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Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme Dates

The Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme for children aged between rising 5 and 11 years old will be held at the Kathie Lamb Guide & Brownie Centre, Jubilee Field, Headcorn Road between 29th July and 15th August.  An introductory open morning will be held on 28th July.

For further information go to where more news and booking forms will be posted over the coming weeks. 

Part-Night Street Lighting Rolled Out in Maidstone Borough

From 28th April 2014 KCC's Safe and Sensicble Street Lighting initiative Phase 2, part-night lighting, is due to start in Maidstone district. The average length of rollout for each district is 3 to 4 weeks from the start date.
Part-night lighting means that some street lights will be turned off between approximately the hours of midnight and 5.30am (1.00am - 6.30am during British Summer Time).
Implementing part-night lighting will save KCC around £1million per year on energy bills, as well as reducing carbon emissions and light pollution.
For more information please visit: 

To find out which street lights are affected please use the online interactive map by typing in a postcode into the 'My Location' box in the top left hand corner of the web page

Comment on the Neighbourhood Plan

The posters from the latest Neighbourhood Plan consultation event and draft plan document are on display at Staplehurst Library.  They can also be viewed on-line at where a video of Feria's presentation is also available.

Please let the Neighbourhood Plan team know what you think of the work to date by e-mailing or by writing to Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan, Parish Office, Staplehurst Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst, TONBRIDGE TN12 0BJ.

The plan is evolving all the time, so even if you have commented before please take another look.  If you haven't commented before, please take this opportunity to have your say and help shape the future of Staplehurst.

MBC Draft Local Plan Public Consultation

Maidstone Borough Council has launched a public consultation on its draft local plan.  The document includes information about proposed housing allocations for sites in the borough, including in Staplehurst.  It is a very important document for Staplehurst's Neighbourhood Plan.

The draft plan document can be viewed and downloaded from MBC's website and is available for inspection at Maidstone Gateway, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ. The offices are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Reference copies of the document are also available at all libraries in Maidstone Borough and in Staplehurst Parish Office during normal opening hours.  For further information go to,-have-your-say-today.

At the same time MBC is seeking views on its preliminary proposals for the Maidstone Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).  CIL is a mandatory charge that the council is proposing on new housing and out of town retail developments. The CIL is a way of funding [in whole or in part] new infrastructure that MBC has identified as necessary to support the developments proposed in the Maidstone Borough Local Plan.  For further information go to
An exhibition will be held in the North Hall at Staplehurst Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst on Friday 11th April between 2.00pm and 8.00pm when borough planning officers will attend to discuss any questions.
The public consultation is open until 7th May.

National Flood Forum Visits

Maidstone Borough Council has organised a series of visits by representatives of the National Flood Forum to locations around the borough to help residents and businesses that suffered from flooding during the winter.  Details of dates and locations can be found on the MBC website at

Post-Flood Support IMPORTANT UPDATE APRIL 2014

NEWS UPDATE April 2014

Further to the Government announcement reported below Maidstone Borough Council has published details of how residents and businesses affected by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 may apply for relief from council tax and business rates.  Applications must be submitted by 30th June.  To view the information and obtain application forms go to the MBC website at
Information about the repair and renewal grant to help residents and businesses protect properties against future flooding has also been published and can be found at Applications must be made by 30th September.  For further information call 01622 602750 or e-mail
Previous Announcement 
The Government has announced measures to support businesses and residential properties affected by recent flooding:

a) The repair and renewal grant

b) Business rates flooding relief
c) Council tax discounts
d) Business support scheme.
Further information on the schemes can be found on HM Gov's website at or on Maidstone Borough Council's site at  

Winter Flooding Business Support Scheme

MBC has been allocated £290,000 of government funding to support businesses affected by the winter floods.  For information about what is covered by the grant and how to apply for assistance visit, e-mail or telephone 01622 602750 and ask to speak to the Economic Development Team.

Closing date for applications is Friday 18th April at 5.00pm.

Advance Notice of Road Closure at Chart Hill Road

 C88, Chart Hill Road, Staplehurst, Hertsfield Bridge, North Flood Arch No.35B Bridge Repairs
KCC currently propose to undertake urgent repairs to significant defects at the north arches of Hertsfield Bridge starting from the end of June at the earliest for a duration of six weeks. Within this period the bridge will be closed to vehicles for a period of 7 days.
Please follow the link below for more information:

Try Angle Awards 2014

KCC has launched the open period for residents to nominate young people to receive a Try Angle award.  The awards seek to recognise those aged between 11 and 18 who make a real effort to do their best, often with little recognition.

Nominations may be made in a range of categories: Arts, Music, Sport or Outdoor Activities, Community Action, Good Friends and Young Carers, Personal Development, Courage, Positive Intervention.  The nomination period closes on 7th May.

For further information go to, telephone 01622 694238 or e-mail