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MBC Mobile Gateway Trailer to visit Staplehurst on 30th October

Operation Civic - MBC Mobile Gateway trailer will be stationed at Staplehurst Health Centre on Thursday 30th October 2014 from 12 - 2pm offering advice and information. Representatives from Kent Police, MIND, Health Trainers and Golding Homes will also on hand to answer your questions.

Neighbourhood Plan Update Event 12th November

On Wednesday 12th November at the United Reformed Church in the High Street presentations will be given to provide an update on progress with the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan and to share the results of the recent public consultation.
The presentations will be delivered by representatives of Feria Urbanism who are working with the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan Group.  The first one will be at 5.00pm and then it will be repeated at 6.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 9.00pm.  Presentations will last about 15 minutes, allowing time for questions and answers afterwards.
To view a copy of the draft Neighbourhood Plan go to and click on one of the links in the section headed 'Regulation 14 Consultation'.

KCC Consultation on Community Wardens

Kent County Council has launched a consultation on future delivery of the community warden service.  Among several options being discussed is a reduction in the number of community wardens, managers and support staff in the service.  This would be accompanied by a reorganisation which would lead to continuing warden support for communities in different ways.
The consultation is open from 29th September until 9th November.  The intention is that KCC members will make a decision on 5th December.  Full details of the consultation including how to have your say are available at
Update 22/10/14: An e-petition has been set up on the KCC website at . "We the undersigned petition the council to stop 50% cuts to the wardens. Same service needed."

If 1,000+ signatures are obtained the subject will be discussed at a KCC local board, if 2,500+ at KCC Cabinet Committee and if 10,000+ by the full council.  Deadline for signature is 9th November.

KCC 2015-16 Budget Consultation

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about its draft budget plans for 2015-16.  It estimates it will need to find £206m of savings due to reduced levels of government funding and additional spending demands on its services.
The consultation is open until 17.00 on 28th November 2014.  Full information including details of how to respond can be found at

UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund

UK Power Networks is inviting charities, community groups, educational establishments and not-for-profit organisations to apply for support from its Power of Giving Fund.  Projects should address environmental and social concerns in the local area in a sustainable and cost-efficient way.
Applications can be submitted for amounts between £1,000 and £10,000.  Closing date is 27th October.  For further information go to

South East Water Community Chest Fund

South East Water is inviting community organisations and charities in its water supply area to apply for financial support to help fund projects.  Requests may be made for up to £2,500 and must be submitted by 31st October.

Five Oak Lane Temporary Closure from 28 October

Kent County Council has advised that Five Oak Lane will be closed from 28th October for up to four days to enable carriageway works to be carried out by Kent Highways.
There will be no passage for through traffic between junctions with Five Ash Lane and Goudhurst Road.  The alternative route is via Snoad Lane, Pristling Lane and Goudhurst Road.
For further information go to