Maidstone Borough Council

A third of the seats in Maidstone were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

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Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 25 Change+4

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 6 Total councillors 20 Change-2

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 7 ChangeNo results

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 3 Change+1

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-3
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Proms in the Park faces the axe

Dean Kilpatrick

Local Democracy Reporter

The event
Maidstone Borough Council
Less than 600 adult tickets were sold in 2018

One of Maidstone's "most popular" music events is facing the axe after the council concluded it could not justify a 185% hike in ticket prices.

Proms in the Park - which takes place in Whatman Park - was due to receive £5,000 from Maidstone Borough Council next year - compared to £14,000 in 2017 - before losing all public funding in 2020.

Ticket prices were introduced this year, but it has been suggested the entrance fee would need to increase from £7 to £20 in 2019 to sustain the event.

Council papers, due to be debated on 30 October, read: "Events have a life cycle and it could be an appropriate time to discontinue Proms in the Park.

"Attendee numbers are falling, costs are rising [and] Whatman Park is a challenging venue due to a lack of access for temporary toilets and lack of parking."

Workers and wheelie bins - how might Brexit affect local councils?

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Deal or no deal - how could Brexit affect our local councils?

Some have had a stab at answering that question.

Fewer migrants might lead to a shortage of care workers in East Sussex – the county council says 11% of its carers come from the EU.

Meanwhile, West Sussex's officers worry what might happen to the local economy, particularly around Gatwick Airport.

In Kent, the county council says new border controls could lead to a trebling in referrals to Trading Standards, while disrupted supply chains could cause a shortage of wheelie bins in Maidstone – whose council buys its bins from Europe.

It’s not all doom and gloom - some authorities hope that leaving the EU might unlock extra money, or cut red tape to make it easier for them to sign contracts and pay for services.

But the truth is, most of our councils have very little idea how Brexit might affect them.

The vast majority have barely begun to tackle the issue - in large part because they don’t feel Government has given them enough information about what scenarios they might be facing.

Tomorrow, they’ll get a bit more detail.

The Government will publish its backup plans in case the UK leaves the EU suddenly, without a deal.

It’s this prospect that scares people the most.

Already, some fear that sudden extra customs checks for lorries at the port of Newhaven would cause tailbacks and bring the town to a standstill. Others call that scaremongering.

But with just 219 sleeps til Brexit Day - councils will be fastening their seatbelts.

They know there could be major change to prepare for - and an ever smaller amount of time in which to prepare for it.

Political analysis of local elections in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Polling station in Tunbridge Wells
BBC

Neither the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats were confident in taking control of Maidstone council. It was a tight race with 22 councillors each.

As results started coming in fast, it became apparent quickly neither would get the numbers for an overall majority.

The Liberal Democrats were left disappointed while Conservatives were not only relieved to not lose seats but cheering and whooping at the three gains.

Maidstone is a committee system and now there will be talks as to who takes the helm.

The Conservatives as the largest party could take the leadership, but every councillor gets a vote on the leadership so they’ll need to get help from three councillors from other parties or the independents.

As predicted, Tunbridge Wells stayed blue.

But there was a shocking win for the new kids on the block - the Tunbridge Wells Alliance.

The Liberal Democrats also took a seat from the Conservatives and Labour held its seat.

The win from the new party shows the strength of feeling against plans to develop a new theatre and civic centre in the middle of the town.

Now the party has a seat, expect to hear much more about that development.