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  • 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

    Street Lighting Survey KCC

    Thank you for taking the time to complete this small survey.

    Please click on this link and fill in all sections. CLICK HERE

    Thank you. Please ask others to do this survey/consultation too.

  • 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.