Inside Swale X
In this issue
Council Tax 2011/12A bright future for SittingbourneConsulting
on our vision for SwaleSheerness Gateway making progress
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contact us and we will do our best to help.Tel: 01795 417850 Email:
[email protected] spring 2011
Keeping you in touch with your council services
2 Inside Swale
Chief ExecutiveWelcome to Inside Swale, Swale Borough Councils
residents magazine. Through these pages we aim to keep you informed
about how we are working
to provide you with value-for-money services and how we are
joining forces with other public-serving organisations to meet the
In this issue you will see that an important step forward has
been taken in the regeneration of Sittingbourne Town Centre, which
is something that will benefi t the whole of Swale. You will also
see that we have increased our accountability by publishing details
of senior offi cers pay and of all of our outgoing expenses over
500 and that we have continued to consult residents on a range of
This issue also sets out information in relation to the funding
we receive from central government and the freezing of Council Tax
for the next fi nancial year.
This is a very important time for the Council as it holds whole
council elections for the fi rst time in May. There are details in
this issue telling you how you can make sure you are registered to
vote and how you can stand as a candidate.
Abdool KaraChief ExecutiveSwale Borough Council
................................................ 3The National
Census ............................. 4Latest news from Milton Creek
............ 5Free family swim ...................................
6 Collecting your bins in the snow ........... 7Housing news
................................. 8 & 9Transparency on spend
........................ 10Internal Audit
....................................... 11Council Tax 2011-12
.................. 12 & 13Swales Core Strategy
......................... 14Sittingbourne Town Centre
................. 15Sheerness Gateway .............................
16Voices of Leysdown ............................. 17News from
Medway Maritime ... 18 & 19Keeping safe from fire
......................... 20Street Wardens on the buses
.............. 21Your Councillors ......................... 22
Inside Swale is produced by Swale Borough Councils
Communications and Marketing Team
Cover: Tunstall Village Hall polling station.
Contact Swale Borough Councilphone: 01795 417850
email: CSC[email protected]: www.swale.gov.uk
or write to us at Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent
Our corporate priorities are:
A safer and stronger community
A high-performing organisation
Creating a cleaner and greener Swale
Inside Swale 3News
You have the X factorSwale Borough Council has 47 borough
councillors who represent the
different wards in Swale. On Thursday 5 May, borough council
elections are being held and this year all of the 47 seats are up
for election. This is because following consultation, the Council
decided to change its electoral system to whole council elections.
An explanatory document is available to view on our website and at
our district offi ces. This also
means that all Parish and Town Councils are holding elections
This is your chance to vote for the person you want to represent
in your ward and, in certain areas, on your town and
parish council. There is also a Referendum on the voting system
being held on the same day and the Electoral Commission will be
sending a booklet to every household about this.
To vote you must be on the electoral register. Forms were sent
to every household between August and October
asking you to confi rm your details or register. If you are not
on the register you do have until Thursday 14 April to register to
vote but we encourage you to register as soon as possible. There
are three ways that you can vote in person at a polling station (we
will send you a poll card which tells you where your station is);
or via a postal vote (you will need to apply for this) or proxy
vote (where someone is authorised to vote on your behalf again you
will need to apply for this). There are set deadlines for these
options and so you are encouraged to contact us as soon as
possible. The Councils website contains a range of information
about the forthcoming elections, from detailing how you can make
sure you are registered to vote to even standing as a candidate.
For more information please phone our customer services team on
01795 417850 or email [email protected]
4 Inside Swale News
Make a difference. The information you provide will help
tomorrow to take shape.
The National Census is on its way!
Every ten years the Offi ce for National Statistics (ONS)
carries out a Census to fi nd out more about the people who live in
England and Wales, and about the make-up of neighbourhoods.The next
census takes place on Sunday 27 March 2011, and during March the
ONS will be sending out questionnaires to every household in the
country to complete either online or by hand.
