Support for Vulnerable People – Covid 19

Swale Borough Council are starting a scheme to support vulnerable people during the present crisis. The scheme should be in operation from the beginning of April.
If you need support, then details of the scheme and how to register will be available from Swale Borough Council after the end of March. If you need help before then or have any difficulty contacting Swale Borough Council, please telephone Councillor Chris Page on 01227 750284 or 07971 178974. He is the Parish Council’s point of contact for any questions about the scheme or coronavirus community support.
The scheme needs volunteers to help with deliveries of food and medicines to vulnerable residents. Training will be given. Volunteers should not be in one of the high risk categories listed on the Public Health England website.
If you are willing to help, then please visit the scheme’s online forum to register. A link to the forum is on the Swale Borough Council website or available by emailing the Parish Council at

Neighbourhood Area Designation

Neighbourhood Area Designation – Hernhill Parish Council

Hernhill Parish Council has made an application to Swale Borough Council to designate a neighbourhood area. This is in area within which a neighbourhood plan can be prepared.

Neighbourhood plans give communities power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. The area applied for is the same as the Parish boundary, and can be viewed on a map, along with a letter for the reasons for the application, on Swale Borough Council’s website here:

Swale Borough Council is seeking your views on the suitability of the proposed area to be designated as a neighbourhood area. If you have any comments, you can submit these via email to: or by post to:

Planning Policy,
Swale House,
East Street,
ME10 3HT
Comments must be received by midday on Monday 16 March 2020, after which a decision will be made and published on Swale Borough Council’s website. If you have any questions, please contact 01795 417395 or

The Parish Council in due course will be looking for parishioners who are interested in contributing to and shaping the Neighbourhood Plan. More information will follow in the coming months


Parish map

Hernhill 900

This year Hernhill will be celebrating 900 years of St. Michael’s Church!

Celebrations will include:

Friday 7th March – presentation about the stained glass windows

Friday 15th May – Launch of new church guide & talk on the history of the church

Friday 22nd May – Concert by the University of Kent Chamber Choir

3rd – 5th July – Flower Festival

and most importantly

20 – 21st June – Celebration Weekend! Including events and entertainment on the Village Green and special celebration service on the 21st at 11.00am.

and more to follow…….

Image: St. Michael’s, Hernhill. Watercolour by Ted Battersea


Hernhill Horticultural Society AGM

Hernhill Horticultural Society AGM 2020

Hernhill Horticultural Annual General Meeting will be held on
Saturday 8th February
from 2.30pm.

With presentation of annual cups & talk on growing Dahlias.

Tea will be provided. All welcome, including friends & neighbours.

The society asks for two contributions towards refreshments from members and three from non-members.


Massive housing development threatens our landscape and environment.

The “Garden Community Prospectus” was published by the Government in 2018, Swale Borough Council have adopted this and invited proposals for “Garden Communities” in Swale, with a view to these schemes possibly being included in the Local Plan.

There are two proposals around Faversham, the Duchy of Cornwall have proposed a development including 2500 homes to the South-East, along the A2, and Gladman have proposed a development including 5000+ houses to the South, along North Street.

Both developments will be constructed on prime, Grade 1 & 2 agricultural land. They will bring further congestion on our roads, pressure on our infrastructure and demand on our already stretched hospitals and schools.

The Gladman proposal sits within the Area of Outstanding Beauty and will bring pollution from construction, traffic, light and noise to this protected landscape.

There is a public consultation being carried out at the moment. If you want to know about public meetings or find the most up-to-date information, follow us on facebook and we will keep you informed.

If you are concerned about these proposals, please write to your local Councillors and MP. Not all Councillors support these proposals, but they will need your letters and emails to demonstrate that the community do not support this large-scale development.

Councillors contact details can be found here.

Helen Whateley can be contacted at

If you want more information about the proposals you can find it on the Swale BC website here and links to the Prospectus and other documents can be found here.

garden communities




Cleve Hill Solar Farm

The proposed Cleve Hill solar farm represents a hideous threat to a swathe of the internationally important North Kent Marshes.

You have until January 28 to register an interest in having a say. Please note that this doesn’t commit you to anything – it’s entirely up to you how much you want to get involved – but it is important that the more people who register, the better (for our environment). 


The Cleve Hill Solar Park proposal is huge in more ways than one. The parent companies, Hive and Wirsol, have a lot of expertise, time and cash. They’ve spent years concocting their plans – and the 5000 page application shows the depth and breadth of this work.

So, we’re facing an uphill battle, a herculean task, a David and Goliath fight. But it is a fight that can be won. One project that was refused was the Mynydd y Gwynt Wind Farm consisting of 27 onshore turbines east of Aberystwyth.

Even though the Planning Inspectorate’s Examiners recommended approving the scheme, the relevant Secretary of State (Amber Rudd at the time) had the final say and refused the application. Her decision hinged on the potential fate of red kites and a failure by the developer to provide sufficient information about whether any international obligations might be breached“.

GREAT- Graveney Rural Action Team

You can find out more here:

There is also more information in Kent Online this week.