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Sevenoaks District Council Information

Hextable Resident Finded for Fly-tipping
Nov 14, 2017

A Hextable resident has been fined after pleading guilty to numerous fly-tipping offences in Swanley.

Mr Suna Meah, 50, of Main Road, Hextable, admitted to the charges at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Friday 10 November after investigations by Sevenoaks District Council discovered the offences between May and July this year.

The fly tips consisting of beer bottle packaging, wholesale empty food ingredient bags, egg trays and other trade waste believed to be from Indian restaurants, were found at Bevan Place Car Park, Swanley.

Mr Meah pleaded guilty to the offences and was ordered to pay a total of £780, including a sum of £550 covering the Council’s clean-up costs.

Sevenoaks District Council Portfolio Holder for Direct Services, Cllr Matthew Dickins, says: “This is yet another example of our ongoing commitment to combatting fly-tipping in our District.

“Like other fly-tippers before him, Mr Meah showed no respect for the law, fellow residents or the natural environment we all hold so dear.

“Like others before him, he was caught and brought to justice.

“Sevenoaks District Council is the only local authority in Kent to have a dedicated fly-tipping investigation team and earlier this year helped secure the introduction of a new countywide environmental crime intelligence analyst.

“We will continue to successfully pursue criminals like Mr Meah until the message is understood: the Sevenoaks District is not open to fly-tipping.”

Christmas Refuse Collections
Nov 06, 2017

Sevenoaks District Council will be working extra days over Christmas and New Year so you don’t miss out on a rubbish and recycling collection.

Most collections will take place one day later than usual except the Christmas day collection on Monday 25 December, which will take place two days earlier on Saturday 23 December.

If you receive a garden waste collection, the changes will apply to this service too.

Please refer to the table below for details.

The Council has asked that you put your sacks and bins out at 7am on your revised collection day to help prevent attracting animals and the build-up of litter.

To view your refuse collection days online visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/collectiondays

Your normal day

Your revised collection day

Friday 22 December

No change, normal collection

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day)

Saturday 23 December

Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day)

Wednesday 27 December

Wednesday 27 December

Thursday 28 December

Thursday 28 December

Friday 29 December

Friday 29 December

Saturday 30 December

Monday 1 January

Tuesday 2 January

Tuesday 2 January

Wednesday 3 January

Wednesday 3 January

Thursday 4 January

Thursday 4 January

Friday 5 January

Friday 5 January

Saturday 6 January

Monday 8 January

Normal collection service resumes

Farm Owner FIned for Persistent Toxic Bonfires
Oct 12, 2017

A Horton Kirby resident has been prosecuted by Sevenoaks District Council and ordered to pay £12,600 in fines and costs for his persistent ‘dark smoke’ toxic bonfires fuelled by household waste and tyres.

Sevenoaks District Council took legal action against Mr William Cook Jr, of Oakview Stud Farm on Lombard Street, Horton Kirby, after numerous complaints from residents about his large fires, with the Council issuing him a warning in May 2016.

Mr Cook, 51, was then issued a Community Protection Notice (CPN) to prohibit fires on site in November 2016 after Council officers attended a large dark smoke fire at his farm which was deemed to be in breach of the Clean Air Act 1993.

However, Mr Cook continued with Council Environmental Health offices witnessing three further fires in December 2016 and April 2017.

Mr Cook plead guilty at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on 4 October to one charge of a dark smoke offence as well as three charges for breaching a CPN, and was fined £1,000 for each offence as well as being ordered to pay £8,500 in costs to the Council and a £100 victim surcharge.

The Council has also been granted a Criminal Behaviour Order against Mr Cook which if breached, could lead to imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Cllr Matthew Dickins, the Council’s Cabinet member for Direct and Trading Services, says: “Despite repeated attempts to engage with Mr Cook, he persisted with his polluting bonfires – showing a callous disregard for the law, his neighbours and the environment we hold so dear.

“This case makes crystal clear that environmental crime has no place in the Sevenoaks District and the burning of hazardous waste will simply not be tolerated.

“The granting of a Criminal Behaviour Order demonstrates the seriousness with which the Court has taken this matter. I very much welcome its decision and wish to place on record my thanks to the colleagues involved in securing this successful prosecution.”

Free advice for empty home owners
Oct 09, 2017

Residents who own empty homes are invited to attend a free drop-in event to help bring their property back into use in support of Empty Homes Week 2017 starting on 16 October.