The census asks everyone about work, health, national identity,
citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language,
religion, marital status and so on. These statistics are then used
to build a picture of todays society and predict changes over the
next ten years. Like all local authorities in England and Wales,
Swale Borough Council relies on census population statistics to get
the government funding we need for public services. How much we get
is directly related to how many people and what kind of people the
census identifi es as living in our area. All personal information
is strictly confi dential and cannot be made public for 100
years.You can do it online. You can do it by post. But you must do
it. So please get your questionnaire back as soon as possible.
orough Council ment funding y related s
Inside Swale 5News
David P ManningHonorary Alderman David P Manning sadly passed
away on Tuesday 4 January 2011. David was a Member of Swale Borough
Council from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1992 to 2007, when the
title of Honorary Alderman was bestowed upon him. He was a Liberal
Democrat member for Grove Ward. In more recent years he held the
post of Chairman of Iwade Parish Council.
Mayor of Swale Councillor Steve Worrall and Mayoress Therese
Davies said: On behalf of the Members and Offi cers of the Borough
Council, we offer our heartfelt sympathies on the sad death of
David. His tireless hard work for the community will be sadly
Root to success for Country ParkOn Sunday 20 February, 78 people
turned out and nearly 350 trees were planted at the free tree
planting event at Milton Creek Country Park. This event is part of
a series of
activities that will continue as we move ever closer to the
summer and the opening of the
park. Tree planters were also able to sign up to join the
Friends of Milton Creek,
which is a growing group of local people who will help look
after the Park as it develops. To join the group please email
[email protected] for more information.
Swale Borough Council encourages recognition of excellent
achievements for work carried out throughout the year by its staff
and partners. Residents will have the opportunity to nominate staff
or partners for a Swale Star Award, which would be presented to the
winners in June. Further details of the nomination process will be
on the our website from Monday 4 April.
Recognition of Excellence Awards
6 Inside Swale News
In March 2009, Swale Borough Council was delighted to announce
that it was working closely with the Eastern and Coastal Kent
Primary Care Trust (PCT), which gave the Council 40,000 to specifi
cally target individuals who need to be more active and who require
Swale Borough Council used this money carefully to offer specifi
c subsidised swimming programmes across the whole of Swale.
These have encouraged people to take part in swimming activities
who may not have done so before, and have ensured that the Council
could provide an initiative that has helped many to learn, many to
be more active, and many to be healthier across the whole of
The two-year Swim Swale programme will soon be coming to an end.
However, as part of the funding supplied by Eastern and Coastal
Kent PCT, every child at school will soon receive an additional
free family swim voucher that can be used at one of the three
superb pools in Swale.
These vouchers must be used between Tuesday 3 May 2011 and
Sunday 17 July 2011.
We will be contacting all schools in the borough very shortly to
organise the distribution of vouchers. Enjoy your free swim!
If you have not received your voucher by 3 May please contact
James Thatcher at Swale Borough Council on 01795 417109.
Free Swim VoucherFor a free family swim (family of 4 with
maximum of 2 adults) at the following times:Faversham Swimming
Pool01795 532426122pm Saturday & 13pm SundaySwallows Leisure
Centre01795 420420 www.swallowsleisure.com24pm Saturday &
10am12noon SundaySheerness Leisure Complex01795 668652
www.sheppeyleisure.com10am1pm Saturday & 35pm Sunday
Valid from 3 May 2011to 17 July 2011
Inside Swale 7Creating a cleaner and greener Swale
Collecting your bins in the snowSwale experienced heavy snowfall
on Monday 20 December 2010. This followed closely on the heels of a
previous bout of bad weather.
To deal with this situation is never easy and requires strong
partnership working with our contractors Verdant, who run the
actual collection activity, and Kent Highways who assess the
practicalities of moving around the borough.
The Council provides waste collections to around 60,000
properties a week, negotiating 2,500 roads for access, using up to
ten freighters a day.
The main issue we face in adverse weather is the
unpredictability of how different the weather can be across the
borough, making it diffi cult to give residents a truly clear
picture of the estimated length of disruption. Some side roads thaw
quicker than others too.
