What makes Fawkham special?

As part of updating the Local Plan, Sevenoaks District Council are asking people to fill in a survey about what makes their area special. Those of us who live in Fawkham know it’s a special place, so we should let Sevenoaks District Council know that too!
This will form part of their study looking at the “character” of the District – its history, landscape, people, places, streets and buildings. SDC say, “We need residents to help us better understand how the local area is viewed. As well as your thoughts on where you live and spend your time, we also want to know your favourite memories of the District”.
One of the questions asks you to send photos of Fawkham to show what’s special about it, so here are some photos to start things off.
The survey runs till 8th November and can be found here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/…/3f88b252cc88458c919df067…
The survey is only available online so if you or someone you know would like some help completing it, then please get in touch: fawkhampc@gmail.com or 07503 651138.
Thank you,
Fawkham Parish Council
St Mary's church among the trees

St Mary’s church and Churchdown Wood

trees and what covered field

Forty Acres from Church Down

farmed fields and distant view with blue sky

View looking north along Fawkham valley from Speedgate

Fawkham Parish Councillor Vacancy

Fawkham Parish Council is looking to co-opt a new Member onto the Council. 

This is a voluntary position and would suit someone who has a keen interest in Fawkham and is willing to be actively involved in the local community and represent its interests. More information about the Parish Council can be found on our website: https://fawkhampc.org.uk.

If you are interested in this opportunity please provide us with a brief background about yourself and why you feel you are suitable to be a member of the council.

Applications can be via email (fawkhampc@gmail.com) or in writing to the Clerk (Grace Champion, 6 Small Grains, Fawkham, DA3 8NT)

Interviews will be held in late October/early November.

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 25th October 2021

Flowers at St. Mary’s Church

The Parish of Fawkham and Hartley is looking for volunteers to add to the St. Mary’s Church flower rota which involves volunteers preparing arrangements at St. Mary’s Church.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing the actual flower arrangements, donations towards the cost of the flowers which are changed on a weekly basis would be gratefully received and can be made to Anne Senneck (01474 709068) or via the Parish Office which is situated at The Church Centre on Ash Road.
Many thanks

Wildflowers on Baldwin’s Green

You may remember a News post in August asking whether you would like to see wildflowers grown on the triangle area at the bottom of Castle Hill called Baldwin’s Green, where the village sign is. Votes were cast as follows:
Yes, I’d like wild flowers here – 45
No, keep it grass as it is – 5
I don’t mind – 2
As can be seen, there was a clear majority in favour. Fawkham Parish Council is now taking steps, along with those who volunteered, to prepare the area and sow the seeds. We will use a 70:30 split of perennial wild flowers to cornfield annuals. The cornfield annuals should flower next year, with most of the perennials following the year after. A strip of grass will be kept around the outside of the area and the daffodil, crocus and tulip bulbs already planted will remain and continue to bloom in the spring.
We will keep an eye on things to make sure the flowers don’t grow too high and they will be cut back if they create a risk to road users. Due to the way a wild flower meadow is managed, the site may look a little bare in winter, and a little untidy at times, but please bear with us. We can always revert back to grass in the future if we prefer it!
 
Thank you,
Fawkham Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan Update

Thank you to all those who have provided their thoughts and feedback so far, through coming to the picnic at Small Grains, completing the Countryside Survey (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SNB9BYG) or by contacting Fawkham Parish Council or the Steering Group. These will all be taken into account when developing the plan.
We will be having a stall at St. Mary’s fete on September 18th (12-3pm) to raise awareness of the Neighbourhood Plan and to seek more residents’ views, thoughts and ideas to shape its preparation – after all, a Neighbourhood Plan is prepared by the local community. Further opportunities to have your say will follow.
We look forward to seeing you at the fete.
 
Fawkham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group,
on behalf of Fawkham Parish Council

Fawkham’s Countryside Survey

We’d be very pleased if you could complete this survey. It’s only 8 questions so shouldn’t take long, and includes asking where your favourite view is.

You don’t have to live in Fawkham to complete it – it’s open to all who know the countryside around the Parish, so feel free to share it. The survey will give us a good idea how the local community values the countryside around Fawkham, which can feed into our Neighbourhood Plan.

It’s open until 30th September.

Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SNB9BYG

 

Thank you

Fawkham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group,

on behalf of Fawkham Parish Council

Wild flowers on Baldwin’s Green – what do you think?

Some residents have asked whether wild flowers could be grown on the area at the bottom of Castle Hill called Baldwin’s Green, where the village sign is. So we’d like to know if people would like this.
The seeds would cost around £20 or so, and we would need to remove the grass first. We’d need some volunteers to help remove the grass! So please let us know what you think, either by emailing us or voting via the Fawkham Community Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/667188993676293 (please note this is a private group and you will need to ask to join it by answering three questions).
If you would like to see wild flowers here, please let us know if you’re willing and able to help.
Thank you
 
Fawkham Parish Council
photo of signpost

Baldwin’s Green

Fawkham Manor planning application approved

The planning application for Fawkham Manor has now been approved by Sevenoaks District Council, along with the associated Listed Building Consent. This is for 26 residential units: 8 apartments in the manor house itself (7 x 2 bed and 1 x 3 bed) and three blocks of six 4 bed townhouses.
For further information please see SDC’s planning website and search under ref 21/00695:https://pa.sevenoaks.gov.uk/online-applications/.
Various conditions have been attached the the approval, including for a traffic management plan during the construction works.
As you may recall, Fawkham PC objected to this application, with the key issues being around transport/access, car parking, the number and type of units and their design. This development will increase the number of units in Fawkham by nearly 12%.
Fawkham Parish Council