Issue - meetings

Initial Scoping Report for the Maidstone Approach Improvement Project

Meeting: 15/10/2019 - Communities, Housing and Environment Committee (Item 25)

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The Head of Environment and Public Realm presented the initiative to provide improvements to the street scene and landscaping on the A20 Ashford Road (between Willington Street and King Street).  Funding of £74,000 had been realised from the Business Rates Retention Pilot.


The Committee noted the key actions which were:-


·  A deep cleaning programme to remove detritus from along the Mote Park wall

·  A new bus shelter to be installed at the A20 junction with New Cut Road


·  New bollards would be installed


·  An improved appearance for railings


·  Planting of bulbs and shaping wild flower areas to enhance colour and biodiversity and enable habitat development


·  Planting of new trees


·  New signage which included a heritage board and ‘Welcome to Maidstone’ sign


·  New street name plates


·  Creation of heritage features with interpretation boards


·  Repainted street lights


In response to questions from Members, the Head of Environment and Public Realm advised that:

·  KCC had fully engaged with MBC Officers and had pledged funding for white lining of the road at the conclusion of the project and would be providing permits to allow operatives to work on the roads

·  The wooden bus shelters were more attractive and require less maintenance

·  The grass verge and bollards at the junction of Willington Street would be reinstated.


RESOLVED:  That the Committee approves the proposed scope of the Maidstone Approach Improvement Project.