So our clear, consistent message to residents in December was
Put your bin out on the correct day and we will get to it as soon
as we can. This worked really well.
We posted updates on our website at www.swale.gov.uk/snow and
released the information to local and regional media to pass on to
residents and updated our facebook site and twitter feed.
We appreciate that from time to time as our refuse collection
freighters go around the borough they can cause temporary
obstruction, but Verdant employees work as quickly and safely (for
themselves and the public) as possible to minimise any issues that
arise on the highway, so please bear with us.
We welcome your feedback about how you feel we perform at all
times and know that we can improve further. With your feedback we
will be even better prepared the next time the snow descends upon
our corner of Kent.
We will work with our partners to improve our services
Refuse collectors help clear the high street while waiting for
the roads thaw.
8 Inside Swale A high-performing organisation
Kent Landlord Accreditation SchemeBecome an Accredited landlord
today! Swale Borough Council will be running one-day training
courses at UK Paper Leisure, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne
on 01 April and 10 June 2011 at a cost 79.90 per person. To book
your place please register at www.londonlandlords.org.uk (if you
contact Sharon Russell at Swale Borough Council before booking she
will provide you with a promotional code that will entitle you to a
discount of 10).
There are many benefi ts to becoming accredited under the UK
Landlord Accreditation Partnership.
For further information regarding the training events or the
Kent Landlord Accreditation Scheme please contact Sharon Russell
via email to [email protected] or telephone 01795
Staying Put schemesStaying Put aims to help elderly or disabled
people to remain living independently in their homes by improving
or adapting their property to meet their ongoing needs.
The service also offers practical help with jobs such as grab
rails, changing light bulbs or any other small job that would help
fall or accident. In addition it can provide help with the costs
of small jobs around the home.
For more information on the services provided by Staying Put
please call 01795 417131 or email [email protected]
Mayor Cllr. Steve Worrall presents Zoe Ralph with a certifi cate
as Swales 100th Accredited Landlord
Staying Put Handyman fi xing a hand rail for a resident
Seeking advice at Living in Safety 2011.
Inside Swale 9A high-performing organisation
BLOW THE WHISTLE ONHOUSING CHEATSAs advertised in previous
issues of Inside Swale, we are working hard to track down housing
cheats to ensure that homes are given to those who are the next in
Your help in reporting housing fraud is important because you
can see whats going on in your neighbourhood.
You might know that somebody has a home the landlord doesnt know
about or has given false
information in their housing application. You might suspect
someone of housing fraud having seen them collect rent from your
neighbours. You might be suspicious because the tenants of a
property keep changing.
If you suspect someone is a housing cheat, let us know. If you
have any information please contact the Housing Options Team on
01795 417511 or email us at [email protected]
Would you like to get involved in helping to improve the Housing
service? We would like your views and ideas on what you need and
expect from the Housing Services Team at Swale Borough Council.
We would like our customers to get more involved in having their
say about how we run our services and make valuable contributions
to how we can improve.
Getting involved need not take up a lot of your time. Dont worry
if you dont feel confi dent about voicing your opinions in public
there are many ways to get involved. If you would like to fi nd out
more please contact the Housing Strategy Team by email:
[email protected], or phone us on 01795 417348.
Inside Swale 9on
10 Inside Swale A high-performing organisation
The Communities Secretary has urged councils to publish online
details of spending over 500 to increase openness and
Swale Borough Council has therefore teamed up with an external
private company to enable complex fi nancial information to be more
accessible to the public for scrutiny and comparison. There is now
a page on the Councils website that takes users to reports that
list the individual payments the Council
has made to suppliers over 500 from December 2010 onwards.
Publication of these lists forms part of Swale Borough Councils
commitment to be open, accountable and transparent at all times
with its residents.
All data is provided freely.
