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Councillor Paul Butcher

The Parish Council is greatly saddened by the passing of Councillor Paul Butcher after a long illness. Before the meetings of both Planning Committee and Full Council on 19th September a minute’s silence was observed, during which all present took time to recall their own memories of a dear colleague and friend.

The Parish Council is grateful for the messages of condolence it has already received and extends its own sympathies to Paul’s family. In the words of Parish Council Chairman Rory Silkin: “I think it is very sad and he will be badly missed as he did so much for the village, both professionally and on the Council. He worked tirelessly for the village and especially for the young people here, particularly the Youth Club and the Skateboard Uprockin’ Festival. He was always willing to give his time and any other aid he could. He was a very well appreciated Planning Committee Chairman, having served on the Planning Committee for many years. He was involved with several other groups including the Finance and Strategy & Policy groups. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

KCC Pothole Blitz

Kent County Council wants to know about potholes on the county's roads.  Since June KCC has been undertaking a major repair programme across the county.  To report a pothole and to find out about past and planned repair activity go to http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/what-we-look-after/roads/potholes.

Council Surgeries this Saturday

Parish Council Vice-Chairman Paul Kelly will be at the library on Saturday morning 24th September between 10.00am and 11.00am to discuss questions about local issues.  Borough Councillor Perry's surgery will also take place in the library on Saturday between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.

Staplehurst Housing Survey 2016

Look out for the 2016 Staplehurst Housing Survey which will be delivered to addresses throughout Staplehurst in the coming few days.

The last Staplehurst Housing Survey was carried out in 2010 and is now out of date. The Parish Council has therefore engaged Action with Communities in Rural Kent (ACRK) to conduct a new survey to assess our community’s need for alternative housing; this includes affordable housing and the needs of older people including owner-occupiers who want to move to more suitable housing.

Please take a few moments to read the letter accompanying the survey. If you or anyone else living at your address is in need of alternative housing, please then take a few minutes to work through the survey questions and send in your response to ACRK by 7th October. All responses will be treated in strict confidence.

The results of the survey will provide valuable information for the Parish Council when it deals with planning and housing issues.

Volunteer Drivers Wanted

Involve Kent (formerly Voluntary Action Maidstone) is seeking volunteer drivers to help people who for different reasons are unable to use public transport.  For more information about how to volunteer click on Transport Volunteer Information or telephone 01622 235833 or e-mail community.transport@involvekent.org.uk.

NHS Survey on Care Delivery in West Kent

The NHS Southeast Commissioning Support Unit is asking people to help it improve services by completing an on-line survey. For more information including a link to the survey please read its message below.
 
“We need your help please take quarter of an hour to complete this survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3GWSW5M and help us understand how you use services, and what you think can be improved?
 
As you know the NHS is making plans for how we can change the way we deliver care, offering people more support in their local communities via their GP practices and community hospitals. We are working closely with our partners to make sure care is delivered together in an integrated way with social care working alongside health care, and all the different parts of the NHS: GP practices working with community services, and mental health services and the voluntary sector to offer a better, broader range of services that work well together - as a joined up service.
 
We are developing how these arrangements can work, having been steadily been building a plan since 2014 and Mapping the future http://www.westkentmappingthefuture.nhs.uk/#.

Now
we need your help with completing this survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3GWSW5M and also by encouraging your friends and community organisations or volunteers in your area to also complete it by the 30 September 2016. We will be able to use the information to finalise our plans.

If you have any questions please contact participationinsight.team@nhs.net.”

New National Phone Number 105 for Electricity Network Operators

On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or obtain information about a power cut in their area.  Key points to note about this service are:
  • Dialling 105 will put you through to your local electricity network operator, the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in your area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that you can contact your electricity network operator. There are other phone numbers and you can also contact them via their website.
  • 105 is a free service in England, Scotland and Wales; you can call 105 no matter who you buy electricity from.
  • You can also call 105 if you spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, you should call the emergency services too.

Vulnerable customers who would like to sign up to UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register can still call 0800 169 9970, email psr@ukpowernetworks.co.uk or apply online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.

KCC Consultation on Local Transport Plan

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about its draft local transport plan.  The plan highlights initiatives that have national profile, such as a new Lower Thames Crossing and Operation Stack, as well as important local ones.
 
The consultation runs until 30th October.  To view the consultation documents and to comment on them go to http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/LTP4/consultationHome.

KCC Consultation on Waste Disposal Strategy

Kent County Council (KCC) is consulting on its draft Waste Disposal Strategy 2017-35, which sets out its current position, identifies the future pressures and presents the ambition and priorities for the household waste disposal service.

KCC wants to hear views on the overarching ambition of the strategy, the key priorities involved and the specific objectives it sets out.

Consultation documents and a questionnaire can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/wastestrategy. The consultation closes on 2nd October.