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Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation

Maidstone Borough Council is organising a public consultation on the Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.  The consultation period will run for six weeks from 23rd October until 5.00pm on 4th December 2015.  Representations received after the closing date will not be considered.  A copy of the plan and supporting documents are available to view from 23rd October at

Paper copies are available for viewing at:

1. Maidstone Gateway, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ: Monday - Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm (5.30pm Mondays);

2. Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, ME14 1LQ: Monday – Wednesday 9.00am – 6.00pm; Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm; Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm; Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm

3. Staplehurst Library, The Parade, Staplehurst TN12 0LA: Tuesday - Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm; Saturday 9.00am - 3.00pm;

4. Staplehurst Parish Council Office, Village Centre, High Street, Staplehurst TN12 0BJ: 9.00am -1.00pm daily except Thursdays by appointment

You can have your say in a number of ways:

· online at (which is the preferred option);

· by email to ; or

· by post to Spatial Policy, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ.

Staplehurst Parish Council will be holding an information evening on Wednesday 18th November, commencing at 7.30pm in the North Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre. The evening will start with a presentation which will be followed by a question and answer session.
If you have any questions about the Regulation 16 consultation please contact the Spatial Policy team at Maidstone Borough Council on 01622 602000 or e-mail

Kent Fire & Rescue Service Consultation on Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016-18

Kent Fire & Rescue Service has issued a consultation on its Safety and Wellbeing Plan 2016-18.  Details about the consultation and content of the plan are available at
The deadline for commenting on the plan is 16th January 2016.  The outcome of the consultation will be presented to Kent and Medway Fire & Rescue Authority at its meeting on 12th February.
If you have any questions about the plan you can:

Survey about Maidstone Borough Council Housing Strategy 2016 – 2020

Maidstone Borough Council has launched a survey to ask residents what they think about ways of tackling housing problems and improving housing conditions in the borough.  To view MBC's Housing Strategy Action Plan and complete the on-line survey go to  The survey closes on 31st December 2015.
Any enquiries should be addressed to the MBC Housing and Enabling Team: e-mail

Help with the Internet

Golding Homes will be running sessions to help people get on-line and make the most of the internet.  The sessions will take place every Wednesday between 10.00am and 1.00pm at the McCabe Day Centre, Bell Lane, starting from Wednesday 11th November.
The sessions are free and informal and people can drop in any time.  Please pass this information and the contact details to any potentially interested people you may know.  For further information telephone the Community Development Team on 0300 777 2600.

Kent Highways Services Winter 2015 Newsletter

Kent Highways Services have published a newsletter giving information about their plans for the winter months and some advice for road users.  To read the newsletter click this link: KHS News Winter 2015.

KCC Consultation on Care Homes for Older People

KCC has launched a public consultation about the future of four older care homes for older people in Kent, including the Dorothy Lucy Centre in Maidstone.  The consultation is open until 20th December.  To read about the consultation and how to respond go to

KCC Consultation on Maidstone Gateway

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about whether the Maidstone Gateway in King Street, Maidstone, is the right place from which to deliver its services.  The consultation will be open until 13th December.  To read about the services KCC delivers via the Gateway, the consultation and how to comment go to
The Gateway is also used by Maidstone Borough Council for its services which are not affected by the consultation.