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December, 2021

Councillors asked to maintain council tax support scheme at cabinet

Councillors are being asked to maintain Swale Borough Council’s council tax support scheme for the upcoming financial year 2022/23

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

Our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) provides help to rough sleepers during extreme weather.

Councillors asked to review proposed budget for upcoming financial year 2022/23

Councillors will be asked to review Swale Borough Council’s proposed budget for 2022/23 at next week’s cabinet meeting.

November, 2021

Have your say on how we protect Rodmersham church

People can now have their say on a new conservation area at Rodmersham Church

What are we doing to increase affordable housing in Swale?

Councillors at this month’s council meeting listened as Swale Borough Council outlined what it’s doing to increase affordable housing across the borough

More than 11,000 trees to be planted this winter

More than 11,000 trees will be planted across Swale this winter.

Small and medium businesses can reduce their carbon footprint with a Clean Growth Grant

Small and medium sized businesses can get help to cut costs and support growth with a new grant scheme launched by the council.

Free parking for Remembrance Day

People wanting to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday can park for free in any council car park.

Santa’s post train comes to town

Santa’s post train is coming to town this year to collect children’s letters and deliver them to the North Pole.

The Mayor of Swale's message for Remembrance Day

The Mayor Of Swale's Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day message.

£1.59m funding boost for local projects

Schemes supporting local unemployed people back to work and providing specialist training for local small businesses are among the five projects in Swale that will be sharing more than £1.5 million of funding.

Anti-idling awareness campaign to help improve air quality

Drivers who leave their engines idling will be targeted as part of a campaign to improve air quality across the borough

Have your say on our draft Local Plan

We want your views on our draft Local Plan.

Council rejects press report regarding cost of Local Plan consultation

Swale Borough Council has strongly rejected claims that the cost of the Local Plan consultation was more than £620,000.

October, 2021

Council keen to hear community views in advance of funding bid

Council keen to hear community views in advance of funding bid

Swale Borough Council seeks clarity on Government's planning policy

Swale Borough Council has written to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Get help to get online

Low income families to get help as part of a project to improve digital inclusion.

Leader urges Government to introduce public health measures

The leader of Swale Borough Council is urging government to introduce measures to help reduce the pressure on the NHS.

We want your views on Rodmersham Green and Tunstall conservation areas

Give us your views on the Council's review of conservation areas in Rodmersham Green and Tunstall.

Council's leader requests meeting with Southern Water

The leader of Swale Borough Council has requested a meeting with Southern Water.

Swale Borough Council recognised by the RSPCA award

Swale Borough Council has been recognised with the Gold Pawprint Award.

Civic Service of Remembrance delivered by Swale Borough Council

A scaled back Civic Service of Remembrance is to be delivered by Swale Borough Council.

Call for former sites to be earmarked for affordable housing

Swale Borough Council is calling for former care home sites in Faversham to be earmarked for affordable housing.

High Court rejects appeal to overturn a decision by the Secretary of State for BEIS

The High Court has rejected an appeal for permission to build the new Kemsley North energy from waste plant in Sittingbourne.

Oare Gunpowder Works recognised for Green Flag Award

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park has once again been awarded the Green Flag Award.

Committee System Agreed

Councillors unanimously agree to change the way Swale Borough Council makes decisions.

Faversham’s walled garden lease extended for 25 years

The historic walled garden at The Mount in Faversham can now be restored to its former glory thanks to a 25-year lease from Swale Borough Council.

Councillors agree new planning enforcement strategy

Councillors have approved a new planning enforcement strategy and service charter outlining how breaches of planning permission are handled.

September, 2021

Clock Tower work starts next week

Work to restore the Coronation Clock Tower in Sheerness to its former glory will begin next week.

Councillors to discuss local heritage assets

Councillors are being asked to agree the criteria for Swale’s important buildings and green spaces to be placed on the local heritage list.

Funding for public access defibrillators

Local community groups can now apply for funding to help towards buying and installing a public access defibrillator.

Grounds maintenance contract

Councillors are being asked to approve a £1.48 million contract to maintain and improve Swale’s green spaces

Further consultation on draft local plan to be discussed at cabinet

Swale Borough Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve plans for further consultation on the council’s draft local plan after a meeting last night

Swale council seeks to quash five planning decisions that were issued in error

On August 19, officers for Mid Kent Planning Support team were testing a solution for issues with the software behind the public access site. During this testing an error occurred, which published dummy decision notices on five randomly selected Swale applications on the live system

Swale council discusses lack of secondary school places in Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Councillors are discussing the lack of options for secondary school places in Sittingbourne and Sheppey at the next round of area committee meetings

Join us for Great Big Green Week and support our climate and ecological emergency

Swale Borough Council is supporting local organisations and community groups to host 28 events around Swale for Great Big Green Week

August, 2021

Support on offer for anybody self-isolating

People who are self-isolating due to a positive covid test or being pinged by the NHS test and trace app can apply for practical support while they are unable to leave the house

Garden Waste Disruptions

Garden waste collections have been cancelled for the rest of the week ending 27 August.

