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May, 2023

Kent Homechoice Website Unavailable

Get advice about what to do if you need to make a housing register application between 1 June and 1 July.

May, 2023

Fly Tipping Crackdown

Waste carriers targeted in crackdown.

New Council Leader Announced

Council announces new leader following May elections.

Swale Council's new Committees

Council announces committees following local elections.

Sheppey's Blue Flag beaches

Prestigious Blue Flags for Minster and Sheerness beaches

May 4 2023 Election Results

May 4 2023 Election Results

Election results 2023

Results of the local elections that took place on 4 May 2023

April, 2023

Changes to Office Opening Times

Read about changes to our opening times from 1 May.

Who's standing in the local elections

Find out who is standing in the upcoming local elections

Get Help with Food, Gas, Electric and Water

Get help with food and utility bills from the Household Support Fund Extension (HSFE).

March, 2023

Changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme

Read about changes to our Council Tax Support scheme from 1 April, 2023 if you're of working age.

Housing strategy consultation

The council has launched a consultation to get residents’ views on how the council will tackle major housing challenges for the next four years.

Sittingbourne car club trial

A successful car club trial is extended to Sittingbourne.

Prosecution for illegal waste carrier

An illegal waste carrier is almost £1,000 out of pocket our successful prosecution

February, 2023

Budget approved for 2023 - 2024

Councillors have agreed to the budget for 2023-2024

Greater North Kent GP report

Patients in North Kent are much less satisfied with their experience of accessing GP services than across England as a whole.

January, 2023

Civic Awards

People can now nominate someone for a new civic award.

Cllr Cameron Beart

Cllr Cameron Beart, ward member for Queenborough and Halfway.

Levelling-up-bid-success

Successful £20 million bid to improve health, education, leisure and employment in Sheerness.

New waste contract

New waste contract agreed to help improve service and reduce emissions.

Boughton and Dunkirk Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Boughton and Dunkirk Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Sittingbourne car club approved

Councillors approve new low cost, low emission car club for Sittingbourne.

Voter ID Needed for Elections

You now need photo ID to vote at a polling station

December, 2022

EV chargers installed

Drivers of electric vehicles have more choice of where to recharge.

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

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

Cllrs agree draft budget consultation

People are being asked to have their say on Swale Borough Council’s proposed budget for the next financial year

November, 2022

£85,000 bid won for Barton’s Point

It will be easier than ever for visitors to explore Barton’s Point Coastal Park next year, after a successful funding bid

Swale’s first domestic abuse policy

People can now have their say on Swale’s first draft domestic abuse policy outlining how we manage our response, legal duties, roles and responsibilities, staff training, partnerships and raising awareness

Cllrs asked to approve draft budget consultation

Councillors are being asked to approve consulting on the draft budget

Volunteers needed for tree planting

People are being invited to join us this national tree week planting trees in parks, recreation grounds and green spaces around Swale

Active travel priorities agreed

Councillors have agreed their priorities for cycling and walking improvements in Swale which can now be used to bid for funding from the Government’s Active Travel Fund

Help for struggling residents

A programme to help people struggling to feed their families and pay their bills has reopened.

Cheaper, warmer & greener homes

Sustainable warmth upgrades energy inefficient homes of low income households to help save money on energy bills and reduce carbon emissions

Mayor's Remembrance Day speech

Mayor of Swale, Councillor Simon Clark, gives his message for this years poppy appeal and Remembrance Day

Remembrance Sunday 2022

Read about this year’s Civic Service of Remembrance, by a Remembrance Sunday Event Organising Group.

Funding for cost of living crisis

Funding available for local organisations supporting people with cost of living crisis

More ways to pay at Swale car parks

People wanting to park their vehicle in one of Swale’s pay and display car parks will soon have more ways to pay with new pay units being installed from next month

October, 2022

Vulnerable households supported

Almost 8,000 households in Swale have received help from local community groups to pay their energy bills and feed their families

Anti-social behaviour tackled

Local shopkeepers are being encouraged to sign up to Swale’s new radio communication scheme to help reduce crime and theft in Swale town centres

September, 2022

Council Tax Support pensioner payment

Pensioners who receive Council Tax Support will be receiving an £87.00 payment.

