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Sevenoaks District Council Information

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
May 27, 2017

Council’s new housing strategy to focus on younger and older residents

Following the largest ever consultation of residents in the Sevenoaks District, Sevenoaks District Council is now releasing its draft housing strategy for the public to comment on.

The strategy focuses on the areas that residents have said are the most important to them in terms of housing such as a focus on help for young people and first time buyers.

The draft strategy also aims to provide greater support to older people by helping them downsize to more suitable accommodation or helping those who choose to remain in their homes to stay safe and independent.

Although not a huge issue within the District, the draft strategy also targets bringing empty homes back into use so there is less reliance on new developments.

The new strategy is needed as the District faces a growing older population and the problems being faced by younger residents and others being unable to get on the housing ladder.

Residents can now have their say on the draft strategy until Friday 9 June and complete a survey at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/drafthousingstrategy.

Cllr Peter Fleming, the Council’s Leader, says: “We really appreciate the time and effort residents took to make sure their views were heard on this vital area of work for the council and the future of our communities.

“We have used all the responses to build this new strategy and help us better plan for housing we will need within the district.

“I urge everyone to take a couple of minutes to fill out our short survey as this is something that will affect everyone in the District.”


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


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