Join the free family event to celebrate the launch of Mill Skatepark

People can join in with a free family event with workshops, tutorials and giveaways to celebrate the launch of The Mill Skatepark

The Glen pond in Minster to receive £11,000 upgrade

Visitors to The Glen in Minster will soon be able to enjoy new and improved pond thanks to more than £11,000 from Swale Borough Council

New bridge installed at Barton’s Point Coastal Park in Sheerness

Work on the new, purpose-built bridge at Barton’s Point Coastal Park in Sheerness has finished

Protect your pet by checking their chip

Pet owners can now have their animals’ chip checked and have their dog over the age of eight weeks old microchipped for free at two community events in Faversham.

Town centres given a lick of paint this summer

Visitors of Sittingbourne, Sheerness and Faversham town centres will see freshly painted benches, new street signs and alleyway artwork this summer thanks to ongoing work by Swale Borough Council

Have your say on two conservation areas in Swale

People can now have their say on conservation areas in Milstead and Sittingbourne

Garden waste suspended

Garden waste collections have been suspended from 2 - 6 August.

Betting Shop Operations Limited transfer licence

Betting Shop Operations Limited application to transfer a licence.

July, 2021

New CCTV cameras installed at Leysdown

Swale Borough Council has installed new CCTV cameras in in Leysdown to cut down on crime and anti-social behaviour

Waste carriers targeted as part of action day to crackdown on fly tipping

Waste carriers were targeted last week (23 Jul) as part of another day action to crackdown on fly tipping

Join us to celebrate Love Parks week

People can visit their local parks and green spaces and join in events this week as Love Parks week gets underway.

Council meeting cancelled due to rising covid cases

Next week’s Swale council meeting cancelled due to rising covid cases

Reconnect with activities this summer

Children and young people on free school meals can take part in activities this summer.

Leader's statement on end of restrictions

The leader of the council urges people to use their common sense as covid restrictions end.

Free Island Hoppa bus summer service starts next week

Swale visitors and locals will be able to travel around Sheppey this summer thanks to a new pilot bus service from Swale Borough Council

2021 Electoral Register Update

Read about the annual update the electoral register.

Councillors vote to support new climate and ecological emergency bill

Councillors have voted unanimously to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, which has been presented to the House of Commons.

Temporary road closures removed next week

Temporary road closures in Faversham, Sheerness and Sittingbourne will be removed from 19 July following the Government’s latest announcement on the easing of restrictions.

A celebration for the 20s in Sittingbourne this weekend

There is still time to purchase your tickets for Swale borough Council’s 1920s weekend in Sittingbourne.

Support your local community with a member grant

Voluntary and community groups can bid for money from their local councillor as Swale Borough Council’s member grant scheme opens again.

12 play areas around the borough to be refurbished

Children and parents will soon be able to enjoy revamped and freshly painted play areas around the borough this summer thanks to a £28,000 investment from Swale Borough Council.

Refunds available if you quit smoking

You could receive a partial refund if you successfully complete a stop smoking course after receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice for dropping a cigarette butt.

Work to restore the Sheerness Clock Tower starts this summer

Work to restore the Coronation Clock Tower in Sheerness High Street to its former glory is expected to begin in late summer

Summer lifeguards in place at Minster, Sheerness and Leysdown beaches

People visiting beaches this summer will now see lifeguards every day until the end of the summer.

June, 2021

Funding agreed for new toilet and shower block at Queenborough All Tide Landing

Visitors, mariners, and boat enthusiasts will have access to a new, eco-friendly toilet and shower block at the All Tide Landing at Queenborough harbour this summer, thanks to almost £7,000 from Swale Borough Council

Councillors hear how Swale will bounce back stronger than ever from the pandemic

Councillors heard, at last night’s council meeting, how the borough is planning to bounce back stronger than ever from the pandemic

Swale council creates dedicated cabinet position to focus on climate change

The leader of Swale Borough Council has reaffirmed the council’s commitment to tackling climate change and improving biodiversity by creating a dedicated cabinet position to focus on the issues

Weekly deep cleans of residential streets resumes this week

People will soon see cleaner residential streets as Swale Borough Council restart their weekly deep cleaning programme

Ten new disabled bays for Faversham town centre

People with mobility challenges now have easier access to Faversham town centre after 10 new disabled parking bays were installed in the town’s car parks

Work starts this week to install new bridge at Barton's Point

Work begins next week to prepare ground for installation of the new bridge at Barton’s Point next month

St Ann's railway bridge made safer with new lights

A notorious railway bridge will be safer for pedestrians and cyclists to cross thanks to a £40,000 investment by Swale Borough Council.

