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Kent History and Library Centre Archive Search Room Consultation

Kent County Council is seeking views on proposed changes to the archive search room opening hours at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. 

The search room at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone is currently open to the public during the following times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (9am-6pm); Thursday (9am-8pm); Saturday (9am-5pm). 

The proposed new public opening times are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (9am-5pm); Thursday (9am-5pm); Saturday (9am-5pm). 

The search room would be closed to the public on Fridays, with a small reduction in opening times across the rest of the working week. This is a reduction from 55 hours per week to 40.  The proposed changes affect only the archive search room. The opening hours of Kent History and Library Centre are unchanged and all other archive services will be fully available by phone or email on the closed day. 

More information on the proposal, including how to comment, is available on the KCC website at https://consultations.kent.gov.uk/consult.ti/archivesearchroom/consultationHome.  The consultation closes on 12th March 2018.

Local Government Ethical Standards Review

The Committee on Standards in Public Life is undertaking a review of local government ethical standards. The review will consider all levels of local government in England, including Parish and Town Councils. 

The Committee is inviting responses to its consultation to inform its review – the deadline for responses is 5pm on 18 May 2018. The Committee has stated that it welcomes submissions from members of the public. 

The terms of reference for the review cover examination of structures, processes and practices in local government in England; whether they are conducive to high standards of conduct; how they can be improved; evidence and elimination of intimidation. 

Further details on the consultation can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-government-ethical-standards-stakeholder-consultation. Responses to the consultation should be sent to: public@public-standards.gov.uk or by post to: Local government ethical standards review, GC.07, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ.

Sainsbury's Update

Sainsbury’s recently commented on its plans for Staplehurst: “Staplehurst is one of a number of sites we want to build out and we are now working on the timing and delivery to make sure it is viable and meets local shopping demand. While our programme is still subject to change, we are looking to open our new store by 2020.”  Sainsbury’s has responded to further enquiries by the Parish Council:

  1. Changes to the store: ‘We may have to go back into planning for some minor changes, but fundamentally the plans have not changed from what was first envisaged’
  2. Status of the petrol station site: ‘We are keen to redevelop both sites and just need to work through the timings and plans, as outlined.  In terms of the appearance and condition, [the Head of Property Communications] will ask our Estates Team to visit and carry out any necessary works.’

Cranbrook Road Temporary 30mph limit

A temporary 30mph limit will be in force at the double bend on Cranbrook Road for up to three days from 15th February.  The restriction is to enable carriageway works to be carried out by Kent County Council.  For further information go to www.roadworks.org.

Stroke Services Consultation

Kent & Medway NHS is running a public consultation about the future of urgent service provision for stroke victims.  The consultation will run until 13th April.
 
A series of meetings throughout the county will be held during the consultation period to enable people to ask questions and find out more about the proposals.  On 20th February between 10.00am and 12.00 noon the first such meeting will take place at the Maidstone Community Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone.
 
To find out more about the proposals and all the events visit the Kent & Medway NHS website at https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stroke/.

New Zebra Crossing on Marden Road

Kent Highways have advised that from 5th February, for up to three weeks, works will take place to install a new zebra crossing just east of the Marden Road - Lime Trees junction.  The provision is for a two-part zebra with central refuge, shielded beacon lights, high friction surfacing on approach and refreshed road markings in the immediate area.  It is planned to have traffic light control while the works are in progress.
 
The installation will satisfy a planning condition applied to the Taylor Wimpey development south of Oliver Road.  For further information please contact Kent County Council – Highways Transportation and Waste, Ashford Highway Depot, Henwood Industrial Estate, Javelin Way, Ashford TN24 8AD. Tel: 03000 41 81 81.

Citizens Advice Witness Service Appeal

The following appeal is published on behalf of the Citizens Advice Witness Service:

“The Witness Service is a volunteer-led service offering support to witnesses giving evidence in court.  We also offer specialist support to Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses via our Outreach programme, and we're currently looking for new volunteers across Kent to provide this valuable service.  

Outreach volunteers are supported by a dedicated Team Leader, and work alongside other volunteers to help prepare and support vulnerable witnesses, including children and those with learning difficulties, as well as victims of domestic or sexual violence.  Volunteers meet with witnesses prior to the trial date, and take them into court for a familiarisation visit in advance.  They also support witnesses when they give evidence in court or via video link, and meet them again after the trial.  

