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Autumn 2012


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The Leader Welcome to September’s issue of Inside Swale, Swale Borough Council’s residents magazine. Summer saw a number of events which marked moments in history for the borough. The Olympic Torch made its way through Faversham as part of the relay which went around the entire country, before getting to the Olympic Park in London. Thanks to the hard work of many, it was a fantastic day, with 28,000 spectators turning up. I would like to thank everyone who volunteered to become a marshal for when the Torch passed through, everyone involved really helped make it the success it was. The summer was also important for the regeneration of Sittingbourne. The Sittingbourne Town Centre Development Agreement was signed in August by Swale Borough Council and the Spirit of Sittingbourne Consortium, marking the start of the regeneration of the Town. Many of you may also have noticed or seen the demolition of the water tower at the old paper mill site, with the ever growing Morrisons store going up. With the summer months now at an end, and the winter drawing closer, you will find your bin collection pull out guide, with all the information you will need for collections over the Christmas period. Andrew Bowles Leader Front cover: The Clocktower, Sheerness

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Contents

Signing of Spirit of Sittingbourne .................4 Customer Service Excellence ......................6 What can Sheppey Gateway do for you ......7 Start up in Swale ..........................................8 Council Tax Support Consultation ............10 Make sure you can vote ............................11 News from Medway Maritime .......... 12 &13 Kerbside collection calendar ............. 15 - 18 Healthy Club launches in Swale .................19 FREE loft and cavity wall insulation ...........20 Tell us what matters to you .............. 21 & 22 Sheppey’s success in lottery fund bid ........23 Donations for Demelza .............................25 Torch Relay in Faversham ................. 26 & 27 Around the Parishes ..................................29 Your Councillors ............................... 30 & 31 Our corporate priorities are:

Embracing Localism Open for Business Healthy Environment If you would like to advertise in this magazine and would like to know more about rates, please contact the Communications Manager: Jason Wignall on 01795 417 149 or email jasonwignall@swale.gov.uk

Contact: Swale Borough Council Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT phone: 01795 417 850 email: CSC@swale.gov.uk visit: www.swale.gov.uk

Swale Borough Council neither endorse or accept any liability for representations made by its advertisers. Inside Swale is written and designed by Swale Borough Council’s Communications and Marketing Team, printed by Headley Brothers on environmentally friendly paper and distributed by The National Leaflet Company. It cost less than 10p a copy.

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Swallows Leisure Centre Tel: 01795 420 420

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Open for Business

Signing of Spirit of Sittingbourne Swale Borough Council and Spirit of Sittingbourne have signed the long-awaited Development Agreement which will enable the regeneration of Sittingbourne to start in earnest. Spirit of Sittingbourne was selected as Swale Borough Council’s development partner in February 2011, and work has been on-going over the past eighteen months to reach agreement on legal negotiations. Spirit’s proposals were judged to be the most likely to achieve the Council’s long term objective to regenerate the Town Centre through high quality planning, design and architecture. Later phases of the development will include residential and large format retail developments at various locations in the town centre. Andrew Bowles, Leader of Swale Borough Council and Richard Upton of the Spirit of Sittingbourne Consortium sign the development agreement witnessed by Roger Gough, KCC and Cllr. John Wright, Abdool Kara and Pete Raine of Swale Borough Council.

Legal challenge withdrawn Swale Borough Council has now been informed that the application for Judicial Review of the Neats Court development has been withdrawn. This means that work can now begin on building the new Morrisons store on the Isle of Sheppey. John Wright, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are very pleased. This now removes the last obstacle to construction work being started at the Neats Court development which will create jobs and retain spend on the Island. Along with the expansion at Aesica in Queenborough, it provides some welcome news for the Island and to some extent counterbalances the recent disappointment of the Vestas withdrawal from the Port of Sheerness”. www.swale.gov.uk

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The Isle of Sheppey Academy celebrates record A level & GCSE results and bucks the national trend RECORD A LEVEL RESULTS The Isle of Sheppey Academy celebrates record A level results. There was an overall 99% pass rate with 100% of students leaving with two or more A levels. There were 108 Year 13 students claiming A level and level 3 BTEC successes this week. The overall points score increased signi¿cantly from 2011, breaking the 600 point barrier for the ¿rst time in the Academy’s history at 666, a 100 point improvement on 2011, with the average score per entry at 223 which also represents a 10% improvement on 2011. The Academy bucked the national dip in the highest A level grades and increased its proportion of Grade A and A* awards. At the time of a national dip in Grade A scores the most academically gifted students excelled at the Academy with record A grade outcomes: 47 Grade A* or distinction* scores were achieved, and in addition 67 students recorded either a Grade A or A* in at least one academic A Level or BTEC equivalent. With such high levels of success it is hard to pick out individual students, but those deserving special accolades include: Shannon Eastoe with four A level passes including two Grade A and one A* in Law, Sociology and Citizenship and English Literature; Kirsty McSweeney with two Grade A scores and a B in Law, Sociology and English Literature; Anna Beresford with one Grade A and two Grade B in Sociology, History and

