Higham Parish Council
Special Announcements, News and Events
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|Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Change??|
|Vacancy for a Parish Councillor|
|Letter from HM The Queen|
|History Group Meeting|
|Village Litter Pick|
|Food Safety Training Course|
|Higham Neighbourhood Forum|
|Community Warden and Councillor Drop-In Dates|
|Vote for the Pavilion Project|
|Highcliffe Medical Practice|
|Kent Police Local Contact|
|Thames Estuary Partnership|
KCC Local Transport Plan - Consultation Now Open
The Local Transport Plan 4: Delivering Growth without Gridlock 2016-2031 (LTP4) consultation draft is now available for your feedback at: www.kent.gov.uk/localtransportplan
You will be able to read a copy of the draft, answer the online questionnaire, and access our draft Equality Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment.
This strategy has been developed in partnership, drawing together expertise from across organisations, sectors and specialisms to identify transport priorities for the county of Kent. Our vision is to ‘deliver safe and efficient transport, ensuring that all Kent’s communities and businesses benefit, the environment is enhanced and economic growth is supported’.
The consultation will run until the 30th of October 2016. We need your feedback to ensure that we are delivering the right priorities for us all - please do circulate far and wide!
If you need any of the documents in a hard or alternative format, please contact: email@example.com
Based on your feedback we will develop the final version of LTP4 in late 2016, with the aim to launch it in early 2017.
Thank you in advance and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.
• Participate in this consultation
Proposed Parliamentary Constituency Boundary Changes
The Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended in 2011) requires the four Boundary Commissions for the UK to carry out a review of constituencies and to submit final reports to Parliament in September 2018. Parliament has specified that the 2018 Review must reduce the number of constituencies, and therefore MPs, in the UK, to 600. It has asked the Boundary Commission for England, as an independent and impartial body, to consider where the boundaries of the new Parliamentary contituencies in England should be, ensuring that every new constituency has roughly the same number of electors; no fewer than 71,031 and no more than 78,507.
Harold Craske, Parish Councillor and Member for Higham on Gravesham Borough Council has written about this topic:-
You have probably heard on the radio or television that the Boundary Commission has issued draft proposals for the redrawing of Parliamentary Constituency boundaries. This is to make constituencies as equal in numbers as possible.
The Commission have issued a proposed boundary change for the Gravesham Constituency . Much of the area would remain as before. The proposal is to add Ash, New Ash Green, Hodsoll Street and Hartley. However, the other part of the proposal is to remove Higham from the Constituency and add it to Rochester and Strood.
I am sure that many of you will have thoughts on this. Should you wish to comment on the proposal you may make your views known at www.bce2018.org.uk and then entering your postcode. This will then bring you to the relevant page and show you the dates of public meetings and how you can make your thoughts known.
I must emphasise that the changes, if implemented, do not affect the place of the parish within the Gravesham Borough Council area. Higham will remain in Gravesham Borough as now.
Member for Higham
Gravesham Borough Council
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Vacancy for a Parish Councillor
Due to the resignation of Simon Hearn, there is one vacancy for Parish Councillor. Could you serve your village and local community?? Read more details...
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HM The Queen's 90th Birthday
We were delighted with a card and letter received from Buckingham Palace, thanking Higham Parish Council for their Birthday good wishes.
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Report on the Village Litter Pick, Sunday 2nd October 2016
Another successful Litter Pick last Sunday, 2nd October. A BIG thank you to our 13 volunteers who collected 20 bags of rubbish, plus a hub cap, 2 balls, a red pole, 20 glass bottles and several other strange objects from School Lane, Church Street and some surrounding roads, hedges and grass verges plus the Recreation Ground.
There is no doubt there is less litter around the village and thanks are also due to anyone who picks up litter in their area on a regular basis - that makes a huge difference.
Just need to find a way of reducing the number of people who drop litter - any ideas out there - legal methods only!!
Watch this space for the details of the next session - if you would like to become a volunteer just message the Parish Clerk or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you to the list.
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Dates for Higham Parish Council Meetings in 2016
9th May (Annual Parish Council Meeting)
21st November Budget and Finance
28th November Christmas Meeting with Mayor
Annual Parish Assembly:- Thursday, 14th April 2016.
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History Group Meeting
The next meeting of Higham Village History Group is on Thursday 17th November 2016 at 8pm in the Memorial Hall, School Lane, Higham. Speaker: Neil Arnold. "KENT URBAN MYTHS" -- A welcome return to Neil, who never fails to entertain, with his quirky view of our county’s history, curiosities and strange happenings.
As this is our last meeting before Christmas there will be seasonal refreshments and a raffle.
All welcome, Members - FREE, Visitors - £3.50 including light refreshments.
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Country Eye -- Helping Keep the Rural Community in Kent Safe
Country Eye has been built to help Kent residents, farmers and countryside users receive rural information and to report information quickly and efficiently. The mobile phone app allows users to record and share information on crime, suspicious behaviour and damage in their home community or whilst out and about.
