Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

Category: Hever Residents Association

My Community Voice

My Community Voice is a messaging service that helps Kent and Medway residents, businesses, and community groups to keep in touch with their local policing teams. The service sends
updates about your local area directly from the police officers themselves.

My Community Voice is more than just a messaging service; it allows you to reply to the alerts sent to you, share information and tell them about the issues affecting you. You will be able to play an active part in police appeals as well as keeping updated in what is happening in your local area. For further information, visit: https://www.mycommunityvoicekent.co.uk/

 

Gatwick expansion – please reply to their Consultation questionnaire before 1st December.

Gatwick expansion

The impact of the expansion would be –

  • More noise for HPC residents from a 35% increase in the number of flights.
  • Further congestion on road and rail networks in the area and on routes to Gatwick (54% increase in car parking at the airport).
  • Increased air pollution.
  • More pressure on local housing and infrastructure, on assumption that Gatwick’s claims re job creation are accurate, and that there are sufficient people to carry out such roles.
  • Climate change – Gatwick Obviously Not figures suggest a 50% increase in the production of CO2 from the plans and that by 2038 Gatwick would be responsible for 5.5% of total UK CO2 emissions.
  • There would be no change to flight paths meaning a large increase in flights over HPC when flights arriving from the east (2019 – 60 air movements per hour at peak increasing to 81 per hour as per Gatwick plans / projections).

https://www.gacc.org.uk/gatwick-expansion.php  Example summary responses and more information.

https://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/future-plans/northern-runway/documents/

https://www.gatwickairport.com/globalassets/company/future-plans/northern-runway/2021/summary.pdf

Consultation questionnaire   or you can also just send an email to: – feedback@gatwickfutureplans.com

Job Vacancy – Hever Parish Council – Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer

Applications are invited for the position of Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer to manage the administration, personnel and finances of Hever Parish Council.

The Clerk provides all the administrative functions of the Council and is the principal point of contact for Hever parish residents, other local councils, contractors and professional organisations. This includes preparing minutes, agendas and project plans, all correspondence and financial matters/annual audit and planning applications.  Maintaining the parish council website/noticeboards/social media also required. The Clerk is also the Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer of the Council.

The post is interesting and varied and the successful applicant will be required to provide professional guidance in respect of all aspects of the Council’s work.  It is not essential to have experience of working in Local Government.

Evening meeting attendance will be required for ~ 6 evening parish meetings per year, the rest of the hours (20 hours per week in total) can be worked flexibly from home.

The salary will be in the range of £11.76 – £16.75 per hour depending on experience and annual appraisal.  There is a generous pension and working from home allowance.

The Council – Hever Parish Council has 10 Councillors, who make decisions and represent ~ 1,200 residents in Four Elms, Hever and Markbeech, Kent. See www.hever.org  The Council owns and maintains two play areas/recreation grounds, one closed cemetery, a pond and surrounding bank and a large “hut”.

The Role/The Person: The successful applicant will be a highly motivated and forward-thinking individual who can promote the interests of the community by forging strong local partnerships. They will manage the statutory obligations of the council, including its financial responsibilities. Ideally the candidate will have previous office-based experience with excellent computer literacy skills, the ability to multitask and provide both written and numerical support to the council and have some knowledge/interest of the area. The Clerk provides independent support to the Councillors, who vote on decisions. Confidence in basic accounting finance is also required.

We are looking for someone with a professional attitude, excellent time management skills together with flexibility and a can-do, hands on, proactive attitude and who is confident that they can work on their own using their own initiative. They must be an excellent communicator with good interpersonal skills

Whilst relevant experience is preferred, specific training will be provided where required e.g. finance, planning, local government. There will be a comprehensive handover and support from the Council members and experts.

The Offer: 20 hours of work per week will be flexible. All the work is from home, so it is essential to have good broadband access.  A computer/webcam will be provided and there is professional IT support.

Interested applicants should contact the Clerk asap, Christina Divall (clerk@hever.org) with any queries and for a formal job description and subsequently send a brief CV and set out reasons for applying in a covering letter.

The closing date for Applications is 30th November – which may close early subject to interest, with interviews provisionally planned for week commencing 6th December.  

Start date asap.

Edenbridge & Westerham Citizens Advice Bureau – Volunteers required

Volunteers required

Are you looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to help people in your local community ?  We will give you full training and ongoing support.

Are you:

A good listener

Digitally capable

Open minded and non-judgemental

Keen to help others

Able to commit to at least one day a week

 We are looking for volunteers to give advice, help with admin support or get involved with our research and campaigning work.

 Interested ?

To find out more please email: training@edenbridge.cabnet.org.uk

Kent Fire & Rescue Services Water Hydrant Initiative Project

Please help increase community resilience within local parish and town councils by taking part in one of the initiatives put in place for local residents to help monitor and report fire hydrant defects and water provision issues within their local area, ensuring issues are resolved in a timely manner.

This is in addition to the checks that are already made by KFRS.

Please see document below for further information and how to report any issues.

KFRS- KALC Fire hydrant initiative project – September 2021

Saturday Bulk Refuse Freighter for locals – 21st August 2021

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 flytipping 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.

 

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