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Staplehurst Village Centre Redevelopment Consultation 21st January

This Saturday, the Parish Council, Village Centre Trust and local residents who formed the Village Centre Redevelopment Group will be providing the opportunity for local residents to view the initial concepts for the Village Centre site.

The two primary options are: (a) refurbish and extend the existing Village Centre building; and (b) rebuild the Village Centre building on current site. Both options will be subject to planning constraints.

A member of the VC Redevelopment Group will make a presentation at the times shown below. This event will provide you with the opportunity to feed back to the Group your thoughts and opinions. So please book this date in your diary and participate in the future of this important community asset.


Date: 21 January 2017

Times: 2pm – 8pm

Venue: Staplehurst Village Centre

Presentation Times: 2pm and 5.30pm

Funding for Community Groups

Bags of Help is a funding scheme for community projects and is backed by Tesco with the proceeds of 5p carrier bags sold in its stores.  The scheme previously received applications only during defined periods but will now accept applications at any time.
Every month three awards will be made to local community projects.  The top award will be up to £5000, the second one up to £2,000 and the third one up to £1,000.  To find out more information about eligible projects and how to apply go to Alternatively contact Carole Rawlinson on  or by phone 01474 552508 for more information and help with the application form.

Temporary Position to Cover Village Caretaker Duties

The Parish Council is seeking a reliable person to cover for the village caretaker between mid-February and mid-April.  The duties mainly involve emptying the parish litter bins at Surrenden and Jubilee Fields and undertaking a visual check of the play equipment there. The time commitment is about two hours a week.  For more information please contact the Parish Office.

Staplehurst Housing Needs Survey

 Last year the Parish Council commissioned Action with Communities in Rural Kent to undertake a parish-wide survey to find out if there were shortfalls in affordable housing provision for households with local connections to Staplehurst and whether there was a requirement for older people to downsize/move to more suitable housing for their needs. Click here to view ACRK's report or visit the ‘Future of Staplehurst’ page of this website:

NHS Non-Emergency Patient Transport Survey

Have you or someone in your family used the non-emergency patient transport service in the last 6 months? If so the NHS wants to hear about your experience and would appreciate your taking the time to complete a short online survey at
All NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, the GP-led organisations that plan and pay for health services across Kent, want to see if the new contractor for non-emergency patient transport (G4S) is meeting required standards.
The survey is a mixture of questions some of which are a quick choice of statements that you think best describe your experience of the Patient Transport Service, but there are also opportunities for you to make suggestions for improving the service. The survey will close on 31st January.

Bell Lane Temporary Closure from 16th January

KCC Highways have advised that Bell Lane in Staplehurst will be closed to through traffic between its junctions with A229 High Street and Vine Walk from 16th January for up to six weeks.  The closure is to facilitate a sewer connection and carriageway works by Coppard Plant Hire.
Through traffic will be directed to use a diversion via South Bank, Church Green and A229 High Street and vice versa.
Any enquiries should be directed to:
Road Closures Co-ordinator, West & Mid Kent Division
KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste
Aylesford Highway Depot
St Michael’s Close
ME20 7BU
Tel: 03000 41 81 81
Fax: 03000 422833