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    Article: Mar 14, 2017

    Highway Improvements in Your Area Resurfacing A249 Sittingbourne Road,

    Maidstone When we plan to carry out the work and how long it will take: This is to let you know that, as part of the maintenance and improvement of the highway, Kent County Council will be resurfacing the northbound A249 Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone between the Kent County Showground and the northbound services.

  • Emily Fermor
    Article: Mar 2, 2017
    By Emily Fermor

    One in three West Kent GPs and nurses set to retire by 2020

    A report by Emily Fermor, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Maidstone & The Weald

    The long-anticipated, and much-feared, winter crisis in our health service has dominated the headlines recently. Locally this is the tip of the iceberg. For residents in Maidstone, GP services are no longer fit for purpose.Increasing demand for primary care in our borough has caused an agonising and growing problem for years now. Many have relayed to me how they are unable to get appointments, and for people moving homes, joining a local practice has been near impossible. I found out more at a recent meeting of the West Kent Health and Wellbeing Board, where they discussed NHS, social care and public health where we live. I was taken aback by the severe shortage of GPs in West Kent. And from what I heard, the problem will only get worse.
    A local GP told me that the demand for GPs in West Kent is rising, but young doctors are not joining the profession to fill the vacancies - they're even training locally, but not staying here. More worrying is that a third of all current GPs and nurses will be retired by 2020. So Mrs May's latest demand that GP surgeries should be open for longer hours is frankly ridiculous.
    This all means that residents are missing out on a continuity of care which is a huge failing. The situation has been brushed under the carpet for too long. It needs immediate action, joined-up thinking, and planning for the long-term

  • Voting!
    Article: Mar 2, 2017
    By Fran Wilson & Clive English

    Last night at a Full Council meeting the Conservatives voted against budget proposals for 2017 / 18 , which included an agreed amendment to accept the Government' s offer to increase Planning charges, both of which earlier in the evening they had unanimously approved.

    They appeared to make this about turn in a fit of pique because their own budget amendment had been rejected. This had suggested setting up a fund for accelerated enforcement action by raiding the Council's modest savings and taking £50,000 away from the budget of the museum.

  • HGV stuck Yalding
    Article: Feb 5, 2017

    Local Government Association (LGA) has called local authorities to have powers to compel all lorry drivers who use satnavs to use commercial models following a fresh catalogue of chaos on the nation's roads. For the LGA statement click here.

    Kent residents are fed up with large lorries clogging up villages and town centres, getting stuck on tight medieval bridges or in residential streets, or thundering down narrow country lanes. All too often lorry drivers are relying on phones or basic satnavs, totally oblivious of weight limits or roads which are too narrow or otherwise unsuitable for large and heavy vehicles.

  • Air Quality Warning...
    Article: Dec 8, 2016
    By Clive English and Derek Mortimer

    Fighting for Breath- Maidstone Council finally begins to take our poor air quality seriously.

    Despite continually raising the issue of Maidstone's poor air quality and the health hazards it poses Maidstone Borough Council Liberal Democrats were unable to make much progress until recently as the Conservative Cabinet members at the Council refused to take the issue seriously, Indeed former Conservative Council Leader Chris Garland argued that Air quality is an issue "no one cares about and the Council should spend no money on"

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