Sevenoaks District Council has recently commissioned a housing survey that will be conducted by a specialist independent market research company called ‘arc4’. It is a postal and online survey so I want to assure you that nobody will be knocking on your door!
You will receive it in November and if you do have the time I would be very grateful if you could complete it. We need as many residents in the district to take part as possible as the more that do the more accurate our results. The aim of the survey is to establish our housing need. Do we need more family sized homes, more older peoples accommodation, more starter homes, more supported homes and so on. Then we have to establish where we need them: In Otford, in Sevenoaks in Swanley etc
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.