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STAPLEHURST POST OFFICE UPDATE

Following the public consultation which ended on 28th April 2017 the Post Office have confirmed that after careful consideration they have decided NOT to proceed with the proposed move of Staplehurst Post Office to Station Newsagents. The branch will continue to operate from its existing location for the time being.
Any proposed new location would be subject to a further 6 week period of local public consultation.

Summer Play Scheme Programme News

Information about the programme for this year's summer play scheme and an application form can be found on the dedicated Play Scheme page on this website: http://www.staplehurstvillage.org.uk/playscheme.aspx.  The programme starts with an information morning on 31st July and then runs until 18th August at Staplehurst School.

Sainsbury's Update

The Parish Council has been seeking an update from Sainsbury’s about its plans for Staplehurst. It has received the following statement:
 
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We know that people want to see a new foodstore in Staplehurst.
 
“We are continuing to look at a number of options, including timings so we can open a new store in the village.
 
"We do not have plans to open a store in 2017/18 but will update the community as soon as we are in a position to do so.”
 
Sainsbury’s spokesperson was unable to provide any more information about the former petrol station site in High Street.

NatWest Community Banker

At the Annual Parish Meeting on 20th May there will be an opportunity to meet Augusta Cook-Overy who has been appointed by NatWest as a Community Banker covering Staplehurst. NatWest has issued a statement describing the new role which is reproduced below for residents' information along with Ms Cook-Overy’s contact details.

NatWest has advised that it is still investigating a suitable location in Staplehurst for its mobile branch to use.

NatWest’s Statement:

“NatWest has launched a new role in response to the changing way our customers bank with us. Community Bankers will work in local communities recently affected by branch closures across England and Wales. Community Bankers will represent NatWest in their local communities; provide customers with personal assistance in accessing the right banking options for their needs across a range of channels; and help them to achieve their financial plans and goals.

There will be 50 Community Bankers in post by the end of 2017 and each Community Banker will serve up to four communities within a region. Community Bankers will be available to meet our customers wherever suits them best and if this means visiting them in their home then our community bankers are willing to do this.

As part of their role your local community Banker will:

  • Develop a strong presence within the community, becoming a trusted and influential person and maintaining the tradition of the bank being a pillar of a thriving community
  • Host regular events across the community to educate customers on being financially fit, living in the digital world and preventing fraud. These events will be held in local venues.
  • Conduct financial health checks with customers, to identify opportunities to help them with new products or services appropriate to their goals, needs and priorities. These events will also be held in local community venues.
  • Engage with the community through a number of channels such as charity events, social groups and other community activities
  • Utilise social media to increase their presence in the community, through the sharing of useful and relevant financial and digital information and tips
  • Signpost and/or coach customers through our online application process for new products and services, providing them with the skills to self serve for future needs.
  • Maintain and deepen relations through proactively conducting targeted customers care calls, particularly those who might otherwise lose contact with the bank taking the time to educate them in the variety of different ways to bank
  • Proactively educate customers in the different ways to bank, supporting them in choosing the right service options for their needs”
Statement Ends

Contact
: Augusta Cook-Overy - Community Banker, Central Kent Customer Distribution, NatWest Maidstone Branch, 3 High Street, Maidstone Kent ME14 1HJ
Mobile: 07711761849 | Email: augusta.cookovery@natwest.com

South Eastern Rail Franchise Consultation Extended to 30th June

The Department for Transport is consulting on the future renewal of the South Eastern rail franchise. The current franchise expires in December 2018.
 
For information about the options proposed for comment go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-south-eastern-rail-services. Questions 12 and 17 in the consultation document are particularly relevant to Staplehurst as they refer to the possibility of reduced frequency of service and fewer destination stations in London. To read the document go to https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/604904/south-eastern-rail-franchise-public-consultation.pdf.
 
You now have until 30th June to respond to the consultation. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

UPDATE: The Parish Council agreed its own response to the consultation at its meeting on 15th May.  The Parish Council is grateful to Councillor Burnham who produced the response which was fully supported by councillors.  You can read the response by clicking on this link South Eastern Rail Franchise Consultation - Staplehurst PC Response.

