The Great British Spring Clean will be back next year!

We can’t wait to start planning for the Spring 2021 campaign. This doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to continue litter picking in Higham though, you can easily and quickly sign up to pledge your time on the Keep Britain Tidy website using the link below:
Pledge to do your own individual clean-up and you can give as little as 15 minutes!
We will use our Facebook page and our website to keep residents updated on developments and arrangements for the Great Spring Clean Up 2021. In the meantime, save the following dates in your diaries for the Higham Great Spring Clean Up:

28 May – 13 June 2021

If you want to register early interest in supporting the Parish Council with this initiative in Spring 2021, then please do so by simply emailing Councillor Sparks or Councillor Gilby – follow the link below for contact details:


Thank your for your continued support.


Higham Parish Council

Report fly-tipping

Moving around the country lanes of Higham, whether on foot, bike or car, can be a most pleasant experience. Take in the sights of the rolling English countryside or the view across the Thames or how about this:

Not a sight that anybody would want to see on their travels around our village. Unfortunately, incidents of fly tipping are becoming increasingly common in the lanes of Higham and neighbouring villages.

How do I report fly-tipping?

It is essential that all incidences of fly-tipping that you see are reported to Gravesham Borough Council (GBC). If you see fly tipping, please report it immediately and do not think that someone else will do it – report it straight away to GBC for it to be removed. We have found that GBC are very efficient at removing unsightly, polluting and dangerous waste so keep up the good work Gravesham!

Fly-tipping can be quickly and easily reported online via the GBC website by clicking on the image below

Have you heard of the Country Eye Mobile App?

The Country Eye mobile phone app has been built to help Kent residents, farmers and countryside users to receive rural information and to report criminal activity / 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 available to download for free from the Apple Store for Apple devices  and Google Play Store for Android devices .

Click on the image below for more information:

Let’s beat them not join them – Remember, that it’s your responsibility to get rid of your rubbish and waste properly and legally.

Sometimes unlawful traders take rubbish from you for a small fee and then just dump it. This type of environmental crime is a blight on our open spaces, and spoils our area for those who live here and visit.

Only businesses that are registered to carry waste can take away rubbish, this includes our own household waste collection.

Anyone that is visited by a door-to-door rubbish collector or chooses to use a contractor should ask if they are a registered waste carrier and ask for their waste carrier number. You can then ask the Environment Agency to do a validation check.

This will be able to tell you if the contractor is registered. If they’re not please do not use them no matter how reasonable you feel their prices are!

The Parish Council

KCC Household Waste Recycling Centres – Charging Policy

Kent County Council Household Waste Recycling Centres – charging policy

Please note that Kent County Council are now charging for the disposal of non-household waste materials . These items include:

  • breeze blocks, bricks, cement, concrete and drain pipes
  • ceramic bathroom and kitchen items (baths, bidets, cisterns, shower trays, sinks, toilet pans, wash basins)
  • flagstones, granite, marble, paving slabs
  • hardcore, rubble, gravel, rocks, stones
  • plasterboard
  • sand
  • soil
  • tiles (ceramic, clay, slate)
  • tyres (charged for since 2012)

This charging policy is consistent across all eighteen of their Household Waste Recycling Centres including Pepper Hill and Cuxton. The charging policy started in early June 2019. These charges have been introduced to recover the cost of dealing with these types of non-household waste while still being able to offer a disposal service. The charges are intended to help KCC achieve critical savings while still maintaining a comprehensive service for residents.

Price details as follows:

Soil, sand and rubble (including ceramic bathroom and kitchen items)

  • £4 per bag or item (bag up to the size of a standard black sack), limited to 5 bags (or equivalent) per day.
  • Includes: breeze blocks, bricks, cement, concrete, drain pipes, ceramic bathroom and kitchen items (baths, bidets, cisterns, shower trays, sinks, toilet pans, wash basins), flagstones, granite, gravel, hardcore, marble, paving slabs, rocks, rubble, sand, soil, stones and tiles (ceramic, clay, slate).
  • Ideally the waste should be brought in bags for ease of disposal, but loose material can be accepted.
  • These materials must be placed in the soil, rubble and hardcore recycling area.
  • Before disposing of tiles with plasterboard on, please separate them. If this is not possible, please talk to a member of staff.


  • £6 per bag or sheet of plasterboard (bag up to the size of a standard black sack).
  • Plasterboard must be placed in the designated plasterboard recycling area.


  • £2.50 per tyre (car and motorbike tyres), limited to 5 tyres per visit. Commercial tyres will not be accepted.
  • Tyres must be placed in the designated recycling area.
  • We have charged for domestic tyres since 2012.

Payment will be by card only and there will be a dedicated member of staff to assist customers when they arrive at site with chargeable waste items. You can request a VAT receipt by asking a member of the site staff.