Call for sites

As you may know Sevenoaks District Council is currently undergoing the process of updating our local plan – a series of key planning policies that will be used to decide planning applications – and to identify a new local housing target up to 2035. Read the rest of this entry »

Why the affordable housing contribution judgement is bad news for Sevenoaks

Today, Brandon Lewes MP and Housing & Planning Minister, hailed a judgment that paves the way for more housebuilding on smaller sites and that will get homes built more easily. But this judgement is bad news for this district. Read the rest of this entry »

Get into gear with more free cycle rides

Residents and visitors wishing to have fun and get fit for free can now do so with cycle rides offered by Sevenoaks District Council.

The Council has organised professionally led cycle rides which this year will take in Knole Park and Brands Hatch and are open to people of all abilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping to keep you safe

Living in a safe district is a key priority for our residents. Sevenoaks District Council works closely with various partners including the Police, Housing Associations and Social Services to tackle crime and help prevent anti social behaviour. Together, with our partners, we review our Community Safety Action Plan annually to target crime trends and address your concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Let local government help people step onto the housing ladder

We all know that home ownership has declined over the last decade for a whole host of reasons; but the main one is that house prices have increased way above wages. As a result people in the same professions that could easily afford to buy their own home in the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s struggle to afford even a shared ownership scheme today. Read the rest of this entry »

Council sets first ever self-sufficiency budget

Sevenoaks District Council has set a budget for the coming financial year which will see the authority become financially self-sufficient amid further reductions in its funding from Government.

From April, the Council is proposing to spend £13.7m on local services, £600,000 less than the current year, as the Revenue Support Grant (RSG) it receives from Government continues to reduce. Read the rest of this entry »

Health needs of children

NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is developing a Children and Young People’s Strategic Commissioning Plan in order to identify priorities for developing children and young people’s services over the next five years.  The CCG has identified some priorities for development and now want to test these with parents and carers of children and young people to ensure the issues that are important to them are included. Read the rest of this entry »

Good housing policies underpin life chances

Last week the Prime Minister delivered an excellent speech on life chances and making sure everyone is society has the same opportunities to succeed.

What we must not forget is that a good local housing policy that aims to keep families and communities together, that allows people to live in suitable accommodation (not over crowded, not full of slips and trips, that is warm and safe and close to leisure pursuits – and here in the Sevenoaks District close to the open countryside or parks) will underpin the Prime Minister’s vision and make sure we all succeed.

As was quoted on ‘Call the Midwife’ last night: ‘Bad housing has a lot to answer for’ – the opposite is also true: that good housing is the foundations for success.

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Dementia Helpline: 0800 500 3014

Why not make it your New Year’s resolution to pass details of the Helpline on to people you know who are affected by Dementia?

Some examples of who we have helped this month

  • A Son called concerned about Mum, she is the main carer for Dad and is finding it hard to manage. She has her own Health concerns and is feeling run down. He thinks she would benefit from some respite. What can we suggest?
  • Wife is in a care home, been there 3 months. She still has not settled. She went to live there because she needed full-time care and he could not manage. But it is distressing when she keeps asking to come home. Is this normal, what can he do to help her settle ?

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Ageing well in the Sevenoaks District

Healthy ageing in west Kent – your local guide’ is a new booklet with tips on staying well, aimed at people aged 70-plus in west Kent.  It is a companion booklet to ‘A practical guide to healthy ageing’, produced by NHS England with Age UK.

Click here to download the booklet:

The easy-to-read booklet also has advice on spotting signs of common illnesses at an early stage before they become more serious and where to go for help or advice if someone is worried about their health. It also has details of lots of local services to help older people stay independent, safe, and healthy.

These include information on what’s available to help you, a friend or relative:

  • Avoid a fall
  • Meet or get in touch with people
  • Carry on caring for someone you love

It has been produced on behalf of NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group to help people in west Kent manage their health and wellbeing.

The national booklet, ‘A practical guide to healthy ageing’ aims to help people over 70, who may be starting to become frail, to improve their general health and fitness.

It includes information on:

  • Looking after your feet
  • Looking after your eyes
  • Making your home safe
  • Keeping warm and well.

It also has a useful walking speed test, which you can use to see if you are affected by the slowing-down process of later life, so you can try some simple exercises or speak to your GP or nurse.

And it has an action plan, with recommendations, for you to complete.

Michelle Lowe
The views expressed on this website are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Conservative Councillors' Association or the Conservative Party.