Parish Council

Welcome to the Parish Council page. The members of the Council are listed below. Visit the Contact Page to find out how to reach them.
Visit the PC Notes Page to catch up on the latest PC news. Also on this website you can read about the many aspects of the Parish Council's activities (see list on the left of this page) including the minutes of the last meetings or the Statement of Accounts.

Parish Councillor register of interests.


RORY SILKIN - Chairman and Member of Planning Committee and Finance, KALC Area Committee, Staplehurst Emergency Help Team, SPPG & Strategy & Policy Groups

TOM BURNHAM - Vice-Chairman and Member of Planning Committee and Allotments, Finance, Local Transport, Neighbourhood Plan Steering, Playscheme, Publicity & Website, Staplehurst Village Centre Development, Strategy & Policy, Surrenden Playing Field & Village Enhancement Groups

I moved to Staplehurst in 2000, having driven through it many times over the previous 25 years on the way to the Kent & East Sussex Railway. My children have attended Staplehurst school, and I use our train service regularly to commute to my job with NICE. I am a member of Staplehurst United Reformed Church and the Churches Together in Staplehurst committee. I was co-opted to the Parish Council in May 2007 and was elected as its Vice-Chairman in May 2010. I expect that the Parish Council will have to take over responsibility for more local services in the next few years. It will be a challenge to do this in a way that is both affordable and responsive to residents' needs, but I hope that all sections of our community will eventually enjoy improved amenities.

PAUL KELLY – Vice-Chairman and Member of Planning Committee and Allotments, Churchyard Liaison, Finance, Jubilee Field Management & Users, KALC Area Committee, Publicity & Website, Strategy & Policy, Surrenden Playing Field, Village Enhancement & Youth Club Groups

My time as a Parish Councillor has spanned many years and I look forward to my fifth term in office. I sit on the majority of Sub Committees covering Finance, Planning, Strategy & Policy, Churchyard and Village Enhancement Group. I represent Staplehurst Parish Council at the Kent Association of Local councils in Maidstone and also sit as a Trustee on the local Youth club. As Chairman of the Village Centre I continue to work hard to ensure the viability of this village asset and continue to be dedicated to Staplehurst and its residents.

MARGARET ASHBY – Member of Planning Committee and Publicity & Website & Village Centre Trust Groups

I move into my second term as a Parish Councillor with a little more confidence now that I actually know what I am doing but with some apprehension for the challenges ahead. As a member of the Planning committee managing the inevitable growth is going to be a major task in the coming years and I aim to keep the “village” feel we still have intact. Personally my life will be changing as my husband retires and we move into a new phase, managing council/life balance could make the next year interesting. I intend to continue on the Publicity and Website committee and firmly believe that connecting with parishioners through web sites and social media is very important. I remain optimistic for the future of Staplehurst and hope to see it thrive over the next few years.

JOAN BULLER - Member of Planning Committee and Allotments, McCabe Day Centre, Neighbourhood Plan Steering, Neighbourhood Watch, Playscheme, Publicity & Website, Rural Settlement, Speed Watch, Staplehurst Community Hub, Staplehurst Emergency Help Team, SPPG & Village Enhancement Groups

I have been a member of the Parish Council for 32 years. As part of my Planning role, I sometimes represent the Council at the Maidstone Borough Planning Committee and at Appeals. I have been working tirelessly on our emerging Neighbourhood Plan, which is a very important aspect of this council’s work. I am involved with many projects, which include the Allotment Team, Playscheme Group, editing and organising the distribution of the Village Update and Annual Report, the Rural Settlement Group, the Staplehurst Emergency Help Team and heading up Speed Watch. As a councillor, I also work with Age Concern running the CHAT afternoon, am Treasurer of Neighbourhood Watch and represent the council on the McCabe Day Centre Committee and the Patient Participation Group. I organise the Annual Clean Up with Councillor Burnham. I have two further dreams – to make Staplehurst a litter-free area and to promote our community as a good place to visit as well as live. I enjoy walking round the parish, meeting and listening to what parishioners think and need. With my husband I run Staplehurst Interest Group and do voluntary work in the library. I love being part of Staplehurst’s welcoming, friendly and caring community.

PAUL BUTCHER - Chairman of Planning Committee and Member of Churchyard Liaison, Finance, Jubilee Field Management & Users, KALC Area Committee, Kent Community Alcohol Partnership, Police/Parish Liaison, Staplehurst Emergency Help Team, Strategy & Policy, Village Centre Trust, Village Enhancement & Village Golf & Sports Club Groups

CHRIS CLARIDGE – Member of Planning Committee and Publicity & Website & Strategy & Policy Groups

A Financial Services sector professional with business interests in Asia, Middle East and Europe who is also a husband, father, grandfather, golfer, sailor, gardener and chef. Previous experience also includes Chairman roles for Chambers of Commerce, Business Awards events, international golf tournaments plus membership of various policy, action and organising committees.

ANNE GOSLING - Member of Planning Committee, Staplehurst Primary School Liaison & Staplehurst Village Centre Development Group

I moved to Staplehurst on our return from France. Now retired, my professional career began in the Evening Standard (advertising department) before a break to bring up my two daughters. After several years as a history and classical studies teacher, I worked with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, then SEIKO, and lastly the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. I am now well settled on the rural fringe of the village with husband, dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens – very much a country person. My other special interests are music, theatre and reading. My wish is to contribute to the life of the village, especially maintaining a safe and pleasant environment. I strongly support the Neighbourhood Plan, giving the village a real say in how it develops. And I take a special interest in our wonderful School, helping the children with their reading, among other things.

