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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).

Family Fun Days this Summer
July 14, 2017

Parents, guardians and children across the Sevenoaks District can breathe a sigh of relief and jump for joy as the summer family fun days are once again making a return.

Organised and funded by Sevenoaks District Council, the days bring sports, games, arts, crafts, and much more every weekday for four weeks from Monday 24 July and best of all, it’s all completely free.

The days are run by Imago with support from local town and parish councils and are a great way for families to save money and have fun in an active, safe and friendly environment.

No booking at all is required, however, parents or guardians are encouraged to prepare for all types of weather by bringing both waterproof clothing and sunscreen.

Cllr Roddy Hogarth the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Development, says: “I’m sure many residents are pleased we’re able to bring these events back after we had such a good turnout last year.

“They are a great opportunity for families to get outside, have a free day out and make the most of the summer holidays.

“This year the days are jam-packed full of activities from sports to crafts from face-painting to other fun and games so I’d urge families to bring a picnic and make a day of it.”

Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times and some activities may not be suitable for very young children.

Residents are also advised to check the Council’s website at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/summerfun or Twitter at @SDC_newsdesk before setting off the programme may be subject to change at short notice.

For more information residents can call the Council on 01732 227000.

Monday 24 July, 10am to 2pm - Four Elms, behind the Primary School
Tuesday 25 July, 10am to 2pm - Knockholt Recreation Ground
Wednesday 26 July, 10am to 2pm - Brasted Recreation Ground
Thursday 27 July, 10am to 2pm - West Kingsdown, Gamecock Meadow Friday 28 July, 10am to 2pm - Markbeech Village Hall
Monday 31 August, 10am to 2pm - Halstead Recreation Ground
Tuesday 1 August, 10am to 1pm - Eynsford, Anthony Roper Primary School
Wednesday 2 August, 10am to 2pm - South Darenth, Heathside Recreation Ground
Thursday 3 August, 10am to 2pm - Hextable Village Hall
Friday 4 August, 2pm to 5pm - Fordcombe Cricket Ground
Monday 7 August, 10am to 2pm - Dunton Green Recreation Ground
Tuesday 8 August, 10am to 2pm - New Ash Green, The Minnis
Wednesday 9 August, 10am to 2pm - Seal Recreation Ground
Thursday 10 August, 10am to 1pm - Westerham, King George Playing Field
Friday 11 August, 2pm to 5pm - Leigh, the Green
Monday 14 August, 10am to 2pm - Crockenhill Cricket Meadow
Tuesday 15 August, 10am to 2pm - Hartley, Woodlands Avenue Recreation Ground
Wednesday 16 August, 2pm to 5pm - Sevenoaks, Greatness Recreation Ground
Thursday 17 August, 10am to 2pm - Chiddingstone Causeway Sports Field
Friday 18 August, 10.30am to 1.30pm - Chipstead Recreation Ground

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