Week Street and Gabriel's Hill are two of the towns most historic streets and link Maidstone East Station and Gala Bingo (the old Granada Cinema) to the town centre. We're now investing £3.1 million into regenerating these areas.
Our aim is to make Maidstone an attractive place to live, work and visit. This project will have a positive impact on the town as a whole and is part of our wider plans for regeneration.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Fran Wilson said: “This project represents a significant investment by the council as part of its capital programme and will enhance Maidstone’s reputation as a key destination for shoppers."
“Improving the attractiveness of the streets will encourage visitors to spend more time here, which should help to increase retail spend, which will promote investment in property and help to reduce the number of vacant shops.”
The works will include improvements to drainage, and resurfacing with block paving to produce a level surface, similar to that carried out in King Street and the High Street in 2013. There will also be better wayfinding, more landscaping and art works.
The designs draw upon Maidstone’s rich heritage and include public squares at key junctions to link with side roads. These include ‘Museum Square’ at the junction of St Faith’s Street, linking with Maidstone Museum and reminding visitors that an iguanodon skeleton was found in the town in the 19th century. A time trail will also run all the way from Maidstone East Station to Gala Bingo, marking key points in Maidstone’s history.
We've appointed Henderson and Taylor (Public Works) Ltd as our contractor on this project.
The programme will take about 35 weeks. Works will be suspended from 30 November 2018 until early January 2019 to minimise disruption over Christmas.
We aim to complete the project by the end of February 2019.
The work is being carried out in sections, starting at the north end of Week Street outside Maidstone East Station towards Brewer Street. At the same time we’ll also be working at the bottom of Gabriel’s Hill and moving up towards Jubilee Square.
We'll improve the drainage, then resurface with block paving to produce a level surface. There'll also be better wayfinding, more landscaping and art work.
Yes. While road closures are necessary to ensure site safety, there'll be pedestrian access at all times, in particular to businesses and households.
A diversion route has been set up for deliveries. Please contact Martin Moran, Public Liaison Officer on 07949 826982 for details.
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