Consultations

Current Consultations

Throughout the year we want the views of residents, businesses and other members of the community on a range of topics.

In these surveys we ask questions about you, please view why we ask them.


Budget survey

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the council’s spending priorities for the next year.

Like many councils, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on Maidstone Borough Council and the community it serves. The Council has been at the forefront of the response to the pandemic, for example in supporting rough sleepers and the homeless, establishing a community hub to support vulnerable members of society, and distributing over £30 million of grants to small businesses.

The restrictions introduced in response to the pandemic have resulted in a significant reduction in the income which we collect in order to subsidise local services.   This includes income from parking, planning applications, council tax, business rates and rents from property which the council owns.  Additional costs have been incurred in responding to the pandemic and providing support to the most vulnerable members of our community.

For 2021/22, the Council is facing a budget gap of £3.3m and we are keen to hear your views to help inform our response to this exceptional challenge.  We will be considering all areas to identify options for reducing costs or increasing income.  It’s important that we understand what your priorities are so that this can be taken into account as we consider the budget for the coming financial year.

The council funds a significant proportion of its spending through council tax.  The basic average council tax charge made by this council for 2020/21 is £265.59 (band D charge for a non-parished area).  More information about council tax and how we spend this can be found in our summary document.

The survey closes 5th November 2020.

It takes around 6 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey


New Statement of Licensing Policy

Under the Licensing Act 2003, Maidstone Borough Council has to produce a Statement of Licensing Policy. This policy is used to guide the Licensing Authority when considering licence applications and the control of licensed premises as required by the Act.

Before determining its policy, Maidstone Borough Council must consult with Responsible Authorities, representatives of holders of premises licences and club premises certificates, residents and businesses within the area of the Council.

You can find the policy here.

How to comment

Comments can be sent by email or post to the address below. The consultation will run until 9 November 2020. If you have any queries please contact lorraineneale@maidstone.gov.uk or telephone 01622 602528.

What will happen to my comments?

Any comments received may be presented to the Licensing Committee or Full Council when the proposed policy is considered.

Contact details
Licensing Team
Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone House
Maidstone
Kent
ME15 6JQ

Telephone: 01622 602028
Email: licensing@maidstone.gov.uk


Conservation area appraisal and management plans

The following draft conservation area appraisal and management plans are available for consultation.

Comments

Please email any comments on the documents to ConservationTeam@maidstone.gov.uk or write to

Conservation Team
Maidstone Borough Council
Maidstone House
King Street
Maidstone
ME15 6JQ

Documents

Sutton Valence Conservation area

Maidstone Ashford Road Conservation Area

Maidstone Centre Conservation Area and Appendix

Maidstone Chillington House Area


Busking Guidelines

As a town we encourage busking and we want to welcome buskers from across the country and beyond. However the council are receiving an increasing number of complaints, often regarding amplified busking, repetitive busking and/or obstructions to highways/access points.

The Council has drafted some guidelines for use by buskers, residents, businesses, the police and the local authority alike. It sets out some key recommendations to promote positive and neighbourly relations between users of shared public spaces in the Town.

We are seeking your views on the proposed guidelines.

Survey closes: 1st November 2020.

Survey takes around 8 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey


Covid Impact Resident Survey

Maidstone Borough Council understands that this has been a very difficult time for all of us, and the Coronavirus has affected us in different ways.

However, as a council we are here to provide support to you as a resident of the borough and would really like to know how we can help you moving forward by focusing on resources to help us all recover.

With that in mind, we would be very grateful if you would help us to help you by completing this consultation.  We apologise as this is quite a detailed survey and it may take around 15 minutes to complete. However, the information that you will be providing will give us details on how you are feeling and concerns you may have, along with how we as a Council can support you in the future.

The more information we have, the more we can help our residents and would encourage you to share this consultation with friends and family in the Maidstone area.

Survey closes: 2nd October 2020

Survey takes around 8 minutes to complete.

Complete the survey


Local Plan Review – Scoping, Themes & Issues Public Consultation (Regulation 18)

As first step in the Local Plan Review process, we've prepared a Scoping, Themes & Issues document. We'll be asking for your views on the matters which the Local Plan Review should cover. The consultation will open on Friday 19 July and close at 5pm on Monday 30 September. The Scoping Themes & Issues document provides background on the key issues we've identified and asks consultation questions.

To view the documentation and more information, visit our Local Plan Review page.


Consultation Results

When we consult residents, businesses and other members of the community for their views, we publish the results online.

View our consultation results