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Maidstone Lib Dems Win Budget Funding Package to Tackle Litter, Deliver More Affordable Housing and Kick-start Town Centre Regeneration

March 2, 2015 10:12 PM

A Maidstone council budget strategy for the coming year, including a 1.99% council tax increase, was finally approved by councillors after a long and often heated debate on Wednesday night (25th February).

Maidstone Lib Dems succeeded in getting three common sense amendments agreed by the Conservative-led Council.

These comprised setting aside £50,000 from projected business rates growth to kick-start the regeneration of declining and derelict areas of Maidstone town centre, using half of any profit made from litter fines for public education and awareness campaigns, and £40,000 to fund a project to facilitate the delivery of more affordable housing for the Borough's residents.

Lib Dem Leader Fran Wilson said: "Continuing to improve the town centre and having a plan to unlock more affordable housing are vital priorities."

Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet Member Cllr Denise Joy added: "We believe these are deliverable. If we didn't, we wouldn't have come forward with them."