Empty properties not only cost their owners money for maintenance, Council Tax and insurance, they can affect the surrounding neighbourhood sometimes acting as a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

But Sevenoaks District Council is taking action to help bring these properties back into use and in the past nine years has helped to return over 125 homes to good use.

The free event takes place from 1.30pm to 4pm on Wednesday 18 October at Sevenoaks District Council’s offices in Sevenoaks. No booking is necessary, residents can just turn up for advice.

Sevenoaks District Council’s Empty Homes Officer and an expert from KCC’s ‘No Use Empty’ scheme will be on hand to give free and impartial advice. Support available includes interest free loans worth up to £25,000 and how to best market an empty home for those considering selling.

Cllr Michelle Lowe, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, says: “Everyone wins when an empty home is brought back into use. The homeowner makes money instead of putting their hand into their pocket to pay the bills and a family will get a much needed local home.”

“This free event gives empty property owners access to all the advice and resources they need to help bring their homes back into use.”

Swanley meat seller sent to prison for selling unfit food


Oct 04, 2017


The owner of a Swanley based meat business has been sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay over £50,000 in fines and costs for selling chicken unfit for human consumption, with almost 12 tonnes of the meat being destroyed by Sevenoaks District Council.

60 year old Mr Sukru Ahmet of East Rochester Way, Sidcup and his company UK Chicken Doner & Poultry Ltd used a converted concrete mixer to manufacture meat and was handed the punishment at a sentencing hearing at Maidstone Crown Court today (Thursday 28 September 2017).

Mr Ahmet was ordered to pay half the Council and Court costs, totalling £11,880, with his company also given a £30,000 fine and made to pay the other half of costs, totalling £53,760, after previously pleading guilty to 21 charges of breaking food safety laws at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on 28 March 2017.

Sevenoaks District Council brought about the prosecution after it uncovered Mr Ahmet had been running a food business in breach of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, since at least November 2014 at units at Upper Hockenden Farm, Maidstone Road in Swanley.

The business supplied chicken doner kebabs to takeaways, food manufacturers and other food to businesses across London and the South East.

By law, all meat, meat preparations and meat products should be handled or processed in premises approved by either the Council or the Food Standards Agency.

In November 2015, Mr Ahmet notified the Council his company was intending to run a food business. He was told that he would need to apply for Council approval but in January 2016, he informed the Council he would not be processing meat.

Three inspections by the Council’s Environmental Health Officers followed in early February 2016 which found activities were taking place without approval.

Legal Notices were issued to stop these activities with a quantity of chicken was detained pending disposal and following a further four inspections in April 2016, the Council seized 11.75 tonnes of the meat and a warrant was granted by the Court to enter the premises to remove documents.

A subsequent investigation found that:

• Mr Ahmet had been trading on the site under the name of United Meat and Poultry Suppliers from November 2014 until 1 December 2015 without notifying the Council of the business and without seeking approval of the establishment
• Meat was ready to be sold, which had exceeded its use by dates or did not have clear dates on it
• He was misleading customers by relabelling food produced in Germany as having been produced in the UK by a different company
• Meat had been placed on the market when it had not been handled at an approved premises
• Meat had not been marked with where it was produced or processed
• There was no information about dates the meat had been frozen
• There was a failure to produce records of food provided to and from them.

The Council was granted a Court Order to destroy the unsafe food and it was removed from the premises and sent for incineration.

Mr Ahmet and his company pleaded guilty to 21 charges of breaching Food Safety and Hygiene laws at the Magistrates’ court hearing on 28 March 2017. These were:

• One offence against Mr Ahmet trading as United Meat and Poultry Suppliers for failure to notify the Council it was carrying out the production, processing and distribution of food
• 10 offences against UK Chicken Doner & Poultry Ltd for operating without approval, placing unsafe food on the market, misleading labelling and failing to mark and keep records of food to ensure it is traceable
• 10 offences against Mr Ahmet as a director of UK Chicken Doner & Poultry Ltd for the same offences because he either consented, connived or was negligent in them.

The Council has also been granted a Prohibition Order to prevent Mr Ahmet from the management of any food business in future.

Cllr Matthew Dickins, the Council’s Cabinet member for Direct and Trading Services, says: “This is one of the most serious breaches of food safety laws the Council has ever come across. Consumers must have confidence that their meat is prepared in a safe, approved environment and is fit for them to eat.

