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Railway Tavern, Station Road - MBC Planning Committee 27th April

Planning Application 16/505966  Railway Tavern, Station Road, Staplehurst TN12 0QH - Change of Use and conversion of The Railway Tavern to one dwelling; and the erection of a new detached dwelling with parking and landscaping.
The above application will be discussed by MBC Planning Committee on Thursday 27th April 2017 at 6.00pm at the Town Hall, High Street, Maidstone ME14 1TF. Futher details of the application and the Planning Officer's report can be found at:

The Future of Staplehurst: Annual Parish Meeting Saturday 20th May 2017

The Staplehurst Annual Parish Meeting is a community event that gives parishioners the opportunity to discuss local issues. Although the meeting is convened by the Chairman of the Parish Council it is not a parish council meeting.

This year the meeting will be held on Saturday 20th May in the North Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre. The weekend scheduling will hopefully better suit those who find weekday evenings difficult.

The format of this year’s meeting will differ slightly from that of recent years. There will also be a theme to the event: ‘The Future of Staplehurst’. At 5.00pm there will an opportunity to visit information stalls run by invited exhibitors (including a representative from NatWest). The meeting itself will start at 6.00pm, followed by refreshments at 7.00pm.

An agenda for the meeting’s business will be published nearer the date. It will include presentations by representatives of the parish, borough and county councils as well as a question and answer session.

Please make a date to come along for what should be an interesting and informative event.

KCC Pothole Blitz

Kent County Council is seeking residents' assistance to deal with potholes.  It has allocated an extra £2.4million to repair the county's roads during the spring and summer.  Residents can help by reporting potholes at where there is more information about the repair programme.

Wimpey Field Handover Completion

Staplehurst Parish Council has taken formal ownership of Wimpey Field following completion of its transfer from Taylor Wimpey.  The woodland and green open space area lies adjacent to the housing development comprising The Bartons, Skinner Close and Davies Close to the south of Oliver Road.
The Parish Council will coordinate the management of this new community asset with assistance from specialist contractors and volunteers.  Work is already under way.  If you would like to find out more about plans for the future of the area or become involved in any of the volunteer activity please contact the Parish Office.  You will then be put in touch with a member of the volunteer group.

Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme Dates

This year's summer play scheme will again be held at Staplehurst School.  After the open morning on Monday 31st July weekday sessions will run until Friday 18th August.  For further information visit the dedicated Play Scheme page on the this website

Temporary Closure of Frittenden Road from 10th May

KCC Highways have notified that there will be a Temporary Road Closure of Frittenden Road, Staplehurst from 10 May 2017 for up to five working days.
There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with A229 Cranbrook Road and Cradducks Lane. The alternative route is via A229 Cranbrook Road/High Street, Headcorn Road, Cradducks Lane and vice versa. The closure is to enable a new connection to the water main to be carried out by South East Water.
For details of roadworks, please see Further information can be obtained from: Road Closures Co-ordinator, West & Mid Kent Division, KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste, Aylesford Highway Depot, St Michael’s Close, Aylesford ME20 7BU. Tel: 03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre) or E-mail:

New Number 5 Bus Times from 2nd April

Arriva's new timetable for the number 5 service commences on 2nd April.  There will be no Sunday service between Cranbrook and Sandhurst.  Go to for full details, including information about the Arriva Bus App.
The Parish Office has a small quantity of printed timetables.  Call at the Parish Office during public opening hours (9.00am to 1.00pm Monday to Thursday) if you would like one.

Maidstone Local Plan Consultation

Maidstone Borough Council is inviting residents to comment on main modifications to the Maidstone Borough Local Plan.  The modifications have been made following the Planning Inspector's examination of the plan last year.
The Inspector considered it necessary for the main modifications to be made to make the plan sound or legally compliant.  Representations about these modifications will be passed to the Inspector for his consideration before he publishes his final report on the plan.
MBC is also seeking views on a schedule of minor changes to the plan.  Representations about the minor changes will be considered by MBC, not by the Inspector.
The consultation period will run from 31st March until 5.00pm on 19th May.  Copies of the relevant documents and information about how to comment can be found at  Paper copies may be viewed at public libraries (including Staplehurst), at Maidstone Link in King Street and in Staplehurst Parish Office during the usual public opening hours.
For a more detailed explanation of the consultation read Maidstone Borough Council's Planning Viewpoint March 2017 publication.

Staplehurst Post Office Consultation

A six week public consultation begins today, 15th March 2017, ending on 28th April 2017 inviting residents to comment on the Post Office's proposal to relocate Staplehurst Post Office branch to Station Newsagents, Braemar, Station Road, Staplehurst TN12 0QH. For further information and to comment on the proposal please go to : and enter the following branch code: 19594899

Staplehurst 'Men's Shed'

Staplehurst ‘Men’s Shed’ is a place where men can come together to socialise, share ideas and skills, participate on practical projects and make new friends.

Day: Thursdays
(starting 23rd February 2017)
Open between 10am and 2pm

Venue: Staplehurst Youth Club building
Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst

Come along for a cuppa and a chat and please tell anyone who you think may benefit from the sessions to come along and give it a try.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are provided
(there will be a donation pot if you wish to contribute toward replenishing the supplies).

Call KCC Community Warden, Mira Martin
Tel: 07969 584179, email
or Don Elliott 01580 895349 for more details
– or just come along!

Please note that this 'Shed' is in its early stages and we need volunteers to help run it.
If you are happy to help with opening and/or locking up or being present some or all of the time it is open – that would be a great help.
We will also need people to make sure we don’t run out of refreshments and to help make sure all is kept clean and tidy.

Please visit and if you want more of an idea of what we are aiming for - or come along and ask us.

At the moment we want to keep this for men only - but if there are ladies who want a similar club just let me (Mira) know. If you want to learn to be a bit more practical and independent and learn stuff like wiring plugs, changing a wheel on a car etc. we can do separate sessions - perhaps even have skills sharing events for men and women where those who can't cook, wouldn't know how to use a washing machine to do their laundry or iron etc. can come along and be taught how... the possibilities are endless and we will try to accommodate all reasonable requests!