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Town centre to get its face washed in attack on gum and graffiti

Monday 13th January 2020

GUM and graffiti in Maidstone town centre are to be tackled.

One Maidstone has hired the borough council to carry out an extra deep clean of King Street on Wednesday, January 29, on behalf of the town’s Business Improvement District. (BID)

Tasks will include removing gum and graffiti, disposing of litter and fly posters, as well as power washing the street and pavements from the bus station to the junction of Gabriel’s Hill and Week Street.

BID manager Ilsa Butler says the extra cleaning is hugely important to the image of businesses in the county town. Last year it funded two deep clean contracts in the town – in Bank Street and the other in Lower High Street.

She said: “We’re starting our rosta for 2020 with a thorough sweep of King Street. We know the look of shopfronts and public areas is crucial for the businesses we represent, so we enlist Maidstone Borough Council to undertake these additional street cleansing tasks, which fall outside its standard responsibilities.

“Other areas in the town centre will be attended to in similar exercises throughout the year.”


Pictured: One Maidstone BID manager Ilsa Butler and MBC street scene operations manager John Edwards with staff from One Maidstone and the council