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Maidstone businesses- It is not too late to apply for grants

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is reminding businesses it’s not too late to apply for a business grant if they own and run a business in the borough.

It is estimated that around 500 local businesses who were required to close for the 5 November national lockdown and are entitled to claim a grant still haven’t done so.

Cllr Martin Cox, Leader of Maidstone Borough Council said: “Since November last year we have already paid out £6m to our local businesses who so desperately need it and we are working really hard to get money out to all those who qualify as soon as possible.

MBC are particularly concerned about the 500 businesses that haven’t made a claim since the beginning of November and want them to know they can still can apply, the details and application form are all on our website.   

Cllr Paul Harper, Chair of the Economic, Regeneration and Leisure Committee added: “Those businesses who previously successfully applied for the November lockdown grant will be sent an email encouraging them to apply for the newest government Local Restrictions Support Grant that has been introduced as a result of the national lockdown imposed from 5 January. 

If you are one of these then please make sure you check your emails and complete an online application as quickly as possible. 

MBC have quickly created a simple online application form for those businesses to complete and would encourage them to do this as soon as they can so that we can pay them the money they need.

For information on all the available grants please visit:

https://maidstone.gov.uk/home/other-services/covid-19/tier-2-primary-areas/advice-and-help-for-businesses

Support for Clinically Vulnerable

Support for Residents:

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Maidstone Borough Council have issued the attached leaflet to residents who are classed as Clinically extremely Vulnerable.

The leaflet contains useful information on priority shopping, helplines and other support, some of which will be applicable to other residents too.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline via

their website or by calling on 03000 41 92 92.

Covid-19 Support of clinically extremely vulnerable leaflet A5 folded V2
It is a 24 hour service.

Office Contact Times – Christmas Season 2020

Please note the following contact times for the Parish office:

Thursday 17th December 2020 09.30-14.30 Open
Friday 18th December – 28th December 2020    Office closed
Tuesday  29th December  – 30th December 2020 09.30 -14.30 Email only
Monday 4th January 2021 09.30-17.00 Open

Maidstone Borough Council – National Lockdown Business Grant Scheme

Don’t miss out on the National Lockdown Business Grant Scheme
 
As the country moves out of a national lockdown into a new tier system Maidstone Borough Council is reminding those businesses registered for business rates that have had to close from 5 November until 2 December 2020 to claim a grant.
So far, £626,000 has been claimed out of a possible £2.4million.
The Council would like to see every business entitled to claim ‘The Local Restrictions Support Grant’ to put in an application.
Stephen McGinnes, Mid Kent Services Director at Maidstone Borough Council said: “We really don’t want those businesses affected to miss out on money that is meant to help them through this difficult time.
“With this national lockdown finishing on Wednesday many businesses can now reopen, so if you are one of those who has been forced to close, please apply now.”
Businesses required to close in England will be eligible for the following:
• For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks;
• For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks;
• For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.
To apply for the ‘The Local Restrictions Support Grant’ click here:

Village Pond

We are pleased to announce the work on our village pond is now complete. The gullies will capture rain  water which will be filtered through the installed filtration area. This will see the pond continually maintained at the correct level. Excess water will flow away via the overflow drain.

We kindly ask visitors to keep two metres from the ponds edge to allow the ground to rejuvenate.