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Local Employment Opportunities

Amethyst Group in Lodge Road is seeking temporary warehouse staff for the pre-Christmas period and would welcome applications from local people.  Hours are 8.00-5.00 or 9.00-3.00.
For more information contact Jo Wood, Onsite Coordinator, Amethyst Staplehurst, tel: 07468 475612, e-mail

Temporary Closure of Chart Hill Road 30th August

KCC Highways have advised that there will be a Temporary Road Closure – Chart Hill Road, Staplehurst & Boughton Monchelsea – from 30 August 2015 for up to 1 day.
There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with A229 Maidstone Road and Lower Farm Road.  The alternative route is via A229 Staplehurst Road/Linton Hill, B2163 Heath Road/Plough Wents Road.

The closure is to enable repairs to Hertsfield Bridge to be carried out by KCC Highways.

For more information about roadworks go to or

North Down & Tomlin Close - Footway Resurfacing 23rd September Update

Kent Highways has advised that they will be resurfacing the footway in North Down and Tomlin Close commencing on 23rd September.  For further information contact Kent Highways on 03000 41 81 81 or visit the website at
KCC have advised that as part of the works it may be possible for residents to have a new vehicle crossing installed or an existing one widened at their own cost. For further information about this and the proposed works to the footpath please see here

Affordable Housing for Local People at Saxon Mead, Oliver Road

The following information has been provided by Golding Homes:

"Golding Homes working with Taylor Wimpey are producing 9 properties for shared ownership, available to local people. The next phase of houses, available December 2015, are 3 x 3 bed houses, followed in March 2016 by 1 x 2 bed and 1 x 3 bed house. For further information about these or other Golding Homes shared ownership properties please contact Ward and Partners on 0844 335 2240 or "
To see a computer-generated image of a typical property click here Plot 29-30.

Land South of Headcorn Road: Further Information

Before the Full Council meeting on 20th July representatives of DHA Planning and Countryside Properties gave a short presentation to parish councillors and members of the public about proposals to develop land south of Headcorn Road.  DHA Planning has provided a copy of the indicative housing plan displayed during the presentation.  To view the plan click here: Indicative Housing Plan.
DHA Planning has provided additional information (quoted below) and would like to hear what residents think about the proposal.  Please e-mail any comments to Chris Hawkins at DHA Planning
"Countryside Properties are seeking to submit an outline planning application to seek permission to construct between 100 and 150 new dwellings on land to the South of Headcorn Road, Staplehurst. These plans are currently at a very embryonic stage, and as such comments on the proposal would be welcomed.

Access to the site would be served from Headcorn Road, although there would also be pedestrian links maintained, and where possible enhanced to the south of the site. Careful consideration would also be given to the impact of the development upon the existing highway network, and in particular the crossroads on the A229.

There is further land available that could be provided for additional/alternative community uses subject to this proving to be viable.

This site was considered by Staplehurst Parish Council and the local community during early preparatory work for the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan, alongside other settlement-adjoined fields and sites submitted in response to Maidstone Borough Council’s land-call. The Parish Council concluded that it did not wish to take the site forward into the Neighbourhood Plan. However, Countryside Properties consider it to be a good site for housing to be provided with limited impact upon existing residents."

Kent Environment Strategy Public Consultation

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about the Kent Environment Strategy 2015: A strategy for environment, health and economy.  It wants to know what you think.  The consultation will be open until 25th September.  To read all about it including how to submit comments go to

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 .