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Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme Programme and Booking Information

The Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme will take place at Staplehurst School in Gybbon Rise between 2nd August and 19th August.  An information session will be held at the school on Monday 1st August at 11.00am.
The play scheme will again be run by Play Place with financial and administrative support from Staplehurst Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Council.
Information about Play Place and the programme for the three weeks, plus details of how to book places, is now available on the village website at

Notice of Public Rights Re: Unaudited Annual Return 2016

Each year a Council's Annual Return is reviewed by an External Auditor.  The unaudited Annual Return to 31st March 2016 has been published at
As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has (until Friday 15th July 2016) the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records and other documents on reasonable notice by application to Staplehurst Parish Council.  Local government electors and their representatives also have the opportunity to question the appointed auditor and the right to make an objection which concerns a matter of public interest or an unlawful item of account. 

KCC Consultation on Active Travel Strategy

Kent County Council (KCC) is drawing up an Active Travel Strategy which aims to make active travel an attractive and realistic choice for short journeys in Kent. By developing and promoting accessible, safer and well-planned active travel opportunities, the Strategy aims to help to establish Kent as a pioneering county for active travel.

Active Travel means walking or cycling as a means of transport in order to get to a particular destination such as work, the shops or to visit friends. It does not cover walking and cycling done purely for pleasure, for health reasons, or simply walking the dog. Active travel can be for complete journeys or parts of a journey.

More people travelling actively can lead to a range of positive outcomes. These include improved health, reduced traffic congestion, reduced pollution and financial savings.

KCC wants to know what residents think of the draft Active Travel Strategy, and the ambition and actions outlined within it. To find out more about the strategy and how to comment go to Hard copies and alternative formats of any of the consultation material can be requested via email or telephone 03000 421553. The consultation will run until 13th July 2016.

Update re Sainsbury's Intentions for Staplehurst Supermarket & Filling Station

Unfortunately, Sainsbury's Board has decided not to proceed with the development of the new store in Staplehurst for the time being. There has been no decision to abandon plans for the new store completely and the proposals have been shelved pending further review next year. No decision has been made about the proposed petrol filling station. Sainsbury's are currently considering the options for this site.