ALLOTMENTS FOR SALE
IN SWANLEY VILLAGE
SOLD TO THE
‘SWANLEY VILLAGE TRUST’
As all of you are aware from previous notices, the allotments opposite the Red Lion was advertised that it was going up for auction. It was therefore essential that it didn’t fall into the wrong hands or be ear-marked for development.
You will have heard we were successful (thanks to the generosity of many Villagers and Swanley Village Trust funds) in obtaining the allotments at the Auction on Monday, 24th July. There was fierce bidding, with the last bidder bidding at £145,000 obviously having a limit of £150,000, allowing us to bid at that price. We were delighted to be successful but obviously as the large number of visitors to the allotments showed, many were interested in the long-term development potential of the site. Thankfully we have avoided a major problem as it was likely that the buyer would have made a nuisance so as to hasten the acceptance of development as a better option.
It goes without saying that without the help of The Trust and the Villagers that contributed, we would not have been successful. If you were (unfortunately) unaware of any of the meetings leading up to the auction and would now like to contribute by way of a donation towards this purchase, please let us know through our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would be most grateful for your support.
The purchase of the allotments was completed on, 21 August, so that Swanley Village Trust is now the owner of the allotments. These allotments will now be maintained by Swanley Village Trust in perpetuity for the Village and is now preserved as an asset for the Village under the terms of the charitable trust.
From the start of our endeavours, to the day of bidding, was only 2 weeks, which shows that people from our Village can come together in times of need and we hope that we can all rally together (at future fundraising events) to raise the necessary funds which needs to be repaid.
We shall be holding a ‘grand opening’ of the Swanley Village Allotments on Saturday, 9th September at 11am, followed by BBQs and fundraising stalls at the rear of The Red Lion until 3pm.
We shall be selling plants/books/cakes/produce and bric-a-brac.
If you have anything which we can sell please bring it along on the day or let us know – we can collect, just get in touch. 668531/662415/668584/666806
If you can bake a cake and bring it along on the day that would be perfect.
Your support, to celebrate our success, would be appreciated and we look forward to seeing you there. Please tell your friends and family that they are
welcome too. We hope that you all will support us in our efforts.
SWANLEY VILLAGE RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
Chairman Bob Wallis, Vice Chairman
David Sayers, Secretary: Dean Barham, Treasurer: Chris Banks ,
The latest meeting of the Swanley Village Residents’ Association committee was held on Monday 14th August. We were joined by Kent County Councillor Roger Gough and District and Town Councillor Tony Searles.
Points which were discussed:
The purchase of the allotments in Swanley Village Road
One of the solar lights on the base of the village sign is not working. Roger Gough to get this attended to.
There are still some pot holes between Park Lane and Button Street which needs to be addressed. Roger Gough to look into this and report back.
Roger Gough informed the committee that, in approximately 6 weeks time, there
will be a trial period, lasting about 6 months, whereby traffic coming out of
Button Street onto the A20 will not be able to turn right, nor will the traffic
be able to turn right into Button Street from the A20. All traffic will have to
proceed to the Farningham roundabout or the Teardrop roundabout for access
to/from Button Street. We are still experiencing problems with large lorries
coming through the village – large vehicles ignoring the HGV signage – it was
suggested that new signage be provided showing that the best route in and out of
the village is through Button Street (not Highlands Hill or Ship Lane) Roger
Gough agreed to talk to Highways.
During the recent bad weather the Culvert seemed to be working efficiently, although drainage in Button Street was still a problem.
The fly tipping problem in Button Street – Tony Searles reported that the Environmental Health Department at SDC is keeping an eye on this.
Consultation and Town Plans/Call for sites (see separate notice in this newsletter and Tony Searles’ report below). There are still some potential sites in the village to be concerned about and we all need to be vigilant and proactive where and when possible. If you can attend any of the public meetings and/or submit your views to SDC that would be helpful.
The village continues to monitor the street lights. Details of deficient lights which have been reported but not repaired have been passed to Roger Gough who will chase the Kent Highways department on our behalf.
Any problems relating to street lighting please contact Daphne Davis 664710.
The next RA Committee meeting will be held on 13th November 2017 – if there is anything you would like the committee to discuss please contact :
Dean Barham (Secretary) 01322 662165
WELCOME PACK - If you are new to the village and would like an introduction to all the activities and information regarding all your surroundings please call
Chris Banks 01322 668531 or Daphne Davis 01322 664710
DOGS ON THE VILLAGE GREEN
Once again we have received numerous complaints from people who have been unfortunate to have walked in dog poo over on the green.
