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Staplehurst Parish Council Meetings 4th August Start at 7.30pm

On Monday 4th August Staplehurst Parish Council's Planning Committee meeting will start at 7.30pm rather than the usual 7.00pm.  Full Council will follow on conclusion of the Planning Committee meeting (estimated start 7.45pm).  To see the meeting agendas go to http://www.staplehurstvillage.org.uk/agendas.aspx.

Temporary Closure of Park Wood Lane from 29th July

KCC will be undertaking carriageway patching work in Park Wood Lane, Frittenden, from 29th July.  The whole length of the lane will be closed to through traffic for two days.  The alternative route is via Staplehurst Road and Mill Lane.  For further information go to www.roadworks.org.

Mid Kent Planning Partnership

Following the recent partnership between Maidstone, Swale and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's planning administration departments, there have been a number of issues using the new planning website including a delay in loading documentation onto the site. To comment on a planning application using e-consultation, all residents must register to use the facility. Please click on the following link to access the site: http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications
Alternativley you can send an email to: planningsupport@midkent.gov.uk
 

Plans for Parish-Owned Street Lights

Over the coming weeks a programme of works is to take place to the parish-owned street lights. Some lights will be decommissioned, others will be replaced with new lamps and LED lighting and will be converted to part-night lighting, and some new columns will be introduced.
 
A review of all 30 parish-owned street lights has been undertaken by the Parish Council, in conjunction with Kent Highways Street Lighting Engineers, following the 'Safe and Sensible' street lighting initiative by KCC to save energy and reduce costs.
 
After careful evaluation, and taking into account the advice received from Kent Highways Engineers, the Parish Council has decided to take action on its lights. KHS have been engaged to undertake the necessary work. This will take place alongside the work to implement part-night lighting to KCC lights to minimise any disruption.
 
Old and inefficient lights at Marden Road, Chapel Lane and Cross-at-Hand are to be decommissioned.
 
Lights at Maidstone Road are to be upgraded to KCC standards and will be converted to part-night lighting. Maintenance of these lights will remain the responsibility of the Parish Council.
 
The lights on Headcorn Road will be upgraded to KCC standards and two new columns will be installed between existing columns, with a view to these lights being adopted by KCC. These lights will not be converted to part-night lighting.
 
The existing lights on Nicholson Walk will be converted to part-night lighting and will remain the responsibility of the Parish Council.
 
The old and inefficient lights on Crowther Close will be replaced with new columns and upgraded lanterns, to KCC standards, and converted to part-night lighting. KCC will take responsibility for these lights.
 
The lights illuminating the Village Sign on the High Street will be removed.
 
For further information please contact the Parish Council.

Post-Flood Support UPDATE JUNE 2014

UPDATE JUNE 2014

MBC has extended the deadline for applying for relief from council tax and business rates (see below) to 1st September 2014.
 
April 2014
Further to the Government announcement reported below Maidstone Borough Council has published details of how residents and businesses affected by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 may apply for relief from council tax and business rates.  Applications must be submitted by 30th June.  To view the information and obtain application forms go to the MBC website at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/christmas-and-winter/severe-weather-updates.
 
Information about the repair and renewal grant to help residents and businesses protect properties against future flooding has also been published and can be found at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/christmas-and-winter/renew-and-repair-grant. Applications must be made by 30th September.  For further information call 01622 602750 or e-mail repairandrenew@maidstone.gov.uk.
 
Previous Announcement 
The Government has announced measures to support businesses and residential properties affected by recent flooding:

a) The repair and renewal grant

b) Business rates flooding relief
 
c) Council tax discounts
 
d) Business support scheme.
 
Further information on the schemes can be found on HM Gov's website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/flood-support-package-for-homeowners-and-businesses or on Maidstone Borough Council's site at http://meetings.maidstone.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=809.  

Temporary Road Closure – Bell Lane, Staplehurst – from 18 August 2014 for up to 5 days

There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with A229 High Street to Jaggard Way.

The alternative route is via A229 High Street, Offens Drive and Jaggard Way.

The closure is to enable carriageway repairs to be carried out by KCC Highways.

Temporary Road Closure – Clapper Lane, Staplehurst – from 18 August 2014 for up to 2 days

The road will be closed from Lindridge Lane to Orchard House.

The alternative route is via Marden Road and Lindridge Lane.

The closure is necessary to replace a telegraph pole and connections to be carried out by UK Power Networks.

Temporary Road Closure – Marden Road, Staplehurst – from 26 August 2014 for up to 4 days

The whole length of the road will be closed.

The alternative route is via Battle Lane, Howland Road, B2079 Maidstone Road, A229 Staplehurst Road/Maidstone Road/Station Road.

The closure is to enable carriageway patching, high friction surfacing and signage works to be carried out by KCC Highways.

Temporary Road Closure – Pinnock Lane, Staplehurst – from 1 September 2014 for up to 5 days

The whole length of the road will be closed.

The alternative route is via Five Oak Lane, Five Ash Lane, Pagehurst Road, Marden Road and A229 Cranbrook Road.

The closure is to enable carriageway repairs to be carried out by KCC Highways

Closure of Willington Street Maidstone 24 July to 2 September

Willington Street will be closed from A274 Sutton Road to A20 Ashford Road from 24th July until 2nd September, 24 hours a day. 

The alternative route is via A20 Ashford Road, A249 Wat Tyler Way/Mote Road, A229 Upper Stone Street/Loose Road and A274 Sutton Road. The diversion route for over height vehicles avoiding the low railway bridge is via A20 Ashford Road, New Cut Road, A249 Sittingbourne Road/A249 Wat Tyler Way/Mote Road, A229 Upper Stone Street/Loose Road and A274 Sutton Road.

The closure is to enable carriageway resurfacing to be carried out by KCC Highways.

For further details visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel.