Rural Age Concern Darent Valley head accuses Sevenoaks District Council of 'throwing them out' of Swanley base

John Arnold outside the RACDV premises in the High Street.

John Arnold outside the RACDV premises in the High Street.

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The head of an old people’s charity says Sevenoaks District Council is throwing them out of their base in Swanley with nowhere to go.

John Arnold, 74, runs Rural Age Concern Darent Valley from offices in the High Street.

The charity used to run a shop and a day centre called the Meeting Point there but both were closed down in May.

They have been given until the end of August to vacate after the council extended an initial six-month notice period by six weeks.

Mr Arnold told News Shopper: "We have been in existence for more than 60 years and in these premises for 30.

"Completely out of the blue we got a letter from Sevenoaks Council in the middle of January asking us to vacate.

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A notice pinned to the former Age Concern shop. 

"It simply hasn't been possible and I feel we have been very badly treated."

Mr Arnold, who is the charity’s chief officer, says they are looking at a unit in Swanley Shopping Centre.

He said: "At the moment it’s looking unlikely that we can afford it.

"We’ve got nowhere to go and we don’t seem to be getting any understanding or support from the council.

"It’s often been said, don’t get old in Kent."

The Meeting Point used to provide services including hot meals, chiropody and a library for up to 30 people a day.

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Mr Arnold wants to keep RACDV in Swanley. 

RACDV does still run day centres in New Ash Green and Fawkham.

A Sevenoaks District Council spokesman said: "Since 2002 we have supported RACDV by allowing it to operate from a premises in Swanley for a minimal rent.

"This property is now in poor condition and in need of significant investment and neither Age Concern nor the council have the funds available for this work.

"We understand the day centre is now run from its own premises in Fawkham and the shop and office will relocate within Swanley town centre very soon.

"To assist them with this move we have agreed that the six month notice period be extended by an additional six weeks until the end of August."

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6:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

swanleyperson says...

Ah yes Sevenoaks council. The biggest pile of human turds in the whole of kent. Its the only council i know that send there staff on nazi training days. You think they treated this charity badly you should see how they Handel the people on there social housing list. Homeless? Disabled? Or old? They supply you a cardboard box to die in, just do it quietly.
Ah yes Sevenoaks council. The biggest pile of human turds in the whole of kent. Its the only council i know that send there staff on nazi training days. You think they treated this charity badly you should see how they Handel the people on there social housing list. Homeless? Disabled? Or old? They supply you a cardboard box to die in, just do it quietly. swanleyperson
  • Score: 9

7:24pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

swanleyperson wrote:
Ah yes Sevenoaks council. The biggest pile of human turds in the whole of kent. Its the only council i know that send there staff on nazi training days. You think they treated this charity badly you should see how they Handel the people on there social housing list. Homeless? Disabled? Or old? They supply you a cardboard box to die in, just do it quietly.
"They supply you a cardboard box to die in, just do it quietly"


Any time ya like.

ASAP would be convenient fer me boi.
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: Ah yes Sevenoaks council. The biggest pile of human turds in the whole of kent. Its the only council i know that send there staff on nazi training days. You think they treated this charity badly you should see how they Handel the people on there social housing list. Homeless? Disabled? Or old? They supply you a cardboard box to die in, just do it quietly.[/p][/quote]"They supply you a cardboard box to die in, just do it quietly" Any time ya like. ASAP would be convenient fer me boi. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 4

9:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

swanleyperson says...

Now now uncle joe you know what happens when you get excited.
Now now uncle joe you know what happens when you get excited. swanleyperson
  • Score: 4

11:21pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

swanleyperson wrote:
Now now uncle joe you know what happens when you get excited.
Yea boi ask your Mum.
[quote][p][bold]swanleyperson[/bold] wrote: Now now uncle joe you know what happens when you get excited.[/p][/quote]Yea boi ask your Mum. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 4

10:10am Tue 29 Jul 14

disgruntres says...

Yet again the seriousness of an article is being nullified by inane comments bandied between Gypo Joe and Swanley person.
This article reports on a serious problem for Swanley Rural Age Concern.
It reports that alternative premises in Swanley Centre may be too expensive. This is an opportunity for the management of Swanley Centre to redeem themselves, following the introduction of the parking charges. As they are now obviously making money they should offer a very reduced rent in order Age Concern can afford it.
Yet again Swanley Council have shown that there is no regard for the people of Swanley. Shame on them. The older people who have attended the meeting point are part of the electorate who voted for them.
Older people deserve recognition and a suitable place to meet.
This is a serious situation and warrants an urgent resolution.
I hope any further comments are relevant to the article. Readers should not be drawn into the abusive and asinine comments bandied bakwards and forwards between the two previous correspondents.(and others at times) This merely draws attention away from a serious article of which we should all be aware.
Yet again the seriousness of an article is being nullified by inane comments bandied between Gypo Joe and Swanley person. This article reports on a serious problem for Swanley Rural Age Concern. It reports that alternative premises in Swanley Centre may be too expensive. This is an opportunity for the management of Swanley Centre to redeem themselves, following the introduction of the parking charges. As they are now obviously making money they should offer a very reduced rent in order Age Concern can afford it. Yet again Swanley Council have shown that there is no regard for the people of Swanley. Shame on them. The older people who have attended the meeting point are part of the electorate who voted for them. Older people deserve recognition and a suitable place to meet. This is a serious situation and warrants an urgent resolution. I hope any further comments are relevant to the article. Readers should not be drawn into the abusive and asinine comments bandied bakwards and forwards between the two previous correspondents.(and others at times) This merely draws attention away from a serious article of which we should all be aware. disgruntres
  • Score: 36

10:35am Tue 29 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

disgruntres please don't get ya knickers in a knot boi, it's still early doors. Calm down FFS.

Listen carefully to Joe boi now, it's Swanley son, what did you really expect. I'll give ya a free tip here son, move to Bromley, much more professional types in charge at the 'cancel'.
disgruntres please don't get ya knickers in a knot boi, it's still early doors. Calm down FFS. Listen carefully to Joe boi now, it's Swanley son, what did you really expect. I'll give ya a free tip here son, move to Bromley, much more professional types in charge at the 'cancel'. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 15

1:18am Wed 30 Jul 14

swanleyperson says...

Nullified. Lovely word that I'm going to graffiti that on the wall outside Asda. "Gypo joe was nullified ere"
Nullified. Lovely word that I'm going to graffiti that on the wall outside Asda. "Gypo joe was nullified ere" swanleyperson
  • Score: 5

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