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Gatwick Consultation – deadline for your comments extended to 19th November 2023

Due to the premature closure of the Gatwick consultation, the Planning Inspectorate has now extended the period for submitting your views until 23:59 on Sunday 19th November 2023. Please see the message below from the Planning Inspectorate on how to do this:

As you will be aware, due to a technical fault with the Planning Inspectorate’s online Relevant Representation form, users were not able to make submissions on the final day of the representation period. The fault has now been resolved, and we apologise for any inconvenience this caused.

As a result of the premature closure, the Applicant has extended the period for submission of Relevant Representations until 23:59 on Sunday 19 November 2023. You can submit a representation and register as an Interested Party by navigating to the project webpage of the National Infrastructure Planning website:

If you previously submitted a representation via email due to the website fault, you will need to resubmit this via the online form by the above deadline in order for it to be valid.

If you have already submitted a representation via the form, please do not resubmit it unless we have contacted you directly about your submission.

If you are unable to complete a registration form online and would like to register your interest, please call the helpline on: 0303 444 5000 to request a paper form. Please note the deadline above for receipt of the completed form by the Planning Inspectorate. For further advice please see Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination. You can also check our step by step guide to find out more about having your say about a national infrastructure project.


Consultation deadline is approaching for Gatwick- Have your say

The deadline for you to register and make initial comment on the Gatwick Consultation is 29th October 2023. Please sign up o have your say: The link to the registration page is here

Gatwick have proposed to replace the standby runway with a full second runway. If this happens capacity at Gatwick will be as busy as Heathrow. This will have a huge impact on the area.

As a Parish Council we are concerned the impact this will have on the area we live in and have objected to the application and the significant damage and impact it will have on the Parish and beyond. There are great concerns regarding noise and pollutants, on HPC residents and on the AONB environment around us, in addition to the potential impact on housing, employment and infrastructure as well as the wider environmental considerations.

We urge you to register and make comment. You can do this anytime from now up until 29th October 2023. The link to the registration page is here

At the time of registering, you must include your initial comments on the proposal. These must be about what you consider to be the main issues and impacts and include anything that may affect your day-to-day life. Once registered you are then able to submit further comments.  The GAAC website has some useful information regarding wording. Please visit


School Bus Survey

Tom Tugendhat, MP, has opened his annual School Bus Survey . If you have children who get the bus to school, or know of someone who does, please do complete the survey.  The link to the survey is here.

Already there has been hundreds of responses and Tom is speaking to bus operators, schools and Kent County Council (KCC) to resolve the issues from the survey responses so far. Overcrowding is an issue on many routes and I know some routes have had timings changed due to delays. He is also keen to hear from anyone who has had trouble getting the Kent Travel Saver delivered from KCC.

Withdrawal of the rail Day Travelcard

You may have read that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed he has started the six month process of withdrawing the Day Travelcard used by so many to get to, and travel throughout, London by train and tube.

The Travelcard allows a holder the opportunity of unlimited travel around the capital on public transport. It allows us to buy our train and tube travel together. None of the stations in  our area are located in the Oyster Card area so we will be forced to buy train and tube tickets separately. This is a decision that will impact us all, making it harder for us all to travel to London and beyond.

While the Mayor of London has made it clear that while he will trigger the six month notice, he is open to reversing it. Tom Tugendhat, MP, is collating messages to the Mayor of London on this subject so please fill out the short form on his website here.

He will be sharing with him the strength of feeling across Tonbridge, Edenbridge, and Malling as to how damaging this will be for anyone visiting London.

Bulk Refuse Freighter – Saturday 22nd July 2023

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 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.


Further dates are as follows:  30th September.

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