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About Dave


The father-of-three grew up in Maidstone, where he runs his construction business. He is concerned about road safety and excessive development. He has served on the borough council since 2002, sits on the Licensing Committee and is chairman of the Lib Dem Borough Council group. He stood at two general elections. He has run youth clubs at Howard de Walden for many years and is centre manger. He is Chairman of Maidstone Sea Cadets. He is currently the Deputy Mayor of our Town and is looking forward to wearing the Chain of office next year.

How do I get in touch?

Email Address: davidnaghi@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone No: 07970626829

What has Dave been up to?

  • 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.

  • A249 Bearsted Road Maidstone Major Infrastructure Improvement
    Article: May 14, 2018
    By Ian Chittenden

    A249 Bearsted Road Maidstone Major Infrastructure Improvement

    Following the successful National Productivity Investment Fund bid, Kent County Council has been awarded £9.399m of Government allocation. This combines with £1.5m in developer contributions and £500k investment from Maidstone Borough Council to deliver a congestion busting improvement on the A249 Bearsted Road. This involves the widening of the carriageway between Bearsted Road and New Cut Road roundabouts, the connection onto the M20 and other works necessary to join other connecting local roads.

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    Waitrose have withdrawn their proposal to build a new store on the Eclipse Park site in Maidstone at J7 of the M20 which had already been given planning permission.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

  • Local Lib Dem Councillors
    Article: Jun 13, 2014

    Local Lib Dem Councillors have defeated developer plans for a massive, car-dependent out-of-town retail complex in the foreground of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Newnham Court. The proposed mega-complex would have covered a whopping 28,102 square metres, and be twice the size of Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre! To provide some perspective the current uses on the site cover only 6,642 square metres.

  • Article: May 7, 2014

    Jasper Gerard attended the Gurkha Boxing Club open show in Maidstone on Saturday night. Lib Dem councillors Clive English and Dave Naghi were also present.

    The club, run by a prize-fighting ex-Gurkha soldier and helped by other Gurkha volunteers, trains local youngsters of all ethnic groups.

    A large crowd witnessed exciting bouts for all ages and indeed sexes, organised by Dinesh Khadka and retired Gurkha officers.

  • Article: Apr 30, 2013

    Maidstones Conservative have put 160 areas in Maidstone under threat from the concrete mixer in their effort to squeeze 15,000 more houses into our town. Please see below for the full list and click here for a pdf map of all the areas under threat.