On Swale Borough Councils website you will now also fi nd
documents relating to senior staff salaries and an organisational
chart of the Council. More information may be found by searching
online for Local Government Transparency Programme. This is
consistent with the Information Commissioners guidance that senior
public servants should expect a degree of scrutiny of their
Transparency on spend
Inside Swale 11A high-performing organisation
Councils work together to save moneySwale, Ashford, Maidstone,
and Tunbridge Wells councils are saving money and improving their
internal audit services by working together.
A single combined team is now operating across all four councils
saving management and administration costs.
The new partnership has been in place since 01 April 2010 and
will save Swale Borough Council in the region of 120,000 over the
next fi ve years, as well as providing a more effi cient and
This is great news for the Council as we have to save
substantial amounts over the next three years. Working with other
councils can save money; it makes sense for the councils and in
this case for our audit team. The councils can draw on expertise
from across four councils and our auditors can gain experience of
different work at each council.
Head of the Partnership, Brian Parsons, said: We are cutting
down on administration and sharing work to avoid duplication. Using
standard IT and developing common procedures, we will make further
effi ciencies in the future.
Internal audit is not confined to the review of just financial
processes but has the freedom to review any council activity
New and would-be guest houses and B&B providers in Swale are
invited to a free workshop on Wednesday 23 March to help them build
their businesses ahead of increased visitor numbers during the 2012
London Olympic and Paralympic games.
Those attending will learn about starting up and running a
B&B or guest house, quality standards and how to join the
National Accommodation Quality Assurance Scheme. There will also be
chances to talk to Quality in Tourism, Swale Borough Council and
the countys tourism champions at Visit Kent.
The free workshop will be held at The Ferry House Inn, Harty
Ferry Road, Sheppey, from 10am to 3.30pm. For more information, or
to book a place, call Georga Mannering on 01622 696935, email
Free workshop for new Guest House and B&B businesses
12 Inside Swale A high-performing organisation
Swale Borough Council has announced that it is freezing the
level of Council Tax it sets for the 2011/12 fi nancial year.
This means that Swale Borough Councils portion of Council Tax
remains the same as the 2010/11 fi nancial year.
As well as our own Council Tax, Swale Borough Council collects
on behalf of the other public-serving authorities. Of the collected
Council Tax, Kent County Council is allocated 73%, Swale Borough
Council 11%, Kent Police Authority 10%, Kent and Medway Fire and
Rescue Authority 5% and the Parish Precepts 1%.
Council Tax freeze announced
Where your council tax goesParish Precepts - 1%
Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority - 5%
Kent Police - 10%
Swale Borough Council - 11%
Kent County Council - 73%
Despite the background of these tough times we will continue our
Swale Borough Council value for money
1,500,000Expenditure Reductions to match reduced specifi c
1,270,000 Financial savings
760,000 Management effi ciencies
230,000 Increased income
140,000 Partnership working
140,000 Improved procurement
4millionof expenditurereductions and increased income havebeen
achieved for 2011/12
Inside Swale 13In preparing for 2011/12 the Council has taken a
root and branch review of how we run ourselves as an organisation.
This involves every effort being made to release further effi
ciencies for example, through working arrangements with other
authorities see audit item on page 11. Together, this means that
front line services and grants to community and voluntary sector
groups have been largely untouched, despite the signifi cant losses
of grants and other means.
Swale Borough Council
Kent Police Authority
Kent andMedway Fire and Rescue
A 698.52 106.62 92.45 45.30 942.89B 814.94 124.39 107.86 52.85
1100.04C 931.36 142.16 123.27 60.40 1257.19D 1,047.78 159.93 138.68
67.95 1414.34E 1,280.62 195.47 169.50 83.05 1728.64F 1,513.46
231.01 200.32 98.15 2042.94G 1,746.30 266.55 231.13 113.25 2357.23H
2,095.56 319.86 277.36 135.90 2828.68
Council Tax 2011/12
Funding basicsThe local government formula grant settlement
announced on 13 December has been referred to as the worst funding
settlement for local government since 1945 so what does it mean for
the funding the Council receives?Formula GrantThis consists of two
elements and the Council can spend this grant on anything we
choose. For the fi nancial year 2011/12 we will receive 14% less of
the formula grant and then in 2012/13 a further 13% less.Specifi c
GrantsThese grants are awarded to us in relation to specifi c
activities we undertake. The government has cut this back signifi
cantly in order to balance the books. One new grant that will be
very important to us will be the New Homes Bonus a way of rewarding
councils for supporting the building of new homes.Fees and
ChargesIn December the Councils Cabinet members agreed a report
reviewing all the different fees and charges for services the
Council provides, such as parking or pest control.
