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  • Rosaline Janko in Medway valley
    Article: Aug 21, 2015

    In a packed town hall meeting on Tuesday night the Borough Council's Strategic Planning Sustainability and Transportation Committee unanimously agreed to designate the Medway Valley area, including Fant Farm, as a Landscape of Local Value within the emerging Maidstone Local Plan.

    At the samemeeting, the Committee once again confirmed the removal of Fant Farm from the list of proposed housing sites within the emerging Local Plan, resisting a proposal from a developer to reinstate the site for housing. 

  • Derek Ian Brian - South Ward
    Article: Aug 21, 2015

    In a packed town hall meeting Tuesday evening, The Strategic Planning Sustainability and Transportation Committee met to continue development of Maidstone's emerging local plan. In the meeting. committee members reviewed a report showing 6 areas of local landscape proposed as Landscapes of Local Value (or LLV). these areas include Loose Valley, Len Valley, Medway Valley, Greensand Ridge and the Area of Outstanding National Beauty (including the setting of the ANOB)

  • Rosaline Janko
    Page: Aug 20, 2015

    Rosaline Janko has run The Walnut Tree pub in Tonbridge Road for the past 3 years and is well known locally. It is a happy, lively pub in the heart of the community. Rosaline has 3 grown-up children, 2 of whom still live in Maidstone.

    Before taking over The Walnut Tree, Rosaline worked as a care assistant helping people with learning disabilities then as a manager providing extra care for people living in a sheltered housing scheme. Both were rewarding and challenging roles which strengthened Rosaline's resolve to champion the disadvantaged and other vulnerable members of our community.

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  • litter pick
    Article: Aug 16, 2015
    By TH

    Ringlestone Community Clean-up

    Community spirited residents joined local Liberal Democrat Councillor Tony Harwood on Saturday morning for a summer clean-up of Dickens Road open space, Pepper Alley and River Medway tow-path. The litter and fly-tipping haul included scores of beer cans, wine bottles, angling detritus, a baby car seat and garden refuse. Most of this totally irresponsibly dumped rubbish posed a potential danger to local children and wildlife.

  • Rosaline Janko
    Article: Aug 14, 2015

    Maidstone Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce that Rosaline Janko will be standing for the Liberal Democrats in the Fant Ward by-election on 10th September.

    The by-election follows the recent death of Conservative Councillor Alistair Black.

    Rosaline has run The Walnut Tree public house in Tonbridge Road for the past 3 years and is well known locally. Before taking over The Walnut Tree, Rosaline arranged care for people with learning disabilities then worked as a manager providing extra care for people living in sheltered housing.

  • astor
    Article: Jul 31, 2015
    By Clive English

    Following opposition from Lib Dem councillors at its meeting on 23rd July, at Maidstone's Strategic Planning Committee again rejected proposals to allocate land for a housing development on the site of the former Astor of Hever School.

    Lib Dem councillor Clive English proposed that the site be rejected for housing due to the extremely poor access to the site, which was through Astor Park and on to Oakwood Road, and the impracticality of any alternative access to the site.

    Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Rosaline Janko welcomed the decision saying " This ill considered proposal would have caused major congestion and safety problems to local residents. It could not be supported by anyone who had first-hand experience of the traffic problems in and around this part of the Tonbridge Road.'

  • KCC Logo
    Article: Jul 16, 2015
    By KCC -Cllr Chittenden

    From Cllr Ian Chittenden - Keeping you informed...

    During 2014 and 2015 the County Council is reconstructing and resurfacing much of Willington Street in Maidstone. Due to the condition of the road and the high volumes of traffic we are carrying out major repairs on a 2km (2000m or 1.25 miles) section of the road between A274 Sutton Road and Deringwood Drive.

  • Parking sign
    Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Monckton's Lane - Parking restrictions - The extent of additional

    restrictions at the bottom of Monckton's lane have finally been

    agreed and will go out to local consultation shortly.

  • Article: Jul 14, 2015

    In spite of strong opposition from local Lib Dem councillors Ian Chittenden, Derek Mortimer and Brian Clark, the North loose Residents Association and residents, an application for 62 houses was recently passed on a vote by the council by 5 to 4.

    Just two days before the vote, KCC Highway and Public Rights of Way officers had posed serious questions in regard to access for the housing scheme, but disappointingly they raised no objection on the night. Concerns relating to encroachment upon protected landscapes and loss of countryside hold no weight under the Conservative Government's new planning regime, especially where Council's (like Maidstone) do not have an up-to-date Local Plan.

  • Five Acre Wood on Boughton Lane
    Article: Jul 13, 2015

    At Last Some Good News for our Local Countryside

    Many local residents raised concerns regarding plans for a new housing development on the field at the junction of New Cut and Bearsted Roads. This site is well known for the rabbits often seen grazing the surrounding verges on summer evenings.

