Copy of condolence letter for HRH Prince Philip

To the Private Secretary of The Queen
The Rt. Hon. Edward Young CVO

Dear Sir Edward,

On behalf of Members of Edenbridge Town Council, the staff and the community, may I express our deepest sorrow to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Please convey our sincere condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Members of the Royal Family.

HRH Prince Philip will be remembered as an outstanding ambassador for the country and Royal Family and a person who demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to duty.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award has helped many of the young people of Edenbridge to gain life skills, and long may this continue. 

The residents of Edenbridge are united with the nation, during this period of mourning, and whilst we may not have known him personally, he is held affectionately in our hearts.

I have the honour to be Her Majesty’s humble and obedient servant,

Yours sincerely

Cllr Alan Layland
Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council


Edenbridge Food Bank – Tuesday mornings at Rickards Hall

Food Bank: The Town Council is delighted to be able to support the Edenbridge Food Bank with providing use of Rickards Hall as a collection point on Tuesday mornings. The Food Bank has recently joined the Trussell Trust, a UK-wide network of food banks providing emergency food parcels and practical support to help people in crisis. Photographed is a team of volunteers outside Rickards Hall today for its first session.

For more details on the Edenbridge Food Bank, please visit its website here:


His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died this morning at Windsor Castle.

HRH Prince Philip was consort and husband to the Her Majesty The Queen for 73 years. He demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to the Country and will be greatly missed.

On behalf of my fellow Councillors’ and staff we share the sorrow of loss felt across the country.

An online condolence book will be available on the official Royal Family website, click here.

Cllr Alan Layland, 
Chairman of the Town Council


New Planning Policy for Edenbridge

New planning policy for Edenbridge 

Sevenoaks District Council has agreed a new planning policy for Edenbridge to ensure future developments conserve and enhance the town’s character. 

The Edenbridge Character Area Assessment (ECAA) identifies the distinct features of the town that contribute to its uniqueness.

It will now be used as a tool when considering planning applications so that future development reflects local character. 

The document was drawn up in partnership with Edenbridge Town Council and consulted on widely amongst residents and businesses last year. Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet approved the final ECAA on Thursday 18 March 2021.

Sevenoaks District Council Portfolio Holder for Development & Conservation, Cllr Julia Thornton, says: “We are really proud of this document. It’s thorough and informative and the interactive tool that accompanies it online is really efficient and easily accessible. A huge thank you should go to both Edenbridge Town Council and the officers at Sevenoaks District Council for delivering a safe public consultation during the pandemic, giving residents and businesses a voice in this process.”

Cllr Thornton adds: “The ECAA will, without a doubt, be a useful tool going forward to help ensure that new development in Edenbridge adds rather than detracts from the town’s distinctive character.”

To find out more about the Edenbridge Character Area Assessment and to use the interactive map visit


Easter Refuse Collections

Easter refuse collections 

Following the Easter bank holidays, there will be changes to rubbish, recycling and garden waste collection days across the District.

Revised collection days are:

Good Friday, 2 April – this collection will take place the next day, Saturday 3 April

Easter Monday, 5 April – all collections this week will be one day later than usual until Saturday 10 April.

Residents are asked to put their sacks out by 7am on their collection day to help prevent attracting animals and the build-up of litter.

Garden waste customers will need to put their bin or sacks out by 6.30am on their collection day.


CleanUp Sevenoaks – Litter Picking Weekend


Annual Town Meeting Feedback and Q&A summary

This year’s Annual Town meeting on 1 March was held using Teams Live. Guest speakers included Tom Tugendhat MP, County Councillor Peter Lake, Cllr Peter Fleming Leader of Sevenoaks District Council, and Cllr Margot McArthur speaking Environmental policies. Presentations were also received from West Kent HOUSE youth services, Eden Valley Museum, and Edenbridge Cricket Club. A copy of the slides is available here.

Questions were received either with registration or via the online chat facility. Click here for a summary of the questions and answers.

Feedback received after the event included:

Thank you to everyone who made the Annual Town Meeting happen. I think it worked brilliantly so well done to you all.

Well done to you all. Got to say I found it so much easier listening whilst keeping little one entertained. Certainly, a better way for some to listen to what’s been going on and what is happening.

This meeting was a great way to hear about our town.

Lovely to hear some friendly voices. What a very informative meeting. I hope it can always be held like this in future. Well done ETC.

Well done for Annual Town Meeting last night.  From the “watcher” point of view it worked just fine – lots of information from all the speakers. It was interesting as catch-up on the past year.

Really informative meeting – great to hear the finances so well explained. Glad you and volunteers all got a mention – the council have been outstanding this year.


Census 2021

The census is coming on Sunday 21 March.

By filling in your census, you will help shape your community for the next 10 years.

The census is for everyone.

It’s a unique survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a snapshot of all the people in England and Wales.

It tells us what our needs are – helping inform decisions about services, like healthcare.

Your census information is protected by law.

In fact, it’s a crime for anyone to share your personal information.

Nearer the time, you will receive a letter with an access code to take part online.

There’s plenty of help available for those who need it.

Find out more at


Garden and Waste Bags can be purchased from the Council offices

Garden and Waste Bags: From Monday 8 March, the Town Council Offices will be selling the black, clear and garden waste bags. The correct money will need to be put in an envelope and posted through the letter box next to the office door. Residents are reminded to wear a face mask and wait outside the office. Ring the door bell or knock on the office door and a member of staff will attend to you. Roll of black bags £1.50. Roll of Clear recycling bags £0.50; Garden bags are £0.62 each or £15 for 25 bags.

Contactless card payments are available form 11 March.

Meetings News

REMINDER Annual Town Meeting – 1st March. BOOK NOW

Edenbridge Annual Town Meeting, 01 March 2021 starts 7.00 pm. Registration is via Eventbrite.

This year’s Annual Town Meeting will be a little different as it will be held over a virtual media platform, allowing you to still find out what is happening in your town whilst from the comfort of your home.

The event will include an overview of the Town Council’s work. Kent County Councillor Peter Lake will be joining us giving a summary of the County’s activities. Sevenoaks District Council, Leader Cllr Peter Fleming, will provide an update.  Other presentations will include: Dr Mark Sage providing an update on the new Medial Centre; meet your new local PCSOs; HOUSE youth services; Eden Valley Museum, and Edenbridge Cricket Club.

The full agenda will be published here prior to the event.

Book you seat now by clicking on to Eventbrite link here; tickets are free. Questions should be submitted in advance with your booking.