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English Literature. More than one in ¿ve students sitting an academic A Level obtained Grade A or A*, 43% were at Grade B or better, and 70% at Grades A* – C.

of the art classrooms to support the academic progress already being made. David Day, Principal

RECORD GCSE RESULTS

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The Isle of Sheppey Academy celebrates a third consecutive year of improving GCSE results. 83% of students achieved ¿ve good GCSE grades which is an Academy record and a 9% improvement on the previous year. 36% of students achieved ¿ve A* – C GCSE including Maths and English, 1% higher than in 2011. This progress is against a reported national drop in GCSE ¿gures.

Please come and see for yourself how we are improving. You will meet the Principal and teaching staff, and see for yourself how are wonderful new buildings are progressing.

The Academy bucked national decline in Grade A scores with a 300% improvement, B grades and Merits awards were up from 206 in 2011 to 395 in 2012.

27th September Year 6 Academy Tours 9am – 11am West Site Year 6 Academy Open Evening 6 – 8pm West Site

26th September Year 6 Academy Tours 9am – 11am East Site Year 6 Academy Open Evening 6 – 8pm East Site

Another measure of progress was that 35 students celebrated more than ¿ve A* – A grades compared with 12 in 2011. GCSE Maths improved to 48% achieving A* – C grades, English was at 49%, and several BTEC quali¿cations secured 100% pass rates including Art, Beauty, Construction, Drama, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care. With the new building work already underway and on schedul to open by March 2013, the Academy facilities will improve at both Minster and Sheerness sites to provide new classrooms which include a Theatre, Vocational rooms, ICT suites, new sports ¿elds and state

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The Isle of Sheppey Academy Minster Road Minster on Sea Kent ME12 3JQ 01795 873591 East Site 01795 662474 West Site www.theisleofsheppeyacademy.org.uk

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Open for Busine Business

Customer Service excellence achieved once again Swale Borough Council always trys to provide the best possible service standards to residents. It is through the hard work of our Customer Services staff that our efforts have again been independently recognised with an award. Customer Services has again achieved the government accreditation in ‘Customer Service Excellence’ due to the continued dedication of the team. The Customer Service Excellence Standard, developed to replace the Charter Mark, lies at the heart of a government strategy to provide ‘efficient, effective, excellent, equitable and empowering’ public services. Customer Services at Swale were first successfully assessed in May 2011. In June 2012 it was time for another annual re-assessment and we are pleased to say that we have maintained the standard to keep the Customer Service Excellence award. Swale’s Legal Services Team were also one of the teams to have gained an excellence standard, this time in the form of a Lexcel accreditation. The Team have been working towards the accreditation, which is a Legal Practice Management Standard, that is only awarded to legal teams that meet the high management and customer care standards demanded. Following an assessment at the end of May they were able to gain accreditation with no points of non-compliance that need to be addressed. www.swale.gov.uk

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What can Sheppey Gateway do for you? Sheppey Gateway provides you with access to a wide range of public, voluntary and community services under one roof. Services include: Kent Association for the Blind (KAB), Together Mental Wellbeing, Victim Support, Health Trainers, Hi Kent, FACES of Kent and Shaw Trust. In the heart of Sheerness Town Centre, you can get advice on housing, benefits, pay council bills by cheque, credit or debit cards (not in cash), access library services, join up to educational courses and much more – there is even free internet access. Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust currently run their Mental Health Access Appointments from the Gateway. Swale’s Citizen Advice Bureau runs a drop in session every Wednesday morning between 10am and 12noon giving advice on money matters. Access to Kent County Council services are available as well including Bus Pass applications, highways enquiries and Blue Badge applications. Registration of births and deaths takes place within the Gateway by appointment on a Thursday afternoon and all day every Friday. For more information or to find out about other services within the Gateway please come in and ask a member of staff or visit our website: www.swale.gov.uk/sheppey-gateway

Gateway opening hours Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

Council services available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (Wednesday until 6pm) Saturday 9am to 12noon.

