Park and Ride open for business

Maidstone Borough Council is reminding visitors to the town centre the Arriva Park and Ride service is operating at both the London Road and Willington Street sites.

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Town centre action plan

As part of Maidstone Council's Local Plan review the Council has decided to produce an Action Plan for the Town Centre.

This is an ambitious attempt to try and shape the inevitable development forced upon the Town by Government Housing plans in a more positive fashion. and to improve the environment and infrastructure of our town. The Council will be aiming to attract investment in jobs and community and social facilities, and not just housing, to promote sustainability and reduce the impact of climate change.

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Face coverings to be worn in Maidstone Museum and at funerals

Maidstone Borough Council is reminding people to wear a face covering when visiting Maidstone Museum and attending funerals at Vinters Park Crematorium from Saturday 8 August.

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Government change planning laws

Local Liberal Democrat Councillors are appalled that the Government are ignoring the responses to their own public consultation to force through unwanted and unnecessary planning changes that will create thousands of substandard flats without any of the Infrastructure needed to support the new residences. Under new planning regulations, developers will be able to add up to 5 floors on top of existing buildings without needing to apply for Planning Permission.  At the same time, additional changes will allow the demolition of empty shops and offices and their reconstruction as housing.

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Is the Government set to restructure Local Government in Kent?

Earlier this month Minister of State, Simon Clarke, stated that the Conservative Government is pressing ahead with the publication of its Devolution White Paper in the Autumn. The Minister stated that the Government is aiming for 'many more elected mayors and more unitary councils following in the footsteps of Dorset, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.'

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Relief for Tovil re-cycling Centre on the way

After a decade of investigation and discussion, planning permission has been given for the provision of a new re-cycling centre at Allington. It will serve North Maidstone and also Tonbridge & Malling which has for years been the only Borough in Kent which has not had its own Recycling Centre.

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Shock as Kent Conservatives gut Anti-Racism Vote

Liberal Democrats, the largest opposition party on Kent County Council, today put forward a motion against racism.

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Lib Dems gain agreement to progress A274 junction improvement plan

Members of Maidstone’s Joint Transport Committee have agreed to bring back a rejected multi-million-pound junction improvement plan at the Sutton Road, Wallis Avenue, Willington Street junction in south Maidstone following a successful motion by Councillors Ian Chittenden and Brian Clark. The scheme will be funded by housing development along the A274.

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Maidstone Council quick to help Local Businesses

Whilst some Local Authorities have struggled Maidstone Borough Council has now delivered more than 99% of the Government support provided via the  £10,000 or £25,000 grants to qualifying businesses affected by the pandemic.

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Visiting local recycling centres – Update

Whilst social distancing guidelines exist, KCC intends to maintain the management of access to Household Waste Recycling Sites. 

Household Waste Recycling Centres re-opened on the 15th May and have provided a disposal service of all household materials with operating procedures designed to protect residents and staff.

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