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Maidstone Museum Development Options


The Museum Director informed the Committee that Innes Associates and DesignMap had worked with Officers to produce Museum development options.  The National Lottery Heritage Fund was expected to be the first funding route to be explored, and therefore the potential funding was likely to be capped at £5m.  The options were designed to be scalable so that the visionary project, estimated to cost £6.7m, could be delivered at later date if further funding became available.


Mr Mark Baker made a statement on this item.


The committee commented that:


·  Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) had allocated £350,000 to help secure external funding.  If the full funding was not achieved from external sources, the development plans were to be scaled down.


·  The report recommendations were to be amended to refer to the Maidstone Museum Foundation, as the report had erroneously referred to the organisation as Maidstone Museum Friends.


·  The Head of Regeneration and Economic Development was to consult with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Economic Regeneration and Leisure (ERL) Committee when exercising delegated authority.


·  The Maidstone Museum Foundation had successfully contributed to other projects through fundraising, and it was therefore important to work closely with the organisation on the Museum development.


·  It was important for the ERL Committee to be kept updated on the progress of the Museum development, and therefore, it was appropriate that regular updates be provided to the Committee by Officers.



1.  A Heritage Lottery Bid (Development Phase) be submitted in November 2019 for Option 2 (Large Minus) at a maximum of £4.9m.


2.  Delegated authority be granted to the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development to finalise Option 2 following further work as set out in paragraph 3, in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Economic Regeneration and Leisure Committee.


3.  Maidstone Museum Foundation be tasked with raising match funding for the Heritage Lottery Bid, in partnership with Officers of £140,000, as set out in Option 2.


4.  Should the Heritage Lottery Bid (Option 2) be unsuccessful, a further report be presented to the Economic Regeneration and Leisure Committee, seeking approval to deliver Option 3 (Medium).


5.  Option 1 (Large) be endorsed as the longer-term vision for the museum.


6.  Maidstone Museum Foundation be requested to raise a further amount of £1.7m, over a 5-year period, to enable the long-term vision (Option 1) to be delivered.


7.  The significant risks associated with the successful delivery of Option 1 and 2 be noted.


8.  A fundraising group be established, including representatives from the Maidstone Museum Foundation and Maidstone Museum, to be chaired by the Chairman of the Economic Regeneration and Leisure Committee.


9.  Regular briefing notes be sent to Members and Substitute Members of the Economic Regeneration and Leisure Committee, outlining progress with the application, works programme, fundraising and other associated points with the redevelopment.  If at any time members wish to discuss the issues raised in an update at committee, this can be done if they inform the Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

Voting: Unanimous


Note: Councillor Blackmore arrived during consideration of this item and assumed the role of Member of the Committee.  Councillor Brindle therefore became a Visiting Member for the remainder of the meeting.


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