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12/12/2017 12:14:09
topic: The Railway Tavern is lost - developer won appeal

Posts 9
The Maidstone Borough Council have blatantly lied to me on numerous occasions in the past mainly to cover up their own mistakes. When you complain they close ranks, so sadly anything they do does not surprise me anymore.
As a local government "forward planning/thinking" should be at the top of their agenda. As has already been mentioned, knowing of the new developments in the village, little if any "forward planning/thinking" has gone into their comments.
11/12/2017 16:56:48
topic: The Railway Tavern is lost - developer won appeal

Posts 38
I agree, short sighted.

As far as Staplehurst is concerned (maybe across the Borough), MBC are not Planning. They are rubber-stamping almost everything that comes across their desk. Unless a hundred residents kick their ward councillors to intervene then MBC’s planning team will simply just say yes - even actively write to people to expand their previously refused travellers sites or to encourage people to put in plans to build on their gardens (see latest Local Plan).

And in this case, even with a unanimous refusal the MBC’s Planning team still effectively overruled the committee y the backdoor when agreeing with the applicant that the Tavern was unviable and not actively defending the appeal.

I do not know who the planners serve, but clearly they do not see the community as a priority. I would replace them with administrators on half their pay for all the real ‘planning’ they do.
11/12/2017 08:48:01
topic: The Railway Tavern is lost - developer won appeal

Posts 47
This seems staggeringly short-sighted. I can excuse the view that the site has not proven viable based on recent efforts by a succession of different managers, but the population projections and, specifically, the new estate on Headcorn Road, gives that site huge potential. Its one thing losing our open spaces to new developments, but packing housing into every available space in the village isn't acceptable. The current building opposite Parisfield of a small chalet bungalow is a further example - whoever approved planning for a house with 3 bedrooms, two of which have restricted height ceilings, no garden, and parking for one car, should have their qualifications checked.
10/12/2017 19:48:55
topic: The Railway Tavern is lost - developer won appeal

Posts 351
Yet again urban dwellers call the shots. The officers I understand are employed by the council, who are elected members, all in all the tax/council tax payer employs them and pays wages and expenses, then we call the shots. Frittenden road still a fiasco, appeals coming up! Have spent over 11years listening to excuses from MBC, they should try living with the situation, I could go into detail of what we have had to put up with, it is the usual knock on effect, usually quoted is 'its a civil matter' thanks a lot!
10/12/2017 19:07:16
topic: The Railway Tavern is lost - developer won appeal

Posts 38
The Tavern is lost on appeal.

Thanks mainly to MBC planning officers supporting the developer's claim that the Tavern is not and could never again be a viable business, pub or otherwise, the Planning Inspector had little option but to support the developer's appeal against MBC Planning Committee's decision to keep the Tavern as a pub.

Thank you MBC Planning Officers for putting lots of effort into building nearly 800 houses in Staplehurst but putting nil effort into ensuring we have a crossroads that is not clogged with traffic, ensuring we have shops and pubs, or ensuring we have enough primary school places for the future.

Thanks - a - bunch
10/12/2017 11:21:26
topic: Scouts Christmas Post Service

Staplehurst Scouts
Posts 54
Many thanks to all of you who have used the Scouts Christmas post service so far this year.
We did a delivery all around the village on Saturday.
Our next - and final delivery - will be this coming Saturday (16th).
So there is still plenty of time to write those cards and get them in the post boxes!
The post boxes are located in the Library, the Health Centre, Station Newsagents and Peter Jones Opticians.
Just a reminder as well that all proceeds this year are going toward buying a new defibrillator for use at social events held in the village.

Thank for your support.

Chair, Staplehurst Scouts
10/12/2017 09:06:41
topic: Helen's Coffee House

Posts 25
To all our loyal friends and customers,

Since we opened in September 2015 we have loved every minute serving our community. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and engagements with you. We have stood by your side as you mourned the loss of a loved one and we have welcomed new life into this world.

As we close for our Christmas break (from Sunday December 24th) we will be saying farewell to the first chapter in the life of our business.

Due to various external factors, when we reopen on Monday January 8th 2018, we will have a new, fresh look. Don't worry the fabulous cakes and fresh coffee will remain but the rest of the food menu will stop.

In place of this we will be taking the business in a new direction and delivering something we hope you will all love. The exact nature of the business is under wraps until the day so please pop in and say hello. Your continued support means the world to us.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2018.

Helen and Scott xx
05/12/2017 12:35:51
topic: Check your lights, please!

Posts 378
I would also add runners and dog walkers.
I nearly hit one last night coming through Lime Trees,.
Also the new LED street light s don't help much, they are far too dim compared to the old sodium lights.
05/12/2017 10:41:02
topic: Check your lights, please!

