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Maidstone Borough Local Plan and Integrated Transport Strategy Consultations

The next stage of public consultation on the draft Maidstone Borough Local Plan (Regulation 19) commences on Friday 5th February 2016.  The consultation will run for six weeks until Friday 18th March.
At the same time MBC will be consulting on the draft Integrated Transport Strategy.  This is a document prepared jointly by Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council.
To read more about the consultations go to from 5th February.  There you will be able to access the documents and find out how you can comment.  A paper copy of the documents can be inspected at Maidstone Gateway, in the borough's libraries (including Staplehurst) and in the Parish Office.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Following the resignation of Councillor Neal Kemp, who has recently moved away from the village, a vacancy has arisen for a new Councillor to join Staplehurst Parish Council. The statutory period of public notice has ended and the Parish Council is now able to co-opt a local elector to fill the vacancy.
If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please feel free to attend a Council meeting to get an idea of what is involved. You are most welcome to come into the parish office for an informal chat with the Parish Clerk who will be able to give you further advice and information, or, alternatively, contact one of the current Parish Councillors about the role. We look forward to hearing from you.

Involve Kent Volunteer Open Day 1st March

On Tuesday 1st March Involve Kent will be holding an open day at the Involve Volunteer Centre, Town Hall, Jubilee Square, Maidstone between 11.00 and 14.00. Find out about available volunteering roles in the area and the benefits of volunteering and see what volunteers currently do.  For more information telephone 01622 674252 or go to .

KCC Consultation on Mobile Library Service

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about proposals to redesign the mobile library service.  The consultation contains information about the criteria it is using to review locations and about the impact the proposals would have on the current service.
KCC proposes to withdraw the mobile service from locations that have had an average of two or fewer visitors per stop over the twelve months October 2014-September 2015.  In the parish of Staplehurst this would mean the withdrawal of the fortnightly Tuesday stop at Cross at Hand.
To read about the proposals in full and about the ways in which you may submit comments go to  The consultation closes at 5.00pm on Friday 4th March.

Free Activities for Young People

Kent Sport and Golding Homes are working in partnership to bring FREE activities to local young people.

Venue: Shepway Community Centre, Cumberland Avenue, ME15 7JN
Day: Friday
Age: Boys & Girls 14-18 Time 17:30 - 18:30
Start date: 22/01/2016 End date: 25/03/2016
Contact: Dave Elstone | 07718 110377
Venue: Heather House, Bicknor Road, Park Wood, ME15 9PS
Day: Monday
Age: Boys & Girls 5-11 Time 15:30 - 17:00
Age: Boys & Girls 11-18 Time 17:00 - 18:30
tart date: 18/01/2016 End date: 21/03/2016
ontact: Kent Sport 03000 414335
Venue: Tovil Community Centre, Barfreston Close, ME15 6FG
Day: Tuesday
Age: Boys & Girls 5-11 Time 16:00 - 16:45
Age: Boys & Girls 11-18 Time 16:45 - 17:30
Start date: 02/02/2016 End date: 22/03/2016
Contact: Rachel Morgan 07896 494074
Venue: Monk Lakes, Staplehurst Road, Marden, TN12 9BS
Day: Saturday
Age: Boys & Girls 14-18 Time 10:00 - 13:00
Start date: 23/01/2016 End date: 26/03/2016
Contact: Dave Elstone | 07718 110377

Volunteers Required for Heart of Kent Hospice Events

Heart of Kent Hospice organises a wide range of fundraising events throughout the year for which ad hoc helpers are required on the day to support a range of tasks. If you have any free time to help with the following weekend and/or evening events please contact Nicola Smith at fundraising on 01622 790195:
Fire Walk: Friday 4th March - Jubilee Square, Maidstone Me14 1SA (eve)
Maidstone Road Run: Sunday 20th March - Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone ME17 4HX (day)
Bluebell Walk: Sunday 1st May - Harrietsham Village Hall ME17 1AP (day)
It's a Knockout: Sunday 15th May - Mote Park , Maidstone ME15 7SU (day)
Brands Hatch 10k Run & Fun Run:  Friday 3rd June - Brands Hatch DA3 9NG (eve)
Rainbow 5k Fun Run: Sunday 19th June - Mote park, Maidstone ME15 7SU (day)