Earlier this week the Kent County Council Cabinet agreed a new Rail Strategy for Kent. Although the strategy repeated the long term ambition of bringing Thameslink to Maidstone, the County Council has now stated that that it would support the introduction of a service terminating at London Blackf... read more
High Street Ward
The High street Area includes a large slice of the Town Centre and runs from Union Street to Loose Road and from Mote Park to the River Medway, incorporating major heritage sites such as All Saints Church and the Museum, several parks, a millennium Green, a nature reserve and a diverse range of housing from the very expensive to the opposite, including some notably poor quality private rented housing.
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We have worked hard to improve local facilities, such as creating the Collis Millennium Green, Holy Trinity Park, and Len Valley nature reserve, and improving Mote and South Parks.
We have campaigned successfully to introduce safety measures such as the speed camera in Hayle Road and traffic calming in Campbell Road, Barton Road and St Philips Avenue/Hastings Road and to mitigate the impact of commuter traffic and parking on residents by reducing non-residents parking times.
We have had success in fighting reckless development, such as the proposed concrete recycling plant at Tovil, which would have serious impact on the Ward and have successfully supported the establishment of a new waste transfer site at Allington which will reduce pressure on our local roads.
We are continuing to push for action to improve road safety reduce congestion and improve air quality, especially in the Stone Street Area.
We are introducing an article 4 directive to reduce the uncontrolled conversion of offices to flats without the benefit of planning control, which has caused major problems in our community.
And finally, we are continuing to improve our local parks and open spaces.
Latest news in high street ward
Councillors have welcomed the proposal withdrawal of the ill-judged temporary cycle lanes in Maidstone’s King Street. But Liberal Democrats have insisted that any similar scheme in the future should be subject to full consultation and proper consideration of the needs of all road users. read more
Councillor Clive English, Chairman of the Planning Committee reports that while the focus has inevitably been on housing sites within the Review of the Plan Local a serious effort is underway within the Council to raise the quality of developments within Maidstone with preliminary work being und... read more
As the Government continues to move forward with an 80% increase in housing numbers for the Borough, MBC Councillors have agreed to progress the Local Plan Review to the first of two public consultations between 1st and 22nd December 2020, to try to minimise the impact of the Government’s proposals. read more
Over the last few weeks, Lib Dem councillors on both Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council have been responding to residents’ concerns about the new cycling measures in King Street and the pedestrianisation scheme in Earl Street. KCC had to install these schemes very hastily to compl... read more
Proposals to reduce congestion and make improvements in the Air Quality in the Upper Stone Street area are moving forward. read more