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  • Thameslink train
    Article: Dec 6, 2017

    Statement by Liberal Democrat County Councillors Rob Bird, Ian Chittenden & Dan Daley

    The many Maidstone commuters who travel to London each day are incensed by the news that the new Thameslink service has once more been delayed, for a further year until December 2019.

    While other counties continue to benefit from new railways investment and are given priority, West Kent has once again shunted into a siding.

  • Rob Field at the count
    Article: Dec 5, 2017

    North Ward by-election 30th November 2017

    Liberal Democrats Gain Maidstone's North Ward from the Conservatives

    Liberal Democrats have gained the North Ward seat on Maidstone Borough Council left vacant by the sudden resignation of a Conservative Councillor. Councillor Rob Field's return to the Town Hall seals a Liberal Democrat clean sweep of all three seats in the ward.

    Leader of the Council and Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr. Fran Wilson commented: "The trust placed in Rob by the residents of North Ward is a vote of confidence in the Liberal Democrats philosophy of working all year round not just at election time. Rob's victory proves once again communities who have experienced the effectiveness of Lib Dem representation stick with it."

    Newly elected Councillor Rob Field added: "I would like to thank local people for their support and pledge to work tirelessly to tackle the many challenges facing North Maidstone."

    Result

    Rob Field - Liberal Democrat 719

    Conservative 363

    Labour 270

    Green 47

  • Penenden Heath History Garden Site
    Article: Nov 21, 2017

    Work is now well underway on the superb new public garden close to the pavilion and tennis courts at Penenden Heath.

    Tony Harwood negotiated grant and developer funding to realise the residents and Liberal Democrat ambitious vision.

    Rob Field ( North Ward Candidate ) commented. "I am impressed by what has been achieved so far by all those involved."

  • Cllr Brian Clark at Loose Girl Guides 2017
    Article: Nov 21, 2017

    Last week Cllr Brian Clark was invited to talk to the Loose 2nd Girl Guides for democracy week which was similar to one I gave to year 6's at Park Way school previously.

    Brian took a few key points and dates - Magna Carta and various voting acts which widened the right to vote firstly for men, then women after WW1 and the current debate about voting at 16. I planned to take no more than 20 minutes but the girls had lots of questions it ended up being 40 minutes (we ended on a light note with a for their favourite pop star complete with ballot slips and a ballot box - it was clear (aside from the call for Ed Sheeran for PM), that these girls were very interested in the world around them.

  • Cllr Denise Joy
    Article: Nov 19, 2017
    By Derek Mortimer

    Lib Dems save Heather House community centre Park Wood Maidstone from closure.

    On Tuesday evening Liberal Democrat councilors spoke and voted to keep the lights on at the Heather House community centre in Park Wood. The centre was earmarked for closure within months due to maintenance and repair costs..
    Cllr Denise Joy said 'Obviously costs must be considered in a backdrop of severe cuts to local government, imposed by the Tory government's austerity agenda, but to loose this valued community building will be severe blow to local residents.
    After a lengthy debate the centre was saved from imminent closure and plans to secure a new centre will now be explored.
    Cllr Derek Mortimer spoke passionately against closure, commenting, "We had to keep it open, history shows that closure would likely be the end for the facility". He continued ' Park Wood is crying out for a modern community centre and I did not want to see a band-aid approach for such an important local site. In making this decision we have taken the first step towards a brighter future for Park wood residents."


    Derek Mortimer, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Maidstone South Ward
    Tel 07825 9169
    30 Twitter @dereklibdems

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