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GP services at Joydens Wood Medical Centre, Elmdene Surgery, Bean Surgery and Bennett Way Surgery
Dec 04,2019

You may be aware that following inspections on 19th and 20th November 2019 by the independent regulator of healthcare services, Care Quality Commission (CQC), the surgeries listed above are unable to provide clinical services at present.

This is because CQC found that these surgeries were not providing an acceptable level of service to patients and not meeting the required national standards.

This action has been taken to protect patients’ safety and welfare and work is currently being undertaken to ensure that the surgeries can meet the required standards of patient care as soon as possible.

In line with the usual protocols, DGS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with NHS England and NHS Improvement as well as the CQC to ensure that alternative arrangements have been made for all registered patients so that they can continue to access care and services from other local GP practices.

Our aim is to ensure continuity of care for patients and minimum disruption. If they need to see a GP, alternative arrangements have been made to ensure access to GP care by calling their usual surgery as usual.

From Monday 2nd December 2019 patients registered at Elmdene, Bean and Bennett Way Surgeries are being offered appointments at Bennett Way Surgery with GPs who usually work at Temple Hill Group.

Similarly, patients registered with Joydens Wood Medical Centre can attend appointments at Cedars Surgery, Swanley, and these can be booked by staff at Joydens Wood Medical Centre. Although patients are entitled to register with another practice within their catchment area, there is no need to do so.

 

There is a patient helpline - 03000 424969 - and dedicated email address - dgsccg.helpline@nhs.net - to respond to individual queries. The helpline is available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

There has been some media interest in this issue which is being handled by DGS CCG and the CQC.  We will keep you informed of any further developments.

 

For the latest information, please check the CCG’s website at www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk.

 

Paula Wilkins
Chief Nurse

Medway, DGS, Swale and West Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups


IMAGO: Christmas Volunteering.
Nov 24,2019


Council concerned after Local Plan hearings are cancelled

Oct 23,2019

Sevenoaks District Council has expressed serious concerns after the Planning Inspectorate unexpectedly cancelled the next round of Local Plan hearings.

Despite having all the Local Plan evidence 169 days earlier, the Government Appointed Inspector, Karen Baker, wrote to the Council on 15 October, about its ‘Duty to Co-operate’ with neighbouring councils to find sites for new homes. She said: “My main concern relates to the lack of constructive engagement with neighbouring authorities to resolve the issue of unmet housing need.”

Evidence submitted to the Inspector, however, clearly demonstrates the Council had worked closely with its eight neighbouring councils since 2015 when it began the new Plan. It also worked with another nearby council, which does not share a border the District, even though it did not have to.

In April, the Council met with the Government’s Planning Advisory Service to discuss its neighbours’ ability to assist with unmet housing need. The meeting confirmed neighbouring authorities could not help. Before submitting the Plan, the Council also sought the opinion of a QC and industry experts, including former senior Planning Inspectors, who also advised the Council’s approach was sound.

In light of her concerns, the Planning Inspector has cancelled the remaining examination hearings planned for November. At this stage, she has not provided detailed reasons for her decision.

The Council has written to the Planning Inspector asking her to explain the reasons behind her decision while expressing concerns about the impartiality of the examination process.

Sevenoaks District Council’s Local Plan is the first to be assessed under a new planning framework and is likely to impact on following Local Plans across the country. The Plan is based on evidence, including major consultations with local people and the availability of land.

Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council, says: “It is clear to me the way this has been handled calls into question the integrity of the whole plan making system in this country.

“The inspector had our submission for six months and asked over 500 questions. What’s more, the draft plan was independently verified and found sound by three external parties including the Government’s own Planning Advisory Service.

“Had there been a fundamental problem, I would have expected the examination not to have gone ahead from the start.

“As a Council we decided early on that we would follow an evidence-led approach, not prejudging any site and going where our plan making policy and the evidence took us.

“To call into question an evidence-led approach comes to the root of our concerns with the actions of the Inspector. If we are not to follow the evidence to make our Plan then the Government may just as well dictate how many homes an area should have and then pick sites, we need to put an end to the thinly veiled charade that local plans are in any way locally led.

“But the most damning comment has to be left for the Inspector’s approach to publish her brief note before allowing the Council to either see her full reasoning or have a chance to respond. This suggests her mind is far from open and she and her masters have made their minds up.

