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May, 2024

Community Infrastructure Grant

Community Infrastructure Grant (CIG) reopened to support improvements to community assets.

Local heroes awarded

Swale’s unsung heroes were recognised and celebrated at this year’s Civic Award ceremony.

Training to help people

Learn how to safely intervene to prevent harmful and dangerous situations.

Beach hut repairs

Preparations for another busy summer on Sheppey are continuing.

Mental health awareness event

If you are struggling with mental health, you can receive crucial advice and support at an event we are hosting.

PCC election result

Find out the results of the local count for the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner election 2024.

Beachfield's public consultation

People had their say on plans to deliver improved health and leisure facilities in Sheerness.

Milton Regis CA amended

A conservation area in Sittingbourne has been amended to better encompass areas of local importance.

Faversham CAs expanded

Two conservation areas in Faversham have been expanded to include more areas of local importance.

April, 2024

Unauthorised caravans to be removed

The council took legal action to remove 31 unauthorised caravans from a site in Hartlip.

Monthly roadshows

More than 870 people have been helped with the cost of living crisis across 18 events we hosted.

Plans for Beachfields revealed

Plans for Beachfields were unveiled at a public consultation.

New changing places

People with multiple and complex disabilities have better access to council leisure centres.

Help keep our coasts safe

We have teamed up with Peel Ports to tackle irresponsible jet ski use.

SUEZ apologise for disruptions

SUEZ apologises for disruption to waste and recycling collections in early weeks of new contract.

Play areas improved across Swale

Children will be having more fun outside thanks to improvement works to local parks.

Sheppey College application in

The planning application has been submitted to the council’s planning team for consideration.

Sheerness CAs expanded

Conservation areas in Sheerness have been expanded to include more areas of historical importance.

Land at Ufton Court Farm

Core Documents for the planning appeal for land at Ufton Court Farm.

March, 2024

Faversham pool receives grant

A local swimming pool is set to receive a cash boost of £227,500.

Grant to tackle fly-tipping

We have been awarded £32,900 to bolster our work tackling waste related crimes.

Marshals to patrol over Easter

Marshals will be working to keep Sheerness and Sittingbourne town centres safe over Easter.

Sheerness youth club funded

Youth club to operate for another year thanks to safer streets project funding.

Bike donation day

Help give your unwanted bicycles a new lease on life at a bike donation day.

FPN increase to tackle fly-tipping

Fly-tippers in Swale could be fined £1,000 after we agreed to increase the penalty.

March's one Swale roadshows

People struggling with the cost-of-living crisis can get advice and support at events hosted by us.

Illegal waste carrier prosecuted

A man has been prosecuted for illegally carrying waste as part of a crackdown on fly-tipping.

Annual licensing report

There will be more licensing inspections to make sure restricted products are sold responsibly.

Safety app for vulnerable women

Domestic abuse charities will provide vulnerable women and girls with an upgraded safety app.

February, 2024

Barton's Point update

Plans for the future of Barton’s Point Coastal Park are taking shape.

2024/25 budget approved

Councillors agreed the budget, and council tax levels, for 2024/25 at a meeting last week.

Enforcement strategy

Have your say on how we will manage unauthorised development.

Next planning committee meeting

Planning committee to discuss the battery safety management plan for the Cleve Hill Solar Park.

Call to extend a crucial fund

We are asking the Government to extend the Household Support Fund.

Community tree planting day

Could you help plant 700 trees in Sittingbourne?

Free active bystander training

Learn how to deal with harmful and dangerous situations with free active bystander training.

Charity networking event

The Swale Voluntary Alliance are hosting events for charities to network and collaborate.

New waste contract to bring changes

The new waste contract will bring changes to the existing collections to improve their reliability.

Funding set out in the draft budget

Draft budget to be approved by councillors later this month.

Sheppey College expansion plans

The plans for EKC Sheppey College’s extension were on display for viewing last week.

Draft corporate equality scheme

Have your say on how we tackle inequality within the borough.

Suspected Fly-tippers Targeted

Waste carriers were targeted last week as part of a regular crackdown on fly-tipping.

Marshals Redeployed

Uniformed marshals will once again be patrolling Sheerness and Sittingbourne town centres.

February's One Swale Roadshows

People can receive useful health advice at events Swale Borough Council are hosting this month.

Mayor's Civic Awards

Nominations are now open to recognise the contributions of community heroes in Swale.


A student’s stolen bike has been replaced thanks to the Swale Cycle-re-Cycle programme.

January, 2024

Refurbished Tennis Courts

Two tennis courts have been refurbished thanks to our partnership with the LTA.

Climate Emergency Report

Progress report on the council's Climate and Ecological Emergency targets.

Make Things Right Campaign

A campaign to help people living in social housing understand their rights.

Marshals Receive Positive Response

Campaign to tackle antisocial behaviour has had a positive response.

New Waste Vehicle Names

‘Wheelie Wonka’ could be taking away your recycling after a public vote.

January's One Swale Roadshows

Get crucial advice on debt at events we are hosting this month.

Deep Clean Schedule

Weekly deep cleaning programme restarts.

New Cycling and Walking Map

Follow our new walking and cycling route map.

December, 2023

Safer Streets Project

We are deploying uniformed marshals to help keep Sheerness and Sittingbourne town centres safe.

Waste Centre Visit

Local councillors saw firsthand the issues recycling contamination can cause.

