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Litter in Rural Lanes

Maidstone Borough Council has primary responsibility for cleansing and rubbish collection services. and residents can request action on litter, fly-tipping and related issues by contacting MBC.  One way to do so is via the 'Report It' function of the MBC website http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/report; another is to telephone 01622 602162.
 
The Parish Council seeks to complement MBC's work in different ways, e.g. by funding additional street cleaning, employing a village caretaker and organising the annual village clean-up.
 
The Council is investigating whether more could be done in the rural lanes of the parish and would like to hear from residents who have information about lanes where there are persistent problems with litter.  Please send details of any such locations to clerk@staplehurstvillage.org.uk, marking your message 'Rural Litter' in the subject bar.
 
Any immediate issues such as fly-tipping should continue to be reported in the usual way to MBC or, if a road is blocked, to Kent Highways on 03000 41 81 81 or at http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/report-a-problem.

South East Water Community Chest Fund

South East Water is inviting community organisations and charities in its water supply area to apply for financial support to help fund projects.  Requests may be made for up to £2,500 and must be submitted by 31st October.
 

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.

Kent Police Ethics Committee Member Recruitment

The Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and Kent Police want to establish an Ethics Committee and are seeking applications.  The Committee will consider ethical issues and advise on and support decision-making by the Chief Constable's Office.
Details of role profiles, vetting requirements and how to apply can be found on the Kent Police website https://www.kent-pcc.gov.uk/ethics-committee.html.  The closing date for applications is Monday 29th September at midday.  Interviews will be held on 27 and 28 October.

Pagehurst Road Temporary Closure from 22nd September

Pagehurst Road will be closed from Marden Road for approximately 100 metres for up to two weeks from 22nd September.

The alternative route is via Marden Road and Park Road.

The closure is to enable drainage improvement works and clearance of ditches to be carried out by KCC Highways.