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Historic England 'Immortalised' Project

Historic England has launched ‘Immortalised’ – a project asking the public to share its knowledge of local monuments, street shrines and community tributes in public places. To find out more go to

Updated - Hen & Duckhurst Farm New Planning Application

The Parish Office has been notified of a planning application to form a temporary access onto Hen & Duckhurst Farm from Marden Road to allow access for site vehicles.  The planning application reference number is 18/501146/FULL.  The notification invites comments to be made to MBC by 10th April.
The application can be searched for and viewed via the link:  

Temporary Road Closure – Goudhurst Road, Staplehurst – from 9 April 2018 for up to 5 days

The road will be closed outside Mathurst Farm.

The alternative route is via Pinnock Lane, A229 Cranbrook Road/Knoxbridge/Rocks Hill/Camden Hill/The Common, A262 Goudhurst Road, Colliers Green Road, Folly Hill, Goudhurst Road and vice versa.

The closure is to enable a new electricity supply to be carried out by UK Power Networks.

Government Planning Consultations

On 5 March the Prime Minister launched a major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework to deliver more homes (see 

There are two Government consultations which seek views on: 1) reforming developer contributions to affordable housing and infrastructure; and 2) text of the National Planning Policy Framework. The Government deadline for comments on both consultations is 10 May. 

Kent Wheels 2 Work - Loans for Mopeds and Bicycles

The Kent Wheels 2 Work scheme is run by East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership (ESRTP). Their target is to provide 30 mopeds and 15 bicycles each year on affordable loans.

Please view the ESRTP website for further information.

A big thank-you to all the people who helped with our Spring clean-up

A big thank-you to all the people who helped with our Spring clean-up; 38 adults turned out on Saturday morning 10th March (plus quite a few children), and among those hard at work was County Councillor Eric Hotson. A number of other people collected roadside litter during the previous week, including Borough Councillor John Perry. A special mention is due to the Brownies, who tidied the area around the Guide Centre at the Jubilee Field. Thanks are also due to the Youth Club for lending their building as a headquarters, the WI for providing refreshments for all the volunteers, and Maidstone Borough Council for the loan of equipment and for collecting the rubbish for disposal.

Southeast Water Public Consultation

Southeast Water is updating its water resources management plan and is consulting about its proposals.  To read about the proposals go to  A public exhibition will be held on 20th March 12.00 to 20.00 at King's Studio, Aylesford Community Centre, 25 Forstal Road, Aylesford, ME20 7AU.  The consultation closes on 21st May 2018. 

Spring Village Update

The Spring Village Update is in the process of being delivered and can also be viewed here .

A big thank you to all the volunteers involved in getting the copies sorted and delivered.

If you haven’t received a copy and would like one; we have some spare copies in the Parish Office.

New Consultation on Taxi and Hackney Carriages in Maidstone

A new consultation on Taxis and Hackney Carriages has just been published by Maidstone Borough Council and is open until 27th May 2018.

If you use taxis in Maidstone then they want to hear from you. At present there are 48 Hackney Carriages licensed by Maidstone Borough Council, they are considering if this limit is still appropriate. In addition they are seeking to find out what you think of the service you receive from taxi operators.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes and can be found via this link:

Temporary Road Closure – Headcorn Road, Staplehurst

from 3 April 2018 for up to 2 weeks

The road will be closed between A229 High Street and Pile Lane.

The alternative route is via Hawkenbury Road, Four Oaks Road, Summerhill, Water Lane, Green Lane, Staplehurst Road, Frittenden Road, A229 High Street and vice versa.

The closure is to enable new ducting for a high voltage cable to be carried out by Tri Connex.

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