We will work together with our partners and the public to find
innovative new ways of delivering high-quality services
14 Inside Swale Regenerating Swale
The Councils Core Strategy is the most important planning
document for Swale. When complete it will set out a vision of the
borough up to 2031 and a series of development proposals and
policies to achieve it. It will allocate land for new jobs and
homes, identify the infrastructure needed to support it and the
type of environment that should be safeguarded for future
The Council consulted widely in January and February on the
Issues and Options. The Options we are looking at, at this stage,
are the four possible strategies for the way forward for the
Borough as a whole.Residents were consulted at local engagement
forums and a Question Time style event allowed key stakeholders to
debate the issues behind the options.The event was chaired by
Abdool Kara, Swale Borough Councils Chief Executive and panellists
included Dr Hilary Newport from the Campaign to Protect Rural
England, Phillip Seabrook of the Swale Youth Forum and Roger House
of the Kent and Medway Federation of Small Businesses.Public
consultation closed on 14 March. The Council will now consider the
representations received and report on the way ahead in the
autumn.More details can be found on the Councils website at
Inside Swale 15Regenerating Swale
A bright future for Sittingbourne Town Centre
Regenerating Swale is the Councils number one priority
Swale Borough Council recently announced the private sector
partner with whom it will work to develop Sittingbourne Town
The Council will now negotiate a Development Agreement with the
Spirit of Sittingbourne consortium, which consists of property
consultants Essential Land, property developers Cathedral Group,
and fi nancial fund managers Altyon.
The selection process has been a rigorous one, carried out by
the Council and its professional advisers over the last six months.
The interview panel were unanimous that Spirit of Sittingbournes
approach to the town centre was the one most likely to achieve
long-term regeneration in the way that the Council wants.
Planning applications surrounding the town centre such as the
one from Tesco for land north of the railway will continue to be
processed in the usual way. We will keep you updated as further
progress is made.
16 Inside Swale Regenerating Swale
The new Gateway, which will open in the Summer of 2011, will
build its services around its customers needs and will provide
easily accessible customer service facilities all under one roof.
The Gateway will be situated in the old Woolworths building on
Sheerness High Street. Swale Borough Council is contributing 25%
and our Gateway partner, Kent County Council, is contributing 75%
of the capital cost of this project. The Gateway is key to the
ambitious plans to regenerate Sheerness town centre.
Building works are currently being undertaken to make the
building fi t for purpose and more energy effi cient. The walls and
the roof will soon be fully insulated and
the windows will be replaced with more effi cient double glazed
units. Kent County Council will soon be choosing the contractor to
carry out the majority of the works to transform the building into
the Gateway. There are many Gateways in Kent and the evidence from
other towns is that they increase the number of people visiting
town centres. The services on offer will include a Library, Adult
Education, Registry Offi ce, Adult Social Services, Skills Plus and
Swale Borough Councils Sheerness District Offi ce. Talks with other
possible service providers are occurring and we will continue to
keep you updated on the range of services that will be available.
You can fi nd out, fi rst hand, about customers experiences by
viewing Youtube, see
http://www.youtube.com/user/SwaleCouncil?feature=mhsn And, you can
view our website to keep up to date with the buildings progress:
A listing of questions and answers about the Gateway is being
developed and will shortly be available on the council website. In
the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Modupe
Dosunmu, Sheerness Gateway Project Offi cer, by telephone 01795
417518, on her mobile 07827 957613 or by email
Sheerness Gateway - making progress
Voices of LeysdownSixteen Pupils from the Isle of Sheppey
Academy took part in a fi ve-week programme of workshops with
professional documentary photographer Ed Thompson.
