Hextable Parish Council

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Sevenoaks District Council Scoop Financial Innovation Awards
April 27, 2017

The winning streak for Sevenoaks District Council continued at the Public Finance Innovation Awards after it picked up two trophies at a ceremony on 20 April.

The Council was crowned ‘Public Finance Innovator of the Year’ and then went on to pick up the ‘Grand Prix’ award.

This comes after a number of recent successes for the Council after being named as the Council of the Year at the Local Government Chronicle Awards in March and also scooping the top spots in the Finance and the ‘Overall Winner’ categories at the Guardian Public Service Awards in November.

The trophy cabinet is also packed out with two further awards for Commercialism in Property Estate and Innovation in Finance from the Municipal Journal awards in June.

At this most recent ceremony in London, the Council was celebrated for achieving financial self-sufficiency, which is supported by a bold property investment strategy, delivering significant revenue returns to the Council.

The Council has so far purchased a petrol station, office and retail space, a convenience store and a former Working Men’s Club. It has just completed the building of a multi-decked car park and is currently building a hotel.

This new source of income comes at a time when the Council will no longer receive any direct government funding.

A panel of expert judges praised the Council for its ‘impressive’ financial autonomy as they fought off organisations representing all parts of the public sector and all four nations of the UK.

Upon receiving both awards, the judges also commended the ‘risk appetite and culture of the organisation’.

Dr Pav Ramewal, Chief Executive, says: “It was a fantastic honour to be shortlisted in these awards along with so many high achieving organisations. To be announced as the Innovator of the Year and the Grand Prix Award winner was a really special moment for everyone associated with the Council.

“Back in 2013, our Councillors took a brave decision to work towards financial self sufficiency knowing full well our support from Government was set to dry up. The Council was determined to ensure we did everything in our power to protect the services we provide to our residents, acknowledging that we needed to take greater risks and give our staff the freedom to innovate and go where no council had gone before.

“Just three years later we became the first local authority to set a budget free from central government support and financially self-sufficient. Being recognised by CIPFA with these awards is a testament to the work of our Councillors and staff who delivered this incredible achievement.”

Free Motorbike Safety Riding Skills @ Brands Hatch
April 12, 2017

Sevenoaks District Council Master Vision for Swanley and Hextable Public Consulatation Report
April 02, 2017

Below are details, relevant to Hextable, of a public consultation by Sevenoaks District council regarding potential future development.

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For the section on Hextable in the report please click here

Youth Mental Wellbeing Event - Wed 5th April
March 29, 2017

Youth Mental Wellbeing eventin partnership with West Kent MindWednesday 5th April 2017 from 4pm to 6pmat the HOUSE in the Basement Youth Café, TN13 1ZZ

Following a recommendation from Youth Councillor Estella Durnford, Sevenoaks Youth Council has organised that West Kent Mind attend on 5th April so that any young people seeking specific help for their mental wellbeing during the Easter Holiday period, have access to support and signposting.

The House in the Basement Youth Café is open during the holidays Wednesday to Saturdays from 2-9pm for young people to attend with support provided by our trained Youth Worker with enhanced DBS, who would sign post to other relevant services.

For further information, please contact the Committee Clerk: 01732 459953 or via email council@Sevenoasktown.gov.uk

Gardenwaste Collection Service
March 25, 2017

Gardeners in the District can plant themselves a great deal

Residents looking to get their gardens in shape this spring can take advantage of a blooming good deal, as Sevenoaks District Council looks to get to the root of waste removal.

The Council is offering its hugely popular, fortnightly Garden Waste Collection Service for just £45 for 12 months for a large bin or £30 for a smaller bin, making it easy for residents to dispose of their garden waste.

The scheme is flourishing, with a record 5,000 tonnes of compostable garden waste collected since April – the weight of 25 blue whales.

Twenty-five single-use garden waste sacks are also available for just £14.

Cllr Matthew Dickins, Cabinet Member for Direct and Trading Services, says: "As garden waste shouldn't be placed in the black of clear sacks, we're pleased to offer a variety of convenient ways to dispose of it. With summer round the corner and bins or sacks to suit all garden sizes, why not take this opportunity to join the thousands of residents who take advantage of our popular garden waste service."

To find out more about the offer, residents should visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/gardenwaste