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Referendum on Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan

The much awaited referendum on Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan will take place on Thursday 3rd November 2016. The polling station at North Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre will be open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.
For a copy of the final plan and information on voting please go to:  For enquiries about voting, including postal and proxy votes, telephone Maidstone Borough Council's helpline on 01622 602007 or e-mail

A copy of the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan can also be found at: where you can also find full background information about how the plan has been developed.

Hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan are available to view at the Parish Office, Staplehurst Library and Maidstone Borough Council's offices at Maidstone House in King Street.

Headcorn Road Planning Applications at MBC Planning Committee 27th October

Maidstone Borough Council has published the agenda for the meeting of its planning committee on Thursday 27th October at 6.00pm in Maidstone Town Hall.  The committee will discuss the planning applications for Fishers Farm (14/505432 Bovis Homes and 15/510186 Redrow Homes) and Stanley Farm (15/507124 Countryside Properties).
To view the full agenda go to .  The meeting will be held in public session in the Town Hall and will also be broadcast via MBC's webcast facility (except for any sessions formally designated by the meeting as private).  The webcast may be accessed from the agenda page of the website.
Representatives of the Parish Council plan to attend the meeting and speak on the applications. 
Please also refer to the related news item 'Staplehurst Crossroads Proposals' below.

Staplehurst Crossroads Proposals

Maidstone Borough Council has published the latest analysis and proposals for reconfiguration of the A229-Headcorn Road-Marden Road crossroads.
The report by consultants Mott McDonald can be found in the documents associated with the following pending planning applications:14/505432 (Bovis Homes), 15/507124 (Countryside Properties) and 15/510186 (Redrow Homes). The document description is 'Cuckold's Corner Junction Review'.
To view the document and associated comments including those by Kent County Council Highways go to and key one of the application numbers into the 'search' field.  Comments on the proposals may be made via the MBC website, by e-mail to or by post to MBC at Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ.

Policing in Kent 2017-2021: Survey

The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting members of the public to participate in a short survey about what strategic policing priorities matter to them.  Responses will inform the Commissioner's new plan to take effect from April 2017.
To read more and participate in the survey go to  You do not need to give your name or contact details when taking part.

MBC Budget Consultation Roadshow 31st October

In support of its consultation on its expenditure budget Maidstone Borough Council is holding a series of roadshows in the borough.  MBC wants to know what residents think about how best to deal with the funding gap that MBC will have following changes to the way that local government will be funded over the next four years.  The roadshow will give you a chance to have your say about what services are important to you and about how you think they should be delivered.
The roadshow will come to Staplehurst on Monday 31st October and will take place in the North Hall at the Village Centre between 10.30am and 12.30pm.  For more information about the consultation and other roadshow events go to

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

The NHS, social care and public health partners in Kent and Medway have launched a vision describing how they are working together and with local communities to try to transform services and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

They are developing a Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) that will set out how they think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come.

They want to know what people think about what needs to change and how local services should be delivered. To participate go to Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan survey– closing date is 23 December 2016.

For more information about health care in the local area go to

KCC Consultation on Vision and Strategy for Adult Social Care

Kent County Council is consulting about its strategy for providing adult social care over the next five years.  It aims to promote wellbeing and to promote and support independence.
The consultation runs until 4th November 2016.  To read all about the strategy and how to comment go to

Maidstone Borough Council Consultations

Maidstone Borough Council is seeking residents' views about a number of different questions: what it should be spending money on; holding multicultural events and festivals; its draft gambling policy.  To read more about these consultations go to

Pagehurst Road Temporary Closure from 21st November

Kent Highways have advised that Pagehurst Road will be closed for up to four weeks from 21st November at the junction with Marden Road.  This is to allow installation of a new drinking water main by South East Water.  The alternative route is via Marden Road, A229 High Street/Cranbrook Road, Pinnock Lane, Five Oak Lane, Five Ash Lane and vice-versa.
For more information contact the KCC Road Closures Co-ordinator, West Kent Division, 03000 41 81 81, e-mail or visit

Take Control of Dog Control Survey

Maidstone Borough Council is currently undertaking a survey on their RK9 Facebook page to gather opinion on Dog Control in the Borough. This is not a formal consultation. However residents opinions are being sought before a proposal to update the Public Space Protection Order is submitted. To take part in the survey please go to  

KCC Consultation on Local Transport Plan

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about its draft local transport plan.  The plan highlights initiatives that have national profile, such as a new Lower Thames Crossing and Operation Stack, as well as important local ones.
The consultation runs until 30th October.  To view the consultation documents and to comment on them go to