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KCC Consultation on Active Travel Strategy

Kent County Council (KCC) is drawing up an Active Travel Strategy which aims to make active travel an attractive and realistic choice for short journeys in Kent. By developing and promoting accessible, safer and well-planned active travel opportunities, the Strategy aims to help to establish Kent as a pioneering county for active travel.

Active Travel means walking or cycling as a means of transport in order to get to a particular destination such as work, the shops or to visit friends. It does not cover walking and cycling done purely for pleasure, for health reasons, or simply walking the dog. Active travel can be for complete journeys or parts of a journey.

More people travelling actively can lead to a range of positive outcomes. These include improved health, reduced traffic congestion, reduced pollution and financial savings.

KCC wants to know what residents think of the draft Active Travel Strategy, and the ambition and actions outlined within it. To find out more about the strategy and how to comment go to Hard copies and alternative formats of any of the consultation material can be requested via email or telephone 03000 421553. The consultation will run until 13th July 2016.

Voting in the EU Referendum

Maidstone Borough Council has published information about voting arrangements for the EU Referendum on 23rd June.  Go to

Update re Sainsbury's Intentions for Staplehurst Supermarket & Filling Station

Unfortunately, Sainsbury's Board has decided not to proceed with the development of the new store in Staplehurst for the time being. There has been no decision to abandon plans for the new store completely and the proposals have been shelved pending further review next year. No decision has been made about the proposed petrol filling station. Sainsbury's are currently considering the options for this site.

Temporary Road Closure A229 High Street & Cranbrook Road Staplehurst from 31 May 2016 for up to 2 nights

Kent Highways have advised the temporary closure of A229 Cranbrook Road for up to two nights from 31st May to facilitate remedial works to the road surface by Kent Highways.  The road will be closed between 19.00 and 05.00.  The road will be closed from Headcorn Road to Wilsley Pound Roundabout.
The alternative route is via A229 Rocks Hill, A262 The Street/Sissinghurst Road/High Street, A274 North Street/Headcorn Road/Biddenden Road/Wheeler Street/Station Road/High Street/North Street/Mill Bank/Maidstone Road/Headcorn Road/North Street/Maidstone Road, B2163 Plough Wents Road/Heath Road, A229 Linton Hill/Staplehurst Road/Maidstone Road/Station Road.
For more information contact: Road Closures Co-ordinator, West Kent Division, KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste, Aylesford Highway Depot, St Michael’s Close, Aylesford, ME20 7BU.  Tel:03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre); Fax : 03000 422833; e-mail:

Volunteers Required to Assist with Music Sessions for Disabled

Compaid is a charity based in Paddock Wood supporting disabled people in a variety of ways. They are looking for volunteers to join their Outreach Team on a Wednesday afternoon once a month for Music Technology/Soundbeam sessions at a residential home in Staplehurst.
The sessions incorporate a variety of music technologies, aimed at providing meaningful and enjoyable 1:1 activity for groups of up to 3 or 4 people at a time, using a combination of Soundbeam, Skoog and ipad.
Using these and musical apps on the ipad, participants explore a wide range of digital musical instruments and sound effects, sometimes in combination with visual effects. Sessions are noisy, fun and highly enjoyed by the residents.
A good musical knowledge and technical ability is required as the volunteer will be providing guidance on suitable sound and instrumental combinations, and encouraging experimentation with the sounds created. They may also assist with creating musical compositions during sessions.
If you would like to find out more please contact Judith Williams, H R Administrator
tel: 01892 834539 email:

Volunteers Required for Heart of Kent Hospice Events

Heart of Kent Hospice organises a wide range of fundraising events throughout the year for which ad hoc helpers are required on the day to support a range of tasks. If you have any free time to help with the following weekend and/or evening events please contact Nicola Smith at fundraising on 01622 790195:
Fire Walk: Friday 4th March - Jubilee Square, Maidstone Me14 1SA (eve)
Maidstone Road Run: Sunday 20th March - Cornwallis Academy, Maidstone ME17 4HX (day)
Bluebell Walk: Sunday 1st May - Harrietsham Village Hall ME17 1AP (day)
It's a Knockout: Sunday 15th May - Mote Park , Maidstone ME15 7SU (day)
Brands Hatch 10k Run & Fun Run:  Friday 3rd June - Brands Hatch DA3 9NG (eve)
Rainbow 5k Fun Run: Sunday 19th June - Mote Park, Maidstone ME15 7SU (day)