VISIT THE TWBC WEBSITE
You will find information on all aspects of the Borough Council's work including plans, strategies and policies. There is also a wealth of information about Housing, Environment, Health, Transport and Leisure. You might also wish to look at Housing and Council Tax Benefits.
| TUNBRIDGE WELLS OVER FIFTIES FORUM|
Click on the pdf document below to find out more.
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Interact with your Council! A new portal has been set up to enable you to do this more easily.
Roy Bullock, Leader of the Council, says:
‘It is about locals being vocal. We hope that this new portal will encourage residents to talk to us so that we can improve services and make their lives better.’
Visitors to Local Vocal can join in Council-led discussions or begin their own discussions, watch film clips and submit their own, begin online petitions and pose questions to Roy Bullock, Leader of the Council. It gives local people another opportunity to interact with the Council. For more information click on the link above.
WANT TO REDUCE YOUR ENERGY BILLS THIS WINTER?
TWBC offer you a free advisory visit to your own home. Click on the pdf document below for details.
ASSISTANCE FOR OLDER, DISABLED OR VULNERABLE HOME OWNERS
In 2009/10 in touch Home Improvement Agencies received 1254 enquiries with a variety of requests for assistance. Some of these took the form of supporting people to access Disabled Facility Grants to pay for adaptations which enabled them to remain living independently in their own home.
Others received assistance with grants from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, utilising the Regional Housing Board fund addressing Decent Homes issues.
Our handyperson services also provided minor repairs assistance to people, often with jobs that smaller local contractors are unwilling to undertake. This is a service that directly delivers against preventative agendas and which make a significant difference to someone's ability to live independently.
In touch Home Improvement Agencies have also adopted social enterprise models providing non statutory funded additional services for constituents. Another exciting initiative that we are involved with is the Future Jobs Fund placements that we are proactively using across our services, creating work experience placements and job
opportunities for young people as part of the Backing Kent Jobs programme.
Mid & West Kent Home Improvement Agency
2 Kings Hill Avenue. Kings Hill. West Malling. Kent. ME19 4AQ
Telephone: 01732 525520. Facsimile: 01732 525549
| MAKING YOUR AREA A BETTER PLACE USING TECHNOLOGY|
Do you have an idea on how to make your local area a better place to live using technology? Do you want to win the chance for your idea to be turned into reality and win up to £3000 in prizes?
We’re organising a competition to stimulate collaboration between public services, entrepreneurs and communities to develop innovative ways of using technology to improve their neighbourhoods…and we need your ideas!
Here are the two sub-challenges
1. Help people help each other in your neighbourhood
2. Make it easier for you to report issues to your council
To submit your idea and for more information: Go to http://bit.ly/submityouridea
FUNDING FOR LOCAL PROJECTS
The Members Community Grants Programme is a new initiative set up to support local projects. From April 2011 Tunbridge Wells Borough Councillors will have the opportunity to support community groups and organisations within their wards.
Currently the Council’s Community Grants programme is not open to
organisations requiring a grant of less than £500. As a result each of the 48 councillors now has the ability to contribute up to a total of £200
towards community activities and events for 2011/12.
To be eligible for funding, projects must be based in a specific ward of the Borough and must have support from at least one Borough Council Member for that ward. Any community groups or organisations interested in finding out more about this new grants programme should contact their local ward councillor or Nick Green, Community Grants & Development Officer on 01892 554108, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CREATING AREAS FOR NATURE
A new online guide to creating wildlife habitats is available at www.kentbap.org.uk/creatingareasfornature.
Why not try creating a pond or tree planting, composting, building raised beds, making boggy areas or building bird or bat boxes?
Any piece of ground can be transformed into a haven for wildlife, whether it is at school, in a community space, in your back garden or even on a rooftop. No matter how much space you have available, you will find ideas here that can be adapted to suit your needs.
Across the county, Kent’s Countryside Management Partnerships, supported by Kent County Council, the Kent Eco-Schools Project and the London Borough of Bexley, have collaborated to produce this pack on behalf of the Kent Biodiversity Action Plan.
The guide is the first of its kind in Kent and takes the form of an online series of PDF information sheets that provide a step-by-step guide to creating wildlife habitats in your garden or grounds. As well as a helping with the practical side of creating nature areas, it also includes information on the kinds of wildlife you can expect to attract, planning tips and lots of useful links for further reading and information. Health and safety information is also included.
KENT KARRIER – RURAL COMMUNITY TRANSPORT FOR TUNBRIDGE WELLS THE NHS AMBULANCE SERVICE - HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Kent Karrier Community Transport service operates from each of our rural towns and villages on separate days of each week. The Kent Karrier is a fully accessible dial-a-ride service which takes its members directly from their door to the nearest town centre. Membership is £5 per year, with a small fee payable for each journey.
You are eligible to join the Kent Karrier scheme if:You have a medical condition that makes travelling on conventional public transport difficult. You live in a rural area more than 500 metres from a conventional bus route.
You should book your journey at least a day in advance. A companion, for example, your carer can travel with you and does not need to be a member; they just pay the journey fare.
Click on the document below to learn more.
WANT TO REPORT A PROBLEM ON A HIGHWAY?Phone KENT HIGHWAYS SERVICES on 08458 247 800
Kent Highways Services looks after most of the roads in Kent except motorways and some major "A" roads which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency, who can be contacted on 08457 50 40 30.