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JULY 2017

Game Plan, Farmers Market
and Shemomedjamo

Mote Park Development
and Dementia Walk

NEW Incentive
Scheme for

Spotlight on
Staplehurst 1
A Tale of

at Leeds Castle
Celebrating 150 years of Beatrix Potter

The Castle

Why wait? 3rd December to 2nd January

Relive the classic Beatrix Potter tales on the 150th Ask
Benenden Hospital offers the treatment
your GP
anniversary of her birth through themed displays in Castle
state rooms, imaginative Christmas tree decorations and

you urgently need, delivered by specialist

festive floral arrangements. to refer
Christmas Market
consultants at a time to suit
4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th,
22nd & 23rd December
Choose to become a private patient Benenden Hospital
During your visit discover the Christmas
offers a wide range of
at Benenden Hospital and receiveMarket for a splendid array of seasonal
treatments, including:
gifts, toys, festive decorations, specialist
diagnosis and treatment for a range of
food and drink. Enjoy nostalgic
a safe,attractions andGeneral
medical and surgical specialities infairground meet thesurgery

ultra-clean modern environment. reindeer and our birds ofGynaecology


Were thrilled! Were rated BEATRIX POTTER Frederick Warne & Co., 2016.
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Borough Insight

Contacts Welcome
Helen Bell Welcome to our first stand-alone resident magazine, Borough Insight.
Georgie Grassom Its entirely new and not just a new format which gives just a glimpse of
the myriad of places to be proud of and activities going on around our
Helen Bell
Georgie Grassom Recent events at Grenfell Tower in Kensington have emphasised housing
To advertise in Borough Insight contact as one of the most challenging of contemporary issues for many people in our community and for the council. Our aim is to ensure that there is a
Home for Everyone in our community. The council is planning for the long
Design term - making difficult decisions about where new homes can be built,
Natalie Tye working hard to prevent people from becoming homeless and finding
temporary accommodation when this is needed and, as you will see on
page 5, looking to work with more landlords to find homes for people who
Contents are on our housing register.
Keeping our borough clean and safe is key to us all feeling proud of
Our Borough 4 where we live and we can all help by contributing positively to our
communities so with a little time to prepare for the Autumn Clean-Up
Mote Park 6 I hope that many of you will join our collective effort to show that we dont
tolerate litter.
Healthy Living 7
Whether it is indoor or outdoor pursuits there is plenty going on over
Community News 8 the summer and autumn. Why not visit our Game Plan exhibition at
Environmental 10 Maidstone Museum or new Ancient Lives gallery which will be open
from September where you can discover more about how modern day
Maidstone Museum 12 technology has revealed the secrets of our Egyptian mummy Ta Kush.

Culture and Events 14 Lets hope that the fine weather will continue at least until the first
week-end in September when Mote Park will be hosting our new
Regeneration 16 international food festival Shemomedjamo. If you cant make it - there is
always something to enjoy in the park - whether you go there for music,
Spotlight On 17
picnicking or a walk taking in the more tranquil areas. The council is
Online Services 19 investing in the infrastructure which supports this important visitor venue
and ensure it has sustainable financial future.
Your Councillors 20
Whatever you choose to do I hope you find something to enjoy in the
Your Mayor 22 county town or around our borough over the summer.

Follow us on twitter
Like our facebook page
Watch our youtube page Alison Broom
@maidstonecouncil Chief Executive 3
Our Local Plan

Creating a County Town

to be proud of

As the County Town of Kent, we M20 and is part of the North Kent One of the areas key assets is
want Maidstone to remain well Enterprise Zone. When complete, the River Medway which runs
and truly on the map. the 30-acre Kent Medical Campus through the centre of the town,
site will provide 98,000m2 of linking it with Rochester and the
Living in the borough, you accommodation for medical and Thames Estuary. Recognising the
cannot fail to notice the changes life science companies, specialist importance of the river, the Medway
happening. Just a walk through the residential and rehabilitation care, Cycle Path Project will be led by
town centre and you will notice a with the aspiration for higher Kent County Council with 2million
number of improvements including education level training facilities from the LEP, and 500k from MBC.
the successful completion for the medical and healthcare The project will see the creation
of phases 1 & 2 to the public professions. Phase one saw the of a 2.5m wide tarmac path from
spaces at Jubilee Square and construction of KIMS Hospital, Barming Bridge to the M20 past
Remembrance Square on the High a 92 bed independent hospital Allington Lock allowing those living
Street. The 3.5 million pound employing more than 300 clinicians, and visiting the borough to enjoy
works undertaken by Maidstone nursing staff and management. all the river has to offer. William
Borough Council (MBC) create a Now work has got under way Cornall, Director of Regeneration
sense of place as well as providing on an 18million 65 bed mental and Place at Maidstone Borough
a safe and attractive environment health facility. Leader of Maidstone Council said:
for those who visit, live and work Borough Council, Cllr Fran Wilson,
in the borough. Phase 3 and 4 of said: The Kent Medical Campus
the works is planned for early next represents one of Maidstones There is no doubt that
year and will improve the whole key employment assets. With the this is an exciting time
of Week Street and Gabriels Hill creation of thousands of highly
thanks to a further 4 million skilled and well paid jobs over the for Maidstone as we start
commitment from MBC. next 10 years and its status as an to see our visions for the
Enterprise Zone it will play a vital
But these changes are just the role in the boroughs Economic area come to fruition.
tip of the iceberg for the council, Development Strategy. Whilst
who are committed to keeping economic growth is undoubtedly We have always been ambitious
the borough an attractive place important I am particularly pleased about what we can achieve and
for all and securing a successful that a new state-of-the-art Mental our strong relationships with our
economy. Working with developers Health facility is being brought to partners have enabled us to deliver
and other key stakeholders has Maidstone which will provide much and support projects that are for the
seen the creation of the Kent needed expertise and support to the benefit of everyone who comes to
Medical Campus at junction 7 of the borough. our borough.

