Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Enviromental trust agrees to give grant to help fund work at Riverhead Parkland

PARKLAND GRANT: Cllr Clive Himsworth reports that Riverhead Parish Council’s second application to Ibstock Enovert Trust (formerly Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust) for a grant of £6,950 to clear brambles and undertake other work in the Parkland had been successful. The grant is subject to a 10% contribution from the council.

RIVERHEAD PARISH COUNCIL At the monthly meeting in May (the first  following the Annual Parish Meeting), Councillor Irene Collins was re-elected Chairman, with Clive Himsworth and Christine Kennett again as her vice-chairmen. The two vacancies on the council were filled by Ross Carmichael (who was re-co-opted) and Claire Brown. Alan Colnet, Martin Denton, Shirley Stewart and Lucy Hooper continue to serve on the council.

Andrew Wood, who did not stand for re-election to Riverhead Parish Council, is thanked for his hard work over the last three years. As a councillor he was  substantially involved in Riverhead being chosen to participate in the trial of the new LED style zebra crossing lights and initiated the liaison with a neighbouring parish which has led to the introduction of a SpeedWatch group in Riverhead.

He was also the driving force behind the new Speed Indicator Device (SID) about to be erected in  rotation on London Road, Worships Hill and Amherst Hill. Andrew’s good relationship with the new Miller and Carter group who took over The Harvester led to free parking being granted by ballot for 10 local businesses in the car park, easing the pressure of commuter parking on those who work in our village.

Andrew was also a regular member of the RPC Planning Committee which is consulted on all planning applications in Riverhead and sends comments on these to Sevenoaks District Council.

NEXT MEETING: The next monthly meeting of Riverhead Parish Council will be on Monday 17 June at 7.30pm in the committee room at Riverhead Village Hall. Riverhead residents are always welcome to attend these meetings to observe. If there is a local matter that you would like to raise, do contact the council beforehand on 01732 461278 or at clerk@riverheadparishcouncil.org.uk or via the website below so that councillors can give you an informed response at the meeting.  The agenda is posted about a week beforehand on the village noticeboards and also on the council website at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk as are those for meetings of the planning  committee. The Parish Clerk has an office (open Mondays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm) at the village hall and phone messages and emails are picked up regularly at other times. The village hall and the committee room are available to hire. More about Riverhead Parish Council and its responsibilities as the most local rung of local government at www.riverheadpc.kentparishes.gov.uk

SPEEDWATCH: If anyone is interesting in volunteering for this – weekly, monthly or now and then – to help reduce traffic speeds through Riverhead, do contact the Parish Council (clerk@riverheadparishcouncil.org.uk) to find out more. Training is given and you will always be in company. A new Speed Indicator Device (SID) has also recently been acquired and will be in use at three different sites in the village at different times to remind drivers of their speed.

OUTDOOR THEATRE: The Pantaloon Theatre Company will be back at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve on the evening of Wednesday 19 June with ‘Sense and Sensibility’ a  funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaption of Jane Austen’s classic novel. Book on the Kent Wildlife Trust website – www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk – for this open air performance.

The Riverhead village news is compiled by Maggie Miles. If you have any news or events you would like her to consider for the My Sevenoaks Community village column you can email it to her at: maggiejmiles@gmail.com

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