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Latest News in Swale

Find all the very latest news and information from the council below. You can find earlier news items here.

Real living wage approved

Low paid council workers will be getting a pay rise to reflect the real cost of living.

Housing, homelessness and rough sleeping strategy

Swale Borough Council’s cabinet has approved a new housing, homelessness and rough sleeping strategy which sets out how the authority will work to tackle housing issues over the next four years.

2019 electoral register update

Read about what you need to do for the 2019 electoral register update.

Online form maintenance

Read about essential online form maintenance and how it could affect you this Saturday.

Rec works underway next week

Work to transform Faversham Recreation Ground gets underway next week.

Councillors vote to declare climate change emergency

Swale councillors have declared a climate and ecological emergency.

Community alcohol partnerships launching

Two schemes are being launched to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour on the Island.

Armed forces and peace day celebrations come to Sittingbourne.

Read about the event taking place in Sittingbourne for this year's Armed Forces Day.

Don't be idle

Local primary school pupils can help reduce air pollution by entering a competition to design a banner to encourage people to switch off their engines outside the school gates.

Emergency repairs in Faversham cause delays

Emergency repairs in Faversham cause delays for household waste collections for residents.

Cabinet plans for new priorities

The first cabinet meeting since the local elections heard about the new coalition administrations ambitious plans for the next four years.

Reminders for Great Easthall residents

Read about the reminders sent to Great Easthall residents about what can be recycled.

Queenborough flytipping prosecution

A Sheerness man has been given a curfew and will have to pay more than £2,000 after waste was found dumped in Queenborough.

New approach to Spirit of Sittingbourne

Senior members of the Coalition administration at Swale Council have responded to recent adverse publicity surrounding the Spirit of Sittingbourne project.

Illegal waste carrying prosecution

A Kemsley man caught transporting scrap metal without a licence is nearly a thousand pounds out of pocket after being prosecuted by Swale Borough Council.

Grants funding applications open for another year

Local community groups and projects can get the extra funding support they need thanks to the member grant scheme.

New administration for Swale

Cllr Roger Truelove has been elected as leader of a new coalition administration at Swale Borough Council.

23 May European Union (EU) election results

Read about the results of the 2019 European Union (EU) elections.

Blue Flag beaches

Two of Sheppey’s bathing beaches have been named among the best in the country.

Annual Mayor Making Ceremony

Swale is invited to join the Annual Mayor Making Ceremony to celebrate the Mayor of Swale, Councillor Samuel Koffie-Williams', year as Mayor or Swale.

Local elections taking place in May

Read about the local elections taking place in May 2019 including the parish and town council elections and Kent County Council's by-election.

Sittingbourne pair found guilty of fly-tipping

Two fly-tippers who dumped waste near a playground have been successfully prosecuted.

Duty of care prosecution

A Sidcup woman man is almost £400 out of pocket after clothes, furniture and household waste was dumped in Swale.


The UK is set to leave the European Union on Friday, 29 March 2019.

Sittingbourne pupils design awards

Read about the awards received by Sittingbourne pupils for their flowerbed designs.

Air quality plans going to cabinet

Councillors are being asked to approve additional measures to help improve air quality across the borough.

Swale Borough Council brings fly-tipping prosecution

Read about Swale Borough Council's successful prosecution for fly-tipping.

Thanking the hidden heroes of Swale

Read about the 2019 Swale Volunteer Awards.

Work on Sittingbourne Skatepark begins

Contractors begin work on a new multi-use skatepark in Sittingbourne.

Swale offenders clear rubbish in Sittingbourne

Offenders from Swale's Standford Hill Prison helped to clear litter from the Butts, an alleyway off St Michael's Road in Sittingbourne.

Council Tax charges due to change in April

Read about the change to Council Tax charges in April 2019.

Faversham Pools play area opens

Read about the improvements at Faversham Pools play area.

Littering prosecutions

Five people are more than £1500 out of pocket between them, after prosecutions for littering brought by Swale Borough Council.

Budget proposals published

Band D households will be asked to pay just £3.35 per week for Swale Borough Council services, if budget plans are approved.

Requests for allotment spaces

We're no longer accepting requests to join the allotment waiting list.

Beachfields play area refurbishment

Swale Borough Council is pleased to announce the refurbishment of the sandpit at the Beachfields play area in Sheerness.

Sport Grant funding still available

Six weeks remain to apply to Swale Borough Council’s grant scheme for sporting projects in our area.

Rectory play area refurbishment

Swale Borough Council is pleased to announce the refurbishment of the Rectory Play Area in Sittingbourne.

Apply to be a Councillor

Swale Borough Council is encouraging local people to think about whether they would like to apply to be a councillor in local elections being held on 2 May 2019.

Sheppey man pleads guilty to waste offences

Lee Jacobs of Eastchurch, Sheerness has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1040 by Medway Magistrates’ Court for transporting controlled waste when he was not registered as a waste carrier and failing to have waste transfer notices.

Tourist numbers boost Swale's economy

Read about the boost to Swale's economy due to tourist numbers.

Tackling dangerous parking

Swale Borough Council is tackling inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside schools across Swale, as well as reducing CO2 emissions in enforcement patrols.

Environmental Grant Scheme launched

Swale Borough Council is allocating £5,000 in grant funding to support community projects and organisations to help deliver on environmental objectives.

No Excuse for Abuse

Swale Borough Council is supporting a scheme from the National Private Hire Taxi Association to increase awareness about the physical and verbal abuse suffered by taxi drivers.

Fine for carrying waste without licence

An Eastchurch man has been convicted and fined £500 for illegally carrying waste, in a prosecution brought by Swale Borough Council.
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