Play Areas and Public Toilets controlled by Maidstone Borough Council open up again from this Saturday

Good News – Children’s play areas and public toilets in Maidstone are to be opened from Saturday 4th July as Covid-19 lockdown is eased by Government.

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Council team help speed up hospital discharges

A housing team within Maidstone Borough Council has seen a 22% increase this year in the number of patients discharged early from the hospital due to their hard work.

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Rolling road closures 6th July - 22nd July

Kent County Council has made an Order to temporarily prohibit through traffic on various roads in Maidstone from 6th July 2020, between the hours of 21:00 and 05:00 (excluding Sundays), with estimated completion by 22nd July 2020.

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River bank slippage

There has been a river bank slippage next to the Medway in the Forstall Road area of Aylesford.

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Challenging house building targets in Maidstone

Maidstone Borough Council has written a further letter to the Government raising serious concerns about the amount of Housing the Government is forcing upon some Local Councils.

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Martin Cox and Rob Bird welcome County Council U-turn on Charges for Outdoor Seating for Cafés, Pubs and Restaurants

Kent County Council has agreed to waive the £190 license fee it was charging for catering business for setting up tables and chairs outside their premises.  The fee will now be waived for 6 weeks. The move follows pressure from opposition councillors at County Hall and outcry from traders across the County.

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Ash Die Back puts trees at risk along Medway River path.

Following reports of dangerous trees along a section of the towpath (between Moncktons Lane and Gibraltar House in Maidstone, as the Medway borders Ringlestone), an Inspection of the area has revealed that almost 200 Ash trees have been affected by ash die back with some leaning and at immediate risk of falling over the path. The recommendation is that the section of the path be closed without delay until the trees can be felled.

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Update: A249 and surrounding road closures

There will be a temporary overnight Road Closure for resurfacing works along Sittingbourne Road, Bearsted Road, Penenden Heath Road and Chiltern Hundreds Roundabout starting 9th June with an estimated completion date of the 4th July. These will run between 8:00pm to 6:00am every day except Sundays.

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County Council needs to seize the opportunity to make our road-space more attractive and safer for all

The pandemic has had terrible impact on the lives and health of thousands of Kent residents and many other appalling consequences.  But on a more positive note we have seen a significant reduction in traffic and a marked improvement in air pollution.  With the prospect of further easing of the lockdown restrictions, it is vital that KCC takes steps now to keep our roads safe for all road users especially pedestrians and cyclists.

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90% of grants now paid to Maidstone businesses

Maidstone Borough Council has processed a staggering 1,953 government business grants since 19 March and has now paid 90% of the money owed to businesses that qualify.

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