“Mr Sukru Ahmet and his company had no regard for the food safety laws that exist to protect the public. The substantial fine and custodial sentence handed down by the court demonstrates the seriousness of the case.”

Former BBC newsreader helps residents step towards fitness with new wellbeing walking group
Oct 04, 2017

Local resident and former BBC newsreader, Peter Sissons, joined Sevenoaks District Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham to launch a new volunteer led community well-being walking group ‘Every Step Counts’ in Otford.

Britain’s longest serving newsreader, joined a group of around 25 fellow residents as it begun its first, free walk on National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27 September, with the walk running every Wednesday beginning at Otford Memorial Centre car park.

The new community well-being walk, organised and run entirely by volunteers with the help and support of the Council’s healthy living team.

The walk is aimed at residents who may never have walked before but want to give it ago and also residents with a long term condition, overweight, lack fitness or simply lack the confidence and self-esteem to go out walking alone.

Much shorter than one of the Council’s regular health walks and with encouragement and support every step of the way, the group is led by three qualified walk volunteers, Cllr Anna Firth, Jo Kingston and Irene Collins.

The walks will vary in time and distance to accommodate people’s abilities. Initially they will last around 20 minutes building up to just over half an hour, although there will be always be the option to do more or less for those who wish to and there will always be the opportunity to have tea and a chat in the Otford Hospice shop afterwards!

Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, says: “I am delighted to support the launch of a new free wellbeing walk in the District providing residents with important, light exercise and many other physical and mental benefits. Walking is good for everybody. Not only does it keep us healthy it reduces the pressure on the National Health Service as well. It really is a win, win for everyone! I would like to thank my colleague Cllr Anna Firth for her help setting up the walk, which I’m sure will benefit many people.”

Peter Sissons, says: “The important thing for all of us is just to keep moving. Staying active is the secret to staying healthy. ‘Every Step Counts’ provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to get outside and get moving. I really enjoyed it and if I can do it with two arthritic feet then anyone can!”

Jo Kingston, volunteer, adds: "It doesn’t matter if you can only manage a short distance, are recovering from an illness or operation, are trying to lose weight, or need someone to encourage you to exercise.

“Every Step Counts is open to anyone looking to take their first steps towards better wellbeing, so please come out and join us, enjoy the great outdoors, get fit and meet new people!”

Jill Roberts, of West Kent Mind who also attended the wellbeing walk, says: “A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. ‘Every Step Counts’ is a fantastic initiative because it is open to everyone, there is no pressure and nobody is pushed out of their comfort zone. In an ideal world, every village would have one!”

Find out more about Every Step Counts by e-mailing everystepcounts17@gmail.com or find out more information about other health walks in the District, call 01732 227000 or e-mail communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Hospital Discharge Scheme Wins Awards


Sept 26, 2017


An initiative which is helping reduce delays faced by patients who are ready to leave hospital has won an industry award and been commended in another.

The West Kent Hospital Discharge Scheme picked up the ‘Excellent Partnership’ prize in the Kent Housing Group & Kent Joint Policy & Planning Board for Housing Excellence Awards on Wednesday 13 September and was Commended in the ‘Collaboration’ category at the national Foundations Home Improvement Agency awards on Thursday 14 September.

Sevenoaks District Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council launched the innovative scheme last November in collaboration with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and Family Mosaic to help patients ready for discharge return home more quickly and ensure hazards in the home, that may cause readmission, are removed.

A Health and Housing Co-ordinator works in the hospital discharge team to ensure they are involved with patients at an early stage. By being on the wards in Tunbridge Wells Hospital, they can identify and overcome obstacles preventing patients from returning home.

The service offered includes a detailed assessment of the home to offer further advice and financial assistance through Housing Assistance and Disabled Facilities Grants and access to a handyperson.

Crucially the handyperson can react quickly to requests for works that can either allow a swift hospital discharge or undertake essential home repairs to prevent further accidents including falls in and around the home, reducing the need to be readmitted into hospital.

Within five months, 111 residents across the three council areas had been helped saving at least 121 unnecessary nights in hospital and in doing so, saving the NHS an estimated £54,450.

The latest data from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust found that the scheme, along with other initiatives, has significantly reduced delayed transfers of care for patients attending the hospitals within the Trust who live in Kent. Recently the scheme was extended to Darenth Valley Hospital in Dartford and discussions are ongoing to also cover Maidstone Hospital.

