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Surgeries at the Library this Saturday

Parish Councillor Chris Claridge will be at Staplehurst library this Saturday between 10.00am and 11.00am to discuss questions about local issues.  Borough Councillor John Perry will be holding his surgery there this Saturday between 10.00am and 12.00pm (this is a change from the scheduled date of 30th September).  PCSO Pete Gardner will also be on hand as part of the Neighbourhood Watch and Scam Awareness event taking place at the same time.

Neighbourhood Watch and Scam Awareness event

Saturday the 23rd September between 9am and noon at Staplehurst Library.

There will be advice, information and various personal and household security items on display and to give away.

Maidstone Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator Linda Sinclair, KCC Community Warden Mira Martin and PCSO Peter Gardner will be there and Staplehurst Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator David Ralph will also be available to give information about our local NhW schemes.

You are invited to come along and have a chat.

MBC Consultation on Park & Ride Service

Maidstone Borough Council wants to know what residents need from a park and ride service. It has launched a public consultation which will be open until 22nd October.  To read more about it and complete the survey go to

MBC Consultation on Council Tax Reduction and Introduction of Universal Credit

Maidstone Borough Council has launched a public consultation about the future of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.  The introduction of Universal Credit could affect the amount of council tax reduction that some low income working age households will receive in the future. It will affect the administration of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and Maidstone Borough Council’s consultation seeks views on the changes it is considering.

The consultation runs until 01/10/2017. To read more about it and access an on-line response form go to

Improving the River Beult: Invitation to Consultation Events

The Environment Agency and Natural England have been working on options to improve the River Beult Site of Special Scientific Interest for people and wildlife.  Any agreed actions would be taken forward as part of the Medway Flood Action Plan.
The organisations have arranged three public consultation events for people to drop in and look at the options and discuss questions with the project team.  The events will take place between 1.00pm and 7.00pm on the following dates:
  • Tuesday 12th September - Headcorn Village Hall
  • Friday 22nd September - The Hop Pocket, Smarden Charter Hall
  • Monday 25th September - Kenward Conference Centre, Yalding

For more information click on this link: River Beult Public Consultation Workshops or contact Sam Thomas at the Environment Agency on 0208 474 8466 or e-mail

KCC Consultation on Local Flood Risk Management Strategy UPDATE

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about how relevant authorities should manage flood risk between 2017 and 20123.  It wants to know what people think about the plans and also about how people currently obtain their information about flooding in the county.
To read the draft strategy, access the questionnaire about it and take a survey about flooding information go to the KCC website  The consultation will remain open until 8th October.
UPDATE: KCC has also published draft flood risk reports for individual districts in Kent.  The document covers who does what to manage flood risk, who does what in a flood emergency, what plans and strategies there are to manage flood risk in the borough and a description of the key flood risks in the area.  You can read the report for Maidstone district, including Staplehurst, at

South East Coast Ambulance Service Annual Members Meeting

Members of the public are invited to attend the South East Coast Ambulance Service Annual Members Meeting on Thursday 28th September at Ditton Community Centre.  The formal meeting will start at 2.30pm and the venue will be open from 1.30pm to give an opportunity to visit stalls and have informal discussions and refreshments with staff and volunteers.
For further details including information about how to register to attend the meeting click on this link: SECAmb Invitation.

Pile Lane Closure for up to 18 months from 18th September

Kent Highways have notified the closure of Pile Lane between Home Farm and Headcorn Road for up to 18 months from 18th September.  The alternative route is via Headcorn Road and Sweetlands Lane and vice-versa.  The closure is to facilitate construction work by Redrow Homes.
For further information about road works go to or contact Road Closures Co-ordinator, West & Mid Kent Division, KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste, Aylesford Highway Depot, St Michael’s Close, Aylesford, ME20 7BU / 03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre) / e-mail: