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  • 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.

  • Event: August 16, 2015 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

    East BBQ - in John Featherstone's delightful garden, on Sunday 16th August at 12.30 at Coachman's Cottage, Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone Kent ME14 5JD.

    Adults - £11  Children - £5  Under 5's free, to include main course, a choice of desserts and soft drinks, please bring your own Wine or Beer.

    Contact John Featherstone on 01622 758740 or Ian Chittenden on 01622 630867 to book tickets.

  • 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.

  • Street Lights
    Article: Apr 2, 2015

    Following last months Lib Dem budget amendment to restore full night lighting in Kent Liberal Democrat County Councillor Brian Clark was back again this month to try seek clarification on this troubled policy, due to be shelved after LED lamp conversion following pressure from the Lib Dem group and local residents.

  • Heath
    Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Heath Ward Lib Dem councillors Bryan Vizzard and James Willis have worked hard with local residents to protect Oakwood Road and the surrounding area from more traffic blight. The Tory-led Borough Council wanted to open the door to building 60 houses on land off of Oakwood Road and behind Bower Mount Road, adding traffic to what is already a very busy route. Lib Dem councillors, working with local residents, have forced a rethink and it has been agreed that this site will be removed from the Local Plan.

  • Loose Valley
    Article: Mar 23, 2015

    Lib Dems continue to fight against urbanisation of the County Town with another stunning victory.

    In a packed town hall on Thursday evening the planning application for 36 homes on a green field in Cripple Street was refused by the planning committee. A huge number of residents attended along with representatives from the North Loose Residents Association.

  • Litter in Maidstone
    Article: Mar 8, 2015

    These shocking images were taken on the same day on different sides of Maidstone town centre, and underlines how much the cleanliness of the County Town has declined under the Conservatives.

    Maidstone Borough was once a by-word for tough environmental enforcement, with a county-wide and even national reputation for innovation and leadership in the fight against litter and fly-tipping.

  • Local Lib Dems
    Article: Mar 8, 2015

    Local Lib Dem Councillors Jenni Paterson and Tony Harwood were joined by local residents in a big spring clean on Saturday 7th March, centred upon Chatham Road in north Maidstone.

    A monster haul of litter and fly-tipping, which included a discarded wheel-barrow and a toilet seat, was collected from verges and woodland flanking Chatham Road on a sunny Saturday morning. The clean-up was so appreciated by locals that passers-by actually took photographs and stopped to chat and thank the intrepid litter pickers. At the end of the spring clean the volunteers dropped into St. Faith's Hall for tea and pancakes!