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Love Higham Survey – Have your say…..

Love Higham Survey – now underway
To help us identify your priorities and write the Village Plan it would be great if you could complete this 10 minute survey on line.
If you prefer, paper copies are available at the Library, the railway station, the surgery and the village greengrocer. Your completed survey can be returned at any of these places.
The survey will run from 26 August to 30 September 2017.
And ….. if you complete the survey you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher.

May 2017 Update…

Update No. 3

Following on from the Love Higham Day we are running some small Discussion Groups. These are for residents to talk about each of the 6 Key Themes in a little more detail – so we can understand what we mean, for example, by a Clean and Tidy Village or a safe place to live. See below for the dates, times and venues



Higham Library Villa Rd


St John’s Church Hall


Higham Library Villa Rd


Memorial Hall School Lane


St John’s Church Hall


Free tea coffee and biscuits


To find out more & book a place… email, text or phone – contact details below:


Phone: 07480 518493

In the meantime….

Some early actions already being planned or in progress are:

  • Litter picking sessions taking place in the village – with volunteers and helping to keep our village clean and tidy
  • Developing a planned approach to eradicate Dog Mess in the village
  • Successful bid for funding to purchase new Speedwatch equipment for Higham – this will provide valuable data about speeding vehicles so that we can focus sessions in the right places at the right times
  • Working in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council, to improve the shrub beds in the village
  • Shepherd Neame have completed refurbishment works on The Gardeners and the Parish Council have applied to list the pub as a Community Asset
  • Funding granted to purchase a Defibrillator for installation on the Recreation Ground

Summary statement…

From all the comments gathered at the Love Higham Day, it is obvious that you all would like a safe, healthy, clean and tidy village.

The rural environment is very important to you, as is the community spirit.

 Most of you love living in the village and its sustainability is a key aim for the future.







Higham Village Plan….. Next Steps…

Over the next few months the following activities are taking place to produce the final Village Plan next January:

  • Display featuring feedback from the Love Higham Day …… in the Library 18 April to 15 May and information available on the Love Higham website
  • Small Discussion Groups set up to talk about the 6 Key Themes which emerged as priorities from the Love Higham Day – looking at the issues in more depth May – June
  • Feedback from the Discussion Groups shared and discussed with the Parish Council 3 July
  • The 6 Key Themes and main issues shared with residents and their feedback sought via a short survey July – mid August
  • Survey responses analysed and Parish Council discussion 11 September
  • First draft of the Village Plan produced – early November
  • Plan finalised and endorsed by the Parish Council – early December
  • Plan printed and distributed – January 2018

If you have any additional comments that you would like to pass on to us or if you would like to get involved further, please contact us through the website.