Students from the Abbey School enjoyed an introduction to Eds
work and went on two fi eld trips to Leysdown Village centre. The
students took portraits of locals and the edited photographs, which
will provide a social document of Leysdown and the people who live
and work there.
The workshops are part of Voices of Leysdown, a project workshop
programme spanning generations that uses storytelling, writing,
image, sound recording and interviewing to work with the community
in Leysdown to explore their perceptions and recollections of the
The students work will also be featured on a new website
www.voicesofl eysdown.co.uk due to be launched in the summer of
Voices of Leysdown is part of Leysdown Rose-Tinted, which aims
to transform Leysdown by reinvigorating it through art, by working
with people who live, work and visit there. There will be more
events over the next few months.
Voices of Leysdown is supported by Swale Borough Council, Swale
Council for Voluntary Services and Kent County Council.
Students from the Isle of Sheppey Academy taking photographs in
the Coffee Pot, Leysdown
Students from the Isle of Sheppey Academy taking portraits in
Inside Swale 17Regenerating Swale
Rushenden Retrofit works partner announcedSwale Borough Council
has announced it has agreed to award the works contract for Phase
One of the Rushenden Retrofi t programme to Kent-based contractor
Apollo Property Services.
The programme is a partnership between Swale Borough Council,
AmicusHorizon, Scottish and Southern Energy and The Homes and
Communities Agency. It focuses on regeneration work in Queenborough
and Rushenden and applies a green approach, aiming to achieve
carbon savings and lower fuel bills for households.
The Council is directly responsible for Phase One of the
programme which will deliver initial retrofi t measures to a
minimum of 65 private sector homes.
Work will start in March.
18 Inside Swale News from Medway Maritime Hospital
A new look onlineThe next time you log onto Medway NHS
Foundation Trusts website you might notice some changes.
As a result of feedback the Trust received about the website
from patients, visitors and staff, its been completely re-vamped
and condensed; making it much more user friendly and ensures that
all the information you need is easily accessible.
Take a look for yourself at:www.medway.nhs.uk
Bringing the WOW! factor at MedwayWe want everyone to receive
outstanding care and to help support this we are asking patients
and visitors to tell us when they have had an excellent experience
at Medway Maritime Hospital. To enable this, we have launched a new
staff awards initiative called The WOW! Awards. We believe its
important to identify and reward those individual members of staff
or teams who deliver excellent patient experience because this can
help to raise our standards further across the entire
The WOW! Awards is a not-for-profi t team that helps
organisations benefi t from outstanding customer service by making
it easier for our patients to tell us when our staff are doing a
great job. This gives staff the recognition they deserve and
inspires them and other colleagues to deliver a fantastic service
all the time.
We are aiming even higher to improve the experience patients
they come to hospital whether as a patient or visitor and wed
like you to tell us when youve had an excellent experience said
Jacqueline McKenna, Director of Nursing.
Excellent patient experience has always been extremely important
to us. Over the last two years, we have been doing lots of work to
protect further the privacy and dignity of our patients and to
improve our facilities, environments and care, but we realise there
is more that we could and should do to improve. Throughout this
year we will be working on a number of patient experience
activities to do just that.
How to nominatePatients and visitors can pick up a nomination
form from around the hospital or alternatively, you can nominate
easily via our website. Nominations are reviewed on a monthly basis
by WOW! and hand signed certifi cates are issued to winners.
After another long, hard winter, spring is fi nally here but for
many, unfortunately, the new season brings the misery of hay fever.
Although most cases of hay fever can be treated by going to the
pharmacy or, if symptoms are severe, a GP, some of the more extreme
cases are referred by GPs to Medway Maritime Hospitals allergy
clinic which is the only one of its kind in Kent.
