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Staplehurst Village Clean-Up 10th March

The Parish Council would like to invite you to join in the first of two clean-ups planned this year. The first one will be on Saturday 10th March, starting at 10.00am.

This event has become popular with residents of all ages; children are welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The HQ will be the Youth Club, next to the Village Centre in the High Street. All equipment and refreshments will be provided.

The Parish Council is grateful for the support received from Maidstone Borough Council in lending the equipment, collecting the rubbish bags we fill and providing insurance cover for our activity.

If you have any questions about the event please contact the Parish Office.

Surgeries at the Library Will Now Be Monthly

Surgeries at the library will now take place on the last Saturday of every month.

Parish Councillor Cllr Joan Buller will be at Staplehurst library between 10.00am and 12.00 noon on Saturday 27th January to discuss questions about local issues.

Borough Councillor John Perry's surgery will take place between 10.00am and 12.00 noon, also in the library.

Volunteer as an Education Appeal Panel Member

KCC is currently recruiting for new volunteer panel members for their school admission appeals. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.

Kent Police & Crime Commissioner Proposals

Kent's Police & Crime Commissioner has announced his funding proposals for 2018-19 and is inviting comments.  The proposals include plans to recruit 200 additional officers.  The proposals would mean an average household paying an extra £1 per month towards the cost of policing in Kent.
You can read more about the proposals on the Commissioner's website at’s-frontline-up-to-200-more-police/.  Views on the proposals should be e-mailed by 27th January to

Temporary Road Closures

The following Road closures are to enable a programme of resurfacing works to be carried out by KCC Highways. 

Hawkenbury Road and Headcorn Road, Staplehurst – Four Oaks Road to Slaney Road

15 January 2018 for up to 5 days

Alternative route via Four Oaks Road, Summerhill, Moat Road, Water Lane, Green Lane, Staplehurst Road, Frittenden Road, A229 Staplehurst High street, Headcorn Road and vice versa.

For further information contact Kent Highways on 03000 41 81 81 or e-mail: 

Update to Household Waste Recycling Centre Policies

A review of Kent County Council waste management services has recently been undertaken, resulting in amendments to the following policies with effect from 1 February 2018:

Trailer size limit

The 1m³ capacity limit has now formally been replaced with the length limit of 2.05m (the size currently used by site staff to ascertain policy compliance). The updated policy with effect from 1 February 2018 is:

Trailer bodies must comply with the following:

• Not more than 2.05m in length.

• Sides of trailers must not be built up to allow for more capacity as this is unsafe and access to sites will not be granted.

• Trailers must not be overloaded, and must be within the vehicles towing capacity.

• No agricultural trailers or horse boxes are permitted.

• Trailers cannot be used with restricted vehicles as outlined in the HWRC operating policies.

• Conformance with all Kent HWRC policies.

Tyre charge and limit

For clarity, and in response to customer feedback, the charge and limit has been amended to:

Domestic Tyres delivered by householders may be accepted as follows:

• Domestic car and motorbike tyres only to be accepted.

• Limited to 5 tyres per visit.

• A charge of £2.50 per tyre applies.

• Commercial/Agricultural tyres will not be accepted. 

For further information:  

Community Policing Volunteers being recruited

Community Policing Volunteers are being recruited as part of a pilot scheme in the West Division which includes Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

The scheme is open to all adults aged 18 or above who are able to commit to 16 hours a month and interested in contributing to their local community as a volunteer.
Further information is available via these links: 

NatWest Community Banker's New Visit Time

There is a new time for the drop-in sessions held at Staplehurst library by NatWest's Community Banker Ms Augusta Cook-Overy. With immediate effect they will be between 3.00pm and 4.30pm, still on Tuesday afternoons.
The mobile branch continues to visit the Free Church car park every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 11.45am. 

Christmas Lights

It is hoped that you enjoyed the Christmas lights display, which was generously supported by donations from the following businesses; Murcatto Wines; Radfords Estate Agents; W J Crouch Butchers. Please support our local businesses whenever you can.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Staplehurst Parish Council has a vacancy for someone to join the Parish Council.  To be eligible to serve on the Parish Council you must be over 18 years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be registered on the local electoral roll
  • for the previous twelve months have occupied as owner or tenant premises in the parish
  • for those twelve months have worked at an address in the parish as your principal or only place of work
  • during the whole of those twelve months have resided in the parish or within three miles of it.
If you are interested in being considered for co-option as a Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Office or speak to an existing Parish Councillor at the Saturday morning surgery, held at Staplehurst Library, for further information.

The older persons bus pass renewal information

Kent County Council are changing the renewal process for the older persons bus pass.  If your pass expires in March 2018 please have a look at the KCC website for further information.