Professor John Ashton, a leading public health consultant says: "This is a splendid example of what should be happening everywhere. For too long housing has been the weak link in joined up health and social care. The next step is to make sure that every hospital board has somebody on it who has a housing background."

Cllr Michelle Lowe, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Health, adds: “Too many patients, who are ready to leave the hospital, face serious delay as their homes are no longer suitable for their needs or they cannot access the services they need. But with councils working closely with health, we can provide a range of housing services, so patients can leave much hospital sooner.”

“This is obviously good news for patients. They do not want to send any more time in hospital than is necessary. It’s also good news for the NHS saving thousands of pounds. While it’s early days for the scheme, we are already seeing positive results that are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Sophie Shrubsole says: “We are delighted that this worthwhile initiative has been recognised within the industry. The scheme goes from strength to strength thanks to the hard work of many people and it’s a great example of partnership working.”

Cllr Lynne Weatherly, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, says: “Working with our neighbouring councils and the NHS on such an important and very practical initiative which will help get people out of hospital and back in to the familiar environment of their own home as soon as possible is giving some very positive outcomes. Having the service based in the hospital means a quick response to what the patient needs which is a better result for everyone.”

Community Grants up to £5k Now Available
Sept 19, 2017


Community grants worth up to £5,000 are now available for voluntary and charitable organisations across the Sevenoaks District to help them to continue their valuable work.


The grants from Sevenoaks District Council’s Community Grant Scheme exist to help organisations which provide services, activities or projects that benefit residents with the greatest needs.

In particular, the Council wants to support projects, activities and services that are delivered with the help of volunteers.

In addition, the Council also wants to receive applications for projects that will improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Cllr Roddy Hogarth, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Grants, says: “Our community grants have enabled voluntary and charitable groups in the District the chance to improve the quality of life for many, especially our vulnerable, older and younger residents.

“I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity, and if you are interested or need extra advice then please do not hesitate in contacting us”.

Eligible organisations have until Friday 24 November 2017 to apply for a grant of between £100 and £5,000 for which successful applicants will be notified in April 2018.

Application packs can be requested by emailing grants@sevenoaks.gov.uk or by calling the Council on 01732 227000.

Test your Trivia with the Chairman's Charity Quiz Night
Sept 18, 2017

Residents in the Sevenoaks District need to get fingers on the buzzers quick as Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham invites all to his charity quiz night on Saturday 30 September.

The event will put weakest links to the test and starts from 7pm at Sevenoaks Bowls Club, Hollybush Close, Sevenoaks (TN13 3UX) with tickets costing £12.50 per person, including a fish and chip supper.

Brainboxes and masterminds will need to sign up as a team of eight, with all proceeds from the night going towards Ellenor, one of the Chairman’s chosen charities, who give support and care for families in Kent who are facing terminal illness.

There will also be a fully licensed bar on the night, but it will be a case of ‘fastest finger first’ as the teams of eight will be signed up on a first come, first serve basis.

Sevenoaks District Council Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, says: “The evening promises to be great fun, where everyone can stretch their brain cells for a good cause.

“Ellenor are such an important charity, carrying out incredible work across Kent every day for families in need of support, so it would be wonderful to see a full house on the night.”

To register a team, phone a friend by contacting Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227247 or e-mailing chairman@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Sevenoaks District Council: Local Plan Consultation
July 30, 2017

Sevenoaks District Council is consulting on a Local Plan Issues and Options document, seeking views on preferred options across the District.

The issues and Options consultation document sets out the Council's preferred options for addressing needs and issues in the District, in order to ensure all reasonable options are considered, representations on alternatives will be invited as part of the public consultation and these will be considered prior to drawing up a draft Local Plan.

The consultation document will be available for inspection on the Sevenoaks District Council's websive via planningconsult.sevenoaks.gov.uk

Or at the Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG. Opening hours Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.00pm and Friday 8.45 am to 4.45pm; and All public libraries in the Sevenoaks District Council area during normal opening hours.

The consultation period for this document runs from the Thursday 3 August 2017 to Thursday 5 October 2017

Council worker honoured with posthumous award
July 20, 2017

A Sevenoaks District Council licensing manager who tragically lost her life has been posthumously honoured with a top award at the Regulatory Delivery Awards on July 4 for her outstanding contribution to her service.

