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Latest News in Swale

Find all the very latest news and information from the council below. You can find earlier news items here.

Coronavirus

Get the latest information about the affects of coronavirus (COVID-19) on local services, including bins, Council Tax and business rates.

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 have their say on how Swale Borough Council decides who can get social housing.

Changes to Council Tax Reminders

Read about the changes to the way we'll contact you when you Council Tax payments are due.

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.

Micro businesses now eligible for discretionary grants

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

£6,000 for Faversham Strike Force Football Club

Swale Borough Council grants £6,000 towards a new boiler for Faversham Strike Force Football Club.

Changes to Land Charge Searches

Read about the changes to coming into place on Monday 3 August which affect the way you search the Land Charges register.

Tenders reopen for Sheerness street furniture

Swale Borough Council has reopened tenders to refurbish the street furniture in Sheerness town centre after pausing during COVID-19.

Plans submitted for a 9-lane bowling alley in Sittingbourne

An application for a 9-lane bowling alley in Sittingbourne has been submitted to Swale Borough Council.

2020 electoral register update

Read about what you need to do for the 2020 electoral register update.

Roads deep cleaned to improve air quality

Swale Borough Council has deep cleaned the roads and pavements in the borough’s five Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) to improve air quality.

First area committees to start in September

Local communities will now have greater involvement in council decisions after a date was set for the first round of area committee meetings at last week’s annual council meeting.

Solar-powered smart waste bin installed at Minster Leas beach

People will now see a new solar-powered smart bin at Minster Leas beach as part of a six-week trial to reduce the environmental impact and collection costs litter can have on the borough.

More grants available to support local firms

Small businesses in the tourism, hospitality and leisure industry could be eligible for support from Swale Borough Council’s second round of discretionary grants.

Another £1m grants to support local firms

One hundred and thirty small businesses affected by coronavirus have received discretionary business grants through Swale Borough Council.

Have your say on boosting our visitor economy

Businesses can now have their say on Swale Borough Council’s plan to work with them to attract more visitors to the borough.

Parking concessions for high street shoppers

Councillors have agreed a parking concession of an extra half an hour for free from Saturday 18 July to help residents access town centres more easily.

Council Obtains Legal Advice for Judicial Review

The Council has obtained legal advice over a judicial review to overturn a consent order for a 350 megawatt solar farm.

Virtual Annual Council Meeting

Read about the virtual Annual Council meeting, due to take place on Wednesday 15 July, including how to get involved.

£40,000 Makeover for Faversham Toilets

Read about the £40,000 makeover to the public toilets in Faversham's central car park.

Plans to replace the leisure centre roof could be approved next week

Plans to replace the leisure centre roof severely damaged by storm Ciara could be approved next week.The roof of Swallow’s Leisure Centre in Sittingbourne was damaged in February, and the council’s cabinet are being asked to approve funding of up to £800,000 for replacement work.

Holiday home owners reminded of occupancy restrictions

Holiday home owners are being reminded that the new park home policy recently passed by councillors does not automatically change the current 8-10 month occupancy restrictions in place under the local plan.

RNLI lifeguards start at Leysdown beach this weekend

RNLI lifeguards will be on duty at Leysdown from this weekend until 6 September. Due to the timing of lockdown, RNLI were unable to carry out the essential training necessary to provide the usual cover at Minster or Sheerness.

Refurbished toilets in Leysdown now open

People can now use the refurbished public toilets at The Spinney in Leysdown thanks to a £40,000 makeover from Swale Borough Council.

£1 million improvements in Swale

A council report has confirmed Swale Borough Council allocated more than £1 million to open space, leisure and environmental improvements in the financial year 2019/20.

Delays to Brown Bin Deliveries

Read about the delay to brown bin deliveries for some residents.

Area committees approved

Councillors have approved plans to give local communities a greater involvement in council decisions affecting them.

Residential parking restrictions return from 1 July

Parking concessions put in place in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end on 1 July.

Have your say on our Street Trading Policy

People still have a week to submit their views on the proposed changes to Swale Borough Council’s Street Trading Policy.

Park home planning policy approved

Swale Borough Council has approved a new interim policy that outlines how the council will manage planning applications for park home sites across the borough.

Art and culture hub in Sittingbourne High Street

Local not-for-profit and commercial organisations are being invited to express their interest in running an art, cultural and creative space at 34 High Street in Sittingbourne.

High Streets Temporarily Pedestrianised

Read about the temporary pedestrianisation of high streets in Swale to help with social distancing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Public spaces protection orders consultation

People can now have their say on how their public spaces are protected.

Helping high streets reopen safely

Shoppers are being welcomed back to our high streets from Monday as non-essential retailers reopen their doors.

Social housing

People can have their say on how Swale Borough Council decides who can get social housing.