    Development proposed

    Reference number

    Site address

    Ward

    Parish

    Settlement type
    Housing HO-10 Land off Oakapple Lane Barming Barming Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-113 Land to the west of North Street Barming Barming Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-129 Church Cross House, Church Lane Barming Barming Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-20 Hoppersfield, Tonbridge Road Barming Barming Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-60 Land at Oakapple Lane Barming Barming Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-55 Land adjacent to Cross Keys / Roundwell Bearsted Bearsted Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-5 Roseacre Farm, Bell Lane Bearsted Bearsted Urban
    Housing HO-40 Monchelsea Farm, Cock Street, Boughton Monchelsea Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton Boughton Monchelsea Rural
    Housing HO-99 Land at Boughton Mount, Boughton Lane Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton Boughton Monchelsea Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-120 Land at Hubbards Lane, Boughton Monchelsea Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton Boughton Monchelsea / Loose Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-112 Land at Boughton Lane, Loose Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton Boughton Monchelsea / Loose Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-109 Land at New Line Learning Academy, Boughton Lane South Boughton Monchelsea / Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-12 Land at Westfield Sole Road Boxley Boxley Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-146 Lordswood urban extension, west of Sindals Lane and north of Westfield Sole Road Boxley Boxley Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-26 Rochester Meadow, Old Chatham Road, Sandling Boxley Boxley Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-86 Grove Lodge, New Cut Road Boxley Boxley Urban
    Housing HO-69 Land at Penenden Heath, west of Eclipse Business Park Boxley Boxley / Maidstone Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-136 Land off Blind Lane and Dunn Street Road, Bredhurst Boxley Bredhurst Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-87 Land between Forge Lane and Chapel Lane, Bredhurst Boxley Bredhurst Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-17 Land at Ashford Drive, Kingswood Leeds Broomfield and Kingswood Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing, A1, B1c HO-154 Broomfield Park, Kingswood Leeds Broomfield and Kingswood Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-28 Land west of Wentways, Warmlake Road, Chart Sutton Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton Chart Sutton Rural
    Housing HO-145 Cleaveland, Chart Road, Chart Sutton Boughton Monchelsea and Chart Sutton Chart Sutton Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-119 Land at Linden Farm, Stockett Lane, Coxheath Coxheath and Hunton Coxheath Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-43 Land at Heathfield, Heath Road, Coxheath Coxheath and Hunton Coxheath Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-54 Land to the north of Heath Road, Coxheath Coxheath and Hunton Coxheath Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-62 Land at Forstal Lane, Coxheath Coxheath and Hunton Coxheath Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-116 Land at Detling (south) Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-117 Land at Detling (north) Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-118 Land north of Horish Wood, Detling Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-125 Land east of Hockers Lane, Detling Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-51 Hockers Farm, Phase 1, Orchard View, Detling Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-52 Hockers Farm, Phase 2, Orchard View, Detling Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-53 Hockers Farm, Phase 3, Orchard View, Detling Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-90 Land south of M20 and west of Hockers Lane, Detling Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-91 Hockers Lane Operational Depot, Hockers Lane, Detling Detling and Thurnham Detling Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-130 Land at 4 Malthouse Cottages, Dean Street, East Farleigh Coxheath and Hunton East Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-143 Land adjacent to Dean Street, East Farleigh Coxheath and Hunton East Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-19 Land adjacent to Dingley Dell, Heath Road, East Farleigh Coxheath and Hunton East Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-34 Land north of Pleasant Valley Lane, Dean Street, East Farleigh Coxheath and Hunton East Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-85 Moons Farm, Gallants Lane, East Farleigh Coxheath and Hunton East Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-88 Hazeldene Nursery, Dean Street, East Farleigh Coxheath and Hunton East Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-97 Land at the corner of Dean Street and Lower Road, East Farleigh Coxheath and Hunton East Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-108 Land east of Stede Hill and south of Pilgrims Way, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-29 Mayfield Nursery, Ashford Road, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-32 Louverne, Stede Hill, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-72 Land at Church Road, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-78 Land at West Street, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-79 Land at Bell Farm, East Street, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-8 Plot 2, Stede Hill, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-89 Millfield Reclamation Yard, Holm Mill Lane / Greenaway Lane, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing, school HO-156 Tongs Meadow and land at Harrietsham Primary School, West Street, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing, B1c, B2, B8 HO-157 Land south of Ashford Road, Harrietsham Harrietsham and Lenham Harrietsham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-105 Land at Moat Farm, Moat Road Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-131 Land adjacent to Lenham Road (next to tennis and cricket club) Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-132 Land adjacent to Lenham Road Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-133 Land A, rear of Knaves Acre Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-134 Land B, rear of Knaves Acre Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-135 Land between Grigg Lane and Lenham Road Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-144 Old School Nursery, Station Road Headcorn Headcorn RSC
    Housing HO-30 Land to rear of Elizabeth House, Grigg Lane Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-36 Twelve Acre Farm, Grigg Lane Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-6 Land at Kent Cottage, Grigg Lane Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-65 Land north west of Maidstone Road Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-7 Land between Ulcombe Road and Millbank Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-70 Land at Kings Road Headcorn Headcorn Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-153 Land at Great Love Farm, Love Lane Headcorn Headcorn Rural
    Housing HO-24 Land at Maidstone Road Headcorn Headcorn Rural
    Housing HO-152 Greengates, Lenham Road Headcorn Headcorn Rural
    Housing HO-13 Land adjacent to Woodside, Firs Lane, Hollingbourne North Downs Hollingbourne Rural
    Housing HO-138 Land off Musket Lane, Hollingbourne North Downs Hollingbourne Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-141 Land adjacent to Hollingbourne Station, Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne North Downs Hollingbourne Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-58 Land south of Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne North Downs Hollingbourne Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-96 Land adjacent to Godfrey House, Eyhorne Street, Hollingbourne North Downs Hollingbourne Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing, community use HO-159 Five Acre site adjacent Bensted Close, West Street, Hunton Coxheath and Hunton Hunton Rural
