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Cllr. Tony Harwood - Fighting for North Maidstone

Tony was born and bred in Maidstone and attended local schools Eastborough, Vinters Boys and Maidstone Grammar. He is an emergency planner by profession, originally with Kent Fire Brigade and now with KCC Flood Risk and Natural Environment Team.

Inspired by a determination to fight to protect our local quality of life and environment Tony has served as a Borough Councillor since 1989. During this time he has gained a formidable reputation as a tough, hard-working and effective campaigner.

How do I contact Tony?

Email Address: tonyharwood@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone No: 01622 677578

Postal Address: c/o Lib Dem Office, Maidstone Borough Council, 1st Floor, Maidstone House, Maidstone Borough Council, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ

What has Tony been up to recently?

  • Green Sand ridge - Bought0n Monchelsea
    Article: Nov 14, 2018
    By Brian Clark

    Lib Dems seek National Protection for Greensand Ridge and Maidstone borough's "Landscapes of Local Value" sites

    Lib Dem Maidstone Borough Councillor Brian Clark has successfully gained cross party support for a proposal to strengthen the "Landscape of Local Value" sites identified in Maidstone's Local Plan, and progress a Lib Dem initiative spearheaded by Cllr Tony Harwood to gain "Area of National Beauty" (ANOB) designation for the wildlife rich Greensand Ridge. At November's Strategic Planning and Sustainable Transport (SPST) committee meeting, Maidstone Council officers recommended that the committee consider AONB 'sub-tier' protection for the Greensand Ridge but Cllr Clark, in seeking to progress his group's determination to gain greater countryside protection, proposed that the borough instead seek full ANOB status for site.

  • 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 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.

  • Cllr Tony Harwood and memorial
    Article: Sep 10, 2017

    Maidstone's Forgotten War Dead Remembered At Last

    A memorial was unveiled in Brenchley Gardens on 1st June, 369 years to the day and on the precise spot of the last action of the Battle of Maidstone.

    This pivotal English Civil War battle saw its opening Parliamentarian probing attacks fought on the fringes of Maidstone at East Farleigh Bridge and then Penenden Heath, followed by brutal urban warfare fought street to street and house to house through the town centre, towards Gabriel's Hill, before a desperate Royalist last stand and break-out from St Faith's Churchyard (now part of Brenchley Gardens).

  • litter pick
    Article: Aug 16, 2015
    By TH

    Ringlestone Community Clean-up

    Community spirited residents joined local Liberal Democrat Councillor Tony Harwood on Saturday morning for a summer clean-up of Dickens Road open space, Pepper Alley and River Medway tow-path. The litter and fly-tipping haul included scores of beer cans, wine bottles, angling detritus, a baby car seat and garden refuse. Most of this totally irresponsibly dumped rubbish posed a potential danger to local children and wildlife.

  • Parking sign
    Article: Jul 15, 2015

    Monckton's Lane - Parking restrictions - The extent of additional

    restrictions at the bottom of Monckton's lane have finally been

    agreed and will go out to local consultation shortly.

  • Five Acre Wood on Boughton Lane
    Article: Jul 13, 2015

    At Last Some Good News for our Local Countryside

    Many local residents raised concerns regarding plans for a new housing development on the field at the junction of New Cut and Bearsted Roads. This site is well known for the rabbits often seen grazing the surrounding verges on summer evenings.

    Maidstone Council refused the application but the developer appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

  • Whatman Mill
    Article: Jul 7, 2015
    By IC in North Ward Focus july 2015

    Following a high profile campaign by local residents, supported by local Lib Dems Councillors, Historic England (formerly English Heritage) are considering whether Springfield Mill should be protected by Listing.

    Local Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood contributed to the Historic England report, which sets out the factual information upon which the final decision will be made. Maidstone Council are promoting high density housing for the Mill site within their draft Local Plan. However, local Lib Dems believe that this strategically located site would make a great new business park, along the lines of Turkey Mill.

  • Dog fouling sign
    Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Spotlight on Irresponsible Dog Owners in North Ward

    Your local Lib Dem Councillors have praised the initiative of a local Sandling Primary School pupil, after receiving a powerfully argued letter demanding tougher action against the fouling of our footpaths and green spaces with dog mess.

    This heart-felt approach came hot on the heels of a number of successful enforcement actions by Maidstone Council against irresponsible dog owners within our patch. These actions were effective because of intelligence provided by local residents, which allowed council resources to be used efficiently. If you are aware of a problem with dog fouling in your area please pass any intelligence you can gather to the Council's Environmental Enforcement Team (or your local Lib Dem Councillors). Key information required includes locations, the time of day fouling occurs, and if possible a description of the dog owners and their pet(s).

  • Local Lib Dems
    Article: Mar 8, 2015

    Local Lib Dem Councillors Jenni Paterson and Tony Harwood were joined by local residents in a big spring clean on Saturday 7th March, centred upon Chatham Road in north Maidstone.

    A monster haul of litter and fly-tipping, which included a discarded wheel-barrow and a toilet seat, was collected from verges and woodland flanking Chatham Road on a sunny Saturday morning. The clean-up was so appreciated by locals that passers-by actually took photographs and stopped to chat and thank the intrepid litter pickers. At the end of the spring clean the volunteers dropped into St. Faith's Hall for tea and pancakes!