Minster Leas toilets now open for visitors

Visitors to Minster Leas beach can now use the brand-new toilet block near the promenade.

Councillors agree new waste collection for 2023

Councillors have agreed the principles for the new waste collection and street cleansing contract that begins in late 2023.

Langs cocktail bar fined for breaching covid rules

A local business has been fined £1,000 for breaching covid legislation.

Have your say on local heritage assets

People are being asked how to decide which local buildings and green spaces make a positive contribution to the character of the borough.

New planning enforcement strategy and charter open for public consultation

People are being asked to have their say on how Swale Borough Council deals with breaches of planning permission.

Swale Youth Forum to meet in person this September after 18 months

After more than 18 months, the Swale Youth Forum will be meeting again in September.

May, 2021

Consultation on our Local Heritage List Criteria

We're asking for your views on the criteria we'll use to list assets on the local heritage list.

We want your view on the Avenue of Remembrance memorial

We're asking for your views on the Avenue of Remembrance memorial in Sittingbourne.

Town Centre Road Closure Consultation

We're asking for your views on whether to permanently close Swale's town centre roads.

Fly-tippers in Sheerness fined more than £9,000

Locals, out-of-towners and repeat offenders that have been fly-tipping in Marine Parade in Sheerness have been fined more than £9,000.

Swale’s award-winning beaches do it again with three blue flags

Leysdown, Minster Leas and Sheerness beaches have all received the coveted blue flags this year.

Swale businesses highest in Kent for cleaner air scheme

Businesses in Swale have taken the top spot in Kent by borrowing 10 electric vans from Kent County Council’s (KCC) Kent Realising Electric Vans Scheme (REVS).

Use of electric scooters illegal on public roads, cycle lanes and pavements

Swale Borough Council urges electric scooter users to comply with the law by only using them on private land where they have permission to ride.

Children and Families granted almost £40,000 to support early childhood development on Sheppey

Disadvantaged children aged 0-7 years old on the Isle of Sheppey could soon receive additional support from local charity Children and Families following a grant of almost £40,000 from Swale Borough Council.

May 2021 Election Results

See the latest results for the May 2021 elections.

I voted yesterday. What’s next?

If you voted yesterday and want to know what happens next, you’re in the right place.

April, 2021

New toilets open at Milton Creek Country Park

New toilets at Milton Creek Country Park are now open for visitors.

Tents, sleeping bags, plastic bags, takeaway containers and other rubbish removed from The Moat in Sheerness

People crossing the bridge from Sheerness High Street over to Tesco’s can enjoy seeing the flowing Moat without rubbish floating along the top.

Council invests £45,000 to restore old churchyards and war memorials

Swale Borough Council has committed an initial £45,000 to carry out maintenance in some of the 13 closed churchyards they are responsible for around the borough.

Compost giveaway for local residents

Swale Borough Council will be hosting a free compost giveaway on Saturday, 24 April from 10am to 2pm.

Swale’s green spaces starting to bloom this spring

Flowers are beginning to bloom around Swale as the spring weather encourages daffodils, tulips and hyacinth buds to open.

Voting next month? Here are the deadlines you need to know

Six elections are taking place next month on 6 May and deadlines for registering for the different ways to vote are fast approaching.

Vandals destroy two dog waste bins in Sittingbourne

Thoughtless vandals have destroyed two dog waste bins at the Rectory Playing Fields in Sittingbourne.

Temporary bridge to be removed to help nesting swans

We're removing the temporary bridge at Barton's Point Coastal Park to help nesting swans.

March, 2021

People urged to act responsibly this Easter weekend

People urged to act responsibly this Easter weekend

Voters urged to register in time to have their say in May

On Thursday 6 May residents in Swale will have their say on who represents them at Kent County Council, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Swale Borough Council Sheerness Ward by-election, Warden Parish Council by-election and Faversham Town Council by-elections for Abbey Ward, Priory Ward & Watling Ward.

Elections taking place in May

Swale Borough Council is preparing to oversee the elections taking place on May 6, 2021.

Council Leader Roger Truelove warns that we cannot be complacent as Swale’s rate of infection falls

The leader of Swale Borough Council is warning local people not to be complacent about the number of new coronavirus cases.

Swale House to save 70 tonnes of carbon a year with refurbishment

Councillors have approved plans that will save around 70 tonnes of carbon a year through the first stage of the refurbishment of Swale House.

Winter support scheme extended to help families this Easter

Community organisations that support Swale’s most vulnerable residents, will receive a share of £55,000 from Swale Borough Council’s winter support scheme.

