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Annual Parish Meeting 11th May 2015

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday 11th May at 8.00pm in the South Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre, with refreshments being served from 7.30pm.  Please do come along as this is an annual meeting for all the parish!

There will be a short presentation from each of two guest speakers: PC Kim White OBE of the Kent Police Gypsy Liaison Team and Mr Steve Grantham, Founder of Beginners 2 Runners before the meeting's business which will include reports from Staplehurst's Parish Council Chairman, ward Borough Councillors and County Councillor Eric Hotson, as well as from local police and village groups.

To view the agenda and reports go to the Annual Parish Meeting page in the Parish Council section of this website at:

Parish Council Uncontested Election: Statement of Persons Elected

The Registration Services Office has advised that there were fifteen validly nominated candidates for election to the fifteen places on the Parish Council.  The candidates are therefore deemed elected unopposed and will form the new Parish Council.
The statement of persons elected can be viewed on noticeboards around the village or on the Maidstone Borough Council website at  Select the 'Parish Election' tab, click the button underneath 'Uncontested Election Results' and scroll through statements (in alphabetical order of parish) to find Staplehurst.

Bell Lane Temporary Road Closure 7th May for 2 days

Kent Highways will be closing Bell Lane, Staplehurst for footpath repairs on 7th May 2015 for two days. The diversion route will be Jaggard Way, Offens Drive, A229 High Street.

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 .

KCC Customer Services Policy Consultation

Kent County Council is consulting about its draft customer service policy.  It aims to establish a set of principles that will apply across the board whether the service is delivered directly by KCC or via a third party provider.  To read all about the consultation and how to respond go to
The consultation closes on 12th May.

Nominate a Young Person for a KCC Try Angle Award

KCC is inviting nominations for the annual Try Angle awards.  These are awards to young people between 11 and 18 years of age (in some cases 25) who try hard but often do not receive recognition.
For full information about awards categories and how to nominate someone, go to  Closing date is 15th May 2015.

Staplehurst Summer Play Scheme Dates and Helping Opportunities UPDATE

This year's summer play scheme will run from Tuesday 4th August until Friday 21st August at the Kathie Lamb Brownie & Guide Centre, Jubilee Field, Headcorn Road.  An introductory open morning will be held on Monday 3rd August.  Further information including an application form is available at  A programme for the three week period will be published in the coming weeks.
The scheme will again be delivered by Play Place, with financial and administrative support from Staplehurst Parish Council and Maidstone Borough Council.  If you are interested in helping at the play scheme please also go to for further information about how Play Place is recruiting paid helpers.