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Road safety and pollution along A2 at Ospringe

Date: Monday 15, March 2021
Name: Mr W
I have been communicating with Kent County Council about issues of road safety and pollution along the A2 at Ospringe. They tell me Swale BC is responsible for acting on pollution levels. The AQMA 6 along the road records such data. Unfortunately, according to my sources in the area, it is difficult to access the data for periods of peak use only, when pollution is most probably way above legal limits. I am happy to correspond with you directly on this, so you can see the chain of correspondence.Whatever, i would be grateful if you could either publish the data requested or explain why you are not focussing on cleaning up the air quality along this very narrow stretch of road. I have asked ClientEarth to investigate the culpability of councillors who fail to act.
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Parking on Borden Lane

Date: Thursday 26, November 2020
Name: S
When has Borden Lane become a double-decker bus route? They are school buses and are causing chaos. The road is not built for double-decker buses especially at the junction with London Road. Also the school gate onto Borden Lane is now open and cars are parking on the corner of Borden Lane with Homework Avenue making it impossible to get a clear line of site to turn right out of Homewood Avenue. It is really dangerous. Quality of life in Borden Lane had gone really downhill. There are no speed restrictions in Borden Lane. Look forward to hearing from you soon with your comments.
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Caravan Parks on the Isle of Sheppey

Date: Tuesday 24, November 2020
Name: Ms H
With regard to recent dramatic rise in Covid cases in Swale. Is it true that holiday caravan parks on the island have remained open and people have traveled from far away to stay there.
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Disabled parking in the Forum car park, Sittingbourne

Date: Thursday 10, September 2020
Name: Ms P
I am a disabled person and use the Forum car park on a regular basis . It's location means I can access several shops with minimum walking distance . Are we going to loose this facility now the multi storey is open . It will be further to walk and as a disabled person I take quite a bit longer to do my shopping , and I have to return to the car to off load shopping as I cannot carry much in any one trip. Also because of this extra time I would be penalised on cost as I understand that there are no concessions.
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Repairs to Swallows Leisure Centre roof

Date: Monday 17, August 2020
Name: Mr S
According to the Sittingbourne News, Swale Council's Cabinet has approved £800,000 to repair The Swallows Leisure Centre's roof. Why is this? Wasn't the building covered by insurance? And, as it was about the only building in Sittingbourne to be damaged by the Storm doesn't this suggest sub-standard work by contractors?
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Camping and Monitoring

Date: Monday 17, August 2020
Name: Ms G
Why are people appearing to be camping in this area by shellness near beach huts. Can the council not set up a system to charge and monitor this giving extra revenue to the council as other Holiday areas do. Question 2. On taking our visitors to this area sadly the bottom of the steps to the beach stank of urine which sadly is a bad reflection on the Island especially when you take visitors to the area to show them the what is here. I felt really embarrassed. Do the council monitor this.
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20mph Speed Limit in Faversham

Date: Tuesday 11, August 2020
Name: Mr C
I read with dismay that the 20 mph speed limit is going ahead in Faversham. Surely as a resident of Faversham, and road user, I, as well as every town resident should be given a chance to say whether we want this or not. Voting for it in the local elections was a non starter as all the candidates \\"supported\\" the scheme (so I didn't vote for anyone as that could be seen as an endorsement to the idea). I have emailed Helen Whately, but she also supports this scheme. There doesn't appear to be anyone in local government that wishes to listen to the opposite points of view. All this \\"it will reduce pollution, ease traffic congestion, make roads safer\\" etc is in my opinion, plainly wrong. And what about the cost of it? Now of all times, money needs to spent on essential things in the bourgh, not frittered away on a scheme that will be a step backwards and will bring Faversham to a standstill. Everyone of course wants safer, cleaner roads, but this is not the way to achieve it, better designed road improvements to allow traffic to flow freely so as to allow modern cars to work at their most efficient would be a step forward. We can't all use public transport or cycle to travel. All I ask is that the residents of Faversham should be given a vote on this scheme before more money is wasted on this venture.
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Solar panels and nesting birds