Eastchurch cliff collapse thanks

We would like to thank the many people and organisations who have helped in the response to the cliff collapse at Eastchurch.

Thank you

The response of local people to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been praised by Swale Borough Council.

Planning policy for park home sites

Swale Borough Council is considering an interim policy to manage planning applications for park home sites across the borough.

Residents Evacuated Following Partial Cliff Collapse

Read about the partial collapse of a section of cliffs near Surf Crescent and Third Avenue in Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey.

Chief Executive passes away

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

Mark had been undergoing treatment for cancer since last year, but during a recent stay in hospital, he contracted coronavirus.

Understanding the financial impact of the coronavirus

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

The second virtual cabinet meeting will take place on Wednesday, 3 June, and members will get a report on the pandemic’s effect on the council’s budget and how the impact is being managed.

Climate and Ecological Emergency

Read our update on the climate change and ecological emergency that was declared.

Leader's Statement

Read the Council leader's latest statement about coronavirus (COVID-19).

Domestic Waste Increases by 10% in Two Months

Read about the increase in domestic waste over the past two months.

Garden Waste Subscriptions Extended Following Delays

We're extending garden waste subscriptions by one month following their suspension at the beginning of April due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

1920's Celebrations Postponed Until Next Year

A celebration of the 1920's has been postponed until next year following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Use common sense when spending time outdoors

With the slight easing of lockdown, many of us – who don’t need to self-isolate to stay safe – can now spend more time outdoors, subject to social distancing rules, but please remember to use your common sense.

Changes to parking enforcement continue

Swale Borough Council maintains changes to parking restrictions to support residents and NHS workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Climate and ecological emergency action plan

Cabinet is being asked to approve Swale Borough Council’s action plan to tackle the climate and ecological emergency around the borough.

Motorbike users urged to ride responsibly

Local foodbanks and community groups will receive £26,000 from Swale Borough Council to support their work helping local people.

£26,000 for foodbanks and organisations helping local people

Local foodbanks and community groups will receive £26,000 from Swale Borough Council to support their work helping local people.

2,500 trees planted to help tackle climate change

Cabinet is being asked to approve Swale Borough Council’s action plan to tackle the climate and ecological emergency around the borough.

Council Leader welcomes funding for coronavirus

The Leader of Swale Borough Council has today welcomed the announcement of improved funding from Government to meet the Council’s extra costs in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

New height restriction barrier at Shingle Bank

Residents and visitors to the popular Shingle Bank beach will now be able to park on the bank thanks to the installation of a height restriction barrier.

Donate money to support local people

Swale Borough Council has launched an appeal to raise money for the voluntary and community groups helping support local people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Frontline workers across Kent remind people to stay at home

Read about the appeal from frontline workers to residents to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Essential system updates

Read about the essential updates to our e-claim system on Saturday 25 April.

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.

£8.9 million in grants distributed to local businesses

The first 776 local businesses that have applied for business rate relief grants from Swale Borough Council will be receiving payments worth £8.9 million between them this week.

Leader's statement

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last message, and I’m pleased to see that the people of Swale have – with limited unfortunate exceptions – continued to observe the rules on staying at home and social distancing.

Cabinet asked to approve new Public Space CCTV Policy

Swale council’s cabinet are being asked to approve a Public Space CCTV Policy that will outline how the in-house CCTV system is managed at next week’s cabinet meeting (22 Apr).

Council business set to resume – virtually

Swale Borough Council will resume holding meetings next week. Meetings such as cabinet and planning committees had to be cancelled after the Government imposed lockdown restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Further funding available to help vulnerable people

Read about the funding that's available to organisations from Kent Community Foundation to help support vulnerable people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Member grants now open

Swale Borough Council has opened their member grants scheme to help voluntary and community groups provide COVID-19 support.

Stay home this weekend

People should not be visiting beaches like Minster leas, Shingle bank or Leysdown, or country parks like Oare, Milton Creek, Perry Wood or Barton’s Point this weekend.

Business grants

We’ve written to 2,600 local businesses to let them know they’re eligible for grants of up to £25,000.

Air quality warning this weekend

Defra is predicting that some areas of the country, including the south-east, may experience higher levels of air pollution over the Easter weekend.

Citizens Advice Swale grant

Citizens Advice Swale has received a £20,000 grant from Swale Borough Council to help support their free advice service to the residents of Swale.

Community support line

People with no-one to help them get food or essential items while they are self-isolating can get support from Swale Borough Council.

Garden waste collection update

We’re incredibly grateful for people’s understanding of the cancellation of our garden waste service last week. This helped our contractors focus on making sure that general waste, recycling and food waste bins are being collected.

Stay away from beaches and parks

Kent residents are being reminded to avoid unnecessary travel to coastal areas and other popular open spaces this weekend as efforts continue to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Street Trading Policy consultation

People are being asked to give their opinion on the proposed changes to Swale Borough Council’s Street Trading Policy.

