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Second Lockdown

Following the Government’s announcement on Saturday 31 October 2020,  England will be entering their second lockdown with effect from Thursday 5 November.  We are still waiting for guidance on various matters.  However, we can confirm the following:

  • Grounds staff will continue to work in the Parish as normal undertaking various tasks including litter picking, inspections and maintenance
  • Playgrounds will remain open
  • Fireworks Display for 2020 has been cancelled
  • Remembrance Day is very different to normal and only a limited number of invited guests will lay wreaths at the War Memorial,  Members of the public are encouraged to remember at home
  • Burials can continue but attendance at funerals is currently limited
  • Allotments remain open for all tenants.  The gates will be unlocked to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 via the padlock

Full guidance on current lockdown restrictions can be found on .gov.uk.

New Parish Councillor – Joe Pearce

We are pleased to report that a new councillor has been appointed to fill one of the current vacancies.  We would like to welcome Joe Pearce to the Parish Council.  Joe is a member of the Planning & Highways Committee.

Joe moved to Pembury from south London a year and a half ago and lives in the village with his wife and 2 young children.

Cllr Joe Pearce

Pembury Library Remains Closed

KCC acts to tackle financial impact of Covid pandemic – Press Release from KCC

Kent County Council has had to take some difficult decisions in order to balance its budget as it tackles the impact of Covid on its finances.

The pandemic has resulted in extra costs this year totalling £96.3million. Although much of this has been offset by central government grants and underspends on activities that could not go ahead as planned, the council still needed to take action to save £12.8 million over the remainder of the current financial year to balance its budget.

Many services are now being delivered from more than 100 Covid-secure re-opened buildings across the county. However, to ensure the council continues to ensure financial resilience for the rest of the financial year, the remaining unopened buildings will stay closed for the coming months.

Among those services affected are Libraries, Registrations and Archives, Children’s Centres and Community Learning Services.

Although ideally the council would like to reopen all its buildings, it has made the difficult decision that those libraries, children’s centres and community learning buildings not yet reopened will remain closed this year, to avoid the considerable costs in making them Covid secure.

At the full county council meeting, members discussed proposed amendments to the Revenue Budget 2020-21, which highlighted how the council had been able to reflect the additional Covid-19 related budget pressures, additional spending, and loss of income. They also considered the undeliverable savings and reviewed the government grants and underspends within services that have arisen from lockdown.

Peter Oakford, KCC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Across the authority we are working hard to ensure our vital services continue to be delivered.

“For now, we must focus on reassessing our delivery priorities, ensuring the continuity of our services and finding ways to ensure we offer flexibility in our support to residents and our communities.

“As far as libraries, children’s centres and community learning services are concerned, our decision was not an easy one. We know that these are popular service and residents may be disappointed by our decision, as will those staff who will not be able to work at their usual building.

“In common with all councils across the country we are facing huge uncertainty and are working hard to understand what the impact of Covid-19 will be on our budget for next year.

“Work is under way to develop our financial strategy to make sure we remain financially resilient and continue to provide those services that are vital to our residents and communities.”

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