Work to begin at Periwinkle Mill in Milton Regis

The site of a watermill dating back to Roman times is being improved for the local community.

Biffa puts stickers on bins in Swale to help reduce contamination

Swale Borough Council will be placing stickers on household waste and recycling bins over the coming weeks to help residents cut down on recycling contamination.

1920s weekend to go ahead in July

Swale Borough Council’s 1920s weekend is set to go ahead in July after being postponed last year due to lockdown.

Eastchurch resident found guilty of waste related crimes

An Eastchurch resident carrying scrap metal in Minster has been prosecuted by Swale Borough Council for carrying controlled waste without a waste carrier licence, scrap dealer licence or waste transfer notes.

Storm-damaged roof at Swallows Leisure Centre fixed ready for re-opening after lockdown

Work to replace the severely storm-damaged roof of Swallows Leisure Centre has been completed.

Not Every Disability is Visible toilet signs on accessible toilets in support of Crohn’s & Colitis UK

New signs reminding people that not every disability is visible have been installed on all disabled toilets around the borough.

Councillors asked to approved funding for Coronation Clock Tower in Sheerness

Councillors are being asked to approve funding to repair the Coronation Clock Tower in Sheerness High Street.

Government dedicates more than £100,000 to improve air quality in Kent

A council scheme to help children think about the air they breathe has been awarded a government grant of more than £100,000.

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park receives more than £8,000 for new information boards

Visitors to Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park will be able to find out more about the site’s history and biodiversity thanks to a grant of more than £8,000 from Swale Borough Council.

New disabled parking bays installed at Little Oyster car park in Minster

Work has begun to install two new disabled parking bays at the Little Oyster car park at Minster Leas.

Sheppey Sea Cadets awarded £15,000 toward new headquarters

Sheppey Sea Cadets have been granted £15,000 from Swale Borough Council’s special project fund to go towards the costs of their headquarters at Barton’s Point.

Councillors asked to agree changes to Borden and Tonge conservation areas

Councillors are being asked to approve changes to four conservation areas in Borden Parish, and one in Tonge.

Health and wellbeing plan could be agreed at next week’s cabinet meeting

Councillors are being asked to approve Swale Borough Council’s health and wellbeing plan to address the health inequalities across the borough.

Masters House could receive £1.3 million refurbishment

Masters House in Sheerness could receive a £1.3 million upgrade if Swale Borough Council’s low carbon refurbishment proposals are agreed at next week’s cabinet meeting.

Take part in the waste and street cleansing survey

People can now take part in Swale Borough Council’s waste and street cleansing survey.

Swale resident fined £400 for fly-tipping in Shellness Road car park in Leysdown

A man has been fined £400 for fly-tipping household clearance waste in Shellness Road car park in Leysdown.

February, 2021

Budget and council tax approved for 2021/22

Band D households in Swale will be asked to pay just £3.54 per week for Swale Borough Council services in the coming financial year.

Next round of area committee meetings to run in March

Local communities can have their say on council decision making for their community at the next round of area committee meetings in March.

Queenborough trader convicted of waste offences for second time in three years

A Queenborough trader has been sentenced by Maidstone Crown Court for environmental waste offences.

Local plan consultation extended until the 30 April

Councillors have agreed to extend Swale Borough Council’s local plan review consultation to Friday, 30 April.

600 trees planted with plastic-free tree guards at Milton Creek Country Park

Swale Borough Council has planted 600 trees in Milton Creek Country Park.

Jubilee clock tower safety concerns

The iconic clock tower in Sheerness High Street has been fenced off due to safety concerns about the structure.

Councillors observe minute's silence for Cllr Ellen

Councillors will observe a minute’s silence following the death of Sheerness councillor Mark Ellen at tomorrow night’s full council meeting. Cllr Ellen lived in Sheerness for nearly 40 years, and was first elected to the council in 2005.

EE install temporary phone mast in Faversham

Work has begun to install a temporary phone mast in Central Car Park in Faversham. EE have been granted an 18 month licence for a temporary mast at the site whilst they identify a permanent site.

Councillors asked to extend local plan consultation

Councillors are being asked to extend Swale Borough Council’s local plan review consultation to Friday, 30 April.

Bin Collection Update

Read the latest about bin collections following the recent bad weather.

Bring in your recycling bin while we catch up from the snow

Crews have been working hard to catch up on delayed general waste collections following last week’s snow.

Taskforce day to crackdown on waste carrier crimes

Waste Carriers were targeted on Friday (12 Feb) as part of a day of action to crackdown on fly-tipping.

Funding boost for cycling and walking in Faversham

Swale Borough Council has agreed to make funding available to help boost cycling and walking in Faversham.

