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Village Clean-Up 17th September

Following a very successful event in March another Village Clean-Up will be held on Saturday 17th September between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.  The Clean-Up HQ will be Staplehurst Youth Club next to the Village Centre in the High Street.  Please do come along from 10.00am and help keep Staplehurst tidy.
All equipment including bags, gloves and litter-pickers will be provided.  Refreshments will also be served.
In March approximately 100 bags of litter were collected, which shows what a difference can be made.  For any questions before the event please contact the Parish Office.

NatWest Staplehurst Temporary Closure

The Parish Office has been seeking from NatWest information about when the Staplehurst branch will reopen.  NatWest has advised that it is unable to say when the branch will reopen but it is the intention to reopen.  The Parish Office has asked NatWest to look into extending the mobile branch service to cover Staplehurst while the branch is closed.
The bank has recommended Cranbrook (10.00-16.00 Mon-Fri) and Sutton Road in Maidstone (10.00-16.00 Mon-Fri, 9.00-13.00 Sat) as the nearest branches.  Cash withdrawals can also be made in Post Offices.
NatWest's general enquiry number for personal customers is 03457 888 444 and for business customers 0345 711 4477.

Staplehurst Post Office Closed on 26 August and 2 September

Staplehurst Post Office staff have advised that due to staff shortage the Post Office will be closed on Friday 26th August and Friday 2nd September.  To contact the Post Office about this and any other issue go to or telephone 0345 611 2970.

Council Surgeries on Saturday

Parish Councillor Peter Spearink will be at Staplehurst Library at the Parade, High Street, on Saturday 27th August between 10.00am and 11.00am to discuss residents' questions about local issues.  Borough Councillor Perry's monthly surgery will also take place there, starting at 10.00am and running until 12.00 noon.

Community Infrastructure Levy Consultation

Maidstone Borough Council is inviting interested parties to comment on its proposed charging structure for a Community Infrastructure Levy.  The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.
MBC has launched a public consultation running until 16th September 2016.  More information about the proposals and how to comment is available at  Copies of the proposed charging schedule and related documents can also be viewed at Staplehurst Library at The Parade, High Street.

KCC Consultation on Local Transport Plan

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about its draft local transport plan.  The plan highlights initiatives that have national profile, such as a new Lower Thames Crossing and Operation Stack, as well as important local ones.
The consultation runs until 30th October.  To view the consultation documents and to comment on them go to

Kent Police Website

Kent Police have a new website. For information on services, advice and news or to report minor crimes or non urgent incidents go to For all emergencies dial 999.

KCC Consultation on Waste Disposal Strategy

Kent County Council (KCC) is consulting on its draft Waste Disposal Strategy 2017-35, which sets out its current position, identifies the future pressures and presents the ambition and priorities for the household waste disposal service.

KCC wants to hear views on the overarching ambition of the strategy, the key priorities involved and the specific objectives it sets out.

Consultation documents and a questionnaire can be found at The consultation closes on 2nd October.