Our Borough

Maidstone Homefinders
Incentive Scheme
for Landlords
If you are a landlord with a Homefinder Bond
property in excellent condition The Homefinder Bond is an
then we want to hear from you. alternative scheme which offers
We are offering landlords an landlords a bond as security
incentive for every property the against damage, cleaning costs and
council can use to provide housing rent arrears in lieu of a deposit.
for clients on its housing register. What are the benefits?
If you fulfil the criteria then you The bond covers a higher
could benefit from the following amount than the usual deposit
bonuses including a one-off
payment: The minimum bond offered to
landlords is 1,250
Incentives: Free check-in and check-out of
Receive a one-off payment Free inventory (via a specialist
The future continues to look bright from 2,500 third party inventory service)
for Maidstone with the creation of
Save money on advertising No need to be registered with a
an adventure zone at the popular
Mote Park, which was recently Free check-in and check-out of Tenancy Deposit
named as one of the most-loved tenant Protection Scheme
open spaces in the UK, and the Free Inventory (via a specialist
redevelopment of the former Royal third party inventory service) Interested?
Mail site in Sandling Road. The
site has a long term masterplan Regular tenancy sustainment If you would like to
with the focus of transforming the visits find out further information contact
area, with a landmark mixed-use Dedicated customer support The Housing Team on:
development including retail space, throughout 01622 602252 or
homes, offices, increased parking email:
and an improved interchange Reduced financial impact of
between buses, trains and taxis. lengthy periods without use
(void periods)
With the many schemes,
developments and improvement
works planned, its clear that the
council is committed to making the
County Town a place that residents
can be proud of, a location where
businesses are enabled to thrive
and a destination where visitors can
enjoy an offer to the extent that they
would come back to Maidstone over
and over again. 5
Mote Park

Were making the improvements to Mote Park

that youve told us matter most to you! MOTE PARK



/ CAFE /

Opening Spring 2018

Adventure Zone, Climbing Wall, High ropes

Adventure Golf, Play area, Segways

Opening 2019

The Mote Park Centre

Maidstone Borough Council is investing 4.3 million over the next

three years in the park.
Weve listened to your comments and used this feedback to
decide upon the best way to invest in your parks future.
You can expect to see new and improved facilities including:

New Visitor Centre and Caf Everyone loves a

New fully inclusive toilets for people with disabilities
little bit of ice cream!
New Play park
Were delighted to announce that
Enhanced parking a new Carte DOr gelateria has
opened at Mote Park Caf. Offering a
Improved visitor routes to the whole of the park
mouth-watering range of ice cream
flavours from vanilla to strawberry
cheesecake, its sure to be a firm
Mote Park Car Park Charges favourite over the warm summer
We are committed to maintaining Mote Park as an award-winning Weve also got something for
public facility for families and walkers to enjoy. our four-legged visitors -
So we are able to continue to invest in the many parks lick-able frozen yoghurts
improvements we will now charge 2 for a 6 hour stay. for dogs! Available in
Maidstone residents may purchase an annual pass for only 40. a choice of flavours
We believe this increase still represents excellent value for including original,
money and hope that you will continue to support and enjoy vanilla and blueberry,
the park. you can now treat your
For further details visit: pooch as well as yourself!

Healthy Living

Enjoy a healthy walk in Mote Park

The importance of the natural environment in Featuring a mix of visual interpretation panels and
maintaining healthy lives is well-known. Research audio posts, walkers are also encouraged to feel the
shows that engagement with nature has a positive role bark textures on certain individual trees. There is a
to play across a range of conditions from mental health leaflet, including a map, to accompany the walk, which
to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Being out in is approximately one mile long. Copies are available
nature and sharing activities outside brings particular from the Mote Park Caf and the Visitor Information
benefits to people living with dementia and is a crucial Centre at Maidstone Museum.
part of helping them to live well.
The interpretation along the route has been developed
A brand new trail has now been created in Mote Park by MBC officers following training from Dementia
specifically designed for people living with dementia. It Adventure, and the whole project has been made
is intended to stimulate all the senses whilst providing possible thanks to a generous grant from
a safe, enjoyable walk around the park. Maidstone Age UK.

Healthy Living Programmes

Did you know that we offer a range of programmes Adult Weight Management
that help support you to become healthier and enjoy
improved wellbeing for life? Get support around your diet and help to be more
active. There are 2 sessions a week - a diet and
Match Fit nutrition seminar plus a circuit training class.
Men only programme supporting you to increase your Duration: 10 weeks with extra sessions at 6, 9 & 12
fitness levels. months
Duration: Once a week for 10 weeks with extra sessions Time: Various
at 6, 9 & 12 months Location: Maidstone Leisure Centre
Time: Early evening Cost: 5 joining fee. Circuits and use of gym/swimming
Location: Maidstone United FC & Park Wood pool 1.80 per session
Cost: Free
Zeroth Exercise Referral
Counterweight Delivered in a family-run gym offering you the
Empowering you to make long-term changes in order to chance to get more active in a friendly, unintimidating
live as a thinner person. environment.
Duration: Every other week over 12 weeks with extra Duration: 2 sessions per week over 12 weeks with extra
sessions at 6, 9 & 12 months sessions at 6, 9 & 12 months.
Time: Various Time: Various
Location: Various Location: Zeroth Active Zone, Loose
Cost: Free Cost: 1.50 per session
Health Walks How are you
Walking for Health offer free, regular short walks
across the Maidstone Borough. Suitable for people Referrals can be made by completing the Healthy
who do little or no exercise. Walks are led by a team of Living Referral Form (available online), via a health
dedicated and trained volunteer walk leaders. professional or your GP.
Duration: Ongoing
Time: Various 01622 602222
Location: Various
Cost: Free 7
Community News

