£3 million council scheme marred by spelling mistake

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One of the slabs, at the top of Gabriel’s Hill, read: “1600: Maidstone as principle market town.”

The word “principle”, which refers to values, should have been spelled “principal”, meaning chief or prominent.

Maidstone Borough Council has sent workmen to dig up the newly-laid stone. The hole will be filled with paving bricks.

The local authority also used money from the £3 million regeneration fund to improve drainage and wayfinding and to level walkways in the town centre.

A council spokesman said: “We are aware of this error. Unfortunately the spelling mistake was missed when the design stage drawings were checked. The stone will be replaced.”



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