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  • More JobsMore Jobs

  • Protecting Our Open SpacesProtecting Green Spaces

  • Better SchoolsBetter Schools

  • Supporting Jobs Locally to Create a Stronger Economy

    Thanks to a brilliant partnership between local firms and Liberal Democrat ministers, 1,600 apprenticeships have been created in our area. This splits the cost between government and the company and gives young people a first step on the career ladder.

    Since the election 1.4m jobs have been created nationally and the number claiming unemployment benefit in Maidstone is down to below 2%. This is in part due to Liberal Democrats insisting on investment in infrastructure along with green and high tech research.

    Tax cuts pushed through by the Liberal Democrats have ensured that an average two-earner family pays £1,400 less in income tax every year. This has encouraged more people off benefit and into work and has benefited over 70,000 thousand local people.

    Defending our role in Europe: 6,000 jobs in this constituency depend on trade with the continent.

    Jasper Gerard with apprentices

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  • Petition

    At Maidstone's Borough Council Cabinet meeting held on the 17th December, Local Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor for South Ward Derek Mortimer, supported by Local County Councillor Brian Clark and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson Jasper Gerard, presented a petition signed by more than 500 local residents objecting to further development encroachment towards the Loose Valley Conservation area. The petition particularly objected to current threats from developer accessing fields from Cripple Street and Postley Road.

    The petition read -
    "I / We the undersigned call upon Maidstone Council to resist any encroachment into open countryside framing the setting of the Loose Valley Conservation Area. We further urge the Council to ensure that its new Local Plan policies explicitly safeguard the setting of the Loose Valley, including open countryside off Cripple Street and Postley Road."

    Brian Clark commented, "Much-loved green spaces are being lost at a frightening rate across south Maidstone. The Loose Valley is such a beautiful and special landscape that Maidstone Council must act to protect its unspoiled setting. Sadly, Maidstone Council is placing our precious countryside at risk by jettisoning its tried and tested landscape protection policies."

    Derek Mortimer added, "Over 500 houses have been built or are under construction in North Loose (South Ward) over the last 5 years. Further, another big new housing estate scheme off Boughton Lane, which threatens one of the two Ancient Woodlands left in the Ward, is now subject to a planning appeal."

    Article / Dec 17, 2014
  • Maidstone Town Hall

    Local Lib Dems led a rainbow coalition in voting for moving to a committee system of governance last night despite Tory attempts to stop the vote from even taking place. Council initially voted in October to form a cross-party working group to investigate the move which would see decision-making powers transferred from the current 6-member, all-Tory Cabinet to a series of committees containing representatives from across the political spectrum.

    Article / Dec 11, 2014
  • Flooding in North Ward

    County Cllr. Ian Chittenden and Borough Councillor Tony Harwood are working with their respective Councils to tackle surface water flooding hotspots in North Ward (pictured).

    Highway drainage gullies have been cleaned and leaf-litter and other detritus cleared from flooding prone roads and footways in North Maidstone.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Superb new pond

    Local Lib Dem Councillors are working with Maidstone Council and contractor Clancy to ensure that no long-lasting damage results from the sewer collapse, blown manholes and subsequent sewage leak into the River Len Nature Reserve, Maidstone.

    Following an intervention by Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood (Chair of the River Len nature reserve management committee), a superb new pond has been excavated by Clancy (pictured top) to replace that lost when a new ring-main was installed. This complements another new pond Tony has recently hand-dug in the western part of the nature reserve (pictured bottom). Much of the re-instatement work on site was carried out using hand tools rather than machinery - to prevent further damage to the soft marshy ground.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Cllr. Tony Harwood and Tommy Long at Cuckoo Wood

    North Ward Liberal Democrats have reached an agreement with a local family wood-cutting business to deliver the next phase of coppice management at this much-loved Maidstone ancient woodland -which was initiated last winter.

    The return of woodland management to Cuckoo Wood has already brought benefits for the local landscape and wildlife, and is helping to keep Kentish coppicing skills alive.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Flooding at the exit of the Fremlin Walk car park

    As we move into winter the risk from severe weather events and other emergencies increases significantly.

