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Mote Park Projects


Project Updates

Car parking over the Easter break - 30 March to 02 April 2018

Spring is officially here and with the Easter bank holiday weekend in sight, Mote Park is set to welcome a score of visitors to enjoy the park and its play facilities. Since January the park has been undergoing extensive work, led by Kier Construction, to improve the visitors’ main overspill car park (Car Park A).

For most people the disruption caused by the Beast from the East is almost a distant memory; however, the severe weather experienced had a significant impact on the building work being carried out at the park.

Laurence Tricker, Programme and Projects Manager for Maidstone Borough Council, explained:

“The main car park was scheduled to be completed in good time for the Easter break. The snow and freezing conditions meant we weren’t able to progress as quickly as we’d anticipated, despite our best efforts."

Paul Abrahams, Kier Construction Southern Operations Director, said:

“We’ve been working hard with the Council to open the car park before the Easter weekend, ahead of schedule, but due to the severe weather earlier this month, we were unable to access the site or lay materials safely for a number of days. However, over 100 car park spaces will be available over Easter and we remain on course to complete the remaining area, on schedule, in early April.”

Laurence Tricker added:

“Visitors can still use the majority of the new car park and there are other car parks available close to the park.“We hope to have the main car park fully open as soon as possible. In the interim, we’re advising visitors to check our website and Facebook and Twitter pages for the very latest updates.”

For a full list of council owned car parks please go to our car park pages.

Mote Park  Improvements – investing for the future

Maidstone Borough Council has committed to investing £4.3 million in the redevelopment and improvement of Mote Park over the next three years.

The scheme of improvements will have significant benefits to both residents and visitors who enjoy this beautiful award-winning  park.

The improvement scheme will be overseen by Kier Construction and will be carried out over  three phases of delivery.

This is how we are creating a better park for you...

Phase 1: The Adventure Zone

  • High Ropes
  • Climbing Wall
  • Mini Golf
  • Segway Hire
Investment £1.47m

Play Area   -  investment £300K

Skate Park – investment £80K

Completion 2018

Phase 2 :  Visitor Centre and Facilities

  • Mote Park Centre with space for venue hire
  • New Café
  • Toilets including baby changing facilities
Investment £1.7m
  • Estate Services Building - investment £300,000

Completion 2019

Phase 3 : Improving access in your park

Improved access (footpaths, roadway repairs and surfacing) - investment £375,000

Completion 2020

Information not yet available.

About Kier Construction

Kier Construction Southern delivers comprehensive construction expertise throughout Kent and Southern England. We pride ourselves in creating

buildings across our region that improve communities and bring a better quality of life to those who live and work there.

Our Southern network of five officers including Ayelsford Kent, gives us unrivalled geographic reach together with exceptional local strength and focus. Kier have operated in Kent since the 1880s when we were a family business by the name of Wallis based in Hart Street Maidstone. By way of keeping the
local £ in Kent, 95% of our staff live in Kent and together with our Kier FM partners we spend c£90m through our Kent Supply Chain annually. A true local company.

Our key sectors include

  • Education
  • Health and Sciences
  • Commercial Offices
  • Industrial and Warehousing
  • Leisure and Hotels
  • Interior Fit Out
  • Shopping Centres and Retail Parks
  • Residential
  • Aviation
  • Civic Buildings and Heritage
  • Blue Lght and Custodial
  • Defence

Frequently asked questions about the project

Who is paying for the improvements?

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Maidstone Borough Council will invest over £4.3 million in Mote Park over the next three years to ensure that the park's future is sustainable.

Where is the money coming from?

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Capital Investment from Maidstone Borough Council.

Who do I call to ask a question/complain/applaud?

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Kier Construction 24 hour Emergency Contact line: 0208 3085051

Laurence Tricker, Programme Manager : laurencetricker@maidstone.gov.uk

Alan Frith, Mote Park Manager: alanfrith@maidstone.gov.uk

When exactly will the play area close and reopen?

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The play area is scheduled to close after the Easter break and work will take place over a 6- 8 week period. Please check the website for updates.

Can I still park in the car park by the cafe?

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The overspill car park will be closed from Monday 5 February until the end of March 2018. There is car parking space located in the main car park for visitor use.

Do I still have to pay to park while there is no play area?

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Yes. The park will remain open while the improvement work is being carried out. The toilets and café will remain open as with the play area in School lane.

Why have you cut down all those trees?

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We are removing nine trees (small non-native) and or those in a diseased condition.  There is provision to plant an additional 43 trees in the new planting scheme.

Where does all the income from the adventures zone go?

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The Adventure and Segway Zones will be managed by SERCO. An annual return will be paid to the council to recoup the initial investment made.

Are the Segways confined?

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The use of Segways will be controlled by our operators Serco and only used in way to ensure that all visitors are still able to enjoy their visit to Mote Park undisturbed.

How much will the activities in the adventure zone cost or will they be free?

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The additional activities in the adventure will be ticketed. All prices are yet to be confirmed.The additional activities in the adventure will be ticketed. All prices are yet to be confirmed.

What provision has been made for people with disabilities in the play area?

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The play area has been designed to be fully inclusive and will feature a range of equipment to suit visitors who may have additional accessibility requirements.

How long is the work going to take and what is the schedule of works?

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The work scheduled to take approximately seven months to complete.

Why can't I use some of the space in car park A?

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Some of Car Park A (main overspill car park) is not available during the Easter holiday as construction work was delayed by the severe weather earlier this month.  The site could not be accessed safely and concrete could not be laid for several days when the temperature dipped below freezing and the site was covered in snow and ice.

Where can I park if all car parks in Mote Park are full?

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The closest ‘Pay and Display’ car park can be found at Mote Road, ME15 6EJ.

For a full list of council owned car parks please go to our car park pages.

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