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Annual Town Meeting – Monday 11 March

Where: WI Hall, Station Road, Edenbridge TN8 5LX

6.30 pm: Registration and refreshments
7.00 pm: Meeting starts

Come along to hear updates from Edenbridge Town Council as well as our partner agencies and local groups. This year there will be a focus on youth provision, what’s new at the Eden Valley Museum, and displays organised by local sports groups with information on how to get more active.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet your local Edenbridge Town councillors.

Agenda papers and minutes will be available to view on our website.

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Your opportunity to become a councillor

Edenbridge Town Council is looking to co-opt three new councillors to fill current vacancies.

Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with. They work to improve the wellbeing of residents by enhancing the town’s caring community spirit, protecting the environment, and retaining the town’s character.

As a local councillor you will get involved with many interesting projects and issues that affect Edenbridge and our community. The Town Council owns and maintains a number of parks, playgrounds and buildings in the town, and works with a wide range of partners to make Edenbridge a better place to live.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, please consider applying by emailing an expression of interest to townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk, or if you prefer an informal chat first – contact the Town Clerk by email or call 01732 865368. Click for expression of interest form

The next Council meeting is on Monday 15 January – why not come along and get a feel for what it’s like to sit on the Council! You are also welcome to come along to any of our Committee meetings – take a look at our Meetings Calendar for all the details.

Candidates will be invited to attend a future full Council meeting and to give a short presentation, up to three minutes, on why you would like to be a Town Councillor and what you feel you can offer the community. Of course, applicants do not have to attend the meeting to be considered. This statement should be submitted whether you are attending the meeting or not.

Deadline: Friday 16 February 2024 – express interest and submit presentation statement to the Town Clerk, Caroline Leet, by email to townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk

Monday 4 March, 7.30 pm – Council meeting to consider candidates.

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Edenbridge councillor becomes Sevenoaks District Council’s new Chairman

Cllr Alan Layland with wife Lyn

After taking pole position to become Sevenoaks District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Alan Layland has got off to a flying start with his sights set on supporting a local charity that’s close to his heart.

Alan, who represents the Edenbridge South & West ward, was elected as the new Chairman at the District Council’s Annual Council meeting (23 May 2023).

Alan moved from East Dulwich to Edenbridge 56 years ago and worked as a health and safety co-ordinator for Eaton-Williams, an air conditioning company based in Edenbridge.

Alan says: “I was passionate about health and safety and proud to work for a business that exported to virtually every country you could think of. With manufacturing sites across the UK, I’d travel far and wide doing my bit to ensure my colleagues had a safe workplace.”

But work wasn’t Alan’s only passion, as he explains: “I’ve always loved living in Edenbridge. It has given me so much over the years so I’ve always wanted to give something back.

“As well as being an Edenbridge Town Councillor and a Sevenoaks District Councillor for the past eight years, I’m an honorary member of the Edenbridge Chamber of Commerce.

“In 2014, we organised a fabulous event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John Surtees winning the F1 World Championship. John, who was also passionate about the town, drove his original 1964 race winning car through Edenbridge High Street followed by 36 classic Ferraris.

“Naturally, with my professional background, I was in the lead safety car! It was an honour to take part in such a fun event.

Over the next year, Alan is planning to raise the profile of the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community. Alan says: “Like so many others, I’ve been touched by dementia as both of my parents had the disorder. I know from personal experience it often has a profound impact on the loved ones of those living with the condition.

“I’ve worked with Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community for some time and I’ve seen their amazing work first hand. I want to do everything possible to support this amazing cause during my year as Chairman.

“In addition, I’m keen to continue supporting the Town Council’s work to make Edenbridge a dementia friendly town.

Alan, who has been married to Lyn for the past 46 years, adds: “It’s both humbling and a privilege to be elected as the Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council. Lyn and I are really looking forward to meeting residents, volunteers, businesses and community groups across the District in the coming year to hear about their amazing work and stories.”

Alan welcomes invitations to community events as the Chairman of Sevenoaks District. To invite Alan, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/chairman or call 01732 227247.

You can also follow Alan on Twitter at @sdc_chairman.

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Could you be a local councillor? We have four vacancies

Council meetings are held at Rickards Hall

Edenbridge Town Council is looking to fill vacancies by co-opting four new members to the Council.

Councillors make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people and how local issues are dealt with. They work to improve the prosperity of residents by enhancing the town’s caring community spirit, protecting the environment, and retaining the town’s character.

As a local councillor you will get involved with many interesting projects and issues that affect Edenbridge and our community. The Town Council owns and maintains a number of parks, playgrounds and buildings in the town, and works with a wide range of partners to make Edenbridge a better place to live. This is a great opportunity to be involved at the beginning of the new Council term and help set its vision for the next four years.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, please consider applying by submitting an expression of interest.

