Higham Community Warden – Paul Hassell

Kent’s community wardens are out and about between 7.30am and 10pm every day in 128 Kent communities including ours who covers Higham, Chalk, Cobham and Sole Street.

His name is Paul Hassell and you may have met him at the monthly drop-in sessions held at Higham library or you may have seen him out and about in the village. He is a very friendly and approachable warden (as they all are) and is more than happy to take your calls relating to all manner of issues relating to low-level crime in our village.

As a Community Warden, Paul

  • can tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
  • can take names and addresses and control traffic
  • is a reassuring uniformed presence
  • is fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme before starting their work
  • encourages our community to work together and make things better for everyone
  • works closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities
  • talks with local people, offering information and advice e.g. Paul attends our monthly drop-in surgery at Higham Library (see below for more details)
  • takes part in local community activities e.g. attends Parish Council meetings to provide his monthly report.

Meet Paul

The Community Warden drop-in surgery is held on the last Thursday of the month between 2.30pm and 4pm in Higham Library.

If you wish to make a report of a low-level crime that you have witnessed or perhaps you have observed suspicious activity in Higham, you can contact Paul directly:

07811 271256
Paul.Hassell@kent.gov.uk


Want to know more?

Find out more about the Community Wardens in Kent by visiting the Community Wardens website here:

Kent Community Wardens

The Parish Council

Higham’s Defibrillators – January 2020 Update

Back in October 2018, Higham residents were able to learn about the Defibrillator equipment that has been installed at the recreation ground in the village by Higham Parish Council.

Awareness sessions were organised to demonstrate the defibrillator in late 2018 when our first machine was installed on the recreation ground in School Lane. Residents were invited to “have a go” using the training equipment. These sessions were part of the ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign – a designated annual day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible – visit the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK) for more details:

Resuscitation Council (UK)

So far, around 200 people resident in and around Higham have been shown how to use a defibrillator and the Parish Council are hoping to get involved in this campaign again in 2020. More details on the 2018 campaign can be found here:

Restart a Heart Day 2018


Update January 2020

Currently (January 2020) our defibrilator is located on the recreation ground and is accessible 24/7. A further two defibrilators have now been purchased with the help of money from Higham Parish Council and fundraising initiatives by local groups. Locations for our two new machines and installation details are still being finalised, but rest assured, they will be up and running shortly.

Keep checking our news section for announcements.


Fact File
  • When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by at least 7 – 10%.

  • Although Higham is a village with a large older population, defibrillators help save the lives of people of all ages; 12 -15 young people die from heart related causes each week.

  • Having equipment in easily accessible locations in local communities helps save lives.

  • There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. Chances of survival increase significantly with early access to CPR and defibrillation.

Nuralite Planning Application Ref 20190290

HAVE YOU SENT YOUR COMMENTS TO GRAVESHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL YET?

PLEASE DO IT TODAY!

If you are having problems with the online form, Gravesham Borough Council have provided us with two additional and dedicated email addresses to send your objections too:

planning.admin@gravesham.gov.uk

and 

planning.reps@gravesham.gov.uk

Please quote Application Reference 20190290 in your correspondence. Don’t forget to request a written receipt for your objection in your email.

If you do not have access to email, you can write with your comments and send them to the following address:

Planning and Regeneration Services
Gravesham Borough Council
Civic Centre
Windmill Street
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1AU

 

For more information, visit the Nuralite Planning Application page on our website by clicking here.

The 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

101 is the Police Non-Emergency Number

101 is the 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.

REMEMBER  – ONLY dial 999 in an emergency when life is in danger or a crime is in progress.

Examples when to use 101 are:

  • if your car has been stolen,
  • if property has been damaged,
  • if you suspect drug use or dealing,
  • to report a minor traffic collision,
  • to give information about a crime or criminals in your local area.

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.

Community Policing Volunteers

Kent Police are looking for volunteers to play a new role in community policing. Could this be you? If so, please follow the link below:

Communiity Policing Volunteer