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20 September 2016
For Immediate Release
Candidates revealed for Swanley by-elections
The names of the candidates who will be standing in the Swanley by-elections on Thursday 10 October have been named.
Elections for County Councillor (Swanley Electoral Division), District Councillor (Swanley Christchurch and Swanley Village) and Town Councillor (White Oak Ward) elections have been called after the death of Cllr Robert Brookbank.
Details of the candidates standing can be found by going to www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/services/council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/current-elections
Residents must be registered to vote and can do so by going to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before the deadline at midnight on Thursday 27 September.
To apply to vote by post for the first time, or to change an existing postal or proxy vote, residents need to complete a valid application form by 5pm on28 September 2016.
New applications to vote by proxy (except emergency proxies) must reach the Sevenoaks District Council’s Electoral Services Office by 5pm on 5 October 2016.
Residents can find more information about postal and proxy votes via this link www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk
Signed postal and proxy vote application forms can be delivered to the Council’s offices (Argyle Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1HG) or scanned and sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town Council will be considering its decision on the plans for development in the town centre
On Tuesday 20th September in the Alexandra Suite
Starts at 7.30pm
Representatives from U+I, the town centre owners, will be in attendance to answer questions
See the town council website for agenda
09 September 2016
#HousingDay open day to keep residents in their homes for longer
Residents aged over 55 are invited to join a free event on 19 September which offers advice and support on housing. The event has been organised as part of #HousingDay by Sevenoaks District Council and West Kent Housing Association to give residents free information on adapting their homes to remain independent, dementia awareness and local support as well as energy efficiency advice. Help will also be given on how to downsize to a more manageable home and information on ‘Sevenoaks Switch and Save’ to help cut fuel bills. The restaurant will also be open for lunch for a small charge and the day includes taster exercise classes. The event runs from 10am to 3.30pm on Monday 19 September at White Oak Court, Sycamore Drive, Swanley, BR8 7WF. There is no need to book and residents can just turn up at the event. For more information residents should call Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227000 or email email@example.com
06 September 2016
Local people and businesses can comment on a 20 year Master Vision to help stimulate a multi-million pound regeneration of Swanley and Hextable. In February, Sevenoaks District Council, working with Swanley Town Council and Hextable Parish Council, ran a series of consultation events when local people and workers could set out the improvements they wanted to see in the coming years. They asked for new affordable and family homes and retirement properties, improved health facilities, better public transport and initiatives to cut road congestion. They also asked for a better range of shops and restaurants while retaining leisure facilities and open spaces. In light of the comments, Sevenoaks District Council has now drafted a 20 year Master Vision to help regenerate Swanley town centre and the wider area, while at the same time retaining the independent identities of both Swanley and Hextable and Swanley Village. Local people and businesses can find out about the Master Vision and comment on the ideas being put forward at a number of drop in sessions during September when Council staff will be on hand to help: Drop in events in Swanley will take place at 38/39 Swanley Centre (next to Wilko) on the following days: • Thursday 22 September (11am to 4pm) • Friday 23 September (11am to 4pm) • Saturday 24 September (11am to 4pm) A further drop in session will take place in Hextable Village Hall on: • Friday 23 September (9am to 9pm) Drop in events at the White Oak Leisure Centre will take place on these days: • Tuesday 27 September (11am to 9pm) • Saturday 1 October (11am to 4pm) Information about the consultation will be left unmanned at White Oak Leisure Centre from Sunday 2 October until Wednesday 2 November. The consultation is running from Wednesday 7 September to Wednesday 2 November. People can complete the questionnaire on line from 7 September. Alternatively they can completer a paper questionnaire which will be delivered to every household and business in Swanley and Hextable towards the end of September. Residents can complete the questionnaire online or by posting the paper copy back to the Council. For more information, and to view the Master Vision in full, residents can visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/swanley&hextable Cllr Peter Fleming, Sevenoaks District Council’s Leader, says: “This is a once in a generation opportunity for Swanley, Hextable and the surrounding area to massively improve facilities in Swanley town centre, protect the distinctiveness of Hextable and surrounding villages and to give residents and business a town that retains its strong sense of community whilst moving the forward to an exciting new chapter in its history. “Nothing is set in stone and the proposals will need the support of local people to go forward so I would urge local people to have their say at our consultation events and by completing our questionnaire that’s available on our website from 7 September. “As the Master Vision covers the next 20 years, we are keen to hear from the next generation so I would encourage any young people to take part in our online survey.”
Issued by: Daniel Whitmarsh Call: 01732 227414 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postponement of Meeting
Swanley Town Council has received information that the planning proposal made by U&I relating to redevelopment of the Swanley Shopping Centre will not be heard by the Sevenoaks District Council until a date in November.
Consequently we have decided that the best public interests will be served by postponing the special meeting of our Development Control Committee from September 6th to 7.30pm on 20th September.
This will give residents more time to study the proposals and state their thoughts or objections to present who would not make the meeting on the 6th due to leave, sickness or other engagements.
At this later date we hope also for a display by U&I at the venue. We hope the meeting will see a good turnout as we are providing a large venue, the Alexandra Suite.
The normal Development Control meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th. with an abbreviated agenda.
We apologise for the late notice.
