Sevenoaks districts set to get £5,000 cash boost from Big Community Fund

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By kentsussex | Thursday, December 13, 2012, 14:15

Four communities in the Sevenoaks district are set to benefit from nearly £5,000 in the latest round of grants from the District Council's Big Community Fund. They are as follows:


Hartley and Hodsoll Street Ward: 

Cllr Brian Ramsay has secured £3,000 towards new play equipment for young children in the Woodland Avenue Recreational Ground.

Hartley Primary school pupils identified the need for a new play facility in the area, and have used this project as part of their citizenship curriculum. 

Hartley Community Group have been involved in this project from the start and will be assisting Hartley Parish Council throughout the work to improve the playground by organising fund raising events and seeking sponsorship opportunities from local business. 

They are proposing to provide new equipment for under eights and for those with special needs, as the playground does not currently provide equipment for this age group. 

The new equipment will provide an exciting, safe play facility for children to enjoy hours of fun.  It will consist of a climbing frame with integral slide, a triple bay swing with team, junior and cradle seats, a rocker, spinner, adventure trail and roundabout and will offer a wider range of fun facilities for a varied age group of children.



£1,000 has been granted to Cllr Kevin Maskell to construct and erect a Westerham town noticeboard.

The noticeboard will offer comprehensive local information for visitors and residents, providing an alternate source of information regarding forthcoming events, tourist attractions, local activities, retailers, eating outlets and Town Council meetings and will complement the Town Partnership's website.

The Town Council and Town Partnership will be sponsoring the project and members of the local community have shown support and a keen interest in the project, ensuring that the noticeboard will enhance visitors' experience. 

The funding will go towards the construction of the board, which will be made by local tradesman, the design and layout as well as the landscaping and paving in the immediate area.



Cllr Barbara Ayres has been granted £638 to improve the stage in the Five Wents hall.

The spotlight has been shone on the popular hall and the money granted from the Big Community Fund will be used to replace the stairs that lead onto the stage. 

Five Wents' users have reported that the old stairs are deteriorating and were concerned that they are becoming increasingly dangerous. So, to avoid going from drama to disaster, the stairs are due to be replaced.

The hall is used by many local and neighbouring groups and the upgrade will ensure that these groups can continue to use Five Wents for many years to come.


Otford and Shoreham Ward:

Cllr John Edwards-Winser has bagged £200 towards a project which aims to provide and install hearing loops and train staff in their use.

The money granted from the Big Community Fund will go towards the purchasing of hearing loops which are to be used on the reception desk and in the meeting room of the Council offices and in the Heritage Centre in order for Otford Parish Council to provide information and services to those with hearing disabilities.

Cllr Pat Bosley, the Council's member for the Big Community Fund, says: "All of these applications will benefit their local communities and it is motivating to see so many local groups keen to improve services and facilities in their local areas."


Residents, groups and local people who would like to bid for a share of the Big Community Fund should contact their local District Councillor. 

Their contact details are available at or by calling 01732 227000.



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