We are looking for caring, committed, flexible and non-judgmental people with good communication skills to join us.  For more information, please contact Emma Manwaring, Team Leader (Volunteer Development) on 07584 489 294 or email emma.manwaring@citizensadvice.org.uk.

To access the full role description for an Outreach Volunteer, or to apply for a role, please use the following link: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/citizens-advice-witness-service/.”

Planned Road Closures from 19/02/18

Because of carriageway works, Kent County Council has made an Order prohibiting through traffic on the roads listed below, on or after 19 February 2018 for up to 18 months or until the works have been completed.

SHERENDEN LANE, MARDEN & STAPLEHURST

Road Closed from Goudhurst Road to Wilden Park Road. Alternative route via the B2079 Goudhurst Road, Winchet Hill, Curtisden Green Lane, Wilden Park Road.

PAGEHURST ROAD, STAPLEHURST

Road closed from Marden Road to Park Road. Alternative route via Marden Road and Park Road.

For further information please visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel or contact the Road Closures Co-ordinator, West & Mid Kent Division | KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste | Aylesford Highway Depot | St Michael’s Close | | Aylesford | ME20 7BU.

Tel: 03000 41 81 81 (24-hour Contact Centre) / e-mail: StreetworksWest@kent.gov.uk.

Volunteer Pond Warden(s) Wanted in Staplehurst!

Do you have an interest in ponds? If so then why not volunteer to become a pond warden for Staplehurst.

Below are just a few of the many activities that a pond warden may undertake: depending on individual skills, interests and local support.

· planting and caring for ponds, and managing local water bodies in your community

· surveying local ponds, for example with guidance from the Freshwater Habitats Trust

· keeping an eye out for, and (when appropriate) reporting invasive plants, pollution or vandalism

· taking part in training organised by the Kent Tree and Pond Partnership, or others; an introduction course will take place at Singleton on 4th March 2018 - click Introduction to Pond Wardening for more details

· working with, and leading local groups, youth organisations or schools, for example: pond creation, pond care and maintenance or surveying

· giving basic advice on garden ponds, and giving talks in your community

For further information: https://kenttreeandpondpartnership.wordpress.com

If you are interested in becoming a Kent Pond Warden; please contact David Carey Chairman of The Kent Tree and Pond Partnership: kentpondandtreewardens@gmail.com

or pop into Staplehurst Parish Office for a chat.

Volunteer Tree Warden(s) Wanted in Staplehurst!

Do you have an interest in trees? If so then why not volunteer to become a tree warden for Staplehurst.

Below are just a few of the many activities that a tree warden may undertake: depending on individual skills, interests and local support.

· surveying your local trees,

· keeping an eye out for, and (when appropriate) reporting tree disease, decay or vandalism

· taking part in training organised by the Kent Tree and Pond Partnership, or others; an introductory course will take place in Hadlow on 11th February - click Introduction to Tree Wardening for more information

· working with local groups, youth organisations or schools, for example: seed collecting, tree planting, tree care or surveying

· developing initiatives such as tree adoption schemes in your area

· leading guided tree walks and giving talks in your community

For further information: https://kenttreeandpondpartnership.wordpress.com

If you are interested in becoming a Kent Tree Warden; please contact David Carey Chairman of The Kent Tree and Pond Partnership: kentpondandtreewardens@gmail.com

or pop into Staplehurst Parish Office for a chat.

Volunteer as an Education Appeal Panel Member

KCC is currently recruiting for new volunteer panel members for their school admission appeals. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Staplehurst Parish Council has a vacancy for someone to join the Parish Council.  To be eligible to serve on the Parish Council you must be over 18 years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • be registered on the local electoral roll
  • for the previous twelve months have occupied as owner or tenant premises in the parish
  • for those twelve months have worked at an address in the parish as your principal or only place of work
  • during the whole of those twelve months have resided in the parish or within three miles of it.
If you are interested in being considered for co-option as a Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Office http://www.staplehurstvillage.org.uk/contact_the_parish_c.aspx or speak to an existing Parish Councillor at the Saturday morning surgery, held at Staplehurst Library, for further information.