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Swale launches its local loan fund We have now launched our local loan fund to support community groups within Swale to enable management and delivery of local services and facilities.. Applications are being welcomed to the new £250,000 fund to support voluntary, community or notfor-profit organisations and town and parish councils in Swale. Councillor Mike Cosgrove, Swale Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Localism, said: “The launch of the local loan fund is such a good way to support communities and voluntary groups in Swale. It can provide added support to help get a great project off the ground.“ If you would like to apply for a loan, download an application form from: www. swale.gov.uk/swale-localloan-fund or contact Tina Grubb on 01795 417 218.

Start up in Swale

Potential entrepreneurs in Swale now have free access to a new business support programme sponsored by Swale Borough Council and delivered by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce. Through a series of workshops and one-to-one advice sessions, business owners and entrepreneurs can now tap in to the full range of services, expertise and benefits provided by Kent Invicta’s Chamber’s Business Support Team. The programme caters for individuals and businesses working in the private sector or providing community services as a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Cllr. John Wright with Jo James of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Councillor John Wright, Swale Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration said of the new programme: “I’m so pleased that this project is being rolled out across the borough, it is a real step forward in rebuilding after the recession. Encouraging small business to start-up in Swale is something the Council is striving towards. Small businesses are the way forward in regenerating our towns.” To find out more about the programme and how your business could benefit please call: 01795 379 012 or email info@kentinvictachamber.co.uk or visit www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk

Make Kent quicker Register your demand for better broadband through the ‘Make Kent Quicker’ campaign. It only takes five minutes, so please sign up to register your demand at www.makekentquicker.com If you have no broadband access, please register at a KCC library or Gateway or contact our Contact Centre on 08458 247 247. www.swale.gov.uk

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Council Tax Support Consultation From April 2013, the Government has announced that Council Tax Benefit will no longer exist in its current form. Instead, councils will need to operate a local Council Tax Support scheme. To ensure we have a scheme that best suits our Borough, the Council is consulting with residents on its proposals. Under the new scheme the amount of financial support the council will receive from the government will be reduced by at least 10%. Early estimates suggest this represents a reduction of at least 1.2 million in 2013/14. The Council received £12m in grant from the government to fund council Tax Benefit in 2012/13. Swale gets 52% of its funding from Central Government. The Government has stated that people of state pension age who currently get Council Tax Benefit must be protected. Two out of every five people who receive Council Tax Benefit are pensioners. The Council’s initial proposal is to reduce the amount of support to all working age applicants by 18.5% in the first year. This figure is higher than the 10% cut mentioned earlier because all people of pension age currently in receipt of Council Tax Benefit are being protected under government rules. This means that the 10% cut in total funding has to be shared amongst a smaller pool of benefit recipients.

Before making a decision on the final shape of the new scheme, the council is seeking the views of residents. www.swale.gov.uk

The reduction in government funding for 2013/14 onwards means we have to make some difficult decisions about who gets financial support and how much. People who have reached the age for State Pension Credit will be assessed under a national scheme which will be decided by the Government. The national scheme is likely to be very similar to the current one. Swale Borough Council’s preferred draft scheme is based on the principles below:   financial support will be in the form of a discount to Council Tax bills, with entitlement assessed by a means test so that people with the least money will receive the most help   the means test will be based on your income and savings, similar to how Council Tax Benefit is worked out now   support will be distributed as widely as possible among people eligible to claim the discount   the scheme will assist people moving into, and on low paid, work. It is very important that we get your views on our proposals, please fill in our survey to give us your feedback. Consultation will end on 7 October 2012. More information can be found on www.swale.gov.uk where you can also fill in an online version of the consultation. If you have any questions or require a printed copy of the consultation form please phone our Customer Services on 01795 417 580. Have your say – help shape Swale

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Don’t be a non-starter If you’re not registered, you can’t vote. Make sure you can vote for your Police and Crime Commissioner To vote in elections and referenda, your name needs to be on the electoral register. This year the register is being published early, in time for the first Police and Crime Commisioner elections on 15 November. Residents are being urged to respond to the electoral registration form delivered to their home, if they haven’t already done so. The job of the police and crime commissioner will be to ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities and police closer together,. Abdool Kara, Electoral Registration Officer and Local Returning Officer at Swale Borough Council, said: “Thank you to all of you who have registered to vote so far, and we have now reached over 75%. http://tiny.cc/Swale-FB

But this does vary across the Borough - some parts of the Borough have had a very positive response, reaching over 80% registration, whilst other parts are significantly behind that figure. We want to encourage all residents to register, so that as many eligible people as possible can vote in forthcoming elections. “Registering to vote is quick and simple. There are several simple ways to respond, either using the internet, freephone or SMS service, or via post using the prepaid envelope supplied. If you want your say in these new elections, you must ensure you’re registered to vote.” Details of how to respond are set out on the form; however, if there are any queries please contact the Customer Services on 01795 417 850.