Jenny Nicholson Jenny joined Maidstone Borough

Council in April this year having
Park on Tonbridge Road. This
will include an action plan for the
Parks Technical Officer previously worked as a self- future development of the park
employed tree surgeon, with and my aim is to improve it for
experience of climbing, chipping conservation, making it a fun, safe
and stump grinding trees. recreational area.
What do you do? What is your favourite park?
I work in the Parks and Open I would have to say Cornwallis Park
Spaces department as Parks as its where Ive spent most of my
Technical Officer. My main priorities time so far, and it has a lovely feel
are dealing with enquiries and about it. Sitting at the top of the
concerns from the public regarding park has to be the best spot as you
trees but Im also working on a get a great view.
management plan for Cornwallis

A view from the Terrace

unique benefits of being part of the Terrace, which
featured 18 year old business prodigy Ben Towers,
and the tenant who introduced him to The Business
Terrace, Roger Williams. In the same month, thanks to
MAIDSTONE help from one of our free on-site business advisors,
Here at The Business Terrace, Maidstone Borough Tom secured funding to grow his business from The
Councils business incubator, we have helped nearly Princes Trust.
500 businesses in the last two years by providing AMCO Productions officially became a Maidstone
an inspiring and highly supportive environment for based business in March this year when a two
Kents entrepreneurs. We assist many businesses person office became available at the Terrace, and
with our free face-to-face support, along with the business moved in. Though hes previously used
workshops for businesses that are starting up or freelancers, Tom has recently taken on a full-time
looking to grow. As well as support, the Terrace permanent employee and already has his eye on one
offers affordable hot desks, meeting rooms, virtual of the larger offices so he can continue to expand. In
and physical offices, all with flexible terms, and it is
April Tom won his first big contract with Seedrs, an
a contributing reason to Maidstone having the second equity crowdfunding investment firm. The Terrace
largest number of new businesses in Kent last year, was a great help in this as Tom admits part of his
with a rise from 760 in 2013 to 1381 by 2016. success is thanks to Dan Lawrence of Durty Media
A successful first year in business! who is based in the office adjacent to Toms and even
at the young age of 31, provides mentoring to younger
Tom Cogan, from Tonbridge, started his business AMCO entrepreneurs.
Productions, a video production company, in January
2016, and by July he was working on it full-time. In Within a year of working full time on his business,
September a Business Terrace company encouraged Tom is already continuing this tradition of volunteering
him to visit the community of entrepreneurs in the his time to support others. He will begin a series
same position as him. Tom started at The Business of publicly available videos of other entrepreneurs
Terrace with a one day a week desk package, and his showing their journey and what they have learned
business quickly began to grow. along the way. The first will be of fellow Terrace
start-up Adam Henderson of Millennial Mindset, who
As AMCO Productions began to expand and flourish, teaches some of the worlds biggest brands to work
Tom produced a video for social media highlighting the with the evolving needs of the modern consumer.

Community News

Maidstone Crisis Cafe

Two new initiatives are being
launched by mental health
charity Maidstone & Mid Kent
Mind to help cope with the rapidly
rising number of people seeking
help for depression, stress and
loneliness, and who may even be
considering suicide.
The charity has opened the
Safety Advisory Group Maidstone Crisis Cafe at 23
College Road, Maidstone, manned
What is their role? by a team of trained mental
health well-being workers and
volunteers, some of whom may
If youre planning on holding an How can the Safety Advisory have recovered from their own
event in the borough, make sure Group (SAG) help me with my mental health challenges.
you get in touch with the council. event?
Our Safety Advisory Group (SAG) It is open every Friday, 5-9pm and
One of the important roles that the Sunday afternoons from 1-5pm,
is here to work with event
SAG can perform is to provide a and is a free service.
organisers to ensure events take
forum for discussing and advising
place safely. Through consultation The charity is also launching a
on public safety at an event. They
and joint working between the new range of courses for local
aim to help organisers with the
council and our partners including businesses, with the latest official
planning and management of an
Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue figures showing that stress-
event and to encourage cooperation
Service, the group is here to advise related illness is the greatest
and coordination between all
on the event plans of organised cause of people taking time off
relevant agencies.
events which are open to the public work.
and are staged in a public place, Community Partnerships &
on a public highway or on private Resilience Manager and Chair of Health & Safety Executive statistics
land within the council boundaries the Safety Advisory Group Matt show that last year, 45 percent of
if they meet one of the following Roberts said: all working days lost to ill health in
criteria:- the UK were due to stress, anxiety
We want to promote high and depression - an astonishing
1,000 people or more are 11.7 million days.
expected to attend
levels of safety and welfare
Where road closures and
at events by giving advice Councillor Sue Grigg, who is chair-
and guidance. Obviously elect of the charity said: For
or traffic management is years, employers have ensured
necessary we are also keen to give there is someone available trained
Where alcohol is available or advice on how event in first aid. Were saying that taking
easily accessible organisers can minimise care of employees mental health
Where amplified music is played any adverse impact or is equally important, particularly
(live, recorded or synthesised) as its a growing problem.
inconvenience to local
Where use of leisure waters are The courses being run by
residents, businesses and
part of the event (e.g. river or Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind include
lake etc) the general public. Work and Well Being, Coping with
Where there is an enhanced risk If you have any queries about Life, Mental Health Awareness
to the event the planning of your event, you and Mental Health First Aid.
Night-time or overnight events can email safetyadvisorygroup@ Employers seeking further
Events over 12 hours duration Please allow information about the courses
enough time before the event to should email julieblackmore@
Where major incident response
enable the SAG to review and or telephone
requirements may need to be
advise on your event plans, at least 01622 692383.
a minimum of 8 weeks. 9

