Ightham Litterpick - 29th June

Ightham Spring Clean

Ightham Parish Council will be doing a litter pick on Saturday 29th June at 10am-11am. If you would like to participate, please meet at Ightham Village Hall at 10am. Please bring gloves and we will provide high viz jackets and litter pickers.

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Community Speed Watch Scheme Co-ordinator

As village residents will know, the Parish Council have commissioned a traffic consultant to advise on village-wide traffic issues, namely road speeds throughout the village. The aim is to make the entire village a 30 mph, with specific areas such as Oldbury Lane around Ightham School, a 20 mph zone.

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Be Ready - Business Continuity Checklist

Business Continuity Checklist

Download this useful leaflet for further information >>

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Ivy Hatch - Fibre Broadband Community Project

Ivy Hatch Fibre Broadband Community Project

Download the Ivy Hatch Fibre Broadband Community Project Newsletter >>

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Public Consultation - Bus Service 404 / 405

I wish to make you aware of a Public Consultation exercise that has launched today in respect of bus service 404 / 405 which operates; Edenbridge – Ide Hill – Sevenoaks – Ivy Hatch – Shipbourne - Plaxtol. The proposals have been developed in conjunction with Go Coach and seek to materialise a reduction in the subsidy provided by the County Council to support the service.

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Reuthe's, the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks

Reuthes in Seal Chart Rhodo mist

Reuthe’s in Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, has opened its gates after months of renovation work to the historic gardens.

Reuthe’s welcomes visitors to explore the woodland, jungle-like pathways and walks up through the Hidden Valley. Here they will find plants and trees so rare they are the only ones in this country and discover hidden pockets of wild mushrooms, wild garlic and blueberries. The family friendly site is fantastic to go exploring with children and well- behaved dogs. Entrance is free.

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Borough Green Garden City Site

TMBC's Draft Local Plan proposes 3000 houses in the valley between Borough Green and Wrotham, including the provision of a "Relief Road" from Darkhill roundabout at Ightham, to the A20 at Nepicar. This number of houses is 40% of the total TMBC requirement for housing needs as determined by government in the current Local Plan.

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Kent Carers

Carers Matter

1 in 9 adults (151,000 people) in Kent are Carers, looking after a family member, partner, friend or neighbour who due to physical or mental illness, disability, age related difficulties or addiction cannot cope without their support. Being a Carer can be a positive experience but it can also be challenging and exhausting, which can impact on a Carer’s mental and physical health or well-being. Five Carer organisations in Kent (Carers FIRST, Carers’ Support – Ashford, Shepway, Swale, Carers’ Support – Canterbury, Dover & Thanet, Crossroads Care Kent and Involve Kent) have joined together to launch Kent Carers Matters.

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Kent Police Online Reporting

Kent Police report Online





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Flood Risk Management Strategy (Local Strategy)

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a consultation on the draft of its latest Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (Local Strategy). The Local Strategy sets out how KCC and our partners will work together to manage local flood risk (flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses).
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Housing white paper

This is the link for anyone wishing to comment on the Housing white paper that Councillor Robin Betts (Ightham, Wrotham & Stansted) reported on recently. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-white-paper

The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

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Following the flooding in June 2016, Parishioners may find the following websites useful:

Living on the Edge - A Guide to your rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership

Information about Insurance for properties that are in a flood risk area

Download the Flood Report from Ightham Flood - 25 June 2016 (10Mb PDF)

Alan Ball Award - Ightham at the Crossroads

Ightham at the CrossroadsWe are pleased to announce that Ightham at the Crossroads, by Jean Stirk and David Williams, (Ightham Parish Council) has won the Alan Ball Award 2016 for a hard copy Local History publication.

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J5Slips - November 2016 update

The campaign to see the re-instatement of the missing Sevenoaks slip roads in the vicinity of M25 J5 has taken another positive step forward for our West Kent community with the final publication the ‘Economic Feasibility Study’ .Our long campaign for Slip Roads at an appropriate location in the vicinity of J5 M25 Sevenoaks to take 1000s of vehicles a day out of our villages needs the support of this publication.

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KCC Warden Volunteers - vacancy
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, interested in their local community and enjoys engaging with people. You'll be friendly and happy to approach people. You'll be someone who is patient, a good listener and likes to make a difference to the people around you. You'll be keen to learn new skills.

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Bus service from the centre of the village to Bluewater, every Tuesday

708 bus timetable

Tuesdays - Shopper bus service to Bluewater that starts in Ightham. It starts in the village at the bus stop outside the George & Dragon at 09:30 and takes approximately 45 minutes to get there. It runs via Culverstone & Meopham and then via the A2. It returns from Bluewater at 2pm.

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How Roadworks are Managed - A short guide from the KCC

How roadworks are managed - a short guide from the KCC

This short guide explains how Kent manages work to the highway and the pipes and cables below and above it. It covers the basic legislation and how quality of the finished work is monitored. The guide explains how Kent works within national legislation to minimise the impact of road works.

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What should I do in an Emergency? Advice on Flooding from KCC & the Kent Resilience Forum

Carol Concert

Homes and businesses across Kent are being urged to make sure they are ready for flooding this year.

In order to help residents and employers prepare for flooding the Kent Resilience Forum - made up of rescue services and local authorities - has published a handbook and KCC has created a one-stop online information point.

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Ightham Village Defibrillator
A Defibrillator has now been installed on the outside wall by the main door to the Village Hall. It is available for use by any member of the public with or without training from Thursday 4th December. It will be registered with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) so that if someone calls 999 about a possible heart attack they can direct the caller to the defibrillator. Please contact Sarah Huseyin, Parish Clerk via ighthamclerk@gmail.com if you would be interested in a small training group.

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