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CIL BIDS – applications are being invited now – closing date Monday 14 February 2021

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 Monday 14 February 5.00 pm. Bids that make it through the validation stage, are presented to the CIL Board. Its next meeting is on Monday 28 February.

Contact the Town Council for any questions: townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk  or call 01732 865368

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Gaywood Farm – Solar project – Consultation in Rickards Hall 20 January 2 pm – 6.45 pm

Public consultation – see poster. This is not a Town Council Consultation and Members will wait for a full planning application to be submitted before considering and commenting. Members have allowed the use of Rickards Hall so that members of the public have an opportunity to access this consultation. For more details visit http://www.locogen.com/gaywood-solar

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Next Bulky Waste Collection – Saturday 22 January

SATURDAY 22nd JANUARY – A BULKY WASTE VEHICLE WILL VISIT:

  1. CHURCH STREET (THE PLAT JUNCTION) – 9.15am-9.45am
  1. SKEYNES ROAD (BY THE GREEN) – 10am-10.30am
  1. STANGROVE ESTATE (PARK VIEW CLOSE) 10.45am-11.15am
  2. SPITALS CROSS ESTATE (FIRCROFT WAY near Farmstead Drive) 30am-12 noon

PLEASE ENSURE YOU WAIT WITH YOUR RUBBISH UNTIL THE VEHICLE ARRIVES

THE SERVICE CANNOT TAKE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES/ METAL/ HARD CORE/ COMPOSTABLE GARDEN WASTE/ LARGE PANES OF GLASS/ OIL OR PAINT

The areas the collection visits will be closely monitored for fly tipping.

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SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP Edenbridge PACT Neighbourhood Panel

Meeting on Wednesday 12th January 2022 10.30am, has now moved to be held Via Zoom due the increasing cases of Covid-19.
Please note this meeting is no longer going to being held in Rickards Hall, but it is hoped to be able to hold the next meeting face-to-face.
If you or any other residents would like to attend please contact the community safety team at Sevenoaks District Council email address: community.safety@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

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Draft budget and the proposed Precept for 2022-23

The Council spent three months reviewing and scrutinising its new draft budget 2022-23. The draft budget was presented to the November Finance Committee meeting and made a recommendation to Council for its December meeting.

Savings have been made on expenditure over the past two years, but for several years there has been a deficit against income. With external costs increasing, and the RPI as of October 2021 at 6%, the recommendation was to increase the Precept to achieve a balanced budget. This means a Band D precept for 2022-23 is expected to be £171.84, which is an increase of £1.30 per month or £15.62 annually.

The Precept is the smallest proportion of the full Council Tax. The Town Council’s income from the Precept will increase from £582,721 to £653,919. This is calculated by multiplying the Precept for a Band D property by the council tax base for Edenbridge. Exemptions and discounts are taken into account and the number of properties in each band is reduced to reflect these. The tax base advised by Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) for 2022/23 is 3,819.62, an increase on the current year’s figure of 89.47.

The Council is proud to be able to provide open spaces for the community which are maintained to the high standards that residents have come to expect and deserve. These include Blossom Park, Mowshurst and the Millennium Wood, the Recreation Ground, Stangrove Park, the four cemeteries and two allotment sites.  It owns and maintains Doggetts Barn, Rickards Hall, the Sports Pavilion, the Public Toilets and a few other smaller buildings.  It is responsible for 246 streetlights with a replacement programme to provide newer and energy efficient columns.  The Council office is open 5-days a week, it promotes and provides a tourism facility for the area, provides a Community Warden, manages the Market, and works with agencies and groups to represent Edenbridge.

The Council will consider adopting the draft budget and any changes at its meeting on 17 January 2022.

Click here for a copy of the draft budget.

Click here for a copy of the December Council minutes.

For more information on the Council’s budgets and precept click here, or visit the Transparency and Finance pages.

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Kent Resilience Forum responds to Omicron

As the threat from Covid-19 continues, especially with the exponential speed at which the Omicron variant spreads, Kent Resilience Forum (KRF) partners continue to work together to manage the impact of the virus across the county.

The forum includes representatives from Kent County Council and Medway Council, Kent and Medway NHS, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent Police and district and borough Councils, all working closely with the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the NHS nationally. The group has tried and tested plans in place to respond collectively to the pandemic and to support the measures being introduced in this evolving situation.

The priority of the group is to support communities through the challenges they are facing as a result of the pandemic, and to ensure that vulnerable people and those most affected by Covid-19 get the help they need.

The emergence of Omicron is concerning and it is sensible to take precautions until we know more about the new variant, the symptoms it causes and how the vaccine will perform against it. It does appear that Omicron spreads very rapidly and can be spread between people who are vaccinated. For this reason, the KRF is strongly urging everyone to continue doing all they can to reduce the risk of infection and protect themselves and those around them.

Allison Duggal, Interim Director of Public Health for Kent County Council said: “Omicron numbers are now increasing exponentially across Kent and Medway. Together with KRF partners we are working hard to meet vastly increased demand for tests and vaccinations.

“We urge residents to book their Covid-19 booster, and the NHS booking system is open with significantly increased availability. If you haven’t had a jab yet, we know that even one dose provides some protection, while a full course significantly increases that protection.

“Remembering the basics can also help more than people might imagine. Wash or sanitise hands regularly, meet in groups outside, or open doors and windows inside. Remember to wear a face covering where required, or in any busy areas, and take regular lateral flow tests, even if you’ve been vaccinated.

