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Early harvest, means odour is on its way! The recent hot weather means local farmers will be harvesting some crops slightly earlier this year, which means organic matter will be spread on to fields over the coming weeks. During the summer months (after harvesting), local councils usually receive complaints concerning agricultural odours. Generally, the most […]

Looking for work? We could have just the job for you! BRFM Job Spot is back for another week, as we share the latest vacancies from Sittingbourne & Sheerness Job Centres. If you’re currently looking for work or fancy a career change, look below for the latest vacancies from across our area. Here are this […]

New fine increase for litter from Sunday 1st July Anyone caught dropping litter, leaving graffiti or fly-posting in Swale will be fined £150 from 1 July. Swale Borough Council agreed to raise the maximum fixed penalty notice (FPN) for the offences from their current £80 to £150 after new regulations came into force allowing council’s to increase the fines. The existing £80 level has been in place since 2006, with 1,633 FPN’s issued in 2017/18, and more than 100 people taken to court for non-payment. Any money left over after paying for the costs of the scheme is ring-fenced for environmental projects such as new litter bins, educational programmes and events to deter environmental crime. Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said: “The existing level has been in place for more than a decade, and doesn’t reflect the costs – socially or economically – that these kinds of offences create. “It doesn’t just cost council tax payers money to clean up the mess, itcan make an area feel less welcoming and attractive for local people. “In the last few years we’ve put in a lot of effort to increase the amount of litter enforcement with extra patrols being carried out. These are making a difference, but there is still a minority who believe they can get away with leaving a mess for others to clear up. “We hope that this increase acts as an appropriate deterrent and that people decide to do the right thing with their rubbish rather than litter it on our streets.” “Through our local engagement sessions and surveys we know that residents support these ‘on the spot fines’ for anyone caught dropping litter.” The increase was approved by the full council at a meeting on Wednesday 13th June.

Roundabout on it’s way, but will it send the Island round the bend as major roadworks begin? Works will begin to create on new roundabout on one of Sheppey’s main routes in just a matter of weeks according to Kent Highways. Bosses at Kent Highways have announced that the £6.6m works will begin on Monday […]

Getting our own back! – Saturday 16th June Preparations are well underway as the Queenborough Independence Day event is just day’s away, raising money for the Sheerness Lifeboat. Its 351 years since the Dutch invasion and this year marks 51 years since the handing back of Queenborough by the Dutch in a ceremony performed at […]

Sheerness RNLI Lifeboat was the recipient of a significant sum raised at the Queenborough Independence Day last year. The coxswain and crew of the Sheerness lifeboat came alongside the Queenborough all tide landing with the all-weather lifeboat The George and Ivy Swanson on Sunday 3 June where they were met by representatives of the Queenborough […]

£2m Leisure centre investment to be discussed for Swale. Local leisure centres will be getting a £2 million makeover if councillors agree improvement plans next week. The council’s cabinet is being asked to give the green light to invest in improvements and repairs to Sheppey Healthy Living Centre, Sheppey Pool and Swallows Leisure Centre. Alongside […]

Drop Litter? Pay the price… as fine could increase Anyone caught dropping litter, leaving graffiti or fly-posting in Swale could be fined £120 under plans being drawn up by Swale Borough Council. The council is proposing raising the maximum fixed penalty notice (FPN) for the offences from their current £80 to £120 after new regulations […]

Sheppey United FC – Goalkeeper Coach Vacancy Could this be something you could be interested in? Sheppey United Football are inviting enquiries and applications for the newly vacated position of first team goalkeeping coach. This is an ideal opportunity for the right candidate to play their trade with a progressive club in the SCEFL Premier […]

Lifeboat called to assist a cruiser entangled in crab pot lines The Sheerness RNLI lifeboat was launched to assist a pleasure cruiser which was stuck fast after crab pot lines fouled its propellers. (12th May 2018) The volunteer crew of the Sheerness RNLI all weather lifeboat ‘The George and Ivy Swanson’ launched at 5.32pm on […]


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