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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

 

Strike a chord!

Residents can join local singers for an off the scale musical celebration in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

The Council organised ‘Big Community Sing’ will showcase the talents of local choirs, quartets, schools and singing groups of every description and all ages, genres and abilities.

The event takes place at the Stag in Sevenoaks on Tuesday 7 June 2022 from 7pm and all the money raised from the night goes to support local mental health services for young people.

Sevenoaks District Council’s Chairman, Cllr Avril Hunter, says: “After a break, we’re delighted to be holding the Big Community Sing again. It’s a great opportunity for a diverse range of singing groups to perform in front of hundreds of people whilst raising money for local mental health services.

Cllr Hunter adds: “Singing as part of a group is a great way to get involved in the local community and improve health and wellbeing.”

Tickets to watch the Big Community Sing cost £5 and are on sale at the Stag Box Office. Visit www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk or call 01732 450175.

Spring and Queen’s Jubilee bank holiday waste collections – message from Sevenoaks District Council

Residents’ waste collections will take place on their usual day over the Spring and Jubilee bank holidays.

Sevenoaks District Council refuse collection crews will be working as usual on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 2022. Anyone who has a collection scheduled on these days should put their sacks out as normal.

There will be no changes to garden waste collections over the two bank holidays either.

Residents should put their black and clear sacks out at 7.00 am and garden waste out at 6.30 am on their collection day.

Cllr Margot McArthur, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, says: “Our waste collection crews will be going the extra mile by working the two bank holidays so no one misses a collection. Thanks to the dedication of our staff, we’ve kept our bank holidays collection arrangements simple – residents just need to put their sacks and garden waste out on their usual day.”

For more information visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/refuse.

£150 Energy Rebate Scheme – Council Tax Bands A to D

Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) will be making payments to eligible residents, who pay their council tax (Bands A to D) by direct debit, during next week. The guidance relating to the rebate scheme applies to those liable for the council tax from April 2022, in addition the rebate should only be payable once the first payment, or installment, of council tax has been made in relation to this financial year.

As those circumstances are now being met, SDC aim to get payments out to everyone that is eligible (and pays council tax by direct debit) during May.

For those council tax payers that do not pay by direct debit, SDC will begin contacting them from 23 May with details about how to claim.

Information for residents is available on the council website at https://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/info/20005/council_tax/624/council_tax_rebate

South East Water – Have a say on the draft 25 Year Environment Plan

A unique draft 25-Year Environment Plan written by South East Water now needs feedback from local residents on its strengths and weaknesses before it is published.

South East Water is the first UK water company to produce such a plan, following an intensive period working with its customers, employees and other environmental organisations to shape it. The appeal for feedback from local communities is the final stage before it is published in summer-2022.

Not only does the plan set out how the company will limit its own impact on the environment, but more importantly, how it will improve the overall health of the environment and increase its resilience to the effects of drought, flooding and growing demand for tap water.

Supplying drinking water to 2.2 million customers across the south east, the company maintains 83 water treatment works and 9,000 miles of underground pipes, as well as 33 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, two local nature reserves, Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve and numerous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The water supplier also works with farmers, landowners and other water users to protect the quality and quantity of the rivers and underground aquifers which are used to produce an average of 520 million litres of tap water each day.

The company is now looking to expand the work of its in-house team of environmental experts to work with other local companies and individuals to improve the environment within a generation.

The consultation runs from 1 to 30 April.  Read the plan and have your say on South East Water’s websitesoutheastwater.co.uk/25YP.

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