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Formal Adoption of Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan

Following the positive outcome of the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan referendum on 3rd November, the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan yesterday (7th December 2016) took the final formal step on its journey.
At its full council meeting on 7th December Maidstone Borough Council 'made' the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan.  The word 'made' in this sense is a formal term meaning Maidstone Borough Council has adopted the neighbourhood plan.
The plan now has legal force, forming part of the statutory development plan for Maidstone Borough.  This means that Maidstone Borough Council must use the plan when determining planning applications for the area.

New Members of Staplehurst Parish Council

At the meeting of Staplehurst Parish Council on 5th December Mrs Gillian Smith and Mr Laurence Whittle were co-opted to fill the two vacant positions on the Parish Council.  The Parish Council is delighted to welcome them and thanks them both for volunteering to become members of the council.  It wishes Councillor Smith and Councillor Whittle good luck and every success in their new roles.

A229 Knoxbridge Temporary Closure for One Night 19th December

Kent Highways have announced that the A229 at Knoxbridge will be closed to through traffic between Grandshore Lane and Lovehurst Lane from 20.00 on 19th December until 06.00 on 20th December.  The closure is to facilitate maintenance of cats eyes.  Access to properties in the affected area will be maintained.
A signed diversion route will be in place.  For full details of the route and other information click the link to view Kent Highways' A229 Cats Eyes Maintenance Information Leaflet.
Ahead of the works please contact Kent Highways on 03000 418181 for any enquiries.

Surgeries at the Library on Saturday

Parish Councillor Joan Buller will be at Staplehurst library on Saturday 10th December between 10.00am and 11.00am to discuss questions about local issues.  At the same time and place PCSO Pete Gardner will be holding his surgery covering police-related matters.

NatWest Staplehurst Permanent Closure

A NatWest representative has advised that the Staplehurst branch closure will be permanent.  NatWest staff are telephoning customers today (1st December).  Letters will be sent to customers as well.
NatWest has stated that its decision has taken into account concerns about customer and staff safety following ram raids on the premises, plus what it perceives as changing banking habits of its customers.  It has also said it will do all it can to support customers through this change.
The Parish Council is very disappointed that its representations to RBS and NatWest have not produced a positive outcome.
On a practical level, the nearest NatWest branches are in Cranbrook and Sutton Road Maidstone.  Customers can withdraw cash and deposit items in Staplehurst post office.

Pharmacy Opening Hours at Christmas and New Year

Lloyds Pharmacy on the High Street will be open on Saturday 24th December and Saturday 31st December between 09.00 and 13.00.  It will be closed 25th - 27th December and 1st - 2nd January.  On other days normal opening hours will apply.

Bell Lane Temporary Closure from 16th January

KCC Highways have advised that Bell Lane in Staplehurst will be closed to through traffic between its junctions with A229 High Street and Vine Walk from 16th January for up to six weeks.  The closure is to facilitate a sewer connection and carriageway works by Coppard Plant Hire.
Through traffic will be directed to use a diversion via South Bank, Church Green and A229 High Street and vice versa.
Any enquiries should be directed to:
Road Closures Co-ordinator, West & Mid Kent Division
KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste
Aylesford Highway Depot
St Michael’s Close
ME20 7BU
Tel: 03000 41 81 81
Fax: 03000 422833

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

Today, 23rd November 2016, NHS, social care and public health leaders in Kent and Medway launched their draft Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) that sets out how they think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come.

A work in progress, it focuses on improving:

· prevention of ill-health
· local care - giving better access to care and support in people’s own communities
· hospital care
· mental health care.

To find out more please read the summary document, Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway, on the CCG website  Over the coming months, the website will also have information about engagement events and other ways that people can make their voices heard.

To take part in the public survey go to - Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan survey

Pagehurst Road Temporary Closure from 21st November

Kent Highways have advised that Pagehurst Road will be closed for up to four weeks from 21st November at the junction with Marden Road.  This is to allow installation of a new drinking water main by South East Water.  The alternative route is via Marden Road, A229 High Street/Cranbrook Road, Pinnock Lane, Five Oak Lane, Five Ash Lane and vice-versa.
For more information contact the KCC Road Closures Co-ordinator, West Kent Division, 03000 41 81 81, e-mail or visit