We have supplied dog bins and have put up posters asking dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead so that if their pets do ‘their business’ the owners can collect and dispose of it. Also some dogs can be quite intimidating to small children if not on a lead.
The mess that is constantly left by dogs (and their very inconsiderate owners) is deterring other people from using our beautiful Village Green.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD AND PICK UP THEIR WASTE.
DISTRICT AND TOWN COUNCILLOR'S REPORT – August 2017
Dear Residents, I look forward to another year representing the residents of Swanley Village on a myriad of problems.
I think that we all need to be aware that the threat of The Garden Village hasn’t gone away completely, with no mention of the sites south of the railway being shelved and the Call for Sites still being consulted on we all need to be active in any consultations.
U+I the owners of Swanley Town Centre are still perusing plans to redevelop the centre and currently are in discussions with Sevenoaks District Council planners to reduce the height of their first plans showing 13 storeys, it will also need a better transport scheme for it to progress.
The new Mayor of Swanley is Laurence Ball, he has previously been Mayor so he knows what he is doing.
My current committee appointments are
|Swanley Town Council : Policy & Finance||
Sevenoaks District Council : Audit / Scrutiny / Health
District Representative on the following outside bodies
DGS Health & Wellbeing Board : Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
DGS Clinical Commissioning Groups: Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
HOSC at Kent County Council: Sevenoaks District
If you have any issues I can help residents with then please contact me :
Tony Searles : Mobile number is 07769686100 and email Cllr.Searles@sevenoaks.gov.uk
Message from Sevenoaks District Council - Planning Consultations
SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION (AUGUST 2017)
The Council is launching the Local Plan Issues and Options consultation on 3rd August 2017 and this will run until 5pm on 5th October 2017.
This document is available on the Council’s website (www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/issuesandoptions). It can also be purchased for £10 from SDC offices (Argyle Road, Sevenoaks) or viewed at District libraries.
The first step to forming the new Local Plan is to ask people who live, work and relax in the District for their opinions. We have tried to identify the ‘issues’ that the District will face over the next twenty years, based on the evidence we have gathered so far, and suggest ‘options’ for dealing with them. We are consulting on the high-level strategy for the future development of the District, rather than consulting on the future of individual sites, which will take place in early 2018.
How you can have your say:
By completing our online survey at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/issuesandoptions
Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw, where you could win one of three Amazon gift cards worth £250, £150 and £50. The prize draw will be take place in October.
By email to email@example.com; or
By post to Planning Policy, Sevenoaks District Council, Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG
The consultation period runs from 3rd August to 5th October 2017 at 5pm.
Come and meet our Planning Policy Team at our drop-in sessions during September. No appointment is necessary so come and visit us on:
Sevenoaks on Monday 11th September, 2pm to 8pm (Sevenoaks District Council,Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG)
Edenbridge on Tuesday 12th September, 2pm to 8pm (Edenbridge Town Council, Rickards Hall, Edenbridge TN8 5AR)
Swanley on Wednesday 13th September, 2pm to 8pm Swanley Town Council, St Marys Road, Swanley
Westerham on Thursday 14th September, 2pm to 8pm (Westerham Town Council, Russell House, Market Square, Westerham TN16 1RB)
New Ash Green on Friday 15th September, 5pm to 8pm (New Ash Green Village Association, Centre Road, New Ash Green DA3 8HH)
Please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy team if we can be of assistance with the consultation by calling 01732 227000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours faithfully, Planning Policy Sevenoaks District Council
SWANLEY VILLAGE GARDENING CLUB
Swanley Village Gardening Society was formed in 1991 by a group of villagers with a keen interest in both their own gardens and their surroundings. Following a sharp decline in numbers, at the beginning of 2015 the committee decided that all villagers should be members by default. There was a trip on Monday 24th July to a garden safari in Burgess Hill. This was well attended by both villagers and friends. Our next outing will take place on Wednesday 6th September; this time we are visiting Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. There a few seats left; £29.00 per head or £17.50 if you are a National Trust member. Please contact Elaine Freundlich for details. We are in the process of organising a garden safari in the village in aid of Ellenor (our local hospice). We are looking for villagers who would be happy to have visitors to their garden/allotment one day next summer. Your garden doesn’t have to be beautifully manicured, just well loved. Or is there something unusual about your garden e.g. do you keep bees or chickens etc? The team at Ellenor are very excited about this opportunity and are prepared to offer as much guidance as we need. A few villagers have already signed up and there is a preliminary meeting planned in early September. If you are interested please let Daphne, Donna, Elaine or Mike know. We have signed up for a trade card at Provender Nurseries in Leydenhatch Lane. This entitles you to a significant discount on Provender plants. We have been issued with several cards, which must be presented each time you purchase plants in order to receive your discount.