If you use your food bin to recycle your

food waste then we certainly think you are!
Many of our residents know the importance Helping to make that change!
of recycling waste and how this not
only helps the environment but, in turn, Step 1:
contributes to reducing costs for the council.
We worked with Biffa to encourage residents not to place
Any money saved can be redirected to other their food waste in their general waste bins.
key areas of cleansing and recycling to improve A sticker was placed on all general waste bins asking
the services that residents access directly. residents not to place their food waste in their black bins
Whilst a great deal was being done to help but to use their food recycling bin instead.
ensure that recyclable products were being
disposed of using the correct bin, food waste
was often neglected and placed with general Step 2:
waste meaning that valuable resources were We created a family of characters called the Caddy Family
being lost and bins were being contaminated. that we used to help spread the message to children aged
The problem and how to encourage 5-11years in the borough.
change? Using these characters we devised a 50 minute interactive
show and toured this with three professional actors to
Often food recycling is thought of as not 11 primary schools. Over 3,000 children learnt how to
being as important as recycling the big stuff recycle their food waste and why its important for the
for instance plastic bottles, jars, paper and environment to do this each week.
cardboard; however, food waste is compost
power for local farmers and therefore a
valuable resource. Step 3:
So what was stopping residents from using Free kitchen caddys and food recycling bins were given
their weekly food recycling service? away as part of an engagement day programme across
Here are just a few of the comments from the borough.
you about why you didnt like using the food A free no food waste kit was also available to residents to
recycling service help them use every bit of food.
Over 1,300 people signed up to take advantage of the free
What you said: recycling bin. Thats more food being recycled each week!
I dont like using my caddy it smells.
I dont know where to get the caddy liners.
Step 4:
I dont have a food recycling bin.
As part of our outreach programme we produced videos,
I just put my waste in my black bin.
brochures, flyers, badges and recipe cards to help people
I have just moved in to my house and there understand why it is so important to recycle their food
wasnt a caddy there! waste.
I dont have any food waste.


Autumn Clean-Up
Nominate your community now!
Litter remains a Maidstone Borough Councils
problem across our Head of Environment and
borough often cluttering Public Realm, Jennifer
streets and open spaces Shepherd, wants to encourage
and causing harm to as many people as possible to
the environment. We get involved in the Autumn Clean-
want to change this by Up:
carrying out another
clean-up this autumn, and we need It is vitally important for
your nominations for where you think everyone to join together to help
our team can help. clean up our communities and
The Autumn Clean-Up is being run show that we dont tolerate litter.
following the huge success of Clean If you would like to get involved and see
for the Queen in 2016, and The Great an area near you cleared up, please send
British Spring Clean that took place in us your nominations. You could also
March 2017. The Great British Spring carry out your own community litter
Clean was a nation-wide campaign pick or join one of the many groups
that had the ambition to bring people of volunteers we have cleaning up
together from across the country to across the borough.
clear up the litter that blights our towns,
villages, countryside and coastline. The Send in your nomination via email
Spring Clean-Up had great success in to with the
Maidstone in encouraging individuals, subject Autumn Clean-Up.
community groups and charities to To become a volunteer litter picker
do their bit to help clear up litter, to please contact Nicola Toulson by
improve the cleanliness of our streets, emailing
towpaths, play areas and parks. uk or phoning 01622 602568.

Were saying no
to fly-tipping
Were cracking down on fly-tipping
in the borough and are currently
pursuing several investigations
to secure prosecutions against In May a suspected fly tipper was media to dispose of their waste.
persistent flytippers. Not only is fly- arrested and taken into custody Unfortunately, more often than not,
tipping anti-social, it is a crime! at Maidstone Police Station for these traders turn out to be rogue
Illegally dumping waste is further questioning in relation to a and do not dispose of the waste
punishable by a fine of up case of fly-tipping in George Street, using legal channels, resulting in
to 50,000 or 12 months Maidstone. Since the start of the the home owners facing a fine of up
imprisonment if convicted in a year nine Fixed Penalty Notices to 5,000.
Magistrates Court. The offence can (FPN) for waste offences relating to
We are urging residents to always
attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 fly-tipping and waste management
ask for the waste carriers number
years imprisonment. have been issued. The fines ranged
and, if in any doubt, to check with
from 100 - 400 depending on the
Since January 2017 our the Environment Agency for full
severity of the offence.
Enforcement Officers have been details of the company.
meticulously preparing a series of We are aware that not all people
The council offers a reasonably
legal files and working with Kents are knowingly fly-tipping.
priced Bulky Waste Collection
Rural Policing Team to secure Most residents are keen to act
service which residents can access
convictions. responsibly and enlist the help
online at
of traders, often through social 11
Maidstone Museum

