Download Management Committee

The Parish Council owns the land known as the “Kemsing Down Nature Reserve”, which consists of mixed woodland and chalk grassland (Shorehill Wood) and predominantly chalk grassland (Shorehill Down & Whiteleaf Down, Haffenden Field, Green Hill & The Dell).

The Committee is responsible for the Nature Reserve, but day-to-day management is arranged by a Group, consisting of Members of the Parish, District Council Ranger, partners at Kent Wildlife Trust as well as a Woodland Consultant.

Current Membership: Councillor Bennett (Chairman), Councillor Buttifant (Vice-Chairman), Councillor Chisholm, Councillor Morrell, Councillor Wedderburn-Day

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee meets in December to decide on the Council’s revised estimates for income and expenditure for the remainder of the financial year (which is 1st April to 31st March) and to forecast the Council’s budget for the next financial year, so that the precept can be set.

It also meets in May each year to approve the end of year accounts
in readiness for the Annual Audit.

Current Membership: Councillor Eaton (Chairman), Councillor Walker (Vice-Chairman), Councillor Bennett, Councillor Hudson

Planning Committee

As a Statutory consultee, it is the responsibility of the planning committee to receive planning applications from Sevenoaks District Council, the local Planning Authority.

In reviewing such applications its purpose is to ensure that they meet with current planning law and satisfy local and County structure plans.

The committee may also comment on matters of local concern including infrastructure and matters relating to the essential character of the village.

Current Membership: Councillor Eaton (Chairman), Councillor Connelly (Vice-Chairman), Councillor Robarts, Councillor Chisholm, Councillor Walker, Councillor Souch

Recreation Grounds Committee

The Parish Council as the Trustee, look after the Common Field Recreation Ground, between Church Lane and Heaverham Road, where formal sports are played. The Nightingale Open Space & Recreation Area is also owned by the Parish Council.

Both Recreation Grounds have fenced play areas, with play equipment for the younger children.

The Barnfield Crescent Open Space is also owned by the Parish Council who arrange for the maintenance thereof.

Current Membership: Councillor Walker (Chairman), Councillor Wedderburn-Day (Vice-Chairman), Councillor Dillon, Councillor Hudson, Councillor Souch

Facilities Committee

The Committee looks after the village car park, public conveniences, open space at Fairfield Close and litter collections and bins located on land owned by the Parish Council as well as the village notice boards.

Current Membership: Councillor Dillon (Chairman), Councillor Robarts (Vice-Chairman), Councillor Bennett, Councillor Buttifant, Councillor Eaton, Councillor Souch