Peter Ashby
Posts 66
Could I ask all the drivers on here to take a few moments to check that all their car (and motorcycle and bicycle) lights are working correctly, please? In recent weeks, I have seen numerous vehicles with defective lights, including a school minibus, an AA van and a car coming towards me on a dark lane with no lights on the driver's side. This is stupidly dangerous when it gets dark early and many roads around here are unlit.
02/12/2017 18:35:00
topic: FOR SALE: Delonghi EN750.MB Nespresso Lattissima

Posts 60
- Auto Clean System (integrated in the milk carafe): Automatic Rinsing function
- Fast heating time: ready in 25 seconds for coffee and 40 seconds for milk preparation
- Removable milk carafe (0.5 L), Removable water reservoir (1.3 L)
- Electronic touch controls with LED display and options menu
- Brushed aluminium casing
- To be used with Nespresso pods (or compatible ones)
- No coffee grinder.

This coffee machine in excellent used condition, very minor marks on the water tank consistent with occasional use and cleaning.
Only 1 year old - virtually as good as new!

Great machine at bargain price - currently £300 at John Lewis!

02/12/2017 10:17:55
topic: Scouts Christmas Post Service

Staplehurst Scouts
Posts 54
I hope you will have seen our bright red post boxes around the village. This means our annual Christmas Post service is open for business again this year. We will deliver your Christmas cards to anywhere in the village for only a 25p donation (but feel free to donate more!).

Funds this year are all going towards buying a new defibrillator for use at social events held in the village.

We'll be making our deliveries on the 9th and 15th December and the last collection from our boxes will be on noon 15th December.

You can see our post boxes in the Library, the Health Centre, Station Newsagents and Peter Jones Opticians. As ever, our sincere thanks to those hosting the post boxes again this year.

To use the service just drop your cards and your donation into a bag and then put them into the post box. Its as easy as that!

Thanks in advance for your support.

Chair, Staplehurst Scouts
27/11/2017 13:45:21
topic: Mummers' Play cast wanted!

Peter Ashby
Posts 66
Last year, a group of us toured a Mummers' Play round a few pubs in Cranbrook, Frittenden and Staplehurst. I am hoping to do it again this year, provisionally on December 20th, but a few of last year's cast have had to drop out. I am therefore looking for a couple of replacements. For information, a Mummers' Play is an old English tradition, written in rhyming couplets. I would be happy to provide more information to anyone that might be interested.
24/11/2017 09:02:02
topic: United Reformed Church Coffee Morning

Alison Alderson
Posts 3
Please join us, tomorrow, 25th November for a coffee morning and sale in aid of Lainey's farm with lots of cakes, crafts and gifts, from 10 -12.30 at the URC opposite The Parade.
20/11/2017 10:30:03
topic: Staplehurst Neighbourhood Watch Public Meeting

Parish Clerk
Posts 313
Staplehurst Neighbourhood Watch are holding a public meeting on Monday 27 November 2017 in the South
Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre between 7 pm and 9 pm. It is intended to be totally informal, with no set
agenda.Come along whenever you can. Learn what Neighbourhood Watch is all about and equally
important what it it NOT about. 5-10 minutes could be long enough but stay longer to chat with
other villagers if you can. If you would like to join them remember its FREE
06/11/2017 14:38:07
topic: Tiddly Winks and Board Games Evening

Posts 7
Don't laugh - but we're having a Tiddly Winks and board games evening this coming Thursday - 9th November at the Parish Rooms at 7.30PM. £5 on the door, bring your friends along with your own alcohol if you like although there will be soft drinks and nibbles plus some super old fashioned board games to play. Chess, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuits, Blockade, Massacar, Probe, Sorry, Sky Sports, Besique etc and of course that old favourite - Tiddly Winks!
02/11/2017 15:12:28
topic: Hen & Duckhurst Farm Development Plans Exhibition

Parish Clerk
Posts 313
On Thursday 9th November between 4.00pm and 8.00pm in the Village Centre, High Street, David Wilson Homes will hold an exhibition of their plans to take forward the outline planning consent granted for housing development on the Hen & Duckhurst Farm site north of Marden Road.

To read more about the original planning application and the outline consent it received go to and key the application reference 14/502010 into the search field. To read more about the exhibition go to the news item on the 'Latest News' page of this website and click on the link to the exhibition leaflet.
01/11/2017 09:04:26
topic: Lloyds pharmacy to close

Posts 203
Wow - without a question mark on the end of it, that thread title is serious clickbait!
31/10/2017 19:08:41
topic: Lloyds pharmacy to close

Posts 378
Welshman, although I agree with you, I'm not entirely sure big business, such as the parent company Celesio UK really care about such matters.
31/10/2017 16:08:53
topic: Lloyds pharmacy to close

Posts 77
Unlikely I would have thought, especially as it's the only chemist in such a large village.
31/10/2017 15:59:17
topic: Lloyds pharmacy to close

Robin Oakley
Posts 199
As of 5pm yesterday there was no indication that any branches of Lloyds Pharmacy in this area would be closing. However, coincidentally with the press item to which you refer, Andy Walsh, the pharmacist at Staplehurst branch has been promoted to work at Shepway branch, much to the dismay of the customers here. He will be sorely missed at Staplehurst.
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