Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

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Cost of living – Support

With the recent increases in the cost of energy, food and other bills, many people may experience financial difficulties for different reasons and might not realise they’re entitled to help. The significant rise in the cost of living is a concern for everyone, and Sevenoaks District Council do offer some help and support.

There is a wide range of support available for individuals and families who are facing rising energy costs and are worried about their finances. Details of the support being offered can be found at https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/homepage/97/help_with_the_cost_of_living .

Vulnerable households can access financial support to help with essential household costs over the coming months as part of the Household Support Fund. The funding from Kent County Council is available up to 30 September. Pensioners living in the District, who are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit, will be allocated £100 per household to help with energy bills, whilst any low income or vulnerable household can apply for support to help with essential household costs including food, energy and water. For further information please visit: https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/householdsupportfund

Bulk Refuse Freighter – Saturday 23rd July 2022

The Bulk Refuse Freighter will be in the Parish on Saturday 23rd July 2022.  Details are as follows:

09.15 – 10.00 FOUR ELMS – layby opposite the Church

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.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme – grants available

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme is now open for grant applications and payments.

Homeowners across England and Wales can now benefit from £5,000 grants to fit clean heating systems when they come to replace their oil and gas boilers. This includes clean heating systems installed from 1 April this year.

Heat pumps are now much cheaper and more competitively priced against gas and oil boilers, and closer to the cost of installing a traditional gas boiler. The scheme will improve the energy efficiency of homes, reduce energy bills and cut emissions in the long-term.

The scheme has a committed budget of £450 million over three years from 2022-2025, with an annual budget allocation of £150 million and property owners will be able to get:

  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump

Announcement:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ditching-costly-gas-and-oil-is-cheaper-thanks-to-heat-pump-scheme

Guidance:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-may-be-eligible-for-the-boiler-upgrade-scheme-from-april-2022

 

Gatwick Airport Consultation starting 14th June 2022

You may recall that in autumn last year Gatwick Airport consulted on proposals to bring the existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside the Main Runway.  There will now be a statutory focused public consultation starting on Tuesday 14th June 2022. This further consultation will focus on the airport’s updated highway design, which has changed following feedback received during last year’s consultation. The focused consultation will run for six weeks and will close on Wednesday 27 July 2022. All materials and details on how to respond to this consultation will be available at www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans

During the consultation period there will be opportunities to attend a virtual briefing or to book a telephone surgery appointment to speak to technical experts about the proposals and help inform responses to the consultation. These are available to be booked immediately by contacting info@gatwickfutureplans.com.

When publishing this focused consultation, we will also provide an update on other aspects of the Northern Runway proposals, following feedback from the public consultation last year.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team by emailing info@gatwickfutureplans.com

Roadworks Notification from Kent County Council – B2026 Hartfield Road, junction of Cowden Pound

Kent County Council will be resurfacing a section of the B2026 Hartfield Road at the junction of Cowden Pound Road. Starting on 20th June 2022 the road will be closed from 20:00 to 06:00 each night for 5 Nights (excluding weekends).

During these essential works it will be necessary to close the road completely between the junction of Butterwell Hill and Hever Lane so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users. The diversion route will be via B2026 Hartfield Road, B2028 Marsh Green Road, B2028 Moor Lane, B2028 Racecourse Road, B2028 Town Hill, B2028 High Street, B2028 Plaistow Street, B2028 Newchapel Road, A22 Eastbourne Road, A22 London Road, A264 Moat Road, A264 Cranston Road, A264 Blackwell Road, A264 Holtye Road, A264 Colestock Road, B2026 Hartfield Road and vice versa.

Spode Lane Closed at Hartfield Road diversion via Spode Lane, Butterwell Hill and then on to the above diversion.
Cowden Pound Road closed Hartfield Road diversion via Cowden Pound Road, Cow Lane, Blowers Hill and then on to the above diversion.

This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, we will arrange a new date and let you know via a letter drop to your home. We will also put up signs along the road, before we start, showing the date we plan to start work.

What we plan to do
We will remove the existing road surface by a method known as milling. The complete area will then be swept by a mechanical sweeper to ensure the prepared surface is clean and free of dust and debris. If required, the existing manhole covers, and rain water gully gratings will be adjusted or replaced to the correct level before the new surface is laid. Please note that this operation is noisy and can be prolonged as it is carried out using pneumatic hand tools.
The new surfacing material will then be laid using a machine called a paver and compacted with a roller. This is a quick process and dependant on the design will either be a one or two-layer process. Finally, following completion of the surfacing, all associated road markings will be re-painted. The road will then be re-opened. Please note that during the whole process, audible warning reversing sirens will be heard along with flashing beacons; this is a health and safety requirement and cannot be turned off but will be kept to a minimum.