    Maidstone Council refused the application but the developer appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

  • Whatman Mill
    Article: Jul 7, 2015
    By IC in North Ward Focus july 2015

    Following a high profile campaign by local residents, supported by local Lib Dems Councillors, Historic England (formerly English Heritage) are considering whether Springfield Mill should be protected by Listing.

    Local Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood contributed to the Historic England report, which sets out the factual information upon which the final decision will be made. Maidstone Council are promoting high density housing for the Mill site within their draft Local Plan. However, local Lib Dems believe that this strategically located site would make a great new business park, along the lines of Turkey Mill.

  • Sittingborne road IC MC
    Article: Jul 7, 2015
    By MC and IC in East Ward Focus july 2015

    Following concerns raised by local residents, Lib Dem County Councillor Ian Chittenden (below left) is his using his Devolved budget to provide the following road safety improvements along, what is, the busiest road in Maidstone;

    The white lining and slow signs have now finally been refreshed.

    Provision of four additional dropped kerbs along the footpath path at the junction with Windsor Close - This work team and should be carried out in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Path
    Article: Jul 6, 2015

    I am pleased to inform residents of Bridge Ward that the path from Buckland Road to London Road adjacent to the rail line has now been resurfaced with tarmac by KCC.

    This will make the path safer, which is in constant use by school children and senior citizens when they walk down, especially in the winter months. I would like to thank the KCC officers who have made sure this work has been done.

  • Dog fouling sign
    Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Spotlight on Irresponsible Dog Owners in North Ward

    Your local Lib Dem Councillors have praised the initiative of a local Sandling Primary School pupil, after receiving a powerfully argued letter demanding tougher action against the fouling of our footpaths and green spaces with dog mess.

    This heart-felt approach came hot on the heels of a number of successful enforcement actions by Maidstone Council against irresponsible dog owners within our patch. These actions were effective because of intelligence provided by local residents, which allowed council resources to be used efficiently. If you are aware of a problem with dog fouling in your area please pass any intelligence you can gather to the Council's Environmental Enforcement Team (or your local Lib Dem Councillors). Key information required includes locations, the time of day fouling occurs, and if possible a description of the dog owners and their pet(s).

  • Maidstone BME Logo
    Article: Jul 1, 2015
    By Rob Bird

    Speech by Rob Bird at the Maidstone BME Forum Launch - 20th June 2015

    County Councillor Rob Bird was asked to speak at the formal launch of the Maidstone BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Forum. Rob had previously allocated funds from his KCC member's community fund towards the Forum.

    "Good afternoon,

    I have been asked to tell you why Kent County Council supports the BME Forum in Maidstone. I am not sure I can speak on behalf of all the County Council - KCC has 84 councillors and several thousand employees - but I can tell you why I am personally believe the Forum is vital. But first I want to tell you about a couple of recent personal experiences.

  • 30mph
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat councillors at last week's meeting of the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board described the existing 50 mph speed limit outside the St Helens Montessori School in East Farleigh unacceptable. Councillors called on Kent Highways to take immediate steps to extend the 30 mph speed limit on the B2010 Lower Road East Farleigh through to the junction with Teston Lane in West Farleigh.

  • Local Councillors, Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at the polluted Wheatsheaf junction
    Article: Apr 12, 2015

    Air pollution in the is set to high levels today, prompting health warnings from the government. Those with heart or lung problems and the elderly are being told to completely avoid strenuous physical activity, while even healthy people are being warned to cut down on the amount of physical exertion they do outside.

  • Article: Apr 8, 2015

    Dear resident

    As my second year as County Councillor for Maidstone South draws to a close I would like to share some of the interesting challenges I have faced and some of the successes I have achieved over the last two years

    It is clear to me that local residents have a real interest in improving our area and are especially keen to save our countryside and open space from development. With so much new housing proposed in Maidstone, traffic congestion and and air pollution have become two of our biggest issues. I have continued to challenge inappropriate housing development in South Maidstone especially where this would overwhelm local roads infrastructure. It has been a pleasure to be able to work with such hard working local organisations such as the North Loose Residents association, Valley Conservation Society, Tovil Parish Council and the SMART group, and with Lib Dem Borough Councillors Derek Mortimer and Ian Chittenden who are all dedicated to maintaining and improving the area where we live.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2015

    For years Liberal Democrat Councillors have argued that the Borough Council should not allow development without adaquete car parking spaces, because of the serious problems this causes to local residents and businesses.

    Finally we have begun to win the argument and the Council has decided to adopt Kent County Council's parking standards to assist in determining planning applications. On March 17th The Planning, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee, led by Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Chittenden, voted to recommend to the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport that he proceed to adopt the Standards immediately.