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Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme PROGRAMME PUBLISHED

This year's summer play scheme will run from Tuesday 4th August until Friday 21st August at the Kathie Lamb Brownie & Guide Centre, Jubilee Field, Headcorn Road.  An introductory open morning will be held on Monday 3rd August.  Further information including the programme and an application form is available at
The scheme will again be delivered by Play Place, with financial and administrative support from Staplehurst Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Council.  If you are interested in helping at the play scheme please also go to for further information about how Play Place is recruiting paid helpers.

22 Dwellings on Land at George Street: Appeal Dismissed

The Planning Inspectorate has dismissed the applicant's appeal (ref APP/U2235/W/15/3003780) against MBC's refusal to grant outline planning permission for 22 dwellings on Land at George Street (MBC application ref 14/501185/OUT).

The decision follows an appeal hearing on 12th May attended by Borough & Parish Councillor John Perry and Parish Council Chairman Rory Silkin and Councillor Joan Buller as well as by local residents.
To read details of the case and the Inspector's decision go to the Planning Portal site at and key the last seven digits of the appeal reference (i.e. 3003780) into the Case Reference field.

Temporary Road Closure at Folly Hill, Cranbrook 29 June 2015 for up to 5 days

Notice has been received from KCC Highways that the road at Folly Hill will be closed outside of Rosemary’s Cottage.

The alternative route is via Goudhurst Road, A229 Cranbrook Road/Knoxbridge/Rocks Hill/Camden Hill/The Common/Wilsley Pound, A262 Goudhurst Road and Colliers Green Road.

The closure is to enable a new connection to a property to be carried out by South East Water.

Temporary Road Closure at Pinnock Lane 6th July 2015 for up to one week

Notice has been received from KCC Highways that Pinnock Lane, Staplehurst will be closed from the A229 Cranbrook Road to Goudhurst Road from the 6th July 2015 for up to one week, for carriageway and drainage works.
The alternative route is via A229 Cranbrook Road, Cork Lane, Goudhurst Road
For details of road works please see 

Temporary Road Closure at Five Oak Lane 13th July 2015 for up to one week

Notice has been received from KCC Highways that Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst will be closed from Goudhurst Road to Wilden Park Road from 13th July 2015 for up to one week, for carriageway and drainage works.
The alternative route is via Wilden Park Road, Pagehurst Road, Marden Road, High Street, Pinnock Lane, Five Oak Lane.
For details of road works please see 

Great British Sewing Bee Location Search

The Kent Film Office has been approached by producers of the TV programme 'The Great British Sewing Bee' who are seeking a location to film a series in March-April 2016.  They need a warehouse/loft space which is light and airy with two large rooms and basic facilities such as water, electricity and toilets.
The location would be needed for six weeks to accommodate twelve days filming and two days set-up and close-down.  Space for storage and parking for up to ten vehicles would be required.
For further information or to express interest contact Gabrielle at Kent Film Office on 03000 422 000,, website

Affordable Housing at Highwood Green Marden

Golding Homes, together with Redrow, are developing 44 affordable homes available for affordable rent or shared ownership at the Highwood Green development in Marden.

The Home Ownership Team at Golding Homes want to bring to the attention of local residents that 5 of the properties being developed for Shared Ownership are available specifically to those residents with a local connection to Marden. However, if there is insufficient demand from Marden residents, then consideration will be given to those people living/working in neighbouring Parishes. The neighbouring parishes are: Collier Street, Staplehurst, Linton, Boughton Monchelsea and Hunton.

(Local connection eligibility through residence is classed as a continuous period of at least five years, including those who have immediate family (mother, father, children, brother, sister) members living in the Parish. Those with full time employment or about to take up full time employment in the Parish or who may have been forced to move away from the Parish due to a lack of suitable accommodation, also qualify. )

The remaining 13 shared ownership properties are available to those with a connection to the Maidstone Borough and as such, Staplehurst residents may be eligible for one of these properties also.

The property types are 6 x 3 bedroom houses, 6 x 2 bedroom houses and 6 x 2 bedroom apartments.

Please see the attached poster Here

Battle Lane Marden Temporary Closure from 1 June 2015

Battle Lane in Marden will be closed from 1st June 2015 for up to 3 months. The road will be closed between Little Wanshurst and Springfield Cottage.

The alternative route is via Marden Road, Lindridge Lane, Clapper Lane, A229 Maidstone Road and Summerhill Road.

This is necessary for installation of a new water main to be carried out by South East Water.

For details of roadworks, please see, telephone Kent Highways on 03000 41 81 81 or e-mail .