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News from Medway Maritime Hospital

Leading in research Participation in clinical research demonstrates the Trust’s commitment to improving the quality of care we offer and to contributing to wider health improvement. It means that our clinical staff stay abreast of the latest treatment possibilities, and involving patients into appropriate research projects to improve or cure their condition, makes a positive difference to their lives and that is extremely important to us. The Trust’s commitment to improve research began in August 2009 when a dedicated research and development office was established. Some of the initiatives implemented by the research and development office include publicising research, developing collaborations with local academic partners, and strengthening links with clinical research networks. Today, compared with 2007, the number of research projects has increased 3.5 fold and patient participation has increased 25 fold. Patients are offered a wider choice of treatments, research amongst medical staff has greatly improved, and research and development is at the forefront of the Trust’s agenda. www.swale.gov.uk

Research Manager, Edyta McCallum said: “Research shows that active trusts provide higher quality care and services to patients and carers. A strong Edyta McCallum reputation for research makes a trust a more appealing place to work, attracting better than average staff and improving retention. And it’s great for patients too because it gives participants access to modern treatment and medicine which is highly regulated; it includes more stringent testing to ensure maximum benefits are achieved, as well as access to expert care and specialists to discuss symptoms and progress. We were delighted that over the past year we achieved a staggering 4,204 participants, and we currently have the highest recruitment of participants in Kent, for our projects. We have no intention of slowing down on what we have achieved; further expansion of the research portfolio, even larger patient participation and more funding applications are all on the cards.” Have your say – help shape Swale H

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Better care together

clinics at Darent Valley Hospital. This will reduce travel time for our West Kent patients and improve access for patients living in South East London.

Proposed integration of Medway NHS Foundation Trust and “As a bigger service, seeing more Dartford and Gravesham NHS patients, we will look to both increase Trust Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which run Medway Maritime Hospital and Darent Valley Hospital, are still on track to come together as one trust in spring 2013. Whilst both hospitals will continue to offer all core services, including consultantled A&E, maternity, children’s and outpatients’ services, the integrated trust will be looking to develop and improve access to some more specialised services. One example of this is allergy services, as Dr Alaisdair Stewart, a respiratory consultant at Medway Maritime Hospital who heads up Kent’s only allergy service, explains: “Integration is a great opportunity for us to bring allergy services closer to our patients. The service is currently run only at Medway Maritime Hospital but, following integration, we plan to hold

the size of our team and the range of services we can offer patients. One new service that we would like to offer in the future is challenge testing. This is testing patients to see if they respond to specific allergens in a controlled environment. Currently our patients have to travel to London teaching hospitals for challenge testing or we have to make decisions to avoid a food, drug or substance which could be safely used if the challenge was negative. “As a team, we are very excited by the prospect of working with our colleagues at Darent Valley Hospital to offer a more comprehensive, local allergy service to our patients across Kent.” Visit www.medway.nhs.uk for the latest news and updates.

Have a question? Email: bettercaretogether@nhs.net Call: 01634 830 000 ext.6761

Help make decisions about future healthcare services Membership is the best way to be involved in the Trust’s work and to get your views heard. As a member you will also benefit from the NHS discounts online scheme which offers great bargains with over 200 well known stores and brands. And it’s all completely free. Members’ events and public meetings are held regularly, but if you are not yet a member and would like to come along, you are welcome to sign up on the night (membership is free). Events are free to attend and parking charges are reimbursed if you book in advance. Contact the membership office on 01634 825 292 or visit www.medway.nhs.uk to find out more about membership and our events. http://tiny.cc/Swale-FB

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Our accessible Bathrooms

With stylish, homely and comfortable suites we give you continued privacy and safety whilst living in your own home.

Come in and see for yourself! Registered disabled exempt from VAT. Terms & conditions apply

Large showroom at: Vine Farm, Stockers Hill, Boughton-under-Blean, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9AB www.swale.gov.uk

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Kerbside Recycling and Refuse Collections

October 2012- September 2013 What can I put in my blue recycling bin?

