**FOR INFO – Our new playground is now OPEN**

Higham Parish Council are pleased to announce that as of Friday 16th October, work on our new playground equipment at the recreation ground has been completed and the playground is officially OPEN!!


We hope that this equipment will bring hours of fun for all of the young children in our village and we hope, as parents, like it too. Benches for tired legs, new bins and safety signage are currently being considered by the Parish Council and we will keep you posted on progress.
Our contractor, Playground Projects have worked really hard over the last few weeks installing this much needed brand-new playground for all of the children in the village to enjoy. The Playground Project has been made possible through fundraising coordinated by a group of hard-working and kind volunteers in the village as well as from grants kindly donated by Kent County Council and Gravesham Borough Council. Councillor Mendzil must also be thanked for leading this project on behalf of Higham Parish Council.
We will keep you all posted with updates on the benches, signage and bins very shortly so please keep checking back.

Thank you for your continued support.
Higham Parish Council

FOR ACTION: Local Green Space Public Consultation

Gravesham Borough Council Public Consultation NOW OPEN
 
Local Green Space is a planning designation introduced by Government in the National Planning Policy Framework.
 
The designation is a way to provide additional protection to green spaces (sites) which demonstrate particular importance to local communities in line with the criteria for Local Green Space.
 
The Council is inviting representations on:
 
  • View and provide comments on the draft local criteria for the designation of Local Green Space
  • Nominate a site to be considered by the council for the Local Green Space designation
The Local Green Space consultation will run for four weeks from Tuesday 1 September until Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 5 pm.
 
For all of the details, please visit the Gravesham Borough Council’s dedicated webpage here:
Here you can read the consultation documents and submit your response online too.
 

Higham Parish Council

FOR INFO: Gardens for Pleasure Competition in 2020

Gardens for Pleasure Competition in 2020

The Parish Council very much regrets that for the first time in 36 years it has not been possible to hold our Annual Higham Gardens for Pleasure Competition in 2020.

Some parishioners have opted for a simple garden display this year, others have not attempted to plant out their usual pots. It has therefore been decided that, as this year is exceptional, the fairest thing to do to ensure a level playing field is to not proceed further with the competition this year.

We are sorry for this disappointment but (fingers crossed) we very much hope to be able to stage the competition as usual next year. If you are not familiar with the annual competition, please follow the link below for our Garden for Pleasure Competition page:

Gardens for Pleasure Competition


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FOR ACTION: Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

The Department of Transport have opened a consultation seeking the UK’s views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  • cyclists
  • pedestrians
  • horse riders

The main alterations to the code being proposed are:

  • introducing a hierarchy of road users which ensures that those road users who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others
  • clarifying existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road,
  • providing guidance on cyclist priority at junctions to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead
  • establishing guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders

Higham Parish Council are urging our parishioners to have their say in this consultation as cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders are well represented in the area and particularly as the activities mentioned are very popular in and around our village.

Please follow the link below for all of the details on how to respond:

Gov.uk - Review of The Highway Code to improve road safety for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders

The consultation closes at


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A further message from your Borough Councillors Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

COVID-19
Lockdown is easing and many people are getting back to a ‘normal’ way of life. Schools, which never closed, are taking in more children; our village shops have continued trading, as has many of our businesses and the surgery whilst observing social distancing procedures; many more people are returning to work; and, our places of worship are now gradually opening for short periods of time whilst providing collective worship through that wonderful platform, and previously unheard of ZOOM.
For some, however, the virus is still as dominant in their lives as it was earlier in the year and many are suffering because of its consequences. The tireless task to assist those in need has been continued throughout by our ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers. All our village key workers and volunteers have continued regardless whilst also trying to juggle their own personal lives and families.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all to all the volunteers, the shopkeepers and staff, our Parish church and the Congregational church, the garages, the surgery and to both our village schools to keep Higham village going through the lockdown thus far. Some innovative ideas have kept the community together – the rainbows, the pebbles, the essentials kits, the VE Day kits, the sunflower kits, the Joyce sweetshop kits and much, much more. Volunteer aid has kept going whether via the churches, the schools, the shops or individual members of the Parish community.
We must not forget that some village businesses have suffered, but spirits have remained high and everyone has pulled together wherever possible.
There are too many ‘Heroes’ to name individually and in fear of missing anyone out – you know who you are and you are applauded.
On behalf of the whole village and your Parish Council – THANK YOU!
Harold and Les

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – A message from your Borough Councillors, Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – A further message from your Borough Councillors, Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

Lockdown is easing and many people are getting back to a ‘normal’ way of life. Schools, which never closed, are taking in more children; our village shops have continued trading, as has many of our businesses and the surgery whilst observing social distancing procedures; many more people are returning to work; and, our places of worship are now gradually opening for short periods of time whilst providing collective worship through that wonderful platform, and previously unheard of, ZOOM.
 
For some, however, the virus is still as dominant in their lives as it was earlier in the year and many are suffering because of its consequences. The tireless task to assist those in need has been continued throughout by our ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers. All our village key workers and volunteers have continued regardless whilst also trying to juggle their own personal lives and families.
 
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all to all the volunteers, the shopkeepers and staff, our Parish church and the Congregational church, the garages, the surgery and to both our village schools to keep Higham village going through the lockdown thus far. Some innovative ideas have kept the community together – the rainbows, the pebbles, the essentials kits, the VE Day kits, the sunflower kits, the Joyce sweetshop kits and much, much more. Volunteer aid has kept going whether via the churches, the schools, the shops or individual members of the Parish community. We must not forget that some village businesses have suffered, but spirits have remained high and everyone has pulled together wherever possible.
 
There are too many ‘Heroes’ to name individually and in fear of missing anyone out – you know who you are and you are applauded.
 
On behalf of the whole village and your Parish Council – THANK YOU!

 

 

Kent County Council Draft 5 Year Plan published

Do you want to help shape the future of life in Kent? Do you want your views to be heard by the County Council? If yes, then we would recommend reading Kent County Council’s (KCC) ‘Draft 5 Year Plan’

Over the past 5 months KCC have been listening to:

  • Kent residents
  • young people
  • businesses
  • voluntary and community sector organisations
  • our staff
  • our partners across public services.

They have heard about what is important to quality of life in Kent and what people’s priorities are. Based on what they have heard, they developed the draft 5 year plan. The plan shapes what KCC will do and what they will prioritise spending money on over the next 5 years.

This document is available online for you to read and respond to (it can also be downloaded if you are unable to respond online). We recommend reading the plan before you complete and submit your response. Hurry though as the consultation closes on the 17th February 2020.

Please follow this link to the Kent County Council ‘Draft 5 Year Plan’ page:

Draft 5 Year Plan - Kent County Council


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