Summer Holiday
500 Years of Board Games Activities
(4 -11years)
1 3 1 1 1 Tuesday 25 July -
Thursday 24 August*
Board Games Rediscovered
Fun and creative things to make
Are you a Scrabble Champion, Summer activities inspired by the and do inspired by the Game Plan
wannabe Chess Grandmaster or exhibition are also available to exhibition:
serious Monopoly Megalomaniac? mini gamers aged between 4 and
11years. Children can choose from 25 - 27 July: Snakes & Ladders
If you love games then its time to
a broad range of craft activities style. What will you choose to help
dust off those scrabble tiles and
inspired by firm favourites like your players move up and down
hang on to your bishop as Game
Snakes and Ladders; Draughts, the board?
Plan: Board Games Rediscovered
Guess Who and Tic Tac Toe.
(V&A Museum of Childhood) rolls
into Maidstone Museum this In addition to the Game Plan 1 - 3 August: A Guess Who? game
summer! exhibition sponsors of the event Will you choose crazy characters
and leading game publishers or museum figures for your
Whether you are 6 or 106 this
Thames and Kosmos will be hosting guessing game?
exhibition is an exciting experience
a Games Night for over 18s on
- a real trip through board game
Thursday 27 July and Thursday 31
nostalgia. Containing over 100 8 - 10 August: Draughts.
objects displayed chronologically, What will you choose as your
Game Plan looks at the way in which Both evenings will allow gamers to playing pieces in this traditional
games have always reflected the try out one of the many new titles game?
world around us and the importance on offer; from strategic to head-
of games and game playing in scratching games, team-play to 15 - 17 August: Tic Tac Toe
peoples lives. tile-turning, theres a title for all Have fun making character playing
players. Adults can book online (5 pieces for this traditional game.
Alongside current family favourites
per ticket) and join other players
such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit,
and experts will be on hand to help
and traditional games like chess, 22 - 24 August: Invent your own game!
visitors avoid reading any rule
the exhibition will focus on the last Start with a blank base board and
500 years from the first illustrated use your imagination to create
race game, the 16th century Game Game Plan Exhibition your own unique game.
of Goose, to the most recent version Admission: 4 adults, 3 children, Suggested age 4-11 years
of Monopoly. 12 Family (up to 4 people) Ticket Prices: 3 per child, 5 for 2 children, MMF concessions
(T) 01622 602838 available *Activities will take place on the day
@MaidstoneMuseum from 10.30am, 11.30am and 13.00pm
until the last session at 14:00pm

Family Fun Day - Giant Board Games

Saturday 19 August
10:30 - 15:00
Caf Courtyard
Join us to play some GIANT games
including giant Connect 4, giant
Dominoes, giant Snakes & Ladders
and Twister. Drop in and join a
game or bring some friends and
play together.
Tickets: 1 per person
Monopoly, Waddingtons, England,
1936-39 Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Maidstone Museum

Take a step back in time with Ancient Lives

This September, Maidstone Museum is The new Ancient Lives Gallery will
opening a new gallery full of exciting be housed in the oldest part of the
artefacts from the Ancient Greeks and building in St Faiths Street, which
Egyptians. Not only will visitors be able to was built in 1562. The 27 metre-long
see objects from the two iconic civilisations gallery was originally built with the
but theyll will also be taken on a journey purpose to connect the then newly
through the lives of the people, exploring built Tudor Hall, what is now the
them at home, at work, in public and in central heart of the museum, to the
death. Medieval House which once stood
on the site. As part of this project,
One of the most exciting attractions in the
the museum is installing a lift. This
new gallery is the mummy, Ta Kush, who is
will take visitors into the new gallery
a visitor favourite at the museum. Maidstone
and also to the floor above, making
Museum is the only museum in Kent that has
the Tudor areas of the museum
a mummy, and, being the star of the Egyptian
accessible for the first time in its 500-
collection, she will now be housed in her own
year history.
space in the new gallery. Displayed with her,
for the first time ever, will be her beautiful The gallery has been created
coffin lid, decorated with the goddess Nut. alongside the Kent Association for
Visitors can now also meet Ta Kush, as the Blind, who have advised on a
displayed with her will be the never before design for the visually impaired, so
revealed 3D model of her face, which visitors that all visitors can experience the
can see and touch. This reconstruction of new space. The museums youth
her face has been created through new group, Cur8, aged 12-24, have also
research, which has added new information been working on the project to create
not only about Ta Kush but also about other interactive and hands-on activities for
mummified remains, including animals. all to enjoy.
Visitors can find out about the techniques
For further information about the
used to source this information in a special
new gallery and current exhibitions at
Investigate area situated in the gallery. The
Maidstone Museum, visit
characters and expeditions which brought or
the collections back to Maidstone are also
call 01622 602838.
shown as part of the collection.

Family Arts Award Day

The Egyptians
Saturday 23 September Upon completion a certificate is awarded
10:00 - 16:00pm by Trinity. Please note, childrens work is
moderated by the team and certificates
are ordered on completion. Delivery of
Egyptian-themed Arts Award. We are certificates can take 6-8 weeks. A Museum
excited to offer children aged 5+ the certificate is awarded on completion of the
opportunity to gain a Discover Arts day and the official Arts Award Certificate
Award through our Discover in a Day will be sent or can be collected once they
package. Children, with a parent/guardian, arrive here.
investigate different art forms, find out
This is a full day, with a 30-45 min lunch
about our Egyptian collection, create a
break, so please bring a packed lunch, or
piece of art and share their work, all in one
eat in our cafe.
day. Limited availability of just 15 spaces
for children, accompanied by one adult. All Tickets: 20 per child
resources are provided. 13
Culture and events