Date: Tuesday 11, August 2020
Name: Mr C
I realise the difficulties facing people in uncertain times and perhaps my concerns are a little premature? My concern is over the years the increase in bird population nesting under so called solar panels! I counted on one roof 80 mixed birds on one area of the roof. I realise that birds are important to us all. But these birds groups contain high counts of pigeons some wood pigeons! They are breeding under these panels at a alarming rate and they are carriers of salmonella. On inspection of these solar panels there is no deterrent to prevent the birds nesting thus increase in breeding cycles. Can you tell me if there is legislation that is or could be implemented to reduce this activity! I feel that there should be a law introduced so all panels have restricted bird access. Futuristicly it will get worse and councils will have to spend more to irradicate vermin. No one wants salmonella but droppings are washed onto the floor and walked into the house!
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Fly-tipping and Litter in Sheerness High Street

Date: Sunday 2, August 2020
Name: Mr L
What is the Council doing to consistently tackle littering and fly-tipping in Sheerness? I’m disgusted to see the state of Sheerness town centre today, Sunday 2 August. Today, I’ve reported no less than four incidents of fly-tipping, some of which have been there for several weeks, one of which is almost directly outside Sheppey Gateway – a Council office!! I’ve also taken the time to report general littering throughout the high street. What is Swale Council and Sheerness Town Council doing to consistently tackle this obviously ongoing problem?
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Hospital for the Borough

Date: Wednesday 29, July 2020
Name: Mr C
As a proud member of our town for 43 years, I have seen the expansion from a small town into what is now a bustling community, which is on the increase. My question for the council. Are we possibly going to see the construction of an hospital to serve the Borough. I know the biggest issue is money an I fully understand it would cost an eye watering amount but as we only really have Medway, Maidstone, Ashford or Canterbury as choices I think its something that needs to be addressed. It would relieve pressure on said hospitals plus cut journey times for those seriously injured (on Isle of Sheppey, outlying villages). Looking at possible areas i thought of the farm land off the A249 in Bobbing behind Quinton Road, just an idea. Keep safe during these difficult times.
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Council Tax reductions for chalets

Date: Tuesday 14, July 2020
Name: Mr T
As a family we own 3 chalets on the Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village, during lockdown we have been unable to use the chalets (even for self isolation) as the the Government Advised that holiday parks should close. I accept that this advice was to prevent strain being placed upon the smaller communities in the country, however we are still being charged Council Tax for these properties during the lockdown period. I have called and asked if there will be a Council Tax concession/exemption for us not being able to use our Chalets, only to be told that this is not something we could apply for a discount for, and was advised to write to the MP. The Local MP have checked this out and the Government state that it is is a local authority issue, and only you could make that decision. it is clear that the people we speak to in the call centre do not have such authority and will only quote policy. I therefore ask you, as Leader of the Council, what concessions/exemptions can you put in place for the owners of Chalets that have been unable to to gain access to them during this unprecedented time? As you are no doubt aware that these unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures as nothing is a one size fits all solution. I know this as I work for the Local Authority in my home Town of Barking and Dagenham and have close contact with the Councillors there. As a local authority many amendments to the 'norm' have had to be made to deal with this pandemic, and although some are financially draining for the authority, the policy of our Council here was to maintain the services to a high standard regardless of cost. There is Government funding for every Local Authority to maintain the statutory services during the Pandemic, i.e. those that are funded via the Council Tax, so I do not see why you are unable to provide a Council Tax Concession/Exemption to the Chalet Owners while they were not allowed to use their facilities, and stayed away in order to not put strain on the small island community and NHS services there. During the winter months Oct 31st -March 1st we do not have to pay Council Tax as the property is inhabitable and we would likely die of hypothermia, I regard the Lockdown period as the same situation we could not have used the chalets because the utilities were disconnected to the site, and the site was locked, as it is in the winter months. In addition, we would not have used any of the services provided for by Council Tax Funds that you are now charging us. So I therefore ask again, What concessions/exemptions can you put in place for the Chalet owners that boost the annual economy of your borough every year by a substantial amount?
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Booking appointments for a recycling centre

Date: Wednesday 1, July 2020
Name: Ms W
Please could you explain the reasons why the recycling centre is still so restricted. Strict restrictions during the peak of the pandemic were understandable but having to fill in several pages to 'book an appointment' and only being allowed to dispose of waste 'if essential' seems nonsensical. It clearly discriminates against the who are less computer literate. We do pay for this service in our rates and it is 'essential' as can be seen by the sharp increase in fly-tipping. Please can I urge that this important local resource (I use the one in Faversham) be reopened as normal.
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Ways to prevent erosion

