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People can now have their say on Swale Borough Council’s plans to regenerate Sittingbourne town centre. The plans are outlined in a draft supplementary planning document that is now available for public consultation after it was approved by councillors in December.
The council is planning to install a new play area and fitness equipment at Manor Grove and Johnson Road play area in Sittingbourne is looking in better shape after work to spruce up the equipment was carried out.
Swale Borough Council is writing to local Kent County Councillors to ask them to oppose £2.3 million of cuts to homelessness support.
In a significant development for the hugely controversial Highsted Park proposals which are not part of the councils plans, the two speculative planning applications submitted for the development are currently not lawful as they needed to include an environment statement setting out the significant effects of the proposals on the environment.
Swale Borough Council’s climate and ecological emergency action plan is the second best in Kent according to Climate Emergency UK.
On Sunday 30 individual groups from all corners of Kent took part in a Day of Action as part of a co-ordinated campaign to highlight the scale of destruction due to development planned for Kent’s valuable green spaces.
More than 11,000 trees will be planted across 16 sites in Swale including Vincent Gardens in Sheerness, Leysdown Coastal Park, Homewood Avenue and Manor Grove Sittingbourne and Whitings Crescent and Windermere in Faversham.
The Sittingbourne News published by the KM Media Group recently came under fire from Swale Borough Council following the publication of an article entitled ‘Scuppered consultation cost £620K’ which was described by the council as a wilful distortion of the facts.
Whilst a more scaled back affair than before the pandemic, large numbers of residents gathered to honour the fallen for the Sittingbourne War Memorial Civil Service of Remembrance at the Sittingbourne Cenotaph.
People wanting to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday can park for free in any council car park.