Maidstone Carriage
Located on Mill Street in the
centre of Maidstone, the Carriage
Museum offers an insight into the
fascinating history of transport
and is home to a unique collection
of horse-drawn vehicles and
transport curiosities. More
than 60 vehicles are on display,
ranging from grand carriages
such as Queen Victorias State
the gift of Sir Garrard Tyrwhitt- the first of its kind in Britain and is
Landau, to antique sedan chairs
Drake, 12-time Mayor of Maidstone. still viewed as one of the finest in
and Victorian growlers.
He began collecting carriages when Europe.
Housed in the 14th-century stables he realised that the horse-drawn
The museum is open Friday,
of the medieval Archbishops vehicles of his childhood were
Saturday and Sunday from 12noon
Palace complex used by the being forced off the road by the
to 4pm.
Archbishop of Canterbury when motor car. Thanks to his energy and
For further information visit:
travelling through the county, the enthusiasm, Maidstone Carriage
Carriage Museum collection was Museum opened in 1946 and was

You know that feeling when you cant stop eating because everything
tastes so good? Welcome to Shemomedjamo, a new festival named
after the Georgian phrase for doing just that. This September, Mote
Park will play host to the new Maidstone Food and Drink Festival.
It is estimated that this new three day event running from 1st 3rd of
September will attract around 25,000 visitors. The festival will focus on
a free-to-enter food and drink market with an additional entertainment
programme including live music, a programme of multi-cultural
entertainment and street theatre.
Dawn Hudd, Head of Regeneration and Economic Development said: This
festival builds upon the past events the council has supported but gives
residents and visitors a unique offer that celebrates the food, drink and
craft found within the growing and diverse community within the borough.
The setting of Mote Park will add to the atmosphere of the occasion and I
hope many people will enjoy the event.

Culture and events

The unveiling of the Battle of

Maidstone memorial
The 1st of June marked the house to house through the town,
369th anniversary of the Battle towards Gabriels Hill, then Week
of Maidstone during the Second Street before a last desperate
English Civil War. stand and break-out from St Faiths
To commemorate the Battle of
Maidstone a memorial has been Lord-General Thomas Fairfaxs
created and installed on the precise seasoned Parliamentarian
spot where the last desperate troopers, numbering approximately
stand of Maidstones Royalist 4000, which included Colonel John
defenders took place in 1648 (now Pickerings Regiment of Foot which
part of Brenchley Gardens). went on to notoriety for its actions
in Ireland in the following years,
This pivotal battle saw its opening
finally overcame the fierce Royalist
skirmishes hedge to hedge on
rebel resistance and took control of
the fringes of Maidstone at East
the County Town just after midnight
Farleigh Bridge and then Penenden
during a raging thunderstorm.
Heath, followed by brutal urban
warfare fought street to street and

Beautiful Blooms
The Friends of South Park have raised
funds to restore the rose garden in South
Park (High Street Ward) to its 1930s glory.
This worthy project was supported by
Maidstone Borough Council groundsmen Maidstone Farmers Market
and a team of dedicated volunteers Jubilee Square, High Street ME14 1SA
worked to renovate the beds and complete 4th Friday of every month
the planting over winter 2016 and early
spring this year. 10am TO 2pm
Their efforts have now been rewarded with
the roses in full bloom for the first time.
28 Jul 2017 24 Nov 2017 23 Mar 2018
Alongside this restoration, the pavilion
(which was very tired and in danger of being 25 Aug 2017 22 Dec 2017 27 Apr 2018
demolished due to lack of use) has been
leased to the Nepalese community following
22 Sep 2017 26 Jan 2018 25 May 2018
a full scale renovation. 27 Oct 2017 23 Feb 2018 22 Jun 2018
The space has not only attracted use by the
Nepalese community but is also enjoyed
by the Friends of South Park and an
increasing number of local clubs and social
Both success stories prove what can be
achieved when communities get together, roll
up their sleeves and make things happen! 15

Regenerating the Town Centre

We have been inviting A significant change will be
residents to view the the creation of a level surface
planned improvements throughout the areas, giving
for the town as part of a more pedestrian feel. The
the Public Realm Project designs also show a timeline
(phase three). Residents running the entire length of the
of Maidstone have been street, marking key points in
able to view the proposed Maidstones history.
designs during a six What happens next?
The overarching vision and
week consultation and
designs draw upon the As part of the consultation process
engagement period.
rich heritage of Maidstone, the council also spoke with identified
The areas targeted for incorporating squares at key stakeholders about the specific details of
regeneration include Week junctions along the roads to link the project.
Street and Maidstone East with side roads.
A website was also created to allow
Station up to Jubilee Square.
An example of this is the junction people to view the designs: http://www.
Improvements will continue
with St Faiths Street, Iguanodon
through Gabriels Hill, into
Square, which has been designed
Lower Stone Street and will Now the feedback has been received,
to create a link to the Maidstone
finish at the junction with detailed designs will be produced and the
Museum and to remind visitors
Palace Avenue, outside Gala work will be put out to tender. Construction
that an iguanodon skeleton was
Bingo. is anticipated to start early 2018.
found in the borough.


Maidstone House

Whats it like to live in your local area? Which services

are important to you and do you feel informed about
what the council does for you? These are just some
of the questions we will be asking you as part of this
years Residents Survey.
The results will be used to see how well we are
delivering the services that matter most to you and to
decide what things we may need to do differently in the
By getting your views we can make sure our priorities
match yours as we plan our services.
The survey takes no more than 20 minutes to
complete and can be filled in online at
Survey closes Sunday 20th August 2017.

Spotlight On

Lets talk about Staplehurst!

