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Bryan Vizzard - Fighting for Heath Ward

Bryan is a long term resident of Maidstone, with his grandchildren going to schools in the Maidstone area. As well as being borough councillor for Heath Ward, Bryan is also a trustee of the Maidstone Museum Foundation and board member of Age UK Maidstone. Bryan currently sits on the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board. He has also been making a big contribution to the Audit, Governance and Standards Committee and will, as a Lib Dem Councillor, represent your views at any committee meeting you ask him to go to from his Heath Ward post.

Bryan is paticularly proud of working with Kent County Councillors to cancel the proposed bus route through Tarragon Road and introducing the speed limits by St Francis' School. He is still working hard though, oppossing the Gyratory system around St Andrews Road and excessive development in Hermitage Lane.

How do I contact Bryan?

Email Address: bryanvizzard@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone No: 07957 442994

Postal Address: 1 St Andrew's Close, Barming, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9LP

What has Bryan been up to?

  • winning here
    Article: May 7, 2016
    By Jane Bird / Martin Cox

    We extend our thanks to everyone who voted for us and helped us to achieve these excellent results.

    Liberal Democrats pulled off two tremendous wins in the Maidstone Borough elections. Georgia Harvey won Bridge Ward beating the Conservative by 43 votes. Then after several nail biting recounts Emily Fermor won Coxheath by just 1 vote over her Tory rival.

  • Heath
    Article: Mar 31, 2015

    Heath Ward Lib Dem councillors Bryan Vizzard and James Willis have worked hard with local residents to protect Oakwood Road and the surrounding area from more traffic blight. The Tory-led Borough Council wanted to open the door to building 60 houses on land off of Oakwood Road and behind Bower Mount Road, adding traffic to what is already a very busy route. Lib Dem councillors, working with local residents, have forced a rethink and it has been agreed that this site will be removed from the Local Plan.

  • Article: Apr 4, 2014

    Eagle-eyed Lib Dem campaigner James Willis spotted Maidstone Borough Council's hit list planning the closure of a number of local play areas. This list includes the play area in Freshland Road, West Maidstone, enjoyed by his toddler daughter Ava. He immediately notified local people and launched a petition. The petition, which has so far been signed over 200 local residents, asks that Freshland Road Park be saved.

  • Article: Mar 1, 2014

    Up to 20 children's play areas could be closed under Conservative plans.

    The news is buried in a council announcement about its so-called "Play Area Strategy" which identifies "85 strategically important play areas for investment."

    But eagle-eyed Lib Dem campaigner James Willis spotted the hit list, which will see the closure of a play area in Freshland Road, Heath Ward, enjoyed by his toddler daughter Ava. He immediately notified local people and launched a petition to save it. Sam Roach is launching a similar campaign in Fant.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2013

    Local people showed their anger and frustration on a noisy march in driving rain on Saturday over the failure of the Conservative council to protect Bluebell Wood in West Maidstone from development.

    They were sending an urgent message to the council and the developer to listen to local people. Protestors started from St Andrews Road, marched along Hermitage lane to Allington. As the crowd passed the ancient wood - which would be hemmed-in by development and fragmented by an access road and footways under plans submitted by the developer, Croudace - the rain finally rested and the sun snuck into view.

  • Article: Oct 24, 2013

    As Croudace submit plans for 500 dwellings on green field site, Maidstone Cabinet's decision in March to expand development footprint places Bluebell Wood and local quality of life under major threat

    County Councillors Dan Daley and Rob Bird report:

    "The worst fears of local Lib Dem councillors and residents on Croudace's 'green field' development plans have now come to pass, with the submission of an 'outline planning application' for up to 500 homes - in advance of any Local Plan Public Inquiry. We prophesied just such a move in the wake of the disastrous decision by Maidstone Council's Conservative Cabinet last March to significantly extend the development footprint of the Croudace housing allocation This had originally been imposed by an unelected Planning Inspector as a part of the 2000 Maidstone Borough-wide Local Plan.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2013

    BBC camera crews and residents packed St. Nicholas Church Hall in Allington last night to debate the future of Maidstone's irreplaceable ancient woodlands in a meeting organised by Jasper Gerard, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner.

    Jasper had promised to hold a meeting after the Conservative cabinet on Maidstone Borough Council refused to listen to residents when a team of Liberal Democrats and local campaigners handed in a 2,000 name petition against the development of Bluebell Wood.

  • Article: Aug 28, 2013

    Ever popular Barming Primary School is installing a second portakabin classroom.

    The first arrived in 2012 and was intended to last a year while the school converted roof-space for extra classrooms. This proved too expensive so pupils and teachers at the heavily over-subscribed school will have to make do with portakabins for another two years while the primary seeks additional funding.

  • NAGs dog show 3
    Article: Aug 5, 2013

    A dog show was the highlight on Sunday afternoon when campaigners fighting to save Bluebell Wood held a picnic in Westminster Square, West Maidstone. Sun-loving families also enjoyed sack races organised by resident-group "NAAGs" (New Allington Action Group).

    The dog show was judged by Jasper Gerard, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner who led the 2,000-name "Save Bluebell Wood" petition with local man James Willis and Heath councillor Bryan Vizzard. Dog owners enjoy walking in the wood, which is under threat from housing-development. Competitors from as young as four to more mature citizens attempted trials with their trusty pets for obedience, agility and even speed, ending in a fiercely fought race - with one owner last seen being dragged at high speed by his dog in the general direction of Folkestone. There were comic scenes as dogs sent obstacles clattering and owners struggled to control the more spirited entrants.

  • Local Lib Dem Heath Ward Borough Councillor Bryan Vizzard and Jenni Sharp with Lib Dem Leader Fran Wilson and Lib Dem Deputy Leader Tony Harwood
    Article: Jul 13, 2013

    Local Despair as Conservative Onslaught Against our Ancient Woodland Heritage Gathers Pace

    Secretary of State Eric Pickles (Con) has rubber-stamped the shameful decision by Conservative-run Kent County Council to approve a major quarry extension at Oaken Wood, nr. Barming, which will totally destroy some 33 hectares of ancient woodland, the UK's most wildlife-rich habitat and our equivalent of rainforest.