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Consultation on future delivery of Library, Registration and Archive services in Kent (Staplehurst Roadshow 30th January)

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about the future delivery of the Libraries, Registration and Archive (LRA) services.  It wants to make financial savings at the same time as maintaining customer-focused services.  Its preferred approach is to set up a charitable trust to deliver the services and it wants to know what people think of the idea.
The consultation runs from 12th January until 8th April 2015.  More details about the proposals and a questionnaire can be found at and in all Kent libraries and registry offices.
There will be a 'roadshow' at Staplehurst Library on Friday 30th January 2.00pm-5.30pm when visitors will be able to drop in and talk to staff about the proposals.  Questions can also be raised by e-mailing or telephoning 03000 413131.

NatWest Bank Staplehurst Pilot Saturday Opening

Staplehurst Branch of NatWest Bank will be piloting Saturday Opening from 7th February through to 28th February 2015, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m

Help Scheme to Connect to Mains Gas

SGN (formerly operating as Southern Gas Networks) is offering discounts to groups of people who wish to connect to mains gas and a support scheme known as 'Help to Heat' to assist vulnerable and disadvantaged residents to do so.  For further information go to or telephone SGN on 0800 912 1700.

Local Government Boundary Commission Electoral Review of Kent

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of Kent County Council with the launch of a public consultation to seek views on future division boundaries for the council.

The review aims to deliver electoral equality for voters across the county. At present, some county councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the county. The review aims to correct those imbalances.

The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for Kent County Council covering the total number of councillors, number of divisions, number of councillors representing each division, division boundaries and names of divisions.

The public consultation will close on 2 March 2015. After further review and consultation it is expected that the new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2016.

The Commission is minded to recommend that 81 councillors should be elected to Kent County Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of divisions to accommodate 81 county councillors.

In drawing up a pattern of electoral divisions, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:

  • To deliver electoral equality where each county councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the county.
  • That the pattern of divisions should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
  • That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
The Commission is asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of divisions for the county which meet the requirements set out above. To find out more go to the consultation page on the Commission’s website:
Comments can be sent to: or write to: Review Officer (Kent), Local Government Boundary Commission for England, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG