Local Government Responsibilities

Different levels of local government work together to maintain and improve the local area.  With each tier being distinct it can be confusing as to which level is responsible for what.

The following list provides an overview of the responsibilities of each level of our local government:


Local Parish Councils

For those areas with a Parish Council, their responsibilities are aligned with smaller local services such as allotments, parks, community centres and war memorials.


Maidstone Borough Council

Areas responsible for:

  • Environmental Health
  • Housing
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • Local Taxation Collection
  • Planning Applications
  • Waste Collection


Kent County Council

Areas responsible for:

  • Education
  • Highways
  • Libraries
  • Passenger Transport
  • Social Care
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transport and Transport Planning
  • Waste Disposal


Local Members of Parliament

The responsibilities of our local Members of Parliament are to represent local concerns in the House of Commons to the Government to ensure that the people of Maidstone are listened to as part of the running of this country.