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Hever Parish Council thanks all those who served, sacrificed and changed our world 1918 – 2018.

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Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station

Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station
Posted on Nov 6, 2018
Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station
‘PCC announces closure of Edenbridge Police Station. The announcement was included as one line in a press release entitled ‘Kent Police to move Deal front office’. Click here for press release. The additional information states that the police office in the High Street is to be sold as the building has not served as an operational police station for more than a decade. The town PCSOs who work at the office will, in future, be able to use the fire station in the High Street instead. Disposing of the site will save Kent Police around £22,500 a year in running costs. The money received from the sale of the building will be available in future to spend on policing.

Edenbridge Town Council is extremely disappointed and will be discussing what action to take at the Council meeting on Monday night (12 November). The Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has been asked to come to Edenbridge to explain his reasons to the residents. Details of this meeting will be publicised once a reply has been received from him.

Hever Parish Council will be discussing this news at their next meeting on 21st November 7.30pm Four Elms Village Hall, all welcome.

Preferred location for new, combined hospital and GP surgery in Edenbridge

Edenbridge News Release 01.11.18

Sevenoaks District Council’s annual Community Grants Scheme

Sevenoaks District Council’s annual Community Grants Scheme is now open for voluntary and community groups to apply. Successful applicants will receive their funding in April 2019.


Other funding advice

Voluntary and community organisations can contact the following organisations for information and advice about funding:

Grab your community grant of up to £5,000



Sevenoaks District Council is now offering grants of up to £5,000 to local voluntary and charity organisations to provide vital services that benefit the most vulnerable residents in the District.

The main aim of the Council’s Community Grant Scheme is to support volunteer-led projects that boost the health and wellbeing of people who live in the District.

Cllr Roddy Hogarth, Sevenoaks District Council Cabinet Member for Community Grants, says: “Our community grants have enabled voluntary and charitable groups the chance to improve the quality of life for many, especially our vulnerable, older and younger residents.”

“I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested, or need extra advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

The deadline for applications for grants between £100 and £5000 is Friday 23 November. Successful applicants will receive their funding in April 2019.

Application packs are available on request by emailing grants@sevenoaks.gov.uk or by calling 01732 227000.

Macmillan coffee morning Friday 28th September 9am – 1pm Hever village Hall


Saturday 22nd September
Four Elms VILLAGE HALL 8 – 9.15am then
MARKBEECH village hall 9.30 – 10.45 am
We cannot take Electrical Appliances/ Metal / Hard Core / Large Amounts of Garden Waste / Large Panes of Glass / Oil or Paint.
Please DO NOT arrive early or leave items on site, otherwise will be classed as flytipping and information passed to the police, thank you.
This is a FREE service to residents of the parish, funded by HPC.
Any queries to clerk@hever.org

Agenda for Hever Parish Council meeting – to be held at HEVER Village Hall. on TUESDAY  18th September 2018 commencing at 7.30pm


To:    The Members of Hever Parish Council

I hereby summon you to attend the meeting of Hever Parish Council to be held at HEVER Village Hall.

on TUESDAY  18th September 2018 commencing at 7.30pm for the transaction of business as set out below.

Signed; Clerk              Date   10.09.18 *attachment / printed copy

To assist in the speedy and efficient dispatch of business, please contact the Clerk in advance of the meeting if further factual information is required on an item on the Agenda.

  1. To receive apologies.
  2. Declarations of interest in respect of business specified on the agenda
  3. *To approve the accuracy of Minutes of the previous meeting (Chair).
  4. Public Forum (10 minutes)

The Council will receive statements and questions from the public (this is the only opportunity for members of the public to make a contribution during the meeting) and for members with pecuniary interests to speak on items on the Agenda.

Items for discussion / decision;

  1. Four Elms traffic – proposal from Peter Lake (PL) Kent County Councillor (PL) to fund 20mph from KCC Members Grant. Does the Council have a view on a proposal?
  2. *SDC Draft Local Plan– to record the comments sent to SDC as part of the consultation (CC). Attachment of Cllr. Clive Pearman (Edenbridge Town Council) report on history of Edenbridge and District War memorial hospital.
  3. Affordable Housing
  4. i) CT to propose to the full Council, the setting up of a “HPC Affordable Housing working party”, which would be;
  5. a) To research, report and recommend as an advisory body to the full Council (under S102 powers 1972 LGA). To be task specific and time limited.
  6. b) To examine an issue in detail, read reports and related materials, examine options, get advice for the Council.
  7. c) To act as experts and/or liaise with experts, which will include neighbouring parish and town Councils, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, Sevenoaks District Council, ACRK (Action with Communities in Rural Kent).
  8. d) No funding or monies to be spent or committed without delegated authority or prior Full Council endorsement.
  9. e) Quorate: Minimum of 2 Councillors at each meeting and the proper officer (Clerk).
  10. f) A Working Party does not meet in public, therefore Standing Orders are not applicable, although the Code of Conduct still applies. Does the full Council agree to the formation of the Working Party?
  11. ii) SS – To update the Council following the compulsory parish wide housing needs survey and presentations to SS / CT /CC (and SDC) from 2 Housing Associations. Recommendations to be made to the full Council;
  12. Selection of a Housing Association on any emerging local proposals.
  13. To proceed with a second stage housing needs survey (undertaken by the Rural Housing Enabler – ACRK (an independent expert body) with no cost implications to HPC.

Does the Council accept the Recommendations as advised by the working party?

