Maidstone's hidden 'grot spots' cleaned-up

Local Lib Dem Councillors were joined by hardy residents on Saturday all braving discarded injecting paraphernalia and human waste to tackle some of Maidstone's most neglected  'grot spots'. Forgotten corners of North, East and Bridge Wards were all blitzed, with an impressive haul of litter and fly-tipping collected and efficiently removed from pre-arranged drop off points by Maidstone Council's cleansing team.

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Maidstone Local Plan

south-ward-and-loose-ward-councillors.pngCllrs Paul Wilby, Brian Clark, Sue Grigg and Derek Mortimer

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.

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Marks and Spencer announce new superstore for Maidstone

Marks and Spencer has announced that they are seeking to provide a new superstore with 60,000 sq. ft. of sales space and 300 car parking spaces, at Eclipse Park (former Newnham Court Farm) in Maidstone. It will be sited on the same area as the previously approved Waitrose store.

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PCSO’s Powers to be Increased

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are to be to be given additional powers to help crack down on antisocial behaviour and to deal with restricted area parking around schools.

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Maidstone Liberal Democrats March for Europe

Last week, members of Maidstone Liberal Democrats marched in London for an open, tolerant and united Britain.

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Waitrose have withdrawn their proposal to build a new store on the Eclipse Park site in Maidstone at J7 of the M20 which had already been given planning permission.

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Maidstone's Forgotten War Dead Remembered At Last

A memorial was unveiled in Brenchley Gardens on 1st June, 369 years to the day and on the precise spot of the last action of the Battle of Maidstone.

This pivotal English Civil War battle saw its opening Parliamentarian probing attacks fought on the fringes of Maidstone at East Farleigh Bridge and then Penenden Heath, followed by brutal urban warfare fought street to street and house to house through the town centre, towards Gabriel's Hill, before a desperate Royalist last stand and break-out from St Faith's Churchyard (now part of Brenchley Gardens).

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Tackling the Fly Tipping Epidemic

Local people are reaching the end of their tether with the growing tide of fly tipping blighting North Maidstone, according to North Ward local Councillors Michelle Hastie, Tony Harwood and Ian Chittenden. They are calling for a reintroduction of the tough intelligence-led enforcement that used to exist, but which lapsed during the recent period of Conservative Control of the Council.

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Vince Cable elected as new Liberal Democrat leader

In the aftermath of the 2017 general election Tim Farron stood down as Leader of the Liberal Democrats. This triggered the process for a leadership election, for which nominations closed on the 14th of July with all MPs eligible. Vince Cable, the former Business Secretary and recently re-elected MP for Twickenham, was the only candidate to be nominated.

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Kent’s Conservatives vote for a massive 15% pay increase

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

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