    It is therefore vital that individuals, families and community groups do everything they can to become better prepared and more resilient to emergencies.

    The Kent Resilience Forum (a partnership made up of the emergency services, local authorities and utilities) has now produced an informative booklet entitled 'What Should I do in an Emergency' to help us all become more resilient.

    The booklet and lots of other valuable advice on keeping you and your community safe from flooding and other risks can be found on the Kent Prepared website www.kentprepared.org.uk.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014

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  • Petition

    At Maidstone's Borough Council Cabinet meeting held on the 17th December, Local Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor for South Ward Derek Mortimer, supported by Local County Councillor Brian Clark and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson Jasper Gerard, presented a petition signed by more than 500 local residents objecting to further development encroachment towards the Loose Valley Conservation area. The petition particularly objected to current threats from developer accessing fields from Cripple Street and Postley Road.

    The petition read -
    "I / We the undersigned call upon Maidstone Council to resist any encroachment into open countryside framing the setting of the Loose Valley Conservation Area. We further urge the Council to ensure that its new Local Plan policies explicitly safeguard the setting of the Loose Valley, including open countryside off Cripple Street and Postley Road."

    Brian Clark commented, "Much-loved green spaces are being lost at a frightening rate across south Maidstone. The Loose Valley is such a beautiful and special landscape that Maidstone Council must act to protect its unspoiled setting. Sadly, Maidstone Council is placing our precious countryside at risk by jettisoning its tried and tested landscape protection policies."

    Derek Mortimer added, "Over 500 houses have been built or are under construction in North Loose (South Ward) over the last 5 years. Further, another big new housing estate scheme off Boughton Lane, which threatens one of the two Ancient Woodlands left in the Ward, is now subject to a planning appeal."

    Article / Dec 17, 2014
  • Maidstone Town Hall

    Local Lib Dems led a rainbow coalition in voting for moving to a committee system of governance last night despite Tory attempts to stop the vote from even taking place. Council initially voted in October to form a cross-party working group to investigate the move which would see decision-making powers transferred from the current 6-member, all-Tory Cabinet to a series of committees containing representatives from across the political spectrum.

    Article / Dec 11, 2014
  • Flooding in North Ward

    County Cllr. Ian Chittenden and Borough Councillor Tony Harwood are working with their respective Councils to tackle surface water flooding hotspots in North Ward (pictured).

    Highway drainage gullies have been cleaned and leaf-litter and other detritus cleared from flooding prone roads and footways in North Maidstone.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Superb new pond

    Local Lib Dem Councillors are working with Maidstone Council and contractor Clancy to ensure that no long-lasting damage results from the sewer collapse, blown manholes and subsequent sewage leak into the River Len Nature Reserve, Maidstone.

    Following an intervention by Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood (Chair of the River Len nature reserve management committee), a superb new pond has been excavated by Clancy (pictured top) to replace that lost when a new ring-main was installed. This complements another new pond Tony has recently hand-dug in the western part of the nature reserve (pictured bottom). Much of the re-instatement work on site was carried out using hand tools rather than machinery - to prevent further damage to the soft marshy ground.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Cllr. Tony Harwood and Tommy Long at Cuckoo Wood

    North Ward Liberal Democrats have reached an agreement with a local family wood-cutting business to deliver the next phase of coppice management at this much-loved Maidstone ancient woodland -which was initiated last winter.

    The return of woodland management to Cuckoo Wood has already brought benefits for the local landscape and wildlife, and is helping to keep Kentish coppicing skills alive.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Flooding at the exit of the Fremlin Walk car park

    As we move into winter the risk from severe weather events and other emergencies increases significantly.

    It is therefore vital that individuals, families and community groups do everything they can to become better prepared and more resilient to emergencies.

    The Kent Resilience Forum (a partnership made up of the emergency services, local authorities and utilities) has now produced an informative booklet entitled 'What Should I do in an Emergency' to help us all become more resilient.

    The booklet and lots of other valuable advice on keeping you and your community safe from flooding and other risks can be found on the Kent Prepared website www.kentprepared.org.uk.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014