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About Fran Fran WIlson

As many of you will be aware Fran is now the Leader of the Council here in Maidstone. Fran has lived in her ward for 39 years, and represented them for the past 19 years. Her locality, Fran says, is vitally important: "Living 'on the patch' means I fully empathise with the issues affecting so many residents on a day to day basis."

As with many of our councillors, Fran was a resident involved in local politics first, having spearheaded two campaigns. When a by election was announced in her local area, Fran was approached by all three main political parties, asking her to represent them in the area. Fortunate for us, Fran chose the Liberal Democrats, partly because her personal beliefs matched the party's and partly because in her local campaigns, it was the Liberal Democrats who gave her the most practical advice and support.

Fran is a fantastic local councillor, who takes great pride in resolving any local issues, large or small: her motto is "The day I think everything is done is the day I leave, as there is always something more to do." It is this dedication which has earned her the place of leader of the Liberal Democrats in Maidstone Borough Council and official leader of the Borough Council for the past two years.

Fran believes the most important issue that is currently left unresolved is the Local Development Framework, which she argues must be got "absolutely right" as it will affect the lives of residents of Maidstone for generations to come.

How do I Contact Fran?

Email Address:franwilson@maidstone.gov.uk

Telephone No:01622 673349

Postal Address: 75 Old Tovil Road, MaidstoneKent. ME15 6QE

What has Fran been up to?

  • Fran WIlson
    Article: Mar 15, 2018

    Following the Annual Budget Meeting on March 7th Maidstone Borough Council has agreed to increase the Council Tax by 2.99 per cent.

    Fran Wilson Liberal Democrat Leader of the Council said: " Over recent years Government cuts to Local Authority Funding have been very deep and there is no longer any fat to trim. We like the majority of Councils of various political colours have had to weigh an increases in Council Tax against the loss of major public services and like the majority of Councils including Conservative controlled Kent County Council we have reluctantly had to increase Council Tax by more than we would have in other circumstances.

  • Cllr. Martin Cox
    Article: Nov 3, 2017

    Lib Dems Secure Local Plan

    Maidstone Borough Council has adopted a new Local Plan. This document, required by Government, identifies sites for new development, provides some limited local landscape protection, and will facilitate delivery of new infrastructure. The new plan will run until 2031, but is subject to a review in 2021.
    Despite widespread anger at the level of housebuilding imposed on Maidstone by the Government's housing targets, it had become increasingly clear that the Council had to adopt a new plan in order to gain some control over where and how development took place, and to try to prevent the Government intervening and imposing an even higher level of development in Maidstone.

  • 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.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2015

    For years Liberal Democrat Councillors have argued that the Borough Council should not allow development without adaquete car parking spaces, because of the serious problems this causes to local residents and businesses.

    Finally we have begun to win the argument and the Council has decided to adopt Kent County Council's parking standards to assist in determining planning applications. On March 17th The Planning, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee, led by Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Chittenden, voted to recommend to the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport that he proceed to adopt the Standards immediately.

  • Litter in Maidstone
    Article: Mar 8, 2015

    These shocking images were taken on the same day on different sides of Maidstone town centre, and underlines how much the cleanliness of the County Town has declined under the Conservatives.

    Maidstone Borough was once a by-word for tough environmental enforcement, with a county-wide and even national reputation for innovation and leadership in the fight against litter and fly-tipping.

  • 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.

  • Dead fox
    Article: Feb 3, 2015

    The fate of this beautiful Red Fox, struck by a speeding car on Saturday evening in Andrew Broughton Way, underlines once again the dangers of inappropriate driver behaviour in and around the town centre.
    There have now been far too many pedestrian near misses, crashes, pets and wild animals killed in this Road and formerly quiet residential roads like Mote Avenue and Square Hill Road. "It is time for zero tolerance of speeding in central Maidstone" says High Street Ward Councillor Fran Wilson. Adding: "The latest victim of excessive speed in central Maidstone was a fox, next time it could be a child."

  • Article: Jan 24, 2015

    These shocking images of litter-strewn verges on one short stretch of Pilgrim's Way at Boxley, in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, provide yet more evidence that Maidstone is losing the battle with the litter louts. These photographs were taken in the very week that Keep Britain Tidy published research indicating that streets with rubbish strewn across them could have between 2.7 and 11.8% wiped off the value of local homes.

  • High Street Ward Environment
    Article: Jan 8, 2015

    Maidstone Council Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Fran Wilson has expressed despair at the rapidly declining environmental quality across her High Street Ward. The photographs featured show just one small area of her ward, namely Blythe Road, Sunningdale Court and Square Hill Road, where litter and damaged street furniture is disfiguring a very pleasant residential neighbourhood.