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Latest News in Swale

Find all the very latest news and information from the council below. Previous news for the last 12 months is filed by Month under Recent News. If you want to read any of our older releases, please contact our Media Office.

Brotherhood Woods injunction

Swale Borough Council has successfully applied for a High Court injunction to prevent the destruction of ancient woodland near Dunkirk the trees of which are protected by a large group Tree Preservation Order.

Selling woman prosecuted

A Selling woman has been left £705 out of pocket for littering in Faversham.

Award for dog bag scheme

An innovative local scheme to help make sure dog owners clean up after their pets has won a national award.

M2 Junction 5 consultation

Highways England is holding a public consultation between 6 September and 17 October 2017 on their plans to improve capacity at M2 Junction 5/A249 Stockbury Roundabout.

Environment warden surgeries

People can share their concerns about issues such as litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling at a series of surgeries in September.

Cashless payment changes

Parking in Swale Borough Council car parks will soon be even easier with the introduction of RingGo phone parking payments across the borough.

Bagged it, binned it, won it!

Clearing up after their pet earned one local resident a prize in Swale Borough Council's ‘Bag it, Bin it, Win it’ campaign.

Electoral register checks

Thousands of households in Swale are being asked to check their details on the electoral register are correct.

Dirty dozen prosecuted

Twelve people have been prosecuted for failing to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for littering in the borough.

Cybercrime seminar for business

Keeping local businesses safe online is top of the agenda at a special business breakfast next month.

Sittingbourne artisan market

Sittingbourne’s Saturday market returns this weekend, with stalls selling handmade gifts, local produce and crafts.

Electronic canvass

More than 7,000 people responded to our electronic canvass this year.

Give old school uniforms a new lease of life

Parents are being asked to donate unwanted school uniforms, helping families on low incomes to get ready for the new school year.

Knit one, purl one for poppy project

Local knitters are being asked to contribute to a unique Remembrance Day display.

Pavement steam clean

Pavements in town centres will soon be clear of unsightly chewing gum and grime thanks to a powerful deep clean.

Green Flag for gunpowder works

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the world.

Fighting summer food waste

Swale Borough Council are joining a nationwide campaign to help local residents cut down on food waste when they head off on holiday.

Waste burning leads to fine

The managing director of a Leysdown caravan park has been prosecuted by Swale Borough Council after being caught burning old caravans rather than disposing of them responsibly.

£113k available from councillors’ fund

Community projects could get a funding boost from their local councillors.

Milton Creek bird feeding station

Wildlife watchers can now get up close with some of the dozens of different bird species that call Milton Creek Country Park Home.

Standards Hearing Decision 1.17

Notice is hereby given, in accordance with the Standards Committee Procedure Rules that the Standards Hearing Sub-Committee of Swale Borough Council at a hearing on 19 June 2017, considered the Investigation Report into a complaint alleging that Councillor M Baldock had failed to observe the Swale Borough Council’s Code of Conduct, adopted on 16 May 2012.

Town centre regeneration scheme steps up a gear

The Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration project shifts up a gear from vision to reality this summer, with site set up for the big box retail site off Eurolink Way underway and the beginning of planned roadworks to facilitate construction of the new leisure quarter.

Your chance to check our accounts

As a local resident you have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in our accounts.

Consultants appointed for rec facelift

The restoration and enhancement of Faversham Recreation Ground is a step closer after councillors approved a design and project management contract.

Specialist markets coming to town

A new range of specialist and themed markets will be coming to Sittingbourne town centre August.

Local Plan approved

A Government inspector has approved the council’s strategy for future development in Swale.

Residents' complaints lead to bench removal

A bench blighted by street drinkers in Sittingbourne has been removed at the request of local residents.

Epsom man fined for littering

A dropped cigarette butt has cost an Epsom man £535, after he was prosecuted for littering in Sittingbourne.

A sad loss for Swale

It was with shock and enormous sadness that we learned of the sudden death of Cllr Katy Coleman, UKIP councillor for Milton Regis Ward.

Blue Flag Award

Two of Sheppey’s bathing beaches will be flying the flag for the local area, having been named among the best in the country.

New Mayor appointed

Cllr Colin Prescott has taken over as Swale’s Mayor for the coming civic year.

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Bag it bin it win it

Responsible dog owners could get rewarded for clearing up after their pet as Swale Borough Council re-run their ‘Bag it, Bin it, Win it’ campaign.

Mayor Making 2017

The community of Swale is invited to attend the Annual Council Mayor Making Ceremony on Tuesday, 16 May 2017.

Spirit of Sittingbourne latest

There signs of change are coming, as the Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration project moves into the next phase.

Cleaning up Marine Town

Marine Town residents are being thanked for their help in clearing up messy streets in the area.

Swale salutes spring cleaners

A month of spring cleaning in Swale has come to an end, following 29 events across the borough which saw local volunteers collect more than 440 bags of rubbish.
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