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Sevenoaks District Council Information

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