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Fire Brigade Union Strike 31 October to 4 November

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has published guidance about the contingency cover to be provided and the precautions people should take during the Fire Brigade Union strike scheduled to start at 6.00pm on 31st October and finish at 6.00pm on 4th November: http://www.kent.fire-uk.org/.

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.  Look out for the leaflet coming through letterboxes throughout the parish and for posters at bus-stops, at the Parade and in the library and Post Office.
 
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 see now the comments people made during the consultation and the levels of support for the proposed policies, go to http://www.feria-urbanism.eu/staplehurst-downloads/4584816379 where a 'work in progress' copy of the Consultation Statement has been published.  You can still find there a copy of the draft Neighbourhood Plan itself.

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 http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/CommunityWardens.
 
Update 22/10/14: An e-petition has been set up on the KCC website at https://democracy.kent.gov.uk/mgepetitionlistdisplay.aspx?bcr=1 . "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 http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/budget15to16/consultationHome.

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 www.roadworks.org.