The Country Eye app is now available to download for free on iPhone and Android.
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Higham Neighbourhood Forum (previously Higham PACT Panel)
The Neighbourhood Forum for Higham is a range of local people plus representatives from Parish Council, the Kent Police and the Community Warden. We meet quarterly to discuss any concerns about the quality of life or community safety issues within the village. SPEEDWATCH is one of our activities. Regular reports and liaison with the Parish Council, Police, Community Warden and other key partners allow free and frank examination of things that may be of concern. At our past meetings we have had officials from Gravesham Borough Council and Kent Highways who advised us and assisted in discovering solutions to local issues.
If you have a concern about your local neighbourhood or have ideas that would improve your quality of life in Higham then do either come to a Forum meeting or a Parish Council meeting to speak your mind. For more information, please visit our new Forum website at http://www.spanglefish.com/highamneighbourhoodforum
Meetings are planned usually for the first Tuesday in March, June, September, and December, normally at 7.30pm in Higham Library, Villa Road, Higham. All are welcome to come.
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Higham Parish Council & Neighbourhood Forum are pleased to tell you a limited supply of free dog waste bags are available at Higham Library. Initially only 1 roll at a time per dog owner. Please help us make our village a cleaner place to live. [October 2014]
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Higham Community Warden Steve Gray along with Cllrs. Sue Sparkes and / or Harold Craske and / or Les Pearton will be available for anyone to pop in and discuss any local issues that worry them. For 2016 the dates are normally the last Thursday monthly, bar December when it is usually the third Thursday from 2.30 to 4pm in Higham Library. Light refreshments served.
Faster Broadband in Higham?
Are you interested in faster broadband speeds in our village. Read more...
Higham Youth Club meets on a Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Young people from the age of 10 years to 18 years are welcome to join us. We have a number of activities each week and lots of equipment including a pool table, table football, table tennis, basketball, swingball, Nintendo Wii (two consoles plus guitar hero complete band set, snowboarding, wii fit, dance mat and many other games), Playstation 2 (including Singstar), Karaoke, Scalextrics, Keyboard, Circus equipment, Board games..... We also hire the outside sports courts for those who wish to play football... Often we run cookery evenings, circus skills, hair and beauty, arts and crafts plus many others..
You can keep up with what's going on by looking at our website... www.highamyouthandcommunity.co.uk The new website also covers the extensive renovation works on an updated community amenity -- the Pavilion. Higham Youth Club is managing this community project by taking on a lease of The Pavilion building (on the Recreation Ground). We had been desperately looking for additional facilities to run an older age club locally for many years. We had also wanted to expand the clubs and activities offered. For more information, please click here.
If anyone in the village would like to give up a couple of hours per week of their time and help us as a volunteer please contact Jo for more information on 07817 746097. All adult helpers are checked through the Disclosure and Barring System (formerly Criminal Records Bureau), and we do ask for 2 referees.. You will understand that this is purely to safeguard our young members. Working with the young people at these clubs is a very enjoyable experience and also gives you the opportunity to take part in exciting activities too!! Some photos taken during a past residential trip:
A message from Jo Raff, Youth Club Leader
I am the current leader of Higham Youth Club (since 2007). As many people in the Village know the club has grown considerably in that time and we have been in need of providing additional sessions to cater for all the young people who wish to attend. We have been seeking premises for many years to enable us to run further activities.
Originally the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground was built for Higham Boys Club which closed. The Pavilion was then occupied by the kindergarten which sadly closed last Summer. The Parish Council have been working very hard negotiating a lease renewal of the Recreation Ground, Sports Courts and Pavilion building. The landowners said all three parts had to be included in the lease, and due to problems with the negotiations for almost three years there was real risk of the Village losing the Recreation Ground,Sports Courts and Pavilion. At the end of December, on behalf of the youth club, I was asked if we would be interested in taking on the Pavilion building. The building is currently in a very poor state of repair and needs urgent works to make it safe. We had to consider this very carefully. Clearly it would help us as it would give us a great opportunity to be able to offer so much more to young people in the Village, but it would also mean taking on a huge project which would cost a considerable amount of money and time.
We decided to go ahead and submitted a business plan which was approved by the Parish Council. The Parish Council have always supported the youth of the village wherever possible.
Outline approval has now been given to us taking on a sublease although documentation still has to be signed.
We have many exciting plans for the future, and wish to turn the Pavilion into a "hub" providing activities, clubs and events for the young people and other community users in the Village. We just could not see the loss of the Recreation Ground or Sports Courts as these are used by so many different groups, including our youth club. It is already so sad that the Village no longer has nursery provision, and we didn't want to see the demise of the youth club due to lack of facilities.
We will be applying for grants, holding fundraising events, and working very hard to raise the money needed to fund the building works needed. We have to be able to provide a safe place for people to meet and that is our initial priority (although hope to make further improvements in due course).