    Housing HO-16 Land opposite Green Lane Cottages, Green Lane, Langley Sutton Valence and Langley Langley Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-31 Land south of Sutton Road Sutton Valence and Langley Langley Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-1 Land at Horseshoes Lane, Langley Sutton Valence and Langley Langley Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-2 Bicknor Farm, Sutton Road Downswood and Otham Langley / Otham Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-11 The Old Goods Yard, Headcorn Road, Lenham Harrietsham and Lenham Lenham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-46 Land at Ham Lane, Lenham Harrietsham and Lenham Lenham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-48 Land at Glebe Gardens, Lenham Harrietsham and Lenham Lenham Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-111 Redwall Farmhouse, Redwall Lane, Linton Coxheath and Hunton Linton Rural
    Housing HO-44 Land at Vicarage Field, Linton Hill, Linton Coxheath and Hunton Linton Rural
    Housing HO-56 Herts Farm, Old Loose Hill Loose Loose Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-57 The Old Quarry, Well Street Loose Loose Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-63 Land at Hubbards Lane / Haste Hill Road, Boughton Monchelsea Loose Loose Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-82 Land at New Line Learning Academy, Heath Road Loose Loose Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-139 41 and 56 Valley Drive Loose Loose Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-107 Bridge Nurseries, London Road Allington Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-66 Land east of Hermitage Lane Allington Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-25 6 Tonbridge Road Bridge Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-74 Land at Fant Farm Fant Maidstone Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-95 Land at Farleigh Lane and Gatland Lane Fant Maidstone Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-103 Laguna Motorcycles, Hart Street Fant Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-137 Land rear of 109 and 111 Tonbridge Road Fant Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-140 Land rear of 127-141 Tonbridge Road Fant Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-142 Land at 1B Whitmore Street Fant Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-83 Gatland House, Gatland Lane Fant Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-41 Land west of Hermitage Lane Heath Maidstone Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-128 Land at Longsole Church, Long Rede Lane, Barming Heath Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-3 Land off Marigold Way Heath Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-121 19-59 John Street North Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-76 Land to rear of Kent Police HQ, Sutton Road Park Wood Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-77 Land at Kent Police Training School, Sutton Road Park Wood Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-93 Site at Cuxton Road Park Wood Maidstone Urban
    Housing, A1, school HO-158 Land at Langley Park, Sutton Road Park Wood Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-50 The Mote Cricket Club, Willow Way Shepway North Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-127 8-28 Boughton Lane, Loose South Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-4 Land rear of 3 Cripple Street South Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-49 466-470 Loose Road South Maidstone Urban
    Housing HO-151 Church Farm, Maidstone Road, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-27 Land north of Howland Road, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-45 Land at Marden Cricket and Hockey Club, Stanley Road, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-47 The MAP Depot, Goudhurst Road, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-110 Chapel Field, Plain Road, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Rural
    Housing HO-115 Copper Lane Pasture, Copper Lane, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-149 Land east of South Road, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-35 Land at Dairy Lane, Chainhurst, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Rural
    Housing HO-59 The Parsonage, land south of Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-73 Land at Stanley Farm, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-84 Land at Prospect House, Hunton Road, Marden Marden and Yalding Marden Rural
    Housing HO-37 Highwoods Farm Packing Shed, Holly Farm, Holly Farm Road, Otham Downswood and Otham Otham Rural
    Housing HO-38 Holly Farm, Holly Farm Road, Otham Downswood and Otham Otham Rural
    Housing HO-23 Gore Court, Church Road, Otham Downswood and Otham Otham Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-33 Land north of Sutton Road Downswood and Otham Otham Urban
    Housing, employment use not specified HO-155 Maidstone urban extension Downswood and Otham / Leeds / Sutton Valence and Langley Otham / Langley / Leeds Rural
    Housing HO-123 Land to the east of Church Road and north of Sutton Road Downswood and Otham Otham / Maidstone Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-100 Fishers Farm, Fishers Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-106 Rectory Fields, Frittenden Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-114 Land to the south of Oliver Road Staplehurst Staplehurst RSC
    Housing HO-122 Land south of Marden Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-126 Land at Fishers Farm, Fishers Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-14 Land at Millfield House, Headcorn Road Staplehurst Staplehurst RSC
    Housing HO-147 Land rear of The Bell Inn, High Street Staplehurst Staplehurst RSC
    Housing HO-15 Land off Headcorn Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-39 Land at Iden Park, Cranbrook Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-61 Land adjoining Fishers Oast, Fishers Farm, Fishers Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-71 Land north of Marden Road Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing HO-81 Land at Sweetlands Lane Staplehurst Staplehurst Adjacent RSC
    Housing, B1 HO-160 The Grange, George Street Staplehurst Staplehurst Rural
    Housing H0-102 Bletchingly Farm, Pristling Lane Staplehurst Staplehurst Rural
    Housing HO-104 Land at Valdene Industrial Estate, Sutton Valence Sutton Valence and Langley Sutton Valence Rural
    Housing HO-92 Land to the north of Redic House, Warmlake Road, Sutton Valence Sutton Valence and Langley Sutton Valence Rural
    Housing HO-94 Warmlake Business Park, Maidstone Road, Sutton Valence Sutton Valence and Langley Sutton Valence Rural
    Housing HO-64 Land at South Lane, Sutton Valence Sutton Valence and Langley Sutton Valence Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-42 The Walled Gardens, Barham Court, Tonbridge Road, Teston Barming Teston Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-18 Land at junction of Caring Lane and A20, Bearsted Detling and Thurnham Thurnham Rural
    Housing HO-80 Land rear of 12 Caring Lane, Bearsted Detling and Thurnham Thurnham Rural
    Housing HO-9 Puddledock, Caring Lane, Bearsted Detling and Thurnham Thurnham Rural
    Housing HO-101 Land at Barty Farm, Roundwell, Bearsted Detling and Thurnham Thurnham Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-21 Land north of Teasaucer Hill South Tovil Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-22 Land north of Cripple Street, Loose South Tovil Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-68 Land at Postley Road South Tovil Adjacent urban
    Housing HO-67 Land west of Burial Ground Lane, Tovil South Tovil Urban
    Housing HO-148 The Acre, Eastwood Road, Ulcombe Headcorn Ulcombe Rural
    Housing HO-124 Land off Bow Hill, Wateringbury Coxheath and Hunton West Farleigh Rural
    Housing HO-98 Land at Vicarage Road, Yalding Marden and Yalding Yalding Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-150 Land to the north of Vicarage Road, Yalding Marden and Yalding Yalding Adjacent rural settlement
    Housing HO-75 Land at Teiseside Nurseries, Lees Road, Laddingford Marden and Yalding Yalding Adjacent rural settlement
  • Article: Apr 15, 2013

