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  • Rob and Dan gyratory scheme
    Article: Oct 17, 2016
    By Rob Bird

    Gyratory construction works on schedule
    Maidstone residents will have seen plenty of work going on during the summer months at the Bridge Gyratory.

    The project is progressing well and it is currently expected that the substantial works will be completed on schedule in November.
    Lib Dem county councillors, Rob Bird and Dan Daley, together with local borough councillors continue to receive regular progress reports from Highways officers. Every effort is made to minimise traffic disruption during the peak periods and this will continue during the Autumn months. Up to now the additional congestion has not been as severe as many anticipated; let's hope this will continue.
    For further information on the project go to www.kent.gov.uk/maidstonebridges and for regular updates subscribe to the Twitter feed @maidstonebridge

  • rob and dan
    Article: Oct 17, 2016
    By KCC Cllr. Rob Bird

    Whilst agreeing that the new development of the BP Garage and M&S Foodstore at the corner of Conway Road and London Road appears to be more attractive commercially, all your local Lib Dem Councillors still have grave reservations about the safety of the access and exit arrangements.
    They made representations at the time of the Planning Committee decision but were overruled.
    Now that they see the actual 'on the ground' daily situation, they are completely convinced that they were right. The operators now agree that there are 'difficulties' and will be taking steps to rectify the situation. Dan Daley has already secured agreement from Kent Highways to double the 'no right turn'

  • Cllr Emily Fermor
    Article: Sep 29, 2016
    By Rob Bird

    Emily Fermor has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate and parliamentary spokesperson for Maidstone and The Weald.

    Emily has lived in Maidstone all her life and attended local schools, Boughton Monchelsea Primary School and Invicta Grammar School. She takes over from Jasper Gerard, who stood in the 2015 general election and is now working full time at Liberal Democrat HQ. Jasper has expressed his strong support for Emily's appointment, having worked closely with her in last year's general election period.

  • broken car theft
    Article: Sep 11, 2016

    Police have issued a warning after a spate of thefts from parked cars.

    On Wednesday and Thursday officers received seven reports of vehicles being targeted, mostly from the Loose and Shepway areas.

    Items taken include satnavs, tools and an mp3 player.

    Enquiries into the incidents are ongoing.

    Kent Police is now issuing advice with steps owners can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of theft.

  • Fran WIlson
    Article: May 23, 2016
    By Clive English (MBC Lib Dem Group Press Officer)

    Following the success of Maidstone Liberal Democrats in the recent elections for the Borough Council Councillor Fran Wilson has been re-elected as Leader of Maidstone Borough Council. In a close vote at the Council's Annual Meeting on Saturday 21st May Fran defeated the Conservative Leader Annabelle Blackmore by 27 votes to 23.
    Independent Group Leader Fay Gooch was also re-elected as Deputy Leader of the Council.

    Speaking after the meeting Fran said " In the year since the Council scrapped the Cabinet System and switched to a more democratic system a lot of progress has been made, including the formal submission of the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate, but there remain many serious issues and challenges to address, not least the growing problems of homelessness which have been significantly worsened by government policies, and the need to improve Maidstone's economy."

  • Rural Broadband pic
    Article: May 12, 2016
    By Clive English (MBC Lib Dem Group Press Officer)

    Fury as Government abandons Rural Communities.

    Rural Communities across Britain are shocked at the Government's announcement that it will not extend basic broadband provision to those rural areas that still do not have it. Fran Wilson the Leader of Maidstone Borough Council's Liberal Democrat Group has condemned the Government's decision and pledged to support efforts by the Local Government Association to reverse the decision.

    Fran said " The Government have attempted to justify this decision by saying that some people in rural areas do not wish to have a broadband connection, ignoring the majority of businesses and residents who do. This will undermine rural communities and businesses which are often already badly lacking in basic infrastructure and public services. This is frankly just an ill- considered short term financial saving, which will eventually prove to be badly damaging to rural communities throughout Britain."

  • 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.

  • action day
    Article: May 4, 2016

    Lib Dems Action Day success.

    Well done to all members from Maidstone and further afield who turned out in support of our Liberal Democrat candidates standing for the Maidstone Borough Council elections. This year Borough elections are being held only in Maidstone and Tunbridge wells.

    Michelle Hastie (Lib Dem Candidate for North ward) commented, "it was really pleasing that so many supporters joined us today. What was even more pleasing was the reception we were getting on the doorstep

    Article: Apr 21, 2016

    A Message from the Allington Liberal Democrat Team - A20 London Road Roadworks

    There was never any doubt that this set of roadworks at this particularly difficult and narrow part of the London Road was going to present a real problem with traffic control, once works were needed to reconfigure the cross-roads necessary to service the new development at The Orchards and in Beaver Road. So it has proved, in spite of the detailed instructions issued by Kent Highways to the contractors.

  • Cllrs Brian Clark, Ian Chittenden, Derek Mortimer
    Article: Mar 11, 2016

    A planning appeal which would have led to 220 homes being built on the current playing field of New Line Learning Academy has been dismissed by the government inspector following a lengthy campaign by local Lib Dems and residents.

