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  • Race Night
    Event: Feb 12, 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    The new Tovil Community Centre

    Bring your friends for a fun filled evening of fundraising.

    see the leaflet for further details - or contact Martin Cox 07970 723975

  • 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.

  • Development in Maidstone destined for a future of control through a local plan - not a free for all.
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    In the last year there have been many changes at Maidstone Borough Council.
    For some time the Liberal Democrats have felt that the decision-making processes were not working well. With the support of Councillors from other parties they have introduced a new system where matters are discussed and decisions are made by all-party committees rather than by a cabinet of a few Councillors drawn from a single party.

  • Brian Clark and Derek Mortimer
    Article: Dec 17, 2015
    By Brian Clark

    New Tovil Housing allocations rejected by Borough Council.

    Following strong opposition from local residents, Tovil Parish Council and Lib Dem councillors Clive English and Derek Mortimer the Borough council's strategic planning Committee has unanimously rejected proposals to allocate the former waste tip south of Dean Street and land at Bydew's Place for housing. The Committee took the view that the sites would cause traffic problems, undermine the protection of the countryside, would not deliver the community facilities needed in Tovil and had not been the subject of proper consultation with the local community.

  • 20mph
    Article: Dec 12, 2015
    By Martin Cox

    The Liberal Democrat Group on Maidstone Borough Council were successful with their recent motion to full Council asking it to press Kent County Council to reconsider its existing policies on speed limits and to support a Borough-wide 20 mph speed limit on residential roads. The cross party support even amended the motion to push it straight to Strategic Planning Committee for gathering the information and evidence to make the idea as robust and informed as possible.
    Cllr. Denise Joy said "With our residents' support, we will follow other councils in protecting their residents from excessive speed and pollution".
    If you feel your residential area would benefit from a 20mph zone then please contact us to support what we have started in Maidstone, you may like to start a petition in your area.

  • JTB presentation of pettition for hayle road
    Article: Dec 12, 2015
    By Rob Bird

    At the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board meeting on Monday, local resident Dinesh Khadka presented a petition from 321 signatories calling on Kent County Council to install a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Old Tovil Road with Postley Road and Hayle Road.

    Presenting the petition, Mr Khadka reminded the Board that many pedestrians and cyclists have to cross the A229 Maidstone gyratory near this junction every day, including vulnerable pedestrians such as the elderly, schoolchildren and people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

  • Dorothy Lucy
    Article: Nov 26, 2015

    Kent County Councillor for Maidstone South, Brian Clark has highlighted the plight of residents at the Dorothy Lucy Centre who have received little in the way of reassurance that suitable alternative provision will be provided should the centre close. This is despite the assurances given to Cllr Clark by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services at the full council meeting of 22nd October 2015 that residents and day visitors would continue to receive high quality care at suitable alternative locations.

  • Alison Suttie (Baroness Suttie)
    Article: Nov 23, 2015

    There is a certain irony in 16 and 17-year-olds having to rely on unelected peers to stand up for their democratic rights. But as with opposition to tax credits, when Liberal Democrats have the opportunity to force the government to look again at bad decisions then we will do so. And we should be clear that excluding 16 and 17-year-olds from the debate over the UK's place in Europe would be a bad decision.

  • Martin Vye
    Article: Oct 28, 2015

    At the County Council meeting last Thursday Liberal Democrats won an almost unanimous vote on a proposal they put forward. They requested that the Chairman be mandated to write to David Cameron urging his Government to continue free school meals for the youngest children in primary schools. The Kent Liberal Democrats had been alarmed to hear that the Chancellor had all educational spending apart from pupil funding in his sights for cuts.

  • Article: Oct 28, 2015

    A Message from Liberal Democrat Borough Councillors Dan Daley, Cynthia Robertson & Belinda Watson (Allington Ward)

    and Bryan Vizzard & James Willis (Heath Ward)

    We are writing to you concerning the planning appeal relating to the land off Hermitage Lane known as Bluebell Woods. As residents will know, following the refusal of planning permission by the planning committee of Maidstone Borough Council, the applicant appealed. This appeal was heard by a Planning Inspector in June this year and his recommendations were subsequently passed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark MP.

  • KCC Logo
    Article: Oct 5, 2015
    By Ian Chittenden KCC in From KCC Comms

    Kent County Council phone scam

    We have received a number of reports of scam phone calls from people claiming to be from Kent County Council. The caller asks if you have contacted the NHS about a recent accident you, or a member of your family has had.

    The telephone number used to make these calls is 03000 414000, which was a telephone number for Kent County Council. Please be aware that the calls are not being made by Kent County Council, this number is being replicated by caller ID spoofing equipment as part of a scam or hoax and is no longer in use.

  • R Janko and board
    Article: Sep 21, 2015
    By Rob Bird

    Rosaline Janko comments on the election result

    "How frustrating! We came within 53 votes of winning Fant Ward for the Liberal Democrats. Here are the results in full:

    "The Lib Dems have yet again shown that they are the only party that can take the fight to the Tories in Maidstone. We increased our share of the vote by 2.1% to 24.1%, whilst the Tory share dropped by 2.6%. Just over 1 in 4 residents voted.

  • Litter
    Article: Sep 1, 2015

    One of the issues that residents keep mentioning to me is litter. It is a problem that affects most of Fant.

    One notable exception is Clare Park; it has plenty of litter bins and is regularly cleaned. It well deserves its Green Flag status. So why is the rest of Fant so neglected?

    There are hardly any bins in our main thoroughfares such as Upper Fant Road and Milton Street. Why not? What few bins there are don't get emptied often enough so rubbish accumulates round them or, worse, gets blown down the street. Surely, we can do better than that.

  • Rosaline at Jubilee School site
    Article: Sep 1, 2015

    Many people have asked for my views on the Jubilee School. We know that more primary school places will be needed in West Maidstone in the coming years. My own children are grown up now, but I understand the importance of our children going to good schools, places where they can really enjoy the whole school experience.

  • 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 AONB)

  • 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.

  • Page: Aug 20, 2015

    There may be ward specific surveys that you may have been asked to complete - please follow the address you have been given. If you have any problems then contact the person or article that asked you to follow the link.

    Thank you for your interest and support.

  • 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.