Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Recent News For Maidstone

Want to receive all of the latest news straight into your email Inbox? Then subscribe to regular email updates!

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    New figures out today reveal that the number of crimes committed in England and Wales has fallen sharply since the Lib Dems entered the Coalition Government.

    Overall crime is down by more than 10%, showing that Government efforts on police reform, pushed for by the Lib Dems, are working.

    Latest figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales report that there were around 7.5 million crimes against households and adults in 2013, down by 15% compared to the previous 12 months, and the lowest estimate since these records began in 1981.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    You can back our campaign here.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2014

    The Conservatives have today promised that they will NOT support onshore wind farms after the next election in a bid to shore up support from their right wing and UKIP defectors.

    Having tried to cap onshore wind generation earlier this month (a plan which the Lib Dems blocked outright), this latest move shows that it is only the Liberal Democrats who are working in Government to tackle climate change.

  • Cllr Derek Mortimer
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Residents living in the Anglesey Avenue area of Loose have voiced their concerns to local Lib Dem Cllr Derek Mortimer about their experiences of crossing the Loose Road, when taking children to and from school at Boughton Lane. Crossing the Loose Road has become increasingly dangerous and many parents are now walking down to the Cripple Street junction to safely cross the road. This route can take up to thirty minutes but the shorter preferred route across the Loose Road and down Paynes Lane is only ten minutes but very hazardous.

    Derek said 'Drivers are becoming frustrated with the constant traffic jams and some are taking chances. Rat running through local roads and lanes such as Paynes Lane and Norrington Road are becoming more and more frequent. Many parents prefer to walk their children but are using the car only to go one
    mile, as they feel much safer. Congestion on the Loose Road is now a daily occurrence, backing right back to the Loose village and finding a gap in the traffic can take ages'.

  • Nick Clegg I will fight
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    
Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will launch the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign at a rally in Colchester.

    The Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain IN Europe and protect 3 million British jobs. With UKIP trying to pull us out of Europe, and David Cameron and Ed Miliband too scared to mention Europe, it is Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats who are standing up for British interests and British jobs.

  • key_vince_cable2.jpg
    Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Today, Vince Cable gave the Cambridge Public Policy Lecture, exploring how further and higher education can be brought closer together to create a "parity of esteem" between the sectors.

    Vince Cable called for a new generation of National Colleges to fill the high-level vocational skills gap.

    "I want to set out a vision for a new generation of National Colleges: specialised institutions, acting as national centres of expertise in key areas of the economy. They will be employer-focused, and combine academic knowledge with practical application."

  • Unemployment falls once again
    Article: Apr 23, 2014

    The total number of people in receipt of unemployment benefits locally has plummeted over the past 12 months to just 1.8%, more than 30% lower than this time last year.

    The news comes as unemployment nationally fell to 6.9%, lower both than when the coalition came to power in May 2010 and when New Labour came in in May 1997.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Today, Nick Clegg spoke at the launch of the Cityfathers, a new forum for working fathers, on the need for radical change to create equal opportunities in our parental leave system.

    Nick commented on the importance of change in modern society, where we now have the highest female employment rate on record. More parents choose to both earn and share childcare responsibility, but there is still an assumption that it is the father who works and the mother who cares for the children.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2014

    The Government has announced eight major renewable projects as part of electricity reforms, which will give a massive boost to green growth and green jobs.

    The projects are delivering low-carbon, affordable and reliable power for the long-term that is better for the planet, consumers and the economy. By 2020, the projects will provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment, supporting 8,500 jobs and will generate clean electricity to three million homes across the country.

  • Cllr Derek Mortimer
    Article: Apr 23, 2014

    Residents in south Maidstone remain worried by the development threat hanging over neighbouring green-field sites in Cripple Street and Postley Road.

    Grazing paddocks at Postley Road are subject to planning application MA/13/2038 for 65 houses, and the site also features as a housing allocation in Conservative-led Maidstone Council's draft Local Plan.

  • Pike fishing tackle recklessly discarded on the banks of the River Len
    Article: Apr 23, 2014

    South Ward Councillor Derek Mortimer acted quickly and decisively to ensure that two individuals who were illegally fishing at Tovil Bridge were challenged and moved-on last Bank Holiday Monday.

    This follows on from local Lib Dems alerting the Environment Agency Hotline to another Close Season poacher on the River Len in Maidstone town centre just last week.

  • Catherine
    Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Following the Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage debates round 3 is now taking place in Maidstone.

    Local Euro candidates Catherine Bearder MEP and Janice Atkinson will battle it out at Oakwood Grammar school in Maidstone on the evening of April 30th .

    The arrangements have been finalised in the aftermath of the recent debates between the leaders of the two parties galvanising the European elections debate.

  • Big Spring Clean reaches Monckton's Lane
    Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Local Lib Dems have been busy over the long Bank Holiday weekend leading a series of community clean-ups.

    North Ward Lib Dem Councillors Jenni Paterson and Tony Harwood organised the events which cleared litter and fly-tipping from a number of local beauty spots.