Consultation on the next Local Plan due to start

Councillors agree to go out to consultation on the draft Local Plan Review.

Peter Morgan made Freeman of the Borough

Peter Morgan given the honour of Freeman of the Borough of Swale at a special meeting of the council.

Transport to vaccinations for the clinically extremely vulnerable

Swale council is working with local volunteers to provide free essential transport to covid-19 vaccination sites in the borough.

Contract to keep our streets clean of litter and dog mess could be awarded

Councillors are being asked to approve the award of a three-year enforcement service contract to LA Support Ltd.

Council tax for 2021/22 to be discussed at next week’s cabinet meeting

Band D households in Swale will be asked to pay just £3.54 per week for Swale Borough Council services, if budget plans are approved later this month.

Update to Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders in Swale High Streets

After discussions the decision has been made to extend the temporary road closures that are currently in place.

January, 2021

Supporting families affected by pandemic

One hundred and ninety-seven families impacted by covid have received pre-packaged essential food boxes through Swale Borough Council’s covid winter support scheme.

Neglected springer spaniel found in Iwade

Swale Borough Council are urging anyone who might have information about a white and brown springer spaniel that was found in Iwade to come forward.

Two weeks left to have your say on health and wellbeing plan

People still have two weeks to have their say on Swale Borough Council’s health and wellbeing plan

One step closer to new local plan for 2022-2038

Councillors are being asked to approve Swale Borough Council’s draft local plan for 2022-2038.

Brenley Corner upgrade urgently needed for future growth of the borough

Council Leader Roger Truelove responded to questions from Cllr Julian Saunders at last week’s council meeting (6 Jan) about the much-needed upgrade of Brenley Corner in Faversham.

Council fleet replaced with electric vehicles

Swale Borough Council will now save more than 30 tonnes of carbon every year with a fleet of nine new electric vehicles.

December, 2020

Residents and a business owner fined more than £2,000 for fly-tipping and littering in Sheerness

Seven residents and a business owner have been given fines totalling £2,200 for fly-tipping and littering in Sheerness.

Council Leader reacts to Tier 4 this Christmas

Council Leader says Planning at all levels of government becomes a difficult task when the messages and instructions keep changing so radically.

Finance report shows almost £4 million funding gap due to covid

Swale Borough Council’s most recent finance report shows how the council is coping with a nearly £4 million gap in this year’s funding.

DEFRA approves new AQMA at Keycol Hill in Sittingbourne

Swale Borough Council is working to improve air quality for residents living in Keycol Hill in Sittingbourne after a new Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Winter grant scheme released to support families financially impacted by covid

People who have been financially impacted by the covid pandemic can now apply for a pre-packaged essential food box from Swale Borough Council to help feed their families.

Standards Subcommittee Considers Monitoring Officer's Report

The Standards Subcommittee considered a report from the Monitoring Officer regarding the conduct of a Swale Councillor.

Local people asked for their opinion on Swale Council’s new health and wellbeing plan

People can now have their say on Swale Borough Council’s health and wellbeing improvement plan, designed to help address health inequalities across the borough.

Council leader disappointed at reports of Swale having highest infection rate in Kent

Cllr Roger Truelove is disappointed to see that Swale is again being reported as having the highest infection rate in the country.

Sittingbourne resident fined for loud music

A Sittingbourne resident who had their music equipment seized by Swale Borough Council has been found guilty of flouting anti-social behaviour laws by playing loud music throughout the day and night.

Local control plan Q&A

The Kent and Medway Health and Wellbeing Board answers questions from the public on the Covid-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan.

Government funding received to purchase permanent housing for people previously sleeping rough

People living in temporary accommodation who have previously slept rough will soon be able to move into more permanent housing thanks to more than £380,000 from the government’s Next Steps Accommodation Fund.

Delays to waste and recycling collections

There may be delays to waste and recycling collections this week as more members of staff have had to self-isolate to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Council Leader says good news about vaccines is no time to relax

The Leader of Swale Council says that whilst the news of vaccines against coronavirus is welcome, now is not the time to relax.

Local foodbanks receive £20,000 additional funding

Swale Borough Council has contributed £20,000 to foodbanks in Swale to help support the people most in need this winter.

November, 2020

Swale council to become dementia-friendly

People living with dementia will soon be able to access council services more easily as Swale Borough Council becomes dementia-friendly.

Kent moves into Tier 3 - Very High - from 2 December

The Government has announced that Swale, along with the rest of Kent and Medway, will be placed into Tier 3 – Very High, from 2 December

Partners respond to rising cases

An emergency meeting has taken place to help tackle the number of cases of coronavirus in Swale.

Leader gives stern warning about further restrictions as covid cases rise

Swale could face a longer period of high-level restrictions for people’s social life and the economy if the rate of covid infection cannot be contained.