In each edition of our magazine, the community and surrounding as producing their own apple
well be turning the spotlight areas with the amazing products juice and also running a thriving
on one of our beautiful rural that they enjoy to make. farm shop. The shop enjoys being
villages. For this first focus, wed Staplehurst is a thriving village situated in Staplehurst because it
like to share some interesting with a charming personality, and is a nice village and local people
observations with you about Becca said that the community are are really nice says Albert Breach
Staplehurst: very passionate about supporting who works there. Albert also says:
small businesses. Although everybody in the village
Staplehurst is a growing village
has their own little favourite places
with a wonderfully diverse The delightful village has lots
to shop, the local community is
community, and is proud to be to offer the artisan group, with
exceedingly supportive of the
home to a lovely artisan collective opportunities to sell their unique,
family run business. The farm shop
called Staplehurst Makers. high quality produce at craft fairs
is dedicated to its customers, and
Staplehurst Makers is a group of and shopping evenings run by the
has an extensive range of products
talented artisans and tradespeople village play group and primary
for them to enjoy. Chittenden Farm
that come together to hand-make school, where people very quickly
Shop also receives visitors from
truly bespoke products which are come to know and support the
the surrounding villages, including
sold locally. They offer a diverse local, independent businesses.
Cranbrook, Frittenden and
range of products including
Chittenden Farm Shop is a hidden Hawkenbury. The farm shop adds
jewellery, home dcor, candles,
gem in the village that attracts to the charm of Staplehurst, which
coffee, greeting cards and art, all
visitors from across Kent. It is a is also enhanced by the wonderful
produced in the village.
local family run farm that supplies pub, The Kings Head, which the
A member of Staplehurst Makers, apples to many producers as well community is also proud of.
Becca Manning, says that she loves
running the business in the village

Staplehurst has a very

supportive community. We
all work to support each
other and champion each
others skills through the
Staplehurst Makers group.
Homemade produce is becoming
increasingly popular and is
trending right across the country,
and the Staplehurst Makers group
prides itself on being able to supply 17

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Online Services

Helping to reduce flooding

The Environment Agency is working and those that are suitable will
with Maidstone Borough Council be offered a more detailed survey
(MBC) and Kent County Council (KCC) where resistant measures will be
as part of The Middle Medway Flood identified such as flood doors and
Resilience Scheme. The scheme toilet seals, all of which are fully
aims to reduce flood risks to homes funded by the scheme. Surveyors
in these areas by a combination of will also recommend property level
Residents living in eight parishes resistance and resilience measures. resilience measures, however these
in or around Maidstone who are at These include restricting water will not be funded.
very significant risk of flooding are entering a property, keeping water
Phase 2 will consider community
being offered the chance to help away from a collection of properties
resistance and resilience measures
protect their homes. and enabling the community to
such as walls, embankments,
The Environment Agency has function if flooding occurs.
temporary flood defences, sand-
contacted those living in 453 homes, The scheme is split into two phases, bag stores and community flood
near where the Rivers Medway, the first looking at individual plans. These will ensure properties
Beult and Teise meet, to look at property level measures, and the that are not suited to individual
measures which will restrict water second considering community property level resistance measures
entering their property. The homes level resistance and resilience may still benefit through improved
that have been identified as at very measures. As part of phase 1 community level measures.
significant risk of flooding are in the homeowners who received letters
following areas: For more information about
in areas identified at very significant
property level resilience measures
Yalding East Farleigh risk have been asked to fill out
and how to protect your home,
Hunton West Farleigh an online questionnaire, and the
please visit the National Flood
scheme has offered free flood risk
Collier Street Wateringbury Forum website at https://
surveys to those homes. Surveyors
Marden Nettlestead
have begun assessing properties,

Digital Forms
With technology expanding the The Councils Digital Team Leader or smart phone you can visit The
way it has in recent years, it is Paul OGrady said Over the last few Maidstone Link on King Street
no surprise that it is easier than years we have seen a real increase and use our self-help tablets or
ever to access the internet and all in the use of our online services. computers with help from our
that it beholds. In the UK 87.9% They now account for over 40% of all Customer Service advisers if you
of adults have used the internet transactions with the Council and this need it.
within the last three months, and figure is increasing all the time.
To find out more please visit
a staggering 99.2% of adults aged
The website and its services are and if you
16- 34 are recent internet users. On
easily reachable from all devices, would like to be part of our Digital
average, mobile users spend two
but if you do not have a computer Engagement Group please email
hours online on a daily basis, and
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ranging from renewing a parking

permit to looking up planning
applications or even booking a venue.
Council services are highly accessible
on the website, with some of the top
forms including paying council tax, Top 10 Online Data source taken up to May 2017

moving house and bulky collection. Forms 2017

Your Councillors

Your Councillors East Ward

Martin Cox
2017 - 2018 01622 688945

Boxley Ward Nikki Fissenden

Conservatives 01622 755494
Derek Butler
Liberal Democrats
01634 684854 David Naghi
01622 678410
Independent Malcom Greer
01634 862876
UK Independence Party Fant Ward
Wendy Hinder Keith Adkinson
01634 861579
01622 201976
Allington Ward

Dan Daley Bridge Ward Matt Boughton

01622 672459 07795 192042 Georgia Harvey
Diana Lewins Paul Harper
01622 766075 01622 763895 David Pickett

Cynthia Robertson 01622 681889 Harrietsham and
01622 753517 Lenham Ward Coxheath and Hunton
Ward Janetta Sams
Barming Ward 01622 859412
Emily Fermor
Fay Gooch 07809 472788 Tom Sams
01622 726608 01622 859412
Brian Mortimer

