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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.

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.

Help with Volunteers for Local Events

The Maidstone & Malling Volunteer Centre is offering help to provide volunteers for one-off events.  The service is free of charge.  If local organisations could use such assistance they are invited to contact Stephen Tucker at Voluntary Action Maidstone on 01622 677337 or e-mail Stephen.tucker@vam-online.org.uk.

UK Power Networks Power of Giving Fund

UK Power Networks is inviting charities, community groups, educational establishments and not-for-profit organisations to apply for support from its Power of Giving Fund.  Projects should address environmental and social concerns in the local area in a sustainable and cost-efficient way.
 
Applications can be submitted for amounts between £1,000 and £10,000.  Closing date is 27th October.  For further information go to http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/community/power-of-giving-scheme/.

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.
 

Free Financial Ombudsman Training

Maidstone Borough Council is hosting free training sessions on the work of the Financial Ombudsman.  The training will be of interest to community workers advising people dealing with consumer debt and financial service problems.
 
There is a choice of sessions to be held in Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone on Tuesday 14th October (2.30pm - 4.30pm) and Wednesday 22nd October (9.30am - 11.30am).  For further information contact christinachemsi@maidstone.gov.uk or call 01622 602473.

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.