Chairman advised that following the approval of the Strategic Plan
by Council one of the strap lines was ‘Pride in
Maidstone’ which would have two overriding themes, heritage
and bio-diversity. He felt that the
Committee should consider how they could drive this forward and
suggested an informal workshop where Members of the Committee and
Officers could have a brainstorming session and felt that this
should take place early January.
Committee then discussed the items on the Work Programme and made
the following changes:-
Cemetery Update – this item was moved to March
Scoping Report – the title was changed to Sports Scrutiny
Review and would be considered in January 2019.
Museum’s Future Governance -
the Chairman updated the Committee on a meeting he had attended
with the Vice-Chairman of the Brenchley
Performance Indicators (KPIs) – suggestions for new KPIs were
scheduled to be discussed in depth at a forthcoming
and Open Spaces Briefing Note – the Briefing Note sent out to
all Members by the Vice-Chairman was due to be considered at the
Installation Maidstone East – this was a new item that needed
adding to the programme.
Review and New Market on Jubilee Square – to be considered in
April or June 2019.
Committee Work Programme be agreed subject to the changes made
Councillor Cuming arrived at 6.36 p.m. during consideration of this
Andrew Williams, Parks and Open Spaces Manager, presented a report
on the merits of creating a more bio-diverse borough through
planting a number of pollinator friendly wildflower grasslands as a
pilot project. The lessons learnt would
inform future plans to make the Council’s parks and open
spaces more attractive for residents to enjoy and provide a better
habitat for wildlife.
Committee noted that the project was an opportunity for adults and
children to get involved in the sowing and onward maintenance of
In response to questions from
the Committee, Officers advised that:-
·Local schools, community groups, Parish Councils and
Ward Councillors would be contacted during January to enable them
to get involved. There would also be an
article in the Borough Insight magazine and a Press Release
·Kent County Council would be advised when areas that
are maintained by them are due to be sown to enable the seeds to
·The meadows should be flowering in June/July 2019
but would not be at their optimum for another year.
·Fairmeadowhad been sown but due to adverse weather conditions,
the seeds had not flourished. This area
was due to be resown.
That the creation of eight pollinator friendly wildflower and
grassland areas to benefit bio-diversity, increase access to nature
and make the borough a more attractive place be