Swanley Town Council are looking for volunteers for this Friday’s 1812 event, to help with the collection for the Mayor’s charity. Profits will go towards building disabled friendly equipment in the play ground.
For more information please call 01322 665 885
Bike around Brands 2016.
On Friday 12th August 300 riders took part in Swanley & North Downs Lions’ eleventh staging of this popular charity cycling event. Fifty eight of the cyclists were under 14 years of age and a total of one hundred and eighteen riders had taken part in previous years.
Assuming that outstanding sponsorship pledges are honoured, and after tack hire expenses etc., a total of approximately £7,000 will have been raised by the participants, the ‘lions share’ of which will benefit ‘ellenor’ (formerly EllenorLions Hospices).
Club President Colin McRobert, and the Lions Club members, would like to thank all those who took part, together with Jonathan Palmer and the staff at Brands Hatch, for their support in running this important annual fund raising event.
Should you wish to know more about the Lions visit the club’s web site at www.swanleyandnorthdownslions.org.uk
Swanley & North Downs Lions
17 August 2016
For Immediate Release
Remembering Councillor Robert Brookbank
Sevenoaks District Council has paid tribute to Cllr Robert Brookbank, Ward Councillor for Swanley Christchurch and Swanley Village, who sadly passed away on Tuesday 2 August in Darent Valley Hospital after a short illness.
Cllr Brookbank was committed to making a difference in the community, first being elected as District Councillor for Swanley Christchurch and Swanley Village in 2007 and again in 2011 and 2015.
He was also an elected Parish Councillor in 2011 and 2015 for Swanley White Oak, as well as an elected Kent County Councillor for Swanley in 2009 and 2013.
District Chairman Cllr Simon Raikes says: “Everyone is extremely saddened by the news of Cllr Brookbank’s passing.
“He was a much loved figure in a community where he made such a tremendous contribution.
“My most sincere condolences go to the family of a gentleman who will be sorely missed”.
The funeral takes place on 25 August 2016. Further details and letters of condolences are care of Swanley Funeral Care at email@example.com
It is with great sadness that Swanley Town Council announce that Cllr Robert Brookbank passed away on Wednesday 3rd August 2016 .
Cllr Brookbank was a dedicated councillor that worked tirelessly for residents across Swanley in his position as Town, District and County Councillor spanning many years.
Our thoughts are with Cllr Brookbank’s family and friends at this time and the Town flag will be flying at halfmast as an act of respect for this remarkable man.
Swanley Town Council provides a variety of recreation, social and other facilities for the benefit of residents and people who work in and visit the Parish area, working in partnership with other Councils and agencies to promote and deliver local services.
Swanley lies at the northernmost point of the area of Sevenoaks District Council and also within the administrative area of Kent County Council.
Swanley Town Council came into existence in 1974 and though unlike the County and District Council, it has few statutory duties (things that have to be done) it does have many powers (things that can be done). The Town Council seeks to exercise its powers for the benefit of the community of Swanley and Swanley Village.
There are four wards in the town, which are Christchurch, St Mary’s and Whiteoak wards in Swanley as well a ward in Swanley Village. The Town Council provides a variety of recreation, social and other facilities for the benefit of residents and people who work in and visit the Parish area, working in partnership with other Councils and agencies to promote and deliver local services. The Town Council owns around 150 acres of parks and open spaces, including the principal parks of Swanley Park and St Mary’s Recreation.
Caring For Our Community
Working together with the people of Swanley, Swanley Village and other local providers to develop caring, quality services for the changing needs of the community at an affordable cost, Swanley Town.
Council is committed to ensuring the Swanley Parish remains a vibrant and attractive place in which to live and work
05 August 2016
For Immediate Release
Dog returned to owner in a tail of reunion
A stolendog has been reunited with his owner ‘fur-ever’ after he was found 260 miles away in Fawkham, Kent.
Ben the lurcher was stolen from outside his owner Adam Stonier’s house in Preston in September 2015, but was picked up by Sevenoaks District Council after the stray pooch was found five hour’s drive away in St Michaels Lane, Fawkham.
Ben was found on 28 July by a local greyhound kennel who contacted Sevenoaks District Council’s out of hours service.
Luckily, Ben had been microchipped which meant owner Adam could be sniffed out by the Council and the two could be reunited after a few days in the Council’s care.
Cllr Matthew Dickins, the Council’s Cabinet member for Direct and Trading Services, says: “We may never know how Ben ended hundreds of miles from his home but we can say with certainty that had he had not been microchipped it’s unlikely we could have reunited him with his owner, Adam.
“Microchipping is such an important part of being a responsible dog owner and is quick, easy and virtually pain free and can make a real difference in reuniting pets with owners should they get lost.”
Dog owners who fail to get their dog microchipped could be collared with a fine of £500.
Sevenoaks District Council is currently offering a free microchipping service in residents’ homes on a first come first served basis using microchips donated by the Dogs Trust. There are also other places where dogs can be microchipped, including vet surgeries and animal charities.
For more information, or to arrange for your pet to be microchipped, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/animalwelfare or call 01732 227000.
Photos attached of Ben with his owner, Adam Stonier and also with Animal Control Officer, Ann-Marie Milton.
Adam Stonier’s contact number is 07456 545400.
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