Fish & Chips Takeaway

Fish and Chips available to take away

Ordering – 1st April 2020

Following Local Government Advice:

We MUST control social distancing

You must order in advance… By Midday on the Saturday please

Limited new menu from 1 April 2020

Phone: Call 07528 630377. Please DON’T leave a voice message on the phone. Please be patient and speak to MIKE directly. He will take payment over the phone

Email: Order up to midday on the day we are visiting your village NO LATER. We will confirm receipt of order and collection time. We will call you back and take payment over the phone. Order, Time, Name, Address tel number on email please.

If you are unable to place an order we will try and help as a last resort BUT priority will be give to pre-orders. Please bear with us during these difficult times we are trying to help!

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.

Ideally, contactless card only or exact money please, if you do come to the van.

On-Line orders:

Saturday – [email protected] , 4-8pm

Please order by MIDDAY on the day, thank you

Household recycling and waste service update – March 2020

Update from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council:

We are writing to update you on our recycling and waste services in light of the current national emergency.

Our collection crews have been working hard to maintain services over the last few weeks. However, the measures put in place by the Government to control the coronavirus outbreak have led to a reduction in our staffing levels, despite the use of temporary staff.

With these pressures likely to increase, garden waste collections have been suspended from Wednesday 25 March so that crews can focus on collecting refuse, food waste, clinical waste and recycling.

We have also suspended our weekend Civic Amenity Vehicle service to safeguard residents’ health following the updated government advice on social distancing.

Street cleaning is continuing on a priority only basis, with the service reduced to reflect the current situation and the lack of activity on our streets.

What can you do to help?

Please ensure that the correct waste is placed in the correct bin. This will help avoid contamination which may mean your bin is not emptied.
Please do not overfill your bins as that may mean they will be too heavy for the crews to collect.

Please ensure your bin is placed at your property boundary by 7am on the day of collection; collections may happen earlier than usual.

Please report any missed collections online within two working days of the missed collection. Our crews are trying their best to deliver the service and many are working on different rounds from normal or are new, so are unfamiliar with all of the property and bin locations.

If possible please wait until after 5pm on the day your collection was due before reporting a missed bin, as your collection may happen later in the day than usual.

Will there be further changes?

As we are sure you appreciate, the situation is changing rapidly, and we may need to make further adjustments to our recycling and waste services in the coming weeks.

We will keep residents informed via our website, on our social media channels and through direct emails as and when any further changes are necessary.

Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

Garden Waste Collections – service suspended – March 2020

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has announced it is suspending its garden waste service due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council statement:

Thank you for subscribing to the garden waste service.

We are writing to let you know that due to the impact current coronavirus outbreak, garden waste collections have been suspended from Wednesday 25 March.

The measures put in place by the Government to control the outbreak have lead to a reduction in our staffing levels despite the use of temporary staff. With these pressures likely to increase, garden waste collections have been suspended so crews can focus on collecting refuse, food waste, clinical waste and recycling.

You will be unable to report missed garden waste collections whilst the service is suspended.

We apologise for the inconvenience the suspension of garden waste collections will cause, and thank you for your patience as our resources are focused on priority services and supporting the response to the current emergency.

What do I need to do?

Store any new garden waste in your garden rather than overfilling your garden waste bin as that might mean that it will be too heavy for the crews when the service recommences.

Look out for further information from us and we will let you know when collections resume.

Keep garden waste out of your other bins otherwise they will be considered contaminated and will not be emptied.

Please note that Kent County Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres are currently closed due to the current government guidance.

What about my subscription?

To help us keep our support staff free to deal with high priority and emergency contacts please don’t contact us about your subscription, which will remain in place. We are keeping the situation under review and will be touch regarding your subscription as soon as possible.

Coronavirus latest local news

Capel Parish Council is working with local volunteers to help fight the virus that has disrupted our lives, and threatens the well being of many local residents. We intend to develop this website to point residents to available local resources and contacts during the crisis.

An Emergency Meeting of the Council on March 23rd agreed to suspend the normal workings of the council and allow the clerk to run the Council in consultation with the chairman and vice-chairman, and where relevant the chairs of the relevant committee.

There will be no more face to face meetings for the time being and the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for 29th April has been postponed indefinitely. The Parish election has also been postponed until May 6th 2021. We await further guidance from the government on the legality of virtual council meetings. An update on this will follow when available.

