Parish Council Vacancy


Sissinghurst Ward

Notice of Casual Vacancy


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor for the SISSINGHURST ward of the Parish of Cranbrook & Sissinghurst following the resignation of Councillor Brian Clifford.

The Returning Officer at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has confirmed that the regulation 10 requests from electors has not been fulfilled and the Council can now fill the casual vacancy by co-option.  NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rule 1986 the council will fill the casual vacancy by co-option.

The council may co-opt any person who is legally qualified to hold such office, and who is willing to serve provided they are a British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union, and are neither the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order or have, within five years before the day of the co-option, been convicted in the United Kingdom of any offence and have had a prison sentence (whether suspended or not) for a period of over three months without the option of a fine.

Provided the person also satisfies at least ONE of the following they may be apply.

• They are registered as a local government elector for the parish

• They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months occupied as owner or tenant, any land or premises in the parish

• Their principal or only place of work during the preceding twelve months has been in the parish

• They have during the whole of the preceding twelve months resided in the parish or within 4.8 km of it They must also be 18 years or older on the day they become nominated for election.  Written expressions of interest from persons wishing to serve as a councillor need to be submitted to the Clerk of the Council within 21 days of the date of this notice. The closing date for the written submission interest is 15th April 2020. Final selection will be by vote at the Parish Council Meeting to be held on the 14th May 2020.

Dated 16th March 2020.

                                        Clerk to Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council

In computing any period of time for the purposes of this notice a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a Bank Holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning, shall be disregarded.

Printed and Published by the Clerk to Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council, The Old Fire Station, Stone Street, Cranbrook,

Kent TN17 3HF – Tel: 01580 713112,


Coronavirus Related Scams

Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime.
Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.
Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.
Some of the other tactics we’ve identified from victim reports:
• Fraudsters purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) contact potential victims over email. They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.


What to do next?
Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit:
Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit:

The Keep Britain Tidy Campaign ‘Do it for Your Dog’

This weekend 11 million viewers watched the 2020 Crufts Best in Show wire-haired Dachshund  ‘Maisie’ do what dogs do and take a toilet break on her victory lap of the NEC arena.

Her owner Kim McCalmon came well prepared and immediately scooped up the mess with a bag. If only all dog owners would follow in Kim’s footsteps and act so responsibly! But sadly we know all too well that this isn’t the case.

Our latest research into Dog Fouling found that 15% of dog owners admit to letting their dog poop in a public place without picking up, leading to 76% of adults stepping in dog poop in their lifetime.

This is why we’ve launched our latest campaign to tackle this noxious problem. The campaign features dogs as the messenger, appealing directly to dog lovers and leveraging the levers of both pride and shame to remind owners to pick-up their poop because it’s what their dog would want them to do.

The campaign has been designed to work across social media using highly engaging video content, and posters for placement at Dog Fouling hotspots in your local area. There are 4 videos available to choose from, featuring ‘Sarah the Spaniel’ and ‘Ben the Boxer’. The videos can also be voiced with a regional accent to really connect with your residents.

Essential gas mains replacement work in the High Street, Cranbrook

Notification of gas works

We are planning essential work to upgrade the gas network in the High Street, Cranbrook over the coming months. Our £625,000 project involves the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure a continued safe and reliable gas supply.

We have planned this work in close collaboration with Kent County Council, Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council, and Councillor Seán Holden to ensure we minimise disruption to the local community. Our project will start on Tuesday 14 April and will last approximately eleven weeks.

As agreed with the local authority, we’ll be working Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. We are mindful of people who live in the area and will try to minimise noisy activities where possible.

Our project will begin on Tuesday 14 April in the High Street. To ensure everyone’s safety, we’ll need to close the High Street between its junction with the A229 Angley Road and Cranbrook Fire Station. Through network planning and downsizing our pipes, we’ve been able to reduce the road closure from a planned 12 weeks down to two weeks. We’ll also need to close New Road during this phase. A signed diversion will be in place for motorists and access for residents will be maintained.

Once we’ve completed our work in the High Street, New Road will remain closed for two further weeks while we continue to upgrade our gas mains. We will then pause our work for the VE Day celebrations.

From Monday 11 May, we’ll be working in the A229 Angley Road from the war memorial to the junction with Wheatfield Way for approximately seven weeks. We’ll need to install temporary traffic lights around our work area to keep everyone safe and the traffic flowing.

In July, we will then work in Bakers Cross between its junctions with Frythe Way and Dorothy Avenue for approximately two weeks. We’ll need to install temporary traffic lights during this phase to keep everyone safe.

You can find a map of our work overleaf.

We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Cranbrook residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

If you have any enquiries about our Cranbrook project, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 912 1700.

Steve Fitzpatrick Project Manager

Update from Public Health England – COVID19

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that as of 9am 4 March a total of 16,659 people have been tested in the UK, of which 16,574 negative and 85 positive. DHSC will be publishing updated data on this page on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice.
  • As of today, due to the number of new cases, DHSC will no longer be tweeting information on the location of each new case. Instead, this information will be released centrally in a consolidated format online, once a week (Friday).
  • Today (4 March) the next phase of the public information campaign has launched and focuses on handwashing – the latest materials are available on the Campaign Resource Centre.
  • A new blog has been published about five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
  • DfE has set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_SouthEast

An Exciting Opportunity


is seeking a


Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council is succession planning. We are seeking to appoint a full time additional Clerk to share the increasing workload and with a view to taking over the role of Proper Officer to the Council.

The ideal candidate will be proactive and an excellent communicator with a ‘can do’ attitude who can demonstrate strong administration, organisational and management skills. We are planning to go paperless imminently, so excellent I.T skills are crucial. The post involves managing emails, phone calls and letters from local residents, contractors and other service providers. The Parish have some exciting new projects in which you will be involved.

Experience or an understanding of Local Government would be desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will be prepared to study for and attain the CiLCA qualification.

The post is based in the Parish Office in Cranbrook. It requires a flexible approach, including attendance at regular evening meetings (generally 2-3 per month). Salary will be dependent on qualification and experience and is expected to be in the region of £26,317.

The appointee will be eligible to join the Kent County Council Local Government Pension Scheme.

Please send your application to Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council, The Old Fire Station, Stone Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3HF. Closing date: 20th March 2020.