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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

SDC Call for sites 2021

Sevenoaks District Council Strategic Planning Consultations

SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL CALL FOR SITES 2021

The emerging Local Plan is being reviewed to take account of new government guidance, updated housing requirements, the challenges of climate change and changes brought about by COVID-19. The review provides an opportunity to update our evidence base of potentially suitable and available land for a range of possible uses, which the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires us to keep up to date.

We have therefore launched a call for sites, and are inviting local residents, landowners, developers, businesses and other interested parties to submit sites for potential future development within Sevenoaks District. The Call for Sites is being undertaken in two stages:

Stage 1: The Council is requesting the submission of sites that are located within settlements and not in the Green Belt. The Stage 1 Call for Sites is now open.

Stage 2: Following an assessment of the Stage 1 outcomes, the Council will request the submission of sites located in the Green Belt. You will be able to submit sites fitting this criteria from 25 November 2021.

Please visit our website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/callforsites for further information, including a handy Guidance Note. Sites can be submitted via the quick and easy online form or by downloading and completing a PDF form.

Please note that if you have previously submitted a site as part of the 2015-2018 Call for Sites, or even before then as part of the Core Strategy (2011) or Allocations and Development Management Plan (2015) you will need to submit your site again using the new form. This ensures we assess sites based on the most up to date information available.

The Stage 1 and Stage 2 Call for Sites will close at 5pm on 20 January 2022. Submissions will not be accepted after the closing date.

All submitted sites will then be assessed to determine their suitability for development – for example, whether they are subject to planning constraints. The deliverability and developability of sites will also be considered. Further information about the assessment of sites will be made available on the Council’s website.

If you have any further queries or questions in relation to the Call for Sites please email the Planning Policy Team at sites@sevenoaks.gov.uk or call 01732 227000.

SEVENOAKS DISTRICT CHARACTER STUDY

To identify and enhance the character of the District, Sevenoaks District Council is running a three-week survey to find out what residents think about where they live.

The Council is preparing a character study that aims to document the history, people, landscape, streets and buildings of the District and how they make the area special. As a starting point, an interactive map, called a ‘Storymap’, has been produced, which residents are being asked for their views on. The responses from participants will be incorporated into a new study that will be used as part of the local planning process. We hope you will contribute to the character study and help build up a picture of each unique part of the District.

The survey runs from 18 October to 8 November 2021. Visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/sdcs to complete the survey. If you would like to stay involved, please leave your email address at the bottom of the online survey.

Telephone or paper surveys are available for people without internet access by calling 01732 227000 or emailing planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

What happens next?

Following the survey, there will be an online workshop on Wednesday 17 November 2021, 5:30– 7pm. Visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/sdcs for more information.

A follow-up workshop is planned in mid-January 2022. This will result in a report and the completed Storymap detailing the findings of the character study in February 2022.

Should you have any queries regarding the Sevenoaks District Character Study, please do not hesitate to contact the Strategic Planning Team on 01732 227000 or please email planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Yours faithfully

The Strategic Planning Team

Sevenoaks District Council

Saturday bulk refuse freighter – Saturday 27th November 21

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.

Ladies only – empower yourself with a night of self defence

Ladies specific workshop

Due to the recent awful events, women’s worries about personal safety and travelling alone have been a main concern for many. Working With Cobra Self Defence we are offering 2 workshops for all Women and Girls 13+
Friday 22 October 1pm—3pm at Bat and Ball Station Function Room, Sevenoaks, TN14 5AP
40 free bookings available
Saturday 23 October 11am-1pm via Zoom—no limit
This is a FREE workshop giving you advice and training covering the following and more;
* Safety Strategies and tactics on travelling alone
* How to deal with unwanted encounters/situations
* What to do if you feel you are being followed
* Physical techniques to escape grabs and holds, that are easy to learn and remember
* Places of safety
We will also cover a short anti vehicle abduction section, we go through strategies to stop some-one getting you into a vehicle, also ways to stop a vehicle to get out.
Please share this post so as many women as possible can be empowered by this FREE workshop.
Please contact COBRA Defence London via Facebook to book your space.
https://www.facebook.com/COBRAdefenselondon/
(13-16 year olds must be accompanied by a participating adult)

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.

 

A joint statement agreed by Civility and Respect Project Working Group

The Civility and Respect Project Working Group agreed at its latest meeting on 28 June 2021 a joint statement committing to promote civility and respect in public life. The statement, which summarises the core aims and values for securing permanent change in the local (parish and town) council sector, reads:

“Civility and respect should be at the heart of public life and good governance is fundamental to ensuring an effective and well-functioning democracy at all levels.

The intimidation, abuse, bullying and harassment of councillors, professional officers and staff, in person or online, is totally unacceptable; whether that is by councillors, professional officers, staff or members of the public.

This can prevent councils from functioning effectively, councillors from representing local people, discourage people from getting involved including standing for election, and undermine public confidence and trust in local democracy.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC), county associations and One Voice Wales (OVW), as the membership organisations representing the first tier of local government in England and Wales, and the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) as the professional body for clerks, are committed to working together to promote civility and respect in public life, good governance, positive debate and supporting the well-being of councillors, professional officers and staff.

To that end the group will be working to deliver tangible resources, actions and interventions in four main areas: providing councils with the tools to support good governance; lobbying to strengthen the standards regime and encourage more people to get involved; training; and processes to intervene to provide support to struggling councils.”

The meeting of the working group also finalised plans for the appointment of a fixed-term project officer, funded by NALC and SLCC, to drive forward the projects’ key priorities and tangible objectives. Other issues covered at the meeting, which was held online, included a local resolution protocol, links to the Improvement and Development Board (IDB) and lobbying.

https://www.nalc.gov.uk/news/entry/1788-joint-statement-agreed-by-civility-and-respect-project-working-group

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