  1. Elections – to note that District and Parish Council elections May 2019 & associated costs. There is a national drive to attract a broad range of demographics to be nominated.  How does HPC wish to address this? (CC).
  2. GDPR update (CC) –
  3. Not legally compulsory, but recommended by KALC to appoint a DPO (Data Protection Officer) who has skills, time, knowledge, professional qualifications independence and ability to take on responsibility. A DPO must be appointed “on the basis of professional qualities”.  Costs between £150 – 500.  If not appointed, the same work must be undertaken by someone else suitable.
  4. HPC to complete in next 12 months a data audit, data risk assessment and accessibility statement.
  5. Personal information is stored by the Clerk in a locked filing cabinet (Chair has spare key) and legal documents in a safe.
  6. “Gold standard” of GDPR is recommended for Cllrs. to have individual HPC laptop (encrypted emails, use of Council licensed Office professional, virus protection etc.) This could be budgeted for over a period of years.  Noting that in the event of a data breach any hardware used for any HPC work can be seized.
  7. Ensure all communications from Cllrs. with residents comes via the Clerk, otherwise individual Cllrs. need to register and pay for registration with the ICO (Information Commissioners Office).

How does HPC wish to consider options for a and d?

  1. Proposal for Summer 2019 local party at Hever Castle (DL).
  2. Proposed re launch of www.hever.org and launch of The Link magazine online. Suggested November 2018 and budget of £200 for event and publicity.
  3. Proposal for Premises Licence for music festival / country fete on field on Hever / Edenbridge border (Between Lydens Lane and Hever Road).
  4. To determine matters arising from the previous minutes for updating / noting (Chair)

Items for updating on / for information;

  1. *Planning and licensing; applications responded to and outcomes – attached to agenda. Including Summer festivals.
  2. *Financial update. (Clerk).
  3. Urgent issues at the discretion of the Chairman for noting or inclusion on future agenda (not for decision making or with financial implications) (JW)


  1. Other correspondence for noting / Consultations. This may include items from the Kent Association of Local Councils / National Association of Local Councils.


Kent County Council’s ‘Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Consultation’.

This consultation will help us deliver the Kent Waste Disposal Strategy and seeks views on the proposal to implement a charging policy for non-household waste materials including soil, rubble, hardcore and plasterboard, deposited at Kent HWRCs.  The 8 week consultation is available until Thursday 1 November 2018, and we would like to invite you to comment.   The consultation questionnaire and supporting documents can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/wasteconsultation

Does HPC wish to comment on the consultation?




AGENDA 7.15pm

  • 4 Lodgewood Cottages, Hever Road, Hever TN8 7NP


Amendment to application 17/03407/HOUSE

Deadlines 26.09.18


  • The Corn Mill Stables, Ide Hill Road, Four Elms TN8 6NS


Single storey home office building within rear garden.

Deadlines 26.09.18


  • 1 Hillside Cottages, Four Elms Road TN8 6NQ


Removal of existing car port.  Erection of atwo storey side extension and first floor rear extension over existing ground floor.

Deadline 28.09.18


  • The Elms Nursery Bough Beech Road Four Elms KENT TN8 6ND


Proposed extensions to existing garden centre to provide enlarge kitchen,

staff facilities, extra retail and storage areas.


Brocas Cottage, Brocas Road Hever TN8 7LE SE/18/00681/HOUSE

Appeal – erection of a first floor extension.

delay the call, not your reactions

Kent County Council Road Safety Team Leader Vicky Harvey said: “This campaign aims to highlight to drivers that using your mobile phone hands-free is not as safe as you may think, even though its legal.

“Even an unimpaired driver travelling at 70mph will travel at least 31 metres whilst reacting in an emergency but at the drink-drive limit, due to the impairment, this extends to at least 35 metres.

“However, driving while talking on your hands-free mobile phone means you will travel at least 39 metres, a further eight metres before touching the brake pedal – that’s as long as a double decker bus.

“If it’s a hand-held phone, the impairment is even worse.

“Of course, delaying your reactions will extend your stopping distance so, working with our partners, this campaign seeks to highlight the additional risks drivers who use a mobile phone face.

“My advice is to delay the call, not your reactions.”

We are launching our Draft Local Plan consultation on 16 July 2018 and this will run until 5pm on 10 September 2018. For further information, please see the Council’s website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/draftlocalplan


We are launching our Draft Local Plan consultation on 16 July 2018 and this will run until 5pm on 10 September 2018. For further information, please see the Council’s website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/draftlocalplan

We would love to hear your views!

The Local Plan is important planning policy that says what can be built and where and will guide housing, employment, retail and other infrastructure needs up to 2035.

Last year we sent a survey to every home in the District asking for your views on the ‘Issues’ facing the area over the next twenty years and our suggested ‘Options’ for dealing with them. We had a magnificent response – over 15,000 of you took part – and overwhelmingly you supported our ideas, which have been incorporated into this draft of the Local Plan.

This is now your opportunity to make your views known on policies and sites within the Plan and to contribute to what we hope is an ambitious and appropriate plan for the District.

How can I have my say?

  • Explore our interactive map to view and comment on sites in your area simply by typing in your town or village (or postcode).
  • Read our Draft Local Plan and comment on our 19 draft policies

We would prefer you to comment on our sites and policies using the above links, but alternatively you can complete a consultation form and send it to us at planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk or Planning Policy, Sevenoaks District Council, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG (clearly stating the site or policy reference please).


Come and see the plans in Edenbridge Tuesday 14 August 2pm-8pm Waitrose Edenbridge, Mont St Aignan Way, TN8 5LN

There are no sites proposed in the local area that have made the short list for development. Main issues for residents will be the siting of the Edenbridge Medical centre, so please comment to SDC where you want it! – Four Elms road or Crouch House road. If anyone wants to see a paper copy of the main document (which does not include maps) or further information, please contact clerk@hever.org

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