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  • Broadway Shopping Ctr.
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Broadway Scheme rejected

    At the recent meeting of the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors discussed a number of development proposals in the Town Centre, including a controversial multi-story housing and retail plan at Broadway shopping Centre. The committee had agreed to defer the decision on the plan in September, to allow consideration of detailed points raised by the Lib Dem and Independent Councillors.

  • Hannah Perkin, Liberal Democrat candidate for Faversham & Mid Kent
    Article: Nov 18, 2019


    Hannah is a passionate, popular and dedicated community campaigner. She became involved in local politics after feeling that the voices of women and parents were being left out of conversations about issues that directly affected them. She is keen to diversify politics and to encourage everyone to have their say.

  • James at Maidstone West Station
    Article: Nov 15, 2019
    By Agent - Barry Standen

    James Willis - Working hard for Maidstone and The Weald

    James has lived and worked in Kent most of his life. He cares about people and relates quickly and effortlessly to everyone he meets. He was elected to Maidstone Borough Council in 2014 and rapidly established a reputation as a fearless and effective representative. He has become an energetic campaigner, particularly on environmental and transport issues, and he believes in working with community groups to get results. James has led several campaigns to support local public services and to protect green spaces, and has helped many local residents with individual issues and concerns.

    As a family man, he is well aware of the problems facing both young families and the wider community. He would be a truly local champion for everyone, young and old and would devote himself tirelessly to serving the area he loves.

    JAMES SAYS:

    We are very fortunate to call The Garden of England our home but there are problems in Maidstone and The Weald, of these traffic congestion and the resulting air pollution, are probably the most pressing.

    The Conservative Government and their chaotic mishandling of Brexit have cost taxpayers here in Maidstone and The Weald millions of pounds. It has also brought chaos to our roads. Remember Operation Stack? The Tory Brexit 'solution' Operation Brock, proved to be even more shambolic for the few days it was in operation! Imagine what it will be like if Brexit goes ahead.

    It is time to repair the damage caused by years of Tory austerity by major increases in funding for our children's education, our health services and the police, and to take the action needed to deal with the threat posed by climate change. .

    I promise to work tirelessly for the residents of Maidstone and The Weald.

  • George Koowaree
    Article: Oct 28, 2019

    George Koowaree says that Highways England should remove the M20 contraflow between Jct. 9 in Ashford and Jct. 8 in Maidstone as soon as possible. The London bound lane restrictions have been in place since April. Earlier today Highways England reintroduced the coastbound contraflow, resulting in M20 traffic being restricted to two narrow lanes each way.

  • WildflowerVerge
    Article: Oct 23, 2019

    Earlier this year Kent County Council gave unanimous support for a plan to protect and increase the habitats for bees and other pollinators. These are vital for plants and food production. The plan proposed planting more wildflowers, including on our highway verges. These good intentions have to be translated into positive action across Kent as a matter of urgency.

    At last week's County Council meeting Trudy Dean, Lib Dem county councillor for Malling Central, pressed the Cabinet Member on what steps Kent County Council was taking to encourage the planting of wildflower verges. The response was less than helpful, indicating that the County Council is still not taking the positive steps which were promised earlier.

    Trudy Dean commented afterwards. "We know that the numbers of bees and other pollinators are in serious decline. This will soon have severe consequences for much of Kent's agriculture unless the decline can be reversed.

    "Planting wildflowers is a key step towards improving pollinator-friendly habitats, and our highway verges are the perfect place to start. Local people are coming forward to set up local schemes, but they will need practical help and advice. I gave KCC the opportunity to provide a simple fast track guide to setting up a scheme, and the dusty response received is pretty useless ... no names, phone numbers, website links or volunteer group contact details.

    "If this is how KCC recruits volunteers, we aren't going to be making much progress any time soon."

    Trudy Dean's question and the response received are set out below:

    Question by Trudy Dean to Mike Whiting, Cabinet Member for Planning, Highways, Transport & Waste

    "Following the formal adoption of the Pollinator Action Plan at July's County Council, could the Cabinet Member please advise how local groups wishing to help establish wildflower rich verges should go about doing so and what support the County Council will provide them with?"

    Answer

    "If local groups have identified sites that they feel would make good wildflower verges and they would like to become involved, then they should contact our Highway Soft Landscape team. The team can discuss the proposals for each site and possible maintenance changes as well as reviewing the site with our partners Kent Wildlife Trust and the Bee Conservation Trust."

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