Bus Passes for Older and Disabled People

Older and disabled people will be able to use their bus passes before 9.30am, Kent County Council has announced.

The passes will be able to be used on services provided by Stagecoach, Arriva, Go Coach and Nu-Venture.

Holders of a senior citizen and disabled bus pass were previously able to travel for free on buses after 9.30am, but following discussions with these operators, this condition has been removed.

KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Michael Payne said: “I’m very grateful to Stagecoach, Arriva, Go Coach and Nu-Venture who have worked with Kent Highways and Transport to extend the use of the bus pass on their services before 9.30am.

“This is something that will be extremely helpful during a time when some shops are opening early specifically for the older generation to support them during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Our public transport team is working hard to extend this to other operators in the coming days.

“This change will come into force tomorrow morning (Thursday) and I’m very happy that we have been able to support those in our community during this period of disruption.”

Kent County Council has a statutory duty to provide passes for free bus travel throughout England for older and disabled people under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS).

Over 250,000 people in the county have a bus pass, with around 227,000 for older people and 22,000 for disabled people.

Chairman’s Update – March 2020 – Planning

TWBC have published the responses to the Regulation 18 consultation carried out in the autumn. These are available on their website – in summary the feedback objecting to the plans for Capel Parish was overwhelming. There were 805 individual responses to the plans for Capel alone! This is by far the highest number of responses for any parish (e.g. Tunbridge Wells had less than 450 comments and no parish received more than 500 responses apart from Capel & Paddock Wood). Capel responses make up for nearly 30% of responses for the entire borough – the vast majority object to the planned developments. [Thank you to Jan Mueller of Save Capel for researching the figures].

At the time of writing Hadlow Estate are planning to carry forward their Charrette on the Tudeley site. The Parish Council have reluctantly decided to attend but have made it clear that they do not support these plans, or those for East Capel. Indeed, at the meeting on 24th February CPC passed a resolution calling upon TWBC to withdraw the draft Local Plan proposals in the parish given the proven vulnerability to flooding of both major sites.

Since writing this post, the Charrette has been cancelled.

Chairman’s update – March 2020 – Flooding

The biggest issue in the parish at the time of writing was flooding. Although we largely survived Storm Dennis on 16th February and the intense rain of 5th March, the earlier Storm Ciara on 9th February caused widespread flooding in Five Oak Green (Nortons Way, Sychem Place, and properties along the main road and in the village centre, being among the worst affected) and Alders Road in Capel. There was an extended discussion on this at the council meeting on 24th February in which many residents took part. CPC has also distributed a letter in the affected areas of the parish. Below is an extract from it:

“It is clear that many residents, some still trying to recover from the damage caused to their homes, are struggling to understand why the flooding happened, and identify ways to protect themselves in the future. In response to our pressure, TWBC has finally published information about how to apply for flood recovery grants at http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/residents/news/website-news-articles/2020/february/flood-recovery-scheme
It seems that not all the authorities who have a duty to investigate may be aware of the scale of the flooding here in Capel. It would be helpful if people whose homes (not garages/gardens) were affected could report this to both KCC and TWBC.

There are three reasons for this:
1) As Lead Local Flood Authority for the county, Kent County Council has a duty to investigate flood incidents as detailed within Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
2) Depending on the outcome of their investigation, KCC are best placed to hold other authorities, such as Southern Water, to account for mistakes made.
3) TWBC may be able to help residents to access government grant schemes for flood defences or to help uninsured people, provided certain criteria are met. One of these criteria is that a certain number of properties are affected.

Please copy the Capel Parish Council clerk into any correspondence: [email protected] so that the parish council is also aware of the full extent of the problem; this will help us in trying to co-ordinate representations being made to the responsible authorities.”

Parish Council Election News

The next election for Capel Parish Council will take place on Thursday May 7th. If you are interested in representing your community as a member of CPC over the next four years this is how you can go about it.

What does Capel Parish Council do?

Capel is one of around 9 000 parish and town councils throughout the country whose principle function is to promote the well-being of the local community. It has direct responsibilities which include managing the Recreation Ground, the allotments in Five Oak Green and the Memorial Cottages in Brampton Bank. Even more important is its role as a community champion representing local opinion to other bodies including the borough and county councils, the MP, utilities providers, such as SE Water, the NHS and so on. It is the local authority closest to the community, and often the first port of call people will go to for help with their concerns and ideas for improving the parish.
[NB Capel Parish Council represents the civil parish of Capel – it is not to be confused with church or ecclesiastical parish of Capel, although its boundaries are similar.]

