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Community News Open Spaces Young People

12 weeks of free football starts 28 February

Millwall Community Trust is offering FREE football sessions for boys & girls aged 8-16 in Edenbridge. There’s no need to book, just turn up & have fun!

At the Recreation Ground (TN8 5HL) from Wednesday 28 February

Ages 8 to 11 – 5pm to 6pm

Ages 12 to 16 – 6pm to 7pm

Please use the football car park entrance on Lingfield Road, rather than the rugby car park on Coombe Field.

For more information visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/freefootball

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Community News Democracy

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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Community Safety

Help your community by reporting crime and antisocial behaviour

My Community Voice – register to receive alerts and share information

My Community Voice is a useful tool that lets you receive real-time alerts and share information with Kent Police. (It is not a tool for reporting crime.)

Reporting a crime

It’s really important to report crime or antisocial behaviour through the formal channels. If you don’t report it, there is no record or evidence to help the Police and other agencies tackle any issues.

You should use the official channels:

999 if it is an emergency or incident being witnessed there and then

101 after the incident or if you have information about an incident/issue

Report online: www.kent.police.uk/report

CrimeStoppers: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

email the Community Safety team at Sevenoaks District Council: community.safety@sevenoaks.gov.uk

All information is treated confidentially. You can also contact CrimeStoppers and report online anonymously.

PACT (Partners & Community Together)

You are invited to the next meeting on 22 April, 2.00 pm at Rickards Hall to meet with the Police and other agencies. Learn more about PACT

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Council Tax Finance

Council approves budget and precept for 2024-25

At the Full Council meeting on 15 January, Councillors approved the Town Council’s budget and precept for 2024-25.

The budget outlines the Council’s income and what it plans to spend. It also includes the precept – the amount of tax each household pays towards the services of Edenbridge Town Council, which is collected via your yearly Council Tax bill from Sevenoaks District Council. Your Council Tax also covers services provided by the Police, Kent County Council and Kent Fire & Rescue.

Chairman Cllr Bob Todd said: “Our budget reflects the quality services we plan to provide while being mindful of the increase in costs we are all facing.”

Council Budget 2024-25

Expenditure: £858,575

Income (estimated): £113,390 plus the precept

Council precept: £745,185

Band D equivalent: £188.32, an increase of 15p per week/or £7.89 annually

Council Tax bills will be issued by Sevenoaks District Council in March, for the financial year starting on 1 April.

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Waste Collections

Bulky waste collection – Saturday 10 February

The Council is pleased to have budgeted again this year for the bulky waste collection service to operate in Edenbridge so that you can conveniently dispose of your large unwanted items for free. There will be four collections this year; the first collection will be on Saturday 10 February:

Church Street (the Plat junction) 9.15 am – 9.45 am
Skeynes Road (by the green) 10.00 am – 10.30 am
Stangrove Estate (Park View Close) 10.45 am – 11.15 am
Spitals Cross Estate (Fircroft Way near Farmstead Drive) 11.30 am – 12 noon

Items must be under 6ft long. The service cannot take electrical appliances, metal, hard core, compostable garden waste, large panels of glass, oil or paint. No commercial/business waste allowed.

FLY-TIPPING IS ILLEGAL and those who do it can face large fines and a criminal record. Please wait with your items until the vehicle arrives.

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Transport

Edenbridge is electric! Charge your car at Market Yard Car Park

Four 7kWh charging points for electric vehicles are now available for use at Market Yard Car Park, Edenbridge.  

The Town Council is delighted to be part of a partnership project through Kent Parish Networks to install charge-points, with funding from Kent County Council, a government grant and a contribution from the Town Council CIL funds (money we have received from developers.)

As one of the car parks the Town Council owns, Edenbridge councillors identified Market Yard as a suitable site to install the charge-points. The electric points are slow-charging – ideal for residents or visitors wanting to top up their charge, or for those wanting to charge a full battery overnight. It’s great to see that some residents and visitors have already been using the chargers, which went live mid-January.

The cost per kWh for users is 50p and the charge speed is 7kWh per hour. Payment is through a mobile app, which users can access by scanning a QR code.

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Community News grants

Community groups benefit from grant awards

Community groups and initiatives in Edenbridge have been given a funding boost thanks to the Town Council’s Annual Grants scheme.

Applications are invited each year for projects that encourage and extend activities and support for local people.