Candidates will be invited to attend a full Council meeting and to give a short presentation, up to three minutes, on why you would like to be a Town Councillor and what you feel you can offer the community. Of course, applicants do not have to attend the meeting to be considered. This statement should be submitted whether you are attending the meeting or not.

Deadlines:
Thursday 8 June 2023 – express interest and submit presentation statement to the Town Clerk, Caroline Leet, by email to townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk

Monday 19 June, 7.30 pm – Council meeting to consider applications

For an informal discussion please contact the Town Clerk on 01732 865368

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Council starts its new term

On Monday night (15 May) our new Council met for the first time following the four-yearly local elections earlier this month. The election for Edenbridge Town Council was uncontested, as there were only 11 candidates nominated for 15 places. This means we have four vacancies, which we will shortly be advertising and looking to fill by the summer– keep an eye out on our website, Facebook page and noticeboards around the town for further details.

At the meeting, Cllr Bob Todd was voted in as Chairman and Cllr Angela Baker as Vice-Chairman for the year. Members were also appointed to committees, such as Finance, Planning and Open Spaces. Committee Chairmen will be appointed at the first meeting of each committee.

Chairman Cllr Todd said: “Having the opportunity to continue to serve the residents and communities of Edenbridge is a great honour, and I feel especially fortunate to represent an area with such a wonderful sense of community, as seen at the recent Coronation celebrations held at the Recreation Ground.

“As Chairman, I shall look forward to representing the Council at various engagements throughout the year and will be undertaking my duties with great pride. I am immensely proud of what this Council has achieved over recent years, and I very much look forward to working alongside my fellow councillors to best serve our community and to raise the profile of Edenbridge Town Council and the important work it does.”

View your councillors and what committees they’ll be sitting on.

For details of Full Council meetings, including agendas and minutes, you can check our Council Meetings page. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings.

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May marks new Council

The four-yearly election for Edenbridge Town Council was this year uncontested, as there were only 11 candidates nominated for 15 places. This means we have four vacancies, which the new Council will look to fill through the usual casual vacancy process after its first meeting on 15 May, 7.30pm at Rickards Hall.

You can view the nominated candidates and the wards they will represent on the Notice of Uncontested Election.

On 4 May, residents will still be able to vote for the Edenbridge candidate that they would like to represent them on Sevenoaks District Council.

We would like to pay our thanks to Cllr Vic Jennings who did not stand for re-election. Vic was first elected to the Council in 1991 representing the North and East Ward, and was Chairman in 1995-1997. He has been involved in many projects over the years and we are very grateful for his long service to the Council and the people of Edenbridge.

Cllr Nick Lloyd also decided not to stand for re-election. He has been a tremendous help to the Council as Chair of the Finance and Governance Committee.

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Community turns out for Annual Town Meeting

People at town meeting

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Annual Town Meeting on Monday 20 March. It was an opportunity for the community to hear what the Council has achieved over the last year and what is planned for this coming year.

There were also presentations from Kent County Council, Sevenoaks District Council, Kent Police, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Citizens Advice Edenbridge and Westerham.

Special thanks to all the guest speakers from our partner organisations and to the community representatives that set up information stands, including The Bridges Centre, the new Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre, and Building Bridges for Dementia Friendly Edenbridge.

View minutes and Q&As from the meeting

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Democracy Elections

Make a change – become a councillor

Local elections are coming up in May for Edenbridge Town Council and Sevenoaks District Council. Together with the National Association of Local Councils and the Local Government Association, we are calling on people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect our community to put themselves forward for election. If you have innovative ideas for the council or have a specific issue in mind, becoming a local councillor will empower you to #MakeAChange

To find out more about what local councils and councillors do, visit www.nalc.gov.uk/makeachange or www.local.gov.uk/be-councillor/becoming-councillor-0

#beacouncillor #makeadifference 

Bring ID to vote

Don’t forget – 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 at the local elections in May. Check what ID is accepted: www.edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk/be-ready-to-vote-on-4-may-bring-id

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Annual Town Meeting – Monday 20 March

Where: WI Hall, Station Road, Edenbridge TN8 5LX

6.30 pm: Registration and refreshments
7.00 pm: Meeting starts

Come along to find out more about the work of Edenbridge Town Council and what support is available to help you with the cost of living. Hear about what has been achieved over the last year and what is planned going forward. Registration and refreshments start at 6.30 pm when you’ll be able to meet your local councillors, followed by presentations at 7.00 pm. There will also be updates from Sevenoaks District Council and Kent County Council, as well as news from other partners and local groups.

Agenda papers and minutes will be available to view on our website.

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Be ready to vote on 4 May – bring ID

Voter ID

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:

• Passport

• 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 electoral.service@sevenoaks.gov.uk 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.

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