Market move edges one step closer
Plans to move Maidstone’s Saturday market from its current home at Lockmeadow to Jubilee Square have moved a step nearer.
Maidstone council’s planning committee agreed to expand the number of days the square, off High Street, can be used as a market from its present 60 days a year to 120 days.
Jubilee Square already hosts a farmers market on the fourth Friday of every month.
The additional days will allow an extra farmers market each month, as well as the transfer of the Saturday market.
The council heard trade had been shrinking at Lockmeadow off Barker Road, but the more central location was expected to boost turnover.
The motion was proposed by Cllr Brian Clark (Lib Dem) and seconded by Cllr Martin Cox (Lib Dem).
After the meeting, Cllr Clark said: “It is great to see a thriving market, in this location, once again becoming a key part of life in Maidstone.”
But a council spokesman said: “We are simply exploring options at the moment.
“It is not confirmation that this will happen – no fixed decision has been made.”
The town’s Tuesday market will continue in its present location at Lockmeadow.