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About Denise

Denise Joy


Denise is a married mother and grandmother, who has lived in Maidstone for all of her life and her ward in paticular for 35 years. Denise first got involved in local politics when she protested against the closure of her local primary school and against construction on Collis Millennium Green. She has risen far from those early days and now is the Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee and also on the Licensing act 2003 Committee and sits on the Policy and Resources Committee

Her proudest moment however was her appointment as Mayor in 2008/9, which allowed her the opportunity to meet a vast number of individuals, charities and businesses that she had the privilege of representing. Her mantra however has not changed since her early days and she works tirelessly every day to continue to listen and represent the residents of Maidstone in order to keep their town a fantastic place to live and work.

How do I contact Denise?


Email Address: denisejoy@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone No: 01622 674063 OR 07788634047

Postal Address: 32 LOWER ROAD MAIDSTONE KENT ME157RG


What has Denise been up to recently?


  • 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
  • A-Board
    Article: Aug 15, 2017
    By Cllr. Clive English

    Not "All Aboard" for the A-Boards...

    Over the last few years many residents have complained about the rising number of A Frames advertising boards in the town centre. Whilst most businesses behave responsibly some do not, with some premises having 7 boards, often located a long way from the business in question. These can be a hazard to blind or partially sighted residents or for those using wheelchairs or mobility scooters, and parents with prams, especially as they often move around entirely unpredictably from day to day.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Article: Mar 2, 2015

    A Maidstone council budget strategy for the coming year, including a 1.99% council tax increase, was finally approved by councillors after a long and often heated debate on Wednesday night (25th February).

    Maidstone Lib Dems succeeded in getting three common sense amendments agreed by the Conservative-led Council.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    Lib Dem Success - Lower Council Tax Bills:

    An attempt by Maidstone Conservatives to slash the frequency of local elections from three out of every four years down to just once every four years has been defeated by Maidstone Lib Dems, supported by other like minded councillors.

    Local Lib Dems successfully argued that in councils with annual elections politicians are 'kept on their toes'. They tend to have lower average council tax increases and unpopular policy changes are not 'buried' at the beginning of four year terms.

    North Ward Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood in an impassioned speech told gathered councillors at Maidstone Town Hall: "Annual council elections are a vital check and balance on financial and political recklessness, and that most unappealing habit of politicians of relying on the public having short memories."

    Lib Dem Success - Greater Influence for Local Communities:

  • Article: Apr 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Councillors Clive English, Fran Wilson and Denise Joy are appalled at the Conservative Councils proposals for a high density development of 250 units at the Haynes Site in Ashford Road.

    Whilst the site is previously developed land and a proposal for housing is not in itself unreasonable the site calls out for a well planned, high quality, low density scheme.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2013

    A last ditch Lib Dem plan to deliver effective countryside protection and urban regeneration in Maidstone Borough has been thrown out by Conservative Councillors. Liberal Democrat planning spokesman Cllr. Tony Harwood tabled a plan (and timetable) for delivery of local policies to "prioritise regeneration of previously developed land over green field development" at an extra-ordinary Council meeting at County Hall on Monday evening.

    The depressing Conservative rejection of this eleventh hour attempt to safeguard Maidstone's beautiful countryside now opens the way for uncontrolled urban sprawl. The recent Maidstone Council "Call for Sites" exercise has seen developers promote hundreds of potential development sites (90% of them green field).

    Cllr. Tony Harwood (Lib Dem) stated "The Conservatives have shown their true colours on green field development. It could not be any clearer that Maidstone Tories will oppose any measure that seeks to protect our countryside or regenerate declining urban neighbourhoods. We are now in the crazy situation that all our countryside, save a few nationally protected areas, is fair game for developers - while many urban areas lie semi-derelict"

    Cllr. Denise Joy (Lib Dem) who seconded the proposal added "Time is running out for Maidstone's countryside - we threw the Council administration a lifeline last night, but they chose not to grasp it. Tony pleaded with Conservative councillors to protect our villages and rural communities from inappropriate development but they just would not listen. Depressingly even longstanding Tory Members who had represented their villages for many years would not speak up."

    Full text of the Liberal Democrat proposal:

    "Officers be instructed to draft a report setting out Local Plan policy options to achieve the prioritisation of regeneration of previously developed land over green field development (in line with the NPPF), and that will deliver protection from inappropriate and unsustainable development for the Borough's countryside in advance of a five year housing land supply being agreed. Relevant officer recommendations, with staffing requirements and a timescale for implementation, to be reported to Cabinet no later than 13th November 2013."

    Moved: Cllr. Tony Harwood (MBC Lib Dem Planning spokesman)
    Seconded: Cllr. Denise Joy (MBC Lib Dem Shadow Cabinet member for Community and Leisure services)

    Watch the full debate yourself at: http://www.kent.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/115933/start_time/792000

  • Article: Jun 19, 2013