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First Blood to Lib Dems in Maidstone Council Housing Numbers Debate

April 30, 2014 9:35 AM

Fran WIlson

The controversy over Conservative plans to impose a bloated housing target for Maidstone Borough took to the airwaves on Radio Kent Breakfast programme on Tuesday. Cllr. Fran Wilson (Leader of Maidstone Council Lib Dems) was interviewed alongside Tory, Labour, Independent, Green and UK Independence Party representatives.

There was a consensus across residents and neutral commentators who listened to the debate that Fran came out on top with her calm, reasoned and informed analysis of the development threat facing our countryside and communities. Her plea for housing targets to reflect the average population growth rate in Kent, and reference to the breadth of pressures on our creaking infrastructure, were especially well-received by listeners.

Lib Dem Planning spokesman Cllr. Tony Harwood commented: "This broadcast debate over the Conservative Council's bloated 19,600 housing target saw first blood go to the Lib Dems, with Cllr. Fran Wilson clearly speaking for the vast majority of Maidstone residents."