Changes Over Christmas

There are changes to our services over the Christmas period.

Sheerness Revival LUF Project Updates

Swale Borough Council (SBC) has provided an update on the £20 million Sheerness Revival Project.

Vote to Name the Waste Vehicles

Help name our new fleet of waste collection and street sweeper vehicles.

Hartlip and Bredgar CA's

A conservation area in Swale has been expanded to include more areas of local importance.

December's One Swale Roadshows

We are working with partners to organise more One Swale Roadshows.

Draft Budget 2024

People are being asked to have their say on our proposed budget.

Views needed for corporate plan

People are being asked their views on our ambitions and priorities.

November, 2023

Bin collection dates over Christmas

Household bin collection days will be changing over the Christmas period.

Funding for tree planting

We will plant over 15,000 trees thanks to a government grant of £273,400.

Budget report

Councillors are being asked to approve our draft budget to go to consultation.

Crackdown on fly-tipping

Waste carriers were targeted last week as part of a regular crackdown on fly-tipping.

Tree week events

Celebrate national tree week with events we are hosting.

Town Centre Action Grant

We are making grants of up to £5,000 available to support activities to improve local town centres.

Conservation area consultations

People can now have their say on two of Swale’s conservation areas.

Armistice Sunday free parking

On this year’s Remembrance Sunday you can park for free in council car parks.

Get Help with Food, Gas, Electric and Water

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

Storm Ciarán updates and advice

Storm Ciarán is expected to bring rain and wind which could cause disruption around the borough.

Views on Draft Parking Policy

People are being asked their views on how we run our parking services.

October, 2023

Milton Creek Country Park

A Swale green space has won gold in the South and South East in Bloom.

Safer Streets funding

Action will be taken to tackle antisocial behaviour in two town centres.

No trick or treaters poster

Opt out of the Halloween festivities this year by using this poster.

Faversham conservation areas review

People can now have their say on two of Faversham’s conservation areas.

Action plan to improve the council

We have agreed on a plan to improve how the organisation works.

Fly-tipping offence prosecution

A person involved in fly-tipping offence has been convicted and ordered to pay nearly £5,000.

Addressing the shortage of GPs

We are asking the Government for help to combat the shortage of general practitioners.

Swale Voluntary Alliance

Local charities can now help secure their future thanks to a new alliance.

Name the new waste vehicles

Help us name our new fleet of waste collection and street sweeper vehicles.

Environment grants open

Local environmental projects could get a £3,000 boost from the proceeds of litter fines.

New play equipment in Beachfields

We have installed a pirate ship themed play area in Beachfields.

September, 2023

Prosecution over dog barking

A man has been prosecuted for not complying with a noise abatement notice.

Fly Tipping Crackdown

Waste carriers were targeted last week to crackdown on fly-tipping.

Minster Cliffs by-election results

The Minster Cliffs Borough Ward by-election results have been announced.

Planning Appeal Inquiry: Land West of Church Road Bapchild, Tonge

Information about the planning appeal inquiry for Land West of Church Road Bapchild, Tonge.

Concerns over changes to youth services

We have raised concerns about KCC'S proposals to change youth services.

New Air Quality Action Plan

The new action plan setting out how we will improve air quality.

One Swale roadshows

People worrying about the cost of living can get advice at a series of roadshows.

Rural Swale Small Business Grants

New funding to support rural communities and businesses has been launched.

St Michael's Church wall repaired

New lease of life for the flint wall of St Michael's Churchyard.

RSPCA PawPrints awards

Swale Borough Council has been awarded the platinum PawPrints Award.

Faversham Neighbourhood Plan consultations

Faversham Neighbourhood Plan consultations have now begun.

Upgraded EV Charging Points

EV charging points in the Bourne Place Car Park have been upgraded.

August, 2023

New play equipment for New Road playground in Minster

There’s new play equipment for New Road playground in Minster.

Swale Borough Council opens two new toilet blocks

New toilet blocks at Beachfields and Barton's Point Coastal Park.

Sheerness conservation area consultations

You can now have your say on two conservation areas in Sheerness.

Public space protection order consultations

Consultations launched on existing measures to tackle anti-social behaviour.

July, 2023

Masters House - Launch It

Swale Borough Council has agreed new occupant for recently refurbished Masters House.

Green Flags for Oare and Milton Creek

Green Flags awarded to Milton Creek Country Park and Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park.

Funding for local projects

Get funding from your councillor to help local projects.

Project support scheme launches

Grants up to £7,000 available to help improve infrastructure.

Stay safe on the coast

Reminder about being safe when visiting the coast this summer.

Grants for towns

Grants available for projects that will improve footfall and increase visitor numbers.

Council announces LTA partnership

Read about investment in Swale's public park tennis courts.

June, 2023

Quit Smoking Incentive

Help available from the NHS to quit smoking.

Concerns over HWRC proposals

Concerns about the potential impact of the closure of the Faversham household waste and recycling centre.

Nominate local heritage sites

Nominate local buildings, structures and green spaces to be added to a new local heritage list.

May, 2023

Crackdown on Fly Tipping

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

March, 2023

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

January, 2023


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

Voter ID Needed for Elections

You now need photo ID to vote at a polling station

December, 2022

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

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

November, 2022

Help for struggling residents

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

July, 2022

2023 Electoral Register Update

Read about the annual update the electoral register.

March, 2022

Charges for replacement bins

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

August, 2020

Find a Foodbank

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

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