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October 2020

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

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

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

Changes to Parking Enforcement Continue

We're keeping changes to parking restrictions to support residents and NHS workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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.

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