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Cllr. Derek Mortimer - Fighting for South Ward


Derek has lived in Maidstone for 39 years, and has represented South Ward on Maidstone Borough Council for the last 8 years.

He is the Vice chairman of

He is a member of Tovil Parish Council, a Trustee of both Maidstone YMCA and for the new Hayle Park Nature Reserve, and founding member of South Maidstone Action for Roads and Transport.

How do I contact Derek?


Email Address: derekmortimer@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone No: 07825 916930

Postal Address: 6 The Tail Race, Tovil Green, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YL

Twitter: @dereklibdems

What has Derek been up to?


  • Article: May 2, 2018

    We do not normally respond to Conservative negative literature, but always keep you advised on what has been achieved and what campaigns are ongoing. However, in this case the information given in their recent leaflet is so misleading we really have no choice.

    The problem of congestion in South Maidstone has been an ongoing problem for many years and while progress has been made in relation to design proposals along the A229 from Cripple Street down to Armstrong Road, including the bottleneck at the Wheatsheaf Junction, and also the Willington Street Junction on the A274, nothing has been finalised by KCC who have the overall responsibility for highways in Kent. The Conservatives recently voted to delay the proposals for Willington Street junction and then cancelled the next joint Transport Board where the changes were supposed to be discussed again.

  • Cllr Denise Joy
    Article: Nov 19, 2017
    By Derek Mortimer

    Lib Dems save Heather House community centre Park Wood Maidstone from closure.

    On Tuesday evening Liberal Democrat councilors spoke and voted to keep the lights on at the Heather House community centre in Park Wood. The centre was earmarked for closure within months due to maintenance and repair costs..
    Cllr Denise Joy said 'Obviously costs must be considered in a backdrop of severe cuts to local government, imposed by the Tory government's austerity agenda, but to loose this valued community building will be severe blow to local residents.
    After a lengthy debate the centre was saved from imminent closure and plans to secure a new centre will now be explored.
    Cllr Derek Mortimer spoke passionately against closure, commenting, "We had to keep it open, history shows that closure would likely be the end for the facility". He continued ' Park Wood is crying out for a modern community centre and I did not want to see a band-aid approach for such an important local site. In making this decision we have taken the first step towards a brighter future for Park wood residents."


    Derek Mortimer, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Maidstone South Ward
    Tel 07825 9169
    30 Twitter @dereklibdems
  • South Ward and Loose Ward Councillors
    Article: Oct 14, 2017
    By Cllr Brian Clark (South Ward)

    Maidstone Local Plan

    (framework for development to 2031)

    Town Hall Vote 25th October 2017

    Dear Fellow Residents

    You may be aware that there has been much debate in the local press recently about the Local Plan and the level of housing proposed. Unfortunately, a process imposed by Whitehall determines this level and, going forward, councils without an adopted Local Plan will likely see significantly increased housing numbers (based on a government housing consultation announced in September). In light of this, we did not agree with the recent attempt to "call-in" our Local Plan to the secretary of state for reconsideration, and are pleased that the home secretary has decided not to intervene.

  • Cllr Derek Mortimer
    Article: Aug 20, 2017
    By Cllr Clive English (Group Press Officer)

    Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order

    Following a number of reports of anti-social behaviour Councillor Derek Mortimer Vice Chairman of the Communities Housing and Environment Committee investigated why the Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order, which would give the council greater powers to control anti-social behaviour in the town centre, had not yet been introduced .

  • Cllr. Clive English at Wat Tyler Way accident hotspot
    Article: Apr 18, 2017
    By Clive English

    We previously reported that following sustained pressure from Liberal Democrat Councillors the Borough Council finally set up a working group to bring forward measures to improve Maidstone's dire air quality. This group, under the Chairmanship of High Street Liberal Democrat Councillor Clive English ,will deliver its full report in June, but action based on the group's work has already begun to be taken.

  • 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.

  • Derek Ian Brian - South Ward
    Article: Aug 21, 2015

    In a packed town hall meeting Tuesday evening, The Strategic Planning Sustainability and Transportation Committee met to continue development of Maidstone's emerging local plan. In the meeting. committee members reviewed a report showing 6 areas of local landscape proposed as Landscapes of Local Value (or LLV). these areas include Loose Valley, Len Valley, Medway Valley, Greensand Ridge and the Area of Outstanding National Beauty (including the setting of the AONB)

  • Article: Jul 14, 2015

    In spite of strong opposition from local Lib Dem councillors Ian Chittenden, Derek Mortimer and Brian Clark, the North loose Residents Association and residents, an application for 62 houses was recently passed on a vote by the council by 5 to 4.

    Just two days before the vote, KCC Highway and Public Rights of Way officers had posed serious questions in regard to access for the housing scheme, but disappointingly they raised no objection on the night. Concerns relating to encroachment upon protected landscapes and loss of countryside hold no weight under the Conservative Government's new planning regime, especially where Council's (like Maidstone) do not have an up-to-date Local Plan.

  • Loose Valley
    Article: Mar 23, 2015

    Lib Dems continue to fight against urbanisation of the County Town with another stunning victory.

    In a packed town hall on Thursday evening the planning application for 36 homes on a green field in Cripple Street was refused by the planning committee. A huge number of residents attended along with representatives from the North Loose Residents Association.

  • Cllr Clark and Cllr Mortimer River Medway Pathway alongside Bridge Mill Way Play Area
    Article: Feb 18, 2015

    T he green light has been given for the two major pathway projects in Tovil with financing secured by Liberal Democrat Kent County Councillor Brian Clark from KCC's Small Community Capital Project scheme. Further to these funds, Councillor Clark is contributing top up funding from his devolved budget to help deliver the two schemes.