    Maidstone Borough Council chose not to fight the appeal for fear of costs, over-ruling the views of the Lib Dem chaired Planning Committee which wished to continue to Contest the appeal. However North Loose Resident's Association moved forward with the appeal with support from residents and local Lib Dem councillors Ian Chittenden, Brian Clark and Derek Mortimer (who each appeared as expert witnesses at the public hearing).

  • MBC logo
    Article: Mar 9, 2016
    By MBC

    Local Plan FAQ's

    1) What stage is the local plan at and what happens next?

    A) The local plan has been worked on for a considerable period of time. The stage of the process just completed relates to 'preparation' or getting the content drafted and, following public consultation, agreed by Councillors. This is also known as the Regulation 18 stage. The next stage for the local plan is called 'publication' (or Regulation 19[1]).

  • Cranbourne ave
    Article: Mar 9, 2016

    Cllr Brian Clark's call to drop controversial Cranborne Avenue closure plan leads to agreement at Town Hall (once again)

    A series of traffic improvements along the A229 Loose Road corridor were presented by Kent Highways to Maidstone' Joint Transport Board at the town hall on Monday evening. One element of this included a controversial plan to close the exit of Cranborne Avenue onto the A229 at the Wheatsheaf junction. This plan had been unanimously rejected by Maidstone Borough's Strategic Planning committee in December.
  • Dave Naghi
    Article: Feb 23, 2016

    Local Businessman and long serving Maidstone Borough Councillor Dave Naghi has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest the forthcoming election for Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner.

    Dave has been a Borough Councillor for East Ward for 14 years and is currently a member of the Licensing Committee and a trustee of the Cutbush and Corrall Almshouses. He has a keen interest in youth issues and is Chairman of Maidstone Sea Cadets, and a member of the Kent Playing Fields Association and has had a long association with the Howard De Walden Youth Centre.

  • Local Councillors, Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at the polluted Wheatsheaf junction
    Article: Jan 27, 2016
    By KCC Cllr. Rob Bird

    Air pollution is estimated to kill over 10 times more people than car accidents.

    Air pollution is estimated to kill over 10 times more people than car accidents resulting in 29,000 people being killed prematurely each year in the UK.

    People with heart and lung conditions suffer most from increased levels of air pollution but, because they breathe more air for their body size than adults, children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality in the long term.

  • Development in Maidstone destined for a future of control through a local plan - not a free for all.
    Article: Jan 27, 2016

    In the last year there have been many changes at Maidstone Borough Council.
    For some time the Liberal Democrats have felt that the decision-making processes were not working well. With the support of Councillors from other parties they have introduced a new system where matters are discussed and decisions are made by all-party committees rather than by a cabinet of a few Councillors drawn from a single party.

  • Brian Clark and Derek Mortimer
    Article: Dec 17, 2015
    By Brian Clark

    New Tovil Housing allocations rejected by Borough Council.

    Following strong opposition from local residents, Tovil Parish Council and Lib Dem councillors Clive English and Derek Mortimer the Borough council's strategic planning Committee has unanimously rejected proposals to allocate the former waste tip south of Dean Street and land at Bydew's Place for housing. The Committee took the view that the sites would cause traffic problems, undermine the protection of the countryside, would not deliver the community facilities needed in Tovil and had not been the subject of proper consultation with the local community.

  • 20mph
    Article: Dec 12, 2015
    By Martin Cox

    The Liberal Democrat Group on Maidstone Borough Council were successful with their recent motion to full Council asking it to press Kent County Council to reconsider its existing policies on speed limits and to support a Borough-wide 20 mph speed limit on residential roads. The cross party support even amended the motion to push it straight to Strategic Planning Committee for gathering the information and evidence to make the idea as robust and informed as possible.
    Cllr. Denise Joy said "With our residents' support, we will follow other councils in protecting their residents from excessive speed and pollution".
    If you feel your residential area would benefit from a 20mph zone then please contact us to support what we have started in Maidstone, you may like to start a petition in your area.

  • JTB presentation of pettition for hayle road
    Article: Dec 12, 2015
    By Rob Bird

    At the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board meeting on Monday, local resident Dinesh Khadka presented a petition from 321 signatories calling on Kent County Council to install a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Old Tovil Road with Postley Road and Hayle Road.

    Presenting the petition, Mr Khadka reminded the Board that many pedestrians and cyclists have to cross the A229 Maidstone gyratory near this junction every day, including vulnerable pedestrians such as the elderly, schoolchildren and people with visual impairments and other disabilities.

  • Dorothy Lucy
    Article: Nov 26, 2015

    Kent County Councillor for Maidstone South, Brian Clark has highlighted the plight of residents at the Dorothy Lucy Centre who have received little in the way of reassurance that suitable alternative provision will be provided should the centre close. This is despite the assurances given to Cllr Clark by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services at the full council meeting of 22nd October 2015 that residents and day visitors would continue to receive high quality care at suitable alternative locations.

  • Alison Suttie (Baroness Suttie)
    Article: Nov 23, 2015

    There is a certain irony in 16 and 17-year-olds having to rely on unelected peers to stand up for their democratic rights. But as with opposition to tax credits, when Liberal Democrats have the opportunity to force the government to look again at bad decisions then we will do so. And we should be clear that excluding 16 and 17-year-olds from the debate over the UK's place in Europe would be a bad decision.