Categories
News

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 www.census.gov.uk

Categories
News

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.

Categories
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.

 

Categories
News

New Guidance on Businesses Reopening

New guidance on reopening businesses and venues in England 
Further to the release of the UK Government’s COVID-19 four-step plan to ease lockdown in England, new guidance on reopening businesses and venues in England has been published. Please see a summary of the relevant guidance for tourism businesses below. We will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available.

Step 1 – from 8 March
Businesses permitted to open remain the same as currently allowed.

From 29 March
People can use these venues in a group of six people, or with members of up to two households.

  • Outdoor sport facilities: Gyms, swimming pools, sports courts (such as tennis and basketball courts), golf courses, including mini golf, water sports venues, climbing walls, driving and shooting ranges, riding arenas at riding centres, archery venues.

Step 2 – no earlier than 12 April
At this stage the venues must only be attended/used in line with the wider social contact limits – as a single household or bubble indoors; or in a group of six people or two households outdoors (unless an exemption exists).

  • Self-contained holiday accommodationin which all facilities (including for sleeping, catering, bathing, and indoor lobbies and corridors for entry and exit) are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble can reopen.
  • Outdoor areas at hospitality venues(cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in member’s clubs) can reopen, including for takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use toilets located inside. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”).
  • Outdoor attractions can reopen at adventure parks and activities, animal attractions (such as at zoos, safari parks and aquariums), drive in events, such as for cinemas, theatres, and other performances, film studios, funfairs and fairgrounds, model villages, museums and galleries, skating rinks, theme parks, trampolining parks, water and aqua parks.
  • Permitted businesses operating in otherwise closed attractions – such as a gift shop or a takeaway kiosk at a museum may only open where they are a self-contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street.
  • Outdoor gatherings or events, organised by a business, charity, public body or similar organisation, can be organised, subject to complying with COVID-Secure guidance including taking reasonable steps to limit the risk of transmission, complete a related risk assessment; and ensure that those attending do not mix beyond what is permitted by the social contact limits
  • This could enable spectators at a grassroots sports match or a village fete, provided people do not mix beyond groups of six people or two households. 
  • Indoor events that bring people together – even if they do not mix with other households – must not run until Step 3. However, at this point, funerals can continue to proceed with up to 30 attendees. Weddings, receptions, and commemorative events including wakes will be able to take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).
  • Non-essential retail will reopen and includes retail travel agents.
  • Personal care facilities and close contact services can reopen, including hair, beauty and nail salons, spas and massage centres (except for steam rooms and saunas), holistic therapy (including acupuncture, homeopathy, and reflexology).
  • Indoor sports and leisure facilities will reopen including gyms and leisure centres, sports courts, swimming pools, dance studios and fitness centres, driving and shooting ranges, riding arenas, archery venues, climbing wall centres.

Step 3 – no earlier than 17 May
At this stage the venues must only be attended/used in line with the wider social contact limits – in a group of six people or two households indoors; or in a group of no more than 30 people outdoors (unless an exemption exists).

  • Remaining holiday accommodation can reopen.
  • Indoor areas of hospitality venues can reopen. As with outdoors, table service will be required.
  • Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions can reopen, including cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums and galleries, adventure playgrounds and activities, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, bingo halls, casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks, games, recreation and entertainment venues such as escape rooms and laser quest, play areas (including soft play centres and inflatable parks), model villages, snooker and pool halls, trampolining parks, water and aqua parks, indoor visitor attractions at theme parks and film studios, indoor attractions at zoos, safari parks, aquariums and other animal attractions, indoor attractions at botanical gardens, greenhouses and biomes, indoor attractions at sculpture parks, indoor attractions at landmarks including observation wheels or viewing platforms, indoor attractions at stately or historic homes, castles, or other heritage sites, conference centres and exhibition halls, including for the purposes of business events (subject to the capacity limits set out below).
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment events, such as cinemas, theatres, and other performance events will also be permitted.
  • Both outdoor and indoor gatherings or events, organised by a business, charity, public body or similar organisation can be organised, subject to them complying with COVID-Secure guidance.
  • Spectators will be allowed at elite sporting events and performance events. Attendance at these events will be restricted to 50% of capacity up to 1,000 people for indoor events, and 50% of capacity up to 4,000 people for outdoor events. For outdoor events taking place in venues with seated capacity of over 16,000, event organisers may apply a 25% capacity cap, up to a maximum of 10,000 seated people.
  • Large business events will also be able to go ahead, subject to the same capacity requirements as sporting events and performances.