Date: Thursday 11, June 2020
Name: Mr P
Hi, Our family left Sheppey and moved to Greece in about 1977. Last year I went back to look around and was horrified by the amount of land lost to the sea and probably think you are too. My Uncle, now deceased was a Historian mainly for the Battle of Britain but once told me that a few hundred years ago Minster was in the centre of the island ! Soon you will not have anything left to govern ! I am not one to go on about the problem but about the solution as I am sure you want to know too. In Wales, they have brought huge rocks, only two to a 40ft trailer to show you how big these have to be, and these have been placed along the landline along with smaller , still huge, rocks behind and around them to stop sea water getting in and earth escaping. 20 years later they are still in position despite being lashed by the north Atlantic / Irish sea. Hope this helps.
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Noise nuisance

Date: Tuesday 2, June 2020
Name: Ms H
Good morning, Could you please advise me on the councils policy on Builders working on private housing on a Sunday. Builder arrived 7.55 approx. by 8.30am was using grinding machine. Very inconvenient during lockdown. We have had two months of noise and dust.
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Bonfires

Date: Friday 29, May 2020
Name: Mr and Mrs H
I should like to know what action the Council are taking to enforce the Government’s rules regarding bonfires. According the UK government's website:

You cannot get rid of household waste if it will cause pollution or harm people’s health. This includes burning it

You could be fined if you light a fire and allow the smoke to drift across the road and become a danger to traffic

Your council can issue an ‘abatement notice’ if a neighbour’s bonfire is causing a nuisance. A bonfire must happen frequently to be considered a nuisance

A nuisance is caused when smoke detracts from people enjoying their gardens, prevents them opening windows or hanging out washing

You can be fined up to £5,000 if you do not follow the rules of the notice.
 
The Council’s website advice appears ambivalent and gives tacit approval to bonfires and smoke pollution. Some of our most vulnerable people are now being shielded, in particular, those vulnerable neighbours with COPD and other respiratory disorders who are needlessly being subjected to the thoughtlessness of nearby residents.
 
With a spell of hot weather upon us bonfires and barbeques is a real nuisance, but now are causing real harm. You can’t sit in your garden, can’t have windows open at night and can’t hang washing out. We believe the Council does have a duty of care to all residents which they are abrogating. There is a real opportunity here for the Council once and for all to ban the use of bonfires in the Borough and promote cleaner air. Our local allotments have banned bonfires and if they can, everyone else can. The Council should as soon as possible introduce a local bye law to ban bonfires and make a small contribution towards cleaner air for all.
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Electrical checks on existing properties

Date: Wednesday 19, February 2020
Name: Mr C
Dear sir, madam When we moved into 16 Red Admiral Crescent in December 2017 the kitchen light did not work, I changed the bulb and found that the light stayed on with the switch unable to turn it off. Being a retired electrician, investigation found that the switch contacts had fused together rendering the switch redundant. Lately the bathroom light switch internal mechanism failed along with the main bedroom switch which had the internal mechanism burned and falling apart. I replaced both switches. As this was the third switch to fail I checked the remaining four, all four found to be showing signs of burning and mechanisms beginning to or have failed. All replaced with MK ones. I think it would be wise to carry out a check on other properties as they properly have substandard light switches. I have photos of removed switches.
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Entitlements as a Council Tax payer

Date: Tuesday 18, February 2020
Name: Mr C
What am I entitled as a council tax payer, can I vote, can I apply for my child to go to school, can I register with a doctor, dentist etc., please can you list my full entitlements as a council tax payer, kind regards.
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Charging electric vehicles in Swale

Date: Friday 31, January 2020
Name: Mr B
What is your vision on electric car charging points? I have a house with no driveway or garage. Normal charging currently is an overnight process. Current option of charging the car in a car park in the town centre is not a practical solution. We need access to more charging points spread across the town for people to charge their cars overnight. Ideally we need supercharging points for fast charging as well. People will only buy electric cars once the charging points are easily accessible. I hope caring for the environment is a priority for you as I couldn’t find a reference to it on your vision statement.
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Road safety concerns at St George's CE School, Minster

Date: Thursday 30, January 2020
Name: Mr S
I am a parent of children that attend St George's CE School on Chequers Road, Minster, I also sit on the governing body for the school as the parent representative. As with all school locations traffic around school run time is exceptionally heavy, Chequers Road is a long straight road and is used by all manner of vehicles, including large HGV and buses. I am concerned as there are no speed restriction/warning signs, highlighting that children are present. There is a zebra crossing but the view of this can be obstructed due to traffic during busy periods, would it be possible to consider a road safety plan/investigation of this area, to ensure that the safety of the children attending the school is guaranteed. I would be more than happy to meet and show you the area of concern during one of the busy periods to discuss the potential danger. There have been at least two incidences within the last 6 months of near misses, that if were not misses would have been fatalities
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Resettling vulnerable families in Swale

