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  • Dont leave it
    Article: May 4, 2016
    By Martin Cox

    Make sure you have used your VOTE. If you had a Postal Vote and you have not sent it back, dont panic you can drop it in to any Polling Station.

    What ever you do - USE YOUR VOTE.

    If you need a Lift to make your Vote please give us a call any time up to 9.30pm intime to get you to the poll before 10pm

  • action day
    Article: May 4, 2016

    Lib Dems Action Day success.

    Well done to all members from Maidstone and further afield who turned out in support of our Liberal Democrat candidates standing for the Maidstone Borough Council elections. This year Borough elections are being held only in Maidstone and Tunbridge wells.

    Michelle Hastie (Lib Dem Candidate for North ward) commented, "it was really pleasing that so many supporters joined us today. What was even more pleasing was the reception we were getting on the doorstep

  • ROAD WORKS
    Article: Apr 21, 2016

    A Message from the Allington Liberal Democrat Team - A20 London Road Roadworks

    There was never any doubt that this set of roadworks at this particularly difficult and narrow part of the London Road was going to present a real problem with traffic control, once works were needed to reconfigure the cross-roads necessary to service the new development at The Orchards and in Beaver Road. So it has proved, in spite of the detailed instructions issued by Kent Highways to the contractors.

  • Cllrs Brian Clark, Ian Chittenden, Derek Mortimer
    Article: Mar 11, 2016

    A planning appeal which would have led to 220 homes being built on the current playing field of New Line Learning Academy has been dismissed by the government inspector following a lengthy campaign by local Lib Dems and residents.

    Maidstone Borough Council chose not to fight the appeal for fear of costs, over-ruling the views of the Lib Dem chaired Planning Committee which wished to continue to Contest the appeal. However North Loose Resident's Association moved forward with the appeal with support from residents and local Lib Dem councillors Ian Chittenden, Brian Clark and Derek Mortimer (who each appeared as expert witnesses at the public hearing).

  • MBC logo
    Article: Mar 9, 2016
    By MBC

    Local Plan FAQ's

    1) What stage is the local plan at and what happens next?

    A) The local plan has been worked on for a considerable period of time. The stage of the process just completed relates to 'preparation' or getting the content drafted and, following public consultation, agreed by Councillors. This is also known as the Regulation 18 stage. The next stage for the local plan is called 'publication' (or Regulation 19[1]).

  • Cranbourne ave
    Article: Mar 9, 2016

    Cllr Brian Clark's call to drop controversial Cranborne Avenue closure plan leads to agreement at Town Hall (once again)

    A series of traffic improvements along the A229 Loose Road corridor were presented by Kent Highways to Maidstone' Joint Transport Board at the town hall on Monday evening. One element of this included a controversial plan to close the exit of Cranborne Avenue onto the A229 at the Wheatsheaf junction. This plan had been unanimously rejected by Maidstone Borough's Strategic Planning committee in December.
  • Dave Naghi
    Article: Feb 23, 2016

    Local Businessman and long serving Maidstone Borough Councillor Dave Naghi has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest the forthcoming election for Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner.

    Dave has been a Borough Councillor for East Ward for 14 years and is currently a member of the Licensing Committee and a trustee of the Cutbush and Corrall Almshouses. He has a keen interest in youth issues and is Chairman of Maidstone Sea Cadets, and a member of the Kent Playing Fields Association and has had a long association with the Howard De Walden Youth Centre.

  • 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.