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Kent Police Tips to Avoid Online Fraud

Kent Police have published advice about how to avoid online fraud this Christmas.  To read their twelve top tips go to

Christmas and New Year Bin Collections

Maidstone Borough Council has published information about Christmas and New Year bin collections at

Temporary Closure of Lower Farm Road in Boughton Monchelsea

It will be necessary to close Lower Farm Road, Boughton Monchelsea, to through traffic from 18 December 2014 for up to 2 days. The whole length of the road will be closed. The alternative route is via Stilebridge Lane, A229 Linton Hill/Staplehurst Road, Chart Hill Road and Lower Farm Road.  The closure is to enable emergency carriageway patching works to be carried out by KCC Highways.

For details of roadworks, please see

KCC Community Warden Consultation Outcome

Kent County Council has announced that it is proposing to its full Cabinet meeting in January that it should retain the current level of community wardens, which is about 70 (see link below).  The original consultation proposal was to reduce the number of wardens to 46 but KCC has re-considered it following nearly 1,200 responses. More than 100 responses were from district and parish councils.

Bovis Homes Planning Application Submitted for Land North of Headcorn Road

MBC has posted on its website details of a full planning application by Bovis Homes for 167 homes at Land North of Headcorn Road, Staplehurst. To view the documents relating to the application click on the link and key 14/505432 into the search field.
The Parish Office has not yet received any hard copy documents nor has it been advised of the consultation period dates (* see update below).  Within that period the Parish Council will need to consider the recommendation it will make to MBC.  The Parish Council's next meeting is on Monday 1st December.  Please check for further information about this and all Parish Council meetings in the published agendas at
Please note MBC will make the decision on this application. If you have any comments they should be submitted to MBC via its website or to Mid Kent Planning Support, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ, email:  Please quote the application reference 14/505432 in your comments.
Please copy comments to the Parish Office to help inform the Parish Council’s own consideration of the application.
* UPDATE: MBC's consultation period runs for three weeks until 11th December.  The Parish Council will consider its recommendation at its scheduled Full Council meeting on 1st December in the South Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre.  A hard copy of the documentation is now available for reference at the Parish Office.

Temporary Road Closure A229 High Street Staplehurst Starts 5th January

Temporary Road Closure – A229 High Street, Staplehurst – from 5 January 2015 for up to 3 nights between 19.00hrs and 23.00hrs

There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with Offens Drive and Church Green.

The alternative route is via A229 High Street/Cranbrook Road/Rocks Hill, A262 The Street/Sissinghurst Road/High Street, A274 North Street/Headcorn Road/Biddenden Road/Wheeler Street/Station Road/High Street/North Street/Mill Bank/Maidstone Road/Headcorn Road/North Street/Maidstone Road, B2163 Plough Wents Road/Heath Road, A229 Linton Hill/Staplehurst Road/Maidstone Road/Station Road.
The closure is to enable carriageway works to be carried out by KCC Highways.  

Grave Lane Temporary Closure 29th January

Kent Highways have announced a temporary closure of Grave Lane, Staplehurst from 29 January 2015 for up to 1 day.  There will be no access for through traffic from Clapper Lane to outside Newhaven Farm.  The alternative route is via Clapper Lane, A229 Maidstone Road and Summerhill Road.
The closure is necessary to allow for safe access to carriageway boxes for cabling works to be carried out by BT Openreach.
For further information go to , phone 03000 41 81 81 or e-mail

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste Survey

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste has commissioned BMG, an independent market research company, to undertake a door-to-door survey from Saturday 15 November until the end of December. 
BMG Canvassers will present to residents: Photo Identification Card; Letter of Authority from KCC; KCC Highways, Transporation & Waste Business Card; FAQ Business Sheet
Surveys should take around 10mins to complete. The purpose of the survey is to find out your views on: Roads and pavements in Kent; Local transport provision and infrastructure; Waste Management services
contact BMG Research on 0800 358 0337 to ask questions about the survey or to verify a BMG Research Interviewer.

KCC Consultation on Pharmacy Services until 5th January

Kent County Council Public Health Department is running a survey until 5th January 2015 asking members of the public about local pharmacies.

This survey is run regularly and helps the NHS to understand how, where and when local communities use pharmacies. It also helps commissioners (planners and buyers of NHS services) to plan services and how the support from pharmacy services may help to meet the needs of local patients.

The survey is made up of a short series of questions asking about where and how often pharmacies are used, as well as a few questions about the user.

To read more, including details of how to respond, go to

Local Government Boundary Commission Electoral Review of Kent

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Kent County Council with the launch of a public consultation to seek views on future division boundaries for the council.

The review aims to deliver electoral equality for voters across the county. At present, some county councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the county. The review aims to correct those imbalances.

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Kent County Council covering the total number of councillors, number of divisions, number of councillors representing each division, division boundaries and names of divisions.

The public consultation will close on 2 March 2015. After further review and consultation it is expected that the new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2016.

The Commission is minded to recommend that 81 councillors should be elected to Kent County Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of divisions to accommodate 81 county councillors.

In drawing up a pattern of electoral divisions, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:

  • To deliver electoral equality where each county councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the county.
  • That the pattern of divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
  • That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
The Commission is asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of divisions for the county which meet the requirements set out above. To find out more go to the consultation page on the Commission’s website:
Comments can be sent to: or write to: Review Officer (Kent), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG

Emotional Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

The Kent Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board (which draws together partners including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Kent County Council Education and Young People’s Services, Social Care Health & Wellbeing, District Councils, and Voluntary and Community Sector groups) has been working to develop a new draft Emotional Wellbeing Strategy for children, young people and young adults (0-25) in Kent.

Part 1 of the draft strategy sets out four key outcomes – Early Help, Access, Whole Family Approaches and Recovery and Transition – which have been identified by children, young people and families in initial consultation exercises as being key to improving the offer and overall experience of support around emotional wellbeing. A fifth ‘overarching’ outcome will centre on promoting emotional well-being at every developmental stage and level of need.

The Board has launched a consultation to ask people what they about the strategy. Full details including how to respond are available at The consultation runs until 5th January 2015.