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From Sevenoaks Town Council for the Community of Sevenoaks

Message from The Mayor Sevenoaks is a town blessed with many residents committed to making it a good place to be. It has been a great privilege to meet so many of the volunteers and groups that add to the richness of the experience of living in or visiting our town. Most of these people do what they do unseen by the rest of us. Have you ever noticed how well the Saturday Market now operates, not to mention the one on Wednesdays? Both offer high quality and good value. The Food Fair on the Vine was a great success with most of the stallholders selling out their stock quite early. The Annual Sevenoaks Summer Festival could not exist without the dedicated work of a few people but it brings much enjoyment to tens of thousands. On a smaller scale but no less valuable are the Literary Festival and the Art Festival. At the end of the summer came, out of the blue, the Pink Week Street Party, which drew so many that every single restaurant in the town centre was fully booked, and that despite the amazing sushi made and served street side. Then we come to the winter activities, did you join in the Round Table fireworks party and torchlight parade? Did you bring your children in to see the launch of the Pantomime? Did they see the Christmas Lights switch-on? Or the giant snow-globe? I could go on, but please add your own favourite moments. Tweet them to @SevenoaksMayor or post them on the Mayor of Sevenoaks Facebook page. Cllr Roderick Hogarth Sevenoaks Mayor 2013/2014

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March 2014

Sevenoaks Neighbourhood Plan Sevenoaks Town Council has initiated the development of Sevenoaks Neighbourhood Development Plan and has invited members of the public and local organisations to become involved in preparing a plan for the next 10 – 20 years of the town. Several public workshops have been arranged and the following topic based Sub Committees (with membership from across the town) have been created:Education Character of the Town Leisure, Sports, Green Spaces, Community, Health, Environment and Sustainability Housing Transport Economic Development and Growth The Neighbourhood Development Plan has legislative powers in the planning system and enables additional Community Infrastructure Levy funding to be received to enable the plans to be put into plans.

which are emanating from discussions, these include:New Signage Strategy Regeneration of Bat & Ball area, including station, surrounding roads, community centre. Protection of buildings of merit Future of markets Future of tourism Retaining Sevenoaks identity – separate from London An ‘Arts Quarter’ in the town centre Regeneration of Gateway areas to the town – particularly surrounding Sevenoaks Mainline station Development of land – Telephone Exchange, Farmers Site, Edwards Electrical, Tarmac area Cycling strategy Park & Ride Sports strategy Provision of 2 & 3 bed houses New Hotel Office facilities for SME businesses re–designation of Blighs car park as a town square for events / markets Foot Bridge over Seal Hollow Road. Additional allotment land adjacent to current allotments in Bradbourne Vale Road

The next step is to distribute a questionnaire to every household in the town to obtain relevant data for the plan. Please look out for this and return as soon If you wish to be involved in the as possible and also encourage others to Sevenoaks Neighbourhood Development do so. please email planning@sevenoakstown.gov.uk or Community consultation will also take telephone 01732 459953 place throughout 2014 on ideas and aspirations for the future of the town

Children’s Art Competition Sevenoaks Town Council in conjunction with Sevenoaks Chronicle is holding a children’s art competition with the title: if you could change one thing in Sevenoaks in the next 10 years what would it be? Entry forms will be distributed to all Sevenoaks Schools and additional entry forms are available from Sevenoaks Art Shop in London Road. Young people can win £50 book tokens. Closing date 30th March 2014.


Outdoor Gym Equipment to be installed at Greatness Recreation Ground Free for all to use Sevenoaks Town Council is pleased to report that outdoor gym equipment will be installed at Greatness Recreation Ground during April 2014. The equipment will be free for all to use and underwrites one of Sevenoaks Town Council’s strategic aims where possible to provide free and accessible sports provision. The installation of the outdoor gym equipment is part of a bigger project to improve the Greatness Environs and as a result of public consultation held during the summer of 2013. The provision of the equipment has been made possible by two grants, firstly £15,000 from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust. Angela Haymonds, Secretary of ICET said: “Outdoor exercise and recreation is a fantastic way to boost the health and well-being of the local community. This project brings high-quality, free to use gym equipment to the people of Greatness, making it an easy choice to step out and improve fitness in your local park. Projects such as this are a real priority to the ICET Trustees and we are delighted to be able to provide a grant to this worthwhile project.” And £1,500 from Sevenoaks District Council’s Big Community Fund Mayor of Sevenoaks, Cllr Roderick Hogarth said, “This is just what was needed to make sports provision more accessible for all. I hope the outdoor gym will become a popular place for people to augment their fitness regime." Picnic tables and seating will also be installed in Greatness Recreation Ground in the near future.

