Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

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Bulk Refuse Freighter – Saturday 18th February 2023

The Bulk Refuse Freighter will next be in the Parish on Saturday 18th February 2023.  Details are as follows:

09:15-10:00 Four Elms Village Hall
10:15 – 11:00 Hever Bottle bank area next to Henry pub in coach car park
11:15 – 12:00 Markbeech Village Hall

The Freighter cannot accept white goods, washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, cookers, cast iron boilers or baths, long metal poles, building materials, manure, large parts of engines or vehicles or hazardous waste or compostable garden waste.

Hazardous waste now includes items like fluorescent tubes, televisions & computer monitors, batteries, oil tins and filters, paint and paint tins and chemical containers. These items cannot be accepted on the Saturday Freighter service and must be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Please do not leave any rubbish unattended. Please DO NOT arrive early or leave items on site, otherwise will be classed as fly-tipping and information passed to the police, thank you.

This is a service free to residents, funded by Hever Parish Council and provided by Sevenoaks District Council.


Further dates are as follows:

20th May, 22nd July and 30th September.

Last chance for residents to comment on the new Local Plan

Residents have until 11.59pm this Wednesday (11 January 2023) to comment on the proposals for a new local plan.   The plan includes proposals for new homes, protecting business space and supporting our high streets. It also proposes new facilities such as schools, health centres and transport. Crucially it aims to protect the District’s character and natural and historic environment.


The scheduled drop in events have all taken place, but there are still a number of ways in which residents can have their say:

By completing the survey on line at


By requesting paper surveys by calling Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227000 or collecting them from:

  • The Council Offices at Argyle Road,
  • Local town or parish council offices, or
  • Libraries within Sevenoaks District


When the consultation ends, all comments will be reviewed and there will be a further consultation on a revised Plan in autumn 2023. A final draft plan will be published in spring 2024 for further comments before it is examined by a Government appointed Planning Inspector later in 2024.

Hever Parish Council Meeting – Thursday 12th January 2023

The next Hever Parish Council Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th January in Markbeech Village Hall 7.00 pm for Planning and 7.30 pm full Council Meeting.

The Agenda can be found here:  and Minutes from the November meeting here:

All are welcome to attend.



Edenbridge Minor Injuries Unit is Temporarily Closed

Just to make you aware, the Minor Injuries Unit at Edenbridge District War Memorial Hospital is temporarily closed. The following message appears on the NHS Kent website:

Edenbridge Minor Injury Unit is closed

We’re sorry but Edenbridge Minor Injury Unit is temporarily closed due to staff shortages and sickness.

If you need treatment for minor injuries, please call NHS 111 or visit Sevenoaks Urgent Treatment Centre or the Queen Victoria Hospital MIU in East Grinstead.


Three free ways to dispose of your real Christmas tree

This year Kent County Council have changed the way you can recycle your real Christmas tree for free after this year’s festivities have ended.

Option 1 – Use our Garden Waste collection service (for permit holders only) If you hold a Garden Waste collection permit, simply place the tree in your green bin and we’ll pick it up on your usual collection days throughout January We can take trees with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5”) in diameter.
Option 2 – Take your tree to one of the collection points, at the dates and times listed below.  We can take trees with a trunk of up to 90mm (3.5”) in diameter

  • Edenbridge – Leisure Centre Car Park.
    Thursdays 12 and 19 January 9.15am to 10.15am
  • Four Elms – Layby by St Paul’s Church,
    Thursdays 12 and 19 January 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Hever Recycling site, Hever Castle Car Park,
    Fridays 13 and 20 January 7am to 8am

Option 3 –Take your tree to one of Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Sites. They will take larger trees that are too big for us to collect. Visit or call 03000 41 73 73 to book a slot