“Sevenoaks District Council will stand up for its residents and the District’s environment against what we believe is a huge abuse of the process by the Planning Inspectorate and the Government department responsible. We will not allow them to run roughshod over the huge weight of evidence we have amassed, community views we have collated and the few powers we have left as a planning authority.”

Cllr Julia Thornton, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Development and Conservation adds:

“For the past four years, we have worked closely and met regularly with neighbouring councils and beyond as part of our Duty to Cooperate. However, they were unable to help meet our District’s housing need. Independent planning experts and the Government’s own Planning Advisory Service confirmed they could not help.

“The Inspector’s decision to cancel the examination will be a huge disappointment to the thousands of residents who took part in our consultations, helping to shape our new Local Plan. We received more than 235,000 comments and residents told us loud and clear, they wanted us to continue to protect the District while providing new homes and infrastructure for the future. Taking the Local Plan off the table puts at risk the new infrastructure, including the schools, medical and leisure facilities, we really need.

“We are pleased the Inspector has not reached a final conclusion on this matter and we will work hard and fast to find a positive and pragmatic way forward.”


Hextable Motor Show July 18th 2020

 

Sept 29,2019

Official Exhibitor/Trader enquiry line for Hextable Motor Show & Family Fun Day 07818 727644


National Highways & Transport Network - Public Satisfaction Surveys
Sept 15,2019

This year, for the second year, Kent County Council is taking part in the NHT Public Satisfaction Survey on highways and transport services. Whilst the main survey is being carried out by Ipsos MORI, who will be sending forms to a representative sample of households, we have also opted to take part in six web-based surveys on specific issues:

  • Highway maintenance 
  • Accessibility
  • Walking and cycling
  • Public transport 
  • Road safety
  • Tackling congestion 

These surveys are publicly available online, and may be accessed via our website using this link:

https://kccconsultations.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/Nationaltransportsurvey2019_20/consultationHome

The greater the take-up of the surveys, the more useful they will be in helping us to understand the priorities and concerns of people who live or work in Kent, so please feel welcome to complete any of the surveys which interest you. If you have any issues or concerns then please feel free to contact us.


Hextable Motor Show July 18th 2020
Sept 08,2019

"Hextable Parish council together with Hextable Hub, the village residents association, are organising a Motor Show and Village Fun Day at Hextable Park Emersons Avenue Hextable BR8 7WS on 18th July 2020.

We are looking for stall holders to trade at the Show, selling Handbags/leather goods, plants, car related goods, jewellery, this is not an exhaustive list so if you would like a stall at the show and it is selling goods not listed you can contact us on Hextable Motor Show Facebook page messenger".


Kent Highways Forward Works Programme
Sept 08,2019

Kent Highways have produced their full Years One and Two (2019/20-2020/21) Forward Works Programme.

The programme is available for public viewing on the website: https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/94574/Highways-planned-works-programme.pdf.

They are currently working on our Year Three to Five (2021/22-2023/24) Forward Works Programme, and plan to publish this later this year.


Swanley Mental Health Crisis
July 23,2019


Planning Inspector approves Swanley Centre redevelopment
July 23,2019

The Government’s Planning Inspectorate has granted planning permission for the partial redevelopment of Swanley Centre on appeal after the original application was refused.

Applicant and Swanley Centre owners, U+I, applied to Sevenoaks District Council for planning permission to replace the existing centre with seven tower blocks ranging from three to 11 stories high providing 303 new homes and 4,318 square metres of commercial and retail space.

The Council’s Development Control Committee refused the application on 16 November 2017. U+I subsequently appealed against the Council’s decision and the planning appeal was heard at a public inquiry from 4 to 7 June 2019.

The Planning Inspectorate’s decision was announced yesterday, Tuesday 16 July 2019, and is subject to conditions and a legal agreement.

Cllr Julia Thornton, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Development and Conservation, says: “Our Development Control Committee refused this application as it had serious concerns about the impact on neighbours and the wider town. But, the final decision was made hundreds of miles away from Swanley by the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate.”


