Free 30mph bin stickers for local residents

The Parish Council is currently investigating further traffic calming measures that may be introduced in certain “hot spots” in the village.  In the meantime, Kent County Council have provided the Parish Council with a “30mph Toolkit” consisting of bin stickers, posters and a PVC banner to raise awareness of the 30mph speed limit.  Once placed on a rubbish/recycling bin, the bin stickers are a simple but effective way to remind motorists of the speed limit if you live in a road affected by speeding motorists.

Please e-mail the Clerk at or call 07818 329029 to arrange for delivery of a bin sticker if you would like to display one at your address.

Annual Parish Meeting

This year’s Annual Parish Meeting is taking place on Thursday 14th March in the Village Hall, Riding Lane.  Refreshments will be served by members of the Parish Council from 7pm and residents will have the opportunity to find out more about local organisations who will be manning stalls at the event.

The groups attending this year’s event will include:

  • Hildenborough Speedwatch
  • Hildenborough Conservation Group
  • Hildenborough Guides
  • St. John’s Church
  • Hildenborough Gardeners’ Society
  • Tonbridge U3A
  • Tonbridge Bridge Club

The keynote speaker this year will be Ian Nunn, Area Operations Manager at the Environment Agency who will be updating residents on the Leigh Embankment and Hildenborough Expansion Scheme to alleviate flooding in the area, and taking questions from the audience.  A “Drop-In” event will take place in the Village Hall on the same evening from 6.30pm to enable residents to speak to representatives of the Environment Agency before the commencement of Parish Council business at 7.30pm.

Fallen trees

The recent wet and windy weather has seen an increase in the number of fallen trees blocking pathways. To bring a fallen tree to the attention of the Public Rights of Way team at Kent County Council, please go to their “Report a Problem” portal via this link:

https://www.kent.gov.uk/environment-waste-and-planning/public-rights-of-way/report-a-problem-on-a-right-of-way

Reporting the issue directly to KCC via this link will generate a reference number and enable you to track the progress of your report.  If the problem persists please notify the Parish Clerk at .

Flood Wardens needed

22 Nov EA warden ad 1

22 Nov EA warden ad 1

Snow Clearance

SNOW CLEARANCE 2 Dec 17 updated

Who looks after Street Lighting?

At one time the Parish Council owned and paid for the maintenance and power for all of the lights in the Parish but used the Borough Council as their Agents to do so.

Starting in 1993, when there was pressure to replace existing lighting which had 3 core wiring- principally to the Gough Cooper estate- the Parish Council, aided by grants from the Borough Council, replaced all of the streetlights in the built up part of the village with adoptable schemes. To be adopted the scheme had to meet County Council design criteria about lamp intervals, placing etc. and involved new columns (except for Francis Road). Once installed the new lamps were adopted by the County Council and were no longer a Parish Council responsibility. These adopted lights are periodically inspected by the County to identify where action is needed. The County have a set of criteria about speed of response with ‘Keep Left’ signage the highest, if a fault is discovered instant action is unlikely but the sooner a fault is reported hopefully the sooner it will be fixed. If the fault turns out to be concerned with the wiring a specialist is often called in, meaning a further delay before the repair is done.Some lights, however, do remain the responsibility of the Parish Council, namely those between the War Memorial and the Station, upgraded in 2003 to help walkers, and several isolated lamps along Mill Lane and Riding Lane and in the passageways. These lamps are maintained for the Parish Council by a Contractor.

To avoid confusion any fault discovered with ANY light should be reported to the Parish Clerk .
 

Does the Parish Council have responsibility for the Burial Ground

Supervision of how the Churchyard is used is the responsibility of the Church. Burial in the Churchyard is available to all residents of the Parish.

A Parish Council can provide or help fund a burial ground. In 1966 to meet this task an agreement was reached between the Church and the Council for the Council to assist with the cost of maintenance.

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A Parish Council can provide or help fund a burial ground. In 1966 to meet this task an agreement was reached between the Church and the Council for the Council to assist with the cost of maintenance.

 

A 1999 revision agreed that for the next 25 years the Parish Council would take responsibility for:-

 

1) Mowing and treating the grass within the area used for burials at any time.

 

2) Tree surgery and care of the shrubs in the same area.

 

3) Maintenance of the wall alongside the B245 and any hedges within the area used for burials at any time.

 

4) Any initial capital costs associated with the extension of the facilities for burial existing in 1999 (including that used for ashes) such as new hedges walls, fencing and drainage works so as to extend the existing areas to ready them for use.

 

The definition means that as well as the car park , lych gate and the paths a considerable area of Church land remains their responsibility, for example the grass by the car park.

 

After the 1999 agreement was reached, work began on the extension of the burial ground into the Glebe Field.

 

For the last few years, the Borough Council has made a grant to the Parish Council to meet the estimated cost of mowing the Churchyard to a standard similar to that at Tonbridge Cemetery.This, together with a population based grant and one towards street lighting, is done as part of an attempt to offset the extra cost imposed on residents by the Parish Rate on the Parished areas compared to un-parished Tonbridge.