Mike Banks ( 668531), Daphne Davis (664710), Donna Hoy (613462) and Elaine Freundlich are all card holders. Please contact one of them if you wish to purchase goods at Provender. For further details please contact the Secretary, Elaine Freundlich (662757).
PAT LING - BHSII
ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL COACH
Training and Performance Coaching,
Dressage, Flatwork and Showjumping.
All levels helped to gain confidence and improvement
using kind and sympathetic methods.
Horses taken for Breaking and Schooling.
30 years experience. 25m x 60m sand-school Wilmington or can travel
07973 517 228
Glebe Gate : Volunteers (perhaps dog walkers?) are still being sought to join the group to lock and unlock the Glebe Gate, a.m. & p.m. and in School holidays.
SWANLEY VILLAGE ‘100 CLUB’
FLY TIPPING - This continues to be a major problem throughout the village. |f you see any dumped rubbish please report this straight away to Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227000. You can also enter any details of fly tipping at www.fixmystreet.com . The council monitor this site and will take action. Use to report fly tipping, potholes, abandoned cars etc.
ALTHOUGH PHONING WILL GET A FASTER RESPONSE!
Ballroom Dancing for beginners to the more advanced. Monday’s at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Hextable
Junior Ballroom 7 to 14 years Thursday’s at 4.30pm at The Howard Venue
Adult Jazz for all levels Wednesday’s at 8pm at The Howard Venue
Dance Fitness for all on Thursday’s at 10.15 am at The Howard Venue
Stretch & Tone for beginners Monday’s at 9.45 am at The Howard Venue
(starts 30th October)
Contact Sam 07712 588385
The Howard Venue, Egerton Avenue, Hextable
Fantastic Venue offering a variety of community classes for adults and children in dance, fitness, health and music.
Available for community and corporate hire - special rates for residents available.
Call: 01322 618618 or email email@example.com or visit www.thehowardvenue.co.uk
BOILER RENEWAL AND SYSTEM UPGRADES
HOT WATER CYLINDER REPLACEMENT
UNVENTED HOT WATER SYSTEMS
COLD WATER STORAGE TANK REPLACEMENT
HOME OWNER/LANDLORD GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATES
ALL ASPECTS OF DOMESTIC PLUMBING
14 Barfield Sutton at Hone DA4 9EL Tel. 07730 748619 firstname.lastname@example.org
SWANLEY VILLAGE GARDEN SAFARI 2018
ARE YOU PROUD OF YOUR GARDEN?
ARE YOU DELIGHTED WITH YOUR ALLOTMENT?
IS THERE SOMETHING UNUSUAL ABOUT YOUR GARDEN?
DO YOU KEEP CHICKENS OR BEES?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL HOSPICE?
WOULD YOU BE PREPARED TO OPEN YOUR GARDEN TO VISITORS FOR JUST A DAY NEXT SUMMER?
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN THE GROUP OF VILLAGERS WHO HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP TO OPEN THEIR GARDEN OR WOULD YOU JUST LIKE TO BE INVOLVED IN ORGANISING THE DAY?
then please contact mike banks (
668531), daphne davis (664710),
donna hoy (613462) or elaine freundlich (662757)
for more details
POLICING & NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Our new Community Support Police Officer is PCSO Steven Vincent
If you want to speak to him direct, his email address is: email@example.com
Crime Stoppers : 0800 555111 (anonymously) www.crimestoppers-uk.org
If deaf or speech impaired text ‘police’ and your message to 60066.
Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful summer despite the weather not always being the greatest.