Bearsted Ward 01622 746046 Headcorn Ward
Mike Cuming Richard Webb
01622 738825 Shellina Prendergast
01622 745716 shellinaprendergast@
Denis Spooner
Detling and Thurnham Martin Round
01622 631944 Ward 01622 890276
Val Springett Nick de Wiggondene
01622 737702 01622 200222 Heath Ward
Bryan Vizzard
Boughton Monchelsea Downswood and Otham 07957 442994
and Chart Sutton Ward Ward

Steve Munford Gordon Newton James Willis

01622 741310 01622 862330 07838 103350

Michael Hemsley
High Street Ward Staplehurst Ward
01622 686773
Clive English Louise Brice
07922 616858 01580 892141
Park Wood Ward
Denise Joy John Perry
Matthew Burton
01622 674063 07770 734741 07793 243462
Fran Wilson Sutton Valence and
Jade Webster
01622 673349
07590 592916 Langley Ward
Paulina Stockell
Leeds Ward
Shepway North Ward 01622 842508
Gill Fort

01622 861605 Simon Ells 07980 068792 Service Committees
Policy and Resources
Loose Ward Christopher Garland Chairman: Fran Wilson
Vice Chairman: Paul Harper
07903 113571
Susan Grigg Communities, Housing and
07706 052495 Chairman: John Barned Marion Ring Vice Chairman: Derek Mortimer
01622 686492 Heritage, Culture and Leisure
Marden and Yalding Chairman: David Pickett
Ward Vice Chairman: Simon Ells
Shepway South Ward Strategic Planning, Sustainability
and Transport
Annabelle Blackmore
Chairman: David Burton
01622 833299 Eddie Powell Vice Chairman: Martin Cox
annabelleblackmore@maidstone. 01622 851983
David Burton
07590 229910 John Barned Other Committees 01622 851142 Planning Chairman: Clive English
Steve McLoughlin Vice Chairman: Martin Round
07711 565489 South Ward Chairman: Denise Joy
Vice Chairman: Wendy Hinder
Brian Clark Employment
North Downs Ward 07963 757767 Chairman: Fay Gooch Vice Chairman: Susan Grigg
Patrik Garten Audit, Governance and Standards
Derek Mortimer Chairman: Steve McLoughlin
01622 807907 Vice Chairman: Clive English 07825 916930 Democracy
Chairman: Gordon Newton
Paul Wilby Vice Chairman: Nikki Fissenden
North Ward Maidstone Joint Transportation Board
07949 769276 Chairman: David Burton
Tony Harwood Vice Chairman: Eric Hotson (KCC)
01622 677578
There are 55 Councillors:
Michelle Hastie Conservative 23 Labour 2
Liberal Democrat 22 UK Independence Party 4
Independent 4 21
Your Mayor

Spotlight on The Mayor of Maidstone,

Councillor Malcolm Greer
The new Mayor What are your chosen charities for your
of Maidstone, Mayoral year?
The Blackthorn Trust
Malcolm Greer
is looking forward The Maidstone Sea Cadets and
to an action-packed Kent Lung Awareness Group
year full of exciting What do you love most about Maidstone?
events, business
conferences and The diverse character of Maidstone. We have a good
charity galas. Town Centre and equally - beautiful countryside.

Since becoming I very much appreciate the Business Community in

Mayor in May both the rural and urban areas who bring so much to
of this year he has attended lots of events and is Maidstone, the County Town of Kent.
passionate about working together with businesses Whats your favourite place to visit in the borough?
to help spread the news about the many opportunities
Difficult to pick; however, I do love Mote Park!
that the borough presents for existing businesses and
new start-ups. If you could change one thing in the borough
what would it be and why?
Maidstone is a thriving, vibrant and dynamic place to
live, work and visit and here are just a few things he I would love to see the area of St. Peters Street
enjoys about the borough. redeveloped to enhance the view and use of the river.
What are you enjoying most so far about being At present this site is occupied by tin boxes. These
Mayor of Maidstone? could possibly be relocated to J7, the Notcutts site.
This would cut traffic considerably during peak
Meeting so many interesting people, especially
periods, which in turn, would enhance the air quality of
the many volunteers who enable many charities
the Town Centre.
to operate. Where would we be without these
extraordinary volunteers? In my opinion this would open up fantastic views of the
river, and could accommodate recreational amenities,
appropriate business use and attract tourism.


Demelzas main warehouse and distribution centre is Plans for the new home of the Distribution Centre will
moving from its current location in Sittingbourne to its offer career opportunities to the local community. New
new premises in Maidstone Town Centre this summer. staff roles and volunteering posts will be available in
areas such as Gift Aid administration, furniture retail
Demelzas new Distribution Centre will be located at
and upcycling, book/literary sorters and graders,
the former Royal Mail site in Sandling Road, with an
bric-a-brac specialists, and e-commerce marketing.
adjacent Demelza retail outlet that will mean the public
Demelza will also be able to offer numerous
will be able to donate, access and purchase goods all in
volunteering placements including work experience
one area.
placements for over 18s, those wanting to return into
The move to a larger, more centrally located site will the workplace, and those who have skills and expertise
provide generous stock sorting space and storage as they would like to share for a brilliant cause.
well as offering dedicated parking to those dropping off
Demelza Chief Executive, Ryan Campbell says of
donations. The size of the premises will allow Demelza
the move: Were very much looking forward to our
to upcycle furniture, create a recycling and ragging area,
warehouse moving into its new home. The space
sort donations to ensure that goods are allocated to the
the new site offers will be invaluable to our storage
best suited outlets, and store seasonal stock, ensuring it
solutions and the central location will hopefully bring in
is distributed to all shops in good time.
a whole host of new Demelza donators and shoppers.

A better future