    At picturesque Weavering Heath, near Grove Green, a tent and ground-sheet had been discarded amongst hundreds of bottles and cans. At Cuckoo Wood, Penenden Heath, the haul included building debris and scores of energy drink cans. The River Medway tow-path and River Len nature reserve yielded bagged-dog mess, lager cans, vodka bottles, fishing tackle and even used disposable nappies.

    Tony commented: "Local people are now out in our community clearing litter and fly-tipping every single day. Their dedication is inspirational, and only serves to underline the ignorance and thoughtlessness of the litter-louts and fly-tippers."

    Jenni added: "We are organising lots more community clean-ups in coming months - so watch this space for times and locations."

    Stop press: The litter-strewn area around the East Station and East Station car park, fronting Sessions House Square, has at last been cleared-up following a long campaign by local North Ward Councillor Tony Harwood.

  • Rave approved by Maidstone Council in Whatman Park
    Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Residents across North and West Maidstone had their Easter Sunday afternoon and night ruined by a rave event at Maidstone Council's Whatman Park. Irate residents, some made ill by the noise, logged complaints with Maidstone Council and even called the police. Wildfowl were seen and heard crashing about after dark in distress, and nests were reported abandoned.

  • Petition: Apr 21, 2014
  • Brian Mortimer and Jasper Gerard
    Article: Apr 21, 2014

    Below is a letter recently put out by Cllr. Brian Mortimer:

    Tory run Maidstone Council has unveiled plans to build 450 new homes in the village of Coxheath. It is very important that if you have any views on this you MUST RESPOND to the consultation by the 7th May.

    Please do not leave it too late to challenge this unprecedented threat to our local quality of life, because if these allocations are approved and put in to the new Local Plan there is nothing we can do to stop them. It is now that your village needs you most. Apart from emailing / writing to Maidstone Borough Council please sign the petition that is being organized by local residents with my advice and support.

  • Cllr. Tony Harwood with Cllr. Ian Chittenden on Royal Engineers Road
    Article: Apr 20, 2014

    Councillors in North Maidstone are calling for action to improve safety on the pedestrian crossing on Royal Engineers Road near the entrance to Invicta Barracks. This crossing is used by many parents and children walking to and from school at St. Paul's and Northborough.

    There has long been a problem with motorists failing to notice or not stopping when the traffic lights turn red. Drivers are often more focused upon the roundabout ahead when travelling towards Maidstone, drivers leaving the roundabout to head north towards Bluebell Hill are often caught out by the crossing.

  • Leafy Calder Road
    Article: Apr 20, 2014

    Pictured is leafy Calder Road triangle at Ringlestone, a high profile site that, as a result of significant investment through Councillors' devolved local budgets, has been transformed from unofficial parking area and magnet for anti-social behaviour into a high quality open space.

    Borough Councillor Tony Harwood and County Councillor Ian Chittenden funded the ambitious tree planting programme which has so improved the local environment. The 'extra heavy standard' small-leaved lime tree which forms the focal point for the planting scheme delivers welcome shelter and shade, purifies the air, provides a habitat for wildlife and fills the estate with perfume when it flowers. The surrounding wild cherry trees are a beautiful sight in the spring and benefit bees when they blossom and birds when they fruit.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2014

    Plans for tougher penalties against reckless directors have been unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.

    While the UK already has one of the strongest disqualification regimes in the world - with disqualification periods ranging from two years up to fifteen years for the worst offenders - the new measures will mean the rogue minority face stronger deterrents to break the law and more robust sanctions if they do.

  • Abandoned litter and tackle
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Local Lib Dems acted quickly to report illegal Close Season angling activity on the River Len at the junction of Palace Avenue and Mill Street to the Environment Agency last night. This follows a call by Maidstone Liberal Democrats for the Agency to act decisively on the epidemic of Close Season poaching on Maidstone's rivers and streams.

What would you like to do next?

  • Subscribe for updates

    Read updates from this website in your desktop or online news reader

    • On a news reader website

      •  
      •  
      •  

      In a desktop news reader or a website not listed above

      •  
    • Example monthly digest email
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, the Liberal Democrats and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Join our email list

    • If you submit your contact details, the Liberal Democrats and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image

    Follow the party's activity on...

    • Twitter:
  • Share this page

    Share this page on another website

    Link to this page

    On websites and printed material:
    maidstoneandthewealdlibdems.org.uk/en/page/news?year=2008&month=9
    In text messages, Twitter, or reading over the phone:
    maid.lib.dm/p3dt

    Email this page to a friend


    • Generate different image
  • Help out or donate

    Help out in your local area

      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
      •  
    • If you submit your contact details, the Liberal Democrats and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image
  • Tell us what you think

    Send us your views

    • If you agree, the Liberal Democrats and their elected representatives may use the information you provide to contact you about issues you may find of interest. Some of the contacts may be automated. You can opt out of these contacts at any time by contacting us.


    • Generate different image