Sevenoaks Markets In 2013 Sevenoaks Town Council started to manage two markets. 1) Saturdays in the High Street and 2) Wednesdays in Buckhurst Lane behind the bus station. Negotiation is currently taking place for Sevenoaks to take over the management of a third market on Saturdays in Blighs and in the future develop a Farmers Market. Each year there is a national Love Your Local Market campaign to highlight markets throughout the country. Sevenoaks Town Council took part in this during 2013 arranging events, competitions and prizes and entertainment at the two markets. This will be repeated during 2014 between 14th and 28th May. The Love Your Local Market 2014 Campaign is for ‘Youth Markets’. The idea is to provide the ability for young people to have market stalls, with the support of experienced traders. Not only will this provide young people with the ability to sell products they have made, but also provide them with a myriad of work based skills and experience which can be used in the workplace. Interested young people (up to age of 25) who would like the opportunity of having a market stall in May should email townclerk@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

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Quaker Hall Allotments & Car Parking

South East in Bloom

During March 2014 Sevenoaks Town Council will be consulting with allotment holders and local residents as to whether a portion (4 plots, 3%) of allotment land should be turned over to public car parking. At the same time the consultation will ask whether the current allotment car park, near to Hartslands should be available for general public use.

Following on from previous years of much admired hanging baskets, Sevenoaks Town Centre is being entered into the South East in Bloom Competition this summer. The Town Council would be delighted to hear from local businesses and groups who would like to participate in this exciting floral project either through sponsorship or manpower.

If you wish to receive a copy of the questionnaire please email council@sevenoakstown.gov.uk or access via www.sevenoakstown.gov.uk

Can you help to achieve our success through working together to enhance our beautiful town? If so, please email council@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

Closing date extended to 17 April 2014

Youth Café Manager to perform at a Farewell Fundraising event for House in the Basement Youth Café Adam Wedd will be leaving his post as the HOUSE in the Basement Youth Café Manager in March 2014 to take up a youth work post nearer to his home in Surrey and to promote his music career. Adam has been the manager since the Youth Café opened in July 2012. Since that time hundreds of young people have used the facility. Adam will be missed for his sense of fun, kindness and particularly his musical inspiration for young people. Many of whom have learned to play musical instruments and perform for the first time. Adam is also well known for his musical career and has agreed to perform a fundraising event for the youth café, details of which are shown below:You are invited to Adam Wedd perform with a whole host of friends including Jasette Amos, The Peoples' Choir and young people from House in the Basement Youth Café with a full band . All profits from this gig will go to the work of House in the Basement Youth café. Please note this is an all age show and the bar will be open. All under 16s to be accompanied by an adult. LINE UP Adam Wedd + friends... Jasette Amos , Josh Reeves Charlie Mew Issey Cee Nimah Mc Smith Leoni TIME // 7.30 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. VENUE // Plaza Suite, Stag Community Ar ts Theatr e, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY 2014 Tickets available from Stag Box Office 01732 450175 Or http:// www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk/ Ticket price £8 Adv. / Concessions (inc under 16) £5

Ben Mason a youth worker at the youth café will become the new Youth Café Manager.

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Mayor of Sevenoaks Walk

Mayor of Sevenoaks invites you to take part in his Green Sponsored Walk in aid of Hospice in the Weald Sunday 4th May 2014 starting 10.00am at Stag Theatre Plaza suite 5 mile circular walk to include Sevenoaks Common and Knole Park For further information and entry form, please contact Ann White Ann.white@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

01732 459953

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Sevenoaks Town Council has plans to make improvements to the Vine during 2014. Following receipt of a grant from Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust the Bandstand will be repaired in time for the summer programme (see later in newsletter for details) and for its long term protection. An information board regarding the Bandstand History will also be installed. The public toilets will be refurbished to an improved standard and providing accessibility for all. This has been made possible by a grant from Kent County Council and also from a grant from Kent County Councillor Margaret Crabtree. Discussions are taking place with the Sevenoaks Vine Pavilion Club regarding the conversion of the Band Practice Room into a public cafĂŠ. The summer programme of bands playing in the Bandstand will continue for the summer of 2014, this has also been extended to Thursday evenings. On both days there will also be the provision of arts and craft stalls on the Vine Gardens.

