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About Rob


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

Rob is the most recent Liberal Democrat Councillor in the Maidstone area, having been elected in October 2012. Together with Dan Daley Rob represents Maidstone Central Division which includes Allington, Bridge, Fant, Heath and High Street Wards.

Rob has lived in the Maidstone area for over 30 years and worked in treasury management and business planning until he retired in 2009. However he has always had a life-long wish to support the needs and rights of local communities, and this has shown in his activities as a Councillor and in his free time. As well as working hard on the behalf of the people of Maidstone Central as a Councillor Rob is the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council and spokesman for finance at County Hall. Rob is Chairman of the Trustees at Citizen Advice Maidstone where he previously worked as a volunteer advisor and he supports young people setting up their own business through the Kent Foundation.

Rob is a dedicated Councillor who, in his own words wants to "make Kent County Council a better run council and to be made more accountable to the people of Kent".

How do I contact Rob?


Email Address: Rob.bird@kent.gov.uk

Telephone No: 07887-897427

Postal Address: Parsonage Farmhouse, Hampstead Lane, Yalding, Kent ME18 6HG

What has Rob been up to?


  • Cllr. Rob Bird
    Article: Dec 12, 2017

    Rob Bird - (Group Leader of Liberal Democrats on KCC), gives his views on Theresa May's BREXIT deal.

    Friday 8th May 2017

    Watch the interview

  • Cllr. Rob Bird
    Article: Jul 18, 2017
    By Martin Cox

    At July's County Council meeting Kent's Conservatives voted to increase councillor allowances by 15%, a staggering ten times the mount recommended by the independent Panel. The vote came just two months after the County Council elections in May.

    The Liberal Democrat and other opposition councillors voted against the proposal as did one Conservative. Nine Conservative councillors also abstained.

  • KCC Cllr Rob Bird ( Leader )and Cllr Trudy Dean
    Article: May 19, 2017

    Rob Bird elected as new Leader of KCC Lib Dem Group

    At today's meeting of the Kent County Council Liberal Democrat group, Trudy Dean announced that she was stepping down from her position as Group Leader.

    Trudy said "All leaders want to step down in favour of the safe hands of a talented successor. I have worked very hard to lead and support the Lib Dem Group as a well informed and constructive group at KCC.

  • Rob and Dan gyratory scheme
    Article: Oct 17, 2016
    By Rob Bird

    Gyratory construction works on schedule
    Maidstone residents will have seen plenty of work going on during the summer months at the Bridge Gyratory.

    The project is progressing well and it is currently expected that the substantial works will be completed on schedule in November.
    Lib Dem county councillors, Rob Bird and Dan Daley, together with local borough councillors continue to receive regular progress reports from Highways officers. Every effort is made to minimise traffic disruption during the peak periods and this will continue during the Autumn months. Up to now the additional congestion has not been as severe as many anticipated; let's hope this will continue.
    For further information on the project go to www.kent.gov.uk/maidstonebridges and for regular updates subscribe to the Twitter feed @maidstonebridge

  • rob and dan
    Article: Oct 17, 2016
    By KCC Cllr. Rob Bird

    Whilst agreeing that the new development of the BP Garage and M&S Foodstore at the corner of Conway Road and London Road appears to be more attractive commercially, all your local Lib Dem Councillors still have grave reservations about the safety of the access and exit arrangements.
    They made representations at the time of the Planning Committee decision but were overruled.
    Now that they see the actual 'on the ground' daily situation, they are completely convinced that they were right. The operators now agree that there are 'difficulties' and will be taking steps to rectify the situation. Dan Daley has already secured agreement from Kent Highways to double the 'no right turn'

  • Local Councillors, Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at the polluted Wheatsheaf junction
    Article: Jan 27, 2016
    By KCC Cllr. Rob Bird

    Air pollution is estimated to kill over 10 times more people than car accidents.

    Air pollution is estimated to kill over 10 times more people than car accidents resulting in 29,000 people being killed prematurely each year in the UK.

    People with heart and lung conditions suffer most from increased levels of air pollution but, because they breathe more air for their body size than adults, children are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality in the long term.

  • 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: Oct 28, 2015

    At the County Council meeting last Thursday Liberal Democrats won an almost unanimous vote on a proposal they put forward. They requested that the Chairman be mandated to write to David Cameron urging his Government to continue free school meals for the youngest children in primary schools. The Kent Liberal Democrats had been alarmed to hear that the Chancellor had all educational spending apart from pupil funding in his sights for cuts.

  • KCC Logo
    Article: Jul 16, 2015
    By KCC -Cllr Chittenden

    From Cllr Ian Chittenden - Keeping you informed...

    During 2014 and 2015 the County Council is reconstructing and resurfacing much of Willington Street in Maidstone. Due to the condition of the road and the high volumes of traffic we are carrying out major repairs on a 2km (2000m or 1.25 miles) section of the road between A274 Sutton Road and Deringwood Drive.

  • 30mph
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    Liberal Democrat councillors at last week's meeting of the Maidstone Joint Transportation Board described the existing 50 mph speed limit outside the St Helens Montessori School in East Farleigh unacceptable. Councillors called on Kent Highways to take immediate steps to extend the 30 mph speed limit on the B2010 Lower Road East Farleigh through to the junction with Teston Lane in West Farleigh.