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Surgery at the Library on Saturday

Parish Councillor Anne Gosling will be at Staplehurst library this Saturday 25th November between 10.00am and 11.00am to discuss questions about local issues.  Borough Councillor John Perry's monthly surgery is rescheduled for Saturday 2nd December between 10.00am and 12.00 noon.

George Street Temporary Closure

KCC Highways have advised it will be necessary to close George Street, Staplehurst from 20 November 2017.  It is likely the road will be closed for up to seven days.  The alternative route is via Clapper Lane, Maidstone Road and vice versa.  This is to enable urgent pothole blitz works to be carried out by Kent County Council.  For details of all roadworks go to

Staplehurst Neighbourhood Watch Public Meeting

Staplehurst Neighbourhood Watch are holding a public meeting on Monday 27th November 2017 in the South Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre
between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. It is intended to be totally informal , with no set agenda. Come along whenever you can. Learn what Neighbourhood Watch is all about and equally important what it is NOT about. 5-10 minutes could be long enough but stay longer to chat with other villagers if you
can. If you would like to join them remember it's FREE.

Clapper Farm Lane Traffic Regulation Order Consultation

Kent County Council proposes to implement a Traffic Regulation Order being the 'Prohibition of Motor Vehicles' (except for access) restriction at Clapper Farm Lane, in the parishes of Marden and Staplehurst, from its junction with Battle Lane to a point 200 metres north of its junction with Marden Road. To view the proposed order please visit:

Police and Crime Commissioner Annual Policing Survey

As Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott sets the strategic priorities for Kent Police.  He has issued the following invitation to participate in the Annual Policing Survey.

Earlier this year the Commissioner published Safer in Kent: The Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan. The plan is kept under constant review and is regularly updated in line with what local communities want.

Mr Scott wants to know what matters most to you, so he is requesting that you please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey and that you encourage your friends, family and colleagues to complete it as well. The survey can be completed online here, and is available in numerous languages simply by clicking the ‘Select Language’ button on the website.

You do not need to provide your name or any contact details if you do not wish to.

If you would prefer the survey in a paper format, the Commissioner's office can post copies out to you. Simply email or call 01622 677055. Please also get in touch if you require the survey in any other format.

This is your opportunity to make a real difference and have your say on what Kent Police’s priorities should be. However, please remember that the Safer in Kent Plan only sets the strategic priorities for Kent Police - it cannot amend or change the way officers are deployed or the way operational decisions are made. These are matters for the Chief Constable to determine. The PCC's job is to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the plan and its strategic objectives on your behalf.

Be Winter Ready Campaign

UK Power Networks is working with the other Electricity Distribution Networks and their trade body, Energy Networks Association, on a new national campaign called Be Winter Ready.

Be Winter Ready aims to encourage people to prepare in case they experience a power cut or gas emergency this winter. The campaign’s message states:

‘As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase. Since 1990, gas and electricity network companies have invested over £80bn to make the UK’s gas and electricity supply more reliable than ever before. But storms, floods and other extreme weather can still cause damage and disruption.

That’s why the UK’s gas and electricity network companies have come together to launch the Be Winter Ready campaign. The campaign aims to help the public better-prepare for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.

To Be Winter Ready, you should:

  • Know your free emergency numbers - in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Contact your gas or electricity network to find out more. Visit to find out who your network operator is.
  • Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.’

KCC Budget Consultation 2018-19

Kent County Council is consulting about its budget for 2018-19 in the light of savings it needs to make.  It wants to know what residents thinks of its plans for these savings.  To read about the proposals and have your say visit the KCC website  The consultation closes on 3rd December 2017.

Proposed Constituency Boundary Changes

The Boundary Commission for England has launched a public consultation about proposed constituency boundary changes.  To read about the review go to
Staplehurst is located in a new Mid Kent and Ticehurst constituency comprising wards drawn from parts of different local authorities: Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Rother.  Key a postcode into the search field on the website to see a map centred on your chosen location.  Comments can be made about the proposals via the link at and must be made by 11th December.

NatWest Mobile Branch in Staplehurst

Starting from Saturday 18th November a NatWest mobile branch will visit Staplehurst every Saturday morning between 10.30am and 11.45am.  The branch will stop in the car park of the Free Church in Station Road.  NatWest will be publishing further information in due course.
NatWest's Community Banker continues to attend Staplehurst library on Tuesdays between 1.00pm and 4.00pm to help customers with banking queries.