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Local businesses invited to Dementia Friendly launch event – 9 February

Kent Dementia logo
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.

This partnership initiative is supported by:
Edenbridge Town Council
Kent Dementia Action Alliance/Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community
Eden Valley Chamber of Commerce
Edenbridge Manor Care Home

Sign up and be part of the Edenbridge Dementia Friendly community!

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Here for you – cost of living support

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.

Here for You – January February 2023

Here for You – August 2022

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Edenbridge bus service E1 to cease in February

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 This service is currently subsidised by Kent County Council, but funding is being withdrawn following a public consultation that took place last year.

Kent County Council bus funding reductions consultation

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.

For further information please contact Go Coach or contact Kent County Council.

Current E1 bus route – January 2023: www.go-coach.co.uk/bus-routes/e1

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Town Council’s response to draft Local Plan initial consultation

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:

Response to Reg 18 draft Local Plan 2040 consultation
Supplementary information to Reg 18 consultation questions  

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.

Plan 2040 Summary Leaflet

All of the plan documents and further details can be found at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/plan2040

 

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New streetlights at Westways

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).

Streelight in residential area
One of two news streetlights installed at Westways, Edenbridge

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

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Are you interested in becoming a local councillor?

With local elections coming up in May, the Kent Association of Local Councils has arranged three online evening awareness events where you can find out more about what is involved in being a councillor. This is a good opportunity to ask questions and learn about the challenges and opportunities the role brings. You will learn about the contributions councillors make to local leadership and vision, and hear how rewarding the role can be.

Tuesday 17 January, 7-8pm
Tuesday 21 February, 7-8pm
Tuesday 21 March, 7-8pm

These are free events, but you’ll need to reserve your spot online: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/becoming-a-local-councillor-tickets-493863146967

Edenbridge Town Council has signed up to the Civility and Respect Pledge, which supports the wellbeing of all councillors, professional officers and staff in their duties.

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Help us find the Stangrove Park defibrillator

A community defibrillator, which went missing from Stangrove Park in October, has still not been returned. The Edenbridge Community First Responders (ECRF) can only assume it has been stolen.

A defibrillator can help save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest – that someone could be our friend, a family member…even ourselves.

Missing defibrillator

The original defibrillator was funded by a Town Council grant, but the ECFR have now had to install a temporary replacement at its own cost.

If you have any information please contact the Edenbridge Community First Responders on Facebook or email edenbridgecfr@outlook.com

Alternatively, if anyone knows where it is, it can be left at the Town Council office at Doggetts Barn.

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Severe cold weather warning for Kent residents

Severe weather forecast for the South East from 7 December could cause major health risks and residents are urged to follow simple steps to help vulnerable friends, families and neighbours.

A level three cold weather warning has been called for the region by the Met Office which triggers actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community organisations, to support vulnerable people who have health issues that increase their risk of harm.

The Met Office reports a 90% probability of severe cold weather in Southeast England from Wednesday 7 December to Monday 12 December. Very cold nights are expected with widespread frosts and daytime temperatures just above freezing. Wintry showers are likely to affect some coasts, bringing a risk of icy patches.

KCC Director for Public Health, Dr Anjan Ghosh said: “Cold weather can have impacts on anyone, but people with underlying health problems, such as older people and those who are frail, are at greater risk. Direct effects of winter weather include an increase in incidence of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory diseases such as influenza, falls, injuries and hypothermia.

“Every year, cold weather can lead to extra deaths and it is vital that during this prolonged period of severe weather, people act to keep themselves and their homes warm – even if this is just by heating the bedroom and living room. We’re also urging people to look after vulnerable family and neighbours, and to assist their local community. Taking measures to stay warm and work with others can make a life-changing difference.”

Nationally, there are thousands of excess winter deaths per year because of a drop in temperature.

Kate Langford, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Kent and Medway, said: “Staying warm during cold weather is really important and there are simple steps we can all take to help ourselves and vulnerable friends and family.

“Cold weather can make some health problems worse and some people may need extra help during the winter. Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling unwell.

“If you do need NHS help and you’re not sure where to go, visit www.stopthinkchoose.co.uk for a list of local services, including urgent treatment centres.”

