The Parish Council's email address has changed to email@example.com, please amend your records accordingly.
Santa is coming to Harrietsham!
Santa is coming to Harrietsham on Sunday 17th December 2023 and will once again be accompanied by Naughty Elf , so look out!
If you would like to visit Santa, please contact Tim Griffiths via email: Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org He is also contactable on the following number via text: 07793240529
Slots will be given in half hour sessions from 10 am till about 4pm, to reduce the number of people in one area at a time.
There is only a limited number of spaces in each half hour session, so please accept our apologies if you do not get your exact time request.
Make sure you bring some cash with you, as there will also be a couple of stall holders on the day. Tea and coffee refreshments will also be on sale and any donations will be gratefully received.
This event is free entry (with no fee to visit Santa) and toddlers/primary school aged children will receive a chocolate selection box . If you would like to give Santa or Naughty Elf a present to give your child, then please make sure you let the organisers know on the day.
This event is run by the Parish Council and we would like to thank everyone involved who will make this event enjoyable and safe.
Transition period for XL Bully owners begins
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced that further legislation to ban XL Bully type dogs has come into effect today (14 November), as the transition period for owners to apply for an exemption scheme begins.
During the transition period, which runs from now until 31 January 2024, owners who wish to keep their dogs must apply to an exemption scheme. Applications for exemption certificates are now open.
After the transition period, owners without a Certificate of Exemption could receive a criminal record and an unlimited fine if they are found to be in possession of an XL Bully type.
During the transition period, owners who no longer wish to keep their dogs and who arrange for a vet to euthanise them may apply for compensation towards this. Owners and their vets will need to complete a form in order to make a claim
Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina)
Asian Hornets are an invasive non-native hornet, originally from Asia, which is a highly aggressive predator. This poses a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators. There have been sightings of the hornet in Kent and residents are being asked to report any sightings immediately. Further details can be found in the attached leaflet (above).
Report by email: email@example.com
(or) Online: www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/asianhornet
Petrol Pumps in West Street
The Parish Council has received the following message from Southern Lightning Engineers Ltd, who are based in West Street:
"As I’m sure you know, we have two of the oldest petrol pumps just outside our building, which we love and are very much part of the village. We have decided to have them professional restored, as they are becoming a little rusted, not surprisingly after 75 years. So, in the next few weeks, they will disappear and make their way to Devon, where they will be lovingly and fully restored to their former glory by two very enthusiastic restorers; before being reinstalled in the same place.
There will be a complete book on the process which anyone will be welcome to come and look at, once the process is finalised. We need to keep these landmarks safe and in good condition as part of the Harrietsham heritage."
The Company has said that anyone who wishes to, is most welcome to take photos of the pumps before they are removed.
The Parish Council would like to give each child in the village, aged 11 and under (in Yr 6 or below), a coin to commemorate the Coronation of King Charles III. Most children will receive these through Harrietsham Primary School or either of the two pre-schools in the village. If you have a child in this age group, who does not attend any of these settings, then please contact the Parish Clerk by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for one to be set aside.
When emailing, please use the subject heading 'Coronation Coin' and include your contact details, address, child's name and age.
Parish.UK Network Website
It has come to the attention of Parish Clerks in the country that a website has been set up by Parish.UK Network, which implies it is working in conjunction with Parish Councils. The information on the website is inaccurate and is not linked in anyway to Local Government offices. It has been reported that, in some areas, the site requests users to sign up to their directory, which can entail costs, thinking that the money will go to their local Parish Council. This is not the case and we would ask that the site is not accessed (and no payments made) to protect residents in the village.
Parish.UK Network is a fraudulent website, which is being investigated by the National Trading Standards E-Crime Team.
This website is the only one used by the Parish Council and all information is kept as up to date as possible. If you have any concerns, then please contact the Parish Clerk (email@example.com)
Advice regarding E-Scooters
The following was copied from the Kent Police Website;
Electric scooter owners in Maidstone are reminded to comply with the law and be considerate of other road users.
The warning is issued after police community support officers seized an e-scooter from a child after he was seen riding it in a dangerous manner in Plains Avenue, on Wednesday 2 December 2020. The boy had been advised by the same officers regarding a similar incident a few days earlier. His parent was asked to attend the police station to retrieve it and they received guidance regarding their son's conduct.
Inspector Stephen Kent of Maidstone's Community Safety Unit said: 'In the town centre and surrounding housing estates we have been receiving reports of the antisocial and dangerous use of e-scooters.
'Owners should be aware that these currently fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles. This means for use on a public road the user requires insurance, vehicle tax, a driving licence and registration.'
The use of e-scooters on pavements, in cycle lanes and in pedestrian-only areas is illegal and, in general, they should only be used on private land with the landowner’s permission.
Inspector Kent continued: 'Our officers will be stopping and giving words of advice to e-scooter users and will seize the equipment where offences have been committed. Where appropriate, persistent offenders or dangerous riders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice or receive a traffic offence report.'
The following is a summary copied from the .gov.uk website.
“Powered transporters” is a term used to cover a variety of novel and emerging personal transport devices which are powered by a motor, including e-scooters.
Given how powered transporters are motorised and designed, they fall within the legal definition of a “motor vehicle”. Therefore the laws that apply to motor vehicles apply to powered transporters.
It is illegal to use a powered transporter:
- on a public road without complying with a number of legal requirements, which potential users will find very difficult
- in spaces that are set aside for use by pedestrians, cyclists, and horse-riders; this includes on the pavement and in cycle lanes
Any person who uses a powered transporter on a public road or other prohibited space in breach of the law is committing a criminal offence and can be prosecuted.
It is legal to use a powered transporter:
- on private land with the permission of the land owner
Please specifically note the following;
“If the user of a powered transporter could meet these requirements, it might in principle be lawful for them to use public roads. However, it is likely that they will find it very difficult to comply with all of these requirements, meaning that it would be a criminal offence to use them on the road.”
The term “powered transporters” does not include electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPCs), which have their own regulatory framework.