Date: Monday 27, January 2020
Name: Dr J
How is the Council building on its success in resettling 11 vulnerable Syrian families within Swale? Is there still a shortage of suitable private rented accommodation for refugee families?
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Sittingbourne Town Centre regeneration

Date: Thursday 23, January 2020
Name: Mr O
Having cancelled phase 2 of Sittingbourne Town Centre Regeneration can you please advise: 1. How much of the £38m loan taken out by the previous administration has or will be released? 2. Is there now an updated projected schedule of payback and final clearance of the residual loan? 3. What other loans are currently available to or being sought by the Council? 4. Given the large sums of money involved (upwards of £800,000?) are there now any plans for public consultation with residents, on the purpose of any loans, they are the ultimate guarantors of the loans?
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Pedestrian access to Neats Court, Isle of Sheppey

Date: Friday 20, December 2019
Name: Mr S
Why isn't there a direct pedestrianised route to the shopping area Neats Court on the Isle of Sheppey? I've google mapped how to get to Morrisons and the route explains to walk along a grassy verge on a duel carriageway (where cars are traveling at national speed limits) up to a roundabout and cross over. There are no footpaths or crossings along this route. I understand there's a dirt / gravel path which leads to the back of B and M and Iceland shops from Queensborough. This route isn't advertised anywhere online, it was a guessing game to discover this. I feel this route to be impractical especially if you are having to carry shopping home. The route has no source of light in the evenings and is located near a large body of water with no fence to prevent accidents occurring. Are there any plans to have a path built and if not, why not?
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Receiving post at the Catamaran Yacht Club, Sheerness

Date: Wednesday 6, November 2019
Name: Mr S
Could you tell me why the cyc coastal club cannot receive any post. I entered my postcode on your website and it was immediately recognised. We are also on the electoral list. Less than 1 mile away there are 2 other holiday ? parks, which not only receive the post,but it is delivered to individual addresses. I know these parks are considered to be holiday?parks and everybody must have an alternative address, but in reality most of the 300 dwellings are occupied for 10 months of the year as in modern times people simply cannot afford 2 properties. People who have an alternative address off the island find it difficult to register with GPs as they are considered to be outside of the GP catchment area therefore making it difficult to correspond Thanking you
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Forum car park, Sittingbourne

Date: Friday 1, November 2019
Name: Mr G
I have just seen a notice in the Forum car park, that due to the on going development, that it is to be shut for 6 weeks. I think this will be the final death nail to the remaining shops in the Forum. With the recent closures have included Peach Purple Café, Thomas Cook, and earlier Karen's Pet Shop. Today I see BonMarche has gone into administration. Now I know that the current Council are not responsible for the stupidity of the previous council’s so called re-generation. But I can see there will be no point shopping or parking in the town without shops. I just wondered if the Council could give some help to the remaining shops. All this regeneration has been a complete disaster for the town. The A2 main truck road has been turned in places to a 1 lane chicane, with HGV's struggling to get round the station roundabout. As a footnote I have noticed that very few people are using the multi-story car park, most likely because and far as I know, there is no direct access to the Forum or High Street and also from previous notices from the Council no 50p for half hour parking, which some people find useful. I suppose all this is stating the bleeding obvious, but it making me very sad to see the town dying and when all the houses are built all the through & local traffic will become completely gridlocked.
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Sittingbourne's new multi-storey car park.

Date: Monday 9, September 2019
Name: Mr P
I appreciate the multi-story car park is an inherited issue of the current council, however, can you set the record straight with regards to the numerous rumours concerning why its late, is it lift shafts, subsidence, safety rails, or the latest it is to be demolished. In addition what are the charges set for as a price of £2 per hour and £15 per day have been circulating. The real reason for its delay and when it is to open would be appreciated.
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Toilets in Milton High Street

Date: Thursday 22, August 2019
Name: Ms W
Why have the public toilets in Milton High Street been shut for so long, I have 2 children and 1 suffers a weak bladder problem and cannot wait until she gets to the Main High Street to go to toilet. There are also a lot of elderly people waiting for the bus and sometimes need to use the facilities before the bus arrives. There are parents, or parents to be that need the toilets. The toilets are such a useful thing to have in Milton High Street. If they remain shut then it is so out of order and us little people are not being heard.
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Cooks Lane parking