Newspapers, magazines, junk mail, wrapping paper, greetings cards, telephone directories, envelopes, catalogues, cardboard, toilet and kitchen roll tubes

Plastic milk bottles, squash bottles, fizzy drink bottles, detergent bottles, fabric conditioner bottles, washing liquid bottles, bleach bottles

Food cans (soup, baked beans), drink cans, aerosol cans, foil trays/ dishes, aluminium foil, pet food cans.

Glass Bottles, Glass Jars PLEASE USE THE BLACK INSERT BOX Glass must be kept separate from other recyclables

NO THANK YOU Food, polystyrene, orange juice cartons, pet food sachets, garden waste, clothes, carrier bags, clinical waste, needles and sharp objects

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Week 1 Calendar

November 2012

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The week 1 and 2 collection calendars are a continuation of current collections. If you are still unsure whether you are a week one or two customer or have any other queries visit our website www.swale.gov.uk or contact the Customer Service Centre on 01795 417 850. COLLECTIONS DISRUPTED BY WEATHER (e.g. snow and ice): please leave your bins out on collection day and we will get to you as soon as we can. Daily updates will be on our website www.swale.gov.uk, from Customer Services 01795 417 850, and supplied to all local media. www.swale.gov.uk

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Week 2 Calendar

November 2012

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Christmas and New Year collections 2012-13 If your normal Your collection collection falls on will take place

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Useful tips on the Council’s successful Twin Bin Scheme Tips for keeping your bin fresh   Keep the lid closed to avoid smell and reduce the attraction to flies   Recycle as much as you can to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes in the green bin.   Avoid putting loose scraps or leftovers direct into the bin. Wrap food waste securely before placing in green bin. Double wrap any waste you think may attract flies.   Rinse out empty containers before placing in bin...save water and rinse using washing up water.   Wash bin out completely from time-to-time, not forgetting the inside of the lid, using warm water and disinfectant.

The refuse code of conduct   Refuse must be out by 7am on the property boundary with the handles facing outwards on the day collection.   No excess refuse is taken on green bin day. Excess recycling can be put out beside the blue bin but not in black sacks please.   Lids should be closed to avoid damage by strong winds or during emptying.   Do not place heavy materials such as stone, soil, rubble etc. or hot ashes in bins.   Missed collections reports cannot be made until after 4pm on the day of collection to allow for crews to finish rounds BUT must be reported within two working days. Collections are for domestic waste only. Garden waste is not accepted in the green or blue bin. An annual subscription service is available for garden waste (brown bin scheme). This is currently £40.61 a year, which includes the hire of the brown bin and 26 fortnightly collections. To subscribe, online visit www.swale.gov.uk/gardenwaste/ or contact Customer Services. Disposal of large domestic items can be arranged (a charge may apply) by contacting Customer Services on 01795 417 850.

Household recycling sites Opening times: Monday to Saturday 8am – 4.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am – 4pm (closed Christmas, Boxing and New Years days) Located at: Salters Lane, Faversham  Station Road, Sheerness  Gas Road, Sittingbourne

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Sharps service! Swale Borough Council has launched a new service to help residents dispose of their medical needles. Patients can now take their full sharps box to one of four participating pharmacies in the area and be given a replacement box. The Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr David Simmons says: “Swale Borough Council in partnership with Kent County Council are pleased to be able to offer additional assistance to residents of the borough who require an outlet to safely dispose of sharps items.” If you would like to use the pharmacy scheme, please register with us on 01795 417 850. To find a list of the four pharmacies working with the Councils you can visit: www.swale.gov.uk/clinical-waste.

Healthy Club launches in Swale A Kent wide project, which already has 19,362 members, is set to encourage the residents of Swale to lead a healthier lifestyle. The health of Swale residents is below the national average, with the levels of obesity putting a strain on health and other related services. Only 48% of residents do any form of physical activity. The Healthy Club, now rolling out in Kent including Swale, is part of the Department of Health Change4Life project. http://tiny.cc/Swale-FB

By joining the Healthy Club people will be supported on each small step they take towards a healthier, happier and more active lifestyle. It will give members information on local offers, activities and events, healthy tips and details of how they can join in and take part. Swale Borough Council’s role will be to work with partners and providers, to offer incentives for people who join the club, provide a list of what is on offer and promote the scheme. If you have any questions about the Healthy Club and to request a joining pack, please contact Nicole Ward nicoleward@swale.gov.uk or 07756 100 449.