2014 Band Stand Programme Sunday Bands playing 3pm to 5pm 22.06.2014

Wadhurst Brass Band

29.06.2014

Green Street Blues Cantate

Thursday Bands playing 6pm to 8pm Arts & Craft Market Stalls to be confirmed

26.06.2014 Orpington 03.7.2014 06.07.2014

Cranbrook Town Band

13.07.2014

Second Wind Band

Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Concert Band

10.07.2014 East Peckham Silver Band 17.07.2014 Orpington 20.07.2014

UK Paper Band Sittingbourne 24.07.2014 Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Concert Band

27.07.2014

Orpington Band 31.07.2014 Anything Goes

03.08.2014

Sevenoaks & Tonbridge Concert Band 07.08.2014 Green Street Blues Cantate

10.08.2014 17.08.2014 24.08.2014

Oxted Band 14.08.2014

To be confirmed

21.08.2014

To be confirmed

Medway Concert Band East Peckham Silver Band 28.08.2014 Stour Valley Jazz Band

31.08.2014

London Saxophone Choir

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SEVENOAKS ANNUAL TOWN PUBLIC MEETING

Monday 24th March 2014 at 7.00 p.m. The Plaza Suite, Stag, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Exhibition from local voluntary groups and recipients of Town Council Grants. Come and meet your local Town Councillors.

7:00pm

Meeting Commences. Chaired by the Mayor. AGE NDA

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Welcome by Mayor, Cllr Roderick Hogarth

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Minutes of the 2013 Sevenoaks Annual Town Public Meeting

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Presentation of Sevenoaks Town Council’s Annual Report 1st April 2013 – 31st March 2014.

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Presentation of ideas being considered for inclusion into the Sevenoaks Neighbourhood Plan

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Presentation of Sevenoaks Town Council Grant cheques

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To receive comments and queries from local people on any matters relating to Sevenoaks

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Volunteer Bus Conductors needed for return of Vintage Bus for 2014 Sevenoaks Town Partnership are pleased to announce that the success of the Route 7 Vintage Bus last year has provided the resources, alongside additional sponsorship from Knole and Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, to bring back the bus in 2014. This year the Vintage Bus will run for additional dates including the four day Easter weekend and during the summer holidays for five days per week, Saturday – Wednesday. The circular route of the bus will have two new stops – Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Bat & Ball station. The ticket price will remain at £2 per day ticket with under 5s free. The provision of the bus this year is due to ticket income in 2013, sponsorship from Knole and Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and business and organisations having advertisements on the bus and also not least the volunteer bus conductors. The extended dates for the provision of the bus will mean that even more volunteer bus conductors are needed. Those who volunteered last year said that they found it to be real fun and an enjoyable experience. There are morning and afternoon shifts available for volunteer bus conductors. If you are interested in being a volunteer bus conductor, then please email admin.tp@sevenoakstown.gov.uk or telephone 01732 459953.

Halls For Hire Business meeting?

Fitness Class?

Lecture?

We have a hall just right for you! Call us on 01732 459953 or visit our website at: www.sevenoakstown.gov.uk

Raleys Gym Children’s Gymnastics, Toddler, Pre-school & Junior classes, Zumba Gold and Total Body Workout. Raleys Gym; Plymouth Drive; Sevenoaks; Email : raleysgym@sevenoakstown.gov.uk Tel: 01732 458614

What’s On in & around Sevenoaks You can find information on the latest events around Sevenoaks at our new Town Partnership website: http://sevenoakspartnership.org/ Want to have an event included? Email: admin.tp@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

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Car Parking in Sevenoaks Sevenoaks Town Council and Sevenoaks Town Partnership have been actively lobbying for improvements for car parking in the town and is pleased to see that Sevenoaks District Council has taken on board its points in preparing a survey to support its new development of an extension of a car park to Buckhurst 2. Sevenoaks Town Council has resolved to do the following in relation to car parking:To include car parking provision within the Sevenoaks Neighbourhood Development Plan Undertake an independent car park survey to assess the needs for the whole town. To review its own assets in relation to car parking provision To consider obtaining additional assets in relation to car parking provision Sevenoaks Town Partnership held a public meeting in January 2014 – notes of the meeting can be viewed at www.sevenoakspartnership.org.