Date: Tuesday 6, August 2019
Name: Mr H
I refer to the pavement parking in Cooks Lane (or as the locals call it Biffa car park). Can we please have double yellow lines extended from Brewery Road down to Halls Close to stop the pavements being obstructed. There is a school at the top of the road which parents have to get to with prams and pushchairs. It is not uncommon for parents to push their children out onto the road in order to reach the school. Also, I regularly see disabled people on mobility scooters having to come down the middle of Cooks Lane road because they can't get by on the pavement. These mobility scooters are not visible to motorist turning from Brewery Road due to the scooter's low profile and the visibility restrictions caused by the pavement parking vehicles. I fear it is only a matter of time before someone is hurt or killed. As I write this question there is a large transit type van parked on the pavement so close to a lamppost that only one person can squeeze by. Cooks Lane is used as a rat run by the emergency services (which is NOT a problem) but I see them regularly having to slow down and carefully manoeuvre through the multitude of vehicles parked on pavements both sides of Cooks Lane. Residents have voiced their concerns to our local councillors but to date no action has taken place.
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Help for hedgehog populations

Date: Thursday 25, July 2019
Name: Mr G
Would the council consider undertaking and publishing a review of what planning measures can be implemented in order to require or encourage hedgehog holes in fences in new housing and other developments? As members may know, hedgehogs in Britain are in decline, partly due to modern fencing which blocks their access to gardens. Hedgehogs need to access many gardens each night to find enough food, and they can improve those gardens by eating garden pests. Hedgehog holes in fences can help hedgehog populations and are promoted by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. Thank you.
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Environmental impact of electricity usage.

Date: Thursday 27, June 2019
Name: Mr U
Hi, as a new resident in the town centre I would like to ask what the policy is on lighting and wasted electricity leading to environmental damage. The big businesses leave lights on and I really think this needs addressing
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Traffic in Plough Road, Minster.

Date: Wednesday 26, June 2019
Name: Resident
I live in Plough Road in Minster this is a very narrow road not even leaving space for two cars to pass yet in the last few weeks very large building lorries (one neighbour counted 30 in one day) have been using this road even mounting the pavement (where there is one) to get by each other why is this happening, most of the road (really just a lane ) has no pavement what are we supposed to do , jump in the hedge?
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Building developments between Kemsley and the Eurolink Industrial Estate

Date: Wednesday 19, June 2019
Name: Mr O
The previous council has authorised 4 significant building developments between Kemsley and Eurolink totalling several hundred new homes. As our voice with the Highways agency, what plans are there to improve road connections in the area affected by all these new homes
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Cabinet meetings

Date: Tuesday 18, June 2019
Name: Mr A
Please can you explain why you have chosen to exclude visiting members from talking in cabinet meetings. I feel that this is very undemocratic as it means that my wards elected Councillor cannot speak at cabinet meetings thus meaning that my wards opinions are ignored in council decisions
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Tonge Country Park

Date: Friday 14, June 2019
Name: Mr A
Hello I am a local resident of Tonge, Sittingbourne. Has Tonge Mill Country Park been sold for housing and if so is the whole park going to be developed on?
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Rubbish and littering along the A249 and M20

Date: Monday 4, March 2019
Name: Ms O
Dear Sir, Every day I commute down the A249 to the M20 and I am very upset and distressed at the amount of rubbish along the carriage way. It is getting worse. I am embarrassed by it. I want to know does the council have plans to clear it up. We should be ashamed and I think it lowers the tone of the entire area. Rubbish/littering is a problem we seem to have and when I go walking I usually take a plastic bag with me and collect bottles etc that people discard. I welcome your reply.
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Swale's Local Plan

Date: Wednesday 20, February 2019
Name: Mr P
What is the purpose of the Swale Local Plan? I recall that a statement you made was that it was to ensure developers cannot just build where they like. Also, do you believe that the Swale Bearing Fruits is fit for purpose in its current state?
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Safety around the Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration work