Festive waste and recycling collections

Your festive waste and recycling collections
You won’t miss a collection over Christmas and into the New Year, but there will be changes to your usual days. Collection crews will be working on a bank holiday and Saturdays over Christmas and into the New Year so you don’t miss a collection. There will be no changes to your collection days before Christmas Day. However, collections will be one day later than usual from Monday 26 December for the next two weeks.  If you receive a garden waste collection, the same changes will apply to this service. Please put your black and clear sacks and your garden waste out at
7 am on your collection day.  If you’re not sure when your waste collection day takes place, visit

Normal collection day  Revised collection day
Monday 26 December (Bank Holiday) Tuesday 27 December
Tuesday 27 December (Bank Holiday) Wednesday 28 December
Wednesday 28 December Thursday 29 December
Thursday 29 December Friday 30 December
Friday 30 December Saturday 31 December
Monday 2 January (Bank Holiday) Tuesday 3 January
Tuesday 3 January Wednesday 4 January
Wednesday 4 January Thursday 5 January
Thursday 5 January Friday 6 January
Friday 6 January Saturday 7 January
Monday 9 January Collections return to normal from this date



Severe cold weather warning for Kent residents

Severe weather forecast for the South East this weekend could cause major health risks and residents are urged to follow simple steps to help vulnerable friends, families and neighbours.

A level three cold weather warning has been called for the region by the Met Office which triggers actions in the NHS, public health, social care and other community organisations, to support vulnerable people who have health issues that increase their risk of harm.

The Met Office reports a 90% probability of severe cold weather in Southeast England from Wednesday 7 December to Monday 12 December. Very cold nights are expected with widespread frosts and daytime temperatures just above freezing. Wintry showers are likely to affect some coasts, bringing a risk of icy patches.

KCC Director for Public Health, Dr Anjan Ghosh said: “Cold weather can have impacts on anyone, but people with underlying health problems, such as older people and those who are frail, are at greater risk. Direct effects of winter weather include an increase in incidence of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory diseases such as influenza, falls, injuries and hypothermia.

“Every year, cold weather can lead to extra deaths and it is vital that during this prolonged period of severe weather, people act to keep themselves and their homes warm – even if this is just by heating the bedroom and living room. We’re also urging people to look after vulnerable family and neighbours, and to assist their local community. Taking measures to stay warm and work with others can make a life-changing difference.”

Nationally, there are thousands of excess winter deaths per year because of a drop in temperature.

Kate Langford, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Kent and Medway, said: “Staying warm during cold weather is really important and there are simple steps we can all take to help ourselves and vulnerable friends and family.

“Cold weather can make some health problems worse and some people may need extra help during the winter. Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling unwell.

“If you do need NHS help and you’re not sure where to go, visit for a list of local services, including urgent treatment centres.”

Remember to get your flu and Covid-19 vaccines and the Covid-19 booster jab. Find out more about how and when to book flu vaccinations and Covid-19 vaccines.

More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through

There are tips below about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather, and you can find out more information at


Keeping your home warm, efficient and safe:

Try to heat the rooms you use to at least 18°C if you can, as this reduces the risk to health of someone wearing suitable winter clothing.

  • Overnight, people who are 65 and over or who have pre-existing health conditions, may find bedroom temperatures of at least 18°C are good for their health; this may be less important if you are a healthy adult under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding.
  • If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to sleep.
  • Get your heating system and cooking appliances checked and keep your home well ventilated.
  • If you have an electric blanket, use it as instructed and get it tested every three years. Never use a hot water bottle with an electric blanket.
  • Do not use a gas cooker or oven to heat your home; it is inefficient and there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which can kill.
  • If you are not on mains gas or electricity, make sure you have a good supply of heating oil, LPG or solid fuel so you do not run out in winter.


If you need to go out:

  • Wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles.
  • Make sure you are not caught out by snow and ice; stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with food supplies.
  • In periods of severe weather such as snow and ice, do not travel unless necessary. Get up-to-date traffic information at
  • People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment.


Look after yourself:

Sitting or sleeping in a cold room is not good for you and increases the risk of heart attacks, stroke and breathing problems.

