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4 Maidstone Borough Council


What can visitors hope to find?


Since early spring of this year we have been working hard to introduce and cultivate a regular Famers’ Market in Maidstone each month. Although there are approximately 50 farmers’ markets around Kent, there has not been a regular one in the county town until now.


The first market was launched in June and was supported by 19 local stall holders selling a range of locally produced items from breads and sausages, to fudge, cider and even alpaca fleece products!


Since this date word has quickly spread and the market each month has grown in popularity with visitors and traders wishing to be a part of this new initiative. It is the perfect balance between a commercial venture where traders are keen to come to Maidstone and benefit from a healthy number of people in the town on a Friday and consumers who are keen to see something a bit different, with quality fresh goods.


There’s a busy bakery stall selling a variety of breads, cakes, pastries and other goodies. You can also grab yourself some lunch at a stall selling a selection of Scotch eggs, in a variety of flavours you won’t find in the supermarket. Last but by no means least a Farmers’ Market certainly wouldn’t be a Farmers’ market without the traditional ‘farm products’ including


Planning application submitted for Adventure Zone at Mote Park


A plan has been submitted for a new adventure zone at Mote Park. The application was validated by the council’s planning team on 15 September with a target decision date of December.


The zone, which would be seven hectares, would house a Segway hire facility, high wires, a climbing wall, and an adventure golf course and


is planned for the north eastern corner of the park.


If the planning application is granted, it is hoped the facility will be open for people to use from Summer 2017.


Any residents wanting to comment on the application can do so via our planning portal. Visit maidstone.gov.uk and click the ‘planning’ tab.


We have moved to the next phase in the complete removal of council owned dog waste bins and a move to a 'commingle approach (mixing of litter and dog waste).


We have begun visiting all dog bin sites and are entering into a two-week consultation period with parishes to ascertain whether the litter bins are currently located in the best place to capture demand or, whether repositioning them would be better. During this period please make sure that you liaise with your parish and make your opinions known.


Prior to its removal each dog bin will be stickered to remind all residents that the bin will be removed


Visitors to the Maidstone Farmers’ Market can see a great selection of products, ranging from marmalades and jams, Kentish cobnuts, luxurious bath bombs, and even Maidstone- produced cookies which are also on sale in Fortnum and Mason!


meat, game, sausages and delicious fruit and veg!


The Farmers’ Market is a great way to remind people that we are in the Garden of England, with its amazing produce, and it also brings some vibrancy and activity to the town centre.


The monthly Farmers' Market is held on the fourth Friday of each month from 10am- 2pm in Jubilee Square.


Keep your eye out for new products as the seasons change, and we add new traders.


Next Farmers’ Market dates: 28 October 2016 25 November 2016 23 December 2016


Why not stay in touch by following the Farmers’ Market Twitter account or liking their Facebook page?


@MaidstoneFMMrkt


facebook.com/ maidstonefarmersmarket


shortly. Details of the closest litter bin will also be indicated.


Once the removal phase


in completed (late November) each bin will be monitored and emptied twice per week to evaluate demand and ensure that we are providing an efficient service.


How you can help us during this transition phase?


Please ensure that any dog waste is bagged securely and placed in the litter bin.


How can I let you know if I see a full bin?


Each litter bin will be fitted with a unique number, allowing us to identify its location far easier. Please report this online at www.maidstone.gov.uk select ‘Contact Us followed by ‘Report It’ and choose the appropriate option.


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