Issue - meetings

The relocation of the Mela Event to Mote Park

Meeting: 28/01/2020 - Economic Regeneration and Leisure Committee (Item 94)

94 The relocation of the Mela Event to Mote Park pdf icon PDF 79 KB


The Head of Regeneration and Economic Development introduced the report which summarised the benefits of relocating the Mela to Mote Park, which were:


·  Improved Accessibility;

·  The potential to increase attendance, sponsorship fees and the number of stalls at the event;

·  The longevity of the Mela event within Maidstone as an established part of the cultural calendar; and

·  Relocating the Mela would help the Council to achieve the objectives set out within the Thriving Place priority of the Corporate Strategy.

The Committee noted that the funding requested by the Mela organisers was seed funding which would increase the likelihood of attracting further funding from third parties.


The Committee commented as follows:


·  That this was a long-standing event that provided opportunities for the communities of Maidstone to celebrate; and

·  That Mote Park was the right venue as it was more accessible for all.



1.  The Mela relocates to Mote Park; and


2.  A grant of £5,000 per year for three years, starting in 2020, is given to Kent Equality Cohesion Council to run the Mela in Mote Park.