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  • Cllrs Brian Clark, Ian Chittenden, Derek Mortimer
    Article: Mar 11, 2016

    A planning appeal which would have led to 220 homes being built on the current playing field of New Line Learning Academy has been dismissed by the government inspector following a lengthy campaign by local Lib Dems and residents.

    Maidstone Borough Council chose not to fight the appeal for fear of costs, over-ruling the views of the Lib Dem chaired Planning Committee which wished to continue to Contest the appeal. However North Loose Resident's Association moved forward with the appeal with support from residents and local Lib Dem councillors Ian Chittenden, Brian Clark and Derek Mortimer (who each appeared as expert witnesses at the public hearing).

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    Article: Mar 9, 2016
    By MBC

    Local Plan FAQ's

    1) What stage is the local plan at and what happens next?

    A) The local plan has been worked on for a considerable period of time. The stage of the process just completed relates to 'preparation' or getting the content drafted and, following public consultation, agreed by Councillors. This is also known as the Regulation 18 stage. The next stage for the local plan is called 'publication' (or Regulation 19[1]).

  • Cranbourne ave
    Article: Mar 9, 2016

    Cllr Brian Clark's call to drop controversial Cranborne Avenue closure plan leads to agreement at Town Hall (once again)

    A series of traffic improvements along the A229 Loose Road corridor were presented by Kent Highways to Maidstone' Joint Transport Board at the town hall on Monday evening. One element of this included a controversial plan to close the exit of Cranborne Avenue onto the A229 at the Wheatsheaf junction. This plan had been unanimously rejected by Maidstone Borough's Strategic Planning committee in December.
  • Dave Naghi
    Article: Feb 23, 2016

    Local Businessman and long serving Maidstone Borough Councillor Dave Naghi has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest the forthcoming election for Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner.

    Dave has been a Borough Councillor for East Ward for 14 years and is currently a member of the Licensing Committee and a trustee of the Cutbush and Corrall Almshouses. He has a keen interest in youth issues and is Chairman of Maidstone Sea Cadets, and a member of the Kent Playing Fields Association and has had a long association with the Howard De Walden Youth Centre.

  • Local Councillors, Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at the polluted Wheatsheaf junction
    Article: Jan 27, 2016
    By KCC Cllr. Rob Bird

    Air pollution is estimated to kill over 10 times more people than car accidents.

    Air pollution is estimated to kill over 10 times more people than car accidents resulting in 29,000 people being killed prematurely each year in the UK.

    People with heart and lung conditions suffer most from increased levels of air pollution but, because they breathe more air for their body size than adults, children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality in the long term.

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