We will be needing architects, builders, plumbers, electricians, and many other tradesman for the works at the Pavilion.
This venture is completely non-profit making. All monies raised will go back in to provide further activities to benefit the Village. Eventually we wish to see the Pavilion used seven days a week, all day and evenings, providing a whole range of activities and clubs. Further details are in our business plans.
We hope Villagers will support us. We have started to receive donations from kind Villagers. If you feel you could help us out, or have made a pledge to help already please could you message me, or email me at email@example.com.
Thank you so much.
Leader – Higham Youth Club
Mobile – 07817 746097 (voicemail between 7am and 5pm whilst I am at work)
Aviva Community Fund grant opportunity for The Pavilion Project. Please go to https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-3404 and VOTE for Youth Beautifying the Village!
Highcliffe Medical Practice
Our local GP surgery has a web site ( www.highcliffemedicalpractice.nhs.uk/ ) to provide patients with useful information about the services available. In addition they are also looking to recruit younger local resident to join our patient participation group. Please contact:
Highcliffe Medical Practice
Tel: 01474 823841
Fax: 01474 824155
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Kent Police Local Contact Point Dates
Need to speak to a neighbourhood police officer? Visit one of the Police Contact Points, available in nearly 200 locations across Kent, including Higham. Police vans stop at a prominent location for one hour per visit; come along to talk to a neighbourhood officer about any policing concerns you may have, to get safety advice or to collect a free crime prevention item.
To confirm the times and locations of the Police Contact Points near you, visit www.kent.police.uk/policecontactpoints. Our local venue is on Wednesdays outside Higham Library, Villa Road (car park), Higham ME3 7BS.
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By registering with the Mail Preference Service you can reduce the amount of personally addressed junk mail received.
You can register by writing to:
The Mailing Preference Service
70 Margaret Street
or calling 0845 703 4599 or logging on to: www.mpsonline.org.uk
Unwanted Telephone calls
You can reduce phone calls from companies offering to sell goods or services by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service.
The Telephone Preference Service
70 Margaret Street
or call 0845 070 0707 or logging into www.tpsonline.org.uk
Silent Callguard Service
If you receive a phone call and when you pick up the receiver there is nobody speaking, you may be receiving calls generated by automatic dialling equipment that dial more numbers than there are operators to take the calls.
You can reduce these calls by registering with the Silent Callgard Service on 0844 3722 325.
Parcel Scam Alert
Kent Police Neighbourhood Watch are aware of a warning Royal Mail have put out. They have advised that there is currently a scam happening due to Christmas fast approaching.
A Card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 09066 611911 (a premium rate number).
If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed for £315 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details then contact Royal Mail Fraud.
Royal Mail's website has very helpful details in relation to Scam mail. Please make all family and friends aware that there may be many other scams similar to this. If you are ordering online and getting deliveries, confirm who your item will be delivered by/to.
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Kent Police Launch 101 as the New Non-Emergency Number
As from Monday 14th November 2011 there is a change to the Phone Number that you should use to contact your local Kent Police for non emergency calls.
101 is the new national non-emergency number to contact Police in your area. Residents in the Kent policing area should call 101 to contact their local officer, make an enquiry and to report non-urgent crimes. The current non emergency number (01622 690690) is being phased out.
Examples when to use 101 are:
Each call will never cost more than 15p. Callers will be put through to Force Control Room in Kent and not a national call centre.
As always, dial 999 in an emergency when life is in danger or a crime is in progress.
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For the time being, the Parish Council is providing website space to host the HiARA website. There is lots of information and details of HiARA's activity programme plus dates for outings. Visit the web site.
The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) is a forum for local authorities, national agencies, industry, voluntary bodies and local communities to work together for the good of the Thames Estuary. The Partnership is a charity which co-ordinates projects and holds events and workshops to provide information and to gather feedback.
The threat of climate change and increased flood risk is an ever present feature of the Estuary, yet many local people are not aware that plans are already being developed to help those responsible to adapt to these threats. More detailed information can be found on the TEP website, www.thamesweb.com
Viewable Thames Estuary & North Kent flood risk map - click here. format, needs .
Environment Agency flooding risk & advice - click here.
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Allotments are small plots of land set aside for local people to rent and grow plants, vegetables, fruit, etc. Allotment size can vary or be divided up to provide variety of produce for your own requirements. Click here to go to the informative BBC allotment web page.
season the Parish Allotments showed an increase in the number of plots rented
for cultivation. This was most encouraging and the Parish Council decided
to undertake a survey of the condition of all the plots. The survey was completed
in November 2004 and showed that there were a number of overgrown plots. The
Parish Council has cleared the top vegetation from some of these plots which
are now available for cultivation.
Water stand-pipes are within reach of all the allotments, so if you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Higham Parish Clerk on 01474 822642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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