    Maidstone Liberal Democrats totally reject the "working figure" of 14,800 new houses for the period up to 2031 adopted by Conservative-run Maidstone Borough Council.

    The local Lib Dem position is clear: empirical evidence, rigorously informed by the all too clear constraints to unfettered growth, must be gathered by Council officials to identify a sustainable figure for new housing (and other development). Our long-term vision is for a truly green Borough with an excellent quality of life and Maidstone's countryside and green spaces protected.

  • Article: Apr 9, 2013

    Rob Bird (Lib. Dem. KCC Councillor - Maidstone Central)

    Press release: introducing YOUR Liberal Democrat team for the Kent County Council Elections on May 2nd

    PROTECTING MAIDSTONE AND THE WEALD

    Protecting our open spaces from Tory plans to force 15,000 more houses into our already creaking, over-crowded borough

    Protecting our families from dangerous, poorly maintained roads without adequate crossing points, pavements or lighting

    Protecting our children from a failing school system that has been condemned by Ofsted and which is pitifully unprepared for our massively growing population.

    "The Liberal Democrats have a full slate of excellent county council candidates," says Jasper Gerard, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesman for Maidstone and the Weald. "I have been out on the doorstep with most of the candidates already and am really impressed by their dedication and determination to defend their areas."

    And what a contrast that makes with the Conservatives. "Conservatives at County Hall are at war with their colleagues on the borough council for wanting to build all these extra houses," said Gerard. "There is no plan to support these developments. We already have traffic gridlock and a financial crisis that means there is no money for additional roads, schools or surgeries.

    "Kent County Council is failing a generation of children, leaving Maidstone schools with some of the poorest performances in England. Yet still its county councillors find money for more spin doctors, logos and £4.5m for consultants to explain away chronic failure.

    "I keep meeting local people who say they will never vote Conservative again, be it those flabbergasted that the Tories should want to ruin a green-field in Staplehurst for another Tesco, or install a bus lane on an already gridlocked road in South Maidstone, or build houses on a nature reserve in Allington, or even the wild, barmy talk of ripping out all the street lights around Maidstone Hospital.

    "On May 2nd, the people of Maidstone will have their chance to tell Helen Grant's squabbling, incompetent Conservatives precisely what they think of the Tory record. Labour is off the map in Maidstone and the Weald: anyone who wants to protect their town or their countryside must back the Liberal Democrats."