“We know this is a hugely challenging and uncertain time for all our residents and we will do everything we can to offer support as the situation unfolds.”

Face coverings are now legally required in a number of venues, including shops and on public transport. Please also continue to take precautions as advised when out and about or mixing with people outside your immediate family.

NHS ramps up vaccinations

In just one week, NHS vaccination capacity across the county has more than doubled. Existing sites are drafting in more staff, with support from the army in Dartford and Maidstone, and increasing opening hours. A number of new sites are being set up in Walderslade, Tunbridge Wells and Sheppey.

Chief Nurse Paula Wilkins said: “Our vaccination teams are pulling out all the stops to boost capacity so we can get more people boosted. Last week we saw a huge increase in appointments with 196,000 available across over 60 vaccine sites. On Saturday 18 December we had our biggest ever Covid-19 vaccine day with over 33,700 jabs given; beating our previous record of 28,000 from March.

“Vaccine teams across Kent and Medway are bringing in more staff and extending hours and days to help more people get boosted. It’s been an amazing response to the Government’s call to offer a booster to all eligible over-18s by the end of the year.

“In most cases we are focussing on bookable appointments. With demand high and it being winter we want to limit the need for people to queue outside without a confirmed appointment. There are a few walk-in options and if specific sites have spare capacity on any given day, they may promote time-limited walk-in options; but please double check a clinic is offering walk-ins before travelling.”

For full details of all the hard work going in to reaching record-beating vaccination numbers see the NHS website.

Kent and Medway services stepped up

Kent County Council and Medway Council have responded to a surge in demand for symptom-free tests. In-person test sites are open for appointments in Maidstone and Ashford, with support from pop-up sites run by Medway Council. Residents overwhelmingly choose pharmacy collect or online ordering of symptom free tests, so these supplies in particular have been bolstered.

Council Contact Tracing teams work with people who have had a positive test. Their aim is to help and support those with the virus, while also doing crucial work to help stop onward transmission. Residents are urged to do what they can to comply with contact tracers’ requests if they receive a call.

Meanwhile, Kent Together offers advice and support to people who are struggling in the pandemic and can connect residents with people and services for financial, practical and mental wellbeing support.

Covid-19 vaccinations are available to anyone over-12, while anyone over-18 can book their booster jab no less than three months after their second dose.

Appointments are available via the national booking system at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or by calling 119.

To see a map of all the vaccine sites across Kent and Medway, including those organising their own invitations, go to www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/covid19vaccine

Visit www.kent.gov.uk/symptomfreetest for details of all the ways to access symptom free tests.

Find help and support from Kent Together at www.kent.gov.uk/kenttogether.

The Kent Resilience Forum will continue to work together to ensure immediate response to the evolving picture of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Council Office closed

Council Office and Christmas hours

In view of current Covid-19 situation, the Town Council office has been temporarily closed and all staff members are working remotely.  If you cannot reach anyone by phone please email information@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk or the appropriate member of staff.

 Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

The office and phones will be closed from Friday 24 December to Tuesday 4 January.

Details of useful numbers are on the Council’s website here.

From everyone at the Town Council we wish you all a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

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Reaching out to residents in need ​

During December and January, anyone with concerns about their finances, housing costs and energy bills can get face-to-face help in Swanley and Edenbridge.

The Council has joined forces with Citizens Advice and will be setting up outside Swanley Fire Station and Edenbridge Children’s Centre on specific days over the next two months to offer free, confidential assistance.

The teams will be joined by the Council’s One You service to help improve residents’ health and fitness.

No appointment is necessary and any resident with concerns is welcome to visit the friendly teams at the following locations:

Thursday 9 December 2021, 10.30am to 3pm
Outside Swanley Fire Station, London Road, BR8 7AE

Thursday 16 December 2021, 10.30am to 3pm
Outside Edenbridge Children’s Centre, High Street TN8 5AB

Thursday 13 January 2022, 10.30am to 3pm
Outside Swanley Fire Station, London Road, BR8 7AE

Thursday 20 January 2022 in Edenbridge, 10.30am to 3pm
Outside Edenbridge Children’s Centre, High Street TN8 5AB

Cllr Kevin Maskell, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Health, says: “With increasing energy prices, food bills going up and the extra costs of Christmas, we know some people are facing challenging times.

“But I would urge anyone experiencing financial difficulties, including the prospect of losing their home, to speak to us as soon as possible.

“We offer housing advice, help applying for benefits, assistance to get people back into work and more. In some instances, financial support may be available.

“Our friendly team provides a confidential service that has helped hundreds of people. If you’re facing difficulties, the sooner you contact us, the more we can help.”

Anyone who cannot make these dates can still receive help by calling the Council’s HERO team on 01732 227000 or by visiting www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/hero.

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Letter to Tom Tugendhat MP re the Appeal allowed for Kent and Surrey Golf Club

Click here for a copy of the letter to Tom Tugendhat MP expressing Council’s disappointment that the Appeal for the Kent and Surrey Golf Club has been allowed.

 

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Gatwick Airport’s 2nd Runway public consultation closes 1 December

Time is running out to respond – Gatwick Airport’s 2nd Runway public consultation on proposals to bring the existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside our Main Runway closes on Wednesday 1 December, 11.59 pm.

We are keen to remind you that we if you wanted to have a say to submit your representation to Gatwick via its consultation page here: Northern Runway and our Future Plans | Gatwick Airport LGW.

Details are available on the website link  and if you have any questions, please get in touch with the team by emailing info@gatwickfutureplans.com