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Living In Safety Event This fantastic event offers advice for over 60’s and the disabled on living a safe, independent and healthy life and will be held this year at the Sheppey Healthy Living Centre off the Broadway, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1HH on Friday 28 September 2012 from 10am until 1pm.

FREE loft and cavity wall insulation for ALL Swale residents! Call 0800 083 7383 to find out more or to book a free, no obligation survey. www.swale.gov.uk/energy-bills/ This offer is available to home owners and private tenants, regardless of financial situation. Funding ends 31st December 2012 A

A new NHS report to be published this autumn shows four wards in Sheppey have some of the highest rates of obesity in the country. Dr Armstrong, a o at Grovehurst Surgery in Kemsley said GP a “Along with NHS Kent and Medway, and Swale Borough Council the Clinical Commissioning Group is working hard to tackle heart and lung disease through its Sittingbourne and Sheppey Beats and Breathes project. I hope London 2012 has inspired people to get involved in sport”.

NHS Health Trainer and Charlie Hall from Sheerness at Faversham Olympic Torch Event To sign up to a NHS Health Trainer call 0800 849 4000. www.swale.gov.uk

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Tell us what’s important to you? The Swale Community Safety Partnership (CSP) brings together the police, councils and local authorities to help deal with crime and anti-social behaviour more effectively and efficiently. Chief Executive Abdool Kara says: “We want to focus Swale’s police, council and community safety partnership resources on the areas that matter most to you. “Therefore we are asking you to tell us your top THREE priorities. These may be about where you live, work or visit in the borough.” Please either complete the brief questionnaire on the next page or alternatively complete it online at

www.swalecsp.co.uk Return paper copies in an envelope addressed to: Community Safety Unit, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 3HT The CSP is committed to achieving fairness and equality. It really helps us if you also complete the Equal Opportunities section of the questionnaire as we can better ensure that services are accessible and useful to the whole of our local community. The information you provide will not identify you, but will help us to target resources.

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What’s important to you? Please choose your TOP THREE PRIORITIES only  Alcohol related issues  Criminal Damage  Vehicle-related nuisance  Anti-social behaviour  Domestic Abuse  Speeding  Deliberate fires    

 Drug related issues

Parking problems  Feelings of safety Noise  Youth nuisance Environmental issues (litter; flytipping; graffiti etc) Rehabilitation of offenders (prevent further crime)

 Burglary & Robbery    

Lack of youth activities Vehicle crime Police & Warden Visibility Opportunities to shape my community  Other (Please specify) ________________________

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What is your postcode?_______________________

Equal Opportunities Monitoring - Optional Section Your gender

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Your age

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 22 - 25

 41 - 45

 46 - 50

 51 – 55

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Sexual orientation

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 Gay

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The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines disability as ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the ability to carry out normal day to day activities’. Do you consider yourself to be disabled  Yes as described in the Act Your religion  Buddhist  Jewish  Muslim  Prefer not to say

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Your ethnicity  African  Bangladeshi  Caribbean  Chinese English European Irish Mixed Race    Indian   Gypsy Roma African Traveller Mixed Race White Prefer not   Pakistani   White Other  Caribbean British to say  Other (Please specify) ___________________________________________________

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Sheppey’s success in Lottery Fund Bid Swale Borough Council’s bid to help to make a Sustainable Sheppey has been successful meaning a 3 year project has gained funding of £946,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. The Sustainable Sheppey project will help to prepare communities on the Isle of Sheppey for the opportunities and challenges that come with climate change. Projects include community renewable energy feasibility studies, sustainable homes and schools and waste oil recycling. Swale Borough Council has worked with partners and it is this joint working which has led to the bid being successful. Partners include Kent County Council, Amicus Horizon, Sheppey Matters, Groundwork UK, Work This Way, HMP Standford Hill, Southern Water and Eastchurch Village Hall. Councillor Andrew Bowles, Leader of Swale Borough Council, said: “I am delighted that the hard work we have undertaken along with our partners in developing this exciting bid has paid off. The projects proposed, and now funded, will make a real difference to the lives of the people of Sheppey enabling them to live more sustainable lives, save money and be better prepared for the impacts of climate change.”

