UKSPF Quarter 3 Update:

On 5th December the Department for Levelling up, Housing & Communities approved the Investment Plan submitted in August 2022, since then the authority has returned the Memorandum of Understanding and is hoping to receive year 1 grant in January 2023. Spending is on track to spend all of the year 1 grant by 31st March 2023 and this is supported by the table below. Preparatory work for year 2 projects (starting April 2023) has started with project leads, the year 2 projects are listed below:

-          Activation of open spaces

-          Creative Communities Fund

-          Continued Events expertise and Advertisements for events

-          Iggy Sculpture Trail

-          Arts Carnival

-          Feasibility Study for a Community Arts Hub

-          Borough Insight

-          Green volunteering project to improve Town Centre Green Spaces

Intervention 

Project 

Detail 

2022/23 budget 

Amount spent: 

Committed 

Q3 Update: 

E1: Improvements to town centres & high streets 

Project B A Safe and Attractive Town Centre achieved through Greening and Lighting 

Feasibility study in year 1, The feasibility study will be combined with other work required for the Town Centre Strategy so the amount allocated reflects the study being partly funded from the TCS allocation 

20,000

 

 

Consultant started work in January 2023, project scope discussions are underway with the consultant to complete the feasibility study.

E6: Local arts, cultural, heritage & creative activities 

Project A - Building Pride in Place through promotion of the Town Centre and Events.  

Creative communities funds for local organisations and groups to support events  

30,000 

 

 30,000

Submission closed in January 2023, funding to be distributed across 18 projects.

Festive Trail event working with One Maidstone to create a festive trail to run through the Town Centre

20,000

19,340 

 

 

Festive Trail completed in December.

Events Expertise to develop bespoke events 

4,500

 2,106

 

Support for the Festive Trail and Magic of Xmas Parade

Equipment purchase to support events 

15,000 

6,268

1,531

Videography equipment, speaker on wheels, Go Pro and accessories, uplighters for events, equipment storage.

E8: Campaigns to encourage visits and exploring of local area 

Project A - Building Pride in Place through promotion of the Town Centre and Events. 

Advertising budget to promote events across all channels 

20,000 

4,901

2,849

Support the Festive Trail and Magic of Xmas Parade

Borough Insight Events and Town centre focussed 

25,000 

 25,000 

  

Completed.

Promotional video for business and events in TC 

5,218

 1,750

Promotional video for the Magic of Xmas Parade.

 

Management Overheads

5,822

 

 

 

 

 

Total:

145,540

59,365

34,380 

 

 

 

93,745