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Lockdown Restrictions Tier 3

Last Thursday (26 November), the Government announced that Sevenoaks District, along with the rest of Kent and Medway, would enter ‘Level 3’ tier restrictions- the highest alert level – when the national lockdown ended yesterday.
The decision was based on recommendations by Government scientists and medics, taking into account:

  • Infection rates in all age groups and in particular among the over 60s
  • How quickly case rates are rising or falling
  • The number of cases per 100,000 in the general population
  • Pressure on the NHS – including current and projected NHS capacity – including admissions, bed occupancy and staff absences

Under the new restrictions:

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than six in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • Although all non-essential shops, hairdressers and other close contact services may reopen, hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to sell takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close.

View the Tier 3 restrictions in full.
The restrictions will be reviewed on 16 December.
You can download the tier posters and assets on the PHE website to share with your contacts.

Taken from the Sevenoaks District Council Newsletter (3 December 2020)

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MP Tom Tugendhat – Combined Medical Facility in Edenbridge.

At Prime Minister’s questions yesterday MP Tom Tugendhat asked about the funding of the new Combined Medical Facility in Edenbridge.

“This is a great project for our town which will transform our health services, including providing GPs with a modern practice. We have seen this year more than ever just how we need to invest in our NHS and health services, at all levels, ensuring all communities have access to modern services. I’m keen for a commitment that the proceeds of the sale of the existing hospital will all be invested in the new building. This is important because the existing hospital was gifted to the community in 1919 by Mr Mason, a local landowner, to care for our local troops following the Great War. So it’s right that NHS Property Services use this to fund the new building – and I wanted to make this point clearly. The Prime Minister knows this is a project I fully support and am working closely with the CCG on. Planning permission is now secured and contracts are being signed. I look forward to it opening.”

Click here to see MP Tom Tugendhat at Prime Ministers questions.

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GoCoach New Local Bus Service – £1 any journey

Edenbridge Town Council is delighted to announce that after a number of conversations with GoCoach (and Metro bus) about local bus services, GoCoach , in conjunction with Kent County Council are introducing a town bus service as on the attached timetable. The idea is to give the estates a good public transport link to the shops, medical centre and the hospital and get local people back on buses now shops will be open.

The new service will start on Monday 7th December – click here for the timetable

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JOB VACANCY: Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) and Cemeteries Officer

Location:                            Edenbridge Town Council, Doggetts Barn, 72A High Street, Edenbridge TN8 5AR

Hours:                                 Full-time (37 hours pw) 5 days per week 9 am – 5 pm: Monday to Friday; and some evening meetings

Annual Salary:                  NJC grade LC2. SCP 24-28. Starting salary SCP 24 £29,281 (rising to SCP 28 £32,843. Includes outer London Weighting); and Local Government Pension Scheme

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Town Council’s office team, working with a wide range of people from Councillors and members of the public to council agencies.  The RFO will be responsible for the administration of the financial affairs of the Council. This will include keeping day-to-day management of the accounts, and keep all accounts of the Council in a proper manner; to prepare financial reports; assist with budgeting preparation and to keep sound financial controls of systems. To maintain the bank accounts and investments, bank reconciliations, payments, and keep VAT records and complete VAT returns. The RFO will prepare reports, and agenda and papers for the Finance and Governance Committee, attend and minute the meeting. This is varied role and would suit someone who understands financial accounting systems and likes working with figures, but is also able to interact with people and enjoys a busy working environment.

The role also includes keeping all cemetery records, accounts and payments up-to-date and accurate; this includes the computer records and historic books. To liaise with families, undertakers and stonemasons. To keep all Allotment records and deal with related correspondence, including issuing annual notice of renewals and collection of rents, waiting lists, issue new tenancy agreements.

You will need to have good financial skills, be organised and able to use Microsoft Office suite in particular Excel and Word. Flexibility to deal with a variety of situations and tasks is needed and to be able to work under pressure, using your own initiative, but also working as part of a team and be able to deal with changing priorities.

The Town Council offers a variety of benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, annual pay increment scheme (subject to satisfactory performance) and on-the-job training and other relevant training courses.

For more information the job description and person specification can be found here. Completed application forms (click here for a blank application) need to be returned no later than Friday 18 December. All applicants must have completed the application form (available on the website or it can be emailed).

Interviews will take place early January.

Applications to be submitted to: Town Clerk, email: townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk; or by post to, Edenbridge Town Council, Doggetts Barn, 72A High Street, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5AR

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Covid-19 Business Recovery Toolkit

As many high street businesses prepare to reopen from Wednesday, Sevenoaks District Council have delivered a ‘Business recovery toolkit’ in Sevenoaks, Swanley, Westerham and Edenbridge.The toolkit includes info on grants and support, free parking and safe opening.

