Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

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Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre is now open

The doors to the new Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre are now open.  The new health centre will provide quality care to the people closer to home. Having services working together under one roof, including a new GP surgery, children’s services, diagnostic services, a wellbeing centre and a wide range of outpatient clinics, will also reduce the need for people to travel to Tunbridge Wells or Maidstone hospitals for some care.
Please note there will no longer be NHS services from the former Edenbridge Medical Practice building or Edenbridge and District War Memorial Hospital. All GP appointments, the walk-in minor injury service and outpatient care previously provided at the hospital, will now be located at the new centre.

Have your say on the new Local Plan, including housing and development needs

You can now comment on Sevenoaks District Council’s draft Local Plan, which includes proposals to meet the District’s future housing and development needs.

Sevenoaks District Council is working on ‘Plan 2040’, a new Local Plan, which sets out what can be built and where over the next 15 years.

Plan 2040 will help to deliver much needed new homes, including affordable homes, while promoting residents’ health and wellbeing and protecting the environment, including the overwhelming majority of the Green Belt.

While Plan 2040 proposes to make the best use of land within existing built up areas, the Council faces a big challenge as the Government has told the Council the District needs 10,680 new homes from 2025 to 2040.

As the Sevenoaks District is 93% Green Belt, the third highest proportion in England, the Council has to consider a limited number of Green Belt sites to meet the District’s future housing and development needs.

The sites under consideration are in the most suitable locations, close to existing settlements, transport and services. Some are on poorly performing Green Belt, such as land that may already have been built on.

Local people can comment on Plan 2040 from Thursday 23 November 2023 until midnight on Thursday 11 January 2024 at The site includes information, Plan 2040 Summary leaflet and consultation video.  You can also view Plan 2040 at local libraries, town or parish council offices and Sevenoaks District Council’s offices.

Sevenoaks District Council is also running ‘Pop-up’ sessions at the following locations where the public can find out more and comment on Plan 2040:

  • Monday 4 December 2023, 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Sevenoaks District Council’s offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023, 4.30pm to 7.30pm at the Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, TN8 6BY
  • Monday 11 December 2023, 4.30pm to 7.30pm at White Oak Leisure Centre, Hilda May Avenue, Swanley, BR8 7BT
  • Tuesday 12 December 2023, 4.30pm to 7.30pm at the Village Hall, London Road, West Kingsdown, TN15 6BZ
  • Wednesday 13 December 2023, 4.30pm to 7.30pm at the John Fryth Room, St. Mary the Virgin Church, The Green, Westerham, TN16 1AS
  • Thursday 4 January 2024, 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Farningham Village Hall, High Street, Farningham, DA4 0DH
  • Tuesday 9 January 2024, 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Sevenoaks Leisure Centre, Buckhurst Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LW

Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre

There is a meeting tomorrow, Saturday 7th October, to hear about the services that will be on offer at the new Edenbridge Memorial Health Centre. To attend you need to book a place via the QR code or the number on the advert, or visit their website for more information on the new Centre.

Call for Community Transport Service

Would you be interested in a Community Transport Service for local villages that are without a bus service? District Councillor James Barnett is looking to start a community transport service and would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved. Could you perhaps volunteer some time to drive a Transit sized vehicle, or volunteer some organisational skills to help run the service, or maybe you run a business who might like to sponsor the service?


In the first instance, please contact Councillor Barnett via email:


Bulk Refuse Freighter – Saturday 30th September 2023

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.



Gatwick have proposed to replace the standby runway with a full second runway. If this happens capacity at Gatwick will be as busy as Heathrow.


As a Parish Council we are concerned the impact this will have on the area we live in and have objected to the application and the significant damage and impact it will have on the Parish and beyond. There are great concerns regarding noise and pollutants, on HPC residents and on the AONB environment around us, in addition to the potential impact on housing, employment and infrastructure as well as the wider environmental considerations.


We urge you to register and make comment. You can do this anytime from now up until 29th October 2023. The link to the registration page is here


At the time of registering, you must include your initial comments on the proposal. These must be about what you consider to be the main issues and impacts and include anything that may affect your day-to-day life. Once registered you are then able to submit further comments.


GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) will be also publishing a briefing sheet on how to respond by the end of this month including guidance on how best to register to take part in the consultation. Please do visit their website for more information:



Current Public Consultations

There are several public consultations that are currently live and are open for comment. Please click the link to participate should you wish to:

Funding available for voluntary or community groups

If you would like to do more in your community, for your community, whether it be sharing skills, spaces and resources, helping families to work and play more together, food growing or community cooking and meals, or perhaps supporting the environment through upcycling or community litter picks, the Community Mobilisation Fund may be able to support you. There is currently funding available for voluntary or community groups of up to £1,000 to assist with projects. Community groups play a vital role in supporting and bringing together local people.  The Community Mobilisation Fund will help support individuals and new/existing community groups by enabling practical support, such as skills development and capacity building, alongside local activities and events.

The fund is available for voluntary groups and community groups other not-for-profit organisations providing services within the Sevenoaks District, which benefit residents of the Sevenoaks District.

To apply, please complete   Community Mobilisation Fund Guidelines and Application – 2023-24   which must be sent to by 5pm Friday 8 September 2023

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