Upgrading Gas Network in Main Road from Monday 1 July for Approx Six Weeks
June 13,2019


Local Plan Information
April 23,2019

Submitted Local Plan & the Impact on Hextable 

The Parish Council is pleased that the submitted version of the Local Plan (which has now been sent by Sevenoaks District Council for assessment by the National Planning Inspectorate) contains none of the Green Belt sites, that had been put forward during the initial Call for Sites initiative have been include.  Getting the plan right, that meets the needs of the development quota in the district, whilst maintaining our important Green Belt land in and around the village is vital - as the final plan will determine Planning Policy for the next 15 – 20 years.  This has only been achieved by consulting carefully and listening to residents, the Parish Council and our local District and Parish Councillors as consultees.

The submissions and the consultation periods are both now closed and there is nothing else that can be done until the plan has been reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate.  The examination of the submitted plan is believed to be completed over the coming months.  When it has been examined and found to be sound, this will form  the future planning framework for Development in our district.  The link below is to a short video which explains the process and in particular, the role of the Planning Inspectorate in the.   

Planning Inspectorate Video - Information on Local Plan

https://youtu.be/fiPau5w_J30

The Local Plan addresses the Government’s requirement to provide up to 14,000 new homes within the plan period in the district.  During summer 2018, there was a long consultation exercise, and as a result, the comments from this process have been considered and used, alongside further technical information, to produce the final draft of the Local Plan called the 'Proposed Submission Version of the Local Plan'.

Along with some other smaller sites, the significant development for Hextable includes 190 units on the former Oasis (Hextable School) site.  As we have reported regularly, one of the important considerations regarding this site is the retention of the Howard Venue, as a strategic and well-used community building and in particular, the Parish Council has made representation to include the provision of adequate parking that will help make this a sustainable facility.

When this document has been reviewed and approved by the National Planning Inspectorate, it will determine what sites can be developed over the coming 20+ years, and will form the planning guidance that will govern all future applications in and around Hextable.  The sites included are:

  • HO106 College Road Nurseries, College Road, Hextable 9 BF 
  • HO212 Egerton Nursery, Egerton Avenue, Hextable 19 BF 
  • HO225 Oasis Academy, Egerton Avenue, Hextable 127 BF
  • HO58 Land west of College Cottages (Saunders), College Road, 16 BF
  • O224 Former Furness School, Rowhill Road, Hextable 124 UC (Urban Confines)

Interactive Local Plan Map 

The link below, provides a useful way to view the sites above – by zooming in to the map, and clicking on each site:

https://maps.sevenoaks.gov.uk/crowdsource-polling-master/index.html?appid=af73a66186e540abb2cf0918f37a13e1


Egerton Nursery – Enforcement Action

On Wednesday 24th April, Sevenoaks District Council Enforcement team, together with Kent Police, carried out a raid on the former Egerton Nursery site and have started to take action on several breeches there. 

The Parish Council was informed formally on Friday 26th April by the Enforcement Officer that action has been taken as a result of recent concerns raised by the Parish Council to the planning department, and from the residents during the recent consultation. 


Hextable Parish Council - Future of the Parish Complex

It is well known that the parish council has been considering options for the future of the Parish Complex.  The developed site, off Dawson Drive contains four buildings that the parish own, each with different uses and merits.     

The parish council has a duty to ensure that the best use is made of the assets we own, and to consider how the community can benefit from the facilities we have, whilst minimising the financial burden on the tax payer.  

Our recent consultation with residents on some initial ideas for the future of the site, formed the very early stages of this consideration.  The feedback from this exercise will give us some valuable indication as to what the council may decide to do in the future.  The Parish Complex site, and all the council-owned facilities, belong collectively to the community, but the Parish Council manage these on behalf of our residents.  It is therefore essential that we use the feedback to help us in our future decisions.  

It is important to us to ensure that in considering what ever we may do on the Complex site, is of maximum benefit for as many of our residents and user groups as we can, and that there is alternative provision in the community to provide for any users of the existing facilities who may be displaced.  Part of our ambition to improve, and provide sustainable facilities includes the reinvestment of any funds received in the replacement of a permanent pavilion in the park for the many youngsters that use the current dilapidated building.  

The independent research company managing the feedback are working through the responses, and are are on programme to publish their report to be made available for members to review at full council in November, before we make this report available to residents.  

At the last meeting of the council, we resolved to ask our independent research company to compile the report (to be brought to the next council meeting) and for it to be provided to the new elected members of the council in May 2019 when options can be decided, this will be brought back to council in Spring 2020.  This is now available to view on the Parish Complex - Your Views page of this website.