The size of area which I cover has increased over the last 2 months which now sees me covering Swanley Village, Christchurch, Whiteoak, St Mary’s & Hextable. This also includes full coverage of the Swanley Town Centre. At the time of writing I am currently covering this area solo however there are plans in place for me to have a partner in the future. As you can imagine this is quite a challenging change, however I do still try and spend as much time out in Swanley Village as possible.
Public Engagement Meetings
I do still hold monthly public engagement meetings where you can come and speak to me direct; however I have had to slightly restructure these to cover as wide an area as possible.
You can come and meet me on the following dates:
Wednesday 13th September 2017 – Asda Store Swanley 2pm - 2:30pm or Hextable Village Hall Car Park 2:40pm – 3:10pm
Wednesday 25th October 2017 – Asda Store Swanley 2pm – 2:30pm or Hextable Village Hall Car Park 2:40pm – 3:10pm
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 - Asda Store Swanley 2pm – 2:30pm or Hextable Village Hall Car Park 2:40pm – 3:10pm
Alternatively if you wish to contact me you can do so anytime by e-mailing me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wanted to work for the Police?
to see which vacancies are currently available.
At the time of writing recruitment is open for Police Officers, PCSOs, IMU Investigators & 999 Call handlers
If you want to keep up to date on crime for Swanley Village then remember you can find information on all crime in the Village by visiting - www.police.uk
Kind Regards Steve Vincent
Tranquillity Natural Health and Beauty
Treatments on FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
“on your door
step” in Swanley Village.
Relax and Revive with Reiki!
1 hour treatment for £35 Offer valid from September - November
Competitive Prices Offering:
Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage,
Full Body Massage,
Hot Stone Massage,
Manicures and Pedicures using OPI Lacquer and Gel
Indian Head Massage,
Moroccan Oil Scalp Treatment,
Thermo-Auricular Therapy (Hopi Ear Candles),
Rejuvanessence (facial energy release),
Paraffin Wax Treatments for Hands and Feet,
Eyebrow and Eyelash Tinting,
Jennie has been practising since 1996
For a leaflet with prices or to book an appointment please contact her
07967 530 218
GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE
SWANLEY TOWN COUNCIL
PASSPORT TO LEISURE SCHEME
The Passport to Leisure Scheme was founded by Swanley Town Council exclusively for the senior citizens living within the wards of Swanley. It provides residents with the opportunity to meet socially with local people within the community and enjoy a range of events. Trips to historic places of interest, sightseeing cruises and theatre outings are organised and arranged by Swanley Town Council each month, throughout the year.
To qualify members must:
• Be over 60 years of age.
• Reside within Christchurch, St Mary’s, Swanley Village and Whiteoak Swanley wards.
• Complete the registration form attached.
• Provide identification and proof of address documents to Swanley Town Council.
For further information
SENIOR PASSPORT TO LEISURE
Home Telephone Number:...............................
Mobile Number: ..............................................
Email Address: .................................................
Date of Birth: ...................................................
NEXT OF KIN
Please return this form to: Swanley Town Council, The Swanley Link, London Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7AE
Over the past 12 months Passport to Leisure members have enjoyed a variety of daytrips:
In March members visited a Wine Estate, this seasonal vineyard tour comprised a history of the estate and tasting of wines with locally grown produce.
A day trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was arranged in April, this included the opportunity to explore HMS Victory, The Mary Rose and a boat tour around the harbour.
In June a river cruise from Abingdon to Oxford will provide members with the opportunity to explore the medieval town of Oxford and its prestigious university.
The seaside resorts of Southend-On-Sea and Broadstairs will be explored during the summer months.
Members have been entertained with a number of musical theatre productions including; ‘Motown’, ‘Beautiful’ and ‘42nd Street’. Kent
For further information
Please contact: The Swanley Link, London Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7AE
Telephone: 0300 421 270 or 0300 421 254 E-mail: email@example.com
If you have stopped receiving updates/messages by email
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You can update your details and/or if you wish to add your name to the email list for regular updates please contact:
It is FREE for all Swanley Village residents to advertise, sell items or contribute to the Swanley Village Newsletter. Costs to ‘outsiders’ are £5 per issue or £15 for the year
If anyone would like an article to be included in the December 2017 Newsletter, please contact the Editor by
the beginning of DECEMBER
at the latest.
Published by the local groups of Swanley Village
Edited by Chris Banks firstname.lastname@example.org
This newsletter is published on the web site. www.swanleyvillage.com
Thanks to all those villagers who post this
Newsletter to your door