Date: Wednesday 20, February 2019
Name: Mr P
As the regeneration project is dear to your heart can I ask you to take some interest and advise, by name, who is responsible for ensuring the contractors abide by the Considerate Construction Scheme and also that the work carried out is of the highest quality. There is supposed to be a commitment to maintain a safe and clean pathway around the site. However, this is not the case from the traffic lights at the railway station to The Forum as you have to cross the road on a blind spot to cars leaving the forum car park. Also, there is always a large puddle at the entrance to the car park as the new kerbing has created a barrier to the drains. As a car driver I have had several near misses when exiting the car park due to people stepping into the road as they cannot see. As for quality can I suggest you visit the station forecourt. The paving has large gaps between them, especially where there are manhole covers, the paving is not level and is all over the place. This is not a good advert for what we can expect from the rest of the construction. I have raised this point with the Spirit of Sittingbourne with no response. I also raised concerns about the visibility a few months ago and again no response. As the council are spending an very high amount of tax payers money I would expect yourself and someone in your senior team, to ensure delivery is to the highest quality and that contractors meet their published obligations.
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Spirit of Sittingbourne regeneration

Date: Wednesday 30, January 2019
Name: Mr O
What is the legal status of the Spirit of Sittingbourne, how is it funded, what is the source of its funding, is it treated as a cost centre or profit centre by Swale Borough Council, the budget for the regeneration of Sittingbourne Town Centre was originally quoted at £28m, can you confirm the project is set to stay within this budget and not draw upon the additional £30m often quoted by the local paper but never corrected by Swale Borough Council, can you now confirm what the additional £30m has been set aside to cover, who are the key managers of SOS and what are their roles, what is the employment relationship of each of them to Swale Borough Council?
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Complaints against council staff

Date: Wednesday 30, January 2019
Name: Mr R
How do you deal with complaints against council staff?
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Sittingbourne High Street

Date: Tuesday 13, November 2018
Name: Mr S
Sittingbourne High Street is in a depressing state and has been experiencing a slow death for many years. Many shops lay vacant and have yet to find new tenants. Sittingbourne High Street will never be able to compete with online stores purely due to its offering of products - it can however become revitalised again by entering the realm of "shoppertainment" - providing an enjoyable experience. Faversham High Street has done well in this regard, with the pedestrianised high street providing a good backdrop for experiences to take place. Will you look into how the both existing funds and the new £675m Future High Street fund can revitalise our broken high street - for example by introducing pedestrianisation?
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George Street playground

Date: Wednesday 31, October 2018
Name: I
Hello. I'm fairly new to the area (5 years). I live on Murston Road. Only recently I've discovered that at the end of George Street is a large playground. But said playground is locked and wasting away . So my question is how long it's been this way and are there any plans to change it? As a community we need as many green areas as we can get for kids to play and be active outdoors.
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Why is the Council website so often faulty?

Date: Friday 19, October 2018
Name: Mr L
Why is the Council web site so often faulty? I have tried over the years to send enquiries and usually I'm told it is probably off for maintenance.
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Central Stadium air and noise pollution

Date: Thursday 27, September 2018
Name: Ms R
How can the council justify operating speedway at the Central stadium 6 evenings a week in view of the matters of Parking, Air and Noise pollution and young children who have school and would be in bed at the times stated. Also having visited Milton Country Park expecting it be on the lines of Mote park found it is nothing but weeds it's a good thing Sittingbourne doesn't rely on tourists they would be disappointed.
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World Fair Trade day

Date: Tuesday 18, September 2018
Name: Ms B
Please could you advise me if there are any events planned in the Swale area to celebrate World Fair Trade Day - Saturday 11th May 2019?
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Footpaths

Date: Tuesday 18, September 2018
Name: Miss B
Dear Sir or Madam, Can I please ask why most of the paths that I walk on every single day are so difficult for people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters? Actually, I can answer that myself. Firstly the paths are so uneven that there has been times that I thought my brother would come flying out of his wheelchair! Every time I take him out we always get stuck at some point on an uneven part of a path weather its the tree roots along remembrance avenue or an uneven tile, at some point he will get stuck and I will have to find a solution. It is also because the kerbs are so high that every ten seconds my poor little brother is jiggling form side to side in his wheelchair because of this. Today, I talked to a completely blind woman that was in a wheelchair and I told her that I was contacting the council about this issue and straight away she told me that "when I was walking around I just used to fall down these kerbs" and now she still struggles to stay in her chair and now has to have someone push her along as she cant get up and down them by herself. The lovely lady pushing her said that is was good that someone is doing something about this and the fact I am fairly young she was glad that someone wanted to do something about this as it affects peoples everyday life's. As an aspiring politician I believe its important to stand up to issues that you really believe matter and strongly want changed so I ask you why nothing is being done? Medway council even have a request link on their site about dropping kerbs so why haven't our council picked up on this? My question is first of all will you actually do anything about this? Has anyone ever brought this up before? IF so, why has nothing been done? And why does a young 13 year old have to address these issues? It is hard enough just being in a wheelchair especially if you are non verbal, like my brother, or even completely blind like that lovely old lady in the wheelchair that I talked to today. I fully understand that this in many ways is not your fault but I personally want something done, and I know it would benefit many, many people. Maybe the council are unaware about the issues that disabled people face in their day to day life's so I would like to make everyone aware and get these issues sorted. Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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What plans do the council have to expand the AQMAs?

