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
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'
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.
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.
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."
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