain according to the Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2014, great news if you are moving to Kent or the South-East. We all know that Kent has some of the best places to live and it is nice that this is recognised.

The highest placed Kent town was Sevenoaks, which ranked 14th, followed by Tunbridge Wells which achieved 31st place. Ashford ranked in 38th, Tonbridge and Maidstone were 42nd and 44th respectively. If you are thinking of buying a house and moving to Kent you can’t go far wrong with these towns, they offer something for everyone.

Local Councillors of the top towns were very pleased. Leader of Ashford Borough Council, Gerry Clarkson, said:

Being named as the 38th best place in which to live in the UK is pleasing. It echoes everything residents have told us about the borough as a desirable place to live.

Nicolas Heslop, leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, said good schools, transport links to London and leisure facilities played a part in the borough’s placing.

As a region the South East dominates the survey, with over half of the towns found in this area. Hart in Hampshire was crowned the winner, as it has been for 4-straight years. Though, interestingly, only two London boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea and Bromley, made the top 50.

This is the ninth year that Halifax has completed the survey, which takes into account a variety of factors such as the labour market, housing, physical environment, health, education and personal well-being. Data is compiled from public agencies such as the Office for National Statistics, the Met Office and the British Crime Survey to produce the report.

What do you think – do you agree with the survey? We would love to hear your views on the best places to live in Kent and the South East. Where would you move to if you had the choice and why would you move house? Leave your comments and views below.

Kent Towns in Best Places to Live in UK

Top 50 Best Places to Live in the UK 2014

 

To find out more about the Quality of Life Survey check out the following link:

www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/globalassets/documents/media/press-releases/halifax/2014/quality-of-life-2014-final.pdf

 

The Pub Landlord to Stand for Election in Kent

People of Kent – Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, has announced he will be stand for election in Kent on 7 May 15. He has chosen the Kent constituency of South Thanet to take on Nigel Farage and is representing the newly formed Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP).

The comedian is standing on a platform of self-professed “Common Sense”, part of which includes leaving Europe by 2025 and the edge of the Solar System by 2050. On economics Al Murray has promised to revalue the pound at £1.10 making the pound allegedly worth 10p more.

The FUKP logo, which includes an upside down pound sign, is clearly a snub to UKIP, as it includes an upside down pound symbol. Al Murray has also said “It seems to me that the UK is ready for a bloke waving a pint around, offering common sense solutions.”

If Al Murray wins the election in Kent, he promised “The other parties offer a moon on a stick. We will do better than that: a British Moon on a British Stick”. Some of the other FUKP election pledges include:

  • 1p a Pint, as well as white wine or fruit based drink (Crisps will remain the same price)
  • To brick up the Channel Tunnel, with British Bricks.
  • Greece will be bought and operated by Kent County Council.
  • Reintroduce National Service, but only for those who don’t want to do it.
  • To look up the unemployed as they cause crime.

The South Thanet Seat is currently held by the Conservatives who won it from Labour in 2010. Laura Sandys, the Conservative MP, won with a majority of 7617 and a 48% majority. UKIP candidate, Trevor Shonk, on the other hand only managed 5.5% of the vote.

If you’re a betting man, Ladbrokes are currently offering 66-1 that Al Murray can win the election in Kent. Although if he does win, South Thanet would become the Nation’s capital and a Demilitarized Zone will be established between North and South Thanet. According to FKUP their official poll has found the following:

Election in Kent

FKUP First Official Poll

 

To see more of FKUP and the policies effecting the election in Kent, go to:

http://thepublandlord.com