TOWN COUNCILLORS 2014

Functions & Facilities Provided By Sevenoaks Town Council

PARTY

Precept The Town Council’s portion of the Council Tax for the financial year 2014/2015 is £791,736 equivalent to £88.69 per Band D house.

EASTERN WARD Cllr G R S Clack

Conservative

Cllr A S Clayton

Liberal Democrat

Cllr Mrs P C Walshe

Liberal Democrat

KIPPINGTON WARD Cllr A Eyre

Conservative

Cllr R J Parry

Conservative

Cllr R L Piper

Conservative

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NORTHERN WARD Cllr C L L Baker

Liberal Democrat

Cllr M Canet

Liberal Democrat

Cllr P E Towell

Conservative

ST JOHNS WARD Cllr Mrs A E Dawson Cllr R Hogarth Cllr S Raikes

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Conservative Conservative

Conservative

TOWN WARD Cllr Mrs M A London

Conservative

Cllr N J L Busvine OBE

Conservative

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Cllr Stephen Arnold

Conservative

WILDERNESSE WARD Cllr Mrs M E Crabtree

Conservative

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To contact a Sevenoaks Town Councillor, please use the following email format: Cllr.surname@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

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i.e. To contact Councillor Clack, the email address would be: Cllr.clack@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

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· ALLOTMENTS

· ARMED FORCES DAY TOWN SUPPORTERS · BETHEL ROAD BURIAL GROUND · BRITTAINS COMMON · BRITTAINS LANE WOOD · BUS SHELTERS (Dartford Road x2, St John’s Hill x3, Bradbourne Vale Road x1, London Road x4, Seal Road x1, Tonbridge Road x1) · CHRISTMAS TOWN CENTRE ILLUMINATIONS · CIVIC FUNCTIONS · CONSULTEES (Planning, Highways, etc.) · FREE SUMMER CONCERTS @ THE VINE BANDSTAND · GRANTS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS twice yearly bids in by 1st February and 1st August · GREATNESS PARK CEMETERY · GREATNESS RECREATION GROUND & PLAYGROUND · HANGING BASKETS · HILLINGDON RISE PLAY AREA · HORSE TROUGHS (Old Police Station, Rheinbach Gardens, St Boltophs Road) · THE GREEN, HILLINGDON RISE · JUBILEE CLOCK (Old Market House) · JUDD’S PIECE · JULIANS MEADOW & PLAY GROUND · KIPPINGTON MEADOW · LAND AT LITTLEWOOD · LAND AT TONBRIDGE ROAD · SPORTS PITCHES · MIDDLINGS WOOD

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Sevenoaks Town Council Town Council Offices; Bradbourne Vale Road; Sevenoaks; Kent; TN13 3QG Tel: 01732 459953 Fax: 01732 742 577 Email: council@sevenoakstown.gov.uk Web: www.sevenoakstown.gov.uk

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· MILLPOND WOOD · MOUNT CLOSE OPEN SPACE & PLAYGROUND · PLANTERS (The Shambles, Dorset Street, Pembroke Road, London Road, Buckhurst Lane) · PONTOISE CLOSE OPEN SPACE & PLAYGROUND · PUBLIC TOILETS (The Stag, The Vine, Lower St Johns) · RALEYS CAR PARK · RALEYS GYM · RALEYS & KNOLE PAD DOCK · RHEINBACH GARDENS · SEVENOAKS COMMON · SEVENOAKS COMMUNITY CENTRE – Available for hire – meetings, conferences · STAG COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE · SEVENOAKS YOUTH COUNCIL · STREET LIGHTS IN SOME UNADOPTED ROADS · THE POUND · TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES / CHAMBER – Available for hire – meetings, conferences, · TWINNING WITH RHEINBACH AND PONTOISE · UPPER HIGH STREET GARDENS · VARIOUS PUBLIC SEATS, LITTER BINS AND GRIT BINS · VINE GARDENS (including Bandstand, Band Practice Room and Public Toilet) · VINE CRICKET GROUND & PAVILION (including Tea Kiosk) · INFO-PODS & DIGITAL DISPLAY SCREENS · VINE WASTE · WAR MEMORIAL · WHITE HART BEECHES · WOODLAND AT LETTER BOX LANE -WOODSIDE ROAD OPEN SPACE


Sevenoaks Town Crier March 2014