    Liberal Democrats will be defending three seats (two in Maidstone Central and one in Maidstone North East). They will be fighting vigorous campaigns in all nine divisions in the Maidstone area, as well as Cranbrook and surrounding villages in the borough of Tunbridge Wells which forms a valued part of the constituency of Maidstone and the Weald.

    LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES FOR THE KENT COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON MAY 2ND 2013:

    Rob Bird: Maidstone Central (sitting county councillor)

    Rob and his family have lived in Kent for three decades. He retired from a successful career in financial management four years ago. Rob is a volunteer mentor with Kent Foundation helping young people start businesses and is a tireless campaigner for disadvantaged people.

    Rob was elected as county councillor for Maidstone Central in October 2012, following the death of Malcolm Robertson. He is particularly concerned about Kent County Council's failure to provide a good education for all our children.

    CONTACT: 07887 897427 or robhbird@gmail.com


    Ian Chittenden: Maidstone North East (sitting county councillor)

    Ian is a tireless local campaigner who has lived with his family in Maidstone for over four decades and is a borough councillor for East Ward. He is campaigning strongly against further development at Junction 7 of the M20. He has been county councillor for the NE division for the last six years, having retired as a senior manager in the construction industry. Ian is shadow cabinet member for Environment, Highways and Waste at County Hall and sits on the Planning and Regulation Committees. He was a member of the Kent Police Authority for three years and is a Trustee of the Howard de Walden Centre.

    CONTACT: 07880 798163 or ian.gills@btinternet.com

    Dan Daley: Maidstone Central (sitting county councillor)

    For seven years Dan has been Lib Dem spokesman on the County Council covering health service provision and new commissioning arrangements. He's concerned that the new reliance on health service provision is unsustainable due to lack of community nurses and carers. He grew involved in politics when campaigning to save playing fields in Allington. Now, 25 years on, the nature lover is still fighting for the voice of Maidstone to be heard. He is also trustee of three local charities and a borough councillor for Allington.

    CONTACT: 07887956900 or dandaley@maidstone.gov.uk

    Brian Clark: Maidstone South

    Brian is a familiar local figure who has run Loose Post Office for seven years and campaigned tirelessly for residents. He was born and grew up in this, the area he loves.

    Brian, 43, is married with two children who attend local schools. With a Masters in Engineering Brian enjoyed a successful career as a senior manager in America's Silicon Valley before returning home. It is this combination of local commitment and professional expertise he will bring to the role. An active campaigner with the North Loose Residents' Association who has won many local conservation battles.

    CONTACT: 07963757767 or brianclark.ld@gmail.com

    Derek Mortimer: Maidstone Rural South

    Since his election to both parish and borough council Derek has won a reputation for fighting unwanted development, skills he is putting to good use in campaigning for Staplehurst residents to have a say in the possible building of a new Tesco.

    The married father has lived in the Maidstone area for 34 years and after a successful career has devoted himself to politics full time. He sits on various borough committees but is happiest out meeting residents, learning of their concerns. He vows to fight waste on Kent County Council after it was revealed it spent £4.5m on consultants.

    CONTACT: 07825 916930 or derekmortimer@maidstone.gov.uk

    Francis Rook: Cranbrook and surrounding villages

    Francis is a Tunbridge Wells borough councillor, chairman of Cranbrook and Sissinghurst parish council and a local businessman. He is now campaigning to give his area a voice on Kent County Council. He helped secure free parking in Cranbrook and had the old Fire Station turned into a visitor information centre. He will campaign against large foreign lorries hurtling through Cranbrook and excessive development in villages such as Hawkhurst as well as to get Benenden Primary built finally. He is also worried about poor educational opportunities in Kent. Francis, married with a son and step-son, was a radio operator in the merchant navy before setting up a successful printing business.

    CONTACT: 07946 148318 or francisrook@aol.com

  • Lib Dems launching their manifesto
    Article: Apr 7, 2010

    The Lib Dem group have today launched their local manifesto. Key highlights include:

    A cast iron guarantee that the Church Street Public conveniences will be re-opened

    That the weekend freighter service will be maintained

    That Mote Park is safe in Lib Dem hands

    For more information and detail on these and the other promises from your Lib Dem team, please visit the 2010 pledges page.