Step 4 – no earlier than 21 June

  • The hope at this stage is to reopen remaining settings such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.
  • To lift the restrictions on social contact and large events that apply in Step 3. This is subject to the outcome of the Events Research Programme, and a review of social distancing measures.
  • The Government will also look to relax COVID-Secure requirements on businesses, subject to the outcome of the reviews.
Categories
News

CIL BIDS are invited now – closing date extended to 3 March

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. Bids will be validated after the closing date was 26 February, but has been extended to 3 March. Bids that make it through the validation stage, are presented to the CIL Board. Its next meeting is on Monday 15 March. Contact the Town Council for any questions: townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk  or call 01732 865368
Categories
News

Proposed sites for portable Speed Indicator Device (SID)

In June 2019, the Forward Planning Committee supported investigations into these devices for Edenbridge. In November 2019, the Planning and Transportation Committee received a report on Speed Indicator Devices (SID)/Vehicle Activation Signs (VAS) – these are similar devices.  These devices can provide useful data on traffic volumes and speed. It agreed to continue with investigations. Kent County Council (KCC) Highways has an approved provider for these devices and a set procedure in place for Kent for installing these on the highway network.  See the attached for SID Scheme guide.

Funding was approved by CIL Board, September 2020 to purchase one portable speed indicator (SID) device which would allow the Council to obtain data on traffic volume and speed, and the cost of the new posts to be installed by Kent Highways at approved sites. At the Planning and Transportation Committee’s meeting 2 November, Members proposed several potential sites that were within an existing 30 mph zone (as stipulated by Kent Highways) to be suitable for the portable Speed Indicator Device (SID). At the Committee’s meeting on 01 February, it approved the sites which had been assessed by Kent Highways.

Portable Speed Indicator Device (SID) – proposed sites:  

  1.  Mill Hill near Portland Vets – a single post could be used for both directions
  2. Crouch House Road, sited away from the post box toward Orchard Drive – suitable for use in one direction
  3. Swan Lane near Swan Ridge – single post can be used for both directions

If there are any objections to these sites, please email information@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk by 28 February.

Categories
News

Annual Town Meeting – Monday 1 March, 7.00 pm

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

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.

We are delighted Tom Tugendhat MP will be joining us for this year’s event to speak. 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. Click here for a copy of the agenda.

The event will also include a presentation on the national census 2021; census day is 21 March.

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

 

Categories
News

Domestic Abuse Helpline

Categories
News

Road Closure – Wheatsheaf Hill

WHEATSHEAF HILL, IDE HILL TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF DRIVING
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 – Section 14 (2)
Kent County Council gives notice that Wheatsheaf Hill, Ide Hill will be closed to through traffic, on or after 19th February 2021 for up to 2 days.
The road will be closed at from Ide Hill Road to A21 Overbridge.
The alternative route is via Wheatsheaf Hill, Ide Hill Roundabout, Wheatsheaf Hill, Ide Hill Roundabout, Sundridge Road, Ide Hill Road, Church Road, Main Road, Westerham Road, Cold Arbor Road.
It is planned that the road will be closed between 19:00 hrs and 03:00 hrs each day.
This closure is necessary to enable renewal of white line road markings to be carried out by Kent County Council.
This Notice applies when the relevant signs and barriers are on site and is valid for a period of no more than 5 days

Categories
News

Fly Tipping – Keep Kent Clean