Russian Equestrians visit Council

The Mayor of Swale, Councillor Pat Sandle, Council Leader, Councillor Andrew Bowles and Chief Executive, Abdool Kara held a Civic Reception for the Russian Equestrian Eventing team on Monday evening. A presentation was made to the Team, who for the duration of their stay trained at Eyehorn Farm, an equestrian facility in Oad Street, near Sittingbourne, before moving on to London for the Games themselves. During the reception members of the team commented on the warm reception and how they really appreciated and hospitality given by Swale. http://tiny.cc/Swale-FB

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Sheppey sign replaced

Rushenden Retrofit Project awarded

Residents and visitors to the Isle of Sheppey are once again greeted by a “Welcome to Sheppey” sign.

Swale Borough Council and AmicusHorizon took first place in the ‘Excellence in Energy Efficiency’ category of the 2012 Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards.

The new sign, situated on the left as you arrive on the island via the Sheppey Crossing, has been funded by contributions from Swale Borough Council and County Councillors Ken Pugh and Adrian Crowther from their KCC Members Highway Grants.

The Rushenden Retrofit Project is an innovative new approach to regeneration and the environment, working with local residents in Rushenden, to make their homes more energy efficient. At a time when fuel poverty is being highlighted, the project aims to reduce household fuel bills and C02 emissions. Swale Borough Council were directly responsible for Phase One of the programme to 65 private homes, achieving savings of around 10,000 carbon tonnes.The measures include: external and cavity wall insulation; double glazing; solar panels; loft insulation; draught proofing and central heating.

Direct Debit Big Break scheme leads to donation for Demelza Thanks to residents in Swale, the Big Break scheme that Swale Borough Council took part in, which ran from March to the end of June, has led to a donation of £311.60 being made to Demelza. The scheme saw the charity benefit every time a Swale resident opted to pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit. In the spring if you set up a new Direct Debit to pay your Council Tax it triggered a donation to the charity, which of course has a children’s hospice in Sittingbourne. Last year, the Council supported the national direct debit sign-up campaign which was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. This year, each local authority has been able to choose a local charity to support. As part of the national campaign co-ordinated by BACS, the Council made a donation to Demelza for every new instruction received. Last year, the Council signed up 1,400 households. This year 2,116 households signed up. http://tiny.cc/Swale-FB

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Torch Relay in Faversham Here in Swale we were lucky enough for the rain to have stopped by the time the Olympic Torch made its way through Faversham. Around 28,000 spectators came along to make the most of the once in a lifetime opportunity by lining the streets. A big thank you is owed to all those who volunteered their time on Thursday 19 July to become a marshal for the Olympic Torch Relay. You really did the borough proud, by not only stepping up and taking part, but also for all your hard work on the day.

Sports, Physical Activities and Cultural Taster day Having a Taster Day before the Torch made its way through Faversham was a great way to put the new Sports and Physical Activity Framework into action, and to help get everyone excited about the sports offer in and around Swale. Activities included kite flying, hockey, a rock climbing wall, an inflatable football pitch, the Kent Cultural Baton, SFM Community Radio Road Show and much more. Hopefully many will carry on with the new activities that they enjoyed on the day.

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Carers are People First FACES of Kent (Families Affected by Caring Empowerment Services) Aims to reduce the stress and stigma caused as a result of the caring role for unpaid Family Carers and in the case of Young Carers, to restore lost childhood. We offer a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL service including Information, Advice, Guidance, Advocacy and Short Break Opportunities Adult Carer Support - An adult caring for another adult Alzheimer & Dementia Support Older Carer (aged 60+) of Person with Learning Difficulties Parent Carer Support - supporting parents of children with additional needs Mindset - for Carers of people with Mental Health Problems Young Carers Support - aged 5-18 years that are helping to care for someone Carers Health Promotion - Promoting healthy lifestyles and well being for the Carer Kent Carers Emergency Card

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Residents at Newnham have long wished for a bus to Faversham as, apart from the School Bus morning and afternoon to and from Faversham, the regular bus service only goes through to Sittingbourne. The Parish Council sent questionnaires out to the residents via the local village newsletter and the result was a firm request for a shopper service to Faversham, with replies also coming from the neighbouring village of Doddington. With the help of Swale Borough Council Leader and County Councillor Andrew Bowles talks with Chalkwell Bus Company were started. It was subsequently agreed that a trial run for one day a week could be set up. This will start on 21 August for six months, running every Tuesday (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). This will mean Doddington and Newnham families can now easily shop at their nearest town using specialist local stores and supermarkets, visit friends, use the library, swimming pool

and other local amenities including the Tuesday market in the Town Centre. Although this is a success story, the continuation of this route is very much reliant on passenger use, the phrase “use it or lose it” is a reality in this instance. The trial has been funded by Kent County Council and County Councillor Bowles has stated in a recent interview in the Faversham Times: “If enough people use it, we (KCC) might be able to put it on as a self-funding venture, or it may be we decide to subsidise it permanently”. So it is sincerely hoped that this trial route will end up being a permanent success.