The Passing of Her Majesty The Queen

Buckingham Palace has announced the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

New Changing Places toilet planned for Swallows leisure centre

Severely disabled people will be able to use a new large accessible toilet at Swallows leisure centre thanks to funding from the Government’s Changing Places Fund

August, 2022

Contract awarded to repair wall at St Michaels Church in Sittingbourne

A contract for more than £100,000 has been awarded to Kent-based Pierra Limited to rebuild the crumbling flint wall at St Michaels Church in Sittingbourne

Public consultation begins for proposed boundary changes in Queenborough

People living in Lucas Close, Queenborough could become part of Queenborough Town Council instead of Sheerness Town Council if changes to local boundaries are agreed

July, 2022

£20 million levelling up bid for Sheerness submitted

Swale Borough Council has submitted an ambitious £20 million bid to the Government to improve health, education, leisure and employment opportunities in Sheerness

Milton Creek Country Park awarded Green Flag Award for the first time

Milton Creek Country Park and Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park have been awarded Green Flags

Councillors give Swale’s electric vehicle strategy go ahead with 18 new charging bays to be installed this summer

A plan for futureproofed, accessible, and affordable electric vehicle charging has been agreed

RNLI Lifeguard contract extended for two years

The current Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) contract has been extended for an additional two years

2022 Electoral Register Update

Read about the annual update the electoral register.

Help with food, gas, electric and water available for Swale residents

People struggling to feed their families and pay their bills could be eligible for support from Swale Borough Council

June, 2022

New Mayor of Swale, Cllr Simon Clark, announces chosen charities

New Mayor of Swale Cllr Simon Clark has announced Swale Your Way and Porchlight as his chosen charities for the year ahead

Swale could see double electric vehicle charge bays with new funding

Drivers of electric vehicles could soon have more than double the chance to charge their vehicles with 18 new charging bays across Swale if plans are approved later this month

Levelling up bid update

There's a month to go until we bid for £20 million for Sheerness.

May, 2022

Help keep our beaches free of litter by taking part in a 2-minute beach clean

Visitors to local beaches are being asked to take two minutes to help keep them litter free and prevent pollution of our coastline

April, 2022

Almost £20,000 allocated to install defibrillators around Swale

Village halls, churches, activity centres and car parks are some of the locations around Swale that now have public access defibrillators thanks to grants from Swale Borough Council

Sheerness war memorial gets revamp

The 100-year-old war memorial in Sheerness has been restored

Homeless could get help finding a new job and home if pilot programme approved

Access to a new job and home could be on the cards for people experiencing homelessness in Swale

Return of the Sheerness clock tower

The Coronation Clock Tower in Sheerness will be coming home next month

Eastchurch aviation memorial given new lease of life

Swale Borough Council has invested £24,000 to restore the Eastchurch aviation memorial on the Isle of Sheppey

March, 2022

Charges for replacement bins

Charges come into force for replacement blue and green household bins.

Drivers do their bit to improve air quality in Swale

People who have been approached by Swale Borough Council’s enforcement officers as part of their anti-idling campaign have done their bit to improve air quality

Low cost, low emissions car club coming to Faversham

Swale Borough Council is launching a three-year trial of a local car club in Faversham to help people get convenient access to cleaner vehicles, without the expense and hassle of ownership

Historic building to be repaired following storm damage

Work to repair storm damage to the historic TS Hazard building in Faversham will begin soon

Next step in bid for £20 million boost for Sheerness

The bid for £20 million of funding to revive Sheerness is being discussed by councillors next week

February, 2022

Levelling up bid consultation closed

The consultation on plans to try to unlock £20 million of funding for Sheerness has closed

Councillors to review traffic modelling report at next week’s local plan panel

Councillors will be reviewing the possible traffic impacts of potential development across the borough next week

Have your say on how we shape our £20 million levelling up bid

People can now have their say on how Swale Borough Council shapes their £20 million levelling up bid to bring real investment to Sheerness

January, 2022

Kent Homeless Connect

We're writing to local Kent County Councillors to ask them to oppose cuts to homelessness support.

Funding bid of £20 million to regenerate Sheerness

Swale Borough Council is working on plans to bid for £20 million from the Government’s levelling up fund to regenerate Sheerness and want to hear local people’s ideas

October, 2021

The Mayor of Swale's message for Remembrance Day

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

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

October, 2021

Council keen to hear community views in advance of funding bid

Council keen to hear community views in advance of funding bid

Get help to get online

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

Civic Service of Remembrance delivered by Swale Borough Council

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

Committee System Agreed

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

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.

April, 2021

May 2021 Election Results

See the latest results for the May 2021 elections.

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