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Community Grants – Deadline Extended!

Grants poster

We have a total of £1,000 available, so why not apply today!!

We have created a new grant fund to help community groups or not for profit organisations in Pembury for their one-off projects.  We have £1,000 to share to get local projects off the ground!

To apply:

Please complete an application form and return to the Parish Council.

Eligibility:

You  must be a community group or not for profit organisation.

Your project will be of benefit to the parish of Pembury or its residents.

Please see our Grants Awarding Policy for full details.

Deadline:

The deadline has been extended and all applications should be received by Friday 9 October 2020.

Contact us:

Email: clerk@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk

Post: The Parish Office, Lower Green Recreation Ground, Lower Green Road, Pembury, Kent TN2 4DZ

Councillor Vacancies

poster for councillor vacancy

We currently have vacancies for 2 new parish councillors.  Do you have some time to spare?  Do you want to get involved in the future of the Pembury?

Eligibility

To be eligible to join the parish council you must:

  • be a British, Irish or European citizen
  • be over 18
  • be an elector of Pembury
  • have lived in the parish of Pembury, or within 3 miles of it, for the last 12 months or have your principle place of work in the parish
  • not be under a bankruptcy order
  • not have received a conviction leading to a sentence of imprisonment for more than 3 months without the option of a fine.

Information

The Good Councillors Guide has lots of information about what it means to be a Parish Councillor.

Our Parish

Each Parish Council is very different and reflects the community which it serves.  Pembury Parish Council has responsibility for:

  • managing Lower Green Recreation Ground and its facilities:
    • Children’s playgrounds
    • Multi use games area
    • Outdoor gym
    • football pitches
    • tennis courts
  • open space management of Woodside Playing Fields and pitches
  • the village green
  • the Old Coach Road
  • Pembury Burial Ground
  • Events including annual Fireworks display, Picnic on the Green, Remembrance Day service, Christmas Carols on the Green
  • Pembury Village News – a quarterly newsletter delivered to all homes in the village
  • Christmas Lights
  • Floral displays
  • Allotments in Henwood Green Road
  • Streetlights in Belfield Road, Henwood Green Road
  • commenting on all planning applications in the parish
  • lobbying other agencies to support residents
  • signposting residents to other council services

We employ a Clerk and Deputy Clerk to manage the day to day administrative work of the Council and have a team of Grounds Maintenance staff maintaining our open spaces and sports facilities.

Questions?

If you want to find out more and speak to either a member of staff or another councillor, why not get in touch and we will call you to answer your questions and chat about the role.  In the first instance please email the Clerk, Helen Munro, on clerk@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk.

To apply

Please complete an application form and send to the Parish Office either by email to clerk@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk or post to:

The Parish Office
Lower Green Recreation Ground
Lower Green Road
Pembury
Kent TN2 4DZ

Next Steps

You will be invited to have an informal chat with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Council.  Normally this is done face to face but during the current restrictions, this can be arranged virtually.

A formal interview will then be arranged with the rest of the Council at a Council meeting.  Our Council meetings are currently being held virtually via Zoom.  Meetings are on the first Monday of each month starting at 7:15pm.

Pembury Rocks

Pembury painted rock - rocks combine to make a tortoiseDid you paint any rocks during lockdown?  Do you still have them?

The Parish Council are considering a project to bring the stones together to create a memorial in the centre of the village.  If you are happy for them to be used in this project, please keep your stones and get in touch to let us know how many you have so we can see what we can create with them!

Please email us on clerk@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk or call on 01892-823193.

Revised Timetable for TWBC Local Plan

TWBC confirmed it has revised its timetable for its Local Plan. This follows a substantial response to the public consultation on a Draft Local Plan last autumn, with over 8,000 individual comments.  TWBC confirmed that the revised programme provides the necessary additional time to properly consider the contributions that a wide range of organisations and local people have taken the time and trouble to make before moving forward.

Therefore, TWBC has published an updated timetable for the next consultation stage of the Local Plan, which is now due to take place next March/April.

Full details are contained in the Council’s ‘Local Development Scheme, June 2020’, which is published online at www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/LDS.

The opportunity to make representations on the revised, final draft (‘Pre-Submission’) version of the Local Plan will be widely publicised in due course, while everyone who made comments at the Draft stage will be directly notified.

Tennis Courts in Lower Green Recreation Ground to re-open

Tennis ball

Following the recent government announcement, Pembury Parish Council will re-open the tennis courts in Lower Green Recreation Ground for personal use only with effect from Wednesday 13 May 2020.

Users of the tennis courts are asked to comply with current guidance on using the courts.  Full details of the guidance can be found on the Lawn Tennis Association website.

Before leaving home and after you return

Please do not use the tennis courts if you have symptoms of Coronavirus or anyone you live with has symptoms.

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home to go to the court (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible).

Equipment

  • Take hand sanitizer with you
  • Take all your own equipment (do not share equipment such as rackets, grips,
    hats and towels)
  • Only take the minimum amount of equipment with you that you need to play
  • Clean and wipe down your equipment, including racquets and water bottles before and after use
  • Bring a full water bottle, and do not share food or drink with others
  • Bring your own tennis balls that are clearly marked (e.g. with your initials)
  • Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court

Travelling to and from the Court

  • Arrive as close as possible to when you need to be there
  • Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can
  • Allow others to leave before you enter the court – if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates
  • Ensure you leave the court before other players enter
  • Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place

Court Limits

  • Maximum of two people per court (singles play only). Players can be from different households
  • The only exception to the above is where a group of four players are all from the same household in which case they can play doubles

Maintain Social Distancing

  • Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play, when taking breaks and before and after play)
  • Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five)
  • Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net
  • Avoid chasing the ball down to another court if other players are using it

Equipment & Facilities

  • Use your own clearly marked tennis balls
  • Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court
  • Avoid using other equipment such as  net handles where possible

Hygiene

  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve.  Please take your tissues home with you and dispose of carefully
  • Avoid touching your face

Parish Council – update as at 24 March 2020

The Parish Office is now closed to visitors.

Staff can be contacted by phone on 01892-823193 or by email to:

  • clerk@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk or
  • deputy@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk

Council Meetings

It may be necessary to cancel some, if not all, of our council meetings.  We will share information of any cancellations through our website and Facebook and Instagram pages.

Council Facilities

Following the recent restrictions introduced on 23 March 2020, our playground, tennis court, MUGA and outdoor gym are now CLOSED.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Government Advice

For up to date guidance on the Coronavirus can be found on the Public Health England and NHS websites.

 

 

Lower Green Rec – Playground Closed 4 & 5 March 2020

Following requests from residents last year, we are extending the fencing around the playground in Lower Green Rec to create a dog free picnic area.

During the fencing works on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 March the playground will be closed.  We apologise for any inconvenience cause.

We also plan to install a picnic bench and a tree for shade shortly.

Playground closed poster on gate

Repairs Works to graves

Repair work is being carried out to graves at Pembury Burial Ground, Lower Green Cemetery and Old Church which have been identified as potentially dangerous during recent memorial inspections.  This work is due to start  in early March.