North Ward By-Election Victory

Liberal Democrats Gain Maidstone's North Ward from the Conservatives.

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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

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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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