  • Keep your bedroom windows closed on a winter’s night; breathing cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
  • Exercise is good for you all year round and it can keep you warm in winter.
  • Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm. Try not to sit for more than an hour, get up and walk around, make a hot drink and spread housework throughout the day.
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer; this will trap the heat better to keep you warm.  Thin layers of clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good for maintaining body heat.
  • Wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips and falls. Make sure you have spare medication in case you are unable to go out.
  • Food is a vital source of energy and helps to keep your body warm so have plenty of hot food and drinks.
  • Aim to include five daily portions of fruit and vegetables. Tinned and frozen vegetables count towards your five a day.
  • Prepare for cold weather. Stock up on tinned and frozen foods, warm clothes and any medication so you don’t have to go out too much when it’s cold or icy.
  • Power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts. Find out if you meet the criteria and if so, sign up. Visit for more information


Keep the warmth in by:

Fitting draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors.

  • Making sure you have loft insulation. And if you have cavity walls, make sure they are insulated too.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk and tuck behind radiators to help keep heat inside.
  • Make sure your radiators are not obstructed by furniture or curtains.


Get financial help:

There are grants, benefits and advice to help make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills. It’s worthwhile claiming all the benefits you are entitled to before winter sets in.


More information is available about how to keep yourself and others safe during cold weather through

Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces – Many households are struggling with the cost of living, including the steep rise in the price of their heating and energy bills, with some facing tough decisions about whether and when they can heat their homes. To help residents during this challenging time, the Sevenoaks District Council has developed a Warm Spaces directory. Warm Spaces are community or business places that provide a safe and friendly public space where people of all ages can go and spend time reading, studying, chatting with others and meeting new people.

Some of the venues also offer support, services and advice.

The directory is available on the Council’s website  The directory also has a sign up form for local organisations and businesses who want to offer a Warm Space

Residents urged to comment on the new Local Plan

Residents are being asked for their views on ‘Plan 2040’ the new Local Plan, which will provide new infrastructure to meet the future housing and economic needs of the Sevenoaks District.

Sevenoaks District Council’s new Local Plan will manage what can be built and where up to 2040.

In order to protect the District’s much cherished Green Belt, the Plan focuses growth in existing towns, promoting the most efficient use of land and the reuse of Brownfield sites.

It includes proposals for new homes, protecting business space and supporting the District’s high streets as well as new facilities such as schools, health centres and transport. Crucially it aims to protect the District’s character and environment.

At the heart of the new plan is a vision underpinned by three principles: the creation of healthy communities, delivering the Council’s net zero 2030 commitment and seeking design excellence for all new developments.

Cllr Julia Thornton, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Development and Conservation, says:

“Our new Local Plan focuses on what our residents have consistently told us about as being important to them; protecting the Green Belt while enabling new homes, supporting businesses, generating new jobs and providing new infrastructure.

“This public consultation won’t be the only opportunity that residents will have over the next 18 months to have their say, but is perhaps the most important one as the responses we receive will shape the final version of the Plan. And as the Local Plan will affect us all for many years to come, I would urge local people to get involved and take part in our survey or attend one of our drop-in sessions. We want to hear what everyone has to say.”

Residents can view the new Local Plan and have their say at

Alternatively they can call the Council on 01732 227000 to request a paper copy of the survey.

Copies of the new Local Plan will be available at the Council’s offices in Sevenoaks and at libraries throughout the District.

The Council is also running three drop-in sessions where local people can find out more about the new Local Pan and have their say.

The drop-in sessions are taking place on the following dates and locations:

  • Edenbridge – Wednesday 30 November 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – Edenbridge Leisure Centre, Stangrove Park, TN8 5LU
  • Sevenoaks -Tuesday 6 December 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – Sevenoaks District Council Offices, Argyle Road, TN13 1HG
  • Swanley – Thursday 8 December 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – The Alexandra Suite, St Mary’s Road, BR8 7BU
  • Online – Wednesday 4 January 2023 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm- visit nearer the time.

The consultation is open until 11.59pm on Wednesday 11 January 2023.


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