Government grants available for businesses forced to close or affected by new restrictions

Businesses that have been forced to close or have been severely affected by the new restrictions can apply for one of the following business grants from Swale Borough Council: Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) or Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

Councillors approve Swale Council’s approach to stimulating the borough’s economy

Councillors have approved a three-year plan that will stimulate the borough’s economy by securing investment and infrastructure, supporting local business and improving skills.

Swale council takes action to support local people

With new national restrictions in place, Swale Borough Council is taking action to help support local people and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The poppy appeal and Remembrance Sunday 2020

On Remembrance Sunday, 8 November and Armistice Day, 11 November the borough will stand with the nation to remember all of the people who have lost their lives in armed conflicts.

Swale council leader on new covid restrictions from Thursday

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, we are working to prepare for the new restrictions coming into place on Thursday.

October, 2020

Swale’s new Visitor Economy Framework Action Plan gets seal of approval

Swale’s new Visitor Economy Framework Action Plan, which outlines how Swale Borough Council will work with local businesses to attract more visitors to the borough, has been approved.

Swale Media Arts Centre awarded lease at No 34 High Street

People will soon have a space to explore their creative and artist talents as Swale Media Arts Centre take over the lease at No 34 High Street in Sittingbourne.

Swale council meets with KCC's Director of Health to discuss rise of covid infections in Swale

Leading members of Swale Borough Council met with Andrew Scott-Clark, Director of Public Health at Kent County Council (KCC), yesterday (26 Oct) to discuss the recorded rise of Covid infections in Swale.

Swale council proposes new housing company

Swale Borough Council is proposing to set up a housing company to help deliver affordable homes for local people.

HatHats Coffee to run new catering kiosk at Faversham Rec

People will soon be able to get food and drink from the new kiosk at Faversham Rec after councillors approve the lease for local company HatHats Coffee.

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park lights up green to celebrate its fifteenth Green Flag Award

Parks and green spaces across the country have raised their Green Flag Award with pride in a year when millions of people have seen the value of having great quality green spaces on their doorstep

Businesses checked to make sure they're Covid compliant

More businesses across the borough will be checked to make sure they’re operating safely during the pandemic.

Illegal waste carriers targeted by Swale Council and Police Task Force

Waste carriers were targeted this week as part of a day of action to crackdown on fly tipping. Swale Borough Council teamed up with Kent Police’s Rural Task Force to carry out enquiries, arrest people suspected of fly tipping, seize vehicles and collate evidence with a view to prosecuting offenders for waste related crimes.

Music equipment seized by Swale Borough Council

A Sittingbourne resident has had their music equipment seized by Swale Borough Council after continuously flouting anti-social behaviour laws.

Swale recognised for its horticulture, environment and community work

Swale towns, villages and community gardens have been recognised for their outstanding horticulture, environment and community work in this year’s south and south east in bloom competition.

Fuel and Water Home Adviser Service starts in Swale

People needing extra support this winter can now reach out to Swale Borough Council’s Fuel and Water Home Adviser Service for help and advice.

Free 30 minute parking concession extended until January

Shoppers and visitors to town centres will continue to have 30 minutes free parking added to their parking tickets until 10 January.

Join us on clean air day

People are being encouraged to walk and cycle more and drive less for this year’s Clean Air Day.

New chief executive Larissa Reed

Councillors have approved the appointment of Larissa Reed as the new chief executive of Swale Borough Council.

New toilets at Milton Creek

People will soon be able to use the new toilet facilities in Milton Park country park thanks to a £75,000 investment from Swale Borough Council.

Two hundred bags of litter picked for the Great British September Clean

Volunteers collected 200 bags of litter from around the borough last month as they took part in the Great British September Clean.

Have your say on conservation areas in Borden Parish and Tonge

People are being asked if there need to be any changes to conservation areas in Borden Parish and at Tonge.

September, 2020

Changes to service email addresses

Read about the changes we're going to make to certain email addresses from our Council Tax, business rates and benefits services.

Vehicle seized from suspected fly tipping offender is crushed

A vehicle believed to be used for repeat fly tipping incidents around Swale has been crushed after being seized by Swale Borough Council Environmental Officers and Kent Police’s Rural Task Force during a crackdown on fly tipping.

RSPCA awards Swale Council with two Gold Pawprint Awards

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

Housing allocation review consultation ends

People still have a few days to submit their opinion on the proposed changes to Swale Borough Council’s housing allocation policy.

2020 Electoral Register Update

Information about the 2020 electoral register updated.

Projected COVID cost reduced

Councillors will review the projected financial impact of COVID at this week’s cabinet meeting

9-lane bowling alley approved in Sittingbourne.

