News from the Westerham Town Partnership
King George V Field Memorial Pavilion & Riverside Development
Summary of Results of King George V Field Consultation
See the Full Report.
Westerham’s Jubilee Noticeboard
The Town Council commissioned a new noticeboard for The Green in 2012, when the old one rotted through. The Town Partnership designed, commissioned and updates the content.
Tourism and Town Promotion
The Town Partnership uses its social media and website to encourage tourism and visitors. This means liaising with local Associations such as the Retailers Association,Tourism Organisations, The Press, Specialist Organisations, for example Walking and Cycling Groups, Government and Local Agencies.
Westerham Life and Events
Through the Website and Facebook, and by feeding Your Local Directory and other Press, the gathering and dissemination of news of Clubs, Societies, Services and articles of interest is maintained in an effort to enhance the Westerham experience for its residents and business. The Town Partnership acts as Publicity Co-ordinator for Events, with particular emphasis on encouraging co-operation to strengthen the Town message.
Support for town initiatives
The Partnership actively supports the activities and events of others. We support other groups and societies in Westerham, such as the Festival of Christmas Trees run by St Mary’s Heritage Trust to support the church building, the Beating of the Bounds, run by the Westerham Society to raise cash for the hanging baskets, and other events, as they arise. We do this by helping with planning, publicity, erection of safety netting, providing amp and speakers: in short background infrastructure support.
The spill over car park, extending the Darenth Car Park into the field to the east, at times of high demand, has been successfully trialled. Planning permission has been granted, and funding is in place. Work is expected to start imminently, to lat grassprotecta. We will have up to an extra 70 spaces. WTP will be developing a signage and lighting ‘best practice’ policy. Following our negotiations, new parking charges are confirmed from 1st April 2015 as:
3 hours free in the Darent car park.
Extension of staying time in the Croydon Rd and Fullers hill to 3 hours (from 2 hours).
Both these will encourage the longer term shopper – or those who want to shop and eat….
Pop & Shop in the on-street central spaces: a half price reduction for the 1st 15 minutes (old price 20p for first 30 mins, new price 10p for first 15 mins then 20p for 15 – 30 mins). After that swift turnover is encouraged, to stop the valuable central spaces being clogged up, with increases after the first 30 minutes.
Superfast Broadband Campaign
The Partnership held discussions with BT and KCC and campaigned for votes to support the KCC ‘Make Kent Quicker’ petition. BT announced 95% coverage for Westerham which has now arrived, over a year ahead of schedule, following our campaign. Detailed information on the Superfast Broadband page.
Charman’s Farm Brewery/ Winery Planning Application
Read the Westerham Town Partnerships’s response to this proposal. Planning has now been granted, and the Town Partnership is actively supporting the joint venture between Squerryes Sparkling Wine and Westerham Brewery. In due course we will be negotiating how to support the marketing of the Farm as a ‘Destination’, and, with the National Trust, the possibility of a Park & Ride to encourage visitor flow to the town centre and to Chartwell.
Sevenoaks District Council Economic Development Strategy Consultation
Click here to view the Consultation Document.
Westerham Town Partnership has responded to this consultation (Sept 2014). Click here to read the response.
The Town Partnership provided the forum to allow various interested groups, including the Royal British Legion and the Retailers to support Summer 1914 event in July 2014. This weekend event was designed to depict life in Westerham just before the outbreak of War on 4th August. For more information click here. For the photo album, click here.
Talk of the Town – 4th/5th/6th September 2015
Bringing Westerham’s past characters to life – this was a weekend long event to raise funds to make some of our statues and buildings ‘talk’ using smart phone technology! The weekend delivered a rich assortment of music, a chance to meet and talk with costumed characters, to learn about what it was like to live in Westerham in times past. Visitors enjoyed the activity quiz, exhibitions at the Royal British Legion, family entertainment and much more!
The weekend culminated in ‘The Talk of the Town’ cabaret which included music from local Andrews Sisters tribute act ‘Blue Dominoes’, Music Hall troupe Morven Rae, Poetry and Prose, a little magic from veteran Fergus Anckorn, (the youngest member of the Magic Circle, captured by the Japanese in 1942 and forced to work on the infamous Burma Railroad) and a group from Sir Richard Stilgoe’s Orpheus Choristers for the conclusion of what was a memorable weekend. For more information click here. For the photo album click here.
Annual Meeting 9th May 2013
1½ hours went past in a flash. Residents got together with people from our varied organisations and businesses to eat, drink, talk and generate new energy and ideas about ways to improve our special town. Particular interest emerged around:
- Creating an indoor craft fair
- Improving the local footpaths and their signage (under discussion)
- Leveraging the Darenth Valley Project
- Improving Broadband (successful campaign)
- More stalls at the market
- Entering Best Village competitions
- Creating a Community play (this has now been metamorphosed into Talk of the Town event following failure of grant application)
- Fund raising events for town causes
- Creating a visual map of parking arrangements (now underway)
- Beefing up the winter & summer flowers (now underway)
- Adopting the phone boxes from BT (complete on Verrells Corner with dummy and in town with defibrillator)
- Tidying up signage
- More salt bins (written to Council)
- King George’s playing field: a cycle path on that could double up as a running track or path and an outdoor gym, as well as an imaginative and extensive play area for children; public toilets; and dog fouling policed and fine
- Resurrecting the Annual Open Day for Westerham town residents at Chartwell, as per previous years and Winston’s expressed wishes (already in existence)
Westerham is a place rich in people with skills, expertise and imagination. The Town Partnership actively works to enable each different & diverse offering to compliment the activity of others. We are all volunteers and highly value everyone’s unique contributions, how-ever large, small or medium sized. Involvement is rewarding, free of expectation, and seriously appreciated.
The Partnership intends to get sharper at ensuring we seek everyones’ help in our searches for people with interest and expertise in new projects and ideas; and our next annual meeting will be held in a more accessible venue ensuring the attendance of those with restricted mobility. You can get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.