Election Information

County Council elections will be held on Thursday 4th May.  A general election will be held on Thursday 8th June.
 
For information about the Kent County Council elections go to http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/how-the-council-works/kent-county-council-elections.
 
For information about how you can vote (including postal and proxy votes) in both the county council and general elections go to http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/council/voting-and-elections.  You can also contact the Electoral Services Helpline by phone on 01622 602007 or by e-mail electoralservices@maidstone.gov.uk.

Maidstone Local Plan Consultation UPDATE

Maidstone Borough Council is inviting residents to comment on main modifications to the Maidstone Borough Local Plan.  The modifications have been made following the Planning Inspector's examination of the plan last year.
 
The Inspector considered it necessary for the main modifications to be made to make the plan sound or legally compliant.  Representations about these modifications will be passed to the Inspector for his consideration before he publishes his final report on the plan.
 
MBC is also seeking views on a schedule of minor changes to the plan.  Representations about the minor changes will be considered by MBC, not by the Inspector.
 
The consultation period will run from 31st March until 5.00pm on 19th May.  Copies of the relevant documents and information about how to comment can be found at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/council/have-your-say/current-consultations/march-2017-local-plan-modifications.  Paper copies may be viewed at public libraries (including Staplehurst), at Maidstone Link in King Street and in Staplehurst Parish Office during the usual public opening hours.
 
For a more detailed explanation of the consultation read Maidstone Borough Council's Planning Viewpoint March 2017 publication.
 
UPDATE: The Parish Council has written to MBC about some of the proposed modifications.  To read the comments click the link Local Plan Modifications - Staplehurst Parish Council Comments May 2017.  The Parish Council is grateful to members of the Neighbourhood Plan Review Group for their examination of the modifications and to Councillor Burnham who drew up the final submission.

Staplehurst Road Closures

Fishers Road, Newlyn Drive and Hurst Close are closed to through traffic for seven days from 21st April.  The alternative route is via A229 Station Road and Headcorn Road.  The closure is to allow Kent Highways to repair potholes.
 
Clapper Lane will be closed to through traffic between the junctions of Marden Road and Lindridge Lane for two days from 30th May.  The alternative route is via Marden Road and Lindridge Lane.  The closure is to allow Kent Highways to undertake drainage works to prevent flooding.
 
For further information about roadworks in the area go to www.roadworks.org.

Staplehurst 'Men's Shed'

Staplehurst ‘Men’s Shed’ is a place where men can come together to socialise, share ideas and skills, participate on practical projects and make new friends.

Day: Thursdays
(starting 23rd February 2017)
Open between 10am and 2pm

Venue: Staplehurst Youth Club building
Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst

Come along for a cuppa and a chat and please tell anyone who you think may benefit from the sessions to come along and give it a try.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are provided
(there will be a donation pot if you wish to contribute toward replenishing the supplies).

Call KCC Community Warden, Mira Martin
Tel: 07969 584179, email mira.martin@kent.gov.uk
or Don Elliott 01580 895349 for more details
– or just come along!

Please note that this 'Shed' is in its early stages and we need volunteers to help run it.
If you are happy to help with opening and/or locking up or being present some or all of the time it is open – that would be a great help.
We will also need people to make sure we don’t run out of refreshments and to help make sure all is kept clean and tidy.

Please visit http://www.liveitwell.org.uk/your-community/kent-sheds-project/ and
http://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/mental-health/kent-sheds if you want more of an idea of what we are aiming for - or come along and ask us.

At the moment we want to keep this for men only - but if there are ladies who want a similar club just let me (Mira) know. If you want to learn to be a bit more practical and independent and learn stuff like wiring plugs, changing a wheel on a car etc. we can do separate sessions - perhaps even have skills sharing events for men and women where those who can't cook, wouldn't know how to use a washing machine to do their laundry or iron etc. can come along and be taught how... the possibilities are endless and we will try to accommodate all reasonable requests!