Date: Monday 30, July 2018
Name: Mr P
What plans do the council have to expand the AQMAs, as there are major concerns expressed with the air quality at Key Street and Grovehurst, so should these not be with AQMAs to ensure accurate measurements are taken? This is both to prove the current situation and also to monitor the council's statement in its air quality strategy that air pollution will naturally decrease with technology. There are currently applications in with planning for 2,500 plus houses all within touching distance of the A249 and hence through/under Key Street roundabout. This excludes the Crown Quay and Easthall areas.
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Refugee article in the Faversham Times

Date: Monday 21, August 2017
Name: Dr J
Following the article in Faversham Times, “We're pulling out the stops to find homes for Syrian refugees” (August 10th) I'd like to ask why SBC needs to initiate this new effort to implement its own policy after nearly 2 years. The speech from Faversham and Villages Refugee Solidarity Group accompanying their 1500-signature petition asked for “all council means” to overcome the delay, and Cllr Henderson asked for “strongest possible leadership”. But on 9th August not one of five estate agents questioned in Faversham had been approached by the Council regarding available accommodation. Can you tell us please which estate agents are involved in the search for affordable accommodation in Swale ? And as rent top-up by SBC is expected to be part of the plan, why has the Council not budgeted for this? The amount per month might rise to several thousand by 2020, but SBC reserves exceed £10 million. Given that the Leader of SBC, Cllr Bowles, is on record as losing sleep over homelessness, and now as suffering “immense grief” about the Syrian crisis, can I ask him what new measures the Council is now taking to put the almost-unanimous motion of commitment into action ? With thanks, Valerie
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Domestic provisions for Hybrid Vehicles

Date: Wednesday 12, July 2017
Name: Mr N
What facilities can home owners or renters have for charging electrical/hybrid cars in their home? More critical is the rules/facilities if you don't have a garage or driveway?
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Parking and Roads

Date: Tuesday 7, March 2017
Name: Mr D
Hi. I live on Coronation Road. I would like to suggest that it's finally time that you should make this road a one way direction. I live of the edge of the street and there's dangerous occasions every day usually in the afternoon. Even today there was a car that accidentally hit an already parked car. Every day there is a dangerous situation for pedestrians. Please think about it.
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Parks and Open Spaces

Date: Monday 27, February 2017
Name: Mr K
As a keen Metal Detectorist I was wondering if I can detect on any local parks with my kids to keep them busy and teach them a bit about local history. I'm an enthusiast so will be teaching them to fill the hole tidily and maybe pick some litter up as we go along .. I am thinking of areas like the Glenn in Minster or anywhere that's grass or mud that you could five us permission to go on and make a day or it. Thanks your for reading and we eagerly await your reply.
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New Developments

Date: Thursday 26, January 2017
Name: Mr H
My wife and I recently signed up to the Swale self build register as we are both very keen to build a home for our family within the Borough - ideally the Sittingbourne area. There is a large amount of new homes planned for Swale over the next 10 years, with required numbers running into the thousands, just to meet the increase in demand within the South East. This growth, from the latest plan is mostly concentrated within Sittingbourne and the immediate area. However, according to the Local Plan, new build completions have only reached a level of over 800 new dwellings 5 times in the last 30 years. To meet this demand, new build completions must be increased over and above current levels. There are now a number of schemes, supported by Councils across the Country, including Graven Hill in Oxford, which will provide some 1900 services self build plots for sale. These schemes help with both: *Increase the number of new dwellings constructed, away from the main national builders and, *Provide serviced building plots to those who wish to construct their own home. I would therefore like to ask whether Swale would look to include self build within their plans to meet housing demand. There are a number of ideas that could be implemented, depending on the demand levels. These could be anything from stipulating a requirement on all new housing developments (perhaps over a certain unit size) to include a percentage of services plots for private sale for self build. Alternatively, if demand warranted it, perhaps Swale could work with existing land owners, to help provide self build plots for sale to individuals. I look forward to hearing your views.
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Refugees