New Floodgates installed A new floodgate has been installed at the bottom of The Promenade, Leysdown, to provide easier access to the beach for pedestrians, those with pushchairs and walking difficulties. The floodgate replaces the flood boards which were previously installed and, rather than lifting the boards for access, there is now a convenient gate opening system. The cost of £5,600 for the new floodgate was paid for by Queenborough Fisheries Trust, Leysdown Events Organisation and Warden Parish Council. http://tiny.cc/Swale-FB

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Conservative  Labour Independent Group

Abbey Bryan Mulhern 01795 538 498 bryanmulhern@btinternet.com Anita Walker 01795 531 192 anitajwalker@yahoo.co.uk Borden Nicholas Hampshire 01795 477 560 (eve) or 07739 108756 nicholashampshire@hotmail.com Boughton & Courtenay George Bobbin 01227 751 388 george.bobbin@btinternet.com Andrew Bowles 01227 752 840 or 07778 629879 councilleader@swale.gov.uk Chalkwell Roger Truelove 01795 425 445 labourleader@swale.gov.uk Ghlin Whelan 01795 475 629 ghlinwhelan@blueyonder.co.uk Davington Priory Mike Henderson 01795 534 368 or 07900 265 337 mr.michaelhenderson@virgin.net East Downs Colin Prescott 01795 590 054 colinprescott@swale.gov.uk Grove Duncan Dewar-Whalley 07889 808 871 duncandewar-whalley@swale.gov.uk Gareth Randall 01795 474 802 gareth.randall@virgin.net www.swale.gov.uk

Your Councillors Hartlip, Newington & Upchurch Gerry Lewin 01634 366 113 gerrylewin@swale.gov.uk John Wright 01795 842 852 johnwright@swale.gov.uk Iwade & Lower Halstow Ben Stokes 01795 476 979 Kemsley Sue Gent 01795 553 900 gentmiss@blueyonder.co.uk Mike Whiting 01795 842 631 mikewhiting@swale.gov.uk Leysdown & Warden Patricia Sandle 01795 510 400 patriciasandle@aol.com Milton Regis Adam Tolhurst 01795 475 888 adamtolhurst@swale.gov.uk Tony Winckless 01795 425 987 tonywinckless@swale.gov.uk Minster Cliffs Andy Booth 07912 464213 or 07824 556 185 andybooth@swale.gov.uk Adrian Crowther 01795 874 418 adrian.crowther@kent.gov.uk Kenneth Pugh 01795 871 388 ken.pugh@kent.gov.uk Murston Ed Gent 07955 111 981 e.gent@sky.com Have your say – help shape Swale

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Sheerness East Mark Ellen 01795 667 027 cllr.markellen@yahoo.co.uk David Sargent 01795 664 914 david.sargent@14cavour.freeserve.co.uk Sheerness West Angela Harrison 01795 665 029 angelaharrison@swale.gov.uk Stephen Worrall 01795 665 589 Sheppey Central Lesley Ingham 01795 881 123 or 07714 445 871 ingham989@btinternet.com

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John Coulter 01795 539 046 johncoulter@swale.gov.uk St Michael’s Derek Conway 01795 424 865 or 07789 072 677 derekconway@swale.gov.uk Sylvia Bennett 01795 476 979

Martin McCusker 07403 006 997 martinmccusker@swale.gov.uk

June Garrad 01795 227 592 jvgarrad@aol.com

John Morris 01795 881 102 johnmorris@swale.gov.uk St Ann’s Mike Cosgrove 01795 591 790 cllrcosgrove@swale.gov.uk

Teynham & Lynsted Richard Barnicott 01795 536 177 rickbarnicott@swale.gov.uk Lloyd Bowen 01795 522 357 councillor_I_bowen@hotmail.com Watling David Simmons 01795 532 100 davidsimmons@swale.gov.uk Ted Wilcox 01795 533 004 ted.wilcox@btinternet.com West Downs Monique Bonney 07973 443527 montybon1@aol.com Woodstock Alan Willicombe 01795 439 680 alan188@aol.com Jean Willicombe 01795 439 680 jeanwillicombe@aol.com

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