Councillor P M Harman (Town Mayor), please click on the names to view photographs.
Councillor B E Read (Deputy Town Mayor)
Town Council Office Opening Hours (excluding Bank Holidays):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9.30am to 4.00pm (please be aware that the council offices are not available to the public on Wednesdays).
To view the superb Town Council Community Halls available to hire please click here. All are next to Town Council FREE car parks.
The Town Council, and its staff, always welcome your comments and input so please do not hesitate to contact us by 'phone, in writing, using email, coming to the Council Offices in person or via Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter too at "SGTownCouncil1". To be added to our mailing list please click here. To see details of any of the information below simply click on the link in blue.
The Town Council is the most local level of Government. With a population in excess of 14,100 (and set to more than double in the very near future) the Town Council is, by far, the largest of the 8 parishes within the borough of Dartford, looking after approximately 64 acres of open space and recreational grounds (it is also the only Town within the borough of Dartford).
The Town Council provides a variety of recreation, social and other facilities for the benefit of residents, including the Community Cafe, Church Road, Swanscombe (open 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday) and people who work in and visit the Town area, working in partnership with other Councils and agencies to promote and deliver local services. The Town Council has
20 Councillors elected by the residents every four years. Full Council meets at least 5 times a year to consider issues affecting the Town and the services provided. There are also 3 main Committees (Planning, Major Developments, Transport and Environment Committee, Recreation, Leisure and Amenities Committee and Finance and General Purposes Committee) along with various sub-committees. Click here for membership details of the Committees and Sub-Committees.
All meetings are open to the public (please come along), more information about the Town Council meetings can be found on notice boards throughout the Town and at the Council Offices.
Each year the Town Council hosts an Annual Open Town Council Meeting (usually in May). This meeting is chaired by the Town Mayor who, along with the Chairmen of the main Committees, reports briefly on the work of the Town Council in the previous year. Any resident of the Town may attend and ask any questions relating to the work of Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council. Along with the Council reporting on its work local organisations also give a resume of what they have been doing throughout the previous year.
Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council is the part of the Government closest to the residents, the Town consists of 4 wards; Galley Hill, Greenhithe, Knockhall and Swanscombe. Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council is essentially a Parish Council but has adopted Town status which means the Chairman of the Town Council is designated Mayor. The Town Council, unlike District, Borough or County Council’s, has few statutory duties (things that have to be done) but many powers (things that can be done). Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council seeks to exercise its powers for the benefit of the communities of Swanscombe and Greenhithe villages.
The Town Councillors do not receive any payment for the work that they do at the Town Council or in the community. They recognise that at times there may be confusion as to who does what in the Town, and endeavour to ensure that by continuing to work closely with other agencies duplication of services can be avoided.
The Town Council plays an important role in the planning process and is consulted on any application for planning permission in the Town the Local Planning Authority (Dartford Borough Council) receives. Members of the public are encouraged, and welcome, to attend meetings of the Planning, Major Developments, Transport and Environment Committee to see how the process is operated.
Working together with the people of Swanscombe and Greenhithe, and other local providers, to develop caring, quality services for the ever changing needs of the communities (old and new) at an affordable cost, Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council is committed to ensuring the Town remains a vibrant and attractive place in which to work, live and visit. Directions to the council offices can be found by clicking here.
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