Claire Perry, Manager for the Licensing Partnership based at Sevenoaks District Council, sadly passed away on 21 May 2017, following an aneurysm.

Claire’s husband, Adam, alongside Sevenoaks District Councillor, Anna Firth collected the award at the ceremony in Birmingham for ‘Better Business for All’ (BBfA), an initiative between local businesses and regulators which provides advice and support.

The successful Licensing Partnership is responsible for managing the licensing administration operations for Maidstone Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and the London Borough of Bexley.

The award acknowledged the significant contribution that Claire made to BBfA in Kent and Medway and how she participated in the planning and delivery of BBfA training to over 300 regulatory officers across the region.

Claire was also recognised for her spirit, determination and her passion for innovation and perfection in what she did is reflected in the work of her team which has had an impact nationally.

Cllr Anna Firth, Sevenoaks District Council Cabinet Member for Legal and Democratic Services, says “There are many people that have worked at Sevenoaks District Council since it was founded, but few have left such a legacy.

"Claire delivered something beyond all of our expectations that will last long in to the future. Councillors and staff miss Claire deeply, the Council is a poorer place without her.”

Charity run raises thousands for local dementia services
July 20, 2017

After almost 500 participants ran, walked or pushed their way around Knole Park back on 14 May, Sevenoaks District Council can reveal over £4,500 was raised for the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum.

Residents from all over the District and beyond turned out in full force on a sunny morning to take on one of the timed 3, 5 or 10 kilometre races on the beautiful backdrop of the medieval deer park.

Today, (Friday 14 July), Sevenoaks District Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, presented a cheque for the money raised to Forum co-chairs Elaine Ferris and Symone Salwan at Knole House. The money will fund dementia friendly projects across the Sevenoaks District.

As well as the cheque being presented, the event was also celebrating the launch of a new Forget-me-not Café in Knole House, Sevenoaks, which is the first project being funded by the money raised from Run, Walk or Push against Dementia.

The café provides support and companionship to those in the community who are living with memory issues or dementia as well as their carers, family and friends.

It will run on the first Friday of every month, starting from 1 September, and is the third of its kind in West Kent following on from the success of cafés in Edenbridge and Westerham, launched in 2015.

Sevenoaks District Chairman, Cllr Larry Abraham, says: “We’re so proud the event back in May managed to raise this much money and now the runners and sponsors are able to see for themselves where some of the money is going.

“The Forget-me-not Cafés have been doing such important work in supporting residents across the District who are touched by dementia. For the money from Run, Walk or Push against Dementia to be funding the two existing cafe’s for another year and the opening of a new one in Sevenoaks is an excellent achievement for everyone that enjoyed the day and made it happen.

“I’d also like to thank the Council staff who gave up their Sunday and helped out on the day.”

The Run, Walk or Push against Dementia event was organised by Sevenoaks District Council in partnership with The Good Care Group, Home Instead Senior Care, supported by Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers.

From L-R are: Symone Salwan and Elaine Ferris (Co-Chairs of the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum), Cllr Larry Abraham (SDC Chairman), and Jennifer Whiteoak (Community Engagement Officer for Knole House).

Safer School Zones


June 12, 2017


Safer School Zones are being introduced close to primary schools in Swanley in order to tackle dangerous and inconsiderate parking.

Sevenoaks District Council has teamed up with Kent County Council to introduce the zones following calls from parents, schools and school crossing patrol ‘lollypop’ people to improve safety and traffic flow during the busy drop off and pick up times.

Areas around schools with Keep Clear areas, lollypop crossings and yellow lines will be designated as Safer School Zones where stopping or parking will not be allowed.

Highly visible Safer School Zone signs will be put up at the approaches and exits to the Zones. Civil Enforcement Officers (better known as traffic wardens) will carry out extra patrols and will issue an immediate fine if they see a vehicle stopping in a Safer School Zone.

So far three schools have signed up for safer parking zones: St Bartholomew's Catholic Primary School, High Firs Primary School and St Mary's CoE Primary School.

Cllr Matthew Dickins, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Direct and Trading Services, says: "Concerned parents, teachers and others have asked for our help in tackling the problem of children being placed in harm’s way by the small minority of motorists who, when parking near schools, choose to do so in a dangerous or inconsiderate location. With the introduction of Safer School Parking Zones, we'll be putting safety first and taking a zero tolerance approach with any driver who flouts the rules."

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.”

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