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MAKE IT MAIDSTONE MAKE IT PROSPEROUS


Maidstone Borough Council is working to fight the effects of the recession and bring prosperity to the borough. We help residents with housing and council tax benefits, heating and insulation grants, home improvement grants, free bus travel and through support for organisations which offer money advice.


Cash injection to make Maidstone even better


Maidstone’s Town Team has set out its priorities for making the town an even better place. The team was awarded £10,000 from the government, after a successful bid to become a Town Team Partner by Maidstone MP Helen Grant. The money will help deliver these priorities:


 promoting Maidstone as a great place to visit


 organising events  regenerating the town centre  improving the cultural offer.


Maidstone council Cabinet Member for Economic and Commercial Development Cllr Malcolm Greer said: “Maidstone is already a good place to do business, to shop and to visit. It’s a great place, with great people.


“The Town Team will make it an even better place and it’s fantastic to see so many people who are passionate about the town working together.”


The Town Team was set up following


government recommendations from the Mary Portas High Street Review and welcomes suggestions and support from people passionate about the town centre.


It is run by the council in conjunction with Maidstone Town Centre Management, and involves the Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, The Mall and Fremlin Walk, and a number of local groups with an interest in the town centre. Small businesses, voluntary groups, independent traders and residents are also involved.


If you’d like to play a part in how the town centre develops, contact Jennifer Hunt at Maidstone Borough Council on 01622 602471 or email jenniferhunt@ maidstone.gov.uk


King Street bus stop


Maidstone’s King Street bus stop has been resurfaced to highlight the kerb and the different heights of the footpath and carriageway.


The bus stop outside Colman House is part of the High Street regeneration area. The work follows earlier measures to increase visibility of the difference in levels in the High Street and King Street.


Business networking – a natural solution


Business owners in South Maidstone and Lenham Valley have the opportunity to boost their businesses, make contact with potential customers and seek out advice through two local forums offering regular networking events.


The events, which take place on a monthly basis, bring


businesses together to hear from speakers, discuss relevant issues and work together for the benefit of each business and the local area.


For more information on these Business Associations, please contact Alan Reading on 01622 820841.


Invest in success


“Maidstone: Our Investment Success Story” promotes the town and surrounding area as a place to invest and do business, as well as a popular place in which to live and work.


The publication showcases a range of residential, leisure and retail investments which are helping the borough become a better place to


live and do business.


If you’d like a copy of the brochure, which looks at town centre regeneration, commercial success, sustainable growth, 21st century learning, the borough’s cultural offer and the changing landscape of the riverside area, visit www.locateinmaidstone.co. uk


USEFUL NUMBERS


Citizen’s Advice Bureau – 01622 752420 or 01622 757882


Council Tax – 01622 602003


Housing benefit and general housing advice – 01622 602557


National debtline – freephone 0808 808 4000


Heating and insulation grants - 01622 602470


First time buyers’ grants - 01622 602470


Energy Saving Trust - 0800 512 012


Concessionary travel - 01622 602334


Jobcentre Plus – 01622 702700


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