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Extraordinary Full Council Meeting 30th November re Planning Application 14/505432 Land North of Headcorn Road

An Extraordinary Full Council Meeting will take place on Monday 30th November 2015 at 7.30pm in South Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre to discuss revised details for planning application 14/505432 Land North of Headcorn Road TN12 0DT - Residential development to provide 167 dwellings, areas of public open space, associated landscaping and infrastructure and the formation of new vehicular access from Headcorn Road and pedestrian access from Fishers Road, Fishers Close, Hurst Close and Headcorn Road. Emergency vehicle ingress only from Fishers Road.
Local electors are welcome to attend and speak in the Public Forum at the start and end of this meeting.
Revised documents can be viewed online at or by visiting Maidstone Gateway, King Street, Maidstone. A hard copy  is available at the Parish Office, Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst. Comments on the application should be made in writing to MBC or by email to by 3rd December, preferably with a copy to the Parish Council for information.

Survey about Maidstone Borough Council Housing Strategy 2016 – 2020

Maidstone Borough Council has launched a survey to ask residents what they think about ways of tackling housing problems and improving housing conditions in the borough.  To view MBC's Housing Strategy Action Plan and complete the on-line survey go to  The survey closes on 31st December 2015.
Any enquiries should be addressed to the MBC Housing and Enabling Team: e-mail

Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation

Maidstone Borough Council is organising a public consultation on the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.  The consultation period will run for six weeks from 23rd October until 5.00pm on 4th December 2015.  Representations received after the closing date will not be considered.  A copy of the plan and supporting documents are available to view from 23rd October at

Paper copies are available for viewing at:

1. Maidstone Gateway, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ: Monday - Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm (5.30pm Mondays);

2. Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, ME14 1LQ: Monday – Wednesday 9.00am – 6.00pm; Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm; Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm; Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm

3. Staplehurst Library, The Parade, Staplehurst TN12 0LA: Tuesday - Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm; Saturday 9.00am - 3.00pm;

4. Staplehurst Parish Council Office, Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst TN12 0BJ: 9.00am -1.00pm daily except Thursdays by appointment

You can have your say in a number of ways:

· online at (which is the preferred option);

· by email to ; or

· by post to Spatial Policy, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ.

Staplehurst Parish Council will be holding an information evening on Wednesday 18th November, commencing at 7.30pm in the North Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre. The evening will start with a presentation which will be followed by a question and answer session.
If you have any questions about the Regulation 16 consultation please contact the Spatial Policy team at Maidstone Borough Council on 01622 602000 or e-mail

Temporary Closure of A229 Evenings of Week Commencing 23rd November UPDATE

UPDATE - Kent Highways has announced that the A229 will be closed between the hours of 7.00pm and 11.00pm (not 5.00am as previously advised) from 23rd November for up to five nights.  However, it is possible that some work on the section south of Knoxbridge will continue beyond 11.00pm and this section could remain closed for that time.

The road will be closed from Marden Road/Headcorn Road crossroads to Wilsley Pound Roundabout.

The alternative route is via A229 Rocks Hill, A262 The Street/Sissinghurst Road/High Street, A274 North Street/Headcorn Road/Biddenden Road/Wheeler Street/Station Road/High Street/North Street/Mill Bank/Maidstone Road/Headcorn Road/North Street/Maidstone Road, B2163 Plough Wents Road/Heath Road, A229 Linton Hill/Staplehurst Road/Maidstone Road/Station Road.

The closure is to enable carriageway patching to be carried out by KCC Highways.
For more information contact: Road Closures Co-ordinator, West Kent Division, KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste, Aylesford Highway Depot, St Michael’s Close, Aylesford ME20 7BU

( 03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre)  E-mail:  or visit or

Temporary Closure of Howland Road Marden 23/11/15

KCC has advised a Temporary Road Closure – Howland Road, Marden – from 23 November 2015 for up to 5 days.

There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with Copper Lane and Battle Lane.  The alternative route is via Albion Road, Thorn Road, Marden Thorn, Pagehurst Road, Marden Road and Battle Lane.

The closure is necessary to install bend warning measures, traffic signs and road markings to be carried out by KCC Highways.

For details of roadworks, please see or or·

Contact for more information: Road Closures Co-ordinator, West Kent Division, KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste, Aylesford Highway Depot, St Michael’s Close, Aylesford ME20 7BU.  Tel: 03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre) / Fax : 03000 422833 / E-mail:

Scammers Operating in Week Street Maidstone

KCC Trading Standards has received a report of two scammers targeting shoppers in Week Street, Maidstone. On Tuesday 10th November a man and woman used an elaborate sob story to convince a shopper to hand over £5000.
The victim was  approached by an Asian woman and told a detailed story about how she had won a large amount of money on the lottery which she could not claim because her visa had expired. The scam also involved a foreign man, who appeared to be a complete stranger to the woman and happened to be walking by at the time.
The man and woman used props and tricks, including a winning lottery ticket, to convince the victim the story was real. The woman sobbed throughout the scam and even claimed that her mother was dying and she wanted to see her before she died. Most people naturally want to help someone in trouble and scammers use these sad stories to exploit the kindness of people.
KCC Trading Standards recommends that if you want to help a stranger you believe to be in trouble tell them to contact Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444 or contact the Police on 101.
If you are approached by someone with a story and they eventually ask for any sum of money, your phone or personal details, DO NOT give them any money or information. If you are in doubt, call a family member of friend for advice. Also contact the Police on 101 with details and descriptions.

Help with the Internet

Golding Homes will be running sessions to help people get on-line and make the most of the internet.  The sessions will take place every Wednesday between 10.00am and 1.00pm at the McCabe Day Centre, Bell Lane, starting from Wednesday 11th November.
The sessions are free and informal and people can drop in any time.  Please pass this information and the contact details to any potentially interested people you may know.  For further information telephone the Community Development Team on 0300 777 2600.

Kent Highways Services Winter 2015 Newsletter

Kent Highways Services have published a newsletter giving information about their plans for the winter months and some advice for road users.  To read the newsletter click this link: KHS News Winter 2015.

KCC Consultation on Care Homes for Older People

KCC has launched a public consultation about the future of four older care homes for older people in Kent, including the Dorothy Lucy Centre in Maidstone.  The consultation is open until 20th December.  To read about the consultation and how to respond go to

KCC Consultation on Street Lighting

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about how it provides street lighting.  Next year KCC will start to convert its lights to LED technology which is more efficient and cheaper.  KCC is inviting residents to express an opinion about provision of part-night lighting and all night lighting, as well as about the dimming of lights.
To read more about the options and how to respond to the consultation go to  The consultation will close on 29th November.

KCC Consultation on Maidstone Gateway

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about whether the Maidstone Gateway in King Street, Maidstone, is the right place from which to deliver its services.  The consultation will be open until 13th December.  To read about the services KCC delivers via the Gateway, the consultation and how to comment go to
The Gateway is also used by Maidstone Borough Council for its services which are not affected by the consultation.