The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections for Edenbridge Town Council and Sevenoaks District Council on Thursday 4 May 2023.
Which forms of ID can I use to vote?
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:
• Driving licence (including provisional license)
• Blue badge
• Certain concessionary travel cards
• Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
• Biometric Immigration document
• Defence identity card
• Certain national identity cards
For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID
If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for this at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk
Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to the electoral services team at Sevenoaks District Council.
If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request a paper application form, contact Sevenoaks District Council. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01732 227000.
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
Register to vote
The deadline to register to vote in the elections in England on 4 May 2023 is 11.59 pm on Monday 17 April
To register to vote online, you need just five minutes and your National Insurance number.
Building Bridges to a Dementia Friendly Edenbridge
Local businesses and organisations are invited to learn how they can help make Edenbridge a supportive and friendly place for those who are living with dementia, and hear how doing so can bring business benefits too.
There are over 27,000 diagnosed people living with dementia across Kent. There are many more undiagnosed people living at home with dementia.Kent Dementia Action Alliance
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY LAUNCH RECEPTION
Canapes and fizz
Thursday 9 February 2023, 5.30pm
Edenbridge Manor Care Home, Mont St Aignan Way, TN8 5FA
If you are not able to attend, but are keen to sign-up to this initiative, you can email us to register your interest.
Sign up and be part of the Edenbridge Dementia Friendly community!
A guide to the support that might be available to help you
We know it is a difficult time for everyone with the rise in the cost of living. In the latest Here for You update from Sevenoaks District Council, you can find useful websites, organisations and advice to help you with rising costs. There’s support available both locally and nationally for a wide range of issues.
Details on how to apply are available on the website click here
A copy of the Guidance and Procedures for CIL and proforma are via the the above link.
Bids can be submitted by the Town Council Councillors, community groups and infrastructure providers for projects that will benefit Edenbridge and meet the requirements in the guidance notes and CIL regulations.
Currently, the available unallocated CIL funds is £5,075 which is the maximum that the CIL Board can consider to award.
Bids will be validated after the closing date Friday 10 February 5.00 pm. Bids that make it through the validation stage, are presented to the CIL Board. Its next meeting is on Monday 27 February.
Contact the Town Council for any questions: email@example.com or call 01732 865368
A good clear-out at the start of a new year always feels great, doesn’t it?!
If you have any bulky items to get rid of, the bulky waste collection vehicle will be doing the rounds in Edenbridge on Saturday 21 January:
- CHURCH STREET (THE PLAT JUNCTION) 9.15am-9.45am
- SKEYNES ROAD (BY THE GREEN) 10am-10.30am
- STANGROVE ESTATE (PARK VIEW CLOSE) 10.45am-11.15am
- SPITALS CROSS ESTATE (FIRCROFT WAY near Farmstead Drive) 11.30am-12 noon
Please ensure you wait with your rubbish until the vehicle arrives. The sites will be closely monitored for fly-tipping.
The service cannot take electrical appliances/metal/hard core/compostable garden waste/large panes of glass/oil or paint.
For more information on how to get rid of your waste, visit Sevenoaks District Council rubbish and recycling.
Edenbridge Town Council is disappointed to have learned from Go Coach that our local circular bus route around Edenbridge (E1) will cease operating from Friday 10 February 2023. This service is currently subsidised by Kent County Council, but funding is being withdrawn following a public consultation that took place last year.
This is a service that we had campaigned for in 2020, so we are sad to see it go.
We have been advised that the S41 service from Edenbridge to Sevenoaks Schools has funding in place to secure its operation until July 2023.
Current E1 bus route – January 2023: www.go-coach.co.uk/bus-routes/e1
Sevenoaks District Council has drafted a new Local Plan to cover the period up to 2040.
The initial consultation (closed 11 January) on the draft Plan was viewed by Members of the Town Council and its response has been submitted. You can read the Council’s representation here:
The Local Plan addresses areas such as housing, schools, health and leisure, transportation, and the environment. It also looks at the use of business space and high streets.
All of the plan documents and further details can be found at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/plan2040
At the beginning of January we connected two new streetlights at Westways, bringing the number of streetlights we manage across Edenbridge up to 251. Kent County Council is responsible for other streetlights in the town.
With more people using Westways to access the housing development at St Johns Way, we agreed the area would benefit from more lighting. Funding for the lights came from CIL money (the money we collect from developers and use to improve infrastructure in the town).
Interesting fact: Edenbridge Town Council streetlights can be identified by a number 0-251 on the column. Streetlights that are managed by Kent Council have letters and numbers.
Report a fault with a streetlight
For Edenbridge Town Council streetlights (0-251) call 01732 865368
For Kent County Council streetlights report online or call 03000 418181
In support of the National Association for Local Councils (NALC) and Society for Local Council Clerks‘ work to ensure the wellbeing of all councillors, officers and staff in their duties, Edenbridge Town Council is pleased to have recently signed up to its Civility & Respect Pledge.
Over 800 councils have now signed the pledge, which aims to improve behaviour and governance within the sector, and promote respect for all those carrying out public duties.
Among other actions, the Council has pledged to: Treat all councillors, clerk and all employees, members of the public, representatives of partner organisations and volunteers with civility and respect in their role.
Find out more about what the Civility & Respect Pledge means.
Chairman of Edenbridge Town Council, Cllr Bob Todd, said: “By pledging to do our bit at Edenbridge Town Council, we hope we can help address the growing concerns in our sector around bullying and harassment, and ensure that we can continue to run as an effective council for the whole of our community and democracy at large.”
“Civility and respect should be at the heart of public life, and good governance is fundamental to ensuring an effective and well-functioning democracy at all levels,” says NALC.
“The intimidation, abuse, bullying and harassment of councillors, clerks and council staff, in person or online, is unacceptable, whether by councillors, clerks, council staff, or public members.
“This can prevent councils from functioning effectively, councillors from representing local people, discourage people from getting involved (including standing for election), and undermine public confidence and trust in local democracy.”