Winter Strategy 2013-4

It has been agreed by the Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council that a contractor will spread salt and grit on the access roads within the three car parks this winter.  This will be done in accordance with the frequency guidance issued by Kent County Council’s Highways department after due consideration of the weather forecast.

The Parish Council have made no arrangements for snow ploughs to be used within the car parks. 

The salt and grit bins throughout the Cranbrook and Sissinghurst parish are generally the responsibility of Kent Council Council to refill when empty.  Spreaders are available from the Parish Office at the corner of Stone Street, under the Vestry Hall.  There is also one available from Ropemaker’s Barn, The Street, Sissinghurst.

The pavements will not be cleared by the Parish Council.  Residents are encouraged to clear the areas in front of their own property, although this will be entirely at their own risk.

Throughout the winter season all residents and visitors to Cranbrook and Sissinghurst must use the roads, car parks and pavements with due care and attention.  It is must be clearly understood that all car parks are used at the owners risk.


Update on Part-night Street Lighting from Kent County Council

Following widespread consultation, Kent County Council will begin to convert approximately 70,000 of its 120,000 street lights to part-night operation. Selected lights will switch off between the hours of midnight and 5.30am GMT.

This work, which starts in December 2013, will:

  •  save around £1 million per year
  • cut carbon emissions by 5,000 tonnes per year
  • reduce light pollution.

We are also switching off a further 2,500 lights, for a one-year trial, in places where they would not be provided today.

We will not be switching off any street lights in town centres, areas with CCTV, anti-social behaviour areas, at busy road junctions, roundabouts or sites with road safety concerns.

To find out which lights will be switched off in your area and when, use the ‘find my nearest’ search on our website:


Cranbrook Citizen Advice Bureau

Tunbridge Wells and District Citizens Advice Bureau is delighted to announce that from 1st November the Cranbrook Bureau will be moving into Cranbrook Library in Carriers Road. 

KCC Libraries and CAB are both are both excited about the coming move which, by bringing  the  library  and CAB together, will make it easier for the people of Cranbrook to access the services that they need. 

The move will benefit the residents of Cranbrook and the outlying areas by providing advice and information along with Library services and the Registration of Births and Deaths all under one roof.  The Cranbrook Library is ideally situated in the centre of the town with good parking facilities and disabled access.  Those affected by the future introduction of Universal Credit will gain a further advantage by being able to use Library computers to access benefits.  We look forward to working in partnership with the Library for the good of the Cranbrook community.

West Kent ‘Wheels 2 Work’

No transport? Want the loan of a moped for up to a year to help you get to work, education or training?

This moped scheme includes rider training, a helmet, padded reflective jacket and gloves. The scheme is for residents of West Kent aged 16 or over who have a firm offer of full time work, training or education that they are unable to reach by public transport.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a resident of West Kent and your household must pay Council Tax to one of the following Borough or District Councils within the Kent County Council area: Maidstone,  Sevenoaks,  Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells.

You can travel to any area, up to 40 miles round trip from your home to your place of employment, training or education.

The cost is £28.00 per week

The mopeds are owned, taxed and insured by the East Surrey Rural Transport  Partnership.

For more details and an application form please call 01883 732791 or email or visit

Endorsed by Kent Fire & Rescue Service and funded by Kent County Council.

The Oil-Club

The Oil-Club has launched a club for Cranbrook and the surrounding area. If you would like to join or find out more about the club, please visit the website:

The benefits are:

Reduced heating oil costs

Reduced heavy goods vehicle traffic through our villages

Reduced carbon exhausted into our environment

About the Oil-Club

The Oil-Club is an independent organisation and has no links to any of the suppliers. The Clubs aim is simple – reduce the cost of heating oil for our members and the environmental impact as much as we can! The Oil-Club already manages over 2, 200 clubs across the country.

How much can we save you?

By grouping our deliveries by village or postcode sector and the bulk purchase ability of The Oil-Club, we are able to negotiate with our panel of suppliers the best bulk purchase price for heating oil and pass on the saving to our members.

As the membership grows so does our negotiating power of The Oil-Club!

How do we help the environment?

A village with 100 members will save between 150 to 180 heavy duty vehicle trips a year through your village. A big saving on wear and tear to our village, our lanes, roads and to the environment.