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  • 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
  • Election Poster
    Article: Nov 8, 2017

    Read the by election focus here.(Download)

    Rob is Kent born and bred, and has lived in Maidstone for 14 years and locally with his family since 2009.
    He has primarily worked for Kent based organisations including Kent County Council, Medway Council and the NHS, before starting his own business working with NHS Trusts to manage demand in A & E departments and maximise performance of minor injuries units. Rob has also served as a Maidstone Borough Councillor, gaining a reputation as a tough and effective advocate for Maidstone residents.

    Candidate for North Ward Rob Field
    ROB SAYS,"I HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT THE BATTLES WHICH LAY AHEAD IN DEFENDING OUR HARD-WON LOCAL QUALITY OF LIFE AND ENVIRONMENT. NORTH WARD FACES MANY CHALLENGES - BUT TOGETHER WE WILL WIN THROUGH."
    PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR SUPPORT AT THE FORTHCOMING BY-ELECTION ON THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER, AND IF ELECTED, I PLEDGE TO WORK TIRELESSLY FOR NORTH WARD AS PART OF A STRONG LOCAL LIBERAL DEMOCRAT TEAM."

    READ THE ELECTION NORTH WARD FOCUS WHEN IT COMES THROUGH YOUR DOOR.

    ON THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER - USE YOUR VOTE WISELY.

    MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR VOTE.

    VOTE ROB FIELD

    VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT

    "I am delighted Rob is standing. He is just the sort of councillor North is use to, someone that is genuinely concerned about people and passionate about local issues and someone that lives on the doorstep of the local community",

    Martin Cox, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Maidstone Borough Council

    "Rob is someone that genuinely cares about the community",

    North Ward Councillor Michelle Hastie

    "and someone who believes that everyone should be treated equally and fairly",

    North Ward Councillor Tony Harwood

  • Cllr. Martin Cox
    Article: Nov 3, 2017

    Lib Dems Secure Local Plan

    Maidstone Borough Council has adopted a new Local Plan. This document, required by Government, identifies sites for new development, provides some limited local landscape protection, and will facilitate delivery of new infrastructure. The new plan will run until 2031, but is subject to a review in 2021.
    Despite widespread anger at the level of housebuilding imposed on Maidstone by the Government's housing targets, it had become increasingly clear that the Council had to adopt a new plan in order to gain some control over where and how development took place, and to try to prevent the Government intervening and imposing an even higher level of development in Maidstone.

  • Cllr Harwood at Calder Road - Flytip
    Article: Oct 25, 2017

    Local Lib Dems Move Fast to Tackle Toxic Fly Tip

    Cllr. Tony Harwood worked fast to respond to local reports of a commercial
    fly tip, involving asbestos board tiles and paint, at the garage block at
    the bottom of Calder Road.

    Tony went straight out to the site on receiving the initial report, where he photographed the fly tip, collected together the dumped materials, well away from the informal path through the site, and contacted Maidstone Borough Council's Environmental Enforcement team and Golding Homes (the landowner).
    The site was quickly cleaned-up and evidence gathered to assist future enforcement action.

    If you are aware of any fly tips or serious littering problems in your areaplease get in touch with one of your local Lib Dem Councillors.

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