Some of this year’s funding will go towards new outdoor seating and improved children’s activities at the Bridges Centre, a new outdoor literary area at Marsh Green Pre-School, administrating the Edenbridge Voluntary Transport service to provide transport for hospital appointments, and improving the facilities at the Recreation Ground Pavilion. (See below for full list of grants awarded)

Chairman of the Finance Committee, Cllr Stephen Sumner, said: “This year we were pleased to approve grants totalling £9290 towards services and activities we believe will improve the quality of life of residents. The grant process has highlighted just how many community initiatives there are in Edenbridge and support that is available. I would highly encourage people to find out more about everything that is available, and if you belong to such an organisation – to perhaps think about applying for a grant later this year.”

At the Council’s Grants Committee Meeting on 13 November 2023, the following grants were approved:

  • 1st Edenbridge Guides £532.00
  • Edenbridge Amateur Dramatic Society £250.00
  • Hi Kent Hearing Aid Support Clinics £400.00
  • Marsh Green Pre-School £708.00
  • Edenbridge Rugby Football Club £2,500.00
  • West Kent Mediation £900.00
  • Edenbridge Voluntary Transport £1,000.00
  • Bridges £500.00
  • Eden Christian Trust/ECT Youth Club £500.00
  • Edenbridge and Westerham Citizens Advice £2,000.00

For more information about our grants process, previous awards and other sources of funding, visit our Grants page.

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Consultations Environment

Thank you for taking part in our dog-fouling survey

Thank you to everyone that completed our recent survey about dog fouling and possible dog-walking restrictions in Edenbridge. Your feedback has been really valuable and is going to help councillors with any future decisions they need to make to tackle irresponsible dog ownership and improve our open spaces.

At the Open Spaces Committee in November, councillors discussed the results and comments at length, which had produced 256 survey responses revealing that opinions were divided for and against the possibility of introducing dog-walking restrictions on the Council’s open spaces. Though there was a clear majority who agreed there was a problem with dog fouling at Town Council open spaces, there was no evidence that a dogs-on-leads policy was overwhelmingly supported or would solve the problem.

Your comments have provided many constructive ideas and suggestions, which councillors will continue to explore alongside other considerations. For now, the Council will be looking at making improvements to signage as well as continuing to remind people that Council litter bins are now dual-use and can take bagged dog waste.

One of two new litter bins recently installed at Stangrove Park
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Planning

Council submits its views on Local Plan

Edenbridge Town Council has responded to Sevenoaks District Council’s most recent stage of consultation on its new Local Plan, which ran from 27 November 2023 to 11 January 2024.

Edenbridge Town Council’s response to Local Plan Regulation 18

Plan 2040 is an important document that sets out what can be built and where over the next 15 years. This latest consultation, called ‘Regulation 18 (Part 2)’ continued to focus on development opportunities in built up areas but also proposed potential Green Belt land for development including sites in Edenbridge such as Breezehurst Farm and Crouch House Road.

Councillors agreed to engage a planning consultant to ensure we submitted the best possible representation for Edenbridge. Overall, the Council believes that the amount of additional Green Belt proposed for release around Edenbridge, when taken together with already committed Green Belt release, is excessive and disproportionate when compared to other towns in the district such as Sevenoaks and Swanley.

The Council supports certain sites for development, such as Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital and Leathermarket. However, the Council objects to certain development proposals, such as Breezehurst Farm, where it considers that the scale of housing development and the release of the site would represent an excessive level of growth for Edenbridge during the plan period, when considered together with Green Belt development already committed and other Green Belt sites around the town also proposed for release.

Once Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) has analysed all of the responses it will publish a revised version of the Local Plan later this year when residents will have another opportunity to comment on the proposals – this is formally known as the ‘Regulation 19’ consultation.

A summary report of the consultation will be presented to SDC’s Development and Conservation Advisory Committee on 26 March 2024.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS, July 2022) outlines the timetable and the next steps for the Local Plan:

• Reg.18 (Draft Local Plan consultation – Part 2) – autumn/winter 2023

• Reg.19 (Plan publication) – spring 2024

• Reg.22 (Submission) – summer 2024

• Reg.22 (Submission) – summer 2024

For further background: https://www.edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk/residents-urged-to-comment-on-new-local-plan/

https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/plan2040

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Democracy

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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