You can view the toolkit at

https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/downloads/file/3050/business_recovery_toolkit

www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/highstreets

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Outdoor Gym -Stangrove Park

The outdoor gym at Stangrove Park is open and available to all.
You can now find the gym on the free TGOG app (available on iPhone and Android) which is the best way to discover the TGO equipment, then log, track and share your activity and wellbeing.
Downloading the app will enhance your gym experience, help you to improve health and fitness and connect you with your friends, family and community.
Useable by all ages and abilities
https://www.tgogc.com

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JOB VACANCY: Responsible Finance Officer (RFO) and Cemeteries Officer

Location:                            Edenbridge Town Council, Doggetts Barn, 72A High Street, Edenbridge TN8 5AR      

Hours:                                 Full-time (37 hours pw) 5 days per week 9 am – 5 pm: Monday to Friday; and some evening meetings

Annual Salary:                  NJC grade LC2. SCP 24-28. Starting salary SCP 24 £29,281 (rising to SCP 28 £32,843. Includes outer London Weighting)

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Town Council’s office team, working with a wide range of people from Councillors and members of the public to council agencies.  The RFO will be responsible for the administration of the financial affairs of the Council. This will include keeping day-to-day management of the accounts, and keep all accounts of the Council in a proper manner; to prepare financial reports; assist with budgeting preparation and to keep sound financial controls of systems. To maintain the bank accounts and investments, bank reconciliations, payments, and keep VAT records and complete VAT returns. The RFO will prepare reports, and agenda and papers for the Finance and Governance Committee, attend and minute the meeting. This is varied role and would suit someone who understands financial accounting systems and likes working with figures, but is also able to interact with people and enjoys a busy working environment.

The role also includes keeping all cemetery records, accounts and payments up-to-date and accurate; this includes the computer records and historic books. To liaise with families, undertakers and stonemasons. To keep all Allotment records and deal with related correspondence, including issuing annual notice of renewals and collection of rents, waiting lists, issue new tenancy agreements.

You will need to have good financial skills, be organised and able to use Microsoft Office suite in particular Excel and Word. Flexibility to deal with a variety of situations and tasks is needed and to be able to work under pressure, using your own initiative, but also working as part of a team and be able to deal with changing priorities.

The Town Council offers a variety of benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme, annual pay increment scheme (subject to satisfactory performance) and on-the-job training and other relevant training courses.  

For more information the job description and person specification can be found here. Completed application forms (click here for a blank application) need to be returned no later than Friday 04 December.

Interviews will take place week in December.

Applications to be submitted to: Town Clerk, email: townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk; or by post to, Edenbridge Town Council, Doggetts Barn, 72A High Street, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 5AR

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Council considers Local Plan options following court review

Council considers Local Plan options following court review

Sevenoaks District Council is considering the next steps for its Local Plan after an unsuccessful Judicial Review.

Last year, the Planning Inspector rejected the Council’s draft Local Plan for failing on the Duty to Co-operate. In June 2020, Mr Justice Dove gave the Council permission to review the Planning Inspector’s decision.

The planning Inspector’s reasons for rejecting the plan only came to light after the first round of the Local Plan hearings in October 2019. This was a full seven months after the Plan and the supporting evidence was submitted to the Inspector. Within the submission, there were more than 800 pages of evidence setting out how the Council had worked with its neighbours.

The judicial review was heard by Mr Justice Dove at the High Court on 2 and 3 September 2020. The Court published its decision on Friday 13 November 2020.

Council Leader, Cllr Peter Fleming, says of the judgement:

“We’re clearly disappointed and somewhat bemused by the ruling from Mr Justice Dove, especially as the ‘duty to cooperate’, the reason given by the Planning Inspector to reject our plan, is set to be abolished in the Government’s own proposed planning reforms.

“In our opinion, the removal of the ‘duty to cooperate’ is an open admission that it is neither effective nor workable in the local plan making process. Despite this, we believe we both met and exceeded the requirement. The Government’s own Planning Advisory Service and a number of former senior planning inspectors also supported our position.

“Court action is never something we would enter into lightly. But, our plan reflects our communities’ priorities of protecting the rural nature of the District and the Green Belt whilst providing much needed new homes and improved infrastructure. We will always stand up for the communities we serve.”

“We are reviewing the judgement in detail and considering our options.”

The existing Local Plan, with all its current protections, will continue to be used to help decide planning applications until a new plan is agreed.

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Flooding – Emergency Planning Committee

The Town Council’s emergency planning committee were on hand over the weekend helping residents. Some roads experienced flooding and heavy rain water, one resident lost electricity and the ground floor flooded. Due to the Autumn leaves falling a lot of drains have been left covered, these can easily be reported and cleared by Kent County Council on the following linkhttps://webapps.kent.gov.uk/KCC…/ReportAFault.aspx

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Food Bank Christmas Donations

The Town Council are supporting our local Food Bank this Christmas.

Please bring donations to the council offices. 

A box will be left outside during office hours for a covid secure drop off!

Our collection for the food bank is earlier this year with the aim to let the families the Food bank support know what they will be receiving well before Christmas. 

It will  helps to reduce anxiety levels and make for the best Christmas possible!

We will be collecting until the 1st December. 

Below is a list of things the Food bank would like.

Any brand new Christmas gifts, (not wrapped)

Wrapping  paper 

Gift tags.

Chocolate tree decorations

Christmas napkins/serviettes

Any kind of Christmassy food treat that does not contain alcohol..

Including

Boxes of biscuits

Crisps in cardboard tubes (they don’t get crushed)

Chocolates

Christmas cake

Crackers (to pull)

Crackers (for cheese)

Tinned ham

Tinned potatoes

Tinned vegetables

Tinned fruit

Custard mix