Why are we doing this work?
The majority of capital investment in maintaining our highway network is funded through various capital maintenance grants from the Government. To make best use of that finite resource we carry out condition surveys and inspections, using a combination of mechanical and visual means, together with an assessment of local needs, and that helps to inform an annual capital works programme that balances value for money and our duties under the Highways Act 1980. Our approach to highways asset management is based on using robust data to inform how we invest the funds available, so that we spend the right amount of money at the right time to reduce the cost of maintenance overall. Further details of our works programmes and our approach to highways asset management more generally can be found at www.kent.gov.uk.

Roadworks Notification from Kent County Council – B2026 Hartfield Road, Cowden

Kent County Council will be resurfacing a section of the B2026 Hartfield Road at the junction of Butterwell Hill starting on 13th June 2022.  The road will be closed each night from 20:00 to 06:00 for 5 nights.

The diversion route will be via B2026 Hartfield Road, B2028 Marsh Green Road, B2028 Moor Lane, B2028 Racecourse Road, B2028 Town Hill, B2028 High Street, B2028 Plaistow Street, B2028 Newchapel Road, A22 Eastbourne Road, A22 London Road, A264 Moat Road, A264 Cranston Road, A264 Blackwell Road, A264 Holtye Road, A264 Colestock Road, B2026 Hartfield Road and vice versa.
Blowers Hill Closed at junction of Hartfield Road diversion via Cow Lane, Cowden Pound Road and then on to the above diversion.
Butterwell Hill closed at junction of Hartfield Road diversion via Butterwell Hill, High Street, Holtye Hill, A264 and then on to the above diversion.

This type of work can be affected by bad weather, so if it is not possible for us to carry it out at this time, a new date will be arranged. We will also put up signs along the road, before we start, showing the date we plan to start work.

During these essential works it will be necessary to close the road completely between the junction of A264 and Cowden Pound Road so that we can carry out the works safely for both the workforce and road users.

The planned works:
We will remove the existing road surface by a method known as milling. The complete area will then be swept by a mechanical sweeper to ensure the prepared surface is clean and free of dust and debris. If required, the existing manhole covers, and rain water gully gratings will be adjusted or replaced to the correct level before the new surface is laid. Please note that this operation is noisy and can be prolonged as it is carried out using pneumatic hand tools.

The new surfacing material will then be laid using a machine called a paver and compacted with a roller. This is a quick process and dependant on the design will either be a one or two-layer process. Finally, following completion of the surfacing, all associated road markings will be re-painted. The road will then be re-opened. Please note that during the whole process, audible warning reversing sirens will be heard along with flashing beacons; this is a health and safety requirement and cannot be turned off but will be kept to a minimum.

Why are we doing this work?
The majority of capital investment in maintaining our highway network is funded through various capital maintenance grants from the Government. To make best use of that finite resource we carry out condition surveys and inspections, using a combination of mechanical and visual means, together with an assessment of local needs, and that helps to inform an annual capital works programme that balances value for money and our duties under the Highways Act 1980. Our approach to highways asset management is based on using robust data to inform how we invest the funds available, so that we spend the right amount of money at the right time to reduce the cost of maintenance overall. Further details of our works programmes and our approach to highways asset management more generally can be found at www.kent.gov.uk.

Kent Connect to Support – supporting you to live well in Kent

 

KCC Connect to Support A4 poster 1

Kent Connect to Support has recently launched a new website that provides the information you need on care and support – for you, a relative or a friend.

Kent Connect to Support will help people find accessible, easy to navigate, interactive information and advice on care and support, for them, a relative or a friend.  It can help people to look after themselves, stay independent and connect with their local community.

 

The website contains useful information to help people find out:

  • what sort of support they may need and what’s available near them
  • whether they are eligible for funding to help pay for adult social care
  • what happens when they, a friend, or relative leaves hospital
  • how to buy equipment to help around the home
  • what type of support care homes can offer.

 

It also contains a simple information finder tool if someone is unsure where to look for information and advice regarding care and support.

 

Please visit the website for fast, clear connected information.

Visit Kent Connect to Support here

 

Visit the information finder tool here

 

If you have any queries, would like this information in alternative formats please contact makingadifference@kent.gov.uk  with your request.

 

Annual Parish Assembly – Thursday 26th May

Please come along to the Annual Parish Assembly next Thursday 26th May. This will be held in Hever Village Hall at 7.00 pm.

In addition to hearing  about your Parish Council, we have a range of interesting speakers lined up for the evening, such as Tom Tugendhat, MP, and representatives from local organisations and services. Drinks and refreshments are provided and the chance to chat to local residents and Councillors after the presentations too. The event is free to everyone who lives in Four Elms, Hever or Markbeech. The Agenda for the Assembly can be found here: http://hever.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Annual-Parish-Assembly-2022-Agenda.pdf

The Draft Minutes from the meeting of the 10th May 2022 are now on the website and can be found here: http://hever.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2022-05-10-Minutes-AGM-draft.pdf

The Approved Minutes from the meeting of  9th  March 2022 can be found here: http://hever.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2022-03-09-March-22-Minutes-Final.pdf

 

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