Swale Borough Council

Swale council has secured space to get up to 12 additional people sleeping rough off the streets and help them find suitable long-term accommodation. Merlin House, Sittingbourne, will be used as supported accommodation for people sleeping rough, where they can then be helped by the council and homeless charity Porchlight. Once off the streets, people […]

More support is being offered to help rough sleepers get off the streets in Swale. Swale Borough Council is investing £150,000 in a more proactive approach to helping rough sleepers by working with charities and voluntary groups to help identify and support them back into suitable housing. A new rough sleeping coordinator has been appointed […]

Plans are being put together by Swale Borough Council to help local foodbanks support more local families. Cabinet members have been meeting with groups such as Children and Families, Faversham Foodbank and Sittingbourne Foodbank that run local projects to get a better understanding of the need and take up of the service. These meetings also […]

Eleven people have been prosecuted by Swale Borough Council for littering in the borough. The cases were taken to court by the council after each had been caught dropping litter and had been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). Despite reminder letters and a summons to attend court being sent to the defendants, they […]

Band D households will pay just £3.35 per week for Swale Borough Council services from April. Council tax for the 2019/20 financial year was set at last night’s full council meeting, with band D households set to pay £174.42 a year to the council, an increase of £4.59 (2.7%).  Most properties (63.7%) in Swale are […]

Thirty dog waste dispensers have been helping dog walkers clean up after their pets for 30 months. Swale Borough Council teamed up with Scandinavian company TiksPac in the summer of 2016, in a first of its kind scheme to provide free dog waste bags in community areas such as local parks to help people who […]

Six weeks remain to apply to Swale Borough Council’s grant scheme for sporting projects in our area. The current round of funding will expire at the end of February, but £6000 remains unallocated. The maximum grant for any one project is £1000 and only one application can be submitted by an organisation in each financial […]

Swale Borough Council are supporting a scheme from the National Private Hire Taxi Association to increase awareness about the physical and verbal abuse suffered by taxi drivers. It follows news that two men were jailed after setting a taxi alight after a night out in Canterbury in December, while the driver was still inside. Several […]

Swale Borough Council are tackling inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside schools across Swale, as well as reducing CO2 emissions in enforcement patrols. Over the two months of October and November, Civil Enforcement Officers have made 185 visits to schools and issued 39 Penalty Charge Notices to drivers parked dangerously and inconsiderately outside schools during drop off […]

For the fourth successive year two of Sheppey’s beaches have reached the highest standard of water quality. Both Minster Leas Beach and Sheerness Beach have once again received an excellent rating for the quality of their bathing water, and Leysdown Beach has achieved the good rating. The ratings from the Environment Agency are based on more than […]


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