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About Martin Cllr Martin Cox

Martin has lived in Maidstone all his life and has been self-employed for the past 36 years. A Rotarian since 2007 and before that in Round Table, Martin currently runs a print, design and multimedia business from his shop just off the Sutton Road. He has 2 children, a daughter currently studying Business at Bath university and a son who is at Valley Park School doing A levels. Even though his children have left East Borough he will still give his support to them when asked, he can be seen around the ward virtually on a daily basis.

Martin was spurred on to stand for Councillor in 2011 after the Conservatives announced their plans to 'renovate' the High Street and their cuts to front line services. He immediately found himself as the centre of Lib Dem literature production. On the Council, Martin has sat on all committees bar Licensing and Communities Housing and Environment. In 2017 he was relieved to see the committee system that the Lib Dems fought for to give Maidstone a more democratic system to the residents of the Borough become our system of democracy.

Since 2018 Martin has been both Leader of the Liber Democrat Group on the Council and was voted by fellow councillors to be Leader of the Council at the AGM in May of the same year. The skills and abilities of the people who he has surrounded himself with to Chair the Committees and form and Strategic Plan for the foreseeable future are not all Liberal Democrats. They are the right people to get the job done and steer us in the right direction. We are fortunate to have a fine team of officers and directors that carry out the work needed, day in day out.

Martin is proud of all the work he has done so far, as well as being the 3rd generation of Councillors in his family (both his father Paul Cox and grandfather Percy Barden were councillors in the 1960s), but as always, there is more to be done.

"The best way to serve our residents and council is to get the job and the work needed, done with as little politics as possible. To work together, with those elected by you all, is both a privilege and an honour. It is a job that I will carry out with positivity, truth and continued value of fairness for everyone in the Borough".

He now finds himself as Deputy Leader of the Lib Dem Group and serving on the Policy& Resources Committee- Comprising of 15 Councillors

Its Purpose:

1. To make recommendations to the Council on budget and policy matters;

2. To provide strategic direction to the operation of the Council, determining policies in the areas set out below and any cross-cutting policies that impact on other Committee areas;

3. Make decisions regarding land and property including acquisition, disposal and appropriation;

4. Retain a strategic overview of risk management;

5. Be responsible for all policy matters not otherwise allocated to any other Committee and to determine any disputes or differences between Committees.

I feel sure that I can continue to be the voice of our ward and for the rest of maidstone by serving on this committee and also on the planning committee.

"We must strive to provide the best services and value for money for the residents of Maidstone. We must strive to provide vision and planning for the next generation coming through our education system. They are all being given to tools needed for jobs that might not even exist yet. We must not fail to have insight to provide the facilities to enable them to stay in the town they grew up in to let them bring their families up here too."

I am also Vice chair of Strategic Planning, Sustainability and Transportation Committee.

"Our great town is here for us all to live and work in, we must be sensible and look further then the end of the street before we say no to change."

How do I get in touch?

Email Address: martincox@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone: 01622 687371 (day) 07970 723975 (mobile)

Postal Address: 66 College Road, Maidstone, Kent. ME15 6SJ

What has Martin been up to?

  • Cllr Martin Cox
    Article: Dec 9, 2020

    As the Leader of the Couincil I would like us all to be encouraging residents to prepare ahead of Thursday 6 May 2021 - the date scheduled for them to have their say in the Borough, County, Police & Crime Commissioner and Parish Council Elections.

    Whilst the elections are six months away, MBC is already making plans to help residents stay safe when casting their vote.

  • test and trace image
    Article: Dec 8, 2020

    We wanted to make those who are eligeable aware of some support the Council are distributing.

    For those on a low income who are told to self-isolate because of Covid-19 and who cannot work from home, might be able to get a single payment of £500 from Maidstone Borough Council.

    The Council is supporting the government Test and Trace Support Payment scheme and is encouraging people who meet the criteria to apply online.

  • Covid 19 Tier 3 Info Poster
    Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By MBC comms

    Following the government announcement today that Maidstone Borough is set to enter Tier 3 - Very High Alert, as part of the national Covid Winter Plan, Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), is asking everyone to keep pulling together and continue to protect each other and the NHS.

    Tier 3 brings with it different restrictions and will be put in place as the second lockdown ends in England on 2 December. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has introduced a revised three tier system which will be reviewed every 14 days as part of regional approach, and this will last until March 2021.

  • 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.

  • Compaid Bus Service
    Article: Nov 23, 2018

    The Detling bus service is operated on behalf of Kent County Council by Compaid and provides a Monday-Friday service between Detling village and Maidstone via Vintners Park.

    The bus stops at the Crematorium and the Chiltern Hundreds pub on the way to its final destination in King Street in Maidstone. The service consists of four journeys per day starting from 09.45AM after having dropped school pupils off at Five Acre Wood School in Maidstone and finishing at 2.30PM in time for the bus to collect the pupils from the school and take them home again.

  • Fran WIlson
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    Following the Annual Budget Meeting on March 7th Maidstone Borough Council has agreed to increase the Council Tax by 2.99 per cent.

    Fran Wilson Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council said: " Over recent years Government cuts to Local Authority Funding have been very deep and there is no longer any fat to trim. We like the majority of Councils of various political colours have had to weigh an increases in Council Tax against the loss of major public services and like the majority of Councils including Conservative controlled Kent County Council we have reluctantly had to increase Council Tax by more than we would have in other circumstances.

  • 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.

  • Waitrose Sign
    Article: Sep 10, 2017
    By Ian Chittenden

    Waitrose pulls out of new development in Maidstone

    Waitrose have withdrawn their proposal to build a new store on the Eclipse Park site in Maidstone at J7 of the M20 which had already been given planning permission.

    The company have advised that in the present financial climate they will be concentrating on improving existing stores, which could be good news for their current store at Allington.

  • KCC Logo
    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.

  • 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.