Hay fever occurs because the persons immune system is extremely
sensitive to pollen, most commonly, grass pollen says Julie
Millest, Allergy Nurse Specialist at Medway NHS Foundation Trust.
When a hay fever sufferer inhales pollen, their body overacts,
leading to symptoms such as itchy eyes, a runny nose, sneezing and
wheezing. For some people these symptoms can be so severe that they
affect everyday life like sleeping, sitting exams or enjoying
outdoor summer activities with family. And for those who are
allergic to tree pollen, symptoms can start as early as February or
March with June and July being the peak period for those allergic
to grass pollen.
Fortunately for most, hay fever can be controlled and if
symptoms are mild to moderate, there are some things that sufferers
can do to help themselves says Julie. Start hay fever medication
prior to the pollen season and take it continuously throughout the
summer; avoid being outside in the early morning and evening when
the pollen count is
highest; wear sunglasses to prevent eye irritation; keep windows
closed late afternoon when the pollen count rises; and drive with
your car windows closed. All these tips can help prevent or
Antihistamines and nasal sprays are effective to relieve
symptoms for the majority of people, but where reactions are
extreme a GP may refer the patient to the allergy clinic to be
considered for a treatment called immunotherapy. Traditionally done
by subcutaneous injections (an injection given in the fatty layer
of tissue under the skin), grass pollen immunotherapy is now
available as a sublingual (under the tongue) tablet. With both the
injection and tablet treatments taking three years to complete,
this long-term treatment helps reduce the bodys reaction to pollen.
It contains a small amount of the pollen the person is allergic to,
helping the body to overcome the allergy by gradually allowing the
immune system to react to it more normally.
Hay fever is a common condition that affects around 20% of
people in the UK, and it is more likely if there is a family
history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema.
Dont let hay fever get you down
20 Inside Swale A safer and stronger community
Help keep your community safe from fireKent Fire and Rescue
Service (KFRS) is appealing to Swale residents to look out for
vulnerable and elderly friends, neighbours and relatives and to be
aware of the danger signs that can lead to fi re.
It only takes two to three breaths of toxic smoke from a fi re
to fall unconscious and, sadly, residents who are elderly, disabled
or on medication are more likely to be killed or injured. Factors
such as living alone, physical or mental health issues, as well
lifestyle choices, like drinking alcohol and smoking, make
people more vulnerable.
If you know someone who needs help to keep safe you can put them
in touch with KFRS. A community safety offi cer can visit, if
needed, and offer free fi re prevention advice including
information on safety devices for the visually and hearing
For further information contact KFRS on 0800 923 7000 or visit
Partnership bike marking a wheel success!Swales Community Safety
Partnership hailed Januarys bike marking days a great success after
helping nearly 100 families security mark their bikes and
Local Neighbourhood teams joined forces with Community Safety
Unit volunteers to help bike owners in Teynham and Sittingbourne
cycles with their house number and postcode using special UV
marker pens. They were also issued general crime prevention advice
and encouraged to register their valuables on the police
recommended National Property Database www.immobilise.com
PC Mike Kingwell, of the Faversham Neighbourhood Policing team,
said: By marking your bike with your postcode and house number it
makes it easier to trace, which makes it far less attractive to
Swaledays a their b
NO Use Empty CampaignHelp us tackle Empty Properties in your
area! Empty properties are a nuisance to look at but also encourage
antisocial behaviour in your neighbourhood.
To report an empty property please contact Brian George on 01795
417232 or Sharon Russell on 01795 417021.
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Thanks to Chalkwell, Swale Borough Council street wardens have
been able to get about the borough in a quicker, easier and greener
way.Chalkwell kindly gave bus passes to the Councils six street
wardens so that they could travel around Swale and go about their
daily work without always having to use the wardens van. This will
help the Council to reduce its carbon footprint.It also enabled the
wardens to be an even more visible presence, chatting to interested
passengers about their concerns regarding littering and fl ytipping
and they can also educate people about the consequences of such
actions.This helped the wardens to go about their important work of
education and enforcement and addressing antisocial behaviour
creating a safer and stronger environment.It costs the Council
money to clear up after fl ytippers. You can report incidents of fl
ytipping to us on 01795 417850.
