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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.

Nominate for Volunteer Swale Award

Show a hidden hero their hard work is appreciated by nominating them for a Volunteer Swale Award.

Sittingbourne artisan market

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

Environment warden surgery

Minster residents can share their concerns about issues such as litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling at an environmental 'surgery'.

Salt giveaway back by popular demand

The council will give away free salt bags to residents on Small Business Saturday, 2 December.

Next specialist market for Sittingbourne

Sittingbourne's programme of specialist and themed markets continues this Saturday

Milton Creek carved benches

Felled trees have been given a new lease of life after being transformed into seating for Milton Creek Country Park.

Ending violence against women

Swale Borough Council has planned a series of events to support the United Nations’ campaign to end violence against women, including a public information stand at Sittingbourne’s ASDA supermarket on Monday, 27 November.

Environment warden surgery

Faversham residents can share their concerns about issues such as litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling at an environmental 'surgery'.

Housing supply consultation response

Proposals to change how the Government sets housing targets for councils have been compared to a bad workman blaming their tools.

Swale's 'excellent' beaches

All of Swale's bathing beaches have been rated 'excellent' for water quality

Help name retail site

Get involved in the regeneration of Sittingbourne by helping pick a name for the town’s newest retail park.

Poppy garden in full bloom

Our poppy garden display has come into bloom at Sheppey Gateway.

Mayor's Remembrance Message

A Remembrance message from the Mayor of Swale, Councillor Colin Prescott.

Littering leads to fines

A Teynham woman was fined £300 last week for failing to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for littering in the borough.

Nominate for Volunteer Swale Award

Show a hidden hero their hard work is appreciated by nominating them for a Volunteer Swale Award.

PSPOs come into force

Following a public consultation on proposals to introduce public space protection orders (PSPO) in the borough, Swale Borough Council has converted existing alcohol control zones for Sheerness High Street and the Leysdown area into PSPO’s.

Pumpkin recycling scheme

It will be less tricky to treat your family with a pumpkin this Halloween, with the return of Swale Borough Council’s pumpkin recycling scheme.

No trick or treat

Halloween is around the corner, and the trick or treaters will soon be out on the borough’s streets.

Dumped waste leads to fine

An Eastchurch man has been fined after waste was dumped in Leysdown.

Litter signs competition

Local young people are taking part in a competition to design new anti-littering signs for playgrounds and parks.

Open spaces and play consultation agreed

Local people will have their say on plans for how parks and open spaces are managed.

Bogus police fraud warning

The council and police are asking people to be vigilant after a spate of cases of con men pretending to be police officers to defraud vulnerable elderly residents.

Gold standard for stray dogs

For the eighth year in a row, Swale Borough Council’s stray dog service has been highlighted as one of the best in the country by the RSPCA.

Christmas shopping made easy

This December, we’re making it easier for you to reach Swale’s high streets.

Estates crime crackdown

Local agencies are targeting crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) on three estates across the borough.

New bins for parks and open spaces

More than 60 new bins are on their way to local parks and open spaces to help keep them clean and safe.

Bloomin' good results for Swale

The hard work of an army of local volunteer gardeners was rewarded at the RHS South, South East in Bloom Awards on Wednesday.

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.

Town centre regeneration steps up a gear

The Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration project shifts up a gear from vision to reality this summer.

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.

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.

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