Remember to get your flu and Covid-19 vaccines and the Covid-19 booster jab. Find out more about how and when to book flu vaccinations and Covid-19 vaccines.

More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth 

There are tips below about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather, and you can find out more information at www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth 

Keeping your home warm, efficient and safe:

Try to heat the rooms you use to at least 18°C if you can, as this reduces the risk to health of someone wearing suitable winter clothing.

  • Overnight, people who are 65 and over or who have pre-existing health conditions, may find bedroom temperatures of at least 18°C are good for their health; this may be less important if you are a healthy adult under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding. 
  • If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep.
  • Get your heating system and cooking appliances checked and keep your home well ventilated.
  • If you have an electric blanket, use it as instructed and get it tested every three years. Never use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket.
  • Do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home; it is inefficient and there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which can kill.
  • If you are not on mains gas or electricity, make sure you have a good supply of heating oil, LPG or solid fuel so you do not run out in winter.

If you need to go out:

  • Wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
  • Make sure you are not caught out by snow and ice; stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with food supplies.
  • In periods of severe weather such as snow and ice, do not travel unless necessary. Get up-to-date traffic information at www.kenttraffic.info
  • People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment.

Look after yourself:

Sitting or sleeping in a cold room is not good for you and increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and breathing problems.

  • Keep your bedroom windows closed on a winter’s night; breathing cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
  • Exercise is good for you all year round and it can keep you warm in winter.
  • Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm. Try not to sit for more than an hour, get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day.
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm.  Thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good for maintaining body heat.
  • Wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips and falls. Make sure you have spare medication in case you are unable to go out.
  • Food is a vital source of energy and helps to keep your body warm so have plenty of hot food and drinks.
  • Aim to include five daily portions of fruit and vegetables. Tinned and frozen vegetables count towards your five a day.
  • Prepare for cold weather. Stock up on tinned and frozen foods, warm clothes and any medication so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.
  • Power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts. Find out if you meet the criteria and if so, sign up. Visit https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/household-gas-and-electricity-guide/extra-help-energy-services/priority-services-register-people-need for more information

Keep the warmth in by:

Fitting draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors.

  • Making sure you have loft insulation. And if you have cavity walls, make sure they are insulated too.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk and tuck behind radiators to help keep heat inside.
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains.

Get financial help:

There are grants, benefits and advice to help make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. It’s worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to before winter sets in.

More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through www.kent.gov.uk/winterhealth 

(Information shared from Kent Association of Local Councils)

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How well do you know your town council?

Here at Edenbridge Town Council we have 15 volunteer councillors that are elected to represent the people of Edenbridge. For many, being a councillor is something they do alongside another job. They divide themselves between the South & West Ward, and North & East Ward.

Map 1: North & East Ward | Map 2: South & West Ward

Councillors attend lots of events within the community, so you are likely to become familiar with their faces – just last week some of our councillors attended the AGMs for Edenbridge & Westerham Citizen’s Advice, and Twinning Association, as well as the opening of the new sensory garden at Marsh Green Pre-School, and the Christmas Extravaganza.

Getting to know your local councillors and building a relationship with them will help you keep informed about any issues or council decisions that may affect you. They’re also a great bridge between yourselves and the full council – able to signpost you to the right people and services, as well as representing your views at council meetings.

Your councillors also have knowledge about Sevenoaks District Council and Kent County Council should you need advice on matters under their authority. Edenbridge is fortunate to have three town councillors that are also district councillors, and one who is also a county councillor. This helps when making local representations to the other authorities.

Find out more about your local councillors and get in touch.

Officers of the Town Council are also available to help with your queries.

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Share your thoughts on Memorial Garden designs

With the building of the new Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre in full swing, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to be able to speak to the local community about the Memorial Garden plans.

Drop in to Rickards Hall, next to the Town Council office (off of the High Street) on Saturday 3 December 2022, anytime from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

The chosen landscape architect will be present with a couple of potential designs and would love to hear your comments in order to produce a final design that incorporates the views of the town.  The aim is to create a beautiful space for all to enjoy for years to come and your involvement would be greatly welcomed.

Community Liaison – Kent Community Health NHS Trust

Find out more about the new health centre:

Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre – Edenbridge Town Council

Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre | Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (kentcht.nhs.uk)

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