How does the parish council relate to other councils?

Capel Parish Council is part of the tier of English local government closest to its residents. Like Kent County Council (responsible for larger scale services like education, highways and social services) and Tunbridge Borough (responsible for refuse collection and planning among other things), parish and town councils like Capel are elected public bodies. Capel Parish Council is one of sixteen parish and town councils in the Tunbridge Wells Borough area, and one of 320 in Kent and Medway.

What kind of people serve on the parish council and what would be the commitment?

There are nine councillors on Capel Parish Council elected by voters on the electoral role in Capel every four years. The present councillors come from a wide range of backgrounds and from across the parish. The boundaries of the parish include Five Oak Green, Tudeley, Capel, Whetsted, Colts Hill, and Postern and the council attempts to represent all of them. The Council meets once a month for a full Council meeting. The length of meetings depends on the issues on the agenda but is typically around two hours. In addition, there are committees to deal with specific functions, such planning and finance and resources. Councillors are occasionally required to attend other meetings, for example if appointed to represent the Council on outside bodies. The planning committee is a statutory consultee for planning applications submitted to TWBC which means its comments have to be taken seriously by the borough planners when deciding on planning permission.

What kind of issues will I deal with?

There some very important issues facing the parish of Capel at the moment. Not least are the proposals in the TWBC draft local plan which the present council sees as a threat to the very existence of this community in its present form. Other issues include road safety and highways in our area, as well as the management of the council’s assets and responsibilities in the community. For example, we have recently upgraded the CCTV around the Village Hall and car park to protect the cricket pavilion (also owned by CPC and let to the cricket club) and particularly the allotments in the light of recent thefts there.

How will the election work?

The credibility of the parish council and thus its ability to represent residents will be greatly improved if its members are elected by those residents; for this to happen there needs to be at least 10 candidates standing for election. Some of the existing councillors will stand again, but some may stand down and it is always healthy to have competition which brings new blood and new ideas. Standing for election is very simple – all you need is to fill in the required forms (see below) and ask two fellow residents, who are entitled to vote, to nominate you. Nominations have to be submitted to the Town Hall by 4pm on Wednesday April 8th. If there are more than 9 candidates, there will be an election on Thursday May 7th. This will be on the same day as the election for the Tunbridge Wells Borough Councillor and the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.

How to find out more?

If you would like to know more about how the parish council operates please contact the Parish Clerk, Emma Ivory at [email protected] or visit our website www.capel-pc.org.uk

The electoral Commission: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/parish-and-community-council-elections-england has a useful website where you can download all the forms and information you need to stand for election.

For more information about how the election process will work in Tunbridge Wells Borough please contact the Electoral Services Manager, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS T: 01892 554403 extension: 4403

Flooding Issues February 2020

Dear fellow resident,

Many thanks to all of you who attended February’s Parish Council Meeting at which the flooding issues in the parish caused by Storm Ciara on Sunday 9th February were discussed. The minutes will be published on the CPC website in the next few days for those of you who were not able to attend.

It is clear that many residents, some still trying to recover from the damage caused to their homes, are struggling to understand why the flooding happened, and identify ways to protect themselves in the future.

It seems that some authorities who have a duty to investigate (e.g. TWBC and Kent County Council) may not be aware of the scale of the flooding here in Capel. It would be helpful if people whose homes (not garages/gardens) were affected could report this to both TWBC and KCC.

There are three reasons for this:
1) As Lead Local Flood Authority for Kent, Kent County Council has a duty to investigate flood incidents as detailed within Section 19 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
2) Depending on the outcome of their investigation, KCC are best placed to hold other authorities, such as Southern Water, to account for mistakes made.
3) TWBC may be able to help residents to access government grant schemes for flood defences or to help uninsured people, provided certain criteria are met. One of these criteria is that a certain number of properties are affected.

To report flooding to Kent County Council, you can call 03000 418181 or your county councillor [email protected]

Residents can access support from TWBC by contacting the Borough Councillor by email [email protected]

Please copy the Capel Parish Council clerk into any correspondence: [email protected] so that the parish council is also aware of the full extent of the problem; this will help us in trying to co-ordinate representations being made to the responsible authorities.

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.