Date: Thursday 27, October 2016
Name: Dr J
You must be pleased and relieved, as we are, that the Home Office under Amber Rudd has evidently found a way to move forward rapidly with the legal requirement to resettle lone child refugees from the Calais camp. This week has been encouraging, and we look forward to many more arrivals. We hope that Swale is playing an appropriate part in the task of finding homes required under Dublin III and Dubs2 for the children from Calais: it is estimated that just five homes per local authority would accommodate them all, though areas of the country will vary in capacity. In recent weeks FVRSG has been mostly concerned with the Calais situation, but before Christmas the focus should have returned to our original concern: Refugee families around Syria and provision for the 20,000 Refugees promised a home by David Cameron early this year. Following up my letter of 13th September, may I ask you now whether the two refugees families for whom accommodation had been found in Swale did in fact arrive in Britain in September, or early October, or are you still waiting to complete their transfer?
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How is council tax calculated

Date: Thursday 13, October 2016
Name: Mr S
Can you tell me how the council tax is calculated, is it a fixed amount for the house or does it depend on the number of people in the house. For example is it the same if I have 5 people living in the house or if I have 2 people in the house?
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Household recycling centres

Date: Wednesday 12, October 2016
Name: Mrs H
Why can't I take large items to the tip in a private van? In London borough of Bromley you can access the tip with a commercial van, no wonder areas of Kent have such a problem with fly tipping.
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Contact number

Date: Tuesday 23, August 2016
Name: Mr P
Is there a contact number for the Swale housing boundary fences that are in need of repair it's not exactly clear who to call on your website?
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Affordable housing and solar panels.

Date: Monday 4, July 2016
Name: Ms S
I attended the Council meeting last night, as part of the Refugee Support Group. Homelessness in Swale was mentioned early at the meeting. So is Swale demanding that a certain proportion of all new housing should be what I think is called 'affordable'? And the installation of solar panels.
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Refuse centre

Date: Thursday 16, June 2016
Name: Mr V
I was told at your recycling centre in Sittingbourne, not to come back today with any garden rubbish, stones and soil as I had 5 bags and that was the "limit" at this site per day, per household, why!. Also there used to be bins to put old plastic bags in, they have been removed, why? I live on Tonge corner and we are now getting more and more fly tipping may the council and or contractor should have a look at what can/cannot/ how much can be recycled at this site.
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Refugee petition

Date: Sunday 12, June 2016
Name: Dr J
Thank you again for your welcome to three of us from FVRSG on 24 May, when we presented our petition to Swale Borough Council. Following from our informative discussion, can you tell us please whether the relevant Officers have now been able to meet representatives from Ashford, in order to benefit from Ashford's experience of housing Syrian refugees? We were disappointed that Swale had not so far received any of these refugees, particularly since the next opportunity is in September. Have you now identified any suitable accommodation for two refugee families, to meet your existing pledge of two families per year? Has your search for appropriate landlords, which had failed up to 24 May, now been intensified or adapted? We are hoping to hear good news of progress prior to the Council Meeting which we shall attend on 29 June, so that our call for Swale to increase its offer of resettlement places can be an appeal for Swale to build on a progressing situation. It would be discouraging for the people who signed the petition if even the target they deemed wholly inadequate was not being met.
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Qualifying refugee families

Date: Tuesday 12, April 2016
Name: Ms C and Mr J
Question: I am writing to ask why Swale BC has only offered to receive 10 qualifying refugee families over 5 years, as its contribution to alleviating the appalling crisis unfolding in Calais and Dunkirk, virtually on our doorstep. I consider the Council's current stance is wholly inadequate, and at variance with the generous response to the crisis that is being shown by the residents of our Borough, which I have seen with my own eyes both as a member of Faversham and Villages Refugee Solidarity Group and from my personal visit to the Calais camp. Question 2: I have just attended a meeting of the Faversham and Villages a Refugee Solidarity Group. I would like to know why, when there is such obvious humanitarian crisis and need, are we, as Swale, only offering to receive 10 qualifying refugee families over the next 5 years? I feel disappointed and ashamed to be part of a borough that cannot provide sanctuary and support to more families and people who are fleeing their homes to save their lives.
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