Street Wardens on the buses
This is another example of the Council working together with
A safer and stronger community
Remember to register to vote for the 5 May elections.See page
Have you ever wondered how decisions are made? You can come
along to most of the councils meetings to listen to the debates and
see the decision-making process in action.
You can also give your views at the Planning Committee,
Licensing Committee and Swale Joint Transportation Board meetings,
or ask a question at Council meetings. But please contact
Democratic Services fi rst to register, as certain rules apply in
the public participation scheme.
You may also wish to submit a petition or e-petition to the
Council in accordance with the Councils petition scheme.
For meeting details visit: www2.swale.gov.uk/dso or phone 01795
To fi nd out which ward you are in and who is your Swale Borough
Key Conservative Labour Liberal Democrats Independent
22 Inside Swale Your Councillors
Ward CouncillorAbbey Bryan MulhernAnita WalkerBorden Nicholas
HampshireBoughton & Courtenay
George BobbinAndrew Bowles
Chalkwell Roger TrueloveGhlin WhelanDavington Priory Mike
HendersonEast Downs Colin PrescottGrove Duncan Dewar-WhalleyGareth
RandallHartlip, Newington& Upchurch
Gerry LewinJohn Wright
Iwade & Lower Halstow Ben StokesKemsley Sue GentBrenda
SimpsonLeysdown & Warden Patricia SandleMilton Regis Elvina
Minster CliffsAndy BoothAdrian CrowtherKenneth Pugh
Murston Dave BanksEd GentQueenborough &Halfway
Jackie ConstableMick ConstableRichard Darby
Roman Lloyd BowenMike HaywoodSheerness East Chris FouldsDavid
SargentSheerness West Angela HarrisonStephen Worrall
Sheppey CentralLesley InghamJohn MorrisPaul Sturdgess
St. Anns Mark BaldockMike CosgroveSt. Michaels Derek ConwayNick
WilliamsTeynham & Lynsted Richard BarnicottTrevor
FentimanWatling Ted WilcoxDavid SimmonsWest Downs Monique
BonneyWoodstock Alan WillicombeJean Willicombe
Inside Swale 23
Phone Email01795 53849801795 531192
[email protected] 477560 (eve) or 07739 108756
[email protected] 751388
[email protected] 752840 or 07778 629879
[email protected] 425445 [email protected] 475629
[email protected] 534368 or 07900 265337
[email protected] 590054
[email protected] 808871
[email protected] 474802
[email protected] 366113 [email protected]
842852 [email protected] 47697901795 55390001795 599603
[email protected] 510400 [email protected]
471792 [email protected] 475888
[email protected] 880444 [email protected]
874418 [email protected] 871388
[email protected] 422552 [email protected]
289190 [email protected] 66523801795 66523801795 664330
[email protected] 522357 [email protected] 173264
[email protected] 667536 [email protected]
664914 [email protected] 665029
[email protected] 66558901795 881123 or 07719 255064
[email protected] 881102 [email protected]
821859 or 01795 872617 [email protected] 530192 or
07891 815022 [email protected] 591790
[email protected] 424865 or 07789 072677
[email protected] 479835
[email protected] 536177
[email protected] 531512 or 07898 865131
[email protected] 533004 [email protected]
532100 [email protected] 443527 [email protected]
439680 [email protected] 439680 [email protected]
Acknowledgement: Shop Local First is a scheme originally created
by Thanet District Council.
Great local offers for you!
Look out for
Shop Local First window stickers in your shops!
For more information visit www.swale.gov.uk/shoplocal or contact
Jill Read on 01795 417592email: [email protected] Martin
Goodhew on 01795 585621email: [email protected]
...have you got yours yet?
Shop Local First