Councillors have approved plans for a new 9-lane bowling alley in Sittingbourne.

£180,000 to support borough’s homeless

Swale Borough Council has received more than £180,000 from the government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme to help provide interim accommodation and support to rough sleepers.

Tackling poor air quality St Paul’s Street and Keycol Hill

Tackling poor air quality St Paul’s Street and Keycol Hill

£1.9 million transformation of Faversham Rec

£1.9 million transformation of Faversham Rec

Stronger action on fly tippers

Thirteen Kent councils have teamed up with the Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) to write to the Magistrates Association to urge greater collaboration efforts to tackle fly tipping and waste crime across the county.

Have your say on plans to boost borough’s economy

People can now have their say on how Swale Borough Council plans to stimulate the borough’s economy.

£10,000 grant to The Old Forge War Time House

The Old Forge War Time House in Sittingbourne will be getting grants of more than £10,000 to help repair the roof.

Water flows again from the Harty Ferry Well at Oare Marshes

People exploring Oare Marshes nature reserve can once again refill their water bottles from the Harty Ferry Well.

Anti-idling legislation

Councillors have approved powers that allow Swale Borough Council to issue fixed penalty notices to people who leave their vehicle idling while not in use.

Have your say on how social housing is allocated

People can now have their say on how Swale Borough Council allocates social housing.

Changes to Council Tax Reminders

From July 2020 if you miss a Council Tax instalment we may now contact you by phone, text message or email to reminder you that your Council Tax payment is due before we send a reminder by post.

Faversham Recreation Ground toilets closed

Toilets closed for substantial repairs

Faversham Recreation Ground Expressions of Interest

We're looking for local not-for-profits and commercial organisations to run the new catering kiosk at Faversham Rec

New disabled parking for leisure centre

Easier access to healthy living centre in Sheerness with new disabled car parking

Swale amongst best at tackling rough sleeping

Government figures show we had the second highest reduction in rough sleepers in the country

Weekly deep cleans for Swale

The streets will be even cleaner streets thanks to doubling of deep cleans

Wassail Celebration

Sing, dance and drink at Sittingbourne’s Wassail celebration this Saturday (1 Feb) at Lakeview Village Hall

Use common sense when spending time outdoors

With the slight easing of lockdown, many of us can now spend more time outdoors, but please remember to use your common sense.

Essential System Updates

Due to essential updates, our online e-claim system won't be available on Saturday, 25 April, between 9am and 1pm

Understanding the financial impact of Coronavirus

Swale Borough Council’s cabinet will receive an update on the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) next week.

Two new toilet locations proposed at Minster Leas

Councillors are being asked to agree locations and contractors for a new toilet block along Minster Leas beach front

Tenders reopen for Sheerness street furniture

We have reopened tenders to refurbish the street furniture in Sheerness town centre, following a pause during COVID-19

Beach visitor support

Swale Borough Council will now have additional officers patrolling the boroughs bathing beaches to provide an additional layer of support to beach goers.

Eastchurch cliff hazard notices

Three households who were in temporary accommodation after the cliff collapse in Eastchurch have been told they are able to return home.

Net cast wider to help micro businesses affected by COVID-19

Micro businesses who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 could now be eligible for a discretionary grant from Swale Borough Council.

August, 2020

More Support for Rough Sleepers

We're investing more than £218,000 to help rough sleepers get off the streets for good

Targeting Unlicensed Waste Carriers

Waste carriers targeted as part of a day of action to crackdown on fly tipping

Multi-storey Car Park open 24 hours

Bourne Place multi-storey car park in Sittingbourne is now open 24 hours a day every day

Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Plan

The cabinet is being asked to approve an action plan to tackle the climate and ecological emergency across the borough.

Plastic Recycling for Sheppey Beaches

People will be able to help save marine life at our beaches thanks to new recycling bins

Maintaining Essential Council Services

Update on our work to provide essential services during the coronavirus crisis

Chancellor announces support for small businesses during the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced measures to support small businesses in response to the coronavirus outbreak

1920's Celebrations Postponed until Next Year

The 20’s spectacular planned for Sittingbourne has been put on hold until next year.

Reuse Competition Terms and Conditions

read the terms and conditions for our reuse competition

Donate Money to Support Local People

We have launched an appeal to raise money for the voluntary and community groups helping support local people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Changes to Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Find out about change to our council tax reduction scheme

£6,000 for Faversham Strike Force Football Club

Players at Faversham Strike Force Football Club could soon have a new boiler thanks to our £6,000 grant

Sports Grant Funding still Available

You've got until the end of February to apply for a council sports grant

Air Quality Warning this Weekend

Defra is warning that areas of moderate and higher air pollution levels are possible across southern England this weekend

Additional measures for Business Rates

Additional business rates measures that will apply from 1 April 2020.