Maintaining essential council services

We know that there has been much discussion and debate about what is deemed an essential worker or service, and the same has been happening with our operations.

Garden waste suspended

We are extremely grateful for the kind words we’ve had about our waste collection crews. They really appreciate them, and the thank you cards and messages left on bins, as they work hard to maintain the service.

'Everybody in' - coronavirus

During the current pandemic, we are operating the ‘everybody in’ protocol put in place by the Government which ensures no one is rough sleeping during this time.

Changes to parking enforcement

Swale Borough Council has changed a number of parking restrictions across the borough to help local people stay safe at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

New heritage strategy

A new strategy to protect and celebrate the borough’s heritage has been adopted by the council.

Leader response to coronavirus

Read the leader's response to coronavirus.

Severe weather emergency protocol

During times of extreme and cold weather, we operate a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) which we put into place to help people sleeping on the streets.

Affordable housing for local people

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

Fly-tippers targeted in Op Assist

Waste carriers were targeted this week 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 is now open for people to use 24 hours a day every day.

New boilers for Faversham Pools

Faversham Pools has a brand-new heating system thanks to a £93,000 grant from Swale Borough Council, as well as grants from Sport England and Viridor Credits Environmental Company.

£50,000 grant towards hall

Read about our £50,000 grant towards a community hall at Painters Forstal.

Swale amongst best at tackling rough sleeping

Read about the results of our approach to tackling rough sleeping.

More than 700 entries for flowerbed competition

Read about the awards received by Sittingbourne pupils for their flowerbed designs.

Changes to council tax support approved

Councillors have approved changes to the council tax reduction scheme at last night’s council meeting (26 Feb).

Councillors to approve budget

Councillors are being asked to approve an ambitious budget for the upcoming year at the council meeting next week (26 Feb).

Update on leisure centre roof

Read the latest about Swallows Leisure Centre following the recent storms.

Changes to council tax support

Councillors are being asked to approve changes to the council tax reduction scheme at the council meeting next week (26 Feb).

Grant for Newington Recreation Ground

Children of all ages will be able to enjoy the refurbished play area at Newington Recreation Ground later this year thanks to a £20,000 grant from Swale Borough Council.

Environment grant funding still available

There’s still time for local groups and organisations to apply for funding from Swale Borough Council.

Faversham Rec catering kiosk expressions of interest

Swale Borough Council is calling for expressions of interest from local not-for-profits and commercial organisations who are interested in running the new catering kiosk at Faversham Rec.

New outdoor gym at Faversham Rec

New state of the art gym equipment has been installed at Faversham Rec to help people to get active.

Plastic recycling for Sheppey beaches

Residents and visitors will be able to help save marine life at Minster Leas, Leysdown and Sheerness beach this summer thanks to new recycling bins from the GreenSeas Trust.

More support for rough sleepers

Swale Borough Council is investing more than £218,000 to continue to help rough sleepers get off the streets for good.

Sports grant funding still available

People are being reminded that they still have until the end of February to apply for a council sports grant.

Barton's Point bridge update

People will be able to use the bridge between Barton’s Point Coastal Park and the Queenborough Lines next month, following the removal of the old damaged bridge.

Targeting unlicensed waste carriers

Waste carriers were targeted this week as part of a day of action to crackdown on fly tipping.

Faversham Rec toilets closed

Following a recent major water leak and damage in the roof of the existing toilet block at Faversham Rec, we have been forced to close the toilets. Our building maintenance contractors have advised that significant work needs to be undertaken to make repairs.

Become a friend of Faversham Rec

People are being invited to become Friends of Faversham Rec to help shape and protect the future of the park and historical buildings.

New public toilets for Minster Leas

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

Foodbank Grants launched

Local organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding from Swale Borough Council’s brand-new Foodbank Grant.

Heritage Champion appointed

Swale Borough Council’s deputy leader Mike Baldock has been appointed Swale’s Heritage Champion.

New air quality diffusion tubes in Faversham

New diffusion tubes have been installed to monitor the air quality at four new locations on two major junctions in Faversham.

Weekly deep cleans for Swale

People will see cleaner streets this year as the council doubles the number of planned deep cleans, moving from fortnightly to weekly.

Grant for artesian well at Oare Marshes

Locals, visitors and sailors will be able to drink again from the artesian well at Oare Marshes thanks to Kent Wildlife Trust and a £10,000 grant from Swale Borough Council.

Member grants open until end of February

People have until the end of February to get a grant from their councillor to help improve their local community.

New disabled parking for leisure centre

People with mobility challenges can now access the new healthy living centre at Sheerness Leisure Complex using the newly built disabled car park next to the pool building.
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