A21 Closures February 2020

Essential work to Manor Farm subway and the Medway Viaduct

Highways England will be closing the A21 between the Sevenoaks Weald Interchange and Vauxhall Lane Interchange in both directions for ten days. The closure starts at 10pm on Friday 14 February 2020 and lasts until 6am on Monday 24 February 2020.  They’re closing the road so they can rebuild Manor Farm subway and repair parts of the Medway Viaduct.

The A21 will be closed in both directions between Sevenoaks Weald Interchange and Vauxhall Lane Interchange in both directions from 10pm Friday 14 February 2020 to 6am Monday 24 February 2020

Overnight lane closures on the A21 between Sevenoaks Weald Interchange and Vauxhall Lane Interchange in both directions from Monday 10 February 2020 to Thursday 13 February 2020 8pm – 6am

The Leaflet from Highways England has full details of the closure including the diversion route.

Domestic Waste dates – February to June 2020

Five Oak Green
08.00 – 11.00

Domestic Waste February 2020 to June 2020

02-Feb Falmouth Place Car Park
16-Feb Falmouth Place Car Park
01-Mar Falmouth Place Car Park
15-Mar Falmouth Place Car Park
29-Mar Falmouth Place Car Park
12-Apr Falmouth Place Car Park
26-Apr Falmouth Place Car Park
10-May Falmouth Place Car Park
24-May Falmouth Place Car Park
07-Jun Falmouth Place Car Park

No garden waste will be accepted by the civic amenity vehicle

Flooding update – December 2019 / January 2020

There was major flooding in both East Capel and Tudeley, the sites proposed by the draft Local Plan for housing development in the week before Christmas. This is clearly another strong argument against the proposals in the plan, and we hope the Borough Council is paying attention. Fortunately, unlike previous years there was very limited flooding in Five Oak Green, and thanks must go to members of the Parish Council Flood Committee, Cllrs Mackonochie and Sawyer, and the other flood wardens for the actions they took in clearing the stream to prevent this. It is also pleasing that the flood defences in the village are now working more effectively than they did in earlier years. The tanker lorry in the middle of the village for the last three weeks at the time of writing is there because of a failure in the sewage system for which a replacement part is awaited.

Parish Council Precept 2020/21

The Parish Council agreed its precept at a meeting on 8th January. This is the element of your Council Tax that goes towards Capel Parish Council and makes up the majority of its funding. In 2020/21 a Band D household will pay about £68 pounds a year to the Parish Council to fund its services or around £1.30 a week. This represents an increase of around £8 a year for each Band D household.

This is a relatively large increase of just over 18%. The vast majority of the increase is necessary to provide a sinking fund so that the Parish Council can help fund the fight the proposals in the draft Local Plan. It may well be necessary to pay lawyers, planning and traffic consultants if some or all of the present proposals survive as far as the Public Enquiry stage and councillors have expressed a wish to make a contribution to this, alongside other local groups such as Save Capel.

The Council is also looking to take a lead in drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan, and this would also require funding.
Councillors hope the majority of parishioners who oppose the plan to build 4300 homes in the Parish will see this as a good use of their money. (If the sinking fund is taken out of the calculation the precept would only rise by just over 1% – below the rate of inflation). If the sinking fund is not used, then the money can be returned to parishioners in the form of a reduced precept in future years.