Affordable Housing for Local People

Plans to increase the amount of affordable housing available for local people will be discussed next week.

Leader's Statement

The leader of the council shares his thoughts on the ongoing response to the coronavirus

New boilers for Faversham Pools

Faversham Pools has a brand-new heating system following our £93,000 grant

Domestic Waste Increases

The amount of domestic waste being collected across Swale has increased by almost ten percent compared to last year.

Councillors to Approve Budget

Councillors are being asked to approve an ambitious budget for the upcoming year

£50,000 Grant towards Hall

People in Painters Forstal are one step closer to a new community hall thanks to a £50,000 grant

New public toilets for Minster Leas

£200,000 to refurbish and install new public toilets in Faversham, Leysdown and Minster Leas

Leader's Response to Coronavirus

The leader of the council responds to the ongoing coronavirus crisis

New Air Quality Diffusion Tubes in Faversham

New monitoring tubes to check air quality in Faversham

Garden Waste Collection Update

Thank you for your understanding of the cancellation of our garden waste service last week

Changes to Parking Enforcement

We've made changes to parking restrictions to help local people stay safe at home during the coronavirus outbreak

Cabinet Asked to Approve New Public Space CCTV Policy

The cabinet is being asked to approve a public space CCTV policy for managing the in-house CCTV system

New outdoor gym at Faversham Rec

Get active on the new state of the art gym equipment installed at Faversham Rec

Changes to Council Tax Empty Property Exemptions

Find out about changes to empty property exemptions for council tax

Council Business Set to Resume - Virtually

Some council meetings will resume next week after being suspended during lockdown

Further Funding available to help Vulnerable People

Funding to help support vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis is available from Kent Community Foundation

Changes to Council Tax Support Approved

Councillors have approved changes to the council tax reduction scheme

Street Trading Policy Consultations

Let us know what you think about changes to our street trading policy

Changes to Local Land Charge Searches

From Monday 3 August, you'll be able to search the Local Land Charges Register by using our mapping system.

Heritage Champion Appointed

The deputy leader has been appointed our heritage champion

Citizens Advice Swale Grant

We've given Citizens Advice Swale £20,000 to support their free advice service to local residents

Frontline workers across Kent remind people to stay at home

Frontline staff from across Kent and Medway are leading this weekend’s stay-at-home appeal to residents during the ongoing lockdown

Grant for Artesian Well at Oare Marshes

£10,000 to get water flowing again at Oare Marshes artesian well

Changes to Council Tax Support

Councillors are being asked to approve changes to the council tax reduction scheme

Garden Waste Suspended

Garden waste collections are being suspended so we can focus on other collections due to the impact of coronavirus

More than 700 entries for Flowerbed Competition

We received more than 700 entries from schoolchildren in Sittingbourne for the annual flowerbed design competition

Member Grants Open Until End of February

You've got until the end of February to get a grant from your councillor to help improve your local community.

Member Grants Now Open

He have opened our member grants scheme to help voluntary and community groups provide coronavirus support

Grant for Newington Recreation Ground

Children will be able to enjoy a refurbished play area in Newington later this year thanks to our £20,000 grant

Leader's Statement on Homeworking

An update from the leader about our work during lockdown.

Environment Grant Funding Still Available

There’s still time for local groups and organisations to apply for funding for environmental projects

Motorbike users urged to ride responsibly

The small minority of motorbike users who are riding irresponsibly risk having their bikes seized by police

Chief Executive Passes Away

The chief executive of Swale Borough Council, Mark Radford, has died.

Council Leader Welcomes Funding for Coronavirus

The leader of the council has welcomed the improved funding announcement to meet extra costs in dealing with coronavirus

Stay away from Beaches and Parks

People are being reminded to avoid unnecessary travel to coastal areas and other popular open spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus

Community Support Line

We're supporting people with no-one to help them get food or essential items while they are self-isolating

Become a Friend of Faversham Rec

Help shape and protect the future of the park and historical buildings

New Heritage Strategy

We've adopted a new strategy to protect and celebrate the borough’s heritage

Foodbank Grants Launched

New grant scheme to support local foodbanks

New height restriction barrier at Shingle Bank

Visitors to the popular Shingle Bank beach can now park on the bank thanks to a new height restriction barrier

Barton's Point Bridge Update

The old damaged bridge between Barton’s Point Coastal Park and the Queenborough Lines has been removed

Find a Foodbank

If you need help with food, find a foodbank near you.

Stay home this weekend

People should not be visiting beaches or country parks this weekend

Extra Support for Homeless due to Coronavirus

We're working to make sure no-one is sleeping on the streets

Climate and Ecological Emergency

Find out what progress we've made on our targets after declaring a climate and ecological emergency last year.