SAM LAIN-ROSE - Member of Carnival & Fete, Finance, Publicity & Website, Staplehurst Primary School Liaison, Staplehurst Village Centre Development & Strategy & Policy Groups

Joining the Parish Council in May 2011 as a co-opted member, I am a keen and enthusiastic member of the Parish Council. I sit on many groups of the Parish Council including the Finance, Publicity & Website, Staplehurst Village Centre Development and Strategy & Policy Groups. As the ‘baby’ of the Council at the age of 22, I am keen challenger – ensuring the Parish Council acts in the best interests of the residents of this rural village, not just for this generation, but for future generations. I have lived in the village the entirety of my life, and live in the same property my grandparents did when the purchased it in the 1960s. I have experience in many areas – working in the public sector, at West Kent College, as well as the private sector, where I am current Food Service Manager for A.F. Blakemore & Sons Ltd. In addition to my career, I have managed a number of enterprises since I was I still in education, the first being Kent’s Talent was purely charitable, raising funds for cancer charities. Then in 2011, I formed LAIN AND ROSE Community Interest Company and from this success I incorporated The LAIN & ROSE Group Limited in April 2015. My knowledge and experience spans a wide-range of specialities including; Human Resources, Service Management, Social Enterprise, Public Administration, Business Finance, Retail and Business Management. I am a bit of a work-a-holic and enjoy a challenge, but when I do take the time to unwind, I enjoy spending time with friends, going for walks across the Kent countryside and going to festivals.

BARRETT MANNING - Member of Allotments, Carnival & Fete, Headcorn Aerodrome Consultative Committee, Knoxbridge/A229, Local Transport, Staplehurst Primary School Liaison & Surrenden Playing Field Groups

I haven't forsaken my efforts to locate a piece of land for a community allotment and believe a positive result is on the horizon for a speed limit on the A229 in the Knoxbridge area. At long last the village has a defibrillator located for anyone to operate in an emergency, 24/7. The council have taken responsibility for the maintenance of both the defibrillator and the all-weather cabinet. The Carnival and Fete Committee have had a positive response for new members following the retirement and reshuffle of existing members and augurs well for fresh ideas for the 2016 carnival. Despite the continued meetings with Arriva, there are still problems affecting students travelling on the number 5 bus route. My concern is to avoid students arriving late and missing all or part of their classes and experiencing another winter left waiting in the dark and foul weather on the homebound journey.

JOHN PERRY - Member of Finance, Headcorn Aerodrome Consultative Committee, Jubilee Field Management & Users, KALC Area Committee, Neighbourhood Plan Steering, River Beult Catchment Improvement, Rural Settlement, Sobell Cheshire Home & Strategy & Policy Groups

JOHN REARDON - Member of Finance, Publicity & Website, Staplehurst Primary School Liaison, Surrenden Playing Field & Village Enhancement Groups

ADELE SHARP - Member of Police/Parish Liaison, Rural Settlement, SPPG, Surrenden Playing Field & Village Enhancement Groups

I have lived my whole life in Staplehurst, and although I love to travel, I always return home; to Staplehurst. I have worked in insurance and banking and have currently been teaching for thirteen years. As a councillor I enjoy helping our community and want to see Staplehurst flourish with suitable amenities, without overdevelopment. Staplehurst has a great community atmosphere, being town sized but keeping its Village feel and ethics. I believe that it’s important to ensure that our community’s best interests are kept in mind when facing the future whether it is issues about public toilets, education or housing plans.

PETER SPEARINK - Member of Planning Committee and Knoxbridge/A229, Local Transport, River Beult Catchment Improvement, Sobell Cheshire Home, Staplehurst Emergency Help Team & Staplehurst Surface Water Management Plan Groups

Married with two grown up children, I have lived in Kent since 1973 and in Staplehurst since 1983. Now retired, I have more time for daytime Council affairs. I have been active in the field of disability disadvantage, local transport matters and the Staplehurst Emergency Help Team. I believe that Staplehurst should be more forward looking and accept that it is now a town not a village. I also believe that we should work more closely with MBC and adjacent parishes.

Other contacts associated with Staplehurst

MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL - Staplehurst Ward (Staplehurst Parish)

Councillor John Perry (Conservative)
Couchman Green Barn
Couchman Green Lane
Kent TN12 0RR
Telephone: 07770 734741

MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL - Staplehurst Ward (Staplehurst Parish)

Councillor Louise Brice (Conservative)
2 Further Field
Kent TN12 0SX
Telephone: 01580 892141
Mobile: 07817 362860

KENT COUNTY COUNCIL - Maidstone Rural South (Boughton Monchelsea, Langley, Marden & Staplehurst Wards)

Councillor Eric Hotson (Conservative)
White Willows
High Street
Kent TN12 0BL
Telephone: (01580) 892312

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT - Maidstone & The Weald Constituency

Helen Grant MP
Telephone: 02072197107
Please contact the Constituency Office for Surgery dates and venues.


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