Westerham Town Council
The Future of Our Town
Many of you have been asking about the current activity in planning the future of our town. Our aim, as your elected representatives, is to make sure that we keep you updated on what it going on, and most importantly, are consulted about any proposals which are likely to affect our town.
The current work, all of which is directed at producing a new Local Plan, is only the start of a lengthy process, throughout which your Council will seek your views, so that it can accurately represent them.
This statement is intended to introduce the main strands of work, explain how they fit together and the points at which your Council will formally be asking for your views. There will be more detail on our website http://www.westerhamtowncouncil.gov.uk/ and on Sevenoaks District Council’s website http://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/services/housing/planning/local-plan-and-planning-policy In addition to the more formal consultations, our Town or District Councillors welcome your comments and questions at any time. Contact your Town Councillors through the Council Office firstname.lastname@example.org and your District Councillor Cllr.Maskell@sevenoaks.gov.uk
The Local Plan: the key document which determines where new homes will be built. The one which covers Westerham is currently being rewritten by Sevenoaks District Council and will cover the period up to 2035. It’s being rewritten to deal with the well publicised need for more housing.
The ‘Call for Sites’: Landowners were invited to put forward sites which might be suitable for development over the next 20 years. Several sites around Westerham were put forward and are being assessed for suitability. This does not mean that all or any of these sites will be developed. However because 93% of Sevenoaks District is Green Belt, then many of the offered sites are in the Green Belt. So there is a
Green Belt assessment: undertaken by consultants, it looked at whether any of the Green Belt could be taken for development. Two areas round Westerham, one to the north and one to the west of our town have been recommended for ‘further investigation’. This does not necessarily mean that the land will be released from the Green Belt. SDC have said that brownfield sites within the Green Belt would be investigated before greenfield sites are considered. Statement March 2017.
Problems on King George’s Field
You’ve probably noticed that we’ve been experiencing some pretty awful behaviour around the Pavilion and Youth Shelter on King George’s Field. As well as threatening and abusive behaviour and language, we’ve had fires set, bottles thrown, attempted – and one actual break-in to the Bowls Club.
Despite the efforts of the Youth Club, our Community Warden and Councillors, the behaviour is still going on and if anything, getting worse.
We’re sure that it is as ever, the work of a small minority who think it’s funny to destroy facilities put there for us all to use.
We’ve involved the Police, but we also need your help: if you see anything untoward please call the Police on 101 and let us at the Council know as well.
We want Westerham to be a safe and enjoyable place for us all, and we can’t let the few spoil it for the rest of us.
Forget-me-not Cafes in Westerham and Edenbridge
These new cafés provide support and companionship to those who are recognising issues with their memory or cognition as well as their carers, family and friends.
On Friday 16th October, the Forget-me-not Cafés opened their doors for the first time after it was identified that no provision of these services was available to people living with dementia in the Edenbridge and Westerham communities. Each café will run once a month for two hours and through a variety of activities with existing local groups such as music, arts, crafts and social groups, the cafés will help promote community understanding of living with memory issues and dementia and help make more groups and activities more accessible to those living with such conditions.
Co-ordinated by Symone Salwan, Director of Home Instead Senior Care Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks and Edenbridge, in partnership with The BRIDGES Centre in Edenbridge and Westerham Town Council, the project was made possible following initial funding received from Kent County Council.
Westerham Forget-me-not Café in memory of Margaret Payne
THIRD FRIDAY of EVERY MONTH from 11.00am to 1.00pm
The Congregational Church, Fullers Hill, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1AB
Contact: Angela Howells on 01959 562147 or email email@example.com.
Greensand Charts and Commons
Sevenoaks District Council has responsibility for the management of a number of Commons in the area and has been looking at ways in which they can be enhanced for all to enjoy. These special areas of land are owned by the two great estates, Knole and Squerryes and managed under a Scheme of Management going back nearly 100 years. Working in partnership with local organisations, the landowners and the National Trust, SDC is exploring whether or not work is needed to be undertaken at the Commons in order to better manage the area, enable public access and increase local awareness about our natural history and cultural heritage. To this end we would like to hear your views and ask you to complete a very quick and simple survey – it will take less than 5 minutes of your time and the more people we hear from the better. The link to the survey is https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/9siwGZ.
Are you unable to visit the library because of long or short term illness or your caring responsibilities? Westerham Library’s friendly volunteers can call at your home on a regular basis bringing books, audio books, films and cds of your choice. If you know of anyone who may need this service please phone Carole or Michele on 03000 419446.
Your library needs you! We are looking for volunteers to become Computer Buddies, giving a regular hour a week at the library to help customers to use computers and scanners, set up email accounts, look at job websites and use our online resources etc. Please pop into the library or phone 03000 419446 if you can help.
Tel: 01959 562326
Or pop in for a chat
Tuesday 2.15-2.45pm (term time) – Bounce & Rhyme for Babies run by the Children’s Centre.
Wednesday 10-11am – Talk Time with the Community Warden – Meet friends and chat over tea and coffee.
Wednesday 10-10.30am (term time) Story Time for preschool children.
Thursday 9.30-10.00am – Baby Bounce & Rhyme session.
Thursday 10-12am Knit & Natter – bring your own knitting or join in with group projects, beginners very welcome.
Friday 2-4pm – Scrabble Club – new members needed!!
Operated by Playplace on behalf of the Town Council, this club for 11 – 18 year olds meets every Tuesday and Thursday during term time between 7 and 9pm in the Pavilion on King George’s Playing Field. Activities are all decided by the Young People in discussion with their Leaders, and reflect the issues and interests of those growing up in Westerham today.
The KCC Youth Bus, visits Westerham every Wednesday and Friday (R Hitchins to confirm) from 6 – 8pm. Filled with music, activities, a place where young people can meet. The Youth Worker welcomes all who drop in.
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