Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

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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




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

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

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

Community Litter Picks

Keep Britain Tidy

Several community Litter Picks have been arranged across the Parish. Come and join in it is great fun, with free refreshments and great exercise. If possible, please bring own gloves and wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.  All other equipment provided.

Litter Pick dates are as follows:

Four Elms Village Hall – Saturday 9th April 9.30 am

Markbeech – Saturday 9th April 2.00 pm

Hever Village Hall – Friday 15th April 9.00 am

Bulk Refuse Freighter – Saturday 26th March 2022

Due to the last date being cancelled, the Bulk Refuse Freighter will now be in the Parish on Saturday 26th March 2022.  Details are as follows:

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.


Kent County Council Bus Funding Reduction – Consultation

We have received notification that  Kent County Council (KCC) is currently consulting on proposals to make savings by reducing the money they spend on providing some bus services that private bus companies cannot afford to run, and which are no longer cost effective. They are carrying out this consultation to listen to your feedback.

This consultation closes at midnight on 20 April. Please visit to find out more and participate in this consultation.

The communication came from KCC’s Engagement and Consultation Team


Preparation for Storm Eunice – UK Power Networks

As a result of #StormEunice, heavy rain and high winds are due to arrive on Fri 18th February @UKPowerNetworks has extra field engineers and call centre staff on hand to support any customers affected. Call 105 to report a powercut or visit #ukpnnews 

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to customers in vulnerable circumstances during a power cut. Visit for more information. #StormEunice #ukpnnews

Solar power made easy!

Sevenoaks District Council has teamed up with Kent County Council and Solar Together to offer residents an opportunity to purchase solar panels without the hassle.

Solar Together Kent is a group-buying scheme, which brings households together to get high-quality solar panels at a competitive price. The more people who sign up, the cheaper it is for everyone.

Cabinet member for Cleaner and Greener, Cllr Margot McArthur says: “Climate change is happening, and at an even faster pace than many anticipated. We must take action ourselves to steer the future of our world in a greener and more sustainable direction.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to install solar panels easily and at a reasonable price.

“Solar panels not only help you save money, they also allow you to generate your own clean electricity and reduce your carbon emissions. By generating your own electricity, you can become more independent from electricity suppliers and save a significant amount of money on your electricity bills in the process.

“You can